Feb 09

24 of the best cars at 2014 Big Al’s Poker Run

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

 Valiant VH Charger Six Pack R/T

 Valiant VH Charger Six Pack R/T

2. Pink Fur Mercedes: God hope it doesn’t rain!

Mercedes covered in pink fur Mercedes covered in pink fur Mercedes covered in pink fur

3. 1964 Chevrolet Impala. Praise the lowered!

1964 Chevrolet Impala. 1964 Chevrolet Impala. 1964 Chevrolet Impala.

4. 1960 Dodge Dart

1960 Dodge Dart red 1960 Dodge Dart red 1960 Dodge Dart red

5. 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible black 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible black

6. 1955 Cadillac Convertible

1955 Cadillac Convertible 1955 Cadillac Convertible red

7. 1932 Ford Tudor Hot Rod

1932 Ford Tudor Hot Rod lime green 1932 Ford Tudor Hot Rod lime green

8. 1956 Chevrolet Belair

1956 Chevrolet Belair 1956 Chevrolet Belair

9. 1953 Buick Sedan

1953 Buick Sedan

10. 1959 Chevrolet Impala

1959 Chevrolet Impala 1959 Chevrolet Impala 1959 Chevrolet Impala

11. 1957 Chevrolet Belair

1957 Chevrolet Belair red

12. 1969 Volvo 1800S

1969 Volvo 1800S 1969 Volvo 1800S

13. Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac Firebird

14. Plymouth Fury III

 Plymouth Fury III silver  Plymouth Fury III silver  Plymouth Fury III silver

15. Tank Fairlane

Tank Fairlane

16. Mustang Mach 1

Mustang Mach 1 Mustang Mach 1

17. HQ Holden SS

HQ Holden SS

18. Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger Dodge Challenger

19. 1974 Oldsmobile Convertible

1974 Oldsmobile Convertible 1974 Oldsmobile Convertible 1974 Oldsmobile Convertible

20. Chevrolet Corvair Coupe

Chevrolet Corvair Coupe

21. 1973 Leyland P76. Perhaps pink fur would have been better?

1973 Leyland P76 1973 Leyland P76 1973 Leyland P76

22. 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top”

1961 Oldmobile Bubble Top

23. 1960 Chevrolet Impala

1960 Chevrolet Impala purple 1960 Chevrolet Impala purple 1960 Chevrolet Impala purple

24. 1928 Chevrolet

1928 Chevrolet 1928 Chevrolet

May 19

MG TC Owners Club Day 2012

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 Black
1948 MG TC Midget

 

MG TC red
Rear view of MG TC

 

MG TC steering wheel & dash
MG TC steering wheel & dash

 

1949 MG TC Midget
1949 MG TC Midget

 

1949 MG TC steering wheel & dash
Cockpit of the ’49 MG TC Midget. Check that fire extinguisher and whiskey flask in the door side pocket

 

MG Supercharged
Supercharged MG under going some quick repairs for fix a fuel leak.

 

 MG TC midget
MG TC midget

 

MG TC #4617
MG TC Midget #4617

 

MG TC 4617 badge
MG TC 4617 badge

 

Under the bonnet of MG TC #4617
Under the bonnet of MG TC #4617

 

MG TC number 1380
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…

 

1950 MG TD Midget
MG TD Midget, 1950 model presumably.

 

1949 MG TD Midget
1949 MG TD Midget owned by Edward Floate.

 

MG Y Type
MG Y Type Saloon

 

MG TF Red
One of several MG TF’s at the event.

 

another MG TF
Another MG TF

 

1958 MG Magnette ZB
1958 MG Magnette (ZB?)

 

1936 MG SA supercharged
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.

Supercharger on the 1936 MG SA
Front mounted supercharger and single SU carby on the 1936 MG SA.

 

6 cylinder engine MGSA
6 cylinder engine of the MG SA

 

MG SA interior
Leather and wood interior of the MG SA.

