Mildura Weekly : Friday September 19 Vol 8 No 46
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 MILDURA WEEKLY.COM.AU By GRANT MAYNARD THAT’S not a bad way to describe the Sunassist Motor Show and with more than 150 entries confirmed, and more coming in, organising committee member Danny Curran says this Sunday’s event looks like being a boomer. Like previous years, the show will feature a wide range of vehicles – from a new car and bike showcase by local dealers, to vintage and veter- an bikes; American muscle cars and hot rods, as well as a few trucks! Sunassist’s executive officer Rich- ard Garlick said that after a break last year when no show was organised, it was “very exciting to once again be running the motorshow in 2014.” “Car, truck and motorcycle en- thusiasts will once again have the opportunity to show off their pride and joy, or come along and see a fan- tastic range of vehicles,” he said. But unlike previous years, the revamped for- mat for 2014 includes a number of firsts, includ- ing a change of venue. For the first time, the event will be staged at Irymple’s Henshilwood Oval. In another first, the show this year has its own printed program, featuring a string of in- teresting articles on vari- ous exhibitors and their vehicles, a list of entries, and a raffle ticket. The raffle prize is a $100 fuel voucher from APCO on Deakin Avenue. “The program is a limited edition,” Danny explained. “We have only had 1000 printed, and for $3 each at the gate, we expect them to go pretty quickly, espe- cially because they also include the fuel raffle ticket.” Entry this year is $5, children under 16 free, and the gates open at 10am. The fuel raffle will be drawn af- ter 1pm and before the gates close at 2.30pm. And, if you were in any doubt about the popularity of motorsport in Sunraysia, a look at the list of exhibiting organisations will reas- sure you. Exhibiting groups include Mildura Jaguar Group, Mildura Kart Club, Muscle Car Club, Mildura Utznvanz Club, Sunraysia Drag Rac- ing Association, Sunraysia Speedway Drivers Club, American car Club, Mildura Vintage Vehicles Club, Mil- dura Historic Motorcycles Club, and Mildura 4WD. There is also an impressively long list of independent, solo exhibi- tors and, in a great coup for organis- ers, Team Army will be there. The man in charge – Lieutenant Colonel Tom Regener – explained that Team Army is an incentive to encour- age volunteers to learn mechanics. The Bandiana-based Team Army has become a major drawcard at mo- torsport events with its two rebuilt vehicles – Armygeddon and Project Digger, BELOW. Armygeddon is a Landrover which had seen active service in East Timor, prior to the installation of a seven-litre Chevrolet fuel-injected, supercharged engine. The vehicle was chosen for the Team as it rep- resents vehicles in service with the Army at that time. As Lt Col. Regener points out, the Army has now chosen the Mercedes G-Wagon to replace the Landrover as their general use field vehicles, so Armygeddon has now moved on to represent the recent his- tory of the Australian Army with the ‘follow on’ car, the Project Dig- ger – a blown V8 Ford Fairlane – representative of the vehicles used as staff cars for generals in the 1970s. “We are really happy that Team Army will be represented,” Danny said. “Their Ford is cer- tainly a different muscle car.” Project Digger, like all exhibits, will be eli- gible for the People’s Choice awards – one to be awarded for cars, and another for motorcycles. Voting slips will be made available to spec- tators, and they will be encouraged to vote for their favourite vehicles on the day. Each entry will go into the draw for a number of spot prizes, while the owners of the winning vehicles will receive a handmade trophy to recog- nise their win. There will also be a prize for ‘Best Exhibitor’, as voted by organising committee members. For more information contact Sunassist on 5023 1906, or visit the organisation’s new office on 9th Street, Mildura, next door to Mallee Timber. Sunassist president, Simon Ro- hde, said the motor show is one of the organisation’s major annual fund-raisers and all monies raised were pumped back into the commu- nity to fund the organisation’s work – helping more than 3000 people live independently. “The show is a big event to orga- nise, and many hours have been put in to get the event up and running again after a hiatus in 2013,” he said. I would personally like to thank Danny Curran, Richard Garlick, Dot Knight and the lrymple Progress As- sociation, Sunassist Volunteers and the Utznvanz Club for all the time and effort contributed to the organ- ising committee. “I would also like to acknowl- edge the efforts of Sunassist’s past president and motor show organiser, Russ Mason. Russ passed away last year, and was the driving force for the show since its inception and is sorely missed. “Finally, thank you to the spon- sors who continually support Sunas- sist, and have once again generously sponsored this event. We are very lucky to live in a community such as Sunraysia where local businesses are so keen to support community events.” A slice of motoring heaven on a Sunday... Army has now chosen the Mercedes For more information contact A slice of motoring a Sunday... Search on for next field day ambassador THE search is on again for a young ambassador to represent the Pooncarie Field Day sched- uled for May next year. “He or she will effectively become the face of our biennial event for the next 12 months,” field days organising committee president Angus Whyte said. “When looking for an am- bassador, our committee seeks to recognise someone aged be- tween 15-25 who shows lead- ership qualities; is keen to be involved with, and promote the field day and agriculture in the community; is enthusiastic and energetic; and of course has a connection with the Pooncarie and district communities.” This year’s chosen ambas- sador will replace Top Hut Sta- tion’s Courtney Wakefield who was engaged as ambassador to promote the very successful 2013 event. Courtney spent 12 months promoting the biennial field day, and encouraging young people to be more aware of agriculture in our community. And did it very well, Angus added. Entries for the 2015 ambas- sadorship close on Tuesday, Sep- tember 30. The field day is held bienni- ally, and caters for the pastoral community of NSW. It is, An- gus contends, “a very important event for the region.” “It is not an economic ven- ture, but an event that arose from a need to assist the rural pastoral community deal with drought, isolation, commodity downturn and other associated problems that come with living on the land. “The success and benefits of the first field day staged in 1999 has seen the event grow in size and status to what has now be- come “a must attend” event for people from hundreds of kilo- metres around.” Turning to the exhibits, Gus said the main stipulation is that they must be relevant to the pas- toral and rural community, with a focus on genuine, innovative and high quality products and livestock that will help stimulate diversification, improve land- holder profitability or counter social isolation. 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