SCRAPED back, gutted and restored to her former glory: Tinker is now the life of the party.
The retro-style 1962 Litecraft caravan was built in a Brisbane factory as a classic touring trailer, but is now living the good life as the frontman of new Sunshine Coast venture Tinker Travelling Events.
She's a functional mobile bar and has been touring festivals with her owners Darren and Kim Jones, who carefully restored her heritage values over 18 weeks.
"We have always loved old items,” Kim said.
"To find pieces that are in great condition is a real thrill. The stories that are hidden intrigue me and I want to be a part of that story.”
With Tinker, Kim says, the couple can deliver nostalgia directly to others.
"She adds energy and vibrancy to the party,” Kim said. "Tinker invites you in, creating conversation and a bond. She's very charming.
"I will always hear guests chatting about memories of family holidays in the caravan or commenting on the restoration.”
The caravan is fitted with vinyl booth seating, laminex bench tops, checkerboard flooring, double bar fridge, a huge ice well and comes complete with flutes, wine and spirit glasses.
Tinker has already been to the Noosa Craft Beer Festival and Red Deer Music and Arts Festival at Samford Valley.
"We love to travel! Of course!” Kim said. "Caravans are for touring and exploring so why not get out and enjoy the region.
"The Sunshine Coast is jam packed with amazing events right throughout the year so we look forward to being a part of the Sunshine Coast events scene.”
Old caravans are often "full of rot” and difficult to repair, Kim said.
"We were lucky to find this one - she has good bones and we were able to get to work quickly and create a beautiful bar,” Kim said.
Kim worked in the design and building industry, so had a good idea of how to source the materials and create a look that was is theme with their business concept.
Tinker is also available for private parties.
"It is very galvanising to have a focal point at a party that everyone can relate to. We are very proud of what we have created.”
Tinker Travelling Events is now available to hire from Rainbow Beach to Caboolture as a bar, photo prop, trade stall, information or ticket booth, or site office.
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