Crowds flock to car show

REV-HEADS revelled in radiators and radials at the Riverina Motor Show in Griffith on Saturday.

A record 184 entrants from as far afield as Bathurst put on a spectacle for an enthralled crowd.

The president of the Griffith Custom and Classic Car Club (GCCCC) Greg Salvestro said the quality of vehicles was outstanding. 

“We had cars come from Bathurst and the Warrumbungles as well as plenty from Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera and Wagga,” Mr Salvestro said.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the day, perfect weather, great number of entrants and a huge crowd. 

“The highlight for me was an electric 1954 Austin fully battery- powered tip truck which is a Griffith vehicle that I didn’t even know about.” 

Wagga Holden enthusiast representing the Riverina Monaro’s car club Patrick O’Brien took out three awards including best overall vehicle.

“I am pretty excited and very flattered to have been voted by my peers, it really validates all the work I have put into the cars,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The motor show was very well put together with a lot of variety for everyone’s differing tastes and it was really interactive.” 

Co-organisers of the event Griffith Showground Trust and East Griffith Rotary were also thrilled with how the day turned out. 

Board member of East Griffith Rotary Ross Patane said plenty of valuable profit was made which will go straight to local charities. 

“The best thing from Rotary’s perspective was there seeing so many families out and about enjoying the day,” Mr Patane said.

“We raised about $15,000 which will be split in half between Rotary and the Showground Trust, much needed funds to pay for local projects.”

Winners

■- Patrick O’Brien: Best Overall Vehicle, Best Holden Chev and Best Australian Muscle

■- Anthony Trefile: Best Ford ■ 

- Craig Tropeano: Best US Muscle 

■- Jonathon Gaissord: Presidents’ Choice for Most Unique Vehicle

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