Show ’n’ Shine winner pays tribute
MYRTLEFORD Chopped and Changed Kustom Car Club co-founder Stefan Saric says Saturday’s “sensational weather” was perfect for the club’s second annual Show ’n’ Shine in conjunction with Myrtleford Rotary’s Swap Meet at the town’s showgrounds.
The conditions were the reverse of last year’s when rain swamped the inaugural Shine and kept many car and truck enthusiasts at home.
But Stefan said Saturday’s perfect spring sunshine and some serious vehicle muscle attracted more than 1200 people through the showgrounds’ gates.
“We had a great crowd on what was a really nice day,” he said.
“We had more than 150 entries for the Shine from right across the North East and Border – Thurgoona, Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Beechworth, Chiltern and Myrtleford and two or three from Melbourne.”
The people’s choice award went to Eurobin’s Rick Weimer and Win Mapley for a 1954 DeSoto pick-up.
It was entered in honour of the late Barry Mapley, Mrs Mapley’s husband – a Eurobin farmer and Eurobin-Ovens Country Fire Authority veteran who fought the vicious 2009 Black Saturday bushfire – who died a year ago.
Mr Mapley had been attending fires for 37 years when on the evening of February 7, 2009, he was one of many in the combat against the ferocious Beechworth-Mudgegonga blaze near Mudgegonga.
“The fire was hot and we were trying to save a house,” he told the Times Observer in 2014. “We had just put out the front and were heading round the back when the couple who lived there drove up alongside the (fire) truck in their car.
“The car was on fire and the woman’s hair was on fire.”
It was a horrific prospect for the four-man CFA crew, which included three generations of the Mapley family. “The truck took the brunt of the flames and the guys were putting water on the people and threw them a fire blanket,” Mr Mapley recounted when he was named a recipient of the National Emergency Medal five years later.
He was at the time puzzled why he alone had been nominated for the medal when, as he told the Times-Observer, the whole crew had saved the couple’s lives.
Rick said the DeSoto had belonged to his grandfather who had started to restore it before he died.
“Grandma and I thought we’d try to get it finished for entry in this year’s Shine,” Rick said this week. “It took the whole 12 months.” Master painter Toby Locke finished painting the vehicle only on Friday.
Toby also painted the best rat rod entry – a 1957 Chevrolet pickup owned by Stefan.
The award for the best paint job went to Glenrowan’s Bevan Bradley for his 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air.
Wangaratta’s Shane Graham was awarded best car trophy for his 1973 Charger coupe.
“We were so happy with the day,” Stefan said.
“The Show ’n’ Shine can only get bigger and better and bring people back to Myrtleford.
“And then there’s the really beautiful showground.
“It’s a real asset and people really loved the venue.”
TRIBUTE: Eurobin’s Rick Weimer with his grandmother’s 1954 DeSoto pick-up – the people’s choice winner at Saturday’s Shine –with Toby Locke, who finished the panel painting on Friday. Rick has named the vehicle in honour of his grandfather – Black Saturday 2009 bushfire hero, National Emergency Medal recipient and Ovens-Eurobin farmer Barry Mapley, who died last October.