Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Street machine fever for Show and Shine

CLASSIC car enthusiasts will be revving their engines for Saturday's 24th annual North Coast Street Machines Show and Shine at Ballina.

This year will be the club's first twilight show.

North Coast Street Machines Club president Alan Davis said between 200 and 300 cars were expected on the day.

"It's huge, it's our main fundraiser for the year," Mr Davis said.

"What it does is it just allows us to run all of our events throughout the year, so all our money goes back to our members."

One regular event is the monthly club run.

"It gives us a good chance to take our cars out because they're not daily cars and we just want an opportunity to take them on the road," he said.

Events on the day include a wheel-changing competition, colouring-in competitions, oil filter throwing competitions and entertainment from bands Tightrope Alley and Conspiracy of One.

Classic car categories include an entrant's choice, judges' top-10, members' top-15 and people's choice.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Members of the North Coast Street Machines Inc. ready to show off their cars this weekend in Ballina and member Zac Nolan with his 1946 Chevrolet.
ABOVE AND BELOW: Members of the North Coast Street Machines Inc. ready to show off their cars this weekend in Ballina and member Zac Nolan with his 1946 Chevrolet.

Money raised during the event will also go to the Ballina lighthouse and Lismore surf club, as this year's North Coast Street Machine charity.

"Each year we try to give back to a local charity that the members are involved in somehow," Mr Davis said.

At 17 years old, Zac Nolan is one of the youngest North Coast Street Machine members, and will be no stranger to Saturday's Show and Shine.

"I've been to nearly every single one since I was born," he said. "My family, they've always been part of clubs, so I just got born into this club."

Another member, Dean Golding, will also be at the Show and Shine with his 1968 HK Monaro.

He said the show was a good opportunity to meet people from other towns and states.

Member Garry Wilks will be driving his 1981 WB panel van to Saturday's show.

Mr Wilks said he had always been a "mad" car person, but was particularly fond of the panel van having grown up with the model.

"I always wanted one of these. I had mates who had panel vans when I was a kid but I always had Toranas."

Show and Shine

Where: Ballina Rugby League Grounds

When: Saturday, 2pm

How much: $5 (car entries), $5 (adults), $1 (child)


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