Kustoms And Kulture on show
the line-ups of rods, Kustom cars and classics, with the sunny conditions making for great photo opportunities, especially as many of the proud owners had also dressed up for the occasion. There was plenty of American metal on show – Fords, Chevys (lots of ’em), Buicks and Pontiacs – but homegrown machinery was well represented with locallybuilt Chryslers and Fords plus a good selection of classic Holdens, including a number of very well turned-out FJs, hot-rodded and ‘straight’. The equally legendary EH was also flying the flag in both wagon and sedan bodies. Sad to think that quite soon there will be no such thing as an Australianmade car, even one wearing a Toyota badge!
Notable among all the shiny metal was a wellused Mark II Ford Cortina complete with period esky and picnic hamper strapped to the roof… and furry dice hanging from the rear view mirror. Further up the line, there’s another example of how the car provided access to a more comfortable lifestyle – an immaculate Chevrolet Bel-Air sporting a fast food tray clipped to the front window and complete with replica hamburger, hotdog, fries and coke. Fortunately, the ice-cream sundae was also plastic because, with the temperature hovering in the high 30s, the real thing wouldn’t have lasted more than a minute or two.
For some restorers, authenticity is the key – even down to in-car record players – for others it’s about making a statement with elaborate colour schemes, fully exposed gleaming engines, chopped rooflines and beautifully trimmed interiors. Regardless, the Lady Luck Festival cars put on a great show… and many of them really shine. Next year’s Lady Luck Festival will be held on 16 and 17 January 2015 in Katoomba, NSW. For more information visit www.ladyluckfestival. com.au