Just 8s Car Club members love driving their V8s even if they are gas-guzzlers.
Just 8s Car Club members love driving their V8s even if they are gas-guzzlers. Cade Mooney

V8s send out good vibrations

WHILE most of us are complaining about rising petrol prices, a group of Coast motoring enthusiasts are keeping the V8 dream alive.

They don't care if it costs them an arm and a leg to pay their fuel bill - big engines are their passion.

Perhaps surprisingly, membership of the Just 8s Car Club is actually growing in membership, with 50 on the books and hopes of having 100 hot cars at the annual "show and shine" later this month.

"Even if fuel goes to $3 a litre, you'll still get people driving V8s. It's a passion," club publicity officer Warwick Fraser said.

"Even when times are tough, people will still find the money to do their cars up."

The club caters for "any make, any model", the only provision being that the motors must have eight cylinders.

Club member Tony "Cappa" Caltibiano is passionate about his 1976 Charger and said the cost of petrol was well down his list of concerns.

"Each week I give it a wash, and a polish every couple of weeks - takes me a couple of hours each time - but it turns heads everywhere I go," he said of his gleaming dark red machine.

"Even if petrol was $10 a gallon, I'd still buy it."

The feeling is similar for Robert Archer, who drives his 2004 V8 Ford utility each day as a work car.

"The price doesn't worry me. I just love V8s."

The Just 8s Car Club aims to help members with unusual mechanical problems and the endless search for spare parts, but it is mainly a social group.

"It's a place for guys with similar interests to meet," vice-president Alan Bryce said.

"As long as they do, V8s will never lose their appeal."

The club's show and shine will be held at Currimundi Hotel on May 26, starting at 10am.

Entry for the public is by gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to breast cancer and prostate cancer research.