Shepparton’s Lisa Maw-Bogdan has entered her prized 1964 EJ Holden into the inaugural EJ-EH Nationals being held at this weekend’s SpringNats.
Kicking off tomorrow at the Shepparton Showgrounds, the performance car show will host motor enthusiasts who have travelled from all over Australia to attend the jam-packed three-day festival.
The EJ-EH Nationals join a long line-up of events at the festival including the Show N Shine, Super Cruise and Display, Dyno Shootout and the main event — the Burnout Championships.
Despite living in Shepparton most of her life, this will be Ms Maw-Bogdan’s first time attending SpringNats and the first time she has entered her car into a show.
Her EJ Holden was originally purchased by a farmer in the Goulburn Valley before he sold it to a young man in Mooroopna about 20 years ago.
The Mooroopna man had it in his possession for just a few weeks before Ms Maw-Bogdan’s father Ernie Maw purchased it.
Ten years ago Mr Maw passed it on to Ms Maw-Bogdan.
‘‘He said it was mine and I could do what I wanted with it,’’ she said.
Ms Maw-Bogdan came across a post on Facebook earlier this year about the first EJ-EH Nationals being held in conjunction with SpringNats and decided to enter.
‘‘I just thought it was a sign,’’ she said.
‘‘It was in my hometown and it’s the first (nationals) show.’’
The vehicle has never been re-painted, has no rust and was one of the last Holden models with a grey motor before Holden switched to red motors.
Despite there being more than 20 trophies up for grabs in the EJ-EH Nationals, Ms Maw-Bogdan simply plans to show off her vehicle this weekend.
‘‘It would be a bonus if I got some kind of placing,’’ she said.