Deloraine Street Car Show a massive injector

IMPRESSIVE LINEUP: Organisers prepare for this Sunday's Deloraine Street Car Show. Pictures: Hamish Geale
IMPRESSIVE LINEUP: Organisers prepare for this Sunday's Deloraine Street Car Show. Pictures: Hamish Geale

It may only be into its second year, but the Deloraine Street Car Show already feels like an institution. 

About 430 pre-1988 vehicles lined the streets of Emu Bay Road for the show’s debut event last year, and organisers are predicting that number will grow to more than 500 for this year’s instalment.

Committee member Karl Mansfield said as many 8000 spectators were expected to flood the town when the show returns this Sunday. 

“It's looking like it’s going to be the largest car show in Tasmania in its second year, it’s amazing,” Mr Mansfield said. 

“The first year was what we probably hoped it would be in five year's time, so this year's going to be crazy.”

Running from 10am to 4pm, this year’s event has grown to feature live entertainment and children’s activities in various locations along the main street.

Committee member Grant Evans said Deloraine’s unique layout was a huge contributor to the show’s charm. 

“We're going to fill the whole entire street from the bottom roundabout right up to the British Hotel, and then down in behind in West Parade and more cars adjacent to the caravan park on the river,” Mr Evans said. 

“I think it’s the fact that we've got this interesting curved street in Deloraine so it doesn’t matter where you come into the car show, you can't physically see all the cars so you're coming in and thinking ‘what's around the corner?’.”

STREET TEAM: Organisers are hoping as many as 8000 people will attend this year's show.

STREET TEAM: Organisers are hoping as many as 8000 people will attend this year's show.

Mr Evans said he was hoping the show would again help fuel a spike in trade for Deloraine businesses.

“Last year businesses down the street were saying ‘it’s our biggest day since we've owned the business in 10 years’, Sullivan's Restaurant said it was their biggest day in 26 years.

“Subway has done as much as three months trade in one day so it’s just such a massive injection into the town.”

Entry to the show is free, however donation boxes for the SES and Deloraine Fire Brigade will be placed around the town.

Those displaying cars are encouraged to set up from as early as 7.30am.

The show is run through the Van Diemens Street Rod Club and is sponsored by Bendigo Bank.