TRICKED UP: Athol Ferguson did the paint job on his atomic green Holden one tonne ute.
TRICKED UP: Athol Ferguson did the paint job on his atomic green Holden one tonne ute. Ross Kendall

200 enthusiasts shine for Auto Spectacular at Casino

CLOSE to 200 car and motorcycle enthusiasts buffed up their vehicles and headed to the Northern Rivers Auto Spectacular in Casino yesterday.

There is no doubt the event is growing in stature and numbers each year, Paul Stewart of the Northern Rivers Ford Owners Club said.

"It is awesome to see a lot of people coming through," he said.

"The event is developing a reputation as a great place for people to come and show their cars, and for people to come and have a look at them.

"A lot of people and businesses are calling it the best on the Northern Rivers."

There were more and more bikers getting involved and this year there were five different judging categories for bikes.

Karen Young, Sharlee Young and Kathy Davey.
Karen Young, Sharlee Young and Kathy Davey.

The number of judging categories for four-wheel vehicles had grown to 32, including vintage machinery, muscle cars and hot rods, as well as classic Ford and Holden road vehicles.

"The local club has also been growing and is getting close to 100 members," Mr Stewart said.

Phil Robson for one, was having a great time showing off his immaculate, sky blue 12A Rotary Mazda "grand familiar".

The rotary engine was small at 1200cc, but the vehicle was as fast as a V8, Mr Robson said.

He has been working to restore the Mazda to peak condition for seven years, and has done most of the work himself.

Plenty of entrants had also come from across the region to be part of the day.

Ty Lynch with a 1957 Pontiac, and Peter Webster with a 1977 Corvette Stingray had come up from Yamba for the day.

"It was a good day for a drive, we came up last year as well," he said.

"I do a lot of car shows, it is good to meet people with a common purpose.

"Everyone has their favourite make, good to have a bit of rivalry."

Sal and Bee from the Bikers Against Child Abuse (Lismore).
Sal and Bee from the Bikers Against Child Abuse (Lismore).

Athol Ferguson, a member of the Grafton City Street Machines, brought his atomic green 1984 Holden one tonne WB ute to the Spectacular.

His was one of the six vehicles to make the trip up with the Grafton-based club.

"We try to get up each year," he said.

He has owned his Holden for 10 years but has only just finished fixing it up after starting the project 18 months ago.

"We do our own work; I paint them myself," he said.

He has 10 other cars sitting in his garage at home, waiting to be worked on.

He has no plans of selling the cars.

Funds raised from the Auto Spectacular will be distributed to a range of local charities with a focus on children.

The day's major recipient was Bikers Against Child Abuse.



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