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 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

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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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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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