Clas­sics still tops in Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

THE Whit­sun­day Lions Clas­sic Car Show has proven that new doesn’t al­ways mean bet­ter, with crowds of lo­cals cram­ming in to see the vintage ve­hi­cles.

With last year’s event stalling be­fore ever leav­ing the start­ing grid, the 2015 show came out en­gines roar­ing, con­firm­ing that the Whit­sun­days do in­deed en­joy a wild ride.

The weather proved less than per­fect for the event, but Air­lie Beach lo­cal and car en­thu­si­ast Mar­i­lyn Thatcher said this didn’t put the red light on the crowds.

“The weather might have put a few peo­ple off, but it was good,” she said.

“I was re­ally im­pressed with the peo­ple com­ing down and look­ing at the cars, hav­ing their pic­ture taken with them and laugh­ing and smil­ing. “It was re­ally good.” Ms Thatcher said she loved giv­ing peo­ple the chance to see her pride and joy, a Lo­tus Europa 121 SE – one of only 48 of its kind in the world.

“I like peo­ple to be able to ap­pre­ci­ate the ve­hi­cle,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple mightn’t have the bud­get to own one so even hav­ing their pic­ture taken with one for a few min­utes and maybe liv­ing vi­car­i­ously – I think it’s im­por­tant.

“They prob­a­bly won’t see one of these again in their life.”

Lo­cal car en­thu­si­ast Graeme Boucher said his 1964 EH Holden had also given more than a few passers-by a blast from the past.

“A lot of peo­ple came up to us and said their dad had one or it was their first car,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple like look­ing at them be­cause they’ve got a per­sonal con­nec­tion.”

It wasn’t just those with fond, and per­haps foggy, mem­o­ries of the old girl that fell in love with her though – de­spite the Holden hav­ing been cruis­ing the highways long be­fore they were born.

“A lot of the young girls liked the colour and they were tak­ing self­ies in front of it,” Mr Boucher laughed.

For Ms Thatcher, who was in­volved with the clas­sic car scene in Western Aus­tralia be­fore mov­ing to Air­lie Beach, the event was a great way to find her old pas­sion.

“The car show was just fan­tas­tic for me to get back into it again,” she said.

“It was ex­cel­lent and I’d re­ally like to see it hap­pen ev­ery year.

“I would cer­tainly sup­port it.”

Mr Boucher also said he would def­i­nitely like to see the event re­turn in 2016 and be­yond, be­liev­ing it had some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“I was a re­ally nice event be­cause it was a real mix­ture of old, clas­sic, vintage, hotrods and more,” he said.

“There was some­thing of in­ter­est for vir­tu­ally any­one re­ally.”

BLUE BEAST: Graeme Boucher with his 1964 EH Holden at the Whit­sun­day Lions Clas­sic Car Show.

UNIQUE: Mar­i­lyn Thatcher and Bella the dog with their Lo­tus Europa 121 SE, one of 48 in the world.

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