Datsun 1000 Ute: Real men drive utes… even classic Datsun 1000 utes. This is a real head turner… I love it :-*
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
The MG TC Owners Club of WA held its annual show and shine concours held at Matilda Bay, Crawley the 26 February 2012.
Weather was pleasant and 42 cars (not all TC’s though) were at the event. The location was well chosen, being centrally located and generally well serviced with plenty of parking and toilets nearby.
I’ve always felt the T series MG’s do look quite quaint and rather a fragile looking car…and on closer inspection they are fragile, hence TC = Take Care. I’m guessing these cars are in the category where fixing them is a very hands on affair and is something that can be done with fencing wire if the need arose (like in the outback…(Armadale)). This does have some appeal when compared to more modern vehicles (which break down also, by the way). And like the old saying goes, if it can’t be fixed with fencing wire, then it can’t be fixed!
I can’t see myself getting into a TC in the near future, so in the mean time I’ll just appreciate TC’s by looking only.
Complete album of photos from this event at Brakehorsepower Classic Parked Cars Facebook page.
And now, photos of the TC Owners Club Day…
1948 MG TC Midget
Rear view of MG TC
MG TC steering wheel & dash
1949 MG TC Midget
Cockpit of the ’49 MG TC Midget. Check that fire extinguisher and whiskey flask in the door side pocket
Supercharged MG under going some quick repairs for fix a fuel leak.
MG TC midget
MG TC Midget #4617
MG TC 4617 badge
Under the bonnet of MG TC #4617
MG TC number 1380 get a tidy up prior to judging.
Other MG’s at the event.
As usual, there’s often a few gate crashers to events like these…
MG TD Midget, 1950 model presumably.
1949 MG TD Midget owned by Edward Floate.
MG Y Type Saloon
One of several MG TF’s at the event.
Another MG TF
1958 MG Magnette (ZB?)
1936 MG SA supercharged 2.2 litre 6 cylinder. Original two tone green paint scheme.
About this car:
Bought new in 1936 in Newcastle, NSW by a Mr Dudley who owned it until 1964 which was then sold and driven to WA by its then owner. It remained in WA up until it was bought and sold in the mid 1980’s and then went to Adelaide. The car went up for sale in 1998 when it was spotted in ‘Unique Cars Magazine’ and bought by the present owner who has restored much of the body work and installed a much needed supercharger (this heavy car really needs it). The car still has the original motor and gearbox.
Front mounted supercharger and single SU carby on the 1936 MG SA.
6 cylinder engine of the MG SA
Leather and wood interior of the MG SA.
The MG Car Club of Western Australia held a 50th anniversary celebration day for the classic British sports car, the MGB.
There was a good turn out of cars, mostly MGB’s as expected, however several other types of MG’s were present at the event, including MGA’s, TC’s, TF’s and a rare MG SA.
The event was held beside the Swan River at Bayswater Riverside Gardens, which has previously been used by the club for annual events.This venue was excellent, being centrally located with plenty of facilities such as food, drinks and toilets nearby.
A great show put on by the MG Car Club of WA.
Photo’s from the event:
1959 Red MGA owned by Peter Hagarty
1959 MGA Green 1600
The rare Twin Cam MGA
MGA MkII 1600
1938 MG SA Tickford Saloon
1967 MG Midget Mk III with 1275cc A series motor
1954 MG TF
From the information sheet:
- Model: TF 3719
- Year: 1954
- Engine: 1250cc OHV 4 cyl
- Owners: Rob & Susan Grantham
- History: Since leave the Abingdon factory on 3rd March 1954, this MGTF has only had three owners. Originally, the car was sold to an owner in Singapore. Later it was owned and used on Christmas Island and other islands by W & N Downey when they were working in the Pacific Region. After they settle in Perth, the dismantled car was sold to Rob & Susan Grantham. Over a five year period this award winning TF was restored in detail by Rob to conform to original factory specifications.
