30th an­niver­sary of car restora­tion club

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

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.

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