Hot wheels put on bumper display

AFTER years of riding as a passenger on the back of a motorcycle, Debbie Lytton finally gave in to her passion four years ago when she bought her own set of wheels - an OZ Trike.

“We hired one and I fell in love with it,” she said.

Ms Lytton wasn’t the only vehicle owner to mention love when talking about her set of wheels at the Southern Cross Street Cruisers’ car and bike show at the Orange Showground yesterday.

About 91 cars and bikes were on display with their proud and passionate owners hovering nearby.

Steven Skelton built his hot rod, a 1923 T-Bucket Ford, himself from its half-finished state.

But 21 years later he has made the difficult decision to sell his creation and finish building a 1948 Ford Anglia.

“I want a car with a roof and roll up windows,” he said.

“There are a lot of reproduction parts [in the T-Bucket], but I make a lot of stuff as well.

“It’s the only car I’ve built for myself, but I’ve helped my son build a few.”

For James Lytton the reason his customised Yamaha motorbike was his one and only ride was simple.

“I can’t drive,” he laughed.

Being at Sunday’s event not only gave him the chance to show off his bike’s features, including the handlebars he modified himself, but also catch up with like-minded vehicle lovers.

“It’s a really good environment and it all goes to a good cause,” he said.

All proceeds from the annual car show go to the Orange Ronald McDonald House.

The club’s vice president Geoff Baker said organisers had raised $840 from the auction alone and would also collect the gate takings and the entry fees from the vehicle owners.

clare.colley@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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