GALLERY: Eye candy weekend for car lovers

Illawarra car lovers were spoilt for choice over the weekend, with three events across the region celebrating all things motoring.

On Saturday, cars in every colour of the rainbow were parked at Black Beach at Kiama, their polished and popped hoods gleaming in the sun, at the South Coast Showdown.

It was the first time the event has been held in Kiama, and proud owners were keen to win one of 16 awards, including best in show and best paint job.

Contenders were strong - a black ute with a sound system in the tray and a Gotham City paint job, a slew of pastel-hued convertibles and a Kombi.

Co-ordinator Blake Rendell said the 200 or so cars represented a wide variety of makes and vintages.

"We always want a good mix of young and old, fast and slow," he said.

Further south, Ford lovers flocked to Gerringong for the largest gathering of Model T Fords on the South Coast.

Murray Alcock also opened "Murray's Shed" to give the public a chance to view his collection of eclectic vehicle memorabilia, including old number plates and old drills he collected in his almost 50-year career as a mechanic.

On Sunday, Mini-lovers were able to indulge their passion at the annual Minis in the Gong Show and Shine, with the little cars lined up at Kembla Grange.

Cars in all conditions were welcome, as long as they were driveable.

Organiser Ryan Filippi said there was no typical Mini owner, with teenagers through to those who have had their car since it was first released eager to show off their vehicle.

He said the model continued to be popular because it was better priced than other classic cars.

"I think it's because they're iconic and affordable compared to a lot of other classic cars."

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