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HSV OWNERS CLUB THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND NEW GM MANIA EVENT

Article Date: 29 August 2013

On Sunday 15 September 2013 the first GM Mania – celebrating all things General Motors – will be held at Willowbank Raceway, with support already building for the inaugural event.

Set to feature more than 40 vehicles on the day is the HSV Owners Club, which has thrown its support behind the fledging show and is encouraging other car clubs to do the same.

Club President of the HSV Owners Club Inc Les Gray said that the GM Mania event represented a ‘must-attend’ for the club.

“We participate in events all across South East Queensland and when we  heard about GM Mania, which celebrates all things ‘General Motors’ -  where all of our much loved vehicles have originated from - we just had to get involved,” said Gray.

“Our club was formed in 1982 and has an average financial membership of more than 150 members. We attend small to large events, from events in support of a ‘local cause’, right through to major events such as RACQ Motorfest, and as recently as last year – the HSV Nationals 2012, which the club was very proud to fund and stage at the RNA showgrounds and Willowbank Raceway.

“Events such as these are a great way for like-minded owners to show off their pride and joy and spend the day chatting, comparing notes, and envying each other’s handy work with their vehicles, all in a family friendly and safe environment such as Willowbank Raceway.

“GM Mania really is a great opportunity for other GM orientated clubs to do the same and join in on the day. You will be given a fantastic opportunity to showcase your club to potential members and also display your stunning club vehicles, so I can’t encourage my fellow clubs enough to get involved.”

As part of their involvement, the HSV Owners Club will bring a wide array of GM vehicles to GM Mania, and perhaps, even a few former race cars of GM origin.

“We expect to have at least 40 club vehicles on display ranging from early HSV/HDT, right through to the current Gen-F HSV,” said Gray.

“With fine weather forecast we also anticipate a couple of former race cars of GM origin to join our display and some club vehicles get on-track for some runs on the Willowbank drag strip during the course of the day, which is bound to spark a few ‘power’ debates between enthusiasts.

“Events such as these always provide a great family day out with an unrivaled display of stunning vehicles all in one location, so we urge any GM orientated club and the general public to find their way to Willowbank on September 15 for a great day out!”

Clubs interested in participating in GM Mania are encouraged to contact Willowbank Raceway’s Tracey Fletcher on tracey@willowbank-raceway.com.au to register your expression of interest so Willowbank Raceway can reserve the right amount of space for your display – remember, the club with the most outstanding display will be awarded a trophy on the day. Please note, pre-payment is not required however all club members must pay the appropriate fees on the day. Manufacturers or other entities interested in taking part can also contact Tracey Fletcher for more information.

GM Mania celebrates all things GM – with drag racing, a show and shine, dyno competition, club displays and manufacturer displays celebrating all makes and models of GM vehicles.

Vehicle entry is just $5.00 per vehicle, while adult spectator entry is also just $5.00. Children aged 13 and under gain free entry. Gates open at 7.00am, with on-track action from 10.30am to 12.00noon and 1.00pm to 2.30pm, judging from 11.00am with the presentation at 2.30pm.

Entry into show n shine judged categories (GMH pre-1981, GMH 1981 and newer, Chevrolet, Buick/Olds/Pontiac, Torana, Cadillac, HSV, HDT and People’s Choice) is an additional $5.00 (paid at the judging area) and entry to the drag racing events is an extra $25.00 per vehicle paid at scrutineering (drag racing is open to show n shine or display entries only).

All display, judging and drag racing vehicles must be GM bodied - visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au for all the latest information.

About Willowbank Raceway
Willowbank Raceway is Queensland’s premier drag racing facility, located 45 minutes from Brisbane or just a short drive from Ipswich, offering a year-round program of events for the entire family. For more information including a full event calendar, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au

About the HSV Owners Club of Qld Inc.
The object of the Club is to promote friendship and goodwill among people who have a common interest in HDT & HSV vehicles. The Club has bi-monthly meetings on the last Friday of the month and these are usually held at a HSV Dealership. The Club has an event on each month, and members will always be able to bring family and friends. Some examples of Club events might be a navigation/observation run, Dinner Evening, Sausage Sizzle, Go-Kart Racing, Motorsport Days as Spectators or Participants, Weekends Away, Car Shows, Convoy Drives in the Country and an annual Christmas Party for adults and children. Plenty of variety for members to choose from. To enquire about joining the HSV Owners Club of Queensland as either a member or associate member please contact our Membership Secretary via email at membership@hsvowners.com.au.

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