Camperdown gears up for first-time car and bike show

The Princes Highway will be closed to traffic this weekend when vehicles of a different kind take over Camperdown’s main street.

Everything from ’50s trucks to race cars and hot rods will be among the more than 500 cars and 250 motorbikes expected to roll in for the inaugural Camperdown Car and Bike Show.

Camperdown's main street, the Princes Highway, will be shut down on Saturday to make way for the town's first car and bike show.

Camperdown's main street, the Princes Highway, will be shut down on Saturday to make way for the town's first car and bike show.

The three-day event begins on Friday, with the highway blocked on Saturday to make way for a mammoth car display, stalls and entertainment.

Corangamite Shire said the main highway would be shut between Brooke and Cressy streets from 7am-5pm. Little Manifold Street will be shut until 10.30pm.

The shire said signage would be in place and traffic would be detoured down Scott Street. Trucks will be diverted down Old Geelong Road.

Camperdown Car and Bike Show president Andrew Searle said among the vehicles expected to make their way to the event were an award-winning Holden Sandman, a 1957 Chevy and a rare German motorbike.

The event’s organisers have run a large car show in Colac for 16 years before relocating to Camperdown.

Mr Searle said the move west was already proving positive.

“The Camperdown community have been absolutely fantastic. We’re rapt,” he said.

Mr Searle said business and council backing of the event had also been strong.

“Business support has been fantastic and we’re being very active in making sure they have a big day as well,” he said.

The Camperdown Car and Bike Show will kick off with a movie night at the Theatre Royal on Friday, showing family-friendly Cars III at 4pm before screening Deuce of Spades at 8pm.

The action revs up on Saturday for the car display, stalls and live music on Manifold Street. 

In the evening, the cars will move to Little Manifold Street and there will be more music at the Hampden Hotel and entrants will take part in a twilight cruise. A cruise will also be held from Camperdown to Timboon on Sunday.

Corangamite Shire mayor Jo Beard encouraged locals to attend the event and hoped it would become a part of the town’s events calendar for many years to come.

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