Street Machines Unlimited was born and catered for enthusiasts of modified vehicles from all eras and of all makes and models.
The club signed up a few members and started organising car cruises and social get togethers for members. A short time later the club became incorporated and changed its name to South East Street Machines.
Now, 43 years later the club is still going strong organising cruises and social get togethers for its car loving members.
In 1978 the club ran a Show’n’Shine for modified vehicle enthusiasts and invited like-minded people to come and display their vehicles for all to see.
The show was held at South Gambier Football Club and was a great success that set in motion a tradition that continues to this day.
Over the years the show developed and changed as time moved on. Through the 1990s and into the early 2000s the show was held over two days in the indoor tennis centre at Active8 sports centre.
During that time the show was regarded very highly by both entrants and spectators as one of the best events of its kind in Australia, especially as it was run by a small group of volunteer club members. It regularly attracted some of the best street machines from SA, Vic and Southern NSW. Beyond then the club teamed up with the organisers of the Autofest Series to bring a new event to Mount Gambier.
The Autofest was not only a Show’n’Shine but also an event that brought driving events to the local street machine scene for the first time.
For the club’s 40th anniversary show it was time to go back to basics and run a simplified Show’n’Shine at a new venue, the netball courts at Olympic Park. This proved to be a popular choice and location as there was close to two hundred vehicles on display and plenty of spectators wandering around.
The 41st Show’n’Shine was at the same place and was also well attended. It’s now 42 years since that first event at South Gambier Football Club and SESM is preparing to run the 2020 version of the Show’n’Shine.
The 2020 “Trident Tyres SESM Show’n’Shine” will be held on Saturday, October 3 at Hastings Cunningham Reserve.
The event will showcase all things in performance, classic and modified cars and motorbikes from across the region.