Brian Potton, from Blackbutt, with his 1967 Mustang fastback which took out the “Best In Show” trophy

June 25, 2024

The annual Yarraman Show & Shine is rapidly becoming the biggest local event for car and bike lovers.

The Yarraman and District Progress Association’s second outing on Saturday attracted about 120 cars, 30 bikes, a couple of trucks and about 1000 people through the gate.

Association president Rob Mackie said it had been a fantastic day and he had received good reports.

“About six or seven car clubs turned up,” he said. “Everyone went home happy.”

New for this year was the traffic control on the highway – and parking supervision – handled by members of the Yarraman and Goombungee SES units.

Unfortunately, many people left after the trophy presentations, which meant the crowd had thinned by the time the fireworks display started.

“We might not have fireworks next time, unless we can get a sponsor,” Rob said.

The Blackbutt Car Enthusiasts Club organised the car competition, while the Patriots Australia MMC organised the motorbikes.

The Yarraman Men’s Shed did a magnificent job with the trophies, which drew special praise from Toowoomba Mayor Geoff McDonald who presented them to the various category winners (see below).

Rob said the event takes about 12 months to plan so work will begin soon on next year’s Show & Shine.

The Association has now fixed on a regular date … the Show & Shine will always be held on the third weekend of June.

Rob thanked the committee members for their efforts: Leanne Johnson and Edwin Teary (The Yarraman Shed); Bianca Smith, Craig and Thomas (Patriots MMC); Cindy, Wayne and Peter (Blackbutt Car Enthusiasts Club); and Nathan (Yarraman Ambulance); and the sponsors: Tarong Meandu Stanwell, Bendigo Community Bank Yarraman, Toowoomba Regional Council, TCP Designs, Wild Horse FM99.7, South Burnet Online, Burnett Today, The Yarraman Shed and Shannons Insurance.

Toowoomba Mayor Geoff McDonald and Yarraman Progress Association president Rob Mackie (4th and 5th from left), with Mayor McDonald’s wife Lisa (2nd from left) and volunteers from the Yarraman Progress Association
Shaun Hodges, from Brisbane, with his home-built 1978 XC Falcon running a 408CID motor
Jeff Ihle, from Yarraman, with his 1975 HJ Holden ute, which has been in his family since new
Sue and John Thelan, from Taromeo, with Bailey and their 1967 Chevelle
Wild Horse FM announcer Amanda Gordon was compering proceedings and keeping the music flowing
Progress Association volunteers Rick Lewis and Len Bilston were manning the bar
The Rocknrollabillys were getting ready to add some live music to the entertainment mix
The magnificent trophies for the bike, car and truck competitions – some with moving parts! – were handcrafted by the members of the Yarraman Men’s Shed

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Competition Results

Toowoomba Mayor Geoff McDonald presented the trophies to the winners of the bike, car and truck competitions:

Best Aussie Car (#60) – Scott Gourley (XU1 Torana)
Best Hotrod (#79) – Terry Mackrell
Best Original – Car (#40) – Alan Percy
Best Paint – Car (#2) – Gerard Hoek (1973 Mustang)
Best In Show (#20) – Brian Potton (1967 Mustang)
Most Unusual (#64) – Lance Woolston (1946 Rat Rod)
First Nomination (ie. the first entrant registered for the show and shine) – Wayne Whitmore
Best Bike chosen by Blackbutt Car Enthusiasts Club (#133) – Craig Carrier (Harley-Davidson softtail custom)
People’s Choice – Car (#67) – Nick Stolzenberg (WB Holden 1 tonner)
Best Car chosen by the Patriots Australia MMC (#20) – Brian Potton (1967 Mustang)
Best Paint – Bike (#122) – Mick Maher
Best American Bike (#131) – Jarrod Roberts
Best Japanese Bike (#183) – Kym Hibbs
Best Paint – Truck (#83) – Cameron Retschlag (Mack)
People’s Choice – Bike (#133) – Craig Carrier (Harley-Davidson softtail custom)
Best Vintage Truck and People’s Choice – Truck (#121) – Neil Hughes (Mack)

NB. Best Working Truck – Desert Dog; Best British Bike #139

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