The event started off with many of us meeting at Bunker Hill servo for a planned leisurely cruise in convoy up the Hume Hwy to Echuca via a quick stop in Heathcote. It was a bit like hearding cats though, as the group shot off in all directions at different intervals, eventually ending up at the final stop at various times during the afternoon. A cruise to a local Custom Panel Shop to view their many projects was a treat. I’m sure Rohan had something to do with the tour as the majority of cars were 55’s… After the workshop tour we were all back to Vic Park in Echuca for the Friday Night Registration. The place was buzzing all evening with loads of cars and people gathered to sign in, grab a snag and catch up with good friends. The party kicked on afterwards for many at the Moama caravan park with a rowdy bunch ending up at Rowie’s to watch the Hawks cement their spot in the Grand Final. The loudest supporter was Rowie of course, (thank god the Hawks won!)
Saturday morning had everyone out cruising the beautiful township of Echuca for the Poker Run and lunch at the Moama Sports Club. The display of classic cars cruising the streets was a stroke of genius with loads of spectators inquiring where the show was, ensuring a great turn out for the Sunday Show n Shine. Later that afternoon we all boarded two of Echuca’s iconic paddle steamers for a leasurly cruise down the river to the Moama RSL. There, everyone enjoyed a fantastic meal followed by some drinking & dancing to the tunes of Exploded View till late.
Sunday saw most of us up early and bleary eyed to the Echuca Aquatic Reserve for the Show n Shine. The venue is one of the best in Victoria for car shows and looked amazing full of classic cars. The day was going to be huge, the free breakfast and coffee to kick start the weary was very welcome. Exploded View were there again entertaing the crowds with their great music while the masses either sat around enjoying the band or walked around the beautiful surrounds looking at the awesome range of cars and merchandise. The All Makes format worked extremely well and meant there was a broad range of cars on show, adding variety to the display and boosting entry numbers. Bill Duyvestyn and his team of judges had the difficult task of viewing the many cars and deciding on the worthy winners. All too quickly the day came to an end. Rowie conducted the final thank you’s and the many raffle draws followed by Bill presenting 20 lucky car entrants with their well deserved awards. The after party at the caravan park helped blow off some steam and enjoy a well earned drink, which was a great way to end a brilliant weekend.
A huge thank you again for the hard work put in by the Convention Committee and all the volunteers. A special mention goes to Rowie, John Xidis and Payden for their effort and countless hours that went into making the event run like clockwork. Thank you also to the many Sponsors including the great support from the Echuca Council, Moama RSL and local cars clubs which got behind the event.
Top Ten (in no particular order) Airide Top 10: Des Barlow, 56 Chev Convertible Airide Top 10: Trevor Davidson, 57 Chev Sports Coupe Aussie Desert Cooler Top 10: Ross Anderson, 57 Chev Convertible Cruzin Magazine Top 10: Rod Young, F100 Pick Up Penrite Top 10: Brendan Green, Holden HT Premier Konnect Fasteners Top 10: Gerry Fasano, 57 Chev Convertible Dave’s Classics Top 10: Sebastian Gallanti, Holden HQ American Steel Top 10: David Price, Chrysler Imperial Alpine Truss Top 10: James Theuma 65 Ford Mustang Supa Trik Diffs Top 10: Goerge Cladakis, 65 Corvette
Presidents Award Growe Transport: Sean Peterson, 55 Chev Sedan Coolest Ride Coliban Water: Mitch Goodwin, 39 Chev Sloper Police Choice Moama RSL: Darren Wilson, Dodge Pick Up Encouragement Award Moama RSL: Bredley Woods, 58 Chev Sedan Best Hot Rod TNA Engineering: Ian Cornish, 34 Ford Coupe Best Commercial Clayton Holden Wreckers: Andrew Verkes Chev Pick Up Best Muscle Car Auto EFX: Glenn Huxley Demon Hard Luck Shannons: Robert Wastell, 56 Chev Sedan Longest Distance The Creative Ones: Dave Pickering, Best Original Von Brothers Engineering: Graeme Coles, 57 Chev 150 Tuff Car Award Radiator Workhop: Mick Patton, 57 Chev Sedan
(Thanks to Nick Duyvestyn for the pics)