Revving up for Nathalia car meet

By Madeleine Byron

TJ’s IGA Nathalia Show and Shine and Swap Meet will again rev-up car enthusiasts from the region when prized cars roll into the Nathalia Recreation Reserve next month.

Gates open from 8am and show chairman Anthony Oliver said if it had wheels and people were proud of it ‘‘we want you to show it’’.

‘‘There’s something for all ages, something for the kids and car enthusiasts, some of the swap sites have things for the ladies and for a first this year we also have clowns attending,’’ Mr Oliver said.

Sponsored by insurer Shannons, there will be 12 different prizes to be won, with judging starting at 11am and presentations from noon.

Mr Oliver said the show was one of the town’s bigger events for the year.

‘‘People get inspiration for their own car projects, buy parts, or purchase a completed vehicle,’’ he said.

Food vendor vans and coffee will be available on the day along with a major raffle and children’s entertainment.

Rotary Club of Nathalia member Ross Smith said each car was a personal triumph.

‘‘I think they’re the flavour of the month, old cars are very popular, people like buying them as a scrap heap and doing them up — it becomes an adventure driving them around and perhaps a miracle if you get there, but just about every person owns a car and some of these cars won’t be around for much longer,’’ Mr Smith said.

TJ’s IGA Nathalia Show and Shine and Swap Meet will be on March 24 at Nathalia Recreation Reserve.

Show entry is $5, including spectators and car entry.

For more information, phone Anthony Oliver on 0418106652 or follow ‘TJ’s IGA Nathalia Show and Shine & Swap Meet’ on Facebook.