Albatross shines at car show

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, Charities, Fundraising & Community

People inspect the automotive eye candy at the Albatross Show'n'Shine held nearby HMAS Albatross in Nowra. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)
People inspect the automotive eye candy at the Albatross Show'n'Shine held nearby HMAS Albatross in Nowra.

The HMAS Albatross Show’n’Shine provides vehicle enthusiasts with a chance to show off their prized cars and bikes in an event which is focused on family fun and raising funds for two charities, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group.

Now in its third year, the event is coordinated by Warrant Officer Stu Walters and Chief Petty Officer Glenn Smith who are driven by their love for classic cars and personal experiences with members of their families impacted by Juvenile Diabetes and Leukadystrophy.

As in previous years, the event was held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, but unlike previous years, the 2013 iteration was held in sunshine.

“The weather was definitely a highlight for me,” CPO Glenn Smith said. “It was great to finally get a good day and we had around 1500 spectators.”

“Other highlights were the number and variety of entrants. We had over 200 entries, and special guests Josh Boskovich and Alf Bargwanna came along too. Everyone appeared happy, which I put down to the fact that we had great weather, live music, a variety of cars, plenty to eat, see and do. There was also a raffle and plenty of trophies on offer.”

Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew said the friendly and relaxed atmosphere made for a very enjoyable afternoon.

“The highlight for me was the wide range of cars and motorbikes on show; there was something for everyone from highly modified custom cars to original condition historic motorcycles, racing cars to family station wagons, Vespas to Ferraris, and lots in between.”

“My personal stand out was the red '65 Mustang convertible - I think it would be the ideal car to deliver the Commanding Officer to the Parade Ground for next year's Ceremonial Divisions.”

Asked if there would be a 4th Show’n’Shine, CPO Smith said “Cars have always been my passion and while the event does have it’s challenges, especially since it seems to have quadrupled in size, Stu and I both do it for the charities because they are causes closes to our hearts.

“Fortunately we get a lot of support to run the event. The cadets of Training Ship Shoalhaven and the Fleet Air Arm Museum are outstanding and the commitment and dedication of the judges, volunteers and my fellow committee members really helped to make it all happen!”

“It was great working with Stu on this event because we both share the passion, have similar links to the charities and a common goal at the end of the day - so yes, we hope to be offering everyone the chance to show and shine again in 2014.”

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