Black Mustang 289 California Special: One of the rarer Mustangs issued for the California market in the 1960’s by Ford of which only 4118 were made. Contains a host of extras over the standard Mustang. Check the Wikipedia entry Mustang California Special. A pretty cool Mustang to have indeed.
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
2. Pink Fur Mercedes: God hope it doesn’t rain!
3. 1964 Chevrolet Impala. Praise the lowered!
4. 1960 Dodge Dart
5. 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
6. 1955 Cadillac Convertible
7. 1932 Ford Tudor Hot Rod
8. 1956 Chevrolet Belair
9. 1953 Buick Sedan
10. 1959 Chevrolet Impala
11. 1957 Chevrolet Belair
12. 1969 Volvo 1800S
13. Pontiac Firebird
14. Plymouth Fury III
15. Tank Fairlane
16. Mustang Mach 1
17. HQ Holden SS
18. Dodge Challenger
19. 1974 Oldsmobile Convertible
20. Chevrolet Corvair Coupe
21. 1973 Leyland P76. Perhaps pink fur would have been better?
22. 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top”
23. 1960 Chevrolet Impala
24. 1928 Chevrolet
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. Looks like this one is fitted with a 289 V8.
HR Holden fittied with 308 V8
Interior of the HR Holden
VH Valiant Regal Hardtop. 318 V8
1969 HK Holden Premier
Chevrolet Caprice Classic
Holden WB panel van. One of the most impressive vehicles displayed at Big Al’s this year.
WB Holden panel van interior. The ultra white upholstery was equally impressive.
Inside the back of the WB Holden panel van. Looks like pole dancing can be done in here.
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.
Fords: Mustang and Thunderbird
Bolwell Mark 7
Bolwell Mark 7 rear
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente. Owned by the Coleman family.
1974 Corvette Stingray
Ford Galaxie XL
Buick Riviera GS
Buick Riviera GS. Check the ‘boat tail’ rear and 455ci V8 engine.
1966 Ford Falcon XP ute
1970 Dodge Challenger. Equipped with the big 440ci V8.
1953 Buick sedan with straight 8 engine.
1932 Chevy Hotrod
Rat rod: ‘RATBILT’ from Chuckys Chop Shop. Has the Ford flathead V8 with bare essentials in true rat rod style.
Rear view of RATBILT…yes that’s a rat on the back.
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 this ratrod. Rusty rocker covers and makeshift parts.
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.
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
1930 Chrysler Series 66 Sedan. 6 cylinder sidevalve producing 75HP. 3 speed manual transmission. Hydraulic brakes on all 4 wheels.
Holden 48-215 (FX)
1974 Lotus Europa Special
1968 Morris Traveller
LX Torana SL/R 5000
1959 Studebaker Lark
1953 Ford Customline
1938 Plymouth Super Deluxe
Rolls Royce Phantom V
1963 Cadillac Deville Convertible
Studebaker Lark VIII
1965 Chevy Impala coupe
Lancia Lambda (2nd series?)
1950 Studebaker Champion
1931 Ford ‘Vicky’
FX & FJ Holdens
1967 VC Valiant V8
Rover 3500 P6 Series 2
VG Valiant hardtop
Standard Super 10
Studebaker Hawk Gran Turismo
Studebaker Lark Station Wagon
VK Valiant 6 cylinder
1935 Ford Coupe
Humber Super Snipe
Torana LX SL/R 5000
1985 Chevrolet El Camino SS Ute
1934 Rolls Royce
Toyota Celica Liftback
Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Hardtop Coupe
1955 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
1963 Studebaker Avanti
Car Park Specials:
Vintage Bentley Tourer (exact model & year unknown)
The annual All Ford Day 2011 was held at Bassedean Oval on the 30 October, with a terrific turn out of cars and spectators. Weather was great, everyone was smiling and declare the event a *winner*.
Previous All Ford Days have also been held at the Bassendean Oval, and this location has proved to be ideal for a large event like this. Car parking is also quite good with plenty of parking in the side streets and the nearby shopping centre car park (where I parked).
Entrance fee was $10 for adults which is quite reasonable considering the size of the event, you could easily spend all day admiring the cars and catching up with ford friends, or even haggling a purchase of a classic ford!
There was a wide range of cars on display, from the vintage model A’s to modern BA falcons including cars from Australia, US and UK. Though as much as I like the Aussie muscle cars such as the Falcon GT’s…I really do take a preference to the American Fords of the late 50’s and early 60’s such as the Galaxies and Fairlanes, but most of all.. I love the Thunderbirds!
With so many great cars on the display, it’s difficult to choose which cars to photograph and to present for my review,,however here is ‘small’ selection of cars at the show.
Check the list of many Ford car clubs in attendance below.
And now photos of the All Ford Day 2011!
Mark 4 Crayford Cortina Convertibe. Only 12 of these were made, and this the only one in Australia. Fitted with 2.9L V6 Cosworth engine.
Ford Cortina MK1
Ford Escort Sundowner Panel Van
Ford Zephyr Six
Thames Freighter 800 Pick Up Truck
Ford XE Fairmont ESP. Fitted with 5.8L V8, 4 speed manual. Finished in Monza Red paint.
