Tom Veness, of Eltham, is hoping to win a prize with his restored 1966 VC Valiant in the Show ’n’ Shine at Ballina tomorrow.
Tom Veness, of Eltham, is hoping to win a prize with his restored 1966 VC Valiant in the Show ’n’ Shine at Ballina tomorrow. David Nielsen

Tom puts sparkle in Show n Shine

YOUNG gun Tom Veness is in top gear as he prepares to enter the 21st Ballina Show ’n’ Shine at Kingsford Smith Park tomorrow.

“I have been going with my dad since I was a kid and for my first time this year I am hoping to win something,” he said.

Mr Veness, 19, has spent almost a full day shining his restored Valiant VC 66.

Mr Veness said when his cousin gave him ‘Val’ she was an old rusty bomb, but with lots of time, money and effort she now looks as good as new.

“I’ve put more than $16,000 into this car and I would never dream of selling it,” he said.

Mr Veness has worked some mechanical magic on the car, including revamping the interior, putting in a new engine and converting the four doors into two.

“It’s something really different. You see two doors on a few American cars but not many around here. Dad suggested making it a two-door as a joke, and then we kind of followed through with it,” he said.

Mr Veness learnt all the tricks of the trade from his dad.

“My dad absolutely loves everything about cars, so I guess I was always going to be into them,” he said.

Mr Veness said he was looking forward to the weekend.

“It’s a really fun atmosphere and all the people involved are really into it. It is a good social time and a good chance to hang out with my family,” he said.

Mr Veness is one of an estimated 4000 people who will attend tomorrow’s event.

Show ’n’ Shine president Tom Ryan said this year’s event would be bigger and better than ever.

“There is something for everyone at this year’s event. Not only do we have a wide variety of restored cars on display we have tyre-changing competitions, rock ’n’ roll dancing and lots of entertainment,” he said.

Mr Ryan said there was an addition to this year’s event with a shuttle bus running from downtown Ballina every hour.

The Show ’n’ Shine supports Southern Cross Lads, which helps educate young drivers to develop driving skills.



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