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:
Chevy Camaro RS 350
1957 Chev 2 door coupe “ITS A GAS”
1964 Chevy Nova with 350 V8 and auto transmission
1937 Ford street rod
1951 Ford Custom “OLD 51”
Dodge Kingsway RHD (Aussie assembled perhaps?)
1966 Chevrolet Impala 2 door with 350 V8 (although has 327 badge)
1955 Chev Bel Air Sports Coupe
1967 HR Holden Premier X2. Great to see one of these again.
Holden HK Monaro
Ford Galaxy with 390 V8
Inside… the main show:
1968 Holden HK Monaro “MY68HK”: Features 383 Stroker, Turbo 350 transmission, air bag suspension, silver mink paint.
1964 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!
Nunzio 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.
Surprise! Under the bonnet of the 1937 Ford Slamback is a work of art…and I’m not talking about the engine!
1932 Ford Tudor Sedan.
“Pig Iron” by Mal & Bev Foord. Features 302ci Windsor, C4 transmission, Jaguar LSD diff and Jaguar frontend.
1958 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 Fastback “Iron Rod” by Sam & Linda. 351ci Cleveland, Twin Research carbies, C4 gearbox, 9 Inch diff.
The Iron Horse bonnet features some exceptional artwork, with a light horse and dark horse depicting good and evil. Simply incredible.
1923 Model T Ford “Lizzie” by Andrew Morgan. 30 Small block Chev with T400 transmission, 8″ compact Ford Diff
1973 Torana GTR XU1 owned by Rex Scott
1953 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.
1995 Holden Rodeo Ute by Joe Suvalko. Fitted with Chev LS1 Gen III V8
BOSS 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 Chevrolet Sedan
1942 Chevrolet Convertible
1922 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 V8 (1963?)
1956 Ford Fairlane V8
1956 Mercury Monterey. Has 312ci Y block V8 & Mercomatic auto transmission