Sunday, 13 April 2014
Bonnie and Clyde, Rods, Rats and Rides :- Rockabilly Lifestyle Festival 2014
The first of the Bonnie and Clyde, Rods, Rats and Rides :- Rockabilly Lifestyle Festivals was Held at Tatura, http://www.discovershepparton.com.au/pages/tatura/ a small farming town north of Melbourne Victoria, Ron, Dave, myself and a friend of Rons Jim made the one and a half hour run upto Tatura on Friday afternoon arriving around 3.00 pm we had booked into the Tatura Caravan Park in Hastie St which was next to the show venue, Shayne our host was terrific very friendly and loved a laugh he showed us to our cabins which were clean and very comfortable, I would recommend the park as a great place to stay.
Just finished putting together a video of the event, Enjoy!
After unloading our gear I set up my Cameras and we headed to the venue to register, there was already some nice rides, and their owners who were having an ale or two, we had a quick look around then headed into town to pickup some groceries and beer, then it was back to the Caravan park for a relaxing night, with a shared meal plenty of good conversation and a "few" drinks, we turned in early expecting Saturday to be a long one.
Saturdays weather was perfect blue skies and sunshine Tatura had really turned it on, the show was under way as we parked up then went for a look the show was held at Tatura park an ideal spot for this type of event, with fabulous facilities and plenty of space to display the vehicles and for the vendors to set up there was even a camping area. the organisers had aimed to bring a wide variety of cars together setting a cut off date of pre 1976 model Cars and Bikes, there were Rods, Customs, Drag Cars, even a 1965 Falcon drift Car, all of which did quite a few laps of the cruise track, it was fantastic watching lumpy blown V8 door slammers, Gassers and even a front engined Rail cruising the sound was to die for.
The organiser did not neglect the Musical side of things either all throughout the day a selection of musician and bands played entertaining the considerable crowd, food was excellent supplied by the locals in the Football club rooms, the Vendor stalls were selling Vintage clothes, hand made furniture some made from wine barrels, some made using Beer kegs (seems like a theme running there), after a full day of admiring the Cars and bikes we relaxed with a few more drinks then got changed an went for a meal at one of the local pubs, it was a bit of a disappointment next year we will try the other Hotel I think.
After the meal we returned to the Venue to catch the Elvis tribute show which was part of the evenings entertainment, I am not that into Elvis impersonators, so was not totally looking forward to seeing the show, but by the end of the show we were all singing a long and having a ball, no complaints here although I can't work out why so many impersonators only do the later overweight Elvis, you don't see to many young hip swinging Elvis's. After the show it was time to retire for the night, yeah right! we ended up talking or should I say bullshitting until the wee small hours, oh well someones gotta do it.
Sunday was a carbon copy of Saturday, fine weather and and lots to see, a couple of other guys from our Car Club Strangebreed CC came up for the day and with them came a could of girls Toby's Girlfriend Lyndal who has modelled for me before and a friend of hers Vonnie, they had come prepared and looked Gorgeous so we took the opportunity to do some pinup pics, I was pretty happy with the results and would like to thank the folks who allowed us to use their Cars and Bikes. I had a ball at the show as did the other guys and Gals with me, I got some fabulous photos, and shot a heap of Video which I will cut into a movie of the event and spent a weekend away with good friends sharing our love of Custom Vehicles, as this was the first year the number of Cars and Bikes on display was not huge, however I am sure this show will grow to become one of the best in Victoria, Thanks and well done to the organisers, see you there next year.