Historic UK cars to go on show in Hargreaves Mall

HARGREAVES Mall will become a haven for car enthusiasts today when the Armstrong Siddeley Car Club holds its annual display.

The club’s Victorian branch has been chosen to run this year’s event and this is the first time Bendigo will host the Concours d’Elegance.

The display will feature 24 Armstrong Siddeley cars, which were manufactured in the United Kingdom between 1919 and 1960.

Armstrong Siddeley Car Club Victorian branch chairman Sandy Cameron said the club was looking forward to hosting the event in Bendigo.

He said Bendigo was chosen for the event because of its “significant history”. 

“Bendigo is a town that stands tall in the history of Victoria,” he said. “It was one of the richest towns prior to the 1890s and the architecture of buildings that still exist are second to none.”

Each car will be judged using a 1000-point system, which allocates 775 points for condition and 225 points for originality. 

There are five categories including interior, exterior, under-car, engine bay and boot, with each component judged on condition and originality. 

Mr Cameron said the event would appeal to a range of demographics and everyone was welcome to come along and vote on the displayed cars.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell will officially open the event, which runs in the mall from 9am to noon. 

The Armstrong Siddeley Car Club of Australia was formed in 1960 and has branches in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

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