You don't need to be a car enthusiast to notice or appreciate a classic car on the road. That's because they are a rare sight, and their colourful and abstract design makes them very noticeable among the cars of today.
They same could be said about modern day Supercars and some sports cars. They are designed to be aerodynamically efficient, and thus, their visual properties are attractive to the human eye when compared to the blobs of today's hatchbacks, SUV's and sedans.
Car shows then, are like museums and art galleries. You don't have to be a historian, nor an artist to appreciate and be interested by the exhibits on display. Just like you don't necessarily need to be a car enthusiast to notice the bright designs of yesteryear.
That's how our eyes work. Light attracts our eye because it is an energy. Therefore the brighter and more contrasted something is the more our eyes are stimulated. That is often why, if you were to go to an art gallery, the walls are very plain, so the art can pop and attract our vision.
That's why classic cars catch our eye, and when they do, you are thus more likely to notice the great care that has been taken by the owner to keep the car in working order and in a condition as if it were new..
The Loyola Classic Car Show then is an explosion of colour. The backdrop of Old Loyola, the bright sky as it moves towards sunset, and the vibrant art on wheels, makes this show a visual sensory overload.
Car enthusiast or not, the Loyola Classic is an anticipated event every year, and has an amazing vibe which is key to it growing every year.
You are always going to find something you've never seen before too. Like this lifted Falcon Ute, or my personal favourite from the show, this race ready Mk1 Ford Capri.
Or, sometimes you'll get really lucky and stumble upon a V8 Boss Hoss Motorcycle, one of the only ones in Australia!
It's shows like this that engage the next generation of car enthusiasts too. There aren't many things cooler then a rainbow of classic Australian muscle, surrounded by hot rods and exotic sports cars.
They don't make them like they used to. But maybe that's a good thing. Young kids are interested at the uniqueness of old cars, and the older generations are then able to teach them about them, since they grew up in that era. Then generation after generation, the cycle continues. Soon enough, people my age will be talking to young kids about the classic GT86, BF Falcon. VE COmmodore, Telsa Model S and Nissan 370Z among other cars. It's a reoccurring cycle, and why car culture continues to grow and evolve.