Twenty years ago, a group of people with a passion for cars saw the potential for an event in Shepparton.November 26, 2012 1:01am
Springnats fun for all November 26, 2012
Twenty years ago, a group of people with a passion for cars saw the potential for an event in Shepparton.
The town’s strong car culture was the drawcard.
That event spawned what became the Valvoline Autofest Series, now held in towns across Victoria, NSW and South Australia and supported by a volunteer committee of more than 30 people.
But organisers are disappointed Shepparton is now the one town that doesn’t have a street parade.
Spokesman Les Adams said the committee was not prepared to risk participants being fined by police for putting unroadworthy or unregistered machines in the street parade, so they called it off.
Last year’s street parade was also cancelled.
Mr Adams said the committee was frustrated by the local police stance toward the street parade, which was supported by police in other towns.
‘‘Every Christmas and Moomba there are pageants with floats, which are all unroadworthy, and they have people standing on top of them,’’ he said.
‘‘I can’t understand why a street parade is any different.
‘‘From here on in we will not do a street parade in Shepparton.’’
Aside from the parade hiccup, Mr Adams said the weekend was a success, with crowd numbers the highest in five years thanks to the dry weather.
He said the original motivation for putting on the shows — providing performance car enthusiasts a place to show off their skills and vehicles in a safe and friendly environment — remained today.
‘‘That’s what we’ve always strived for from the very first, a happy family environment,’’ Mr Adams said.
‘‘That’s why it’s alcohol free. If we wanted to make a lot of money we would have alcohol, but it’s not about the money.
‘‘You don’t go to many car shows still where mum and dad are there with the pram.’’
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Race two of Kyabram’s Harness Racing meet, held at Echuca on Sunday evening, was declared a no-race when the Michael Bellman-driven Never Look Back fell with about 800m remaining.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
Cobram Barooga locals are being asked to host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Australian Cancer Council.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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