Deniliquin Pastoral Times
DENI IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Two episodes of the popular program Classic Restos which feature Deniliquin have now been aired.
The programs were last week released on the Shannon’s website by producer and host Mark ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, who visited Deniliquin in late July.
It was his second trip to Deniliquin to film for the program, having visited to cover the opening of The Depot Historic Vehicle & Memorabilia Collection earlier this year.
Mr Fletcher returned for another look at the ever changing displays at the museum, and to see the new Cruizin* Diner which perfectly complements the tourism attraction.
The team at The Depot also put Mr Fletcher in touch with other collectors including John Thomas, giving him enough content to create two shows on Deniliquin.
In the new episode on The Depot and diner, curator/vehicle services supervisor John Haig takes Mr Fletcher and the audience on a historic tour of three of the cars in the vast collection.
Among them is the 1968 HK Monaro still in original condition. It was once owned by a man who was a production line worker at the Holden plant at the time the car was released.
Next featured was a car from the United States — a 1946 Buick Super Eight convertible. Mr Haig said it was one of the first new models offered by Buick post World War II.
The third car featured was the 1934 Rolls Royce 20/24 that underwent a full-body restoration in the 1990s.
Purtills marketing manager Kacey Dighton said while the focus of the episode was The Depot and the diner, it also served to showcase Deniliquin and district.
‘‘There are many Deni experiences that have been highlighted in the episode, so it is fantastic promotion for the town,’’ she said.
‘‘It was great to have the Classic Restos team back to visit.’’
Three of Mr Thomas’ cars were featured in the second Deniliquin-based episode — a gold 1967 Ford XR GT, a 1970 Falcon panel van and the burnt orange 1974 Ford XB GT.
Mr Fletcher said the gold GT is a ‘‘special’’ car because of its place in Australian motorsports history.
‘‘The 1976 XR GT is a pinnacle car and in my opinion very iconic,’’ the host told the PASTORAL TIMES following his July visit.
‘‘That car won Bathurst in 1967 — Fred Gibson drove it and won.
‘‘But all of the cars were special in their own way and had their own stories.’’
All episodes of the program, including the original episode on The Depot which aired three months ago, can be viewed at https:/ /www.shannons.com.au/club/videos/channel/classic-restos/.