With a dime in the slot the jukebox fired up, the burgers were built and the Brylcreem boys and glammed-up girls were drooling over Hamilton's latest classic car collection yesterday.
It was all part of the grand opening of Classics Museum and Jukebox Diner on Railside Ave where thousands turned up to cruise the lines of classic cars in Tom Andrews' newly built museum.
Next door in the diner, Jared Dixon was busy flipping burgers and making coffee as hungry customers got their first taste of the 1950s-inspired cafe.
"To tell you the truth, we got absolutely hammered today, it was awesome," Mr Dixon said after a busy opening day.
More than 2000 people turned up to the opening where marketing manager Emily L'Huillier said it was "crazy" to see so many people lining up to get inside.
"We got heaps of positive reactions - people were just so excited about what they saw," she said.
The collections include ornate petrol pumps, tin signs and bonnet emblems that lined the walls of the cafe, while building manager Toni Hamlin said a live band kept diners entertained.
"They were lined up out that door all day. It was an incredible opening and people were keen to come back with friends and visitors next time," she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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