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    LOOKS GOOD: Robert Briggs’ 1966 Ford Mustang is given the once-over by judge Lachie Kilpatrick at last year’s Great Western Show and Shine Street Party. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Great Western opening up with annual car show

Wimmera Western Highway wine village Great Western is set to both rumble and glitter later this month with a return of a major vehicle show.

Organisers have pencilled in Great Western Show and Shine Street Party for January 22, on the eve of Great Western Cup race meeting.

The street party, a Great Western Future Committee project, will raise money for improvements to community facilities in the town.

Great Western Hotel publican Bruce Ahchow said this year’s showcase would reflect how the event was growing in popularity and would feature a variety of categories.

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“This event started five years ago after a car club visited the hotel. It has just grown from there,” he said.

“Every year this event grows. We introduced a truck section a few years ago, motorbikes, restored and unrestored cars and we have had people with tractors inquire about the event this year.

“You listen to the chatter from people here at the show and shine and there is so much admiration for the work, passion and dedication to these vehicles.”

Entry to the show and shine is free of charge, with exhibitors parking in Cubitt Street by 10.30am and displays opening from about 11am.

Show and shine categories include best restored, best unrestored and people’s choice. 

Trophy supplier Pykes Pets and Cycle have added an additional category – best hot rod – in a show of support.

“Of course, we will be following all the COVID-safe guidelines and as much as possible we will have kids activities and lots of fun for everyone,” Mr Ahchow said.

The Wimmera has long enjoyed a reputation for the high quality of restored vehicles enthusiasts display at various events across the region.

Displays often feature an eclectic mix of vehicle makes and models, some of which have been restored to original condition and others that have been dramatically modified.

Judging presentations will be at 2pm.

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The event leads into the Great Western Cup meeting at Great Western Racecourse on January 23.

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