You couldn’t have asked for a better day for the Volkswagen Show and Shine at Nambucca Heads this morning.
Well over 600 vintage vehicles putted their way into the main street for the biennial event – with the lineup stretching all the way back to the water towers.
The gear heads were out in full force, grinding belly to pavement to check out the impressive rigs on show.
But there was so much to ogle even for the uninitiated spectators; one could have whiled away the morn just giggling at the array of witty and pun-tastic sticker detailing, or puzzling over how low those beetles can go.
The Nashos were getting their sizzle on, as was the Nambucca District Band who were whipping out crowd-pleaser after crowd-pleaser.
It seemed the whole of Nambucca came out for the spectacle, and the mood of the V-Dub visitors was jubilant.
In fact, after initial worry over the venue change for the event, word on the street is that most are now raving about the Macksville Showgrounds as a basecamp – many have even taken to calling the event the Mac-Valla Spectacular.
Watch the convoy roll up Mann St
The only dampener on the day’s festivities was a group of over-zealous highway patrol officers who took the liberty of pulling over some drivers in the convoy for vehicular compliance issues just south of Nambucca Heads.
There was even a bunch of drivers turned back before they reached the Show and Shine.
“It’s pretty hard to not see this as a cheap way of revenue raising,” one miffed driver said.
“They could have done the decent thing and gotten us on the way back – let us go to the show at least!”
Despite this one negative, the atmosphere is charged for the kick-on at the Showground this afternoon with markets, a swap-meet and an afternoon with the Little Ripper Band on the schedule.
After dinner, there’ll be more live entertainment, followed by a charity auction, and if you feel like getting dressed up in your vintage duds, there’s a Gatsby fancy-dress theme too.
Tomorrow, the week-long festival will close in a fireworks display at 5.30pm.
Shine on, you crazy diamonds!