Car show cruises along to a strong lo­cal turnout

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THERE is a rea­son why a 1938 Gra­ham ve­hi­cle caught the eyes of so many peo­ple at the Cruisin’ Whit­sun­day Car Show.

The Amer­i­can com­pany that pro­duced the rare car went out of busi­ness in 1942 and proud owner Andrew McRae said there were only three other cars like it in Aus­tralia of which he was aware.

“It’s so unique and rare, not many would have come to Aus­tralia in the first place,” he said.

Mr McRae bought the car from his un­cle in New South Wales in Oc­to­ber last year and has since done all he could to pre­serve his pride and joy.

The car fea­tured at the Cars at Con­way Show in Novem­ber last year and on Satur­day Whit­sun­day car en­thu­si­asts had a sec­ond chance to ad­mire the hidden gem.

Whit­sun­day Cruisin’ Car Club pres­i­dent Chris Coyle said there was an ex­ten­sive range of up to 48 cars on dis­play at the Air­lie Beach fore­shore.

Peo­ple at­tend­ing the nearby fore­shore mar­kets and Whit­sun­day SES­sions event held at the sail­ing club had the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to pass by and ad­mire the cars on dis­play.

“This is about giv­ing peo­ple a break and lift­ing the spir­its (of the town),” Mr Coyle said.

“We ended up with 48 cars, over the last two years we had 65 so it’s a lit­tle down this year but it has been an awe­some turnout.”

Mr Coyle thanked the Whit­sun­day Lions Club for their mar­shalling ef­forts and Can­non­vale Auto Pro for spon­sor­ing the event.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

UNIQUE: Andrew and Wendy McRae and car club pres­i­dent Chris Coyle with a rare 1938 Gra­ham.

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