Superlatives flowed freely as people described Sunday’s Australian National Show and Shine at Euroa.

"Fantastic", "Incredible" and "Best ever" were just a few of the comments made this afternoon about the 2018 Australian National Show and Shine Euroa.

With a record 800 plus cars and more than 490 motor cycles, this year's event has certainly exceeded vehicle attendance figures of previous years. Both the cars and motorcycles overflowed into areas outside of the event. Early estimates put spectator attendance at over 8,000 people.

A wonderfully sunny day added to the ambience of the venue, and huge crowds enjoyed the atmosphere of a balmy 24 degrees with a light breeze.

Event Director Ross Holt said, “What a fantastic day! On Sunday, the beautiful Euroa parks were a haven for all motoring enthusiasts.”

“In an idyllic setting, cars, motorbikes, trucks, tractors and engines of all shapes and sizes along with over 90 stalls and 3 bands as well were enjoyed by a huge crowd of all ages.

The hardworking committee are to be congratulated on their amazing effort – well done for a top result. To run a show like this we rely on over 100 volunteers who have made a huge contribution as well as the Shire having the parks in an absolutely beautiful condition

We could not run the show without our excellent sponsors – a big thanks to our major sponsors – Shannons, Mothers, the Shire of Strathbogie, Darryl Twitt Motors and GMCU.

We will not know the exact figures until later but it was certainly bigger, better and brighter than last year. To the people who brought their display vehicles and couldn’t get in, we apologise and hope to cater for you next year.”

Shannons Insurance Best in Show was won by an immaculate Ford Galaxy from Andrew Beverly. Andrew purchased this car as a rolling shell, his father carried out all the mechanical work and Andrew did the stellar paint work including the airbrushing. The 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 has been completed to a very high standard including the white upholstery with red trim.

Best Motorcycle was taken out by Michael Penney with a 1930 Harley Davidson

Mother’s Polishes Best in Show went to Steven Mitchell with a ’34 Ford

An incredible attendance by forty seven Corvettes from three states including the Central Victorian and Melbourne clubs was rewarded with the Best Club Display award.

The 1923 Aston Martin of Peter Saglietti without doubt one of the main attractions and won the Rob Asquith Founders Trophy.

With display spots filling rapidly organisers needed to carefully allocate space, as both cars and bikes promised to overflow the space available. Some clubs waited patiently in the streets as the Seven Creeks Park filled with shiny examples of automotive excellence. It was the first time that some have actually declared the venue as “full”. Those who predicted that clashing with the Bathurst 1000 event would detract from attendees were proved seriously wrong, as many people kept track of the Great Race on the big screen provided.

The show’s “family friendly” reputation lived up to its name, with children enjoying the horse and carriage rides, jumping castles and free mini train rides. More than sixty market stalls covering a huge variety of food, drinks and articles for sale kept spectators happy with their goods.

Three bands throughout the parks and Master of Ceremonies Craig “Whiskas” Veysey kept the huge crowd entertained throughout the day.

Novelty events were popular with the Fashion Parade of period costumes being won by Candy Frigo and Graeme Padworth both of Shepparton.

Darryl Twitt Motors “Win a Jaguar for the Weekend” competition winner will be announced shortly. Marketing Manager Pike Peters simply described the event as “Extraordinary!”

Mr Holt was high in his praise of the large number of volunteers who pitched in to help make the day an outstanding success.


.. Ray Read

Caption:  Shannons Insurance Best in Show winner Andrew Beverley with his immaculate Ford Galaxy. Photo by AutoMotive Photography.