Blokes who just love muscle

Melbourne’s Ian Craven been in love with his 1971 Challenger for 20 years. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Melbourne’s Ian Craven been in love with his 1971 Challenger for 20 years. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

“THEY can afford them and not their women.”

That was the answer Albury muscle car show organiser Stephen Jones came up with when asked why men were so intrigued by high-powered vehicles.

American Muscle Car clubs from Sydney and Melbourne met on the Border yesterday to give people a taste of something different — direct from the 60s.

“There are a few car clubs in Albury but not a muscle car club,” Mr Jones said.

Children, men and even a few older women took in the QEII Square display.

Mr Jones said the several hundred visitors had been impressed by the 50 cars on show, particularly the Corvettes, Chevrolet Camaros, Mustangs and Pontiacs.

He said horsepower determined what was a muscle car.

“In the 60s, it was all about that and not about safety,” he said.

“When they built them it was all about how many horsepower you could be put under the bonnet.”

The fourth annual show raised more than $800 for the Rural Fire Service at Splitters Creek.

Brigade captain Ian Avage said the contribution would go towards buying new equipment and truck maintenance.

“We’re a small brigade out here so being able to raise that kind of money in three or four hours is pretty handy,” he said.

“It is something that is greatly appreciated.”

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