GET HAPPY: Rob Fletcher and Lynda Packer (front) with Dave and Sandra Walton prepare for the Just Rock Ipswich event later this year.
GET HAPPY: Rob Fletcher and Lynda Packer (front) with Dave and Sandra Walton prepare for the Just Rock Ipswich event later this year. Photo Rob Williams

Happy days to live on

THE golden age of the 50s and 60s may be a foggy memory to those who were lucky enough to live through it, but to Ipswich's Just Rock members, there's no reason why the glory days can't live on.

This year marks two decades since the rockabilly revivalist club - which has spawned similar enthusiastic followers of classic cars and rock 'n roll music throughout Queensland - was established in Ipswich as the Just Rock Rock 'n Roll, Dance and Leisure Car Club.

To celebrate, the 110-strong group will call on past and prospective members to help them celebrate their 20th birthday with a day of music, dancing and cars at Swifts Sports Club, Booval on Saturday, August 3.

Club spokesman Luke Way said band The Hot Rocks and The Rockettes would provide the live music, while there would also be plenty of classic muscle cars on display.

"Just Rock Ipswich is all about the 50s and 60s. We love to dance, we love to get dressed up and we love to drive the cars of the era," Mr Way said.

"We get a lot of enjoyment out of it - there is a friendship that comes with sharing a common interest."

Although vehicles like Rob Fletcher's 1961 Studebaker Hawk are common among members, they are not a condition of entry into the club - which has an "any car, classic or plastic" motto.

Age is no barrier either, with some members as young as nine joining in the fun, and several teenagers learning about the popular culture of their parents - or in some cases, their grandparents.

 

The next car event is the Back to '63 Show and Shine at North Ipswich Reserve on August 18, starting 9am.

For more information on the anniversary dance, phone Sandra on 0411116817.


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