STEVE Thurecht’s 1974 HQ Holden may not have been a class winner but it was certainly a crowd favourite at the Wheels, Wings and Water display at the Emerald showgrounds at the weekend.
Event coordinator Paula Davidson from Repco said Steve was definitely in the money but the ultimate moment was when the black-bullet got fired up.
“He came close – it was one of the favourites,” she said.
“When he started it up was the best bit, that got everyone going.”
Thurecht regularly travels around the state and didn’t have to think twice when the opportunity arose to show off his pride and joy in his hometown of Emerald.
“Once you get bitten by the show bug you can’t stop,” he said.
“Any chance to show I’ll probably be there.”
Preparation, he said, was everything and it took the enthusiast from 5pm Friday afternoon until 1am the following morning to get the car in ship-shape condition and even then he wasn’t satisfied.
“I got up the next morning and went over it again,” he said.
Everything that glistened received the notice of his careful eye.
But contrary to popular belief, more components to shine didn’t necessarily mean better results. He said, too many shiny parts could have worked against him.
“There are a lot of things that need attention and a lot of things to shine but you’ve got to have it in the right proportions.”
Fellow show-car devotee Leon Aarts picked up yet another award for his Ford ‘A’ Model Tudor, this time in the Best Retro/Modern class.
Aarts’ also won most Outstanding Tudor at Rockhampton’s MotorMania event earlier this year.
He said the winning Tudor will be getting a run down to the Gold Coast in a couple of weeks but not for show, just for the pure enjoyment.
In other divisions, Phillip Nixon won the People’s Choice for his Chevrolet Bel Air and Darryl Mattingley took out Best Classic for his Ford Falcon XY GT HO Phase III.
As much as he wouldn’t like to admit it, there was also a tongue-in-cheek award for the Worst in Show, with the award recipient graciously accepting the honour with plenty of good humour.
Although a big part of it, the weekend wasn’t just about the cars - as the event’s name suggests - with the aero club and water bourne associations also getting on board to showcase some of their exhibitions, as well as raise money for charitable organisations.
“We wanted to promote what was out there and what hobbies people could get into,” Paula said.
“Numbers may have been a little down this year but the quality on show was far better.”
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