Shepparton's annual Car Show, hosted by the Shepparton Motor Museum, was a huge success.  A highlight of the show was an appearance by BMW's i8 hybrid supercar.  This car of the future, provided by Shepparton BMW, caused quite a buzz.  In these motoring transition times, the i8 ranks among the elite futuristic vehicles.  Up there with the revolutionary Tesla electric car — but with a difference.

Shepparton BMW Dealer Principal Aaron Brain said the $295,000 rocket which is made of a combination of woven carbin fibre and aluminium was "the best car I've ever driven."  The car, which is four-wheel-drive has three motors with two electric and one small turbocharged petrol.  Yet it performs like a genuine supercar, reaching 100kmh in just over four seconds.

So full of smarts, the car has the ability to recharge itself while being driven.  In performance mode it uses all of the motors with the energy from the petrol motor and braking recycled into the car's battery pack.  This has the additional benefit that even with a flat battery you can still drive using the petrol engine.  Whereas a Tesla with a flat battery leaves you with no option but to plug in to a mains.

The futuristic body of the i8 hails from a concept car that appeared at a world motor show, in Germany in 2009.  It is impressive that the finished made-for-market version has deviated very little from the concept car.  Having the car on show at the motor show was a real coup for the museum and obviously good promotion for Shepp BMW.  Mr Brain said it will be available for public viewing at the Melbourne Road dealership.  Another new car — and more traditional V8 muscle — to create a big buzz was the new Ford Mustang, provided by Darryl Twitt Ford.

While I was drooling over the i8, car after car — classics, muscle cars, vintage etc cruised into the venue.  Helen Andreadis Moutafis, of Emerald Bank, said the day attracted more than 325 cars with about 118 entering for judging.  "We had record numbers and are refining the event with each passing year," she said.  Total public entrance to view the cars was more than 1500.  A great day.

Show judging coordinator Dom Melino said the numbers that entered outstripped all expectations.  "We were so busy getting to all of the entries, we ran about an hour over time but I think everyone was pretty happy with how it ran," he said.  Shepparton's Michael Hehir won Best Presented Car with his red 70s Corvette.

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