Caravan communities have become a feature of the Wintersun festival.
Caravan communities have become a feature of the Wintersun festival.

Tweed's hot rod heaven

WHILE Coolangatta and Tweed Heads are the weekend's official home for rock 'n' roll nostalgia, revheads like Lyn and Leon Treadwell are turning Boyds Bay Holiday Park into a makeshift motor city.

Among the caravans and 4WDs, a horde of hotrod owners from around the country have gathered at the Tweed Heads South location for accommodation for Wintersun this weekend.

Now residing at Ormeau, former Tweed resident Mr Treadwell will have his 1929 Chevrolet Roadster hot rod in today's street parade.

“As soon as we pulled up into the park I had half a dozen other hot rod owners come up to me to ask about the car,” Mr Treadwell said.

“It's a bit of a rev-head community here at the moment. There are a few of them around.

“My Chevy hot rod is quite original, and I would be surprised to see another during the festival.

“Most hot rods are Fords these days because the parts are easier to find.”

To further add to its originality, Mr Treadwell's car is steel-bodied as opposed to the more common fibreglass frame.

Mrs Treadwell said they have never missed a Wintersun event.

“We were here at the first Wintersun when it was billy carts racing down Point Danger to Rainbow Bay,” Mrs Treadwell said.

Originally from the Tweed, Mr Treadwell's father was the first panel beater in the area at Hewitson's Garage in Murwillumbah.

Mr Treadwell picked up the trade at Tweed Motors in Tweed Heads when he was a teenager.

  • LEON and Lyn Treadwell's 1929 Chevrolet roadster hot rod will be on display in Goodwin Park today following the street parade at 9.45am.


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