The Wintersun festival attracts thousands of people to the border each year.
The Wintersun festival attracts thousands of people to the border each year.

Phantom joins poker run

TONY Jukes' purple Phantom attracted enthusiasts of all ages at yesterday's Wintersun Poker Run.

The 1932 Ford five-window coupe, complete with a painting of the comic-book hero the Phantom, was just one of the hotrods on display in Bay Street before the Tweed Area Street Rodders' Mystery Poker Run.

“I'm an old Phantom fan because I used to be a paper boy and I loved the comic,” Mr Jukes, of Moree, said.

Mr Jukes said he is also a big fan of the Wintersun festival.

“My wife and I have been coming for three years,” he said.

“But I can only do so much hot rodding, and then I have to go rock and rolling with my wife.”

Mr Jukes had his car professionally built about three years ago and has since been a member of the Moree Motor Enthusiasts Club.

“I drive it everywhere, especially to Wintersun.

“This is a great gathering of motor cars,” he said at yesterday's Poker Run.

“I'm doing the Hinterland run on Wednesday and I'll have the Phantom on display in the main street next Saturday and Sunday.”

The car's colour is also aptly named Phantom purple.

In relation to ongoing reports that Coolangatta may lose the annual festival, Mr Jukes said businesses need to be more supportive.

“From what I've picked up over the years, local businesses are not supporting the event. It's such a great event for any town.”

Mr Jukes said his hometown Moree would love to host Wintersun.

“I think the Coolangatta businesses need to be careful.

“I'll go where ever they move it.

“I love it,” he said.



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