PLANS are already underway for next year’s event after the Rotary Club of Leongatha’s hugely successful Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet on Sunday.
Large crowds flocked to the Leongatha Velodrome for the annual event which saw a record breaking number of entries.
Rotary Club member and event organiser John O’Connor said the committee was thrilled with the day, stating the event was the biggest and best to date.
“The day was a great success,” he said.
“I think having Australia’s top show commentator there was great. Pinky was very popular with the crowd and Rotarians – he was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun.
“He was a really great addition to the event.”
Mr O’Connor said entry numbers were up by 65 vehicles in comparison to the event’s previously most successful year.
“We are so pleased with how the event went we have already said ‘right, this is going to be our weekend each year’,” he said.
“We are now taking steps to book the venue on the same date next year and we have already secured Pinky for the event.”
Mr O’Connor said the feedback from the public has also been positive, with one person sending an email through to express his pleasure at the weekend.
“I just received a beautiful email from this guy that has been getting around to a lot of car shows and he wanted to say how much he enjoyed ours,” he said.
“The man said our show was really well run and he had a really enjoyable day.”
The Swap Meet was also well attended with many stall holders having a successful day.
“It has been suggested that perhaps next year we could look at incorporating local produce and wines as well, so that is something we will look into.”
Shannons Entry of the Show: Less Dole GT Falcon; Edneys Bike of the Show: Neil Fox, Harley Davidson; Best Hot Rod: Rob Stone, Ford A Roadster; Marriotts Best Street Machine: Kevin Watts, ’67 Camaro; Leongatha Garden Supplies Best Custom: Kym Holness, 1954 Chev Corvette; Best Commercial Van, Ute or Wagon: Gary Everitt, HQ Holden Sandman; Best Aussie Vehicle: Scott Bennett, Ford XY GT HO 111; Best Original Restored Car: David Brown, Dodge; Best Original Restored Bike: John Moore, Suzuki GT 750A 1976; Meguiars Best Paint Job: Gary Everitt, HQ Sandman 1973; Best Engine Bay: Kevin Watts 1767 Camaro; Meguiars Best Interior: Chris Kealy, 66 Buick; Special Interest Vehicle: Ron Forth, Humber Ambo; Best Veteran Vehicle: John Austin, 1912 T Model; Best Vintage Vehicle: Ian Nicholas, 1929 Oakland Tourer; Evans Petroleum Best Truck (1-3 years): Chris Eldred, Western Star; Evans Petroleum Best Truck (3-10 years): John Ferguson; Best Caravan or Motorhome: Doug Curphy 1966 Valiant Caravan; HPC Best Go Kart: Chara Wilson, 104 MG Billy Cart; Best Feral Ute: Dennis Ragsdale, 31 Ford A Model; Best Tractor: Ian Motton, 1952 Tea 20 Fergy.