AUSSIE MUSCLE: Bundaberg's Tina Laderhose poses with her prized 1971 Ford GT XY Replica.
AUSSIE MUSCLE: Bundaberg's Tina Laderhose poses with her prized 1971 Ford GT XY Replica. Mackenzie Colahan

Organisers promise more grunt next year

DESPITE an underwhelming turnout to the weekend's inaugural Mulgildie Auto Show, organisers are determined to bring it back bigger and better in 2019.

The Mulgildie Hotel hosted the town's first car show on Saturday, July 14, and rev heads from around the region came to admire the classic Aussie muscle cars and raise money for Monto Hospital Auxiliary.

Although the 15 entries were well short of the 100 they hoped for, the successful first instalment laid the foundation for an event with plenty of potential.

The show organiser John Spencer's impressive Holden Torana SLR 5000 placed third and Mr Spencer said he wouldn't let the slow start deter him from coming back.

"The day was perfect so it was disappointing that more owners didn't venture out,” he said.

"It was a chilly morning and engines run really well when it's cold so it would have been a beautiful drive.

"We're going to run it again next year for sure, I've already told (Mulgildie Hotel owner) Julie as much.

"I promise to spread the word and bring more people next year.”

Bundaberg couple Murray and Tina Laderhose swept the awards with their classic 1971 Ford Falcon GT .

The red beast packs plenty of heat under the bonnet and won the Toughest Sounding category by a country mile.

It was also awarded People's Choice, winning by a single vote over local Roger Stubbs' vintage 1949 Jaguar Mark V.

Revellers took advantage of the free camping and partied on well into the night as the pub hosted a 70's-themed celebration, with a percentage of drink proceeds donated to charity.

"It was a really great weekend,” Mr Spencer said.

"There was a lot of dancing, pool playing and singing along to the live entertainment.

"Tina (Laderhose) also took home the prize for best dressed for her black and white 70's outfit.”

The Mulgildie Hotel hosted the town's first auto show on Saturday, July 14.

Check out The Central & North Burnett Times' social gallery of all the entrants and their vehicles.


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