The sound of screeching tyres and smell of burning rubber wafted from the Shepparton Showgrounds during the 24th annual Springnats festival.
‘‘We had overwhelming crowd numbers, probably the best we’ve had for quite some time,’’ operations manager Les Adams said.
There were almost 600 entrants in events during the three days, boosted by a new EJ-EH Holden event that attracted an additional 80 cars.
‘‘They came from far and wide filling up the showgrounds and the grandstands,’’ Mr Adams said.
Car stereo, maximum horsepower, burnout and ‘‘go-to-whoa’’ competitions were popular, while the street parade and display on Saturday night was the highlight.
‘‘The parade was excellent, we had a big cruise down Fryers St and in and around the mall, which provided a great opportunity for the public to meet with car owners,’’ Mr Adams said.
Tatura resident Mario Ferlauto showed off his mad-max style 1964 Ford Falcon XP at the event, which he bought this year.
‘‘It was burnt in a shed fire many years ago and it has got this nice rustic look the people don’t often believe is real until they touch it,’’ he said.
The Shepparton Roadworthy & Mechanical Centre mechanic said he built the 289 Windsor engine in the car from scratch for a ‘‘bit of fun’’.
‘‘The foxtail on the antenna adds the last touch of character to the car which I like,’’ Mr Ferlauto said.
Mr Adams said the Springnats continued to be one of the largest burnout events in the Southern Hemisphere.
‘‘It brings in an enormous amount of money into the local economy because most people stay for the entire week giving petrol stations, car wash and restaurants a nice boost,’’ he said.
Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the event and Mr Adams said he had plans to make it bigger and better than ever.