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

Feb 09

20 Great Cars from Big Al’s Poker Run 2013

The 2013 Big Al’s Poker Run was held again, and as usual it was huge. A change of venue this year, it was held at Taylor Street Reserve, Victoria Park, a great location for the event and I consider this an improvement.

Here is a selection of 20 great cars from the 2013 Big Al’s Poker Run meeting start. A full set of 286 photos is available on the Brakehorsepower Classic Park Cars Facebook Album.

Valiant Charger Six Pack

Rat Rod pick up

Holden LC Torana XU1 1966 HR Holden Premier

holden-HR-X2 Ford Galaxie XL Pink FE Holden sedan Dodge Super Bee General Lee Dodge Charger Chevy Impala Coupe white Chevy Impala Coupe red Chevy Impala Coupe with front jacked up Chevy Camaro SS Austin 4WD based on Toyota Landcruiser 1966 Corvette 1963 Lincoln Continental 1960 Cadillac Deville 1959 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight 1959 Lincoln Continental VF Valiant 2 door in green

May 09

Big Al’s Poker Run 2012 – Part 3

Part 3 of photos from Big Al’s Poker Run 2012…..

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

Dodge Charger
Dodge Charger with 340 magnum V8

 

Ford Edsel
Edsel by Ford, with an aptly named number plate of ‘LEMON’. Has time forgiven the Edsel? Sadly no. Never the less, this particular car is a great example .

 

Buick LeSabre 400 Convertible
Buick LeSabre 400 Convertible

 

Chrysler by Chrysler
Chrysler by Chrysler.

Chrysler by Chrysler
Chrysler by Chrysler. Rear and interior.

 

1967 Falcon XR GT
1967 Falcon XR GT

 

Red Cadillac
A large red Cadillac. Model and year unknown.

 

Ford Fairlane Convertible
Ford Fairlane Convertible

 

Falcon XA GT
Falcon XA GT hardtop

 

Holden Torana SLR5000
Holden Torana SLR5000

 

Chrysler by Chrysler hardtop
Chrysler by Chrysler hardtop

 

1963 Chevy Impala
1963 Chevy Impala

 

1957 Ford Customline
1957 Ford Customline

Weblinks:

May 06

Big Al’s Poker Run 2012 – Part 2

More photos from Part 2 of Big Al’s Run 2012:

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

Ford Falcon XM ute
Ford Falcon XM ute. Looks like this one is fitted with a 289 V8.

 

HR Holden with V8
HR Holden fittied with 308 V8

 

Interior of the HR Holden
Interior of the HR Holden

 

VH Valiant Hardtop
VH Valiant Regal Hardtop. 318 V8

 

1969 HK Holden Premier
1969 HK Holden Premier

 

Chevrolet Caprice Classic
Chevrolet Caprice Classic

 

Holden WB panel van
Holden WB panel van. One of the most impressive vehicles displayed at Big Al’s this year.

 

WB Holden panel van interior
WB Holden panel van interior. The ultra white upholstery was equally impressive.

 

Inside the back of the WB Holden panel van
Inside the back of the WB Holden panel van. Looks like pole dancing can be done in here.

 

Mercury Low Fat Lead5led
Mercury Low & Fat ‘LEAD5LED’. Owned by Gary Ritson. A spectacular paint job which is second to none. This car was featured at the 2008 WA Street Machine & Hotrod Exhibition.

 

Ford Mustang and Thunderbird
Fords: Mustang and Thunderbird

 

Bolwell Mark 7
Bolwell Mark 7

Bolwell Mark 7 rear
Bolwell Mark 7 rear

 

1964 Mercury Comet Caliente
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente. Owned by the Coleman family.

 

1974 Corvette Stingray
1974 Corvette Stingray

 

Ford Galaxie XL
Ford Galaxie XL

 

Buick Riviera GS
Buick Riviera GS

Buick Riviera GS
Buick Riviera GS. Check the ‘boat tail’ rear and 455ci V8 engine.

 

Ford Falcon XP ute
1966 Ford Falcon XP ute

 

1970 Dodge Challenger
1970 Dodge Challenger. Equipped with the big 440ci V8.

 

1953 Buick sedan
1953 Buick sedan with straight 8 engine.

 

1932 Chevy Hotrod
1932 Chevy Hotrod

 

Ratbilt
Rat rod: ‘RATBILT’ from Chuckys Chop Shop. Has the Ford flathead V8 with bare essentials in true rat rod style.

Rear view of RATBILT
Rear view of RATBILT…yes that’s a rat on the back.

