CAR SHOW: Jaycen Mathews from Emerald at the Rum City Rods and Customs event at Bargara yesterday.
CAR SHOW: Jaycen Mathews from Emerald at the Rum City Rods and Customs event at Bargara yesterday. Mike Knott BUNRODS

Hot rods rev up the eye candy

EVEN from as far as the turtle roundabout, you could tell something big was happening in Bargara at the weekend.

If the candy-coloured classic cars mixed in the traffic was not enough of a giveaway, the bumper-to-bumper crowds showed all traffic was headed to Nielson Park.

But as you approached Jay Teens Park, it was hard to tell who was competing for the better show as the Rum City Hot Rods revved engines and weather turned out summer temperatures and clear blue skies.

Club president Rod Bowman believed it was a combination of the two that resulted in arguably the biggest crowd the seaside event had ever seen.

"It's one of the best shows we've had," he said.

Mr Bowman showed his purple 1934 Plymouth at the event and said he finished it last year after spending 12 years on its rebuild.

Bundaberg's Belinda and Raymond Lovegeier pulled out their chairs and sat by their 69 Camaro SS while event-goers admired their vehicle.

"It's interesting to hear the comments," Mr Lovegeier said.

He said the convertible classic was not a hit with everyone.

"One guy walked past and said 'They wrecked this car - they pulled the roof off it'. He must not have seen a convertible before," he said.

Terry Turner from Rockhampton was proud to show her 1949 Ford Mercury, built by her husband.

She said she was one of few women with a car at the show and said some of the men didn't believe it was her car.



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