A new generation of motor enthusiasts cruised cars and admired the circle work of burnout masters at the weekend’s 20th annual Springnats.November 26, 2012 4:00am
No parade but plenty of Springnats action November 26, 2012
A new generation of motor enthusiasts cruised cars and admired the circle work of burnout masters at the weekend’s 20th annual Springnats.
The smoke from dozens of sets of wheels drifted across crowds that braved the heat on Saturday and yesterday to take in the show and shine, corkscrew, autokana, and of course the much-loved burnouts at Shepparton Showgrounds.
Among the crowd, two-year-old Millie Elphick danced around the showrooms near her dad’s ultra white 1971 Ford Falcon XY sedan.
Sporting hot pink earmuffs, she gurgled ‘‘Yes’’ when father Don Elphick asked, ‘‘Do you love Daddy doing burnouts?’’.
Elphick won the Springnats burnout competition a couple of years ago and is the current Summernats burnout master.
And daughter Millie is a car nut in the making — she knows when her dad’s Ford XY drives out.
Mr Elphick’s vehicle was the ‘‘everyday’’ car he took to work before he turned it into a burnout car.
Now Mr Elphick, from Wagga Wagga in NSW, goes all over Australia entering competitions.
He said the ‘‘idiot element’’ had disappeared from Shepparton’s Springnats event and it was now a great day out for everyone, including Millie
‘‘It’s a lot more family oriented, which is better because there’s no dramas with the kids,’’ he said.
‘‘Have a look at her, she loves it.’’
Changes in the sport in the past 20 years have contributed to the change in the culture of car events, he said.
Mr Elphick said it had become a lot more professional, comparing it to when the V8 Supercars were starting out.
‘‘At the top end people can spend $100
Shepparton police pursued two youths on foot near Waters Rd this afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Echuca-Moama Country Music Festival will kick off next week at Moama RSL with three days of entertainment under the one roof.
NATIONAL tree day came early for Rochester Secondary College with 16 students planting 350 trees in little more than an hour on Thursday.
Goulburn Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services, has lifted the Boil Water Notice for the township of Tongala.
Australian Army Cadets unit keeps winning awards.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
HEATHCOTE Park Raceway was back in action on Sunday with a surprise for those expecting owner Russell Clarke to be enjoying his retirement.
Dozens of birds of all shapes and sizes flew the coop as Cobram hosted its inaugural poultry auction last Sunday.
Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
Superior Seed Co ran a successful Winter Cropping Field Day at Deniliquin last week.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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