Rochester revs up for motor and music festival

Three generations of riders: Andrew, Chris and Jackson Millman, of Merrigum, with Chris entering the Rochester Motors and Music Fest on Saturday. The family are crazy about Harley Davidson and have shared their story with The Riv. Photos: Rohan Aldous

Left hand drive: Kyabram’s Greg Cook in the driver’s seat of his 1965 Futura Ivy Green convertible. He bought it four years ago from a woman in Harcourt after the car was rebuilt in Queensland. Convertibles were renowned for being “very wobbly on the road”, with special modifications enhancing the safety of the vehicle. the car when he saw it. The skilled Kyabram fitter and turner shared a passion for the car with race car driver Jim Richards, who drives a 1964 model in classic car races.

Big Blue Badge: David Allman of Castlemaine wearing his true colors and inspecting a 1954 F-100 pickup truck. He also had his 1974 Falcon XB truck at the event hosted by the Rochester Hotel.

Car Heaven: Noah Glasson of Bamawm Extension is a six-year-old with a passion for cars, especially Hot Wheels models. He said he had “lost count” of how many he had, and received a special treat from his mother Libby Glasson, who took him to the Saturday morning show.

Winner: This 1954 Ford pickup belongs to Noel and Anne Rayson and always attracts attention. It won a ‘bucket load’ of trophies, having been bought by the Raysons from Anne’s brother, who in turn had bought it from the builder – a Hot Rod shop owner who was dying and wanted to leave some life behind. money to his wife. The Raysons often see their wife at events because the orange truck, which they bought six years ago, is hard to miss with its Harley Davidson logo on the side. The Raysons also have Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Sights and Sounds: Merrigum’s Heath and Kylie Nicol in the ‘big chairs’ at the Rochester Hotel, enjoying the festival’s musical offerings.

New look: Paige Whaley from Rochester sees the final product done by make-up artist Rachel Mealmaker, from Heathcote.

Closer inspection: Elijah Knight (right) doesn’t seem as excited as Jackson ”Wolfie” Wolfe and Tom Lothian, all of Rochester, as they take a close look at one of the classic cars at the show.

Sandman scene: David McDonald has restored a pair of Sandman pickup trucks, but doesn’t trust anyone to drive them. The result was a single was at the Rochester festival on Saturday, featuring a scene from his childhood vacation spot on the tailgate.

Merrigum’s father and son, Andrew and Chris Hillman, are either driving a tractor-trailer or clinging to the handlebars of their Harley Davidson motorcycles.

The couple, along with Chris’ son Jackson, were exhibitors at Saturday’s Rochester Hotel Motors and Music Fest – the two-day event that draws hundreds of car, bike and truck enthusiasts to the parking lot each year overflowing from the watering wedge.

The Hillmans were among the many interesting stories at the event, which also attracted members of several Victorian car clubs, including the Rochester Car Club.

President Merv Wild was there with his 2013 Harley Davidson, complete with wine barrel trailer, and various other members displayed their vehicles.

For Kyabram P-12 student Andrew, Greg and, to a lesser extent, Jackson, the event allows them to show off their work and, on occasion, add a trophy to the cabinet.

Last year a Honda Fury that Andrew had worked on for Chris won the show’s best bike.

This year, the entry was a 2016 Harley Davidson Breakout, which had been fully customized.

New handlebars, wheels, additions to the engine and exhaust systems gave it a completely different look from the same showroom model just a few feet away.

Andrew bought his first Harley 15 years ago and has just returned from riding a Brisbane.

Next year he plans to take a trip around Australia on the Harley.

Jackson was proud to explain that he had ridden on the backs of both of them.

Andrew and Chris are either in their trucks, making the journey from Shepparton to Sydney, or on their bikes

Andrew’s other son, Matt, also loves motorcycles and all six grandchildren have a strong interest in motocross.

∎ David McDonald was 19 when he bought his first Holden Sandman.

He admits he is now much older and wiser, but is no less passionate about the famous vans.

He has a pair of 1975 Sandmans, including one that was on display at the Rochester event on Saturday

“I bought this one 15 years ago. There was quite a bit of rust but it turned out fine,” said the Maryborough Holden fanatic.

His green sandman, with artwork on the back, is part of his collection. He also owns a red Sandman van, also a 1975 model, and a Blue Sandman utility.

The cleaning company owner and former railroad worker has a scene of Stawell’s Lakes Fynes in the back of his green van.

“It was where we used to vacation when we were kids,” he said.

David said the money he paid for his vans could generate a solid return.

“I thought it was a good investment, better than money in the bank,” he said.

Sandmans of a similar vintage were valued at up to $120,000.

“I paid $4,000 for this one, but he probably owes me $30,000,” he said.

David said meeting other car enthusiasts and listening to Sandman’s stories were highlights of his experiences at car shows, as well as people’s enthusiasm for his restoration concepts.

“The red Sandman has a beer fridge and a TV in the back,” he said.