Shannons Wheels


Shannons Wheels 2017

Venue: Treasury Car Park, Langton Crescent, Parkes
Date: Sunday 12 March, 10 am to 3 pm
Presented by: The Council of ACT Motor Clubs (CACTMC)
Featured marque: FORD

The 35th Wheels display attracted 750 vehicles, their owners, associated car club members, the Cuban Ambassador, an ACT Government Minister and a lot of members of the public.

The Treasury Car Park in Parkes, while not quite full, due to over 120 Fords being display on Langton Crescent, was certainly busy.

The theme for the display was Ford Australia’s more than 100 years of involvement with the Australian Motor Industry and the spotlight display mounted by the ACT Ford Performance Club put on a spectacular display of Ford vehicles, including a beautifully restored 1935 Ford Roadster Ute V8 and a Ford GT40 – which got its name because it is exactly 40 inches high in order to race beneath the fog of the Le Mans 24 hour race in France.

Ford GT40

A 1917 American Liberty engine and it’s unique utility towing vehicle from Wagga was also a big crowd pleaser. 

Graham Waite was at the Technical Aid to the Disabled (TADACT) stand extolling the virtue of the mainly volunteer organisation which invents, or adapts equipment for people with disabilities of all age groups.

Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT:  Executive Officer, Jennifer Merriman; ACT Minister, Mick Gentleman; Graham Waite

The Cuban Ambassador, Sr. Jose Manuel Galego Montano and his son arrived with three samples of special Havana Rum as prizes for the trophy winners.

ACT Government Minister Mick Gentleman arrived in his MG C and offered his services as a judge of one of the trophies on offer.

LtoR: Rhonda Berry; ACT Government Minister, Mick Gentleman; Shannons’ Business Development Manager, Steven Farmer; Ian Moody; CACTMC VP & Events Director, Graeme Rossiter; Wayne Berry

This year the Wheels’ organisers offered three trophies. It was a clean sweep for the Ford marque taking home all three trophies. The trophies winners were as follows:

Best Ford on Display: Escort, Mexico
LtoR: Council of Act Motor Clubs, President, Mark Saunders; the Cuban Ambassador, Sr. Montano; Doc Baldwin (with trophy).

The car I would most like to take home: (TBA)
LtoR: Shannons’ Business Development Manager, Steven Farmer;  Bill McKell (with trophy); Cuban Ambassador, Sr. Montano

Best Club Display: Ford Performance Club, ACT
LtoR: ACT Government Minister, Mick Gentleman; President, Ford Performance Club ACT, Ray Arbon (with trophy); the Cuban Ambassador, Sr. Montano

All in all it was great day with no major complaints about the location, weather or food outlets.

A drone was employed to fly over the car park and the aerial photography will be uploaded on to the Council of ACT Motor Clubs website.

Congratulations to the Council of ACT Motor Clubs Wheels organising team for another great day for car enthusiasts.

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Download the flyer [wheels-flyer-2017] or Infosheet [wheels-info-sheet-2017]

Vehicle Entry Points: to avoid unnecessary traffic in the event area, please ensure that your vehicle enters via the gate nominated below. Arrive early, preferably between 8:00 & 9:00 am.

Gate 1: North end of Treasury Car Park
(Corner of King EDWARD Terrace & Langton Crescent)
ALL British, Japanese, Antique & Classic, Vintage & Veteran and ALL electric vehicles.
(Approach from the North i.e. from Commonwealth Avenue Bridge)

Gate 2: South end of Treasury Car Park
(Corner of King GEORGE Terrace & Langton Crescent)
ALL German, Italian, French vehicles and ALL Bikes
AND Fords participating in the Featured Display.
(Approach from the South West i.e. from Hyatt & New Parliament House)

Gate 3: North-East corner of Newlands St Car Park
(Corner of Parkes Place West & Newlands Street)
ALL Australian, American, Custom & Hot Rod vehicles (i.e. ALL GM, Holden, Isuzu, Chrysler, Rambler, Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Ford etc), Brindabella Motor Sports Club and Classic Caravans.
(Approach from the South East i.e. from Old Parliament House)

Site map and exhibitor entry points:
(Note: Interim DRAFT version)


(As our technology improves, so too will the quality of our maps 😉

Important messages regarding the event:

Entry and Exit from the event:
Vehicles should arrive via their nominated Gate (see above) between 8:00 am & 9:00 am, but no later than 9:15 am. Volunteer marshals will direct vehicles to the appropriate display areas. Vehicles will not be permitted to leave until 2pm.

Speed limit is 5km/h in event area:
Please observe the event area speed limit of 5 kmph at all times.

King Edward Terrace is expected to be blocked to vehicle traffic east of Parkes Place, due to the Balloon Festival. Access to the Treasury Precinct from the east, e.g. from the National Gallery, will not be possible during the festival.

Drip trays:
All vehicles should use drip trays. A drip tray needs to be impervious to oil and of sufficient size to catch and contain any spillage, drips or seepage from the vehicle while on display. Please remove and dispose of responsibly when the vehicle departs the event.

Volunteers are needed from each club
Each participating club is asked to provide at least 2 volunteers (clubs of less than 20), 4 volunteers for clubs with 20-50 members, and 6 or more for clubs greater than 50 members.

Visitor Parking:
There is ample parking in nearby public car parks for visitors’ vehicles. Visitors who park illegally will be liable for a parking infringement notice.

For further information contact the Council Events Director:
Graeme Rossiter via email: Saturday8 AT iinet DOT net DOT au

Images from Shannons Wheels 2014 @ Kings Park

Aerial View 2 Wheels 2014
Looking towards the Carillon and Lake Burley Griffin

Aerial View 1 Wheels 2014

best of British …


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