Show shines again
LEONGATHA’s ninth annual Show’n’Shine proved to be a massive success with a glorious range of vintage and custom cars parked at Leongatha Velodrome on Sunday.
The fine weather provided a wonderful atmosphere for the event with hundreds of families, tourists and car enthusiasts in attendance.
Mechanics and amateur motorists lined up at 9am to gain entry to the extensive swap meet, where a wide range of car parts and accessories were on offer.
Rotary Club of Leongatha was responsible for putting on another successful event with the club’sJohn O’Connor relieved to see another Show’n’Shine thrive.
“The great thing about our event is that our exhibitors know they are being fairly judged for their entries,” Mr O’Connor said.
“People who enter their cars put in a lot of time preparing their vehicles for shows. We have an incredible team of judges who look at every detail of every entry to ensure the very best win.
“This year has been fantastic. We have had some new teams come on board to bring in great attractions and it was a great atmosphere with plenty of people coming along throughout the day. It is a relief to have pulled off another successful year.”
Guests were welcomed at the velodrome by Jared Lovie’s V8 supercar, which was exhibited on its first outing in history.
Aspiring racers got a chance to go behind the wheel and experience the racetrack first hand at the Howell V8 Simulator.
Wonthaggi’s Daniel Zanella claimed the fastest time on the computer simulation track with a best of 1.10.284.
Leongatha’s very own Leon Watchorn took home the exhibitors choice award for his 1940s Ford Coupe while Gary Everitt of Wonthaggi, took home the two big prizes when he won the Shannon’s Insurance entry of show and the Meguiar’s best engine bay, both for his 1971 Ford SYGT.
Motorshow commentator Pinky Fellows kept the crowds entertained with his informative discussions with local part traders and some classic driving tunes.
Hallston’s Ian Motton exhibited two Massey Ferguson tractors from his collection.
“It is good to put them on display. They are a piece of history that should be enjoyed,” he said.
Food carts kept families full while market vendors also offered a wide range of goods both automotive and otherwise.
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