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Cooly Rocks on and on and on…..

I just had to show you more of “Cooly Rocks On”, so many cars, so many interesting people. Fashion, fun and dancing in the streets on a sunny winters day in the border town of Coolangatta. Get your 50’s gear out of the bottom drawer and take a nostalgic trip with me back to that great era of rock-n-roll.

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I wonder how long it took to grow this long…

It is a rev heads paradise with thousands of cars, hot rods, custom cars and classic vehicles.

Just look at these…

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The well maintained, polished and immaculate VW on the left. Then you have the well used. The VW icon of the 50’s beach culture.

Complete with surf board and liquid refreshment.

Complete with surf board and liquid refreshment.

Even has original lichen growing all over it...

Even has original lichen growing all over it…

What can I say about this one? It certainly needs some TLC…

Even got a silhouette selfie in this one...

Even got a couple of silhouette selfies in this one…

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I found this lovely gypsy style caravan and fell in love with it…

This little girl loves this small version. She probably would like it for her dolls...

This little girl loves this small version. She probably would like it for her dolls…

Look at the crowds in the pub and a small boy drools over this beauty.

Look at the crowds in the pub and a small boy drools over this beauty.

The police are there to keep an eye on things, but it is a happy crowd and no trouble.

The police are there to keep an eye on things, but it is a happy crowd and no trouble.

Time to keep the inner man and woman happy

Time to keep the inner man and woman happy

It was a great day bringing back many memories.

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Vivid

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In Coolangatta, a normally sedate, seaside suburb, on the border between Queensland and New South Wales, the streets were closed to traffic and today the town erupted into a mass celebration of colour, music and nostalgia from that great era of rock-n-roll, the 50’s and 60’s. Thousands of hot rods, custom cars and classic vehicles lined the stunning beachfront

Cooly Rocks On” had hit town.

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Thousands flocked in from all points of the compass. Accent’s from all around the world could be heard joining in the singing and the bouffant skirts showing layers of frilled lace petticoats twirled and flipped to the iconic music of Bill Haley and company. For a day I was transported back to a time when I was a teenager.

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It was time to shake the creases out of the colourful retro clothes of the 50’s and parade around town. Remember those stockings  held up with a garter belt? No panty hose back then, they had a back seam that was notoriously hard to keep straight. I think this lady may have drawn her seam on… 

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So much vivid colour and every where things to bring back memories. Remember the old style skates? I do…

Even a sighting of Elvis, the King…

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 This year is the first time since 2009 that we have seen this rock-n-roll extravaganza. We have been on the road every year since then and especially during our winter we would leave town. It has become much bigger, more cars, more people, but still the same happy, colourful atmosphere. Click here to take a trip back in time to the previous “Cooly Rocks On” or as it was called back then “Winter Sun”

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Travel Theme : Colourful

It is almost 6 years since I spent a winter on the Goldcoast, so that means I have missed the “Winter Sun Festival” one of the most colourful festivals on the Goldcoast, held the first weekend in June every year . It is now called “Cooly Rocks On Festival

It is a real nostalgia trip back to the 50’s and 60’s. The rock n roll era, days of the huge, extravagant American cars, Elvis Presley was King and the skirts and hair styles were big and bouffant.

It is all here, the music, rock n rolling in the street and the cars, hundreds of them. A rev heads paradise.

Let’s go cruising…

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Great Balls of Fire

Great Balls of Fire

Here's Looking at Yer...

Here’s Looking at Yer…

 

Lots of colourful characters too

Lots of colourful characters too

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Did you spot these shy kids???

Did you spot these shy kids???

Way to go!!!!!

Way to go!!!!!

Tear drops are falling on your head...

Tear drops are falling on your head…

 

Now who is that with TWO Elvises or this that Elvii???

Now who is that with TWO Elvises or this that Elvii???

Remember these big gas guzzlers?

Remember these big gas guzzlers?

No festival is complete without a clown and balloons.

No festival is complete without a clown and balloons.

To finish and put you in the mood here is a short video I took at the 2009 festival. Watch that cool old guy, he’s really rockin it…

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Ailsa has asked us to cheer her winter days up with colour, I hope this makes you feel good.

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