Shannons Wheels 2019 – Sunday 3rd March 2019 – hosted by the Council of ACT Motor Clubs
Wheels has been held annually in the Capital Region for more than 30 years. After Summernats, it is perhaps the largest motor vehicle display in the region. At its largest, there have been in excess of 1000 vehicles on display.
The event is hosted by the Council of ACT Motor Clubs (CACTMC) and sponsored by Shannons Insurance.
Since its inception, the event has been held in several different locations in the ACT. The planning of the event has been carried out by various clubs affiliated with CACTMC. For many years the event was held in the very pleasant surroundings of the lawns of Old Parliament House. Concerns about the impact of such a large number of vehicles traversing the grassed areas and parking under the trees in the area, resulted in the event being relocated to a number of different sites in recent years. The cost of running the event in 2017 was also a driving force behind seeking out a suitable location for such a free to the public exhibition.
Following the identification of various problems with the available sites, organizers decided to keep the event within the Capital Region but to widen the options for a suitable site to include locations outside of the ACT. In 2017, Queanbeyan – Palerang Regional Council, which has its headquarters in Queanbeyan, made the Queanbeyan Showground available as a site for Wheels. The decision to accept the opportunity has provided advantages for this display which were not previously available. Queanbeyan Showground is located within easy walking distance of the main shopping centre in Queanbeyan. The Showground is a substantial, level and fenced site, with public conveniences and good parking for visitors. There is a significant amount of additional public parking adjacent to the site in the commercial city centre, which is also available for use by visitors to Wheels. With Sunday trading, families and/or associates of wheels exhibitors and visitors have an alternative to a day spent looking at motor vehicles. The date chosen for Wheels also quite deliberately coincides with the running of Queanbeyan’s Multi-Cultural Festival, so in addition to the shopping opportunities, there are numerous eateries and other recreational areas in close proximity to the Wheels site for the less motoring oriented visitors associated with vehicle exhibitors.
The task of organizing the Shannons Wheels 2019 event has been accepted by Southern Tablelands Heritage Automotive Restorers Club Inc. (STHARC) which is a Queanbeyan based car club affiliated with the CACTMC. In addition to the clubs affiliated with the CACTMC, STHARC believes that it would be beneficial to extend an invitation to attend Shannons Wheels 2019, to all Capital Region car clubs and members of clubs operating outside of the Capital Region if they would like to participate. Details of the event will be available on the CACTMC website. Entry to the display for vehicles will continue to be free, with a gold coin donation to the charity to be supported by the event to be requested from participants.
There has been, over recent years, an increasing tendency for participants in vehicle displays to arrive late and/or depart early. This practice is discourteous to those members of the public who accept the invitation to attend during the advertised hours for the display, but are denied the opportunity to view the display in its entirety. The movement of vehicles on the site is also potentially dangerous to members of the public attending the display and other exhibitors present therefore, no vehicle movements permitted between 10am and 1pm. (A Public Liability Insurance Requirement).
Trophies will be awarded at 12.45pm
With a view to preserving the integrity of the display, while not tying up vehicle owners for the whole day, it is intended that the advertised display times for the event will be 10.00 am until 3.00 pm with vehicle being permitted to depart from 1.00pm following the award of trophies, although it is preferred that participants vehicles remain on the display site throughout the advertised times for the public display. The 1.00pm departure, leaves exhibitors who may have travelled from more distant locations, with an opportunity to make a significant dent in the journey home in daylight conditions.
It is hoped that visitors, from outside the immediate region, might be encouraged to take the opportunity to spend some, or all, of the Saturday visiting local scenic or public interest locations or possibly the Multi-Cultural Festival’s Saturday Evening Music by the River, event.
For planning purposes and display site allocation, clubs intending to display at Shannons Wheels 2019 will be asked to advise STHARC of the number of vehicles which they expect to have on display on the day. Contact and email address for the organizers are: