Photos from 2018 Blast from the Past Festival in Rathmines

Blast from the Past Festival was expected to bring old time nostalgia back in a big way this weekend, and it delivered.

Pin-up girls, vintage cars, rockin’ music and jivin’ filled the festival’s new location of Rathmines Foreshore Park on Sunday.

The festival is a celebration of 1950s and 1960s culture featuring plenty of rock ‘n’ roll music and dance, muscle cars and classic bikes. 

As well as the chance to show off a love of a love of the pre-1978 era, Blast from the Past Festival also seeks to give back to the community, by supporting the Toronto Mens Shed.

The pin-up competition was a highlight of the day. It attracted 12 competitors, including three couples.

Newcastle’s Mitch Capone and Hilary-Anne Wattus, whose pin-up name is Miss Gigi Anne, took out the couples section of the competition.

The pair, who met at a pin-up event three years ago, travel to festivals and nostalgia events regularly.

“We love coming along to these events,” Miss Wattus said. “It’s such a good day.”

Miss Wattus found pin-up about five years ago. Not a past-time for her, Miss Wattus’ regular wardrobe is 50s and 60s style clothing. 

“I just love it,” she said.

The foreshore was lined with vintage and muscle cars and bikes, which were judged for the show and shine.

Pin-up competition winners:

Miss Kiss Kiss Bang – Vintage

Miss Kim – Mature

Miss Hannah-Belle and Sapphire Jane – Family

Miss Maddie – Junior

Miss Gigi Anne and Mitch Capone – Couples

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