Port Fairy show and shine

SHOWING OFF: South West Street Rodders members Paul Hutchins, Brian Watt, Trevor Fry and Tim Stone get ready for the cruise and show and shine in Port Fairy this weekend. Picture: Anthony Brady
SHOWING OFF: South West Street Rodders members Paul Hutchins, Brian Watt, Trevor Fry and Tim Stone get ready for the cruise and show and shine in Port Fairy this weekend. Picture: Anthony Brady

UP to 500 cars will descend on Port Fairy this weekend for the annual South West Rodders Show and Shine.

The weekend will begin with a lunch at Southcombe Park on Saturday.

That evening, a cruise will take place through the streets of Port Fairy from 6-10pm.

On Sunday, the cars will move back down to Southcombe Park for the show and shine. Cars from across Victoria, as well as New South Wales and South Australia, will make the journey to Port Fairy for the weekend. 

South West Street Rodders member Shane Winnen said the event is well into its fourth decade and still going strong.

“It has always worked well and people really enjoy the weekend,” Mr Winnen said.

“We have a lot of local car owners and a lot of others that mark the weekend on the calendar and come down for it. There will be some really nice cars in town over the weekend.”

Mr Winnen said while the basic formula of the weekend, car lovers getting together to show off their pride and joy, hasn’t changed, there have been alterations to keep the event fresh.

“We used to go for a cruise to Koroit on the Saturday, but it came time when we thought a change would be good,” he said.

“We had the cruise through Port Fairy on Saturday evening for the first time last year and it went well.

“Anyone with a car with a chrome bumper bar is invited to come along and be part of the cruise. The Sunday at Southcombe Park is pretty big now, over the years it has grown and always attracts a lot of people.”

The event is included on the Moyneyana Festival program.

Chairman of the festival, Reg Harry, said the South West Street Rodders are to be congratulated for what they bring to the town.

“This weekend always attracts huge crowds and the cruise through the town is a real highlight,” Mr Harry said.

“The show and shine on the Sunday is not to be missed, it is great to have such wonderful entertainment for people to enjoy.”