Saturday Night cruising returns to Cooly Rocks On

Yesteryear rolled back into Coolangatta for Cooly Rocks On with the long-awaited return of the beloved Saturday Night Car Cruise.

The sold-out event saw 250 classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more cruise through the streets of the iconic beachside destination, much to the thrill of onlookers.

“We were stoked to successfully bring back the car cruise this year and give enthusiasts another opportunity to show off their pride and joy,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

The highly anticipated Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine again proved why it’s an annual drawcard for car enthusiasts from all over the country with almost 900 vehicles on display stretching for two kilometres.

“I am a car head, and this was on the bucket list, I had to get up here from Victoria to have a look. Booking for next year!” – Scott, Car Enthusiast.

The Gold Coast turned on its famous winter sunshine for the tens of thousands of fans who donned their best vintage threads and up dos to take a trip down memory lane over five action-packed days.

“Last year we had record crowds of more than 136,000 and this year felt just as busy if not bigger,” said Mark. People come for the music, the entertainment and of course for the cars, and the attention to detail in the fashion, the Show ‘N’ Shine, it’s what makes this festival such a unique experience that people want to come back for year after year.”

Cooly Rocks On welcomed acts from around Australia and the world, including the artist known as the best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world Shawn Klush (USA), Swedish rockabilly trio The Go Getters and Japan’s master of Samurai rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Pandora just to name a few.

New Zealand’s Che Orton took out the prestigious Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest for 2023 and will now represent the festival at Elvis Week in Memphis, USA later this year.

“Just so happy and proud to be able to represent Cooly Rocks On and Australia in Memphis this August. It’s a dream come true to be able to go back to Graceland.”  – Che Orton, Cooly Rocks On UETA Contest winner.

Brisbane’s Sim Lovett, who grew up in Hong Kong and goes by the name Bunny Boulevard, was crowned this year’s Pin-up Pageant winner.

“The Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant is the epitome for us girls, it’s not all about winning but about enjoying the process amongst our tight knit and supportive community,” – Sim Lovett, Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant winner.

Lovers of nostalgia filled the streets, restaurants and hotels bringing a welcome boost for the local economy. Accommodation houses reported they were fully booked over the festival and were already three quarters full for next year’s Cooly Rocks On. Restaurants, bars and cafés said they had a bumper five days.

Festival goers were just as ready to dig deep to support the official Charity Partner for Cooly Rocks On, MND and Me Foundation for a chance to win a 1954 Chevrolet Hot Rod Pick Up Truck.

Affectionately known as ‘Daphne’ the bright orange beauty has been restored to its vintage look and feel complete with a brand new V8 engine. More than $50,000 worth of tickets were sold across the festival with all proceeds going directly to Motor Neurone Disease research.

Cooly Rocks On wraps for 2023 with thanks to our Sponsor Family: City of Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland, Gold Coast Airport, Indian Motorcycle, Shannons, Yugambeh Region Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA), Clean Vibes, EVENTelec and 92.5 Triple M.

Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, has once again proven why it’s an unmissable annual event for lovers of motors, music and the lifestyle of yesteryear. Get ready for more rock ‘n’ roll, dancing and revving engines this time next year when we do it all again in spectacular fashion from 5-9 June 2024.

Cooly Rocks On welcomes 2023 Sponsor Family

Cooly Rocks On has kicked into gear with Australia’s much-loved nostalgia festival set to take Coolangatta back in time from Wednesday 7 June.

Last year the festival welcomed record crowds who had made the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast to enjoy the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear over five jam-packed days. Now it is time to do it all over again with an even more exciting program of international acts and plenty of music, fashion, and classic cars.

Joining us for the ride in 2023 are some familiar friends in our Sponsor Family and we look forward to welcoming some new Cooly Rocks On partners.

We are incredibly proud to have MND and Me Foundation on board as our Official Charity Partner for the 2023 festival. The MND and Me Foundation is a wonderful organisation that supports people and their families living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in Queensland, while striving towards finding a cure.

Cooly Rocks On fans can show their support by purchasing raffle tickets at the festival and will go in the draw to win a 1954 Chevrolet Hot Rod Pick Up Truck valued at $200,000! All proceeds will go directly to the MND and ME Foundation to help fund their ongoing MND research efforts.

The MND and Me Foundation is looking forward to a great weekend at Cooly Rocks On raising money to fund vital research into finding a cure for motor neurone disease. What better raffle prize for this event than a 1954 Chevy COE Pick Up that has a 2022 Camaro V8 engine under the hood!” – Jane Milne, MND and Me Foundation CEO.

Iconic motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle is again partnering with Cooly Rocks On as an Official Support Partner. The Indian Motorcycle brand embodies the nostalgic and historic nature of the festival and even Elvis owned one! Check out the latest rides at the Indian Motorcycle display on the Coolangatta foreshore throughout the festival.

Shannons is once again joining our festival family as an Official Support Partner in 2023. A leading insurance and auction house for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles and motorcycles, we couldn’t think of a more perfect fit for Australia’s award-winning nostalgia festival.

New to the family is award-winning event specialist electricians and engineers, EVENTelec – there’re the ones supplying power and turning up the dial to get things buzzing this festival! EVENTelec have been powering major events and festivals across a variety of sectors since 1996 and are a new Community Partner across Major Events Gold Coast’s four annual music festivals.

“Our synergies are very similar, and we both aim to deliver world class festivals while developing and supporting the local economy and attracting visitors to the region.” – EVENTelec

We also welcome Triple M to our Sponsor Family as a Community Partner in 2023.

Clean Vibes will be on site helping us reduce waste at Cooly Rocks On this year and minimising the impact on the beautiful Coolangatta foreshore.

And we are proud to be working with the Yugambeh Regional Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA) who provide cultural guidance across all our festivals.

Coming through the Gold Coast Airport to visit Cooly Rocks On, the sensational Pacific Belles will transport visitors back in time from the minute they land with sweet tunes from the 40s as part of the festival’s partnership with the airport.

Cooly Rocks On wouldn’t be the award-winning festival it is, without the ongoing support from our strategic partner, the City of Gold Coast and major partner the Queensland government via Tourism and Events Queensland.

As we prepare to start our engines, we want to send a huge welcome to our 2023 Cooly Rocks On Sponsor Family. See you all in Coolangatta for five days of cars, music and fashion.