Month-long feast for motoring enthusiasts

By Shepparton News

Motor enthusiasts are in for a treat this month as Shepparton Motor Museum’s month-long Motor Mechanica display continues with a family day and market at the Kialla site next week.

The Shepparton Motor Museum celebrates its seventh birthday with children’s activities, train rides and a food market at Emerald Bank on Sunday, February 17, from 9am to 2pm.

During the month, the museum has its collection of motoring and transport history to view, but sections of the display area will also be used to tell the story behind every motoring classic.

In recent years, Maskells Customs and Classics in Shepparton East has earned a reputation for building some of the finest custom cars ever produced in Australia.

‘‘Motor shows focus on the finished product and big crowds come to admire the beautiful restorations and custom builds,’’ Greg Maskell said.

‘‘But there is just as much interest in the process.’’

For Motor Mechanica, museum staff have assembled the best the region has to offer — whether it is repair, fabrication, upholstery, chassis and font end, complete custom builds, a classic restoration or a new buy.

Museum curator Shaun Lenard said the month-long event will include displays and opportunities to learn from the experts.

‘‘People who have a passion for motoring excellence also have an appetite for knowledge, they want to understand how the fabrication was done, how a quality paint finish is achieved and how the motor was restored or built,’’ he said.

‘‘We hope this will grow into an annual event that attracts enthusiasts from around Australia who want to see great vehicles but also learn some trade secrets they can apply in their own restorations or custom builds.’’

The museum is part of the newly launched Museum of Vehicle Evolution — a $6.5million project that will create a world-class facility to tell story of our transport history and the vehicles and people who literally drove the success of the region.