Retro vans com­ing up north

New style comes to Con­way

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

VIN­TAGE ve­hi­cle lovers bet­ter strap them­selves in, be­cause a new spe­cial event is com­ing to the Whit­sun­days.

Fol­low­ing on from its pop­u­lar an­nual Cars at Con­way, Con­way Beach Tourist Park is hold­ing a new event – Vin­tage and Retro Vans.

The vin­tage van ex­hi­bi­tion will feature more than 20 ve­hi­cles from across Queens­land.

Vis­i­tors will get to vote on what they think is the best van and an ar­ray of prizes will be awarded on the day.

Con­way Beach Tourist Park owner Deb­bie Brown said the theme was a bit dif­fer­ent to what spec­ta­tors would nor­mally ex­pect.

“It’s a bit of a first for up here. The whole retro and van thing is quite a big thing down south,” she said.

“We thought we would do a show here to highlight all those old vans and par­tic­u­larly the ones that have been done up. It will be sim­i­lar to the car show we have in Novem­ber.”

Ms Brown said they were still invit­ing any van own­ers or vin­tage and retro car own­ers to en­ter their trea­sured ve­hi­cles in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“We hope it grows into a re­ally big event for north Queens­land,” Ms Brown said.

“We’re hop­ing to get lots of peo­ple through the gate to have a look.”

There will be plenty to do on the day, with food ven­dors and plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids, in­clud­ing train rides and pool fa­cil­i­ties.

Ms Brown said they al­ready had vans com­ing from as far as Rock­hamp­ton and the Sun­shine Coast, but they would also like a strong con­tin­gent of lo­cal own­ers.

“It will be quite in­spir­ing,” she said.

“There’s lost of peo­ple buy­ing old vans be­cause they are sturdy and cheaper.

“For those peo­ple look­ing to do a few re­pairs and do them up then this will be a re­ally in­spir­ing show for those peo­ple.

“It will be a fam­ily day and a re­ally fun week­end all round.”

Vis­i­tors are in­vited to book a spot at the park and make it a week­end with the ex­hi­bi­tion to be held on Satur­day, May 6.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the park on 4947 3147 or visit their Face­book page Con­way Beach Tourist Park, Whit­sun­days.

PHOTO: TED VANDERLOO

REVVIN' UP: The brand new event at Con­way Beach Tourist Park will feature vin­tage and retro vans.

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