Old Girls on the Road
What started as a birthday party for her beloved Mark II Cortina has turned into a massive movement for Old Girls on the Road founder Tracey Walker.
Brisbane's Tracey Walker loves her 1967 Mark II Cortina so much, she had a 50th birthday celebration for her beloved classic in 2017.
Little did she know that would spawn a group of women motor enthusiasts, a documentary and a calendar all dedicated to women and their classic cars.
Tracey is the founder of Old Girls on the Road, a group that started small in Brisbane and is now collecting members from across the country.
She said that 85 percent of classic cars were owned by men and the rest were owned by the women of her enthusiast group.
And it all started with a simple birthday bash for her Cortina "Blanche".
"I drove an old car myself, it was turning 50 so for a bit of fun I thought I would get other women to come along who own classic cars for a birthday celebration," Tracey said.
"It grew from there. I reached out, found women who own classic cars and a part of classic car culture."
Old Girls on the Road now has two Facebook groups, the large open discussion group featuring women from all over Australia (and a smattering of internationals) and the closed group the tight knit original members use to chat and arrange meetings.
These meetings are more than just your usual Show and Shine events, Tracey explained.
"It is more social. It is more about getting out with like-minded women in their cars."
On the social media front, the women (and even some men) share stories about women and their cars, the glory days, women in racing and essentially any topic that involves women and their classic, vintage or high-end vehicle.
"We're not like your average male car club," Tracey said.
"We are all about aesthetics, pretty pictures, cool pictures, stylish pictures, old video clips and commercials–that sort of thing.
"We encourage members to share pictures of themselves with their beautiful car as the backdrop."
The women of Old Girls on the Road have also produced their own YouTube documentary series which is presented in a calendar type format.
Members and their cars are featured in episodes based on monthly instalments–a woman and her car for each month of the year.
"I have always been a bit of a creative person, always had projects on the go," Tracey said.
"I have a filmmaking background, I worked in the industry.
"I thought the documentary series would be a great idea and everyone has been so enthusiastic–it has really struck me, these women and their stories.
"I still wrestle with myself on whether the series is about the cars or about the women."
The series highlights women of many different ages and backgrounds, ranging from 14-84 and all with their own interesting story to tell.
The entire operation was completed by volunteers, but it is Tracey’s great hope that they can produce more episodes in the future.
The series also won Best Editing across all categories at The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards.
And the videos are also available in traditional calendar format, photographed by Rachael Baskerville.