Car show puts shine on classics

Clayton Hillier, of Hillier Designs, transformed this Chrysler 300C into a show-stopping hearse for Parkview Funeral Homes in Lismore.
Clayton Hillier, of Hillier Designs, transformed this Chrysler 300C into a show-stopping hearse for Parkview Funeral Homes in Lismore.

DAVID MANBY attracted a lot of attention at the Ballina Show ‘n’ Shine yesterday, and for good reason – his 1956 Plymouth Belvedere sports coupe is the only one in Australia.

“It can’t be replaced. I’ve got it insured for $60,000,” the South Lismore man said.

“It was the top-of-the line model when it came out and it’s still got the original coral and black colour scheme.”

The Plymouth was one of several scene stealers at the Show ‘n’ Shine held at the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League grounds.

Gold Coast residents Vic and Bev Newland also had their brand new Mustang Shelby Super Snake, worth about $300,000, on display.

“There are four in the country, and only 500 of these are being made in total,” Vic said.

“I bought it two years ago, but I’ve only had it for about three months. I’ve had it converted to a right-hand drive.

“It’s magic. You have to be so careful because it’s really powerful – it has a 750-horsepower engine.

“But I’ll never race it or anything.”

At the slower end of the scale, Suffolk Park’s Judy Pattison proudly showed off her lovingly restored VW Kombi.

“I love Kombis. There is no other car,” she said. “I like them because they’re just so simple. And they are becoming fashionable again.

“I bought this one five years ago as a wreck for $900. It didn’t have a straight panel on it.

“But after two-and-a-half years of restoration, and a lot of money, here it is.”

Garry Wilks, of Lismore, spent more than $30,000 restoring his 1977 Holden Torana SLR. But it’s money well spent, he said.

“I don’t go to the pub or gamble. I’ve got six double garages under the house for all my toys,” Garry said.

“I’ve had the Torana for about six years. I hand-scraped all the paint off and repainted it, with the help of some mates.

“I’d come home and we’d have a few beers and get to work on it.

“The thing is you never stop spending money on your cars. You will always find something that needs to be done.”

The Ballina Show ‘n’ Shine was held as a fundraiser for Southern Cross LADS.

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