OLD GIRLS ON THE ROAD
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.