Shepparton car festival Springnats will begin this afternoon with a street parade at Shepparton’s Maude St Mall.
The event is celebrating its 25th birthday this weekend and operations manager Les Adams encouraged people to get down early.
‘‘The parade will leave the Shepparton Showgrounds and travel down Fryers St,’’ he said.
‘‘I’d suggest the public get there early at around 3pm for a good spot... you’ll see a huge variety of cars of all shapes and sizes.’’
Shepparton police will be out and about for the next three days with a two-pronged approach dealing with an increase of traffic in town.
‘‘Local resources will be out targeting driver behaviour, which includes roadworthy compliance and conducting random alcohol and drugs tests,’’ Shepparton police Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Neil Johnson said.
‘‘We’ll also be patrolling the Shepparton Showgrounds in relation to public order... generally behaviour is pretty good.’’
Act Sgt Johnson encouraged attendees to plan their trip to and from the event and urged the public to keep on eye on their mates.
‘‘Ensure they hydrate and take care of each other because it will be a hot weekend,’’ he said.
‘‘People should be aware of where they’re parking and comply with parking signs because it hinders other people and pedestrian traffic.’’
Tomorrow night, the main burnout event will be under lights at the Shepparton Showgrounds — with carnival rides an addition to this year’s event.
Springnats will be from today to Sunday.
For more information, visit www.autofest.com.au