The Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club’s iconic annual car show will look a little different in 2021 as the New South Wales based club hosts an art exhibition in lieu of its extremely popular car display.
It marks the first time in more than a quarter of a century the car display will not run, with so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and restrictions the main catalyst for the event’s cancellation.
However, while the club is unable to host its traditional event, it has used the opportunity to run a special art show where car enthusiasts can showcase their classic vehicles via a painting, drawing or photograph.
Taking place in the same time slot as the club's beloved car show this February, the Gnoo Blas Classic Art Show will also run as an art competition with all three mediums to make up the judged categories.
All entries will be split into a variety of categories such as Best Holden, Best Ford, Best Sports Car, Best Ute, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, Best Pre 1970, Best Post 2000, Best Modern, abstract and People’s Choice – with prizes available to each winner.
A 1965 MK1 Cortina two-door entry.
Event organiser Denis Gregory was hopeful the art show would attract many enthusiasts as it is a one of a kind event.
“While it seems health restrictions have started to ease compared to where they were last year, it was almost impossible to organise our usual car show in advance as we just could not predict what life would be like this year,” Gregory said.
“So after 26 years, the event is off, but it will be back bigger and better next year. In the meantime, we’re really pleased to be able to keep the interest alive through this art show.
“We’ve already received a lot of support from the local council and our major sponsors like Shannons, who think it’s a great substitute, so we’re hopeful of getting about 200 entries.
“We will also have an official opening on the eve of the event where there will be a special guest. If the art show is successful, it could become another part of the annual car display when the official event comes back in 2022.”
Interested individuals wanting to enter the event have until 10 February to submit their entry, which must be of A3 sizing, not framed and of their own car, truck or bike, as well as being either coloured or black and white.
All entries must be mailed in suitable sized envelopes or canisters to PO box 2521, Orange, 2800, NSW.
The inaugural Gnoo Blas Classic Art Show takes place in Orange, New South Wales on 19-21 February.