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73 Super Bug bites couple

Judy Andrews with her original 1973 Super Bug Volkswagen Beetle.
Judy Andrews with her original 1973 Super Bug Volkswagen Beetle.

IT'S BEEN said you can tell a lot about a person by the kind of car they drive.

Yesterday, personality and enthusiasm were all on display at the Shannons Show and Shine in Grafton.

For Judy and David Andrews, of Junction Hill, it was the perfect occasion to give their loyal 1973 VW Super Bug a polish and show her off. "It's a family car and it's been our daily drive for the past 40 years," Judy said.

"We bought it in October 1973 from Lanock Motors in St Leonards, Sydney."

'Angie' by the Rolling Stones was the first song played on the radio as the car was driven out of the dealership.

"It was the same month the Sydney Opera House opened and we drove to Blues Point for the event."

Soon after, the newlyweds bought a tent and went on tour. Judy says there's never been any serious talk about selling or trading in.

"We love our VW - it's been everywhere and met every challenge that's come its way."

Both members of the Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle Club, it was the first time the couple had taken the VW to 'show' in Grafton.

While not vintage, Brian Loadsman's custom-built teardrop caravan certainly looked the part.

Based on the classic post-war shape, circa 1945, Brian's van was built from the ground up over a 15-month period. Featuring classic 1940s styling and fittings from the period, Brian said it all started after he bought an all original 1952 FX Holden.

"It was planned as I went along; I started by drawing the shape on a piece of paper and blowing it up to life size as a template," he said.

The rear kitchen was also designed by Brian, using the original style of rear kitchen as a guide. In the six months since the van was completed, the van has made an appearance at several events and Brian is always thrilled to see the reaction of onlookers.

"It's marvellous, but a lot of people don't believe I built it," he said.

"I'm a nurse by profession, but I'm the type of person who is always renovating or doing something." Brian's latest project is a hot rod.

Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle Club president Doug Clark said this year's event was more inclusive of other clubs, including the hot rods, sports cars, bikes and vintage caravans.

"We have all variations and types of motor vehicles, and motor bikes," he said.

"We got very lucky with the weather, but we are down on numbers from last time because of it."

Club vice president and event organiser Tom Raven summed up the hobby as a disease with no cure.

"It can be treated with more cars, swap meets, car shows and a sympathetic wife," he said with a laugh.

The club's next show and shine is a static display during the Jacaranda Festival.

Topics:  cars, grafton, motor show, vintage

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