The cars of yesteryear
Celebrating the chrome bumpers
THE festival that knows no age or gender barrier returned last week, to celebrate its fifth anniversary among hundreds of chrome bumper enthusiasts.
Ryno Insurance Downunder Beachfest features a “magical combination” of hot rods, classic cars, muscle cars, classic motorcycles and caravans that were built before 1983.
Run by people whose lives revolve around the passion of collecting, building, showing and driving such vehicles, the five-day event was a success.
Old-school panel beater and car nut Colin Chapman said it was the perfect opportunity for him to continue living his dream – a love for cars that spanned nearly 65 years.
“My mother says that my first word ... was car,” Mr Chapman said.
“My earliest recollections... were all about how good certain cars looked.
“Now I’m 65 years old and still as insane, passionate and infatuated with with cars as I have always been.”
Though it was an “amazing” fascination, Mr Chapman described it as an “unfortunately all consuming bug” that was next to impossible to get rid of.
As he grew up among a “magical combination” of vehicles, he saw them as pieces of art before functional transport machines.
Mr Chapman said his group of car nuts endeavoured to promote safe driving through the Australian Street Rod Federation.
“Cars were designed as everyday transport and have always been that, but there was an era between the 50s and 60s where in Europe and America the cars were an art form at the forefront,”
Mr Chapman said.
“These days car design is very functional, all about economy (and) safety,” he said.
He said the beachfest aimed to showcase, preserve and educate younger generations about a passion for cars as a tribute to the era of chrome bumpers.
Mr Chapman added he couldn’t think of anything that he would rather spend his time doing, despite the love-hate relationship of observing things of “yesteryear”.
“It definitely is an incurable bug and I hope that I have it until the day I pass away.”
It definitely is an incurable bug and I hope that I have it until the day I pass away. — Colin Chapman
HOT TO DRIVE: Paul and Deb Di Lizio are gearing up for the Caloundra Beachfest with their hotrod.