Show, shine the best

Show de­scribed as best ever in town

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By RAY READ

SU­PERLA­TIVES flowed freely as peo­ple de­scribed Sun­day’s Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine at Euroa as “fan­tas­tic”, “in­cred­i­ble” and “best ever”.

With a record 800 plus cars and more than 490 mo­tor­cy­cles, this year’s event has cer­tainly ex­ceeded ve­hi­cle at­ten­dance fig­ures of pre­vi­ous years.

Both the cars and mo­tor­cy­cles over­flowed into ar­eas out­side of the event. Early es­ti­mates put spec­ta­tor at­ten­dance at over 8000 peo­ple.

A won­der­fully sunny day added to the am­bi­ence of the venue, and huge crowds en­joyed the at­mos­phere of a balmy 24 de­grees with a light breeze.

Event di­rec­tor Ross Holt said the hard­work­ing com­mit­tee are to be con­grat­u­lated on their amaz­ing ef­fort.

“To run a show like this we rely on over 100 vol­un­teers who have made a huge con­tri­bu­tion as well as the shire hav­ing the parks in an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful con­di­tion,” Mr Holt said.

“In an idyl­lic set­ting, cars, mo­tor­bikes, trucks, trac­tors and en­gines of all shapes and sizes along with over 90 stalls and three bands as well were en­joyed by a huge crowd of all ages.”

Mr Holt said we will not know the ex­act fig­ures un­til later but it was cer­tainly big­ger, bet­ter and brighter than last year.

“To the peo­ple who brought their dis­play ve­hi­cles and couldn’t get in, we apol­o­gise and hope to cater for you next year,” he said.

Shan­nons In­sur­ance Best in Show was won by an im­mac­u­late Ford Gal­axy from Andrew Bev­erly.

Andrew pur­chased this car as a rolling shell, his fa­ther car­ried out all the me­chan­i­cal work and Andrew did the stel­lar paint work in­clud­ing the air­brush­ing.

The 1964 Ford Gal­axy 500 has been com­pleted to a very high stan­dard in­clud­ing the white up­hol­stery with red trim.

Best Mo­tor­cy­cle was taken out by Michael Pen­ney with a 1930 Harley David­son and Mother’s Pol­ishes Best in Show went to Steven Mit­cell with a ’ 34 Ford.

An in­cred­i­ble at­ten­dance by forty seven Corvettes from three states in­clud­ing the Cen­tral Vic­to­rian and Mel­bourne clubs was re­warded with the Best Club Dis­play award.

The 1923 As­ton Martin of Peter Sen­gletti, with­out doubt one of the main at­trac­tions, won the Rob Asquith Tro­phy.

With dis­play spots fill­ing rapidly or­gan­is­ers needed to care­fully al­lo­cate space, as both cars and bikes promised to over­flow the space avail­able.

Some clubs waited pa­tiently in the streets as the Seven Creeks Park filled with shiny ex­am­ples of au­to­mo­tive ex­cel­lence.

It was the first time that some have ac­tu­ally de­clared the venue as “full”.

Those who pre­dicted that clash­ing with the Bathurst 1000 event would de­tract from at­ten­dees were proved se­ri­ously wrong, as many peo­ple kept track of the Great Race on the big screen pro­vided.

The show’s “fam­ily friendly” rep­u­ta­tion lived up to its name, with chil­dren en­joy­ing the horse and car­riage rides, jump­ing cas­tles and free mini train rides.

More than sixty mar­ket stalls cov­er­ing a huge va­ri­ety of food, drinks and ar­ti­cles for sale kept spec­ta­tors happy with their goods.

Three bands through­out the parks and Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies Craig “Whiskas” Vey­sey kept the huge crowd en­ter­tained through­out the day.

Nov­elty events were pop­u­lar with the Fash­ion Pa­rade of pe­riod cos­tumes be­ing won by Candy Frigo and Graeme Pad­worth both of Shep­par­ton.

Dar­ryl Twitt Mo­tors “Win a Jaguar for the Week­end” com­pe­ti­tion win­ner will be an­nounced shortly, with mar­ket­ing man­ager Pike Pe­ters de­scrib­ing the event as sim­ply “Ex­tra­or­di­nary!”

Mr Holt would also like to thank the ma­jor spon­sors Shan­nons, Moth­ers, the Shire of Strath­bo­gie, Dar­ryl Twitt Mo­tors and GMCU.

He said that in ac­cor­dance with the Euroa Show and Shine’s pol­icy, sig­nif­i­cant dona­tions would be made too many lo­cal sport­ing bod­ies and char­i­ties from the gate re­ceipts of the event.

BIG CROWDS: Thou­sands flocked to see the cars on of­fer, with some­thing for ev­ery­one at this year’s Show and Shine Euroa.

HOT WHEELS: John Good­man from Myrtle­ford showed off his 1971 Tri­umph TR6, one of his favourite Fa­ther’s Day presents.

LEND­ING A HAND: The Evolve youth group were on board to help out, set­ting up many of the bounc­ing cas­tles through­out the event.

OF­FI­CIAL OPEN­ING: Ross Holt, show pres­i­dent, Craig Ve­sey, the MC and Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) all came to­gether to open up the show to the pub­lic.

ALL ABOARD: The kids were kept busy also, with free reg­u­lar train rides cir­cu­lat­ing the venue with Jen­nifer (9) (left), Pete (6) and Jay (9) on the minia­ture rail­way.

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