Fall in love with a classic

Classic’s By The Coast organiser Kev Hogan with his pride and joy, a 1964 Morris 1100 sedan and 1978 Leyland Mini 1275 LS.
Classic’s By The Coast organiser Kev Hogan with his pride and joy, a 1964 Morris 1100 sedan and 1978 Leyland Mini 1275 LS. Supplied

SEEING his elder brother cruising in a cool Morris 1100 in the 1960s changed Kev Hogan's life.

He was only 10 or 11 at the time, but Kev remembers how he “fell in love” with the vehicle, and he yesterday admitted that love became an “obsession,” and he “hasn't been able to stop” collecting.

The Rockhampton man now has about 10 classic cars, including a few Morris 1100 and 1300s in his back garage, and he clearly remembers the first time he drove one.

“I was 17 and I had only just got my learner's permit,” he said.

“I came home from work on a bicycle and virtually jumped into the front seat and dad came straight down and put the learner's plates straight on and off we went.”

With such a passion, Kev is the All Classic Motor Club of Central Queensland representative and organiser of this year's Classics by the Coast, a family fun day at Emu Park's Bell Park on Sunday.

Kev said more than 300 classic cars would be on display, from the classy Rolls Royce to the tiniest of mini.

There will also be trade displays, food stalls, entertainment, rock'n'roll and belly dancing.

The event is held every two years, and Kev said it gave owners time to complete a restoration or build up, or even purchase a new classic.

“You just never know what is going to show up,” he said.

“The motoring interests and obsessions on show on the field range from well preserved or restored classic cars and bikes through to super expensive show vehicles and Hotrods.”

Kev said the 2009 event raised more than $12,000 which was shared by the St John's Ambulance cadets, North Rockhampton Special School, Rockhampton Special School and the Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club.

Classics by the Coast

What: Classic cars, trade displays, food stalls, entertainment, Rock n Roll, belly dancing and first aid demonstrations.

When: Sunday from 10am

Where: Bell Park, Emu Park

Cost: Entry is a gold coin donation

Topics:  classic cars classics by the coast

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