Italian Stallions: Torquay Motor Show not slowing down

February 9, 2024 BY

L-R: Torquay residents Tom Fratantaro, Rotary president Philip Beasley, show coordinator Bruce Turner, Garth Martin, JJ Walia, and roary secretary Allan Hillgrove. Photos: PETER MARSHALL

THE Torquay Rotary Motor Show will bring peak traffic to the Esplanade this Sunday, February 11 with more than 350 cars locked in for the club’s annual fundraising event.

Show officials say one of the biggest drawcards of this year’s event will be its Italian theme, adding a touch of European class to the array of cars on display.

Gary Grant, a committee member since the first Torquay Rotary Motor Show in 2007, says the ‘Italy’ theme would be one of the event’s best to date as the show is expected to bring in over 7,000 visitors on the day.

“Italy’s reputation for fabulous food and magnificent art dates back many centuries, while the country has also earned a respected reputation for creating some of the world’s most evocative motoring machines.

“The motor show has become a great form of networking, entertainment, and information exchange, as well as a source of special memories for all parties concerned.


Tom Fratantaro in front of his Alfa Romeo.


“The show is aimed at those with a keen interest in preparing and showing their motoring treasures.

“The club also aims for the event to be a source of inspiration and motivation for fellow enthusiasts at future events.”

Iconic Italian vehicle marques include Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Ducati, and Lamborghini.

Mr Grant confirmed two featured exhibits on Sunday would be a 1972 4.5 Litre quad cam v12 engine Ferrari GTC 4 and a 1962 Parilla 250 Grand Sport motorcycle – both vehicles are extremely rare.


JJ Walia alongside his Ferrari F8 Tributo.


Among the exhibitors is Torquay resident and rotary club member Tom Fratantaro.

Mr Fratantaro will fully commit to this year’s theme by bringing his vintage 1987 GTV6 Grand Prix Alfa Romeo to Sunday’s community Show and Shine. “I’ve attended the car show since I joined the rotary club which was about four or five years ago and it’s always a major highlight for me, I just enjoy being around cars the atmosphere that comes with the event,” he said.

“Anyone thinking about attending on Sunday should know it’s truly a unique experience, it’s not only a car show, it comes with spectacular views of the ocean as well, a tonne of shops at your disposal as well, it’s something only Torquay can offer.

“It’s the perfect combination of everything great about where we live.”

Gates open to the Show and Shine at 8am.

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