Something old, something new at MotorFest

Display of vintage cars to be a highlight at annual motoring festival.
Alvis Speed 25 to be on display at MotorFest 2022.
The Vintage Car Club of Queensland will display vehicles at MotorFest 2022 an Alvis Speed 25.

RACQ MotorFest will again this year feature an eclectic array of vintage, veteran and classic cars, along with the latest in battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

One of the larger and more intriguing displays will be that of the Vintage Car Club of Queensland (VCCQ).

RACQ’s Tamara Van Der Walt said the club was a regular participant and exhibitor at MotorFest over the years and some of the vehicles were so rare and unusual that people were unlikely to see them anywhere else.

Among the many interesting VCCQ vehicles on display will be Gavin Mutton’s 1909 Economy Motor Buggy – Model C, also known as the “litigation model”.

Remarkably, it is the only known surviving example of the Model C and was despatched from the Economy Motor Buggy Company’s Jolliet, Illinois, factory just before the company folded in the face of a design patent royalty dispute.

The Model C was notable for being able to use its own motor, or be drawn by a horse, with the horse shafts (shaves) carried underneath the vehicle ready to be strapped to the turntable steering and used if the motor gave trouble.

In fact, Gavin’s original and unrestored Model C still carries a whip holder showing wear signs from where the original whip was stored.

Another fascinating machine is Wolf Grodd’s 1925 Lorraine-Dietrich B 3-6 Tourer, designed by the legendary Ettore Bugatti, who later established the eponymous marque that bears his name.

The latter is best known these days for the ultra-rare and expensive Bugatti Veyron and Chiron supercars.

The Lorraine was something of a supercar in its day, too, with examples of Wolf’s 3.4-litre 15CV B3-6 entering the history books for having won the third and fourth Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1925 and 1926, interrupting British marque Bentley’s run of successes in the famous French endurance race.

“This car was restored over several decades with the help of other Lorraine-Dietrich owners in Australia,” Wolf said.

“The wood frame was skinned in alloy by Automotive Craftsmen in Brisbane, followed by the paint and leather at restoration specialists Sleeping Beauties.”

Something old, something new at MotorFest

Display of vintage cars to be a highlight at annual motoring festival.

RACQ MotorFest 2022

Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills.

Sunday 19 June

Hours: 10am–3pm

Entry via $2 gold coin, contributed to the RACQ Foundation. For more information and display vehicle registration visit.

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