Show ’n’ Shine win­ner pays trib­ute

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JAMIE KRON­BORG

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.”

PHOTO: Jenny Zam­per­oni

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.

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