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Show n Shine 2006

Show n Shine Display Day, Caribbean Gardens, October 2006

We had a perfect day for our display day to celebrate our 31st Anniversary at the Caribbean Gardens and Market in Scoresby on Sunday the 22nd of October. This venue has proved to be a most popular place for the Club to conduct its anniversary show day because of the variety of attractions in the area that cater for all, particularly the ladies, who are able to get away from the car show and explore the extensive markets. We were again located on the grassed area along western side of the complex opposite the bird aviaries, the same position as in previous years.

There were over 90 cars recorded in attendance by 10.30 am, the cut off time for inspection by the scrutineers to commence inspection of the assembled cars for the best representative in each of the ten categories. It is estimated that the cars that arrived after 10.30 am would have swelled the group to over 100, making the outing our best gathering yet of Chrysler Corporation manufactured vehicles.

The R & S Valiant Club, Valiant Charger Club and other Mopar enthusiasts were well represented with some very impressive cars including an R and a few S model Valiants, imported Challengers and Chargers and a couple of Imperials.

It was great to see some newer restorations on show. These included an immaculate 1928 1 ton light truck owned by Max Devlin. It was fitted with a louvre radiator screen to control engine warm up that could be actuated from the cab by means of a small lever and cable. At the other end of the chronological spectrum was a 2003 PT Cruiser fitted with air bag suspension that could be controlled from the driver's seat by a self contained compressor to raise and lower the ride level of the car to suit driving conditions. It also had very low profile tyres and a striking flame pattern painted on the bonnet to enhance its 'show car' appearance. Several imposing new Chrysler 300C's also made a welcome appearance.

There were too many cars worthy of special mention to note here but Ellis Baron's imposing '35 Plymouth roadster and Roger Rumney in a Dodge Coronet 500 convertible were prominent. If anyone has a spare $49,500 the Coronet is for sale. It was good to see Jeff and Gladys' Chrysler Royal back in service after a major engine overhaul as was Keith Dodkins’ recently completed '34 DeSoto Airflow which has been picking up a few trophies recently at various outings since its recent refurbishment.

There were some other "commercial" vehicles on parade apart from the 1928 Dodge truck mentioned above. They were Don Bailey's WWII 1942 Dodge weapons carrier a green Drifter van fitted out with TV in the back compartment, a red and white twin cab V8 Chrysler Royal ute (that incidentally was for sale) and Bernie Hatton's red 1957 15 cwt Dodge utility. There was also a reasonably tidy VJ Valiant sedan for sale at $4000.

Another point of interest for Club Members was the arrival of Michael Dascoli and his camera-man from "It's a Rodders Life", the TV program on Channel 31that is proving very popular with car enthusiasts. He went around speaking to various owners asking them to describe their cars for possible screening on future broadcasts of " It's a Rodder's Life". So look out for the program on Channel 31 at on Tuesdays 9pm, Thursdays 4pm, Fridays 3:30pm and Saturdays at 6:30pm.

The event was obviously well received by the public as 8 new members joined on the day with more thinking about it, and the Club sales officer had a bumper day selling club memorabilia.

In mid afternoon our president, Andrew Frazer, called the group together to thank them for their participation and asked the winners in the various categories to come forward to receive their trophies.

The winners were :

  • Best Vintage Max Devlin's 1928 Dodge Truck
  • 1931 to 1942 Keith Dodkins'1934 DeSoto Airflow
  • 1946 to 1954 John Plowman Snr's 1952 Plymouth
  • 1955 to 1960 Mick and Agnes Brauman's 1956 DeSoto Firedome Seville
  • 1961 to 1971 Graham Watson's Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible
  • 1972 to 1981 Sean Morgan's 72 Chrysler
  • 1982 onwards Phil Londrigan's PT Cruiser
  • Best Modified Shane Hurley's 1952 Plymouth Cranbrook
  • Best Original, Unrestored Bruce Barton's 1926 Dodge Tourer
  • President's Perpetual Trophy Tony Villella's 1959 Desoto 2Dr Firedome
  • George Porter Trophy Best Effort Tony Blazevski's 1979 Chrysler Regal CM
  • Ladies Choice Chris Seledge's Valiant VG Hard Top
  • David Mills Perpetual Trophy Mick and Agnes Brauman's 1956 DeSoto Firedome Seville

The 31st birthday cake made by Gladys Brumhead , and iced in Chrysler blue and white with Bruce Barton's 1926 Dodge pictured in the middle, was on display. As the newly elected Club Man and Club Woman were not present to perform the traditional cutting of the cake , this ceremony will take place at a function in the near future when both persons will be in attendance.

The members of the Chrysler Restorers Club of Australia, Vic. Inc. are greatly indebted to Bruce Barton and his team of helpers for organising the Show & Shine day and to Greg Rumble for setting up the sales table and flogging some of our paraphernalia to all and sundry.

We also acknowledge the support of Shannon's Auto Insurance and encourage members to consider their products when seeking insurance for their prized possession.

Every big event requires lots of help to make it run smoothly, and thanks go to Bruce Barton for organising the day. Bruce appreciated the assistance provided by the following people:
Len Mizzi, Mavis and Bob Simpson, Rod and Kathy Gorman
Judges: Stephen Dyer, Mike Elly, Roger Rumney, Kevin Cooke, John Plowman Jnr, Mick Brauman
Sales: Greg Rumble