 

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May 15

MGB 50th Anniversary Day 2012

MGB 50th anniversaryThe 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 Red MGA owned by Peter Hagarty

1959 MGA Green 1600
1959 MGA Green 1600

MGA Twin Cam
The rare Twin Cam MGA

 MGA MkII 1600
MGA MkII 1600

1938 MG SA Tickford
1938 MG SA Tickford Saloon

 1967 MG Midget with 1275cc A series motor
1967 MG Midget Mk III with 1275cc A series motor

MGB GT
MGB GT

1954 MG TF
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
1948 MG TC Midget. With XPAG 1250cc 4 cyl. engine. Owned by Alan DavenPort

1964 MGB Roadster
1964 MGB Roadster. Owned by Betty & Reg McKinley

1972 MGB Black
1972 MGB Black US export version

MG RV8
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
1962 MG Magnette ZC Mark IV automatic

 MG TF
MG TF 1500

MGB's on show
MGB’s lined up on show for the 50th anniversary day.

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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 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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Apr 26

Day of the Volkswagen 2011 Western Australia

Day of th Volkwagen 2011The 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'
VW Beetle ‘Chuggabug’. 1968 body on 1971 floor pan. 2332cc engine modified to produce 135HP at the wheels.

 1966 VW Kombi
1966 VW Kombi

1971 VW Kombi Single Cab
1971 VW Kombi single cab pickup

VW Split screen Kombi pickup
VW Split screen Kombi pickup. Check the roof mounted head light.

 VW Beachbuggy
1964 VW Beachbuggy

 Volkswagen Country Buggy
Volkswagen Country Buggy

 VW Country Buggy in light green
Another VW Country Buggy

1963 VW Kombi Split Screen
1963 VW Kombi Split Screen

Kombi Car Cover
A unique Kombi Car Cover

 Volkswagen Syncro 4WD
Volkswagen Transporter Syncro 4WD

1966 VW Kombi Split Screen
1966 VW Kombi Split Screen

1974 Volkswagen Kombi
1974 Volkswagen Kombi

 1968 Volkswagen Beetle
1968 Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle engine
The air cooled Volkswagen Beetle engine 1600cc. Wonderfully simple.

Sexy Black Karman Ghia
Sexy Black Karman Ghia

Karman Ghia
Karman Ghia

Formula Vee - VW powered racers
Formula Vee – VW powered racers

Formula Vee - Regular racing is held at Barbagallo Raceway
Formula Vee – Regular racing is held at Barbagallo Raceway. Check website link below for more info.

1959 Volkswagen Beetle standard.
1959 Volkswagen Beetle standard. Check the white wall tyres and moon hub caps.

Myers Manx SR
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
1973 Manx Beach Buggy. Check the number plate of ‘MAD MANX’

1970 VW Type 3 Fastback 1600TL
1970 VW Type 3 Fastback 1600TL

VW Type 3 Fastback Automatic
VW Type 3 Fastback Automatic

1974 VW Beetle
1974 VW Beetle. Check the funny number plate of ‘DUNGBTL’

1969 VW Beetle with Rolls Royce front grill
1969 VW Beetle with Rolls Royce front grill

VW Kombi interior
The relative sparse VW Kombi interior. Very few gauges on the dash of this classic Kombi from the 1960’s.

VW Country buggy shell for sale
On display and for sale was this Country Buggy shell…

VW Kombi for sale
…and this VW Kombi also for sale.

VW Corrado G60
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
VW Golf Cabriolet

1983 VW Golf GTI Mark 1
1983 VW Golf GTI Mark 1 with 1788cc engine.

 VW Golf mark 3 VR6
VW Golf mark 3 VR6

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Apr 19

Porsche Club Concours D’Elegance 2011

The Porsche Club of Western Australia held its annual Concours D’Elegance at Sir James Mitchell Park South Perth on November 27 2011.Porsche Club Concours D’Elegance 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
1992 Porsche 964 RS

 

Porsche 944
Porsche 944

 

1983 Porsche 911 SC
1983 Porsche 911 SC

 

Porsche 911 with whale tail
 Porsche 911 SC with ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler

 

2007 Porsche 987 Boxster
2007 Porsche 987 Boxster

 

Porsche 928 S2
Porsche 928 S2

 

Porsche911 Speedster
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
1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

 

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera CS
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
1968 Porsche 912. Owned by Jason Matz

 

Porsche 550 Spyder
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 550 Spyder engine.

