19th/ 20th September 2015
The concept of Toranafest began in 1994.
The original Toranafest was insigated by New FM Radio Host, Maynard (now with ABC Newcastle) in response to the inordinate amount of Toranas he had noticed on the road, in Newcastle. After getting "ribbed' about his car (a VW) from Newcastle's Torana owners, the idea of holding an all Torana Car show was beginning to have momentum.
The members debated whether to include only local Toranas, or include those from Sydney and Newcastle or even Australia. The actual name Toranafest was devised by members from the HVTC.
On the 5th June 1994, a total of 183 Toranas gathered at Bar Beach for this inaugural gathering. This number took some years to surpass. The local Police provided an escort through Darby St and Hunter St. The traffic lights were coordinated to be green to keep the cars together as one. The cars then finished the cruise and gathered at the Newcastle Foreshore for the day's show and shine.
It was seen as a fun way to promote the Club and to stage an event that included Holden Torana's. Trophies were awarded to both the youngest and oldest Torana driver on the day. At the first Toranafest, the oldest driver was an 83 year old gentleman from Mayfield (in a 1973 LJ) whilst the youngest was Justin White. This event staged by the Club has grown significantly in recent years as the numbers testify:
1994 - 183 entries
The Club has always donated the proceeds from the day to a nominated local charity or community group. Over the years the groups who have benefited from Toranafest included Neonatal Intensive Care Ward at JHH, Delando Cresent Special School, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and in recent years, Ronald McDonald House.
Watch footage from 1994!
News snippet from 1998
Proceeds from Toranafest go to Ronald McDonald House - Newcastle,