Classic 50s and 60s cars are rockin' in
CLOCKS will be turned back to the 1950s and 60s and The Entrance will hum to the sound of American classic cars, rock 'n' roll and visitors for the annual ChromeFest event on October 24-27.
More than 50,000 locals and visitors are expected to flock to the event, a three-day tribute to hot rods, fashion and music of the 50s and 60s.
This year the event will feature a new venue - the Old Tin Shed in the Entrance Hotel carpark - a place where visitors can immerse themselves in the culture of the time, quizzing experts from the Fresh Stylz Lowerider car club, visiting the El Reapers Barbers, checking out the Hot Rod artwork by The Rustees team and dancing along to The Flattrakkers on Saturday and The Rattlesnakes on Sunday.
Run by the Central Coast Council the festival is a big hit with visitors and exhibitors alike, according to Council Community Partnerships Unit Manager Glenn Cannard who said this year's event had attracted more than 400 show cars.
"When you combine classic chrome with rock 'n' roll, vintage glamour and the beauty of The Entrance, you have quite a weekend on your hands," Glenn said.
"Whether you're a car enthusiast or not, you won't be able to resist lining the streets to watch the classic cars cruise through The Entrance.
"We invite locals and visitors to partake in a fun weekend that offers something for everyone - a vintage glamour fashion parade, retro market stalls, three outdoor dance floors and new to the event this year, The Old Tin Shed."
According to Mayor Jane Smith ChromeFest has become one of the Central Coast's most successful events.
"Not only does ChromeFest inject a great deal of money into our local economy - $13.9 million last year - it reintroduces tourists to The Entrance and Long Jetty, which both have so much to offer," Mayor Smith said.
"The event keeps getting bigger and better each year and we are looking forward to a big crowd this year."
She said highlights this year would include vintage glamour fashion parades, the Set and Brush Out Workshop aimed at helping perfect the 50s and 60s up-dos, retro market stalls, lowrider displays and three outdoor stages with undercover dancefloors.
The event is a free three-day festival - Friday, October 25, to Sunday, October 27 - held at The Entrance and presented by Central Coast Council and Californian Cruisin Incorporated.
Road closures will be in place during the event. Council's free shuttle buses will leave every two hours from 9am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday from Tuggerah Railway Station on Bryant Drive, Darren Kennedy Oval on Evans Road in Toukley and on Yakalla St in Bateau Bay.
Community members and visitors can find out more information to plan their ChromeFest weekend, go to chromefest.org.