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Harry’s Diner: An iconic Brisbane car and bike lovers meet up place says goodbye

Photo Credits: Biker Event Calendar

They say when one door closes another opens and on Saturday 18 August 2018 with all signage removed the doors at Harry’s Diner, Newmarket Road, Windsor closed officially for the last time.

For those who don’t know, for over 20 years Harry’s has been a well-known iconic car and bike lovers meeting place. With its unique 1950’s style, it has been famous for hosting car meets just as much as its wonderful milkshakes and burgers, 1950’s serving size too. So, in true Brisbane car lovers style, a Webby’s Old School Cruise Night was held to mark the last “official” cruise from there to Bunnings at Carseldine. As expected hundreds turned out for the cruise and to watch history in the making.

By the time the cruise reached Bunnings at Carseldine there were approximately 1000 cars in attendance, filling Bunnings, the Homemaker Centre and Aldi’s car park, mostly the classic cars which we’ve grown up with but with a few standouts. From an early 1900’s Chevy to the latest of muscle cars there were cars, trucks, bikes, and hot-rods of all makes and models. And as always for Webby’s Cruises, no one is left out and everyone is included. It’s hard not to notice the close “family” feel in this group even though this time it’s the largest I’ve ever seen outside of an organised car show. I must confess I’m a bit of a car buff and at these meets, I’m continually surprised by what turns up on the night.

There are many car groups in Brisbane and meets often held for car enthusiasts so there’s always somewhere to view the odd standouts or go for a cruise but this had to be the largest ever held in Brisbane. It should be noted also that the organisation is well oiled and those involved should be extremely proud of how everyone conducted themselves. Too often car meetups are given a bad rap but this group of whom most only know each other through going to the meets behaved exceptionally well and are always more than happy to talk about their pride and joys as well as learn from others.

If you’re looking to join a cruise or just check out the amazingly well restored and maintained vehicles the next Webby’s Old School Cruise Night is planned for 15 September. Check out the Facebook page for more details on where to meet etc. CLICK HERE.

All is not lost for Harry’s Diner and they are relocating and expect to reopen at a new location in late November. All is hush hush at the moment until the final plans are in place but bigger and better things are to come. Stay tuned.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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