Gnoo Blas 2024

Starting on Friday 9th, and running through the weekend of 10th & 11th of February was the annual Gnoo Blas Classic event held by the Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club in Orange NSW.

The weekend commenced with a street parade of the cars, followed by a visit to a local winery on the Friday, with a large show on the Saturday where around 700 cars of all makes & models, complete with classic trucks, buses, motor cycles and even boats was held in the Jack Brabham Park.

The historic Gnoo Blas road circuit ran around the park, and held the 1st Australian Touring Car Championship on 1st February 1960. The championship in those early days was a single round, consisting of 1 race of 20 laps and covering 75 miles over the fast flowing Gnoo Bas public road course, which still exists.

On Saturday night the attendees gathered at the Orange Services Club for the traditional dinner, where we were addressed by motoring luminaries such as Wayne Sudholz, former car builder and crew chief for Allan Moffat and other notable Ford racers; media personality and author John Smailes who regaled the group with several entertaining stories from his many interactions with the stars of motoring and motorsport and also rising star Cody Burcher who is an Orange local and surely soon to be a force to be reckoned with in the Australian Supercar series given his outstanding performances in the lesser classes to date.

Also during the evening John Smailes presented a plaque and a few words of tribute to the late Max Stewart’s family, his wife and 2 daughters on hand to receive the tribute. Max was firstly a motorcycle racer who graduated very successfully to 4 wheels winning, among other races, the CAMS Gold Star, The Australian Drivers Championship and many other races both locally and abroad in the USA and Asia. Max lost his life driving a F500 car in 1977.

The Sunday event was a drive to lunch, before the entrants made their way home, following an action packed and very enjoyable weekend event.