Quirky car­a­vans a real hit

Retro fun at Mo­tor­fest with cars ga­lore

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - Cait­lan Charles cait­lan.charles@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

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.

PHOTOS: CAIT­LAN CHARLES

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.

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