BNE May/June 2015 |
Where to get your
Can You Keep A Secret?
619 Stanley Street, Woolloongabbawww.facebook.com/canukeepasecret
297 Given Terrace, Paddingtonwww.facebook.com/retrometro.
5d Winn Street, Fortitude Valleywww.facebook.com/sundaysocialstore
Queensland Hot Rod Show
23 – 24 May
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition
Centre, corner Merivale and Glenelg
Streets, South Bankwww.qhrp.org/2015-queensland-hot-rod-
Cooly Rocks On
29 May – 8 June
Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta
and Tweed Headswww.coolyrockson.com
Collectorville Retro Fair
1430 Ipswich Road, Rockleawww.collectorville.com.au
Retro on the road
Memories of childhood are perhaps also behind
the success of vintage-style bikes. Reid Cycles
started selling vintage models three years ago
and the company has seen “exponential” growth
“When we began selling them it was a niche
market with little representation – the only
option was to fix up an old bike from eBay.
Now our most popular style is the ladies vintage
bike which sells at least twice as many as other
models,” says Reid’s marketing manager David
Hannay. Reid opened a second store in Brisbane
to meet demand.
Kris Cleary’s 1964 caravan, which she calls
The Best Little Vintage Van in Vegas, also
attracts attention on the streets of Brisbane.
Cleary used to be a regular at markets with her
bright red and pink caravan which often served
as a change room while she was selling vintage
clothes and trinkets. However, since her twins
were born the van is hired out as a bar, DJ booth
or photo booth for parties and weddings and
used as a prop for photoshoots, on television
and in local movies. Last year it was part of the
State Library’s exhibition, Hot Modernism. In
between it does double duty as a funky cubby
house for her now three-year-old toddlers.
Cleary also embraces vintage living, wearing
the clothes and surrounding herself with
homewares, believing she is doing her part for
the environment by recycling pre-loved items.
Her house is an eclectic mix of vintage, retro
and ‘repro’ with modern conveniences in their
midst and she also owns a pink 1967 classic car.
Peter Fritsch has been passionate about classic
the 1960s, spending countless hours
over decades restoring such beauties as a 1934
Chevrolet sedan, a ’34 Chevrolet coupe and a
1948 Ford Pilot, but the one he’s most proud
of is a replica he has built, literally, from the
ground up, piece by piece almost every weekend
for nine years – the 1932 Ford coupe that will
be on display at the Queensland Hot Rod Show
on 23 and 24 May at the Brisbane Convention
and Exhibition Centre. The bright yellow Ford
will be one of at least 120 original and modified
cars and motorbikes at the show, many of them
‘best in show’ trophy winners and some restored
from the 1920s.
Since he started showing his own cars more
than 40 years ago Fritsch says he now sees three
generations of fans attending, including his own
granddaughter who he likes to take with him
occasionally. “When I started we used to know
everyone’s name, all the wives and children, but
it’s too big now,” he says.
Like Kat Creasey and Matt Whalley, who also
love collecting and restoring cars, including the
one they drive daily, partners often share the
interest. Creasey caught the bug from her father;
Fritsch has a daughter who shares his interest
and a son-in-law who owns a hot rod; and Hot
Rod Show manager Katrina Martin grew up
with the cars and her father’s obsession before
meeting her like-minded husband. They have
just returned from showing one of their prized
cars, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, in Sweden (which
will also be at the Brisbane show).
For Fritsch it’s the social spirit that he enjoys
with fellow car fanatics that he likes the most.
“[The Ford] is something I’ve always wanted
but it’s achieved so much more for us, going
to shows around the country, we’ve been
everywhere with it. There are no boundaries.
We have people in clubs from all walks of life.
We have swap meets where we swap parts and
we do ‘coffee runs’ where maybe 20 or 30 of us
will drive our cars somewhere for an outing. It
always attracts a lot of admirers.”
Story by Elisabeth Galvin and