MAX PINJARRA: WA's best Monaros on show


Make Smoking History MAX Pinjarra is looking for the best Monaros in the state.

Ever since the first Holden Monaro rolled off the line in 1968, it has created the Ford/Holden rivalry that most of us have grown up with.

MAX Pinjarra will be paying homage to this iconic Aussie muscle car with the third running of the Monaro State Titles.

More than 60 Monaros from all series (HK to VZ) will be on Sir Ross McLarty Oval this Sunday, vying for the coveted Monaro Of Show award.

"Monaros have been a huge part of the Australian car culture for many years, and we are proud to be able to showcase them this weekend," MAX Pinjarra chairman Bryan (Fred) Greenslade said.

"We have over 60 Monaros entered with a good cross section of first to third-generation cars."

They will be a part of nearly 400 hot rods, street machines and motorbikes that will make up MAX Pinjarra in 2019.

Max Pinjarra coordinator Richie Howlett said the Monaro State Titles make up a small part of what is a great family fun day.

"Our event has a lot of free entertainment for the kids, a food truck festival and so much more going on, it is a family day out that is not just for the car enthusiast," he said.

MAX Pinjarra opens at 10am.

Admission is only $10 per adult and accompanied kids under 16 are free.

The town centre is a 10-minute walk away and a shuttle bus is provided to ferry people into town and take in some of the attractions, or to maybe just sit and enjoy a coffee.

Australian icon FOX1 on show at Pinjarra

MAX Pinjarra will have a very special four-wheeled visitor in 2019 - FOX1 - a 1970 Dodge Challenger RT 440 made famous in the iconic 1982 Australian movie Running on Empty.

Owners Jason Turner and Dominic D'Agostino had dreamed about owning it ever since they saw the film when they were in their early teens. More than thirty years later, in July 2017, their dream came true.

The previous owner of FOX1, Pep from Katanning in WA, had owned FOX1 for about 15 years and kept it garaged undercover.

Through researching Facebook, Pep found Jason had lovingly restored old Chargers/MOPARs and entered show cars, and thought he would be the right person to look after FOX1 and put it out there for all Running on Empty fans and car enthusiasts.

Dominic agreed to partner with Jason to own FOX1 and the rest was history.

FOX1 is in pristine condition and exact same condition as in the movie, with some minor adjustments to make it legal for the road - only the rear tyre a bit shorter and normal side exhaust pipe instead of the hooker-type in the movie.

The body artwork remains the same with no modifications, and the same body panel and engine.

Today, Jason and Dominic continue to receive messages from all over the world about their beloved FOX1 and the film Running On Empty, with fans loving the fact FOX1 is out and about at shows for all enthusiasts to see.

FOX1 was a drawcard at the recent Running On Empty Festival held in Cobar, NSW, a town which was one of the filming locations for the 1982 movie.