Clas­sic cars roll and the good times flow

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

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.

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