Feb 09

24 of the best cars at 2014 Big Al’s Poker Run

2014 Big Al’s Poker Run is annual pilgrimage for car enthusiasts from all over Australia. This years event was again up to its usual high standard with stacks of interesting cars you just don’t normally see…anywhere.

The sun was hot and so were the cars!

I’ve selected 24 best of the best cars. Ironically, some of the best cars I saw were spectator cars sitting the car park…almost a car show in itself.

Full album of of 225 unedited photo’s on BrakeHorsePower Facebook page:

1. Valiant VH Charger Six Pack R/T

 Valiant VH Charger Six Pack R/T

 Valiant VH Charger Six Pack R/T

2. Pink Fur Mercedes: God hope it doesn’t rain!

Mercedes covered in pink fur Mercedes covered in pink fur Mercedes covered in pink fur

3. 1964 Chevrolet Impala. Praise the lowered!

1964 Chevrolet Impala. 1964 Chevrolet Impala. 1964 Chevrolet Impala.

4. 1960 Dodge Dart

1960 Dodge Dart red 1960 Dodge Dart red 1960 Dodge Dart red

5. 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible black 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible black

6. 1955 Cadillac Convertible

1955 Cadillac Convertible 1955 Cadillac Convertible red

7. 1932 Ford Tudor Hot Rod

1932 Ford Tudor Hot Rod lime green 1932 Ford Tudor Hot Rod lime green

8. 1956 Chevrolet Belair

1956 Chevrolet Belair 1956 Chevrolet Belair

9. 1953 Buick Sedan

1953 Buick Sedan

10. 1959 Chevrolet Impala

1959 Chevrolet Impala 1959 Chevrolet Impala 1959 Chevrolet Impala

11. 1957 Chevrolet Belair

1957 Chevrolet Belair red

12. 1969 Volvo 1800S

1969 Volvo 1800S 1969 Volvo 1800S

13. Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac Firebird

14. Plymouth Fury III

 Plymouth Fury III silver  Plymouth Fury III silver  Plymouth Fury III silver

15. Tank Fairlane

Tank Fairlane

16. Mustang Mach 1

Mustang Mach 1 Mustang Mach 1

17. HQ Holden SS

HQ Holden SS

18. Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger Dodge Challenger

19. 1974 Oldsmobile Convertible

1974 Oldsmobile Convertible 1974 Oldsmobile Convertible 1974 Oldsmobile Convertible

20. Chevrolet Corvair Coupe

Chevrolet Corvair Coupe

21. 1973 Leyland P76. Perhaps pink fur would have been better?

1973 Leyland P76 1973 Leyland P76 1973 Leyland P76

22. 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top”

1961 Oldmobile Bubble Top

23. 1960 Chevrolet Impala

1960 Chevrolet Impala purple 1960 Chevrolet Impala purple 1960 Chevrolet Impala purple

24. 1928 Chevrolet

1928 Chevrolet 1928 Chevrolet

May 01

Big Al’s Poker Run 2012 – Part 1

Big Al's Poker Run 2012The 2012 Big Al’s Poker Run was on again with cars assembling at the Charles Patterson park, Burswood for the start of the run. Big Al’s is always well worth attending, even if you’re not participating in the run itself, but to checkout the 100’s of great cars rolling up to the event. I’m sure some of the rarer cars only get let out once a year by their owners, and that would be to Big Al’s Poker Run.

Cars were rolling up all morning, and at about 12pm, Charles Patterson park resembled a giant parking lot of classic cars, most of them being V8…a most amazing sight really!

Weather was pleasant albeit slightly hot and facilities such as food and toilets were readily available. Location of the event was central, and access was easy along Great Eastern Highway with plenty of parking for visitors. This would have to be one of the largest and best organised car events held each year in Perth.

Being a large event I took so many photo’s I’ve decided to split the coverage of Big Al’s Poker Run into 3 parts.

Complete album of photos from Big Al’s Poker Run 2012 on Brakehorsepower Classic Parked Cars Facebook page.

