It will be a petrol-head’s dream come Sunday, April 9 when the Tenterfield Transport Museum hosts its annual show-and-shine at its facility in Frances St (access off Douglas St).
The museum’s new shed is to lock-up stage and work is progressing on the kitchen and meeting room on the mezzanine floor. The volunteers will be taking some time out however to ready the yard for around 100 vehicles that come from as far away as Victoria, North Queensland and the far west, as well as a strong contingent from the coast.
“It all depends on what other club commitments they have, but some use Tenterfield as a run and make a weekend of it,” the museum’s Derek Gater said.
The event is a great day out for spectators as well, with lots of other engine fanatics to swap stories with and a variety of vehicles old and new to inspect. Mr Gater said the age of entries can run from vintage examples from the early 1900s to the latest model GT.
There will be plenty to eat and drink with the shed’s new commercial kitchen being fired up, and entry is $5 a head for both participants and spectators. (Accompanied children under the age of 12 are free.)
The gates open at 7am for competitors and 9am for the public.
Mr Gater said the weather is normally kind in April, which is why the event was moved from November when it was often unpleasant standing around all day in the heat. He encourages all the locals to come out and support what is a great community event, and check out the competition entries.
It’s also a good opportunity for anyone interested in all manner of cars, tractors and engines to talk to one of the members about the joining the community group. Look out for those in a Transport Museum t-shirt or inquire at the gate.
For the third year the volunteers are also offering a mystery wine tour on the day preceding the show-and-shine – Saturday, April 8 – to allow visitors (and locals) to make a weekend of it. The bus will collect participants from their motel or the transport museum around 10am, returning to the museum for a barbecue.
The all-inclusive cost is $25 payable when you board the bus, but get in early to book a seat by phoning Troy Hillier on 0428 669 409.
It’s an exciting time for the group with the shed finally taking shape and plans to add a mock service station at the front, featuring vintage bowsers so people can drive up their car for a great photo opportunity.
But that will be a feature for next year, with this year’s show-and-shine fast approaching. Anyone with inquiries about participating can call Mr Gater on 0421 130 900.