It’s not everyday you see a Holden HX Monaro, and I was even more surprised to see the driver was none other than a senior citizen well in his 70’s …and from interstate. Check the heavy duty roobar and driving lights on this car. Well traveled no doubt, a great car for touring.
The 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
Red interior of the ’57 Chev
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
Interior of the South African Chevrolet SS
Holden HT Monaro with 186S motor
1966 American Fairlane GTA
1927 Pontiac Sports Roadster
1968 VF Valiant Regal convertible
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Corvette interior
Chev Camaro SS 396
1968 Dodge Charger R/T
Holden HQ GTS 350
Holden HQ GTS interior
1970 Pontiac GTO convertible
1961 EK Holden
This EK is fitted with a later Red motor with twin stromberg carbies
Holden HK Monaro 327
Interior of the HK Monaro
The mighty Chevy 327 V8 in the Monaro
The HK’s front 327 V8 badge
Holden HT Premier 5 litre V8
Ford XC Falcon 5.8 litre
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Impala Coupe
1958 Chevy Impala engine
1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS
1974(?) Ford Thunderbird
Yes, 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
Lincoln Continental Mark V
1959 ‘Tank’ Ford Fairlane 500
1966 Chevrolet Caprice with 396 Turbo Jet V8
1950 Mercury Coupe
‘GMHTOY’ Holden Torana owned by Gary Tishler. Colour is Ice Violet Pearl.
1969 Holden HT Premier with 186 6 cylinder motor
1971 Holden HQ GTS
Holden HZ Sandman
1957 Chevrolet 2 Door Pillarless
1972 Chevelle SS
2002 Holden HSV Y series Maloo Ute. Generation III 5.7 V8 @ 384HP.
1956 Chevy Bel Air Coupe
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Holden EJ Panel Van
1988 Chevy Silverado pick up truck
Holden HQ GTS 2 Door
Holden HK Monaro 327
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
Holden EJ Premier
‘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
The Holden Car Club of WA held its Show & Shine Day at Stirling Square Guildford on 2 October 2011. A good selection of Holdens from the 1950’s models to the late 1970’s were on show from FJ’s to Kingswoods and Monaro’s.
The venue was shared with the All Austin Day, which I mentioned in the previous post as being clever thinking on part of both clubs.
The members of the Holden Car Club appear to have an emphasis on older, restored and original models rather than modified. I also noted an absence of early model of Commodores, not sure why this as I thought VB, VC and VH models would certainly be applicable and considering they are becoming rarer these days.
A great show by the Holden Club otherwise…
Holden EH Premier. Check the gold Premier badge, 179 flag and door handle scratch plates. oh and chrome exhaust extension.
Holden HT Monaro GTS with Chevy 350 V8
The rare Holden HX LE Monaro coupe.
Holden HR with 186ci motor
1979 Holden HZ Statesman SLE
Holden HK Premier. Check out those rear wheel spats.
1961 Holden EK Station Wagon
1956 Holden FJ ute
1956 FJ Holden Standard Sedan. 138ci 6 cylinder ‘Grey’ motor and 3 speed manual transmission.
Holden HJ Sandman. The surfers panel van.
Holden Torana A9X
Holden HQ 350 GTS
Holden EJ Special
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