 

Porsche 356 Speedster
Porsche 356 Speedster

 

 1958 Porsche 356A Cabriolet
1958 Porsche 356A Cabriolet

 

 Porsche 356 Super 90
Porsche 356 Super 90

 

 1960 Porsche 356B
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Body

 

Porsche 365B rear view
Porsche 365B rear view

 

1970 Porsche 911
1970 Porsche 911

 

 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (964)
1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (964)

 

Porsche 928S
Porsche 928S

 

Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne

 

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Apr 13

Fiat Lancia Day 2011

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
1968 Lancia Fulvia GT Berlina. Owned by Betty & Merv Concanen

 

1972 Lancia Fulvia S3 Coupe
1972 Lancia Fulvia S3 Coupe

 

1967 Lancia Flavia Milleotto
1967 Lancia Flavia Milleotto. Owned by Betty & Merv Concanen

 

1946 FIAT Topolino
1946 FIAT Topolino

 

1937 FIAT Topolino Street Rod
1937 FIAT Topolino Street Rod fitted with a Lexus Quad Cam V8. Owned by Kevin Prendergast.

 

1969 FIAT 500F
1969 FIAT 500F

 

 1961 FIAT500D
1961 FIAT500D

 

1980 FIAT X1/9
1980 FIAT X1/9. 1300cc 4 cylinder, 4 speed. Owned by Tony Webb.

 

FIAT 124 Sport Spider
FIAT 124 Sport Spider

 

1949 FIAT 1500E
1949 FIAT 1500E. Features a 6 cylinder engine and 4 speed gearbox.

 

1925 FIAT 501
1925 FIAT 501. Restored from a wreck over period of 30 years by Glen Phillips.

 

Lancia Lambda
Lancia Lambda

 

1953 FIAT Millicento 1100 103
1953 FIAT Millicento 1100 103. Owned by Glen Phillips.

 

Lancia Scorpion
Lancia Scorpion

 

Lancia Delta Integrale HF 16V
Lancia Delta Integrale HF 16V

 

1972 FIAT Abarth 124 Sport Spider Rally
1972 FIAT Abarth 124 Sport Spider Rally. Owned by P. Bevis.

 

1970 FIAT 128
1970 FIAT 128. Owned by David Hey.

 

FIAT 124 Sport 1800 CC
1975 FIAT 124 Sport 1800 CC. Owned by Tony Lucente.

 

FIAT 124 Sport twin cam engine
FIAT 124 Sport twin cam engine

 

1963 FIAT 1100D
1963 FIAT 1100D

 

1982 FIAT Panda
1982 FIAT Panda. Owned by Rob Nagel.

 

FIAT 128 3P Coupe
FIAT 128 3P Coupe

 

1971 Lancia Stratos
1971 Lancia Stratos. Owned by Marc Drexel.

 

 FIAT 124 Sport CC
FIAT 124 Sport CC. 1800cc twin cam.

 

1975 FIAT 127
1975 FIAT 127

 

FIAT 124 Sport BC
FIAT 124 Sport BC. 1600cc DOHC engine. 5 Speed transmission.

 

FIAT 124 Sport BC rear view
FIAT 124 Sport BC rear view

 

 FIAT 124 wagon
FIAT 124 wagon

 

FIAT 131 2000/TC Climatizzata
FIAT 131 2000/TC Climatizzata

 

 FIAT 124 Pininfarina 2000 spider
FIAT 124 Pininfarina 2000 spider

 

 FIAT Dino 2400
FIAT Dino 2400

 

Side view of the black FIAT Dino 2400
Side view of the black FIAT Dino 2400. Left hand drive also I notice.

 

Lancia Trevi Volumex
Lancia Trevi Volumex

 

1972 FIAT 125T
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
1973 FIAT 130 Coupe. Owned by Tony Nuozzi

 

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