1948 MG TC Midget. With XPAG 1250cc 4 cyl. engine. Owned by Alan DavenPort
1964 MGB Roadster. Owned by Betty & Reg McKinley
1972 MGB Black US export version
MG RV8. This an updated MGB made in the 1990’s. Some restyling has been done on the outside, and has the 3.9 litre Rover V8 engine.
1962 MG Magnette ZC Mark IV automatic
MG TF 1500
MGB’s lined up on show for the 50th anniversary day.
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 with 340 magnum V8
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
Chrysler by Chrysler.
Chrysler by Chrysler. Rear and interior.
1967 Falcon XR GT
A large red Cadillac. Model and year unknown.
Ford Fairlane Convertible
Falcon XA GT hardtop
Holden Torana SLR5000
Chrysler by Chrysler hardtop
1963 Chevy Impala
1957 Ford Customline
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
The Volkswagen Club of Western Australia held its annual ‘Day of the Volkswagen’ at McCallum Park on Sunday 4 December 2011.
The weather was uncomfortably hot but despite this, there was good turn out of Volkswagen’s of all shapes and sizes.
This year’s venue was changed from the previous event location which was held at the Burswood G.O. Edwards park to the nearby McCallum Park (in Victoria Park) which I think is an improvement with easier access, better parking and more facilities. Plenty of food and drink was for sale and toilets were located within walking distance. The venue was centrally located which was also a bonus.
The event was naturally dominated by Beetles and Kombi’s, but there were a good showing of beach buggies, Type 3’s and Golf’s.
And now…the pictures of the Day of the Volkswagen!
VW Beetle ‘Chuggabug’. 1968 body on 1971 floor pan. 2332cc engine modified to produce 135HP at the wheels.
1966 VW Kombi
1971 VW Kombi single cab pickup
VW Split screen Kombi pickup. Check the roof mounted head light.
1964 VW Beachbuggy
Volkswagen Country Buggy
Another VW Country Buggy
1963 VW Kombi Split Screen
A unique Kombi Car Cover
Volkswagen Transporter Syncro 4WD
1966 VW Kombi Split Screen
1974 Volkswagen Kombi
1968 Volkswagen Beetle
The air cooled Volkswagen Beetle engine 1600cc. Wonderfully simple.
Sexy Black Karman Ghia
Formula Vee – VW powered racers
Formula Vee – Regular racing is held at Barbagallo Raceway. Check website link below for more info.
1959 Volkswagen Beetle standard. Check the white wall tyres and moon hub caps.
Myers Manx SR. From the information sheet:
‘The body was built and designed in 1970 by Bruce Myers, the inventor of the Myers Manx Dune Buggy. This is the only Myers Manx in Australia. It is built on a shortened 1968 VW Beetle pan. It is built from 11 pieces of fibreglass. It has a 1992 Subaru EJ20 (2 litre) single cam, non turbo engine’
1973 Manx Beach Buggy. Check the number plate of ‘MAD MANX’
1970 VW Type 3 Fastback 1600TL
VW Type 3 Fastback Automatic
1974 VW Beetle. Check the funny number plate of ‘DUNGBTL’
1969 VW Beetle with Rolls Royce front grill
The relative sparse VW Kombi interior. Very few gauges on the dash of this classic Kombi from the 1960’s.
On display and for sale was this Country Buggy shell…
…and this VW Kombi also for sale.
VW Corrado G60. These were never released in Australia due to the poor exchange rate at the time. According to the owner, this is the only one in Western Australia and 1 of 7 in Australia.
VW Golf Cabriolet
1983 VW Golf GTI Mark 1 with 1788cc engine.
VW Golf mark 3 VR6
The Porsche Club of Western Australia held its annual Concours D’Elegance at Sir James Mitchell Park South Perth on November 27 2011.
There was great range of vehicles on display and some interesting models from the 1950’s which are rarely seen. As usual, the 911 models dominated the display but I was surprised to learn how many variations there were to this classic long running model. Early model 911’s were relatively uncomplicated compared to later models, though the body shape remained much the same for many years.
