Queensland's best vehicles
Find out who won RACQ’s 2019 Top Model competition.
After months of intense competition, hundreds of entries and hours of debate between judges, RACQ has crowned the Top Model winners for 2019.
The year’s top honour went to a homegrown hero with a 1972 Chrysler Valiant R/T Charger E 49 taking out the overall prize.
The judges were impressed by the classic Charger, which evoked memories of the classic “Hey Charger” television advertisements.
Winning the title of People’s Choice was a late-comer to the competition – a 1960 Ford MK2 Zephyr edging out the rest of the field.
For some categories it was easy to determine a winner, but for others it was a back and forth battle with the judges split on the decision.
Check out all the winners for the seven categories below including Asian, Australian, American, British, European, Motorcycle and Peoples Choice.
The winners are invited to attend RACQ MotorFest 2019 on Sunday, 14 July, to celebrate their victory and show their vehicles to the public.
Gates open at 10am with festivities continuing until 3pm. Free off-street parking is available and entry costs $2, with all gate takings to be donated to the RACQ Foundation’s 2019 Flood Assistance Project to help farmers in north-west Queensland.
2019 Top Model and Australian category winner
Phillip and Josephine Rizzo - 1972 Chrysler Valiant R/T Charger E 49
"My car is one of only 149 made (one of 10 with this colour and option combination). It was designed to win the annual Bathurst 500-mile series production race and has been carefully restored to original factory specifications. I love the look, feel and smell of the car and want people who knew the car in its day to relive the golden era of the Australian Muscle car.” – Phillip Rizzo.
People’s Choice Champion
Fiona Ireland - 1960 Ford MK2 Zephyr
“She is a rare gem that took me years to find and many more to get her on the road. I love to cruise in her and feel reassured to be a RACQ member just in case the old girl bails up on me.... touch wood." – Fiona Ireland.
Asian Category Winner
Clayton Oakes – 1973 Mazda RX3 Coupe
"The RX3 is a special model among car enthusiasts and took the Rotary Wankel engine to a new level of sales making it cult classic. This example is a labour of love and survived years of modifying to be mod restored and relive the memory of its heyday.” – Clayton Oakes.
European Category Winner
Denise and Kevin Silk – 1962 Volkswagen Single Cab Ute
“The 62 VW Single Cab Ute might be the last and best project to come out of my shed. I’ve been restoring cars for the past 30+ years and this is a real beauty. Having built many cars over these years, I find the VW a delight to drive; from everyday driving to highway cruising to simply just checking the surf." – Denise Silk.
American Category Winner
Steve Downing – 1964 Ford Galaxie 500
"My 1964 Galaxie 500 convertible in triple black is very rare. Photos simply don’t do it justice. It’s in excellent condition as I purchased it from its original owner. I have only added simple things like mags, put an automatic in and changed the top to black for a prestigious look.” – Steve Downing.
British Category Winner
Matthew Kleinschmidt - 1971 Ford Cortina MK2
“Most people have unforgettable memories with the ‘ol Cortina's. Getting driven to school, learning to drive or heading out with mates at the local drive in. My metallic blue Cortina is in pristine condition and warms the hearts of fellow Queensland motorists.” - Matthew Kleinschmidt.
Motorcycle Category Winner
John Finnigan - 1944 Indian 741
“Representative of WWII motorcycles and it is the one I owned in the 1950's.” – John Finnigan.