Speed festival has visitors all revved up
NATIONAL Motor Racing Museum manager Rod Harvey has given a big thumbs up to Murwillumbah's Speed on Tweed festival.
Mr Harvey displayed an L34 Torana at Speed on Tweed, one of 40 cars and 35 motorcycles at the Bathurst museum.
The Torana driven by Bob Morris won the famous 1976 Bathurst endurance race, beating the highly fancied Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss team.
Mr Harvey said he was very proud to show the special Torana at Murwillumbah, because Speed on Tweed attracted motor racing connoisseurs as well as others who were just curious about the event.
"This year was our first time from the national museum at Speed on Tweed and we were very impressed," Mr Harvey said.
"It's a great way to promote your beautiful region and for us it's good expsoure for our museum.
"It's terrific the way the local community gets behind Speed on Tweed.
"We'd love to come back every year with a selection of cars and be involved on an ongoing basis."
Coolangatta's Wintersun rock'n'roll nostalgia festival stalwart John Moylan, of the Gold Coast Rockers, also praised Speed on Tweed for its strong community spirit.
Mr Moylan, involved with the Wintersun organisation for 20 years, drove his 1958 FC Holden station wagon to Speed on Tweed.
"The cars involvement at Wintersun has just grown phenomenally and now at Speed on Tweed there is the same level of interest," Mr Moylan said.
He said the Tweed was now well known among historic and 1950s-70s car buffs around Australia and even internationally.