Early birds welcome at Rockin’ Jimmy’s Car Show

RISE and shine. Owners of heritage, vintage and classic cars start early to register for the show’n’shine at Rockin’ Jimmy’s Car Show at the Jimboomba Anglican Church tomorrow.

Ash-Lee Lund will be part of the welcome party for early starters. The student teacher and singer will perform for car owners who drive through the gates to register their cars, bikes, vans and utes from 6am to secure their sites on a first in first served basis. Car registrations close at  9am or when 200 sites have been filled.

Ms Lund looked forward to this week’s photo shoot with Kandi, the Mini owned by event organiser Father Dan Talbot. The gals are old friends.

“This was the car that took me to my school formal,” Ms Lund said.

“I wore dress that was almost exactly the same colour.”

The 1974 candle apple red Mini has just had a paint job ahead of this year’s event.

Rockin’ Jimmy’s was launched five years ago as parish fundraiser. Proceeds go to local schools and families.

​The event is considered unmissable by those who own or love old cars and rockabilly music and fashion.

Car owners and lovers, their families and friends gather in the shade of gum trees that tower over rural paddocks, modern brick church and towering cross that is lit by coloured lights at night.

Fr Talbot said car clubs and owners drove from Jimboomba, Tamborine, Beaudesert and south of the Tweed to join the fun. The Jimboomba Heritage Vehicle Club meet at Jimboomba School at 6.30am to make the short journey to the church at East Street.

Cars compete in categories that go by names like the Dead Set Legend, people’s choice and God’s Gift to Motoring. Event highlights include the rockabilly fashion parade – models register to walk the catwalk on the day. Suits are sharp, skirts swing and guests aren’t afraid to dance. Rockbilly favourites Little Stevie and the Tailfins perform live and loud through the day.

Gates open to spectators from 9am.  Entry is $10 per car; $5 per adult.