Black Zephyr Sedan
1968 GT500 Shelby Mustang Convertible. Fitted 428ci V8 police interceptor motor and finished in Sunlit Gold and White paint.
Falcon XY GT Ute
1958 Ford Customline Sedan. Fitted with 272ci Y Block V8, manual transmission & power brakes. Owned by Ian & Grace Steinert.
1964 Fairlane 500 with 289 V8. Splendid
1957 Ford Customline Sedan
1957 Ford Customline Sedan.
1958 Customline Star Model. Fitted with 272ci Y Block V8 and 2 speed Fordomatic auto transmission.
Ford Mainline ute. With 292 Y Block V8.
Ford 1928 Roadster with ’32 grill. Owed by Barry & Sharon Burton of Kalannie. Has 351 Windsor, 4 speed top loader trans and 9 inch diff. 4 wheel discs all round. Very nice!
1964 Ford Thunderbird
1967 XR Falcon 289 V8
The XR Falcon’s interior. Column shift auto, radio, cigarette lighter, speedo, fuel and temperature gauges.
Mr GT’s Ford Freighter pickup
XR Falcon GT
Ford Fairlane 500 Ranchero ute.
An American left hand drive Falcon convertible
1963 Ford Galaxie. 390 V8
Ford XA GT Hardback
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente. C4 Auto, 351 Windsor, 8 3/4 Diff. Owned by the Coleman family.
1955 Ford Sunliner Convertible
1959 Ford Sunliner. Owned by Rod & Helen Ward.
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Sedan. 312 Y Block V8 & 2 speed Auto. Owned by Ian & Helen Nelson.
1963 Ford Fairlane Sports Coupe. With 289 V8 and 4 speed.
Ford XB GT hardtop
1935 Ford V8 Convertible
1959 Ford Thunderbird
1964 Ford Zephyr 6
1960 Ford Zephyr Mk II ‘Lowline’ Sedan
1969 Ford Cortina Mk II 2 door
1977 Ford XC GS coupe. Features 302 Windsor V8, 4 speed manual, GS rally pack, 4 wheel disc brakes, 9″ Diff. Owned by Tom Vlahos.
1967 American Fairlane GT with the 390 V8
Ford F500 Truck
Ford F100 pick up truck
1973 Ford XA GT Sedan
1969 Ford Mustang with the big 428 V8 Cobra Jet and bonnet air scoop
Ford Capri GT 3 litre V6 Super Roo
1964 AC Cobra A98 LeMans. Features a fuel injected 351 Windsor V8, Tremec TKO 500 gearbox, salisbury 3.54 diff, 427 cobra suspension, original girling cobra brakes, 16″ Mk IV Wheels. Body formed and built by the Owner Alan Gibbison.
1965 Ford Thunderbird
1970 Ford Torino 429 V8 Cobra Jet with auto transmission
1970 Mercury Marauder X100
1966 Mustang 289 V8
Ford XW Fairmont V8
Red 1965 T-Bird
The incredible Thunderbird Interior
1966 Ford Galaxie 500 with 390 V8
Ford XP Falcon
1962 Ford Thunderbird ‘RedBird’
XR Fairmont 6 cylinder
4 Wheel Drive XY Falcon Ute
2005 BA Mk II Falcon GT. Boss 5.4L V8 quad cam 372 horsepower.
1955 Ford Thunderbird. Owned by Bert Hayes
1946 51A Super Deluxe. Features Fordor body, 221ci side valve V8, 3 speed manual. Owned by Bill & Jean Screaigh.
Ford Model A 150B Station Wagon
1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible
1930 Model A Ford Murray Body Fordor Sedan. Owned by Peter Sartori who restored it (with help)
1929 Ford Model A named ‘Tonnies’. Owned by Elaine & Peter Gilberthorpe.
Car Park Specials:
Falcon 500 XT Ute. Looks like it being developed slowly from the grill and rims.
XK Falcon ute
Clubs & weblinks at the event:
- Perth Falcons Inc
- XD-XE ESP Owners Club of Australia
- 1949 – 1959 Ford V8 Owners Club of WA
- Ace Ford Club
- Zephyr Zodiac Owners Club of WA
- Ford Rallye Sport Car Club
- Motor Museum of WA
- Falcon GT Club of WA
- Cobra Car of WA
- Fairlane Club of WA
- Mustang Owners Club of WA
- Oceanside Thunderbirds
- Thunderbird Owners Club of Australia
- Mukinbudin Car Club
- Collie Car Club
- FPV Tickford Owners Club of WA
- Model A Restorers Club of WA
- Avon Valley Vintage Vehicle Association
- Toploaders Cruise Club
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.
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Ford Ranch Wagon
1948 Mercury Eight
1957 Chevy Bel Air Sports Coupe
1957 Chevy Bel Air Sports Coupe rear view
1957 Chevy Fuel Injection Badge
1960 Chevy Impala
Shannons Insurance was there. As always, they get along to nearly all the car shows I’ve been to.
1929 Dodge DA Sedan owned by Glen Soltoggio.
1953 Cadillac – Front view.
1967 Ford Galaxie Convertible
Lotus Excel SE
Ford Mustang GT350
Ford F500 Truck
Holden LX Torana SS Hatchback
1973 Leyland Mini Clubman. 1100cc and twin carbies.
Pontiac Firebird “moonshine”