An Australian made, owned and restored Holden Monaro GTS made history in 2016 by winning the Australian International Concours d’Elegance at the 2016 Motorclassica in Melbourne.
It is the first time that an Australian-made car has won a globally-recognised Concours d’Elegance event, and the first locally manufactured winner in the seven year history of the Motorclassica event.
Owned by Victorian Terry Smart, the fabulous 1969 Holden Monaro GTS won Motorclassica’s ‘Best of Show’ accolade to win the premier Australian International Concours d’Elegance title, along with the ‘Restoration of the Year’ trophy for its restorers, Recreation Automotive.
VINTAGE & VETERAN 1923 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost, Richard Knight
PRE-WAR CLASSIC UK & EURO 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II, Ken King
PRE-WAR CLASSIC USA 1936 Auburn 852, Paul Capel
POST-WAR CLASSIC CLOSED 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint, Tony Coates
POST-WAR CLASSIC OPEN 1959 Mercedes Benz 190SL, Sam Sofi
MODERN CLASSIC UK & EURO 1961 Volkswagen Micro Bus Deluxe 23 Window, Theo Dimopoulos
MODERN CLASSIC AUST/USA/JAPAN 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Joe Caruana
MODERN CLASSIC SP & PERFORMANCE UNDER 3 LITRE 1971 Dino 246, Geoffrey Corah
MODERN CLASSIC SP & PERFORMANCE OVER 3 LITRE Ferrari 512BB, Phillip Allen
PRESERVATION CLASS 1935 Rolls Royce 20/25, Phillip Hilliard
MOTORCYCLES PRE-WAR 1938 Indian Chief, Matt Willis
MOTORCYCLES POST WAR 1965 BSA Lightning Clubman, Jon Munn
SPIRIT OF MOTORCLASSICA 1931 Delage D8S De Villars, Phillip Schudmak
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 1961 Volkswagen 23 Window Micro Bus, Theo Dimopoulos
Motorclassica this year celebrated a number of automotive milestones, with special Concours classes awarded to reflect those.
130 YEARS OF MERCEDES-BENZ 1955 Gullwing, Lindsay Fox
110 YEARS OF ROLLS-ROYCE 1923 40/50 Silver Ghost, Richard Knight
100 YEARS OF BMW 1997 840Ci M-tech, Robert Pavlov
90 YEARS OF TOURING SUPERLEGGRA 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint, Tony Coates
90 YEARS OF DUCATI 1968 350/250 Desmo Twin, Paul Cowan
RESTORATION OF THE YEAR 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, Terry Smart. Restored by: Recreation Automotive
BEST OF SHOW 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, Terry Smart
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time talking to the public and other enthusiasts about all things motoring related. I sincerely hope the Kombi brought as much joy to everyone as it does for all who have the pleasure of viewing her; being an exceptional example of the model and marque.excerpt from letter Theo Dimopoulos