OLD GOLD: Allie Connoly, of Evans Head, in her caravan, 1948, Deco, at the Auto Spectacular in Casino. INSET: The gleaming car which tows 1948, Deco.
OLD GOLD: Allie Connoly, of Evans Head, in her caravan, 1948, Deco, at the Auto Spectacular in Casino. INSET: The gleaming car which tows 1948, Deco. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Heaven for auto buffs in Casino

CARS, colour, chrome and caravans covered Casino's Albert Park yesterday for the Auto Spectacular.

There were 148 vehicles on show, including motor bikes, and attendance was likely to exceed 1000, according to Paul Stewart, Northern Rovers Ford Owners Club member.

But beyond the immaculate motors and buffed shine, it was all about the social benefits and getting out into the world, Graham Sills said.

He came to the show from Halfway Creek with his wife Jeannette, each driving a vintage Holden.

"It is very social, you meet a lot of people. We stayed overnight," Mr Sills said. "You see great cars, and you get to show off a little".

While it is not cheap to restore and maintain vintage cars, they do go up in value, he said.

Paul and Allie Connolly saved a 1938 caravan from the dump and rebuilt it, finding parts and add-ons where ever they could.

It was a bespoke model, so there was no second hand market for parts.

"You have to make it yourself, or make do," Mrs Connolly said.

The couple have been travelling in the caravan called "Deco" for the last three years. It is no more than 2 metres by 2 metres, but packs in a table and beds, as well as an ice box, and a stove. Colours and interior decoration were Mrs Connolly's department, she said.

Forty trophies were awarded on the day.

Vintage vehicles were assessed on how close they were to their original showroom condition, while Street Machines were judged on presentation.

The line-up of cars at the Auto Spectacular in Casino.
The line-up of cars at the Auto Spectacular in Casino.


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