Countdown To The 2020 DMS – January 2020

Behold the Holden Torana GTR-X!

DMS 2020 concept vehicle

The wedge-shaped beauty of the Holden Torana GTR-X will return to the Searoad Devonport Motor Show in 2020!  She had planned to feature in the 2018 show which ended in a washout.

The GTR-X concept was designed during the LC-series Torana era, and very nearly made it to production in the early 1970s.

She features a fibreglass body over a steel chassis, and underneath are six-cylinder mechanicals shared with the GTR XU-1.

The Torana GTR-X concept looked very similar to many iconic sports cars of the 1970s, such as the Ferrari 308 GT4, Lotus Esprit and the Mazda RX-7.  It weighs in at 1043kg and was said to boast a top speed of 210km/h.

Were it to have made it to production, the Torana GTR-X would have been the first Holden car to wear factory-issue four-wheel disc brakes.

The model was ultimately scrapped before it made the production line as Holden was unable to justify the high cost of production.

University of Tasmania joins the 2020 show!  

Like the idea of making and racing your own model car? 

How about watching ‘eggs-treme’ crashes? Discover whether student-designed model cars have what it takes to protect a raw egg as it speeds down a steep ramp into a solid barrier!

Thanks to a new partnership between the Devonport Motor Show and the University of Tasmania, a range of fun, educational activities will be on offer in the new University precinct.

You can design and make your own model car – either on the day or bring one from home – to race on the University’s derby track – a 10m long course which peaks at 2.35m in height!

Spokesperson Lyndal Bond said the University was excited to be joining the Devonport Motor Show team.

“Making and racing model cars is such a fun way to get kids involved in science and physics. But it’s not just for kids – the activities in the University of Tasmania precinct are designed to be fun and engaging for all ages.”

Photo: the UTAS Derby track.

Got a pre-1986 truck? Enter it in our new category

Do you own a pre-1986 truck? Want to share it with our show?  The 2020 Devonport Motor Show is keen to offer a presentation of old trucks – a new feature from previous years.  We’ve already got a couple lined up, including this Ford 700 – a classic from local businessman Chas Kelly’s personal collection.

DMS entry tags will stay!

You spoke – we listened! 

We were inundated with responses when we asked your thoughts on moving to electronic entry tags from 2021.

It was fantastic to hear that so many of our entrants hold onto these as a keepsake each year.

So they will stay – you will continue to receive yours in the post in the lead up to the event.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contact us to share your thoughts – we really appreciate it.

We’re moving!

Yep, that’s right – the 2020 Searoad Devonport Motor Show is moving…but only down the road!
With Devonport’s Living Centre Project now in full swing, we are moving our show to the Northern end of Victoria Parade – stretching from the Vietnam Veterans memorial carpark, and west along the foreshore to Fenton Street.
Our show will also extend to the grassed area in front of the Bass Strait Maritime Centre.

Enter now – for free!

Pre-entries are already flooding in for the 2020 Searoad Devonport Motor Show. Click on the button below to enter now.


Admission fee update!From 2020 onwards, we are offering more discounts on admission fees for patrons to our show – keeping in mind that this fee goes directly to charity!

Children under 16: Free
Student card holders: Free
Adult ticket prices: Remain at $15.

You also get to enter the event knowing that your fee is going directly towards improving the lives of others – so well done you!

Know anyone with a vehicle worthy of Devonport Motor Show entry?

Encourage them to come along!We are always keen to see new entries in the Devonport Motor Show.  If you know anyone who might have a vehicle locked away somewhere – how about encouraging them to enter?!

For more information, check out our website or find us on facebook!

More than just cars – food and entertainment galore! More than 20 food and drink stalls will be on offer at our show – something to cater for all tastes!

There will also be music, rides and a bunch of other entertainment, including outrageous children’s entertainer Super Hubert.  Super Hubert is a professional magician, outrageous comedian, pyrotechnic whiz kid, and daredevil stuntman.