Hundreds flock to Newstead for day one of festival

SOME of the classic cars at the Chopped Rod & Custom festival look like they’ve been kept in a garage for years and given a quick polish to prepare for the event.  

But looks can be deceiving. 

Robert Van Schaik, for example, spent seven years building his 1928 Ford Roadster. 

He’s lost count of the hours he’s spent on it, but says it is probably into the thousands. 

“It’s built entirely from spare parts,” he said. 

“You start with a chassis and put it together piece by piece. This would be one of the older ones here.” 

Mark Bailey totally rebuilt his red 1949 Ford pickup, which he bought from the USA, and Ritchie Van de Nelst built his black 1928 Model A Ford Roadster from scratch. 

“It’s the way to go,” Mr Van de Nelst said.

 “It’s your car, not someone else’s. 

 “I started with just the body and it came together like Lego.

“It took 12 years on and off to complete. 

“I love it... it’s my baby.”

While a lot of the classic cars are nice to look at, Mr Bailey’s has an extra use.

“I’m set up in the back with a blow up mattress and a few pillows,” he said. 

“It’s going to be a good weekend, having a beer and watching the bands and all the cars.”

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