Location for the event was was chosen. For exhibitors and spectators, South Perth is centrally located and parking was easy for spectators. Facilities such as food, drink and toilets were available close by.
Overall a good show, hope to see it again in 2012.
The photos of the event:
1992 Porsche 964 RS
1983 Porsche 911 SC
Porsche 911 SC with ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler
2007 Porsche 987 Boxster
Porsche 928 S2
Porsche 911 Speedster (light weight). Decked out for racing. Twin plug 3.6 litre motor with Motec management system. Super cup gearbox & diff. Multiplate competition clutch.
1987 Porsche 911 Carrera
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport (CS). Model M637. A special light weight model with high performance engine. Only 340 were made of this model. Top speed of 240kph, engine output is 245HP and weight is 1180kg.
1968 Porsche 912. Owned by Jason Matz
Porsche 550 Spyder. The car famously associated with James Dean, and his tragic death. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1953 as the factory’s first racing car.
Porsche 550 Spyder engine.
Porsche 356 Speedster
1958 Porsche 356A Cabriolet
Porsche 356 Super 90
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Body
1970 Porsche 911
1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (964)
The Fiat Lancia Club of WA held its annual Fiat Lancia Day 2011 on 27 November Sunday at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge. There was an amazing turn out of around 70 cars making this one of the best displays for the club.
The location was fabulous, and I think this is an improvement over previous years venues of the parks in Burswood. Certainly this location attracted a greater number of onlookers and those passing by from the nearby art gallery and state library. Congratulation to the club on such great show this year.
Being centrally located, all facilities such as toilets and shops were close by. Parking and access to the event was also good, Sunday morning being fairly quiet in the city.
There was good range cars on display, from the vintage Lancia Lambda and Fiat 501 to modern vehicles. The most interesting for me was the those from the 1970’s especially the Fiat 124 Sport, my favourite model (actually many people’s favourite so it seems).
I present the photos of 2011 Fiat Lancia car day…
1968 Lancia Fulvia GT Berlina. Owned by Betty & Merv Concanen
1972 Lancia Fulvia S3 Coupe
1967 Lancia Flavia Milleotto. Owned by Betty & Merv Concanen
1946 FIAT Topolino
1937 FIAT Topolino Street Rod fitted with a Lexus Quad Cam V8. Owned by Kevin Prendergast.
1969 FIAT 500F
1980 FIAT X1/9. 1300cc 4 cylinder, 4 speed. Owned by Tony Webb.
FIAT 124 Sport Spider
1949 FIAT 1500E. Features a 6 cylinder engine and 4 speed gearbox.
1925 FIAT 501. Restored from a wreck over period of 30 years by Glen Phillips.
1953 FIAT Millicento 1100 103. Owned by Glen Phillips.
Lancia Delta Integrale HF 16V
1972 FIAT Abarth 124 Sport Spider Rally. Owned by P. Bevis.
1970 FIAT 128. Owned by David Hey.
1975 FIAT 124 Sport 1800 CC. Owned by Tony Lucente.
FIAT 124 Sport twin cam engine
1963 FIAT 1100D
1982 FIAT Panda. Owned by Rob Nagel.
FIAT 128 3P Coupe
1971 Lancia Stratos. Owned by Marc Drexel.
FIAT 124 Sport CC. 1800cc twin cam.
1975 FIAT 127
FIAT 124 Sport BC. 1600cc DOHC engine. 5 Speed transmission.
FIAT 124 Sport BC rear view
FIAT 124 wagon
FIAT 131 2000/TC Climatizzata
FIAT 124 Pininfarina 2000 spider
FIAT Dino 2400
Side view of the black FIAT Dino 2400. Left hand drive also I notice.
Lancia Trevi Volumex
1972 FIAT 125T. A special 125 imported into New Zealand for the Benson & Hedges 500 race. The 125T featured a modified & more powerful engine along with stiffer suspension.
1973 FIAT 130 Coupe. Owned by Tony Nuozzi