Jeff and Pam Neels take a spin along the Esplanade in their 1928 Ford Roadster.
Jeff and Pam Neels take a spin along the Esplanade in their 1928 Ford Roadster. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Rodders put best wheel forward

LIKE a bag of mixed lollies, the cars at Wide Bay Rodders’ May in the Wide Bay came in all colours, shapes and sizes.

A shiny red Ford Mustang with white stripes, a canary yellow Corvette Stingray, a silver Chevy with painted flames licking up the bonnet and a matte black Chevy were among more than 100 cars at the event.

Lloyd and Terry Turner travelled from Rockhampton in their 1935 Chevy coupe for the event, towing their teardrop caravan.

The body of the car was in three pieces when Lloyd, a labourer, got his hands on it in 1991 and it was 1994 before the car was ready for the road.

Lloyd said he had another old vehicle that he used as his week day work truck and he was rebuilding a 1949 Ford Mercury for his wife to use as her every day car after he finished it at the end of this year or early next year.

“I’ve always liked cars,” he said.

“I went from Matchbox cars to slot cars to bicycles to motorbikes to cars.”

Lloyd said his hot rod hobby kept him amused and gave him a real sense of achievement when he finished working on a car. It’s the camaraderie that keeps the Turners coming back to May in the Wide Bay each year along with the organised drives through the area.

“We catch up with friends, take a look at other cars and get ideas,” he said.

Hundreds of spectators saw the cars, which were displayed at the Howard markets and Eagles Nest Golf Course in Urangan on Saturday and cruised the Esplanade that evening.

Wide Bay Rodders secretary Jeff Neels said prizes were awarded including the best moustache – real or fake – on a male, female or child and the biggest distance travelled which went to the car enthusiasts who had come from New Zealand and others from Melbourne for the event.



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