Euroa outshines for Aussie motoring day
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.”
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.