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

Rodders love Wintersun

TERRANORA resident Bob Stewart's passion for hot rods goes back more than 50 years.

The retired butcher was hooked when he saw his first hot rod show at 17 and is now president of local hot rod club Twin City Rodders

Mr Stewart organised the first hot rod show in the area in 1982 when he was a member of the Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce.

“I was asked to put on a display for the visitors to the area and the event grew from there,” Mr Stewart said.

He drove his 1928 A-model Ford Roadster Pickup in yesterday's car run and said he would display it this weekend at Goodwin Park.

Kristy Keepence, a volunteer at Wintersun for more than 10 years said the Cruis- in' Mag Mystery Car Run added an element of excitement to the week.

“For the rest of the week the entrants know exactly what they will be doing, so this event is a bit of fun.”

Entrants in the mystery car run do not know the route or their destination.

Lee Gilmore travels with his family to Wintersun every year from Sydney.

“We have been here 14 years in a row, but have only entered the car the past three years,” Mr Gilmore said.

His entrant in this year's Wintersun, a 1955 Canadian Meteor, is the only one of its kind in Australia.

Impressed with her first visit to Wintersun yesterday was Lisa Bond and her husband from Geelong.

“The warm up at Seagulls was fantastic and all the bands were really great,” Mrs Bond said.

Mrs Bond's husband builds hot rods, but she said she just loves the retro lifestyle and travelling to see the car shows like Wintersun.

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