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
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
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Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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