The photos of 2012 Big Al’s Poker Run:

1957 Chevrolet 4 door fuel injected
1957 Chevrolet 4 door fuel injected

 

Red interior of the '57 Chev
Red interior of the ’57 Chev

 

 South African Chevrolet SS
South African Chevrolet SS. Built for the South African market by Holden, based on the Monaro. Quite rare to see one of these here in Australia.

 

South African Chevrolet SS rear view
South African Chevrolet SS rear view

 

Interior of the South African Chevrolet SS
Interior of the South African Chevrolet SS

 

Holden HT Monaro with 186S motor
Holden HT Monaro with 186S motor

 

1966 American Fairlane GTA
1966 American Fairlane GTA

 

 

1927 Pontiac Sports Roadster
1927 Pontiac Sports Roadster

 

1968 VF Valiant convertible
1968 VF Valiant Regal convertible

 

1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette

 

1964 Corvette interior
1964 Corvette interior

 

Chev Camaro SS 396
Chev Camaro SS 396

 

1968 Dodge Charger R/T
1968 Dodge Charger R/T

 

Holden HQ GTS 350
Holden HQ GTS 350

 

Holden HQ GTS interior
Holden HQ GTS interior

 

1970 Pontiac GTO
1970 Pontiac GTO convertible

 

1961 EK Holden
1961 EK Holden

 

This EK is fitted with a later Red motor with twin stromberg carbies
This EK is fitted with a later Red motor with twin stromberg carbies

 

Holden HK Monaro 327
Holden HK Monaro 327

 

Interior of the HK monaro
Interior of the HK Monaro

 

The mighty Chevy 327 V8 in the Monaro
The mighty Chevy 327 V8 in the Monaro

 

The HK's front 327 V8 badge
The HK’s front 327 V8 badge

 

 Holden HT Premier 5 litre V8
Holden HT Premier 5 litre V8

 

Ford XC Falcon 5.8 litre
Ford XC Falcon 5.8 litre

 

1959 Chevrolet BelAir
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air

 

1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala Coupe

 

1958 Chevy Impala engine
1958 Chevy Impala engine

 

1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS
1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS

 

1974 Ford Thunderbird
1974(?)  Ford Thunderbird

 

Leyland P76
Leyland P76

 

Leyland P76
Leyland P76

 

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Dec 11

Salvo’s Christmas Hamper Car Show 2011

This car show was presented by the Australian Street Rod Federation and Salvation Army as part of the Salvo’s Christmas hamper appeal at the Cannington Greyhounds Station Street carpark on 23 October 2011. The venue of Cannington Greyhounds carpark was certainly not the most visually appealing, however the quality of vehicles in attendance was surprisingly good.

Entry for spectators was a gold coin donation, whilst those displaying their cars made a donation of non perishable food. All proceeds going to charity.

The venue itself was certainly not central, thus this show would appeal to many of the south of the river car enthusiasts. The show had an impromptu feel about it but was otherwise well organised, with some food available such as a sausage sizzle and drinks. Also there were toilets albeit located some distance away at the the Cannington hall. Plenty of spectator parking was available in and outside the venue.

As mentioned above, the quality of the vehicles at this show were of a high standard, in particular I liked the light blue ’57 Chev, the ’53 Cadillac and the Dodge Charger R/T.

A good show, and hope it returns for next year.

The photos:

1956 Chevrolet  Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet  Bel Air

 

1956 Ford Ranch Wagon
1956 Ford Ranch Wagon

 

 1948 Mercury Eight
1948 Mercury Eight

 

1957 Chevy Sports Coupe
1957 Chevy Bel Air Sports Coupe

 

1957 Chevy Sports Coupe Rear
1957 Chevy Bel Air Sports Coupe rear view

 

1957 Chevy Fuel Injection Badge
1957 Chevy Fuel Injection Badge

 

1960 Chevy Impala
1960 Chevy Impala

 

Shannons Insurance
Shannons Insurance was there. As always, they get along to nearly all the car shows I’ve been to.

