Ford by name, but definitely a Chevy enthusiast by nature
ALECIA Ford was relieved to miss a hail storm on the drive from Sydney to Warwick for the Vintage and Veteran Chevrolet Automobile Association meet in Warwick.
She was driving the black 1948 Chevrolet of her mother Elizabeth Buckley which was imported from Nebraska, in the United States, 20 years ago.
"We drove at a maximum of 80kmh - that is as fast as it goes," Ms Ford said.
"There was golf-ball size hail near Tamworth but we missed it by half an hour.
"The Chevrolet is much harder than modern day cars and wouldn't have been damaged as much if hit by the hail."
She joined the Chevrolet club as an eight-year-old and recalls her father asking "are you sure about this?" when she decided to marry a Ford.
There were 85 cars in the major Queensland Chevrolet event for the year and most of the drivers and passengers will be in Warwick for a week.
They travel to the Stanthorpe wineries today and Killarney tomorrow.
The Queensland club event marks the 45th anniversary of the club and a large contingent of Queenslanders will travel to New South Wales for a similar event in two years time.
For John and Denise Buckley, who are close friends but not related to Elizabeth and Alecia, the week in Queensland was their first trip north from Sydney in their 1957 Chevrolet hard top Belair, which they bought in Nashville in the United States last year.
"It owes me a bit," Mr Buckley said.
Town crier Bob Townshend was one of many locals who checked out the immaculately kept cars.
"I am absolutely impressed. What a wonderful collection of machinery," he said.
"They should make cars like this and ones which go a bit slower and therefore have fewer accidents.
"They really take pride in their cars."