Classics still tops in Airlie Beach
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.