THE Rotary Club of Leongatha’s Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet provides a stage for local car enthusiasts to proudly display their pride and joy.
Dom D’Agostino will bring along his 1975 LX Hatchback Torana to the event on Sunday, March 4 at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve’s velodrome.
It not only looks amazing, but it goes like the clappers. It has a Holden 383ci engine with a 3 Speed Turbo 350 transmission.
Many may know Dom from Michaels IGA Supermarkets in his operational role during the past 15 years.
Michaels is also a sponsor of the Leongatha car show event and has been for the past three years.
In his spare time, Dom is a car enthusiast and lover of drag racing.
He has owned his Torana since 1996 and over the years the vehicle has had many upgrades and modifications.
It proves that cars from the South Gippsland area can compete with cars from all over the country.
Dom’s award winning LX Torana is fresh from its third place in the Tuff Street awards (road registered vehicles only) at this year’s Summernats, backing up last year’s second place result at the same event.
As well as its Summernats trophies and other car show and racing events across Gippsland and Victoria, it is one of the fastest naturally aspirated Holden V8 powered vehicles in Australia.
Dom’s Torana doesn’t just have the power under the bonnet; it also has the award winning level of detail and quality of finish to rival the best in the country.
The attention to detail and resource and development that’s gone into this vehicle has been ongoing for many years with the car’s best time now standing 9.48 seconds at 142mph on the drag strip whilst still being road registered and driven weekly.
The car has been well documented over the years with features in many Holden magazines, Street Machine Magazine and features on the Street Machine TV website and You Tube to name a few.
All work on the car is carried out by Dom, his brother in law Angelo who is also the engine builder and best mates James and Michael.
Dom pays great credit to those guys as he would not have achieved what he has with the car without their help and support before and on race days and car show events.
Dom says it is very much a “group” effort.
“We all own cars of this calibre and it’s part of the fun and camaraderie,” Dom said.
“It becomes more about the time away together than it is about the seriousness of racing and trying to win an event.”
The Torana will be in the running for a win in at least one of the 28 categories featured at the Show ‘n’ Shine.
The event starts at 9am and one of the major drawcards will the the Shannons ‘Super Rig’.
Inside the rig will be an entertainment and information centre, large plasma screens, driving simulators, gaming consoles and memorabilia displays.
It’s one of the many attractions designed to cater for the whole family.
Don’t miss the event that has become enormously popular, drawing thousands of people every year from near and far.
There’ll be more details next week.