Budding hot rodder Matthew Hill, 12, and Ben Barnes, 11, in the mini hot rod Matthew helped to build with his dad.
Budding hot rodder Matthew Hill, 12, and Ben Barnes, 11, in the mini hot rod Matthew helped to build with his dad. Sharyn Oneill

Family builds car for show

ROCKHAMPTON youngster Matthew Hill is a popular kid when there's a car show on in town.

Matthew, 12, spent three months with his father Craig and older brothers Brenden, 16, and Aaron, 19, building a replica 1932 Ford mini car for the Classics by the Coast car show at Bell Park in Emu Park, which was the perfect place to show it off.

Mr Hill, the president of Highway '66 Rodders, said the mini car was created by pairing a go kart for the interior with a fibreglass body.

“We just use it on rod runs,” Mr Hill said.

He said building the car was a great family project.

He said other children were asking his boys all day for rides at the show and the show was a fun day out.

“The place was packed. We had a good time. We just wander around and have a look at the cars.”

As well as hot rods, the car show, organised by the All Classic Motor Club, featured vintage cars and motor bikes such as Ken Laffan's replica Willys 1928 Special Overlander.

All donations at the show were to aid St John Ambulance Rockhampton Cadet division, Rockhampton Special School and the North Rockhampton Special School.



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