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Shepparton celebrates motor mueseum's birthday

Shepparton Motor Museum has celebrated its second birthday in style, with hundreds of visitors enjoying a massive display of classic cars.

JENNA BISHOP February 17, 2014 4:10am

Luke Vincitorio with seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards at Shepparton Motor Museum.

Children were enthralled by the loud noises as blower engines roared on performance cars, while others enjoyed the more sedate collection of classic cars at the Shepparton Motor Museum.

More than 250 classic, vintage and unique cars and motorbikes were on display yesterday for the museum’s second birthday.

An interactive trailer with race simulators from Shannons Insurance drew a crowd, as did motor racing superstar Jim Richards, seven-time winner of the Bathurst 1000.

Museum curator Graeme Balfour said it had been a fantastic day, with more than 2000 people visiting the collection of classic and eclectic cars.

‘‘The response has been fantastic — even the other Emerald Bank traders have said they’ve had a good day, selling out of some of their lines,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s good to see people out and about, enjoying a nice, sunny day.

‘‘We’re very thankful for the general public that came out and we’re already looking forward to a bigger and better event next year.’’

Mr Balfour said inclement weather earlier in the weekend meant the outdoors display had to be shifted from the museum’s new rear outdoor area, but the cramped conditions hadn’t affected the celebrations.

Shepparton’s Graham Tidd and his intricately restored 1928 Model A Ford pickup were among the hundreds of exhibitor vehicles on display at the show.

Mr Tidd said more than four years and 8000 hours of manpower had gone into the restoration of the Ford.

‘‘I purchased it in 1973 and put it away until I retired, so I’d have a project to work on,’’ he said.

Formerly a mechanic, Mr Tidd rebuilt the vintage car from the ground up, although he had to outsource the custom chrome-work and upholstery.

Mr Tidd said his enjoyment of restoring cars came from a passion for completely rebuilding something passed down from older generations.

‘‘They’re like a jigsaw puzzle — you’ve got 1000 pieces and you’ve got to put them all together. You’ve got to sit and do it, you can’t give up,’’ he said.

‘‘You’ve got to have a break and get back to it.’’

He is also in the process of restoring a 1951 Morris Minor for his wife.

‘‘She wanted something with wind-up windows and a tin roof,’’ Mr Tidd said.

Several best-vehicle trophies went to local entrants, including Bill King for special efforts, Lou Thomson for a 1949 Bentley, Lou Tuckett for a 1925 Hupmobile and Kyabram’s Lisa Ratcliffe.

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