Leanne Donovan and Morgan Maddison and strike a pose on Thursday.
Leanne Donovan and Morgan Maddison and strike a pose on Thursday. SCOTT POWICK

Cooly already rock ’n’ rolling

VINTAGE and young rock ’n’ rollers are filling the streets of Coolangatta in what organisers are calling the biggest and best Cooly Rocks On in the festival’s history.

While the streets and foreshore of Coolangatta glisten with the endless chrome of immaculate vintage cars and motorbikes, visitors have been arriving from across Australia and overseas, to see the convoy of cars, motorbikes, international artists and more than 50 rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly bands.

Emmalie Maidon is looking forward to the dancing.
Emmalie Maidon is looking forward to the dancing. SCOTT POWICK

With almost all of Coolangatta’s accommodation displaying the no vacancy signs, festival manager Phil Villiers said this year’s event had already brought a huge economic boost to local business.

“People are out and about, enjoying the music and showing off their cars,” Mr Villiers said.

“The vibe is all about fun and everybody is geared up – or frocked up – for their dose of fifties and sixties nostalgia, Cooly Rocks On style.”

Cooly Rocks on goers Helen and Les Chojnacki step out in their best threads.
Cooly Rocks on goers Helen and Les Chojnacki step out in their best threads. SCOTT POWICK

A highlight of the festival is the Sharp Motor Group Street Parade Saturday morning, which is expected to stretch 2km as it travels along Griffith St and Marine Pde with more than 1300 cars on display.

Pageant finalists, decked out in their best vintage fashions, will be aboard a fleet of classic cars as the colour, excitement and fun rolls on.

There will be something for everyone and plenty of opportunities to showcase custom and vintage cars, hot rods, caravans, bikes, and precincts featuring surfing and retro markets, plus much more across the festival which runs until Monday.

Park’n’ride is suggested for Saturday, with stations at Border Park Raceway, Appel St, Kirra and Miles St, Kirra and PCYC in Florence St, Tweed Heads, between 8am-6pm.

The parade gets underway tomorrow from 9am.



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