For Bec Harding and Valda Moore, there is nothing more fun than telling people they are classic car owners.
‘We get asked all the time,’ said Mrs. Moore, ‘Is this your husband’s car? “
“We love her because I always want to say: No mate, he’s mine. Why would he be my husband?”
Both are proud owners of the classic Chevies that they show as part of the Chevrolet Queensland Club.
For Mrs. Harding, her 1983 C10 Silverado came with a slice of Hollywood.
“My Chevy was imported from Virginia by the producers of Aquaman and used in the film prior to its showing at Movie World,” she said.
It was then recorded on the road in Queensland and auctioned on other props after the movie was shot.
“A lady on the Gold Coast bought it and kept it for a year and then bought it from her.”
The car came equipped with proudly re-upholstered seat covers, a nod to the film, which Ms Harding said was a conversation starter.
“When I tell them he was in Aquaman, they say, ‘Oh my God, did Jason Momoa sit in it?'” can i touch it “
But what I love most about the car is its authenticity.
“It has the original Chevy 350 engine and paint job, and I just did some bits and pieces like the audio system, but I really like the original factor and like to keep it stock level.”
The two women said that the “wonder factor” was a big part of being a Chevy car owner.
“They are great classic cars and many of them are rare here in Australia,” Harding said.
“Mine is a long bed and you don’t see as much of it as most short beds.”
The length of the vehicle has its challenges when it comes to everyday use.
“It’s like driving a warship and sometimes it has one turnover as well,” Ms Harding said.
“It has a left-hand drive so you have to think about where you want to go as you can’t do car-traffic – it just doesn’t work for you.
“You can’t get tickets at ticket windows and you can’t really go to the mall because it’s too big, but it’s worth it.”
“It’s special to me”
What Moore owns is a 1964 Impala that originally lived as a core.
“The Impala has a right-hand drive and most Chevys have a left-hand drive coming from the United States, so it’s unique,” she said.
“I am its second owner as it was first purchased by a funeral home in Caloundra and used as a platform.
“It has seats in the back, but we don’t use it so the kids can put a mattress in the back and take it to the command post.”
Ms. Moore said she was often asked how she parked such a car.
“She’s a big girl, and they’re making parking for little cars now, so it can be hard to stop her but you get used to it.
“I’ve always been told how wonderful it is; she is so special to me this girl is.”
With dozens of members in their club, Ms Moore said she enjoyed being able to talk to people about her pride and happiness and the other cars the club has shown.
“It’s great to be able to share our love for cars, and being the ladies of the group, we have to show everyone that anyone can drive a classic.”