BACK in 1962 when Geoff Grant was given his driver's licence at 17 years old, Ford Roadsters and other vehicles from the 30's and 40's were the only things he could afford.
Fast forward 51 years and those same cars are worth a fortune, rare as hen's teeth and loved by all rev heads world wide.
Mr Grant has had a love affair with the southern Gold Coast his whole life.
Talking about the old days he still has a glint in his eye.
"I can remember coming on holidays and staying in the old Twin Towns Caravan Park," he said.
"The paper boy used to blow his whistle to let you know he was coming with a fresh copy of the Tweed Daily News."
A rare site even at Cooly Rocks On, Mr Grant's 1935 PJ Roadster is very different to many of the other hot rods of its era in that it was built right here in Australia.
"I have had the car for a while now, it's only been put back together in the last 2 months and last ran in 1970,"Mr Grant said.
In original form, black paint fadding on a very straight body, the PJ Roadster is a great looking car, curves in all the right places with a long vertical front grill, a single light either side cementing that era's classic hot rod look.
Back in 1965 when Mr Grant married Lynette, his wife of 48 years, Rock and Roll was all the rage.
And the combination of old cars and music are what draws Mr Grant to the festival every year.
Having his Roadster up and running is just a bonus this year.
"I thought about fully restoring it, but the way it looks at the moment in original form attracts more people," he said.
"It's something interesting and different that's for sure."