This is a brief look at some of the many makes and models that graced Lakeside Raceway on 19 May 2013. There is a plethora of gorgeous classic, vintage and period cars. Enjoy the beautiful restorations and the every-day drivers that owners cherish.
Maclean's Bridge at Lakeside was a great event. The vehicles on display were not only specialist sports cars but for the first time encompassed the whole gamut of manufacturers' offerings. Missed it? Never mind - here is a video of some of what was on display. Don't miss it next year!
For 35 years, on Mother's Day, the Triumph Sports Owners Association of Queensland was the host club for the MacLean's Bridge Sports and Classic Car Display. This iconic event was held in the Tully Memorial Park where the Mt Lindsay Highway crosses the Logan River at South MacLean.
The event grew with the times and owes its longevity to the faithfull support of invited car clubs, individual owners and past and present members of the TSOAQ. This special day, devoted to "sports and classic sporting cars", has aimed at preserving the many endearing characteristics of sports cars of the past and those more modern examples that are developing "classic" status. For the TSOAQ and its supporters it has been the means of showing the public something of the unique driving and ownership experience that we enjoy and that others can aspire to.
All marques with sports and classic models have been invited to participate in the display, show their cars and share in the enjoyment of the wide variety of motoring innovation that has been attracted to MacLean's Bridge each year. Marques represented include; Triumph, Austin Healey, Jaguar, MG, Porche, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Ford Cobra, Lotus, Morgan, Maserati, Datsun, Toyota and Aston Martin to name just a few.
As the event has grown over time the venue had remained unchanged. Successive organizing committees of the TSOAQ had also become increasingly concerned with safety at the MacLean's Bridge site because of the ever increasing traffic numbers on the Mt Lindsay Highway which intersects the park. Given the incidence of annual "near miss" events the club had been concerned that the potential for a serious accident was increasing. The lack of suitable parking, the low general amenity of the site and a desire to provide an event and facilities in keeping with public expectations motivated the TSOAQ event management team to look for a site that addressed these operational constraints.
In the process of addressing these concerns the TSOAQ MacLean's Bridge Committee also considered the suitability of the traditional event date of Mothers Day each year. Because of the significance of that traditional date it was given lengthy consideration over a number of years. Ultimately a final decision to move from that date was taken based on the feedback from long time supporters of our event. Over the years, Mothers Day celebrations for the sports and classic car community have changed from a drive and picnic in the park to a variety of other ways of celebrating the day, with event supporters increasingly having to leave MacLean's Bridge early to attend family Mother's Day activities, often quite some distance away.
When arrangements for an alternate site were finalized the time was also right to move our event date to one week after Mother's Day providing greater opportunity to celebrate both occasions more fully.
The result is MacLean's Bridge at Lakeside on 15th May 2011.
While the MacLean's Bridge site holds many fond memories of sports and classic car camaraderie the famous Lakeside motor racing circuit, in its 50th year in 2011, holds many memories and great history for the supporters of the MacLean's Bridge Display. The MacLean's Bridge venue might be gone but the good times and the 35 years of contribution to sporting cars and classic motoring will not be forgotten.
To find out more about what's happening with the future MacLean's Bridge Display go to: www.macleansbridge.com
The History of the TSOAQ Macleans Bridge Classic Car Display
Each year on Mothers day, TSOAQ hosts the Macleans Bridge Classic Car Display, in the park adjacent to Macleans Bridge on Beaudesert Road, south-west of Brisbane CBD. This is a huge event with hundreds of classic sports cars and Grand Tourers on display. If you're into exotic motor cars and you love a great day out, then this is the must do event of the year.
Car clubs are invited to this event by the TSOAQ, who have tried over the years to keep up with changing car trends, yet remain faithful to the intention of having a special day just for sports and "classic sporting" cars. Each major brand is allocated space, and where practical , the sporting saloons are separated from the sports cars. Vehicles from the 30's to current typically attend: Triumph, Healey, Jaguar, MG, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Delage, Morgan, Rolls-Royce, Benetly, AC, Lotus, Allard, Bolwell, NIssan, to name a few.
Car clubs are encouraged to have a place where existing & prospective members can come for information, support etc. Many clubs have well-organised BBQ's etc.. The TSOAQ runs a competition for "best car of the day", that all entrants and public can vote for. There is organised parking for about 700 cars, and plenty of room for non-display cars, so dont avoid coming just beacuse you dont have a show car.
As with all big events, it requires lots of helpers on the day. Whilst the committee do most of the hard work to organise the event, they do need the help of handful of members on Saturday , to mark out the paddock and on Sunday to man the gates etc. If you would like to assist , please contact your favorite committee member today.
What did you do on Mothers Day? Out to lunch in an overcrowded noisy restaurant with the family testing your self control to the limit? Spent far too much on a date made up by the Americans specifically to sell more greetings cards?
Well here’s a thought for next year’s diary, why not take her on a nice little picnic. She doesn’t need to know the destination – it’s a surprise! And she also doesn’t need to know that the picnic site will have some of South East Queensland finest old (and new) motors on display either (because that’s the other part of the surprise) - Macleans Bridge Classic Car Display
As my wife Lynne owns a very nice TR6, I can’t use this rouse on her, as she’s always keen to attend (Note: rain or shine for those readers who didn’t attend this year as a result of a little dampness underfoot).