If you want to see historic motoring pieces, you would usually have to visit a museum where you are kept back from the pieces by some distance. However at the annual Shannon's Classic Car Show, you can get up close and personal with the displays as long as you don't get so close you damage them.
Hosted by the Council of Motoring Clubs this event brought together a record 78 classic motoring clubs to display well over 1000 vehicles although unfortunately there were no Leyland P76s on display, unless I missed them!
A classic 59 Chevy Impala on display / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
The range of cars was impressive with some quite colourful owners showing off the amount of work they had done restoring or preserving their cars. With the oldest automobile on display being an 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen
1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
This was effectively the first motor car with a rear mounted engine pushing out a whopping 1HP and capable of reaching 16kph. Unfortunately all this speed wasn't easy to handle and the first model actually crashed into wall due to its terrible steering and even worse braking system. However luckily for us, Karl Benz, who was the inventor, managed to keep working on the car despite investors pulling out and the Model 3 was released two years later and finally hit its strides thanks to Karl's wife Bertha who went on a 106km trip in the vehicle over 12 hours doing roadside repairs herself and some additions with local tradesman along her route.
This poor guy should've stopped waiting for a Leyland P76 owner to get a sense of humour / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
Some of the displays were more than just the car, boards with information were available on some, others had props inside them from skeletons to food trays with a lady on rollerskates next to the car to recreate the history behind the car.
Tesla cars, while not classics, were also on display as they are fast becoming an important part of motoring history.
Curtin University's motorsport engineering degree includes the ability to partake in the build of a race car / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
Two of Perth's universities were also displaying the race cars they built as part of their degrees in motorsport engineering. These little racers they take around local tracks as well as to national competitions against other universities. I had heard about the degree but didn't realise until meeting the crews that they got to build a race car!
I could write for hours about the displays but instead, go check out this album on Facebook with all the pictures from the event and enjoy the beauty of the old cars. True classics that deserve high price tags and admiration from us all!