GALLERY: Boys bring out their toys for annual show ’n’ shine in Port Fairy

Brothers Spencer, 3, and Jude Allan, 1, of Koroit, take on the big boys with their miniature hot rod at the show ’n’ shine.

Brothers Spencer, 3, and Jude Allan, 1, of Koroit, take on the big boys with their miniature hot rod at the show ’n’ shine.

AFTER 32 years, the South West Street Rodders’ Show ’n’ Shine is still motoring along in top gear.

Thousands turned out at Southcombe Park in Port Fairy yesterday to behold an outstanding collection of vehicles gathered for the annual display.

Club member Neville Field said the event was an overwhelming success.

“Last year we had a real boom year and we have been able to back that up with very similar numbers for 2014,” Mr Field said.

“We were pushing really close to having 500 cars on show, which is a great result.

“And of course the weather was just perfect and we had a huge number of people coming through the gates from early in the morning and right through to the judging in the middle of the afternoon.”

Port Fairy was originally selected to host the show ’n’ shine more than three decades ago due to the high number of summer holidaymakers that come to the seaside village.

Holidaying families mixed with curious locals and passionate car lovers to take in the range of vehicles on show.

Mr Field said entries for the show ’n’ shine came from across the wider region, including Portland, Ballarat, Geelong and Mount Gambier.

“The standard of cars we had here for the weekend was very high. This weekend has a good reputation for the quality it attracts.

“It is an event people really look forward to, both for those who bring their cars and for the general public who enjoy the chance to come along for a look.”

While the show ’n’  shine yesterday was the main event of the weekend, there was also plenty happening on Saturday. 

The club members took their cars for a cruise to Koroit where the town’s cricket club catered for lunch.

On Saturday night almost 400 people turned up to a dinner and rock ’n’ roll dance in Port Fairy.

South West Street Rodders Show and Shine at Port Fairy.

South West Street Rodders Show and Shine at Port Fairy.

South West Street Rodders Show and Shine at Port Fairy.

South West Street Rodders Show and Shine at Port Fairy.

Daniel and Emma Sellens, from Framlingham, in their 1952 Chevrolet pick-up, a two year project.

Daniel and Emma Sellens, from Framlingham, in their 1952 Chevrolet pick-up, a two year project.

Robert "Salty" Salt, of Portland, shows off his 1960 Myers Manx buggy.

Robert "Salty" Salt, of Portland, shows off his 1960 Myers Manx buggy.

Rosemerri Jackson and her son Lachlan Jackson, 11, both of Camberwell, enjoy visiting the Show and Shine during their annual holiday in Port Fairy.

Rosemerri Jackson and her son Lachlan Jackson, 11, both of Camberwell, enjoy visiting the Show and Shine during their annual holiday in Port Fairy.

Kerryn Dwyer, of Noorat, a member of the South West Street Rodders, with her 1928 Ford Tourer.

Kerryn Dwyer, of Noorat, a member of the South West Street Rodders, with her 1928 Ford Tourer.

Craig Issell, of Lethbridge, shows his control as he puts some pinstriping on the front of his father's 1932 Ford Coupe.

Craig Issell, of Lethbridge, shows his control as he puts some pinstriping on the front of his father's 1932 Ford Coupe.

Craig Issell, of Lethbridge, shows his control as he puts some pinstriping on the front of his father's 1932 Ford Coupe.

Craig Issell, of Lethbridge, shows his control as he puts some pinstriping on the front of his father's 1932 Ford Coupe.

Eli Fahey, 10, and his grandfather Martin Dunstan, both of Warrnambool, examine the engine of a street rod.

Eli Fahey, 10, and his grandfather Martin Dunstan, both of Warrnambool, examine the engine of a street rod.

Trish Martin and her daughter Caetline Martin, 11 both of Sanford, with their vintage caravan, have formed the Glamer Gals caravan club.

Trish Martin and her daughter Caetline Martin, 11 both of Sanford, with their vintage caravan, have formed the Glamer Gals caravan club.