Custom car festival rolls down highway

Colac’s car show committee has confirmed it will host a new event at Camperdown next year, replacing the Colac show it cancelled because of an “impasse” with Colac Otway Shire Council.

Colac’s car show committee has confirmed it will host a new event at Camperdown next year, replacing the Colac show it cancelled because of an “impasse” with Colac Otway Shire Council.

The Colac Custom Car and Bike Show committee announced last week that the council’s “ever-increasing red tape” was behind its decision to cancel the January 2018 event in Colac.

Committee member Andrew Searle, who started the car show in Colac in 2001, said the committee’s decision to cancel the event was “sad” and members had wanted it to continue in Colac.

But Mr Searle said, speaking on behalf of his fellow car enthusiasts, that Corangamite Shire Council had offered “a lot of support” and the committee would host a new show that could grow at Camperdown.

“We’re yet to confirm a date but it will be around the third weekend in January,” he said.

“We’ve been in discussions with Corangamite Shire and we’ve found them to be very positive with events in the area.

“They will make things a lot easier going forward so we will be able to grow the event; we’re working with the shire on what roads we close so we can have a cruise and have a bigger area to use for the show itself.

“The businesses in the town are really keen to get behind it, the local hotel will put bands on and the whole community has really embraced it and want to get involved,” Mr Searle said.

“We’ve been in contact with the hill-climb association to look at whether we can incorporate the hill climb as well and really try to make it a big weekend event.”

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