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Springnats fun for all

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

Wagga Wagga's Millie Elphick, 2, in her dad Don's car.



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.

View: Galley of motor enthusiasts and the burnout action

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 $100000 on paint and panel work and engines — engines cost 50 to 80 grand to be competitive,’’ he said.

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