Port Augusta Motor Show pulls big crowd

MOTOR SHOW: Jake, Abbie and Skyla Smedinga were all smiles at the 2017 NDMA Port Augusta Motor Show.
MOTOR SHOW: Jake, Abbie and Skyla Smedinga were all smiles at the 2017 NDMA Port Augusta Motor Show.

Just over 3000 people attended the 2017 Northern District Motorsport Association (NDMA) Port Augusta Motor Show in a fantastic scene of rev head wonderlust.

Held on Saturday May 13 at the Port Augusta foreshore, there was a host of entertainment for young and old including Harley Heaven, Race Boat demos and plenty of cars from classics to the modern makes.

NDMA secretary Angela Corbett was pleased with the turnout and believed V8 Supercar Driver Chaz Mostert was the most popular drawcard.

“Definitely Chaz Mostert was a big drawcard and definitely the roar of the boats was amazing,” she said.

“Every time I went to the wharf when the boats were on, the wharf was packed.”

She said another crowd drawer was the ‘ground-thumping’ engine start ups by visiting Drag Racers and Race Boats.

There were also a large number of visitors from outside Port Augusta who would’ve helped the local economy through food and petrol alone.

Mostert is an Australian professional racing driver competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. He currently drives the No. 55 Ford FG X Falcon for Rod Nash Racing.

He was the winner of the 2014 Bathurst 1000 and has also previously won the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Championship and said his visit to Port Augusta was 'fantastic’.

“For me it’s all about getting out to these places for the fans but also to these awesome shows that these regional shows put on too,” he said.

“It’s pretty cool to see the Motor Show here in Port Augusta, there are some fantastic cars and some very proud people.

“So to come out, have a walk, meet the people that not necessarily come to all the V8 rounds is pretty cool.”

Angela Corbett said the event could not have taken place without the valuable support of volunteers and sponsors.

“I want to thank all NDMA member volunteers and service groups who got involved in the day who helped make the success it was,” she said.