Classic cars roll and the good times flow
WHEN Mark Johnson was growing up he loved Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback from the classic film Bullit.
“I used to watch the Bullit movie with my dad. He was very fond of it and Steve McQueen,” Mark said.
Mark’s dream of owning one of these cars came true not long ago when he picked up an unmodified 1968 Mustang fastback.
Since then he has lovingly restored the car and will be proud to show it off at the inaugural Swap Meet and Car Show at the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday. A member of the Whitsunday Crusin’ Car Club, Mark is keen to meet members of the Pioneer Valley Classic Car Club who will also be at the event.
“It’s a good get together, whenever we have a car show. You get other car enthusiasts that bring their cars along and it’s always good having a chat to them,” he said.
Organiser of the car show, Rebecca Woods, from the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, said the event served a dual purpose.
“(It’s) a community activity for men that they can do with their families,” she said.
“We find there aren’t a lot of activities that are specifically aimed at men.”
The event will also raise funds for the community centre, which operates meeting rooms and a not-for-profit occasional child care service.
Ms Woods said the com- munity centre had hosted swap meets and clothing markets before but this weekend’s car show would be a first.
“They are really keen to come down. They love getting out and showing their cars as much as we love seeing them,” she said.
“In the community there has been a lot of buzz. I have been getting a really good response and we hope there will be a good turnout.”
There will be more than 40 cars on show, along with live music and food stalls.
To book a stall phone the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre on 4946 7850.
READY TO ROLL: Mark Johnson will be showing off his Bullit inspired 1968 Ford Mustang fastback a this weekend's car show and swap meet.