Tesha Mahoney - THE BOOGALOO INVITATIONAL
I grew up in Nowra on the NSW South Coast, and I definitely took it for granted at the time. We were so close to beaches with the world’s whitest sands, beautiful valleys and rolling green hills, but as a teenager I hated the small town vibe and moved to the Big Smoke as soon as I turned eighteen. My fondest memories growing up are going to car shows or on Sunday cruises with Mum, Dad and my brother in Dad’s VG Valiant with Queen or Creedence on full blast. Mum even won a burnout competition in that car so I guess I was always going to have a love for rad cars.
I moved to Castlemaine from Sydney in 2014 after meeting my other half, Des, who is a born and bred local. It was a massive change from living in Sydney’s Inner West, going to gigs and partying all the time. Aside from leaving friends and family behind, I really missed that ‘open all night’ convenience of the city. But since moving here we’ve bought a house WITH A YARD (who could afford that in the city?!) and had a baby in December. I’m so glad that I’m raising a child in a small town rather than a big city; for the space and the affordability but also that I feel she’ll have a better opportunity to have deep and lasting relationships in a small community.
The Boogaloo came about because Des saw that the hot rod and custom car sceneneeded an event that felt like you were at a mate’s backyard BBQ, tailoredto traditionally styled vehicles. We started planning the show in October last year when I was seven months pregnant and when the show weekend finally came around I was running around all over the place with a four month old in a pram. We had a strict ‘no dickheads’ policy which helped attract over two hundred invited cars and bikes, thirty six vendors and about twelve hundred people through the gates. It was a wild task to take on with a baby, and at times it was really hard, but I’m lucky that she’s a pretty easygoing babe so we just made it all work relatively problem-free.
We’re already straight back into planning next year’s show, making it better, not bigger; quality over quantity. We’re bringing in a couple of international special guests, we’ll feature some new short films and there’ll also be an art show on top of a huge display of vehicles and a bucket load of moonshine.
My go-tos in the area: For a cuppa, The Coffee Window at The Good Table is my favourite. Loudy at The Good Table also makes some ridiculously good cocktails and Margot is also great for a night out. You can get a great big brekkie at Saff’s, seriously good rice pudding at The Gov and schnitzel or cake for breakfast at Das Kaffeehaus. I love Corner Store Merchants and the Vintage Bazaar because you can’t leave empty handed. And for outdoor, kid-friendly hangs, the Botanical Gardens are perfect. It’s so nice for a stroll through and there is an incredible play area at the far end.
If I had any advice for a green changer I’d say invest in your community.
The Boogaloo Invitational will be back April 28th-30th 2017