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
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.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
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
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
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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