Newell goes all American
OUR wonderful driving roads beckon at the weekends.
What could be nicer than being behind the wheel of some classic American metal, maybe with the top down, and taking in the scenery?
Not so many of the car clubs make it to Newell Beach’s retro-styled cafe, but one did last weekend.
A squadron of six from Cairns’ All American Car Club trundled up to Newell where the parking is easy and the jukebox is pumping out the right music.
“It’s good,” said proprietor Terry O’Sullivan who has operated the cafe for the past four years with wife Lizzy.
“We had the Old Bastards club up recently – classic hot rods from Cairns, T-buckets, that sort of thing – and we’ve been trying to get this club.
“It’s been great. We put it on facebook yesterday and have people have been coming around to have a look.”
They could gander at car styles and colours from a great age of motoring, maybe the greatest, the 1960s. Fins, chrome, acres of metal sheeting, plush seats, jazzy colours that spoke of the Space Age and a thrusting, optimistic America.
Mustangs, Corvettes, a Pontiac Parisienne coupe, and a V8-powered hot rod built on a 1928 Ford filled the forecourt outside the cafe.
The president of the All American club, Bruce Nancarrow, said it had been a perfect day for the drive up from Cairns. “We generally do about two a month,” he said. “It’s good to give the cars a run, that’s what they’re for.
Most of the members can service and repair their own cars. “Owning them is not as expensive as people think,” he said, “once you’ve made the initial purpose. And they hold their value so well.”
Their lunch at the cafe was opportune also for Lizzy O’Sullivan, who is busy raising funds to send her on her way Chattanooga in the US to compete in an Ironman 70.3 event.
Lyn Graham of Mossman with a ’68 Corvette owned with her husband Mal