BONNETS were popped and paint jobs were gleaming with about 430 cars and bikes on show in Camperdown’s main street on Saturday.
The third annual Camperdown Car and Bike Show was hailed a success with everything from a stretch Dodge to a Craig Lowndes special on show.
Organising committee member Andrew Searle said the quality of cars and bikes entered was “extremely high”.
“We were expecting more cars to turn up, but the wet Friday before the event and Saturday morning being very overcast would have kept a few entries away,” he said.
“There were also some other competing events on the same day this year, such as the show ‘n’ shines at both Ballarat and Geelong.
“The Camperdown show is also always on the same weekend as the Port Fairy one, but they tend to complement each other with our show ‘n’ shine on Saturday and Port Fairy’s on Sunday.
“We gained a few hot rods that were heading to Port Fairy the next day and they gained a few cars from here as well.”
Mr Searle said a number of regular car show enthusiasts commented on the “outstanding quality” of cars in the Camperdown show as well as the bikes.
Noted entries included a bright green 1936 Hot Rod four-door sedan (winner of the Promoters Award), a 1000 horsepower 1957 black Chevrolet, a recently restored 1987 Kenworth truck and a 1998 Indian motorbike (voted Best Original Bike).
“The reputation of this event is certainly growing and we think that in the years to come it will become one of the top five to eight car shows in the state,” Mr Searle said.
“We think we’ve made the right decision in coming to Camperdown – people kept commenting on how the treed avenue and the facades of the heritage buildings really added to the look of the event.
“Staging the cruise around the main avenue was also popular with onlookers, who really appreciated the chance to see the cars actually being driven.”
The show’s relaxed atmosphere was something Mr Searle said was another factor which contributed to its success, with people happy to wander around the cars at their own leisure.
“It was also good to see so many retailers open for the day and that visitors to the town were taking the opportunity to check the shops out,” he said.
“We know we bring people into the town and to see the businesses do well adds to the event’s overall success.”
Mr Searle thanked the Corangamite Shire Council, Camperdown Lions and Rotary clubs, the retailers and the wider community for their continued support.
A percentage of the overall profits will be donated to fire relief efforts along with a local-based cause yet to be determined.