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Car buffs gear up to show off toys

Dale Randall is entering his 1957 Chevrolet in Show and Shine this weekend.
Dale Randall is entering his 1957 Chevrolet in Show and Shine this weekend. Georja Ryan

WHEN it comes to boys and their toys, women across the Southern Downs would have to agree there is no mountain too high or river too deep to keep men away from their prized possessions.

This Saturday, revheads and car buffs will get together at the eighth annual Ryanie for Tyres Show and Shine.

But this year's event isn't just about the immaculate cars and bikes; even the boats are set to steal some of the limelight.

Ryanie For Tyres co-owner Sharon Ryan said the new category would add a whole new atmosphere to the event.

"It's an excuse for boat owners to bring out their pride and joy in the cooler months," Mrs Ryan said.

She said they had more than 70 car entrants at present and four boat entrants, with more expected to turn up on the day.

One Warwick car buff, Dale Randall, is entering his 1957 Chevrolet into the classic category for the second year in a row.

"It's what you call a daily driver, so I bought it to drive around; it doesn't just stay cooped up in the garage," Mr Randall said.

The red American beast was exported to South Africa before it found a new home in Tamworth, which was where Mr Randall made the purchase.

Show car it may be, but it's got the guts to battle the Australian terrain, as Mr Randall quickly found out.

"I drove it from Tamworth to Melbourne for 15 hours and it rained for eight of those hours but it made the trip with no spare tyre, no air conditioning, no de-misters and dud wipers," he said.

"I just like driving them."

Show and Shine

Head down to Federation Park on Victoria St on Saturday from 9am-1pm to get among the action.

Topics:  cars, ryanie for tyres show and shine, warwick


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