Raffle at Shepparton Springnats to help farmers

By Liz Mellino

A fully customised 1971 Ford Capri will be up for raffle during the Spring Car Nationals this weekend at Shepparton Showgrounds.

The car, known across the burnout circuit as MADSAM, is a two-door track car with a Supercharged 408cui methanol-fuelled Ford engine.

Owner Sam Surace has restored the car, fitting it with a two-speed Powerglide transmission connected to a nine-inch full floating diff.

Mr Surace has been travelling to events across Australia selling raffle tickets, which will raise funds for partners of the Australian Horizons Foundation.

The proceeds raised will support on-farm visits, disaster relief and support for farmers in rural communities, programs to support quality education in rural and remote communities and research on important community issues.

Mr Surace said he was on a mission to spread awareness of the need to help people in rural communities.

Since making its debut at the 2016 Red Centre Nats, MADSAM has placed in a number of competitions, including a first placing in Shepparton, and has been invited to New Zealand for a six-week stint for demonstration skids.

MADSAM is known to be a head turner and one of the most talked about off-road and burnout cars in Australia and New Zealand.

The car will be at the Shepparton SpringNats from Friday afternoon to Sunday for people to view and purchase raffle tickets.

Tickets are $25 each and can be bought online through the Australian Horizons Foundation website. The raffle will be drawn at 1pm on Sunday, January 6, at SummerNats 32 in Mitchell, ACT.