Statesman Nationals 2018

LAST YEAR saw the HSCCA in conjunction with Shepp Statos hold the first Statesman Nationals.  Held in October at the Shepparton Motor Museum and surrounds, poor weather on the Saturday did not dampen spirits.  More than 70 cars attended and $600 worth of BBQ food sold out by 2pm —meaning the crowd was big and hungry.

Punters had the opportunity to tour the museum too — which had an amazing array of cars on display, including three Statesmans in prime spot inside. There was also a clutch of Aussie muscle including a Brock race car.  Thanks to museum curator Graeme Balfour for his hospitality.

The Saturday evening saw the first Nats dinner held inside the Windmill at Emerald Bank.  Beautiful food a-plenty and merriment to be had, fueled by an open fridge :) A few headaches the next morning.

Sunday saw the troupe tackle a 100km round-trip cruise.  From Shepparton's Bridgestone outlet to Dookie and then on to Devenish for a viewing of its silo art.  We managed to have bumper to bumper Statos in the main street of Dookie and in Devenish.  One Devenish local who was on the corner taking photos of the procession, yelled out "it's the first traffic jam in Devenish — EVER!!!"

So much fun. The cruisers then returned to Dookie where lunch consisted of the Dookie pub putting on a spread of spit roast, fish 'n' chips or wood-fired pizza.  Stunning, thanks to Jason and his crew.  Sol Sutherland, of the Dookie Emporium, also put on food in his cafe for something different.  Tables up and down the main street of the small town was a real novelty.

Make sure you keep October penciled in for this year's Statesman Nationals.  Dates to be announced later this year.

Video courtesy of Jacqui from AJP.