CROWD FAVOURITE: Noel Eastment with his Chevy Camaro at the North Coast Street Machines Twilight Show in Ballina.
CROWD FAVOURITE: Noel Eastment with his Chevy Camaro at the North Coast Street Machines Twilight Show in Ballina. Nolan Verheij-Full

‘Bumblebee’ creates buzz at Ballina car show

HAVING built it from the gearbox up, Noel Eastment can safely say his bumblebee yellow 1977 Camaro doesn't transform.

Mr Eastment's Camaro, nicknamed "Bumblebee" after the Michael Bay blockbuster movie Transformers, was one of the many impressive vehicles on display at the 25th annual North Coast Street Machines Twilight Show at Ballina on Saturday.

Despite the similarities, Mr Eastment assures that his Camaro was purchased and painted before he saw the Hollywood movie.

"When I bought it, I bought it disassembled; someone had already pulled it to pieces," he said. "It was a very dark, horrible brown with grey prime all over it; the interior had been torn to pieces.

"We picked the colour because there were no other Camaros around in the area in that sort of yellow, so we picked it out because it was something different.

"Now you see them everywhere.

"We get comments all the time, especially (from) the kids. Everyone asks if it transforms, but it hasn't yet."

Peter and George Hamill checking out the inside of this exquisite car.
Peter and George Hamill checking out the inside of this exquisite car.

The annual North Coast Street Machines show and shine attracts more than 200 vehicles from across the East Coast encompassing everything from muscle cars to hot rods, rat rods, utes, cruisers, low riders, street machine, euro modern and classics.

North Coast Street Machines Club president Alan Davis said next year the show and shine would have an award for "who has travelled the furthest".

"We know we've got people coming from North Queensland and Summernats down near Canberra ... so some people have travelled a really long way to be here today," he said.

This year marks the show and shine's 25th anniversary and the second year it's been held at the twilight time from 2-8pm.

Each year, the club selects a different local charity to support from funds raised at the event, with this year's donation to go towards the Northern Rivers Brain Injury Clinic.

It's also the club's major fundraiser for the year.

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