Funny things can hap­pen when a bunch of women get to­gether to cel­e­brate t he 50t h birt hday of a Mk II Cortina. Just ask Tracey Walker of Moorooka in Queens­land. The happy gath­er­ing to hon­our Blanche’s half cen­tur y (yep, Tracey’s Cortina’s ca lled Blanche), be­came the cata lyst for t he for­ma­tion of the Old Girls on the Road Club. The club cur­rent ly has 65 mem­bers and a data­base of 100 clas­sic-car own­ing women in South-East Queens­land.

Tracey ta lks about t he club: “The way I see it t he club prov ides a plat­form for like-minded women, obv iously with a com­mon in­ter­est in clas­sic cars. Far from be­ing about gen­der polit ics, it’s a ver y socia l club. We en­joy get­ting to­get her. Lov ing our cars, we look for ward to a time when a woman step­ping out of her clas­sic will f ield com­ments or ques­tions about ‘your car’, rather than ‘your hus­band’s car.’”

Club ac­tiv ities are not a bloke-free zone – men are wel­come to ac­com­pany part­ners on its ‘Girly Runs’ and 31 per cent of t he club’s Face­book fol­low­ers are fel las.

Mem­bers cars range from mus­cle cars to a Mor­ris Mi­nor.

Tracey and the team have pro­duced an Old Girls on the Road ca lendar (see the promo on p32) and a se­ries of v ideos for YouTube telling the sto­ries of mem­bers and t heir cars. car sto­ries.

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