Car show has ‘vin­tage’ style

Get set for Revvin’ the Reef event

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

HER ul­ti­mate ve­hi­cle would be a Mus­tang or a Ca­maro, but car en­thu­si­ast and vin­tage devo­tee Re­becca Ross just loves “ev­ery­thing that goes fast, in­clud­ing a boat in the water”.

The Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val’s Fraser Ford ‘Revvin’ the Reef’ Air­lie Beach vin­tage car show, or­gan­ised for the third year in a row by Mrs Ross, is ex­pected this year to at­tract about 70 mo­tors from Townsville, Ayr, Mackay, Rock­hamp­ton, Char­ters Tow­ers and lo­cally.

“I’ve been into vin­tage cars all my life,” Mrs Ross said.

“I love vin­tage cars, hot rods, mus­cle cars ... all of them, and they all have a story to tell. It’s a huge pas­sion of mine.”

Mrs Ross, who said she couldn’t choose an ab­so­lute favourite car, said she loved the be­fore-and-af­ter con­ver­sions of old cars that had been lov­ingly – and of­ten painstak­ingly – re­stored across many years.

“Some of these cars have been dragged out of neck-high grass and then you get to see the trans­for­ma­tions and how they’ve been brought back to life.

“Peo­ple have poured their heart and soul into it. It’s in­cred­i­ble, and all the peo­ple that you meet are very pas­sion­ate about what they do. The colours are gor­geous. They’re stun­ning.”

She said she loved Ca­maros be­cause she and her son were big fans of the Trans­form­ers movies – “and Bum­ble­bee is a Ca­maro”.

The top 10 cars at the fes­ti­val as voted by the public will be awarded tro­phies and will go in the Ro­tary Street Pa­rade.

“I love the com­plete and ut­ter joy of watch­ing other peo­ple en­joy the cars on the day, and I love the fes­tiv­i­ties and see­ing own­ers en­joy­ing talk­ing about their cars,” Mrs Ross said.

The day will also in­cor­po­rate a pin-up girl com­pe­ti­tion, show­ing off plenty of 1950s fash­ion with women dressed in their favourite vin­tage-style cloth­ing – day­wear, swimwear or re­pro­duc­tion.

“I love the fun of it. A lot of the girls are in their 20s, so to see them recre­at­ing that era is lovely, es­pe­cially with the big hair.”

The Miss Pin-up Com­pe­ti­tion will take place at noon on the Main Stage, with first, sec­ond and third prizes to be won.

PHOTO: ANDREW PAT­TIN­SON / VAMPP PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

STYLING: Last year’s Revvin’ the Reef vin­tage car show and Miss Pin-up com­pe­ti­tion. A BEVY OF PIN-UP BEAU­TIES

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