Businesses inspired by classic cars
The NSW Northern Rivers region is a magnet for vintage vendors selling everything from upscaled fashion (Miss Brown Vintage) to recycled furniture (Dirty Old Town) and wireless speakers (Bruns Acoustics).
There’s even an annual festival dedicated to everything Old & Gold, where the entire coastal town of Brunswick Heads transforms into one giant treasure trove, with dozens of garage sales and street corners filled to capacity with priceless antiques and vintage collectibles.
Classic cars are providing the most inspiration for budding business owners who are keen to capitalise on the nostalgia they bring to weddings, birthday parties, school formals and corporate events.
From bridal parties to high-schoolers heading to their end-of-year formal, kombi-based businesses are booming in Byron. Coast 58 is one local enterprise, which has two pf the iconic German models in its coveted fleet: Granny, “the cream coloured lady” and Peppy “the mint coloured beauty”.
Peppy, who is the newest member of the fleet, was built in 1967 and has 15 windows, “which makes her look pretty cool in photographs,” says owner Alex. “She is a left hand drive as we were lucky to find her overseas and took her on a big trip to Byron Bay. She oozes pure nostalgia.”
A beautifully restored 1968 Olympic Riviera caravan, The Canavan is a mobile bar and event space that captures the heart and soul of Australia’s caravanning days.
You can also hire an impressive selection of furniture, lighting, props and decorations sourced from vintage shops and garage sales. If you’re after something truly bespoke, they’ll even make it for you.
Providing transportation and accommodation solutions in one package, it’s no wonder kombis can still be seen cruising along Australia’s major highways – often with a surfboard tucked inside and a dream catcher hanging from the rear view mirror.
Hire a Retro Campervan to not only save money on hotel rooms but also reduce meal costs thanks to self-catering facilities.
Back to Bruns Hot Rod Run
Organised by Queensland club End of the Road, the annual Back to Bruns Hot Rod Run has become a major event on the Australian Street Rod Federation calendar since it started as a two-day gathering in 2008.
Now a week-long chrome-fest for some of the country’s leading hotrodders, the 250-strong fleet of classic and custom cars rumble into Brunswick Heads where they set up camp along the river, much to the delight of local rev-heads.
Reproduced in part with permission from Live Byron