Toowoomba becomes a car lover's dream

TOOWOOMBA became a car enthusiast's dream at the weekend with an array of hot rods and Volkswagens on show.

Mudgeeraba man Jon Brown-Paul brought his restored Kombi van to the Dubs on the Hill event at Picnic Point on Sunday. Paying just $100 for it about 15 years ago, he brought the neglected van back to life.

"Someone just gave me a tip-off which is a lot of the way these things happen. Went and saw the guy and it was in very bad shape, it had been rolled down an embankment," he said.

Mr Brown-Paul spent years, on and off, restoring the van with his father.

"Everything on this van has had to be restored. People look at cars and go 'oh yeah that has been painted' but there has been thousands of hours that goes into it," he said.

"I just love the way people react to old Volkswagens. A bit of history, a bit of rolling art as I like to say."

Hundreds also visited the Toowoomba Hot Rodders High Altitude Run show and shine yesterday.

One of the organisers, Tony Rehn, said there was about 130 cars that had travelled to the event from as far north as Bundaberg to Narrabri in New South Wales and many places in between.

"This is our 18th year, it's our third year on the Cobb and Co oval and we actually think it's probably the best one yet," he said.

The run was a three-day event which included a meet and greet on Friday and a rock and roll dance on Saturday.

Money raised from the show and shine will support a cancer charity.

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