Port Motor Mania on September 9 is set to be a huge event – with so many activities, sights and spectacles on offer, you’d be crazy to miss it! Event organiser Mick Head tells us why we should visit Westport Park on the day, whether you’re a car and motor buff, or simply want to enjoy a fun day out in a festival atmosphere. And monies raised from the day are going to a good cause … helping to fund research into Mitochondrial Disease.
Hi Mick. Tell us a bit about yourself please …
Well, my family – my 2 sons, Justin, Andrew, and my wife, Sharon, and I have lived in Port Macquarie for 11 years now.
As a motor mechanic, I’ve always had a love of cars. I remember when I was 8 or 9 years old, my dad’s friend had a black C3 Corvette. When I first saw it, I was in love – and I knew one day I would have one. Forty years later, and after a lengthy discussion with my wife, Sharon, I bought my first corvette (a red one).
Since then, we have gone to a lot of car shows, made some great friends and had a fantastic time. In my job with BM Automotive, I have had the opportunity to work with some great cars, and I noticed how many interesting cars are in town, but they’re rarely seen.
So, what exactly is Port Motor Mania?
It started as a small car show to raise money for charity, to be held on Sunday 9 September, but has grown into a collection of vintage, veteran, muscle cars, hot rods, vans, bikes, 4WD – even the best work ute – all coming together in one great show.
It’s more of a family festival, with something for everyone: face painting, clowns, stalls, great food, great music from 3 bands – Night Moves, Jokers Wild, Ken Brown, and chuck e as our MC and DJ for the day.
Something is happening all day long … actually, all weekend long, with a meet and greet at Tacking Point Tavern on Friday, with Rock Hard performing and donating their earnings to us. Saturday has a cruise to Beechwood Hotel for a show and shine and lunch. Saturday night has an old fashioned drive in movie at the Food for Less car park in Port – everyone welcome, $2 admission. As you can see, it’s getting bigger and bigger.
What type of cars are you hoping will turn up for the display?
There are many car clubs in Port, covering every age and type of vehicle. In the past, these clubs have kept to themselves, holding car shows and only showing one kind of vehicle, be it old, new, modified etc. But I want to bring together all types of cars in one great show. It’s all about our love of cars, and it’s all to help a little 3 year old boy named Caden.
I hope for 150 cars, but more would be good – the crowd, with the car owners’ help, will be huge. Port Macquarie’s Westport Park is a great venue; there’s a lot of room, and we need it.
What is actually the aim of the event, and how did you come up with the idea for Port Motor Mania?
Sharon was approached on Facebook and asked if anyone could help raise money for a sick little boy. I thought, “Hey, why not? It’s about time I gave something back to the community, so I’ll hold a car show”.
Now, I must tell you that without the dedication, help and support from my crew: Kathy and Darren Ringe, Colin Eyles, Bronwyn Delforce, Michael McLean, his wife Vanessa, Wayne Windley, my lovely wife, Sharon, and Chuck e, this event would never have happened.
What started out as a small car show has grown into a festival. It is with their experience, friendship and hard work that has made this what it is … thank you!
Tell us a bit about Caden Chapman and his family and more about how you came to know them …
To tell the truth, I have never met Caden or his family. When I was asked to help a little 3 year old boy, it didn’t matter if I knew him. It’s a little boy. Caden is a child suffering with Mitochondrial Disease Complex IV. There is no cure yet. There is no government funding, so it’s up to us to help.
What are the costs involved in entering the event, and how will the funds raised help Caden?
For a weekend of fun, it’s only $15 per car; $2 for spectators. We have 30 trophies up for grabs, great giveaways all day, 2 raffles on the day, with over $3,000 in prizes. How’s this: we have a car with no oil or water, held on full throttle – how long will it last? Get in on the sweep …
All money raised will go to the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation to find a cure for Caden and this disease. Research has been good, but they need our help.
What else will be happening over the weekend? I hear there’s also a hot dog eating contest planned …
The Sunday will be a great day. As mentioned, there will be two bands: Jokers Wild and Night Moves and a solo artist, Ken Brown and an auction of donated goods, all great stuff going cheap. There’s the engine blow up competition, 2 raffles with over $3,000 in prizes, and free giveaways all day.
And yes … it’s Port Macquarie’s first Guinness World Record attempt at eating the most hot dogs in 3 minutes: the record is 6. I know we can do 7.
If anyone can do 7, they will be a new Guinness World Record Holder and will be in the Guinness Book of Records – and we will give them a trophy! There are only two spots left.
There will also be face painting, a jumping castle, clowns, great food, great music, great cars. And if someone jumps out of a perfectly good aeroplane from 5,000 ft and lands in the park, it will be Coastal Skydivers showing us their skills!
Who can people contact if they’re interested in finding out more about the event?
Please call me, Mick: 0416 809 533, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Google Port Motor Mania and check out the website. Or, you can just turn up on the day and enter. Remember: all cars and bikes are welcome. We even have a trophy for best work ute! Music will be played all day, and trophies will be given for best girl and guy outfits and best dance combo.
Final words …
After 3 months of emails and personal visits to most businesses in Port Macquarie, many of the big companies would not donate a thing. But small businesses in Port Macquarie, who are battling to make a dollar, gave over $5,000 in goods and services. Without question, some of them rang me first and offered. That’s Australian spirit!
Those businesses we want to thank are: Midcoast Appliances, Autobarn, Beaumont Tiles, BM Automotive, Harvey Norman Electrical (Only), North Coast Quads, Go-Lo, Amcal Chemist, Hair Hub, Madison Ave, BCF, Port Camping World, Edgewater Holiday Park, The Observatory Hotel, Port Venture Cruises, Ultratune, Bursons, Tint Works, Best Western Motor Inn, Office National, PC Pitstop, Saltwater Wine, Hogs Breath, Bay Park Photos, Wauchope RSL, Luminesque, Hairlarious, Rydges, and Repco Port Macquarie.
Please support the people who support us: without them, there would be no show.
Interview by Jo Atkins.
This story was published in issue 82 Port Macquarie