SUPER EFFORT: In July 2008, Shannons introduced the Shannons ’Super Rig’ bringing a real motoring enthusiast experience’to a host of events across Australia. Wide Bay Rodders president Des Batten has been campaigning for nine years to bring it to the Fraser Coast and all his hard work has paid of. Check it out at the May in the Wide Bay Show and Shine this Sunday.
SUPER EFFORT: In July 2008, Shannons introduced the Shannons ’Super Rig’ bringing a real motoring enthusiast experience’to a host of events across Australia. Wide Bay Rodders president Des Batten has been campaigning for nine years to bring it to the Fraser Coast and all his hard work has paid of. Check it out at the May in the Wide Bay Show and Shine this Sunday. Cody Fox

CAR SHOW: 500 reasons to keep this weekend free

ABOUT 500 treasures on wheels are expected to take centre stage in Hervey Bay this weekend for the 12th annual May in the Wide Bay car Show and Shine.

Wide Bay Rodders president Des Batten says it was one of the biggest car and bike shows in regional Queensland, which drew thousands of people to the Esplanade for the traditional cruise on Saturday and the Shannons Show and Shine at the Pialba State School on Sunday.

Mr Batten said it was incredible to see how the club's event had grown over the years with car enthusiasts travelling from all over the state to take part.

"It has just grown and absolutely exploded," Mr Batten said. "It's amazing just how many people bring their cars out.

"There's a lot of older people in the Bay who have some beautiful cars and it seems to be most pleasurable for them because it's a chance for them to parade them.

"The fellow from Shannons Insurance said Wide Bay has the biggest collection of classic cars in Australia.

"That's why I love the show and shine on Sunday," he said.

"It's a great chance for people in the Wide Bay area to have a look at some incredible motor cars."

Mr Batten said the annual event was also the club's biggest annual fundraiser with proceeds from the gate and car show entry fees going back to the Pialba and Yarrilee Primary Schools and the neonatal clinic at the Hervey Bay Hospital, just to name a few.

The club has donated over $95,000 to local charities in the last 10 years.

"We are a club that supports children in the local area and that's one of the main goals for us each year.

"It's very emotional, when you've been doing it for years and you bring a smile to a lot of people's faces.

"We have some fantastic people in our club and it's just humbling when you see what you make and how you can improve some kids lives and the people in the Bay support it unbelievably."

There will be plenty of opportunity for the public to check out the cars over the course of the weekend, starting with the Esplanade cruise from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday.

The drivers will start at Elizabeth St in Urangan and travel up and down the Esplanade between that time.

The weekend's events will conclude with the Show and Shine on the Pialba State Primary School oval on Sunday from 9am to 1pm, where anyone with any kind of car and bike can enter their pride and joy for $5.

"Even if you have a brand new car, or if you have a beautiful classic car sitting at home in your shed or garage, please bring it out to show the public," said Mr Batten, who will be showing his 1976 Corvette.

"The public would love to see it and so would we."

Adding to this year's event will be the Shannons Super Rig, which features an entertainment and information centre, plasma screens, driving simulators, gaming consoles, memorabilia display and a web kiosk.

"It's a massive big truck that goes to all the motor racing and it's going to be at our show on Sunday," Mr Batten said. "It has taken me nine years to get this truck and its finally here, it's an incredible truck!

"There's a simulator inside and it's like driving on a race track.

"I have four trophies for the best female and male and best female and male junior; the four best times will get a trophy."

Mr Batten said special thanks must go to all the local businesses who sponsor the annual event and the Ingenia Holiday Park in Torquay who go above and beyond to cater for the hundreds of out-of-town guests.

"I have about 30 sponsors who I ask every year for help and they have been absolutely fantastic over the years and I'm very appreciative.

"The Ingenia caravan park are just fantastic and they really help us too.

"It's a really great atmosphere and its a fantastic place to have our visitors stay."

At the Show and Shine, there will be raffles, and food and drinks available from the school canteen.

Entry at the gate is a gold coin donation. Entry for show cars if $5.

Show cars can enter off Beach Rd, Pialba, from 8am.

There will be public parking at the Hervey Bay State High School, with entry via the Old Maryborough Rd gate.

MAY IN THE WIDE BAY

Here's what you need to know:

  • ESPLANADE CRUISE: Saturday, May 4: Starting from Elizabeth St, Urangan, and travelling down to the WetSide roundabout and back, from 3pm to 6pm.
  • SHOW AND SHINE: Sunday, May 5: Being held at the Pialba State Primary School, cnr Beach Rd and Alice St, Pialba.


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