JEFF Holmesby with a classic Chevrolet.
JEFF Holmesby with a classic Chevrolet.

Cars hit the streets for Wintersun

SQUEEZED between a Kia and a Hyundai in a car park really makes Jeff Holmesby's 1960 model Chevy Bel Air stand out.

The blast from the past was parked on the beachfront yesterday to the admiration of onlookers on Marine Parade as the Twin Towns transforms into Rock 'n' Roll heaven for Wintersun.

Mr Holmesby, vice president of the Australian California Cruisin' group, will proudly show off his vehicle complete with fluffy dice hanging from the rear view mirror and a Betty Boop sticker on the rear, in the returning street parade this Saturday morning.

“It's not as shiny as it used to be, but that's because I drive it every- where,” Mr Holmesby said.

“I've been doing it for five years now; this is the time of year to take vacation. I'm looking forward to a big weekend.”

Mr Holmesby said he enjoys all Wintersun festivities.

“I like to get here early and watch the festival go,” he said.

“I've got a hotel room overlooking the main road and you can see the crowd growing every day. I can even spot the cars that haven't been here before.”

Mr Holmesby is currently restoring a 1958 Impala Sports Coupe back home in Newcastle.

“I will probably bring it along next year,” he said.

Further north on Marine Parade yesterday morning about 100 people turned out to see a free performance of Wally and the Gators outside the Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club at 11am.

Dancing couple Joe and Helen Gatt from Melbourne showed off their dance moves in their impress- ive threads.

“We're having a great time here,” Mr Gatt said.

“I love coming down to check out the bands. It's one of the best things about Wintersun.”

Over in Griffith Street at Waves Restaurant, Shindig performed to a room of eager rock 'n' roll dancers.


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