Show, shine the best
Show described as best ever in town
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.