 

1929 Dodge DA Sedan
1929 Dodge DA Sedan owned by Glen Soltoggio.

 

1953 Cadillac
1953 Cadillac

 

1953 Cadillac
1953 Cadillac – Front view.

 

1967 Ford Galaxie Convertable
1967 Ford Galaxie Convertible

 

Lotus Excel SE
Lotus Excel SE

 

 Ford Mustang GT350
Ford Mustang GT350

 

Ford F500 Truck
Ford F500 Truck

 

 Dodge Charger R/T
Dodge Charger R/T

 

 Holden LX Torana SS Hatchback
Holden LX Torana SS Hatchback

 

1973 Leyland Mini Clubman
1973 Leyland Mini Clubman. 1100cc and twin carbies.

 

 1969 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible
1969 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible

 

Corvette Stingray
Corvette Stingray

 

Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac Firebird “moonshine”

 

1937 Ford Truck
1937 Ford Truck powered by Henry’s finest flathead V8

 

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Dec 05

Classic & Awesome Rides Show 2011

Classic & Awesome Rides Show 2011Yes, it’s a funny name for a car show but the name actually spells C.A.R.S (Classic & Awesome Rides Show).

The show was organised by the Monaro Car Club of WA and held at the Trinity Playing Fields, Waterford on 23 October 2011. Interestingly, it was open to any car club to display their vehicles at this show, and there was a good line up of Fords, Dodges, Holden and Chevy’s from other clubs at this event. It was generally dominated by American and Aussie muscle cars with an emphasis on Holdens and Chevy’s though I did see a VW Beetle.

The show was reasonably centrally located… in Waterford, albeit biased to South of the River, with plenty of easy parking on side streets and inside the venue also. Food and drink was available with a host of vendors selling related items and lots of toilets if you needed to go.

I’d consider this, one of the better organised car shows of the year, even with $10 admission fee, this was well worth attending and excellent value. I found the venue to be quite pleasant with grassed lawns and shady trees, with the cars well laid out for easy inspection and photography.

Check out the list of car clubs at end of this post that made the event.

I’ll definately be back next year for the 2012 show!

Check the full album of photo’s of this event on Brakehorsepower Classic Parked Cars Facebook page.

And now…the photo’s you’ve been waiting for:

Dodge Challenger R/T
Dodge Challenger R/T

 

Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac Firebird

 

Lincoln Continental Mark V
Lincoln Continental Mark V

 

1959 'Tank' Ford Fairlane 500
1959 ‘Tank’ Ford Fairlane 500

 

1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice with 396 Turbo Jet V8

 

1950 Mercury Coupe
1950 Mercury Coupe

 

Holden Torana GMHTOY by Gary Tishler
‘GMHTOY’ Holden Torana owned by Gary Tishler. Colour is Ice Violet Pearl.

 

Holden HT Premier
1969 Holden HT Premier with 186 6 cylinder motor

 

 Holden HQ GTS
1971 Holden HQ GTS

 

Holden HZ Sandman
Holden HZ Sandman

 

 1957 Chevrolet 2 Door Pillarless
1957 Chevrolet 2 Door Pillarless

 

 1972 Chevelle SS
1972 Chevelle SS

 

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang

 

 2002 Holden HSV Y series Maloo Ute
2002 Holden HSV Y series Maloo Ute. Generation III 5.7 V8 @ 384HP.

 

FX-Holden
FX Holden

 

1956 Chevy Bel Air Coupe
1956 Chevy Bel Air Coupe

 

1957 Chevy Bel Air
1957 Chevy Bel Air

 

Holden EJ Panel Van
Holden EJ Panel Van

 

1988 Chevy Silverado
1988 Chevy Silverado pick up truck

 

Holden HQ GTS 2 Door
Holden HQ GTS 2 Door

 

Camaro Z28
Camaro Z28

 

Holden HK Monaro 327
Holden HK Monaro 327

 

FB Holden
FB Holden

 

1970 Holden HG Brougham
1970 Holden HG Brougham. Built in Adelaide in July 1970 and sold by Shacks Holden Fremantle. Current mileage is only 118,500 and still the has original paintwork, upholstery and unrestored engine.

