The annual Gnoo Blas Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018.
The car show in Sir Jack Brabham Park in the centre of the old track is an ideal event for car club members to show off their vehicles to the public and enjoy a great weekend away. There will be 10 award categories, including car of the show, and special awards for the best Club display.
Food and soft drinks are available on site. There will also be a courtesy bus running on the hour to take people into Orange to shop or look at the sights.
On Sunday morning we’re going on a short scenic drive to Hillside Harvest orchard at Borenore for morning tea. From there to Nashdale and back to Orange for your prepacked picnic lunch at Cook Park.
We have a great line-up of special guests for the 2018 Gnoo Blas Classic in Jack Brabham Park on Saturday February 17, and the enthusiasts’ dinner led by international driver Simona de Silvestro.
- Car show entry fee $10 and includes one passenger
- Dinner $45 per head (dinner bookings close February 10)
- Pre-packed Sunday lunch $10 each
Download the Gnoo Blas Classic car show 2018 entry form.
Simona de Silvestro
The Swiss racer was the first full-time female driver in the Supercars series joining the grid with Nissan Motorsport in 2017. She had two forays in a supercar as a wildcard ‘Harvey Norman Supergirls’ entry, paired with young up-and-comer Renee Gracie. Their 14th place finish in 2016 impressed – with Simona driving a Nissan for the first time – before confirming she would return with the team.
The international driver is respected for her efforts in Formula E and IndyCar. She contested the 15-16 Formula E championship with Amlin Andretti, also having raced with Andretti in the 2015 IndyCar Championship.
In 2014 she was part of the Swiss Sauber F1 squad, after finishing second in the Grand Prix of Houston in 2013, joining Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher as the only women in IndyCar history to record a podium finish. That was her third year in the category but in 2010 Simona showed promise immediately by winning the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and Tony Renna Firestone Rising Star awards. The Swiss driver is passionate about encouraging women in motorsport, whether it be behind the wheel or in the pit lane.
Starting his career in sports cars Fred Gibson joined Ford in 1967 after Frank Matich gave up his Bathurst co-driver with Harry Firth. Starting the works Falcon XR GT from second grid spot they won the race, giving Falcon its first victory on the mountain. Staying with Fords Gibson won the 1970 and 1971 Toby Lee Series in a GTHO and was the first driver to win in the two-door XA Hardtop in 1973.
Gibson joined the new Nissan team in 1981. Rally ace turned circuit racer George Fury joined him and they raced turbocharged Nissan Bluebirds. Gibson scored Nissan’s first touring car win at Amaroo Park in 1983. Later that year he retired from driving to become the team boss and oversaw the Skylines and GT-R’s during the Group A era. Gibson employed two of the future stars of the sport in Glenn Seton (1986) and Mark Skaife (1987).
Jim Richards joined the team in 1989 and won the 1990 and 1991 ATCC titles under the Gibson Motorsport banner. In 1992 Skaife got his first outright crown to give Nissan a championship hat-trick. Richards and Skaife also won back-to-back Bathurst 1000’s in 1991 and 92 driving the GT-R.
Group A’s final curtain call was at the 1992 AGP which Richards won, closing the chapter on Nissan Motorsport on a successful note.
Gibson switched to Holden Commodores for Richards and Skaife and his final Bathurst success was in 1999 with Greg Murphy and Steven Richards winning in a Commodore.
Gibson was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 2004.
Christine (Cole) Gibson
Christine Gibson is a touring car veteran whose career spanned 30 years, carving out an impressive record including nine Bathurst 500/1000s. Her team-mates included Glenn Seton, Sandra Bennett, Marie-Claude Beaumont and alongside Peter Brock in the Holden Dealer Team.
She drove a variety of cars including Mini, Fiat, Nissan Pulsar, Ford Falcon, Holden Monaro and Alfa Romeo. Her first Bathurst was in 1968 in a Mini. She was part of an all-woman team with Midge Whiteman. A women’s championship at Oran Park resulted in her winning every round after the first when she was third.
Her second Hardie-Ferodo 500 was in a Fiat 125 in another women’s team with Lynne Keefe. In 1970 she drove a Torana for the Holden Dealer Team with Sandra Bennett and finished 13th outright. Later she drove an Alfa GTV to fifth overall in the Australian Touring Car Championship series with four class wins.
She has raced against some of the legends of the sport including Colin Bond, Allan Moffat, Brock, Dick Johnson and others. In addition to touring cars Christine raced rally cars competing in the Alpine, Southern Cross and Dulux rally events. She helped lead the all-conquering Nissan Motorsport team during a time when it won several championships and multiple Bathursts. She has remained active in motorsport as an administrator and organiser and is still remembered as the First Lady of Bathurst.