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Powerful Display At Nanango

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Before and after … Gary Mannion, from Nanango, with his almost-complete, unrestored 1920s Essex Super Six (it could be yours for $8000!); and Mark Ellis, from Kingaroy, with his restored 1926 Essex Super Six

April 9, 2018

Organisers of the third annual Power Up Car Show & Shine And Swap Meet are “rapt” with the results – with 50 cars and 17 motorbikes taking part in the display.

The event is a fundraiser for the Nanango Sporting Association, which oversees the sporting grounds in Burnett Street, and was held on Sunday.

Secretary Val Tebble said she was “rapt with the weather, rapt with the number of swap stalls and rapt with people’s enthusiasm”.

Stallholders and entrants started turning up at the grounds early on Sunday morning.

“It was still dark when they started arriving,” Val said.

She said a highlight for many visitors on the day was a 1966 red Ford Thunderbird which arrived in Australia from the United States in 2009 but has only been on Australian roads twice since then (including Sunday).

The T-Bird has been “mechanically revitalised” but is in otherwise original condition.

“I feel we are getting a bigger following with more people turning up every year, especially people who have not been here before,” Val said.

“And it’s not the same cars each year, which is great for the visitors.”

Prizes were distributed in a number of categories:

  • Best Car – 1975 Torana SLR5000 (red) – Mick Baker
  • Best Ute – 1975 Holden HJ 1 tonne (black) – Robert Strachan
  • Best Paint – 1969 Holden Monaro – Steven Wyvill
  • Best Interior – 1932 Ford Tudor – Mark Muller
  • Best Engine Bay – 1971 HQ Holden Monaro – Fiona Butler
  • Best Vintage – 1949 Ford Custom – Barry Fleming
  • Best Classic Bike – 1972 Norton – Joe Thorp
  • Best Modern Bike – 2009 Ural sidecar – Russ Byron
  • Best Bike Mural – 2008 Harley-Davidson – Andrew Crowhurst

Saints & Sinners motorcycle club president Trevor “Smidty” Schmidt and club member Donna Tucker, from Kingaroy

Cr Roz Frohloff with the three singers who provided live entertainment on the day … Amber Goldsmith (with Mikaylah, 3); Laura Limb and Natalie Fenton

Robert Brown, from Nanango, in his bright orange HR Holden convertible … Robert said the vehicle was converted in 1968, almost when brand new

Darryl Robinson and Coleen Kidd, from Nanango, made it back from a poker run to Chinchilla just in time for the show and shine

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables

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