Cars keep on rolling

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

IT WAS a sea of shin­ing chrome and ador­ing faces at Con­way Beach Tourist Park on Satur­day, with the re­turn of Cars at Con­way.

Park owner man­ager Deb­bie Brown said around 1000 peo­ple came down to have a look at the 129 street ma­chines on dis­play.

“Some (cars) came from Rock­hamp­ton, there were lots from Mackay and Bowen, as well as Ayr and Char­ters Tow­ers,” she said.

All up, the event raised $3500 for Proser­pine Hospi­tal.

“Which was a com­bi­na­tion of the en­trance fees, a do­na­tion from our­selves, a do­na­tion from Shan­non’s In­sur­ance and do­na­tions from the esky races,” Mrs Brown said.

“The hospi­tal we feel is a wor­thy com­mu­nity cause, who are al­ways ex­tremely pleased to re­ceive our do­na­tions.”

Get­ting down to the win­ners and grin­ners, the Com­peti­tors Choice Award went to Rock­hamp­ton’s Brian Liv­ingston for his 1943 Chevro­let Coupe.

Mean­while, the Peo­ples’ Choice Award was taken out by Dave Sam­mut of Mackay, show­ing off his red and chrome 1957 Chevro­let.

Mrs Brown said the sev­enth in­stal­ment of the show had been the best yet.

“(Car ex­hibitors) said to the peo­ple on the gate that it was the best car show they’ve ever been to,” she said.

“Num­bers tend to go up by 10 per cent each year.”

The event is de­signed to give car own­ers a chance to show off their pride and joy, and car lovers to pine af­ter the many cars on dis­play.

“It’s for peo­ple that have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of cars and the work that goes into restor­ing a car,” Mrs Brown said.

“The at­mos­phere was amaz­ing be­cause there’s a lot of money in­volved in most of th­ese cars and peo­ple are just in awe of them.”

And what was Mrs Brown’s favourite?

“There were plenty. I’m not ac­tu­ally a car buff, I’m a car buff’s wife,” she laughed.

BOYS’ TOYS: Mark John­son, of Wood­wark, with his 1968 Mus­tang Bul­let.

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