Range of cars on display at Ballina event
ROGER Child spent many hours as a panel beater making other people's cars look fantastic.
But 30 years ago, the Alstonville man wanted a project of his own, so he bought a "rust bucket" 1954 Morris Minor ute that could easily fit in his garage.
Instead of watching the telly at night, Roger worked on his car.
It took 12 years to fix up, but he's proud of what he has achieved and will put the Morris on display at the North Coast Street Machines' 26th annual show and shine at Kingsford Smith Park in Ballina on Sunday.
For two years it had been held as a Saturday twilight exhibition.
Car club president Steven Fitness said many of the vehicle exhibitors from out of town preferred the Sunday show so they could stay overnight in Ballina and catch up with others before the show and shine.
Also, he said attendance for the twilight show was down on previous years.
The show and shine is one of the longest-running community events in Ballina Shire. Mr Fitness said the event kept motoring along because people liked to see the range of cars on show, from classics to hot rods and street machines.
He said nostalgia also played a big part in the show's continued success.
"I often have people want to talk for an hour," he said of his own 1962 Valiant.
"People will say, 'My old man had one of these'."
More than 200 vehicles from south-east Queensland to Sydney, as well as the local region, are expected to be on display at the event.
The entertainment at the show includes a wheel- changing competition and tappet cover racing.
Anyone wanting to show their car can head along from 7am on Sunday.
It costs $5 to enter your vehicle in the show and shine, which is judged by Australian Street Machine Federation adjudicators.
BALLINA SHOW AND SHINE
WHEN: Sunday, from 9am
WHERE: Kingsford Smith Park, Bentinck St, Ballina
COST: Entry is $5 for an adult and $1 per child. Proceeds go to Ballina Marine Rescue