The Launceston Motor Show this weekend is the latest attempt by the Royal Launceston Show Society to keep the October agricultural event afloat.
Royal Launceston Show has received support from many sources – including National Trust Tasmania, City of Launceston council and the state government, and consultants – but society members agree the show infrastructure has to make more money.
Royal Launceston Show Society president Jock Gibson said a number of fundraising options had been considered, and this Sunday’s motor show was the first to be rolled out.
“We need to do fundraising first, and one of those is a motor show at the showground,” Mr Gibson said.
“We believe it’s in the best interests of everyone to trade through it, despite trying to keep the show alive, so we’re trying to do a one-day show,” he said.
If we’re going to have a pathway forward, we have to have more utilisation on that ground.Graeme Page
The Launceston Motor Show will raise money to help with ongoing costs associated with the agricultural show, which the society is planning to hold on the Show Day public holiday on Thursday, October 11.
Launceston Motor Show coordinator and Royal Launceston Show Society director Graeme Page said the committee thought a mid-year event would cover some show costs.
“If we’re going to have a pathway forward, we have to have more utilisation on that ground,” Mr Page said.
“This will help pay for insurance and ongoing costs for the show.”
A motor show celebrating vehicles of all types over the past 100 years was an obvious choice with the popularity of similar events around the state.
“In Tasmania we punch above our weight population wise for the number of cars we have. We have an abundance of these vehicles,” he said.
The event will showcase trucks, trailer, motorbikes, motorhomes and cars between 1916 and 2016.
“Everything unique on wheels is welcome,” Mr Page said.
Vehicles can be exhibited at Launceston Motor Show for free and will be accepted from 9.30am on Sunday.
Entry is $10 for adults and children under 16 free.
Early birds can park at Launceston Showground from 10am and the show runs until mid afternoon.
Visit www.launcestonmotorshow.com.au for more information.