Remember when a hot barmy night on the weekend left you with little else to do but jump in your hopped up ride, wind down the windows or pull the top back and go cruisin down Main street just to get the air circulating around you while taking in the amber lit streets of town as chrome barred classics, low riding customs and souped up rods casually ambled past you with the same intent as you, taking in the bright work and polished paint reflecting the surrounding cityscape across those vivacious metal curves in a kaleidoscope of coloured lights? We do too and Saturday night, unbeknown to Rob and Lam when setting the date was going to be one of those nights! Hot, barmy and great to be out and about!
It wasn’t so much as cruising the streets that Rob had in mind but more of a celebration of the times when a three piece band sounded just as good as a four or five piece, and dancing wasn’t something you did individually but with a partner, usually with your favourite squeeze as you both swirled around the dance floor while kicking up your heels! The guys had the hair slicked back, white tees or Hawaiian shirts on while the girls glammed themselves up with curled locks, poodle or circle skirts and halterneck tops and for a couple of bucks, had a great night out! Park up an eclectic array of old school cool rides with everything from classic T buckets, traditional 32s, 34s, custom cut Mercurys and classic American muscle, throw in some Aussie icons, stick it all in an industrial shed to rival the biggest mechanics shops and you’ve got yourself an indoor/ outdoor rockabilly party just like the days of old! If that wasn’t enough to keep you entertained, guys could get their hair styled in the true tradition thanks to The Northern Barber Shop, girls could freshen up the makeup thanks to Bang Bang Ladies Hair & Beauty or for those into the skin art, a skilful tattooist was on hand to lay down some ink for your custom persona. With temps reaching a searing 35 degrees during the day, the night laid down that barmy still air only seriously disturbed by a couple of high horsepower drag machines firing up for demo purposes and echoing off the walls while searing our nostrils with the sweet whiff of alcohol fumes!
The freedom of the show saw a constant turnover of cruising couples and families as they perused in to check out the party, stay for a while, catch up with friends, check out the custom metal while taking in the live tunes from Tijuana Surf, Atomic Hi Tones, Itchy Fingers Featuring Cherry Devine and Rumblin Wolf before departing into the night to keep that cool air caressing across their heat drenched skin. What a way to burn off a Saturday night!
Well done to Rob, Lam and the team of Kingpin Kuztums who, once again, floored us with their organisational skills and attention to detail that is required to pull together a multitude of different parties to create such a celebration of old school culture to which they can truly call their own!
Keep on cruising old s’cool!