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

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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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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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Oct 28

WA Hot Rod and Street Machine Spectacular 2011

The 15th annual WA Hot Rod and Street Machine Spectacular was on again over the weekend August 27 & 28, 2011. The venue again was the Burswood Dome which has been the home for this event for quite a few years, although with talk of the Dome itself being subject to redevelopment plans, the future of the event here was uncertain. However, for the time being, plans for the Dome have been put on hold so the show is safe for another year, at least. With the uncertainty of the Domes’ future an issue, the organisers chose this year’s theme of ‘Destruction’.

Parking at the Dome was tight as it has been in previous years shows…but if you were lucky you could score spot near a classic car such as a Ford Galaxy, 56, 57 Chev or Mustang, but no luck this time for me, in fact it was way over the road for a parking spot.

The entrance to the Dome had a line up of American and Aussie muscle cars to whet your appetite for the main show. Though not part of the official show, these cars are certainly worth an eyeball, and is surprising to see what classics roll up…as there is a steady flow muscle cars arriving and departing all the time, and is well worth waiting around to see what cars show up.

Things I liked about this show:

  • Awesome display of exhibitors cars & interesting display of spectator cars at entrance
  • Centrally located and easy to get to at Burswood Dome
  • Open over 2 days
  • Show is under cover
  • Food and drink available with plenty of seating & toilets

And things I didn’t like:

  • The destruction theme was a little negative I thought and perhaps to those spectators who didn’t read the show guide, probably wondered what all the dynamite, hammers and wrecking balls has to do with hotrods and muscle cars. A little different from freedom type themes such as beach, 50’s, rock n’ roll as you’d expect for this genre. Not to mention the thought of any associated destruction next to some these works of art is almost sacrilege.
  • The band, Fossil Rock whilst ok, I didn’t think got into the groove. I prefer more rockabilly, Hank Williams and early Elvis style…and a real double bass please!

Car Spotting Spectator Cars….Outside the Entrance:

 Chevrolet Camaro 350Chevy Camaro RS 350

 

1957 chev 2 door coupe1957 Chev 2 door coupe “ITS A GAS”

 

1964 Chevrolet Nova1964 Chevy Nova with 350 V8 and auto transmission

 

1937 Ford1937 Ford street rod

 

1951 Ford Custom1951 Ford Custom “OLD 51”

 

Dodge KingswayDodge Kingsway RHD (Aussie assembled perhaps?)

 

Chevrolet Impala 3271966 Chevrolet Impala 2 door with 350 V8 (although has 327 badge)

 

1955 Chev Belair Sports Coupe1955 Chev Bel Air Sports Coupe

 

Holden HR Premier X21967 HR Holden Premier X2. Great to see one of these again.

 

Holden HK MonaroHolden HK Monaro

 

Ford Galaxy with 390 V8Ford Galaxy with 390 V8

 

Ford ThunderbirdFord Thunderbird

 

Inside… the main show:

Holden HK Monaro1968 Holden HK Monaro “MY68HK”: Features 383 Stroker, Turbo 350 transmission, air bag suspension, silver mink paint.

 

 1964 Ford Falcon XM Coupe1964 Ford Falcon XM. This Falcon is owned by Kristie Hudson with an engine that produces a staggering 1500HP. Engine is a 526 cubic inch Keith Black racing engine with a 14-71 Hi Helix supercharger, coupled to a 2 speed power glide and then to a fully floating 9 inch diff…Awesome!

 

1937 Ford Tudor by Nunzio FerraloroNunzio Ferraloro’s 1937 Ford Tudor “Slamback”. Features a 5.7 Chev EFI Vortec, Turbo 700 transmission, Ford 9 inch diff, Ford 4 wheel disk brakes.

 

Under the bonnet of SlambackSurprise! Under the bonnet of the 1937 Ford Slamback is a work of art…and I’m not talking about the engine!

 

 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan1932 Ford Tudor Sedan.

 

Pig Iron by Mal & Bev Foord“Pig Iron” by Mal & Bev Foord. Features 302ci Windsor, C4 transmission, Jaguar LSD diff and Jaguar frontend. 

 

1958 Chevrolet Belair

 1958 Chevrolet Belair Sports Sedan1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Sports Sedan by Craig & Julie Cooper. Equipped with 350ci small block, T400 transmission, Airide air bag suspension & 9 inch LSD.

 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback1969 Ford Mustang Fastback “Iron Rod” by Sam & Linda. 351ci Cleveland, Twin Research carbies, C4 gearbox, 9 Inch diff.

 

Dark horse, light horse - good and evilThe Iron Horse bonnet features some exceptional artwork, with a light horse and dark horse depicting good and evil. Simply incredible.

 

1923 Model T Ford1923 Model T Ford “Lizzie” by Andrew Morgan. 30 Small block Chev with T400 transmission, 8″ compact Ford Diff

 

1973 Torana GTR XU11973 Torana GTR XU1 owned by Rex Scott

 

 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air1953 Chevy Bel Air. Colour is candy apple gold + pearl white. 350ci Chev, TH400 with lokar shifter, Ford 9 inch diff. The Chevy took 5 years build and result is amazing.

1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

 Holden Rodeo Ute1995 Holden Rodeo Ute by Joe Suvalko. Fitted with Chev LS1 Gen III V8

 

BOSS HOSS BHC3 ZZ4 350 V8 MotorcycleBOSS HOSS BHC3 ZZ4 350 V8 Motorcycle. If you think having a Chevy 350 in your car is pretty good, imaging having a 350 in your bike! That’s exactly what the BOSS HOSS BHC3 ZZ4 has for an engine. The motor is liquid cooled and has an output 355HP. This is coupled to a proprietary 2 speed semi automatic transmission which also has reverse.

 Chevrolet Club of Western Australia Display

1951 Chevrolet1951 Chevrolet Sedan

 

1942 Chevrolet1942 Chevrolet Convertible

 

1922 Chevrolet1922 Chevrolet Model 490 “Magoo”. Restored by Tony Hoffman in 1997. Sold new in 1922 to the Garden family of Kellerberrin W.A.

 

Ford Owners Club of WA

Ford Fairlane 500 with 260 V8Ford Fairlane 500 with 260 V8 (1963?)

 

1956 Ford Fairlane V81956 Ford Fairlane V8

 1956 Mercury Monterey1956 Mercury Monterey. Has 312ci Y block V8 & Mercomatic auto transmission

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