From humble beginnings, Shepparton Motor Museum has grown during the past year into a must-visit destination in the Goulburn Valley.DARREN LINTON February 4, 2013 4:57am
Shepparton Motor Museum supporter Peter Fowler, chairperson Peter Bicknell and volunteer Graham Blight are looking forward to the museum’s public birthday celebration later this month.
When it opened quietly to the public in December 2011, the Shepparton Motor Museum was in its infancy and had no guarantee of success.
But only a year after the grand opening was held, the not-for-profit community venture is firmly entrenched as part of the Greater Shepparton visitor experience.
The museum will hold a public celebration to mark its first birthday with a major Motor Show on Sunday, February 17, but yesterday was an occasion to thank the many individuals and businesses that have supported the project.
‘‘We’ve had fantastic support from enthusiasts who have loaned their cars, bikes and memorabilia to be put on display,’’ Shepparton Motor Museum chairman Peter Bicknell said.
‘‘Without their generosity we wouldn’t have been able to display the variety and quality of motoring history we have in our first year.’’
Mr Bicknell said the museum had won praise from visitors from the region and across the world.
‘‘We have also been blessed with both financial and in-kind support from many businesses and the get together today is our chance to say thank you, but also for them to see just how far we’ve progressed in a year,’’ he said.
The $5 entry fee for the public birthday celebration on February 17 includes access to the museum collection as well as an outdoor motor show featuring more than 150 cars and bikes.
Motor racing legend Jim Richards is the special guest for the birthday party, which will also feature the Shannon’s Super Rig.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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