New event ‘revs’ crowds
A LINE of metallic beasts from various different eras stretched on down Airlie’s main street on Saturday, glinting in the Whitsunday sun.
All chrome and colour, a total of 62 cars were on display at the inaugural Bendigo Bank Revvin’ the Reef car show, and other car clubs attended, including clubs from Bowen, Mackay, Townsville and Burdekin.
There was even one enthusiast all the way from Richmond in western Queensland.
Whitsunday Cruisin’ Car Club president Chris Coyte is already looking forward to next year.
“There’s talk that the event will be part of the reef festival each year. Next year we want to do Rock n Roll dinner dance, too,” he said.
The brainchild of Whitsunday Reef Festival committee member Rebecca Ross, the Revvin’ The Reef car show brought a different vibe to the main street.
Strathdickie car enthusiast Peter Wood agreed it was one festival element he’d like to see continue.
“Why wasn’t it done before? I think it’s terrific. It’s been so successful and there’s a lot more cars in the area than even this,” he said.
Mr Coyte thanked Reef Festival organisers for the opportunity to take part.
“We jumped at the opportunity. Everyone wants to come to Airlie Beach for that weekend,” he said.
“Everyone loves a car show. The older fellas bought these cars brand new, so it brings back memories, and for the younger generation, well, they just don’t make them like that anymore,” Mr Coyte said.
MOTOR MANIA: Crowds flocked to the Airlie Beach main street for Saturday’s inaugural Revvin’ the Reef event.
Paul Rehbein, Paul Baker and Zac Rehbein from Whitsunday Cruisin’ Car Club at Saturday’s Revvin’ the Reef main street car show.