In the first GM and Monaro car show held in Launceston since General Motors decided to retire the iconic Holden brand in February this year, car lovers turned out in their droves.
The show was held on Saturday at Windsor Park at Riverside after being postponed from November due to rain.
But rain was the last thing the hosts of the car show, the Monaro and GM Club of Tasmania, had to worry about as the sun shone down on the hundreds of legendary Holden or Chevrolet cars that sat on the oval.
While cars in the show dated back to the first Holden to be built in Australia - the 48-215 (FX) - there was even a sense on nostalgia about the late model cars that also flocked to the field.
Monaro and GM Club of Tasmania vice-president Peter Denholm said the turnout was fantastic and the show offered a chance for club members and the public to get back out among the car loving community after a tough year.
"As much as anything it's about good people with good cars having a good time," he said.
"It's a good atmosphere ... the Tassie car family enjoy a day out looking at nice cars, and that's the spirit of it."
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Mr Denholm said the turnout for the show was impressive and estimated that at least 150 cars and their owners were part of the display.
He said an HQ wagon from the 70s was his pick of the bunch, but seeing so many cars across so many years was something that reflected the affinity many Australians have with Holdens, and illustrated the disappointment caused by the GM closure.
"Once upon a time car shows were considered something for hot rodders and for cars that were 10, 20, 30, 40 years old. But with local manufacturing finished theres an affection with all Australian made cars and it's awesome to see the modern category grow," he said.
For Jye Weeks it was showing his Dad's 1953 FJ Holden that brought him to the show.
The car was a popping purple and had been restored by Mr Weeks' father.
"Being able to show off something that my old man did means a lot," he said. "To be able to show off my Dad's work, what he did, that puts a massive smile on my face."
He said coming along to the show was a matter of pride, but also expressed his appreciation for the car loving community of the region.
"Over the years they get to see each other at the car shows and the build up bonds and relationships ... you probably know the car before you know the driver," he said.
"I like the atmosphere of the car scene."
Phil and Diana Jackson from Gravelley Beach had brought their 1955 FJ Holden along to the show.
Mr Jackson bought the car when he was about 17 because he had "always loved FJ Holdens".
Mrs Jackson said her favourite thing about the car show was sharing her appreciation for the crocus cream coloured car with others.
"I like people looking over it, and looking around it and admiring it like we do," she said.
But for Mr Jackson it was the perfect opportunity to get it on the road.
"I just like to get it out of the shed and use it," he said.
"I don't get it out enough ... not near enough."
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