Enthusiasts’ delight

By Benalla Ensign

The Albert Heaney Oval was full of classic cars at the Swanpool Motor Festival on Sunday.

From vintage saloons, to ’70s racers and muscle cars, there was something on show for every variety of car enthusiast.

Organiser Ross Coles described it as a huge success, attracting almost twice the cars and visitors compared to last year.

‘‘It meant we were very busy, but we didn’t mind as it was a such a great event,’’ Mr Coles said.

‘‘We did the catering ourselves and raised a lot of money, more than we expected.

‘‘And the CFA took more than $1800 in gold-coin donations. That’s more than $200 over what they took last year.

‘‘The crowd was up on last year, the car numbers were up, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

‘‘It might have been a bit warm, but at least we didn’t get the thunderstorms that were predicted.’’

Swanpool was not the quiet village it is on most days with cars parked up along the highway to each end of the town.

With more than 1400 people attending the festival the local shops were also having a good day.

Mr Coles said the highlight for him was the number of people who attended and the variety of cars.

‘‘The quality of cars there was amazing. There were some really nice ones there that would have been worth well over $100000,’’ he said.

‘‘And just talking to the owners and car clubs, they are all willing to come back next year.

‘‘One told me he wants to bring a $1 million dollar car. It’s an old Porsche that has raced at Le Mans, so that would be very exciting.

‘‘We may have to put a fence up around that one, we wouldn’t want it getting scratched or damaged.’’