Horsepower heaven

In 2017, RACQ MotorFest celebrated Holden’s production of Australia’s very own motor car.

Holden’s journey from humble beginnings in 1856 as a saddle maker, to a household name and world-class motor vehicle brand was showcased by a vast display of signature vehicles from each decade, plus what can be expected from Holden in the future.

RACQ MotorFest 2017 on Sunday, July 9, at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse celebrated the 50th anniversary of another General Motors legend, the mighty Chevrolet Camaro.

Headlining the day are two of the most famous race cars to wear a GM badge in Australia – a Holden Dealer Team (HDT) Torana A9X and the Channel 9 Chevrolet Z28 Camaro, both from the bespoke Bowden Collection.

Driven by the late, great Peter Brock and Kevin Bartlett respectively, the pair carved up Mt Panorama, Lakeside and other Australian racing circuits in the late 1970s/early 1980s, etching their way into national sporting folklore.

Kevin Bartlett was on hand alongside the Camaro at RACQ MotorFest to sign autographs and talked about his chequered racing career.  

In keeping with the MotorFest name, hundreds of veteran, vintage, classic and special interest cars of all marques and models, as well as Holden and Chevrolet, were on show.

While the cars were the stars, there’s much, much more on offer at RACQ MotorFest for every member of the family. Entertainment and attractions on the day included:

  • Roving street performers, children’s amusement rides and face painting.
  • RACQ stalls and displays with special offers and competitions.
  • Great food, coffee and tasty treats.

Entry was only $2 and children under three enter free, ensuring RACQ MotorFest remains an inexpensive day out. All entry fees supported RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue, RACQ CQ Rescue and Heart of Australia.