The Datsun Fairlady Winterfest, hosted by the Datsun Sports Owners Association QLD Club, DSOAQ, marked the beginning of a new tradition for classic car enthusiasts. Held at the picturesque High-Country town of Crows Nest this event brought together Datsun Fairlady owners and admirers from near and far. With the support of the Crows Nest Motel, Crows Nest Tourist Park, local businesses, and the dedicated team behind the event, the weekend showcased the charm of the Datsun Fairlady and the beauty of the high country.
Participants of the Datsun Fairlady Winterfest were greeted with open arms by the friendly staff at the Crows Nest Motel. The country-style motel provided spacious rooms with comfortable beds, fluffy pillows, and all the amenities needed for a pleasant stay. Nestled among the tranquil gum trees, the motel offered a peaceful ambiance, allowing guests to unwind and embrace the beauty of their surroundings. A vast change from when they are in their cars where its wind in hair and fast past.
The event kicked off with a warm welcome at the Grand Old Crow Hotel pub. The pub’s friendly atmosphere and amazing meals set the tone for the weekend ahead. Guests gathered to connect and share their love for the Datsun Fairlady while enjoying delicious food and engaging conversations.
Following dinner at the pub we gathered around the circle of knowledge fire pit at the Crows Nest Tourist Park, which is just over the road from the Crows Nest Motel. On a chilly evening the setting was cozy and provided an ideal space for stories, fun & laughter.
Saturday morning brought excitement as the Datsun Fairlady owners showcased their beloved vehicles at the Crows Nest Tourist Park’s show & shine event. The park’s spacious surroundings served as a perfect backdrop for the display of these classic cars. Notably, a special guest all the way from America added an international flair to the event, highlighting the global reach of the Datsun Fairlady community.
After the show & shine, participants embarked on a scenic tour, immersing themselves in the beauty of the high country. The journey took them from Crows Nest to Monty Brewing Co., where they enjoyed a delightful lunch. The tour featured stops at Nolan’s Block, Myrtille, My Little Blueberry & the gift stores then Haden, and Goombungee Motors. Then the tree lined drive through Ravensbourne and views of our dams. A quick visit to Pechey Distilling Co. provided a unique opportunity to sample and appreciate some fine gin.
The highlight of the weekend was the awards night held at the function centre of the Crows Nest Tourist Park. The venue was beautifully decorated in the vibrant red, white, and blue Datsun colours, setting a festive tone. Attendees enjoyed on site country style catering, they catered for our Gluten and Dairy intolerant guests as well made sure no one left hungry was all provided by the ever-delightful Katrina and her team from The Nest Cafe Crows Nest. As awards were presented to outstanding Fairlady owners, the sense of camaraderie and celebrations, creating lasting memories for all.
The club wanted to support local so even the “trophies” we sourced locally. Totally Workwear for the timber platters. Get Personal Custom Labelling did the branding. Mead from Matt at Valknut Meadery. Chocolates from Highfields Chocolate Cottage. Coffee (not in photo) from Angco Coffee which is found in the Monty Brewing Co precinct.
The success of the inaugural Datsun Fairlady Winterfest has sparked anticipation for future events. Plans are already underway for Winterfest 2024, promising another unforgettable experience for Datsun Fairlady enthusiasts. This gathering not only showcases the allure of these classic cars but also highlights the beauty of the of the high country and the warm hospitality of the local community.