SERVICE STOP: Richie Davis and Jo Wolter with a mock-up service station.
SERVICE STOP: Richie Davis and Jo Wolter with a mock-up service station. Ross Kendall

Vehicle collectors in their element at Machines Show and Shine

MORE than 200 cars were on display in yesterday’s 26th North Coast Street Machines Show and Shine in Ballina.

“We have everything form Minis to Ford Falcons. You name it and it is here,” North Coast Street Machines president Steve Fitness said.

Mr Fitness said the turnout of display cars and a big crowd of spectators was more proof that collecting and renovating cars was growing in popularity.

“More and more people were starting to collect,” he said

“Cars are starting to go up in price, people are scooping them up.

“It is big money these days.”

Rod Campbell came to the Show and Shine from the Gold Coast with his lime green Valiant Charger.

Mr Campbell said he bought the car for about $10,000 and had spent more than $100,000 bringing it back to mint condition.

“We brought it back to bare metal, and fully restored it from there,” he said.

The car has a six-cylinder engine with a triple weber.

“They used to race these at Bathurst,” he said.

He said restoring and maintaining cars “keeps him going” in retirement.

Paul Stewart from the North Coast Ford Owners club said the quality of the cars on show was high and there was also plenty of variety.

“It is different to what you normally see, I like seeing different types of cars,” Mr Stewart said.

The Show and Shine also raised money for local charities, and this year the beneficiary was the Marine Rescue Tower.



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