 

1975 Holden Torana SLR5000 LH Model
1975 Holden Torana SLR5000 LH Model

 

Holden EJ Premier
Holden EJ Premier

 

1971 Custome Dodge Phoenix 'Crewzin'
‘Crewzin’ 1971 Custom Dodge Phoenix. Features Candy Cherry Black paint work, 383ci big block V8, 727 Touqueflyte transmission, with 2500 high stall converter, 9 inch diff, windowless doors (what if it rains?), moulder rear bumper and custom scoop.

 

1956 Pink & Black Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Pink & Black Chevrolet Bel Air

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Nov 21

Chevrolet 100 Year Anniversary Display & Cruise

A great display of Chevrolets was held at the Perth Esplanade on 16th October 2011 for the 100 years of Chevrolet anniversary. The event was organised by Chev Club of WA, 55,56,57 Chev Club of WA, Corvettes of WA Car Club and National Corvette Restorers Society.

There was an interesting collection of Chevy’s from vintage Chevy’s of the 20’s & 30’s to the popular 50’s style Bel Air’s and Impala’s and later models from the 70’s and 80’s. Quite a few Camaro’s and stacks of Corvettes made it to the event as well. Also, check out the photo of the only Corvair at the event with the ironically named numbers plates of NADER.

Unfortunately I arrived a little late (got caught up at the nearby French Car Festival) and half way through my photographic session, the Chevy’s took off to Mandurah. However despite this, I still managed to get quite few good Chevy photos.

 I have to admit my favourites were the Gold 53 Bel Air, the 1960 2 door Impala and ALL of the 1957 Bel Airs!

This was very well organised event by the 4 clubs, being centrally located and easily accessible ensured there was plenty of spectators. It also coincided well with the the French Car Festival which was held nearby. No doubt many of spectators checked out both shows.

Complete Album of photos here: Brakehorsepower on Facebook.

The Golden 1953 Chev Bel Air
1953 Chev Bel Air. This one was also on show at the 2011 WA Hot Rod and Street Machine Spectacular. It looks even better out the sun.

1955 Chevy Bel Air 2 Door
1955 Chevy Bel Air 2 Door

 

1955 Chevy 2 Door Sedan
1955 4 Door Chevrolet Sedan

 

1965 Chevy Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet 4 door sedan. Very nice with black and pink colour scheme.

 

Chevrolet 1956 2 Door
Chevrolet 1956 2 Door. Stock standard with white wall tyres

 

1957 Chevy Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad. Wagon version of the Bel Air.

 

1958 Chevy Bel Air 2 door
1958 Chevy Bel Air 2 door. Check the license plate “TOTHELEVY”

 

1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air 4 door sedan.

 

1960 Chev Impala Sport Sedan
1960 Chev Impala 2 door Sport Sedan.

 

1960 Chev Impala 4 door
1960 Chev Impala 4 door. A front view of the 4 door version.

 

1960 Chev Bel Air
1960 Chev Bel Air.

 

1968 Chev Impala
1968 Chev 350 Impala 2 door.

 

 Chev Camaro SS 454
Chevy Camaro SS…with a 454 big block I assume from the badge.

 

1967 RS Camaro
1967 RS Camaro

 

1978 Corvette Stingray
1978 Corvette Stingray

 

1958 Corvette
1958 Corvette

 

Chevrolet Corvair with NADER license plates
Chevrolet Corvair. This rear engined car, was quite a depature from the typical american styled compacts of the 1960’s. Designed to be a economy car to compete with many of the european imports at the time, it sold reasonably well. That was until Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe At Any Speed condemned the car due to the number accident and law suits the car had been involved in. After that sales declined dramatically.

 

Corvair engine bay, this is a turbo
Corvair engine bay, this is a turbo version. Maybe the spare tyre and battery should been located in the front of the car to assist with the weight distribution?

 

1939 Chevrolet Coupe
1939 Chevrolet Coupe

 

1938 Chevrolet
1938 Chevrolet

 

 1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Sedan
1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Sedan. Body by Holden. 6 cyinder engine 208ci.

 

1929 Chevrolet
1929 Chevrolet

 

1927 Chevrolet
1927 Chevrolet

 

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