MOTORING ENTHUSIAST: Big River Rev organiser and president of CQ Chevrolet Club Trad Duffy is looking forward to reinvigorating the car scene to the Rockhampton community.
MOTORING ENTHUSIAST: Big River Rev organiser and president of CQ Chevrolet Club Trad Duffy is looking forward to reinvigorating the car scene to the Rockhampton community. Madeline Mcdonald ROK

Rockhampton’s Trad Duffy ignites engine passion in CQ

FROM A young age Rockhampton's Trad Duffy walked past his dream car every day on his way to school.

Every morning he would see the bright red 1965 Chevy Impala parked in a local's driveway and wished it was his, not imagining that 15 years later his dreams would come true.

"Cars have always been in my family and I got bitten by the rev bug pretty early," Trad said.

"After years of walking past the Chevy, I used it as my formal car for my high school graduation then about 15 years later I seen it up for sale at a petrol station in Rocky and knew it was meant to be."

Trad's '65 red Chevy was one of the 200 cars on display at the CQ Chevrolet Club's Big River Rev yesterday at Rockhampton Ski Gardens.

Trad, CQ Chevrolet Club president and organiser of the Big River Rev, said it was the first year the event had been held.

"Yesterday was a celebration of 30 years of the CQ Chevrolet Club and earlier in the year I had an idea to put on the Big River Rev," the 32-year-old said.

"It took about three months to put together once I got permission from the council and the amount of people who came out yesterday was unreal. I thought we'd only have about 50 to 100 cars on display but there was well over 200 and there were about 3000 people from the public who came to have a look.

"The Big River Rev was all about bringing everyone together and reinvigorating the car scene in Rockhampton which is what we achieved yesterday and hope to continue."

All money made at the event will be donated by the CQ Chevrolet Club to the Salvation Army.



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