Calling all car enthusiasts

Julia Brown and Samantha James with a 1964 Ford Thunderbird and a rotary-powered Norton JPS racing motorcycle. (Supplied)

Geelong vintage motor lovers still have time to get involved in a South Australian classic car show which is drawing entries from across the country.

Organisers of the McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic extended an invitation to Geelong motorists this week as they aim for a record of 600-plus entries.

Last year’s event attracted more than 500 entries from as far as NSW and Queensland for the event’s parade, with about 20,000 spectators lining the streets to watch.

Entrants are again encouraged to dress up in the era of their vehicles, for the chance to win prizes, to add to the colourful atmosphere of this year’s event, which runs from April 4 to 5.

“We were blown away by how amazing everyone looked dressed up in their finery to match their vehicles in 2019,” event organiser Trevor Sharp said.

“It was like stepping back in time. We’re confident our 2020 entrants will also pull out all the stops.”

The event, at Serafino Wines, McLaren Vale, will feature vintage, racing and classic motorcycles and Porsche, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, BMW and other showcases.

“It’s going to be another great event, so save the date or register now, and start getting excited,” Sharp said.

“We’ll soon be announcing a very special guest who’ll be the star attraction of our fundraising dinner, so stay tuned.”

The parade begins at 11am, with the vehicles moving on to 12 selected local wineries.

The number of two-wheeled entries is expected to rise, with 2020 being the second year motorbike owners have been invited to participate.

The volunteer-led event has run for 15 years.

“We are proud of the reputation of this event,” Sharp said.

“It’s truly family-friendly and attracts a really good crowd of motoring enthusiasts wanting to show off their passion projects, and others just there for a lovely day out and a bit of nostalgia.”

The event has contributed more than $50,000 to the local McLaren Vale & Districts War Memorial Hospital, including a $15,000 donation following the 2019 event.

Its committee also donated $300 each to the Country Fire Service brigades from McLaren Vale and McLaren Flat.

Registrations for the event are open until March 9 via, www.vintageandclassic.com.au.

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