Peter Barlow with his 1928 A Model Ford roadster at his Ballina home.
Peter Barlow with his 1928 A Model Ford roadster at his Ballina home. Patrick Gorbunovs

Boyhood dream fulfilled

SINCE he was a teenager, Peter Barlow has flicked through the pages of magazines lusting after the dangerous and glossy curves on display and dreaming of one day making them his own.

And 18 months ago, the now 64-year-old's American Hot Rod-magazine-inspired fantasies finally came true.

After coming into an inheritance, the East Ballina resident forked out $48,000 for a "hot and sporty" vixen red 1928 A Model Ford hot rod.

"They've got a personality all of their own," enthused Peter of his hot rod.

"I've always wanted one right from high school.

"I'm just waiting for some hot dry weather to take the roof off."

So what does Mrs Barlow make of his glamorous new set of wheels?

"I got the car after she left. I couldn't afford both," he quipped.

Peter's hot rod will be one of many glamorous cars and motorcycles on display at the annual Lismore Swap Meet at Lismore Showground on Sunday.

The meet is hosted by Borderline Street Rodders, which has been running for more than 20 years.

At the meet, many makes and models of cars and parts as well as memorabilia and knick-knacks will be on display or sale.

Organiser Peter Nielsen said the event drew more than 300 car lovers last year locally as well as from Coffs Harbour, Grafton and the Sunshine Coast.

"It's virtually an automotive boot market," he said.

"If you've got a car to sell you can bring it along.

"If you're a motoring enthusiast it's a good day out."

Food and drinks will be available, with Lismore West Rotary supplying the catering.

Entry is $3 and $6 for swap sites.

All the proceeds from this year's event will be donated to Northern Rivers Life Education.

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