Champions of Salisbury recognised – Community Event of the Year
City of Salisbury Australia Day awards – Community Event of the Year: Aussie Era Car Show (Salisbury Business Association Inc.)
The Salisbury Aussie Era Car Show was intended to be a unique, one-off community event to celebrate and acknowledge the end of an era – namely almost 70 years of car manufacturing in Australia.
South Australia – but in particular the Northern Adelaide community – had faced multiple years of uncertainty and prominence in the state and national spotlight following GM Holden’s announcement that it would be closing down its car manufacturing operations in this country.
The brainchild of the Salisbury Business Association, the Car Show was held on the weekend of GM Holden’s Elizabeth plant closure with the goal of creating positivity and a sense of togetherness as we entered the post-Holden era while still acknowledging the past and the achievements of Australian car manufacturers.
The event exceeded all expectations attracting about 4,500 people including hundreds of motoring enthusiasts who showcased their pride and joys in a ‘Show and Shine’ of Australian-built vehicles.
It was a true family day featuring a community barbecue, kids playing on the bouncy castle and getting their faces painted alongside northern Adelaide’s largest outdoor vehicle showroom.
The event successfully showcased Salisbury City Centre to new visitors, generated significant economic stimulus and activated community spaces in a way never seen previously. It also brought the local business community together with organiser the Salisbury Business Association securing the backing of Parabanks Shopping Centre, EP Performance, Rebel Ford, Perfection Automotive Detailing, Peter Page Holden and Signarama Salisbury as well as many in-kind supporters.
Thanks to its overwhelming success, the Association has announced the Aussie Era Car Show will now be an annual event returning on Sunday 21 October 2018.
For many reasons, but perhaps most importantly for creating an atmosphere of positivity around arguably our community’s largest challenge in recent years, the Salisbury Aussie Era Car Show is a highly deserved winner of the Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award.