Antique car club helps shoppers take ride back in time
A GROUP of vintage-car enthusiasts is offering Christmas shoppers a trip down memory lane.
Sunshine Coast Antique Car Club member David Grant said the car display at the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre in Maroochy Boulevard had given the public the chance to see some very rare vehicles.
"We have over 20 cars and bikes ranging from the 1900s to the 1960s,” Mr Grant said.
"The pride of the display are a 1908 Alldays & Onions and a 1913 Little with a teardrop caravan.”
Event organiser David Buckton said the event was an opportunity for the members to show off their pride and joys.
"Some of these cars never get driven - they just sit in sheds and rarely see the light of day,” he said.
Mr Buckton said the enthusiasm from the owners and car lovers who had ventured in to see the cars had been very encouraging.
"Looking into some of the members' faces, it's like they are showing off their baby for the first time,” he said.
Military vehicle enthusiast Brian Callaghan said the display had given him a great excuse to get out his "Willy” Jeep.
"I take it out at car shows, military exhibitions and rallies, but here I can show it to the general public,” he said.
"To watch people get fascinated and asking questions about my 'Willy', makes all the work I have put into it worthwhile.”
He said he had bought the Jeep in 1998 as a "basket-case” shell and it took him about 18 months to restore it.
"It was really in a mess. Some parts I made and others I bought at swap meets,” he said.
"Some of the more tricky bits I got from members of the Military Jeep Club.”
Mr Buckton said not only did the club hold displays but it also put on regular swap meets and rallies.
"With over 250 members and over 600 vintage cars and bikes, these meets and rallies are a great opportunity to talk to other enthusiasts and show off,” he said.
He said the Sunshine Coast Antique Car Club held two major rallies per year where they invited other clubs from all over southeast Queensland and northern NSW.
"Last year we drove to Kenilworth with over 60 cars,” he said.
The club is holding the display at the Maroochydore Homemakers Centre until the end of December on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 3pm.
To contact the club, phone 0417 198 696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.