Record smashed for vehicles and motorbikes in street display
ROSLYN Siddans loved her 1937 Dodge Sloper from the first time she saw it.
This Sunday for the second time, she was at the Grand Automobile Display in Palmerin St with the Dodge.
While her husband Ross Siddans has restored five Fords, Mrs Siddans bought her favourite car from Ron Wilson at Stanthorpe.
Mr and Mrs Siddans were good friend with Ron Wilson, a legend of motorsport on the Granite Belt.
"I once said to Ron if he was thinking about selling the Dodge Sloper to sell it to me," she said.
Some time after he sold the vehicle to his close friends, Mr Wilson died and was farewelled at one of the biggest funerals to be held at Stanthorpe.
"As soon as I saw the Dodge Sloper, I fell in love with it," she said.
"I have done nothing to do to it, it was already restored."
Mr and Mrs Siddans have no trouble keeping up with the traffic, the Dodge has a Valiant Charger driveline in it.
The motor is a Charger Hemi 265 and the gearbox and diff are from a Charger.
MG owner Greg Newey rated this year's Grand Automobile Display as the best so far.
"The display included the biggest and widest cross section of cars and motorcycles. Yve Stocks is one of the original organisers and did a wonderful job organising the event."
Morgan Park Raceway and the Warwick District Sporting Car Club were the major sponsors and had a number of cars in the street which race in the super sprints.
Ms Stocks said the event was getting bigger and better each year.
"We had 293 cars and bikes, up from 240 last year. Most of the cars in Leslie Park were muscle cars and there were 148 cars and motorcycles in the main street," she said.
One of the attractions for the children was the original Charlie Fraser truck which has been restored and compared to the modern rigs is a great example of where trucking and livestock transport has gone in the past 50 years.