Benalla Ensign

Rev up for Swanpool Motor Fest

- By Simon Ruppert

The fourth annual Swanpool Motor Festival opens its gates on Sunday, March 13, with an oval full of cars, bikes, trucks and much more.

In fact organiser Ross Coles said anything with an engine was welcome.

“This year’s event is expected to exceed last year’s, which had just under 400 entrants,” Mr Coles said.

“We also have our swap meet and market stalls; food and drink; and local band Rattler playing your favourite country and rock ‘n’ roll hits.

“Bring a chair, picnic table, sunscreen and settle in for what will be a fabulous family day out.”

The festival will, once again, take over the Albert Heaney Reserve in Swanpool and visitors are welcome from 8am, with the event finishing up at 3pm.

Entry is $5 for adults and free for children aged under 16.

If you would like to display your pride and joy there is a charge of $10 per vehicle, which includes entry for two adults.

Mr Coles said several prizes would be awarded on the day with the prize pool sitting at $5000.

“We’re doing this a bit different to other show ‘n’ shines,” he said.

“The top prize is a car detailing package valued at $800. We also have tickets to this year’s Winton Supercars, tickets for Historic Sandown, and tickets for Winton Festival of Speed.

“We have various other prizes, with a minimum value of $100.

“The way it works is we will put all the entries into a box and we will draw one.

“That person will come up and draw a prize from a second box, which they will take home.

“They will then draw the next person, and that will continue until all prizes have been handed out.”

Mr Coles said the Benalla Aviation Museum would be returning with its V12 Spitfire engine.

Anyone who attended last year can attest to how loud it is when it’s fired up.

There have already been some impressive entrants putting their names down to display.

“We have a unique Kenworth truck coming. It is the first Kenworth imported into Australia back in the 1950s,” Mr Coles said.

“It went to the Pilbara mine over in WA, and at the time it was the biggest truck in the country.

"It had a very long trailer that could move anything in the mine. It’s now been converted into a heavy haulage tow truck.

“We’ve got another bloke who has just imported a Messerschm­itt KR200, or Kabinenrol­ler (cabin scooter).

“It’s a three-wheeled bubble car designed by the aircraft engineer Fritz Fend, which was produced in the German aircraft manufactur­er’s factory from 1955 until 1964.

“And we have another bloke who has just spent five years restoring a 1967 Shelby Mustang.

“And the Swanpool Motor Festival will be the first time it has been on display.”

All funds raised on the day will be used for the maintenanc­e and upkeep of the Albert Heaney Oval and facilities.

The festival is made possible thanks to its sponsors, which include Shannons, Delatite Mowers and Chainsaws, High Country Parts and Martins Garage.

If you are interested in running a market stall, visitwww.swanpoolan­ddistrict.com.au and click the Swanpool Motor Festival 2022 tab to download an applicatio­n form. For more informatio­n, phone Ross Coles on 0417 351 304 or visit the website listed above.

 ?? ?? Entertaine­rs: Local band Rattler will be at the Swanpool Motor Festival playing a variety of country and rock ‘n’ roll classics.
Entertaine­rs: Local band Rattler will be at the Swanpool Motor Festival playing a variety of country and rock ‘n’ roll classics.
 ?? ?? Family-friendly: Trainee judge, three-year-old Archie Coles at the 2021 festival.
Family-friendly: Trainee judge, three-year-old Archie Coles at the 2021 festival.
 ?? ?? Hot rod: There were some colourful cars on display in 2021.
Hot rod: There were some colourful cars on display in 2021.

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