It was a great day with perfect weather. I’d never heard of Caldermeade before (the meeting spot, which happens to be just out of Koo Wee Rup) but it turned out to be a handy spot to assemble the 35 or so cars participating .
PIARC (Philip Island Auto Racing Club) organiser, David Bellenger corralled us at Caldermeade and then led us to the circuit, where we parked up in a designated space behind the pit garages. I was driving my Triumph 2000 on the day and really enjoyed the parade laps around the track. The speed limit might have been 80 kph, but the drivers didn’t slow down a whole lot for the corners which made it a fun outing. There were plenty of show and shine prizes at the end of the day and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.
David Bellenger mentioned that PIARC are hoping to make this an annual event, to again run in conjunction with a PIARC sprint meeting. The organisers put a lot of effort into making the Show and Shine a success, and hope to develop things next year, for example, by possibly providing opportunities to passenger in a race car on the day.
Words and pictures by Fraser Faithful