THE Camperdown Cruise was in full swing today as thousands descended on the town for one of Australia's biggest annual rockabilly festivals.
Despite less than perfect weather, diehard and casual fans of the rockabilly-themed subculture enjoyed displays of custom-built vintage cars, trade stalls, art exhibitions, fashion parades and danced to dozens of rockabilly bands.
Camperdown panel beater Gordon Judd proudly showed off his restored candy red 1974 HJ Holden.
"Everyone loves the colour," he said.
"It was a white, beat-up farm ute when I first got it.
"I don't want to think about how much I've spent on it, but a lot of time's gone into it.
"I just like doing up these sort of cars.
"(The festival) is a great thing for the town."
Rockabilly fan Sharni Holtz travelled from Meredith for the festival, saying the 1950s-era resonated with her more than modern culture.
"I love anything rockabilly," she said. "I spend all my time thinking about it and I dress in it all the time.
"It's good to see how other people dress in it as well and get a few ideas.
"Even the little kids are getting into it, which is nice to see. I love that it's all different ages.
"This is my first big rockabilly festival I've been to.
"I love it, it's awesome. We'll be coming back next year."
Hundreds of people packed Camperdown's theatre, renamed the "Rockabilly Room", for the first Miss Camperdown Cruise Pinup Comp, many cheering on local entrant Joanne Williams.
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