Quirky caravans a real hit
Retro fun at Motorfest with cars galore
HUNDREDS of people strolled through rows of vintage, veteran, classic, new cars and even a fire engine at Retro Motorfest.
Among the many beautiful cars were vintage caravans decked out in style.
But there was one that brought the gaze of many passers-by: the sky blue, restored caravan owned by Allie and Paul Connolly.
“It’s a 1960 retro caravan, fully restored six years ago in Agnes Waters,” Mr Connolly said.
“Ever since then, we’ve been travelling around, doing show like this one.”
The Evans Head pair take their retro van to about five shows a year and it all began when Ms Connolly went on a walk through Spain for six weeks.
“That’s why I did it,” he said. “It kept me busy.”
“It was a lot of work, considering this one should have been completely trashed and started again.
“We had to use (a lot) of what was in it.”
The caravan has become a real passion for the couple.
“It’s all about finding stuff and putting it together,” Mr Connolly said.
“It’s more of a quirky thing, ours.”
Ms Connolly said there was a lot to love about the vintage vans, through.
“They run, they’re old and it gives you the chance
to dress up in retro gear and it’s a different part of life,” she said. “It’s just fun, and friends.” The benefit of travelling around to these shows is the Connollys get to bring their family along.
“The budgerigar, the two dogs (come with us),” Mr Connolly said.
The couple used to be Grafton locals, but this was the first time they had been here with their caravan.
RETRO BLUES: Allie and Paul Connolly of Evans Head at the Grafton Vintage Car Club's Retro Motorfest on Saturday with their retro caravan that Paul restored.
Gary and Julie Walker with Dorothy and Rodney Gleeson enjoy a fun day out at the Grafton Vintage Car Club's Retro Motorfest.
Jenny Deans and Jim Doyle of Grafton at the Grafton Vintage Car Club's Retro Motorfest on Saturday.
Rob and Sandi Gray with their dog Roger and their vintage caravan at Retro Motorfest on Saturday.
Diane Adams and Marilyn Condon of Brisbane check out the cars at the Grafton Vintage Car Club's Retro Motorfest.
Gail and Kevin Quinn with their E-Type Jaguar at Retro Motorfest on Saturday.
Bimbo Rogers, Mick and Sue Lawrence, Jan Westbury, Carol Rogers and Spider Westbury.