Newell goes all Amer­i­can

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Lyn Graham of Moss­man with a ’68 Corvette owned with her hus­band Mal

Lizzy O'Sul­li­van

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