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
Superheroes and supervillains packed into Shepparton’s Showgrounds on Saturday for regional Victoria’s biggest pop-culture expo.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons defeated Corowa Rutherglen Roos by 76 points at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
REGIONAL Victorians will be invited to get up close and personal with Graham (pictured above) – the face of a world-first Transport Accident Commission road safety initiative.
AFTER 46 years of garden growing, Rochester and District Garden Club members are hanging up their spades, drying out their gloves and getting ready to watch the weeds grow.
Gift fundraiser is looking for toddler talent.
Local export Willie Wheeler dominating at VFL level
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
THE Heathcote Community will come together once again to honour the memory of car accident victim Georgia Edsall-French at a memorial day this Saturday.
Katamatite Lions Club held its 42nd annual handover dinner at the Boosey Creek Tavern on July 13.
Mathoura endured a harsh hammering to its playing confidence on Saturday with a 24-goal thrashing at the hands of Deniliquin Rovers.
The demand for organic milk in Australia is outstripping supply, creating an opportunity for the region’s dairy farmers.
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