30th anniversary of car restoration club
THE 30th anniversary of the Whitsunday Automotive and Restoration Club was an extra-special occasion for long-time member Doug Brotherton, who was honoured with life membership to the club.
Mr Brotherton, a former president of the club, who joined its ranks in 1984 when it was known as the Proserpine Restorers Club, said the recognition came as a complete surprise.
“I went to the second meeting [of the club],” he said.
“I’ve been a member ever since. It’s a nice surprise, I’ve already got the certificate on the wall.”
Mr Brotherton is the proud owner of a 1946 Ford Coupe Utility and a 1971 Fairlane 500.
Club President Jim Rossetti said the celebrations, which were held at the Reef Gateway Hotel, “went off quite well.” “[The presentation] was the highlight of the evening. [Doug] was very surprised. He was a bit overwhelmed, I think,” Mr Rossetti said.
The Whitsunday Automotive and Restoration Club meets at the community centre each Tuesday.
Mr Rossetti said that anyone could join the club and that new members, especially younger ones, were always welcome. For more information visit www.warc.net.au/.
CELEBRATE: Founding president Phillip Taylor cuts the cake at the Whitsunday Automotive and Restoration Club's presentation on Saturday night.
LIFE MEMBERSHIP: Whitsunday Automotive and Restoration Club president Jim Rossetti congratulates life member Doug Brotherton on his award at the Reef Gateway on Friday night. Doug has been with the club for 30 years.