Kevin Reece is looking forward to showing off his 1962 Compact Ford Fairline at this year's Wintersun festival.
Kevin Reece is looking forward to showing off his 1962 Compact Ford Fairline at this year's Wintersun festival. Tweed Daily News/Felicia Kosegi

Car buff ready for Wintersun

KEVIN Reece has one big, shiny, candy-apple-red reason to be looking forward to this year's Wintersun Festival.

After seven years of Wintersun, Mr Reece will show off his 1962 Compact Ford Fairlane for the first time since a total rebuild of the classic car.

It has been to Wintersun before, but not in this kind of pristine condition.

“I've spent about eight months rebuilding after having it for six years,” Mr Reece said.

The work has paid off, as the car makes a glorious sight, with white upholstery contrasting magnificently with the striking red of the exterior.

People now flock to take photos whenever the Tweed Heads man takes the vehicle to Coolangatta.

Mr Reece reckons it could be the most-photographed car on the Tweed at the moment, and plenty more will be taken when the Fairlane graces Wintersun.

Being a typical car enthusiast, Mr Reece says there are still plenty of little things to be added to the car before it is finished.

“I have a few little things to add - there are a few lights to go in to light it up at night.”

Mr Reece loves his 50s nostalgia. He was also a performer with South Tweed Rockers until a bout of ill-health forced him to give it up. It is no wonder he looks forward to Wintersun every year.

“It is a lot of fun; we all have a lot of fun,” he said.

With uncertainty in the air over Wintersun's future in Coolangatta, Mr Reece believes there is no better town to host the festival than Cool- angatta.

“It has been a 50s town for years; it would spoil it to move. It is just hard times, there just needs to be more money put in to it.”

He encouraged the whole town to get in and support this year's Wintersun, from May 29-June 8.



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