 

Another 'Junk Yard Rat' Rod - DLVRNCE
Another Ratrod …’Junk Yard Rat’ – DLVRNCE.

 Check the wooden tray on this ratrod
As part of the ratrod style, there no need for chrome or even paint. Bare wood will do for the ute tray…and rust is a feature.

Engine and interior of ratrod
Engine and interior of this ratrod. Rusty rocker covers and makeshift parts.

 

1955 Cadillac
1955 Cadillac

Weblinks:

Apr 02

Brockwell Memorial Run 2011

The annual Brockwell Memorial Run is not exactly a car show, but it’s a run or rally as the name suggests and a tribute to the late Maurice Brockwell who was a collector of fine motor vehicles and an active member in the Perth motoring community for a long time.Cadillacs lined up for Maurice Brockwell Run 2011

The run entails entrants meeting up at the at the Cannington Civic Centre car park for starting, then proceeding up the coast finally ending at the Motor Museum, Whiteman Park.

Though the event was open to virtually anyone with a car who wished to enter the run, most of the cars I noticed were ‘classic vehicles’ which was great to see. Many gawkers checking the iron here, including me! I managed to take these photos of the participating cars before they took off.

Proceeds of the event go towards supporting the Motor Museum of WA

Date: Sunday 13 November 2011

1948 Buick Eight
1948 Buick Eight

 

1940 Oldsmobile
1940 Oldsmobile

 

1930 Chrysler Series 66 Sedan
1930 Chrysler Series 66 Sedan. 6 cylinder sidevalve producing 75HP. 3 speed manual transmission. Hydraulic brakes on all 4 wheels.

 

 Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle

 

Austin Seven
Austin Seven

 

Holden 48-215 (FX)
Holden 48-215 (FX)

 

 1974 Lotus Europa Special
1974 Lotus Europa Special

 

1968 Morris Traveller
1968 Morris Traveller

 

Ford Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird

 

LX Torana SL/R 5000
LX Torana SL/R 5000

 

1959 Studebaker Lark
1959 Studebaker Lark

 

 Hillman Minx
Hillman Minx

 

1953 Ford Customline
1953 Ford Customline

 

Fordson Utility
Fordson Utility

 

1938 Plymouth
1938 Plymouth Super Deluxe

 

 Rolls Royce Phantom V
Rolls Royce Phantom V

 

1959 Cadillac
1959 Cadillac

 

 1958 Cadillac
1958 Cadillac

 

 1963 Cadillac Deville Convertible
1963 Cadillac Deville Convertible

 

Studebaker Lark VIII
Studebaker Lark VIII

 

1960 Cadillac
 1960 Cadillac

 

 1965-chevrolet-impala
1965 Chevy Impala coupe

 

 Lancia Lambda
Lancia Lambda (2nd series?)

 


1950 Studebaker Champion

 

Rambler Hornet
Rambler Hornet

 

1931 Ford 'Vicky'
1931 Ford ‘Vicky’

 

 FX & FJ Holdens
FX & FJ Holdens

 

Chrysler 300B
Chrysler 300B

 

 1967 VC Valiant V8
1967 VC Valiant V8

 

Rover 3500 P6
Rover 3500 P6 Series 2

 

Mini Moke
Mini Moke

 

VG Valiant Hardtop
VG Valiant hardtop

 

Standard Super 10
Standard Super 10

 

Studebaker Hawk Gran Turismo
Studebaker Hawk Gran Turismo

 

 Studebaker Lark Station Wagon
Studebaker Lark Station Wagon

 

VK Valiant
VK Valiant 6 cylinder

 

 1935 Ford Coupe
1935 Ford Coupe

 

Humber Super Snipe
Humber Super Snipe

 

Shelby Mustang
Shelby Mustang

 

 Torana LX  SL/R 5000
Torana LX  SL/R 5000

 

Chevrolet El Camino SS Ute
1985 Chevrolet El Camino SS Ute

 

1934 Rolls Royce
1934 Rolls Royce

 

Toyota Celica Liftback
Toyota Celica Liftback

 

Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Hardtop Coupe
Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Hardtop Coupe

 

1955 Cadillac
1955 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

 

1963 Studebaker Avanti
1963 Studebaker Avanti

 

Chrysler Imperial
Chrysler Imperial

 

Car Park Specials:

Vintage Bentley Tourer
Vintage Bentley Tourer (exact model & year unknown)

 

1958 Plymouth Belvedere 2 door hardtop
1958 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door hardtop (pillarless)

 

1958 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door hardtop - rear view
1958 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door hardtop – rear view

 

Weblinks:

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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