New event ‘revs’ crowds

Whitsunday Times - - REEF FESTIVAL -

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.

Photo: An­drew Pat­tin­son/Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

MO­TOR MA­NIA: Crowds flocked to the Air­lie Beach main street for Satur­day’s inau­gu­ral Revvin’ the Reef event.

Photo: Char­lotte Lam

Paul Re­hbein, Paul Baker and Zac Re­hbein from Whit­sun­day Cruisin’ Car Club at Satur­day’s Revvin’ the Reef main street car show.

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