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Maidenwell Hosts Hot Rod Heaven

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Steve and Beate Newing travelled from Gatton with their 1928 V8 Ford Roadster

July 9, 2012

While pedal power ruled the streets of Maidenwell on Saturday, hot rods and street machines took over the local sportsground.

The annual “Raising Hell in Maidenwell” show’n’shine – the public day of the three-day car rally organised by the South Burnett Gas Guzzlers club – attracted good crowds to inspect the line-up of classic hotrods, street machines and interesting rare models.

One of the latter was Dave Lucas’s 1952 Studebaker Starlight coupe “Anniversary Model”, one of only a handful in Australia. ¬†Dave is a member of the Studebaker Car Club of Queensland, which also represented by a number of other vehicles at Maidenwell.

Gas Guzzlers spokesman Trevor Ivins said the day had been a real success with more than 70 vehicles on display and raising funds for the Heart Foundation.

A Mitsubishi Magna, donated to the club, was auctioned and raised $1900.

Parked along the edge of the arena was also a display of 20 vintage vans … “caravans”, that is.

The owners of these fully-restored egg-shaped vans seemed to be having a good time camping out despite the chilly start to the day.

Dave Lucas, from Meldale near Caboolture, with his 1952 Studebaker Starlight coupe

John Woodward, from Maryborough, and Wylie Cattrell, from Brisbane, enjoying the live music from the Atomic Cruisers

Marc and Karen Davis, own Johnston and Donna McLean, from Hervey Bay, arrived in style in their 1927 Buick

Historic caravans were also on display ... Neil and Cheryl Gudenswager, from Warner, with their 1948 Row Van, made in Adelaide

John and Dianne Adams, from Petrie, with their one-of-a-kind 1950s home-made caravan


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