Euroa out­shines for Aussie mo­tor­ing day

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AT­TEN­DANCE num­bers were up for the an­nual Shan­nons In­sur­ance Show and Shine Aus­tralian Na­tional Show held on Sun­day.

In ex­cess of 600 cars were on dis­play, with more than 400 mo­tor­cy­cles.

Event direc­tor Ross Holt said fi­nal gate fig­ures were still to be de­ter­mined at the time of go­ing to press but ap­peared to be up from last year.

“A large num­ber of fam­ily groups at­tended, with chil­dren tak­ing ad­van­tage of free mini-rail­way rides, jump­ing cas­tles and pet­ting zoo,” Mr Holt said.

“I am very pleased with the over­all event, and I must thank the many groups and vol­un­teers who com­bined to make the day an over­all out­stand­ing suc­cess.”

In par­tic­u­lar, Mr Holt thanked the com­mit­tee and the Shire of Strath­bo­gie for their ef­forts in hav­ing the show area and town in pris­tine con­di­tion for the event.

Mr Holt also ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all ex­hibitors and stall hold­ers who at­tended.

Mo­tor cy­cle man­ager Glenn MacDon­ald said this year’s milder weather had re­sulted in a greater at­ten­dance, in par­tic­u­lar large groups trav­el­ling from Mel­bourne.

“The stand- out at­trac­tion for the bikes was John Gee’s jet tur­bine pow­ered Y2K su­per­bike, which John fired up to the de­light of spec­ta­tors,” Mr MacDon­ald said.

Shan­nons In­sur­ance Best Car in Show was won by An­drew Bar­rows with his 1971 Valiant Charger VH7.

For mo­tor­cy­cles, the Shan­nons In­sur­ance Best in Show went to a 2003 “Boss Hoss” 502ci V8 Chev pow­ered ma­chine, owned by Ge­off Terry.

In the older mo­tor­cy­cle cat­e­gory, Euroa’s Straun Clarke was ex­cited to take out two prizes – one each for his two Ariel cy­cles on dis­play.

Dis­play cars trav­elled long dis­tances to at­tend what many be­lieve to be one of the best show and shine events in Aus­tralia.

His­toric Speed­way dis­play co-or­gan­iser Chris Mann said that one of their cars, an im­mac­u­late LJ To­rana, had trav­elled for two days all the way from Wol­lon­gong for the show.

Many spec­ta­tors came from Mel­bourne, Bendigo and Al­bury-Wodonga ar­eas as well as nu­mer­ous lo­cals from Euroa, Shep­par­ton, and the Goul­burn Val­ley.

A top crowd-grab­ber was the ap­pear­ance of two TESLA elec­tric cars, in­clud­ing the Model S P100D, which ac­cel­er­ated from 0 to 100kph in just 2.7 se­conds.

A great va­ri­ety of clas­sic and vin­tage cars were on dis­play in both Seven Creeks Park and the streets of Euroa.

Ex­hi­bi­tions by the CFA, Am­bu­lance, and the pres­ence of the Po­lice “Guardian 2” Mercedes E34 AMG at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion.

“There is no doubt that the Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine event has ben­e­fits which flow on long af­ter the show is fin­ished,” Mr Holt said.

“Many peo­ple at­tend­ing will have seen Euroa town­ship and the North East area for per­haps the first time, and with glow­ing re­ports of the show, ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that they are likely to come back to visit the town and North East­ern Vic­to­rian ar­eas again.”

PHOTO: Dale Mann

MINE IS TOPS: An­drew Bur­rows of Glen Waver­ley was thrilled when his 1971 VH Valiant RT Charger was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at Sun­day’s Shan­nons In­sur­ance Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine event held in Euroa’s main streets.

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