Deniliquin Pastoral Times

DENI IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

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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/.

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 ??  ?? ■ The show’s host Mark ‘Fletch’ Fletcher with John Thomas in his shed.
■ The show’s host Mark ‘Fletch’ Fletcher with John Thomas in his shed.
 ??  ?? ■ ABOVE: The De­pot cu­ra­tor/ve­hi­cle ser­vices su­per­vi­sor John Haig.
■ ABOVE: The De­pot cu­ra­tor/ve­hi­cle ser­vices su­per­vi­sor John Haig.
 ??  ?? ■ LEFT: De­niliquin’s Barry Rut­ledge shows his fa­mous hot rod to the host.
■ LEFT: De­niliquin’s Barry Rut­ledge shows his fa­mous hot rod to the host.

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