Colourful costumes, 1950s music and vintage vehicles were all the rage on George Street yesterday for the grand opening of the Rockabilly Cafe's new venue.
The event saw around 130 vehicles, cars and motorbikes, parked along George and Keppel streets and well-known Elvis Presley tribute performer Glen Vass [Elvass] leading renditions of The King's greatest hits.
Rockabilly Cafe co-owner Steve Ingwersen said it was pleasing to see so many members of the Bathurst community come out to support the new venue.
"We've got so much more room to play with now and it gives customers a more comfortable dining experience," Mr Ingwersen said.
Since launching last year, the cafe has built an admirable following for its monthly car meets, which are run in association with the Shannons Insurance Car Club.
Mr Ingwersen said the new venue will allow room to expand the car events.
"We attracted 95 vehicles to the last event and it has grown each month," he said.
"The new location provides us with an opportunity to get more cars involved."
Shannons regional development officer Stuart Jamieson said the events play a significant role in bringing Bathurst's car community together.
"There's more street frontage to work with now, and I'd like to see it become a 400-500 car event," Mr Jamieson said.
Mr Ingwersen said the venue is looking to build on their roster of events into the warmer months.
"We're all about bringing like-minded people together for a conversation," he said.