St Marys car show sees boost to businesses

St Marys’ businesses have reported their strongest day of trading in recent memory thanks to the arrival of hundreds of historic cars.

On Sunday, despite the cold weather, more than 350 classic cars descended on the town for the annual show.

It saw the town’s population grow from 650 people to several thousand.

Show organiser Jon Chandler said owners reported this year’s event saw the biggest day of trading for many businesses “in memory”.

Each year the main street of St Marys is closed for the arrival and display of cars from across the state.

The concept was born ten years ago when a group of car nuts decided to hold an event to help businesses struggling with low tourist numbers in winter.

Mr Chandler said the show had retained its “country-feel”, and said planning was already underway for next year’s event on June 10.