Red Carpet Day Ettalong

Vintage cars and motorcycles at the Red Carpet Day

Ettalong Beach, Lion Badges will be sparkling in the sun: Close to 50 vintage Holdens will be on display during Red Carpet Day 2020. But two-wheel fans will also have a feast: the Woy Woy Ulysses Club will have vintage bikes on display in the carpark of the Diggers Club in Ettalong Beach. Live music, dance groups, artists, buskers and community groups will also contribute on the day: Sunday, 13th September. Local member Liesl Tesch will cut the ribbon at 9.00am for the event that last year attracted close to 7000 visitors.

Centre piece of the display will be a replica 05 Commodore that the late Peter Brock steered to a record nine wins at Bathurst. Owner Ken Brien, Events Director of the Central Coast Holden Association, is excited that his car will get a lot of attention during the day. Ken Brien: “The car is an 84VK Commodore. I spend three years building and rebuilding the car, it is registered and fully insured”.

The doors of the spotless 05 car will be open from Friday 14th August. Photos can be taken for a gold coin donation – the collection is dedicated to the Central Coast Cancer Council.

Holden is ingrained in Australian’s DNA: Beginning as a saddlery in South Australia in 1856 Holden transitioned into the automotive field in 1908. All cars on display – like the 05 racer – are part of the countries history, never to be produced. And on the height of Holden racing: from 56 starts at Mount Panorama, it took home the gold a record 33 times.

Also on display are vintage bikes of the Ulysses Club Woy Woy. The club provides opportunities
in which motorcyclists over 40 can get together for companionship and mutual support.
The members will be showing a number of
bikes and emphasise, that motorcycling can be an enjoyable and practical activity for riders of
all ages.

“We have decided to go ahead with the event”, said Kim Cole, President of the Tourism Partners, to the green light, “all Ettalong businesses need visitor’s support, our Red Carpet Day will contribute to a positive outlook for the rest of the year.” Kim Cole, who also runs the visitors centre at the Diggers Club: “There is an event planned every month with marketing and promotion ready to ‘roll’.”

There will also be a stage in the carpark: set for Rock-n-Roll. Two dance groups will entertain during the day and several stalls, such as Coastal Twist (preparing for the Central Coast Madi Gras), Marine Rescue, SES, Fire brigade and Rotary, Kim Cole: “The partners have also engaged a number of buskers, to play along Ocean View Road.

And there is more: Like last year, local artists are invited to bring their easels and show off the skills, paints will be on display and for sale. According to President Cole, there will be close to 20 local artists exhibiting their work from abstract to landscape to bird’s life and the deep blue sea.

“We are ready to promote and market Peninsula businesses and events again”, reassured President Kim Cole the locals, visitors and  businesses, “we are be back, bigger and better than ever.”

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