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 07

Jaguar Club Concours & Car Show 2011

jaguar show & concours 2011The Jaguar Car Club of WA held its annual 2011 Concours & Car Show at Houghtons Winery, Middle Swan on 9 November. The event was held in conjunction with the 175 years anniversary celebration for local winery, Houghtons, so this ensured at good crowd.

Location was pleasure, with plenty of facilities available and parking was breeze with the top paddock open and made available for car parking.

There was a good turn out of old and new Jaguars from XK’s to XJ’s and E types aplenty.

The photos!

1971 Jaguar E Type Series 3 Open Two Seater
1971 Jaguar E Type Series 3 Open Two Seater. Features a 5.3 litre V12 SOHC engine developing 250BHP @ 6000rpm. 4 x 2inch SU’s, 4 speed gearbox, independent front & rear suspension. Maximum speed 145mph or 233kph. Only 1871 series 3 RHD roadsters were built. This one was manufactured on 1 Oct 1971 with chassis number 1S1085 painted in Regency Red with Cinnamon interior. The E type can accelerate from 0 to 145mph in one gear alone(4th gear).

 

1967 E Type Jaguar
1967 E Type Jaguar

 

1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster. Rescued and restored by owners Geoff & Denyce Hender.

 

1958 Jaguar XK150
1958 Jaguar XK150. Owned by Ben & Lee Meyers.

 

 1958 Jaguar XK150 DHC-SE
1958 Jaguar XK150 DHC-SE. Owned by Ian & Corrie Maitland.

 

1936 Jaguar
1936 Jaguar

 

Daimler 250 V8
Daimler 250 V8

 

 Jaguar mark 2 3.8 litre
Jaguar mark 2 3.8 litre

 

 1948 Jaguar Mark IV
1948 Jaguar Mark IV. Owned by Alan Davenport.

 

 1954 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon
1954 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon

 

 Byfield Jaguar SS Tourer
Byfield Jaguar SS Tourer. An amazing custom built Jaguar by Cliff Byfield (pictured next to the car)

 

Jaguar XK140
Jaguar XK140

 

Jaguar E Type V12
Jaguar E Type V12

 

Jaguar XJ-SC 3.6 litre
Jaguar XJ-SC 3.6 litre

 

Jaguar XJ Series 3
Jaguar XJ Series 3

 

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Nov 21

Chevrolet 100 Year Anniversary Display & Cruise

A great display of Chevrolets was held at the Perth Esplanade on 16th October 2011 for the 100 years of Chevrolet anniversary. The event was organised by Chev Club of WA, 55,56,57 Chev Club of WA, Corvettes of WA Car Club and National Corvette Restorers Society.

There was an interesting collection of Chevy’s from vintage Chevy’s of the 20’s & 30’s to the popular 50’s style Bel Air’s and Impala’s and later models from the 70’s and 80’s. Quite a few Camaro’s and stacks of Corvettes made it to the event as well. Also, check out the photo of the only Corvair at the event with the ironically named numbers plates of NADER.

Unfortunately I arrived a little late (got caught up at the nearby French Car Festival) and half way through my photographic session, the Chevy’s took off to Mandurah. However despite this, I still managed to get quite few good Chevy photos.

 I have to admit my favourites were the Gold 53 Bel Air, the 1960 2 door Impala and ALL of the 1957 Bel Airs!

This was very well organised event by the 4 clubs, being centrally located and easily accessible ensured there was plenty of spectators. It also coincided well with the the French Car Festival which was held nearby. No doubt many of spectators checked out both shows.

Complete Album of photos here: Brakehorsepower on Facebook.

The Golden 1953 Chev Bel Air
1953 Chev Bel Air. This one was also on show at the 2011 WA Hot Rod and Street Machine Spectacular. It looks even better out the sun.

1955 Chevy Bel Air 2 Door
1955 Chevy Bel Air 2 Door

 

1955 Chevy 2 Door Sedan
1955 4 Door Chevrolet Sedan

 

1965 Chevy Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet 4 door sedan. Very nice with black and pink colour scheme.

 

Chevrolet 1956 2 Door
Chevrolet 1956 2 Door. Stock standard with white wall tyres

 

1957 Chevy Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad. Wagon version of the Bel Air.

 

1958 Chevy Bel Air 2 door
1958 Chevy Bel Air 2 door. Check the license plate “TOTHELEVY”

 

1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air 4 door sedan.

 

1960 Chev Impala Sport Sedan
1960 Chev Impala 2 door Sport Sedan.

 

1960 Chev Impala 4 door
1960 Chev Impala 4 door. A front view of the 4 door version.

 

1960 Chev Bel Air
1960 Chev Bel Air.

 

1968 Chev Impala
1968 Chev 350 Impala 2 door.

 

 Chev Camaro SS 454
Chevy Camaro SS…with a 454 big block I assume from the badge.

 

1967 RS Camaro
1967 RS Camaro

 

1978 Corvette Stingray
1978 Corvette Stingray

 

1958 Corvette
1958 Corvette

 

Chevrolet Corvair with NADER license plates
Chevrolet Corvair. This rear engined car, was quite a depature from the typical american styled compacts of the 1960’s. Designed to be a economy car to compete with many of the european imports at the time, it sold reasonably well. That was until Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe At Any Speed condemned the car due to the number accident and law suits the car had been involved in. After that sales declined dramatically.

 

Corvair engine bay, this is a turbo
Corvair engine bay, this is a turbo version. Maybe the spare tyre and battery should been located in the front of the car to assist with the weight distribution?

 

1939 Chevrolet Coupe
1939 Chevrolet Coupe

 

1938 Chevrolet
1938 Chevrolet

 

 1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Sedan
1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Sedan. Body by Holden. 6 cyinder engine 208ci.

 

1929 Chevrolet
1929 Chevrolet

 

1927 Chevrolet
1927 Chevrolet

 

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Nov 02

Targa West Rally Car Display Langley Park

As part of the 2011 Targa West Rally, the Perth super stage at Langley Park saw a display of interesting historic racing cars and cars from other car clubs which was combined with the rally event on Sunday 28 August. Amongst the car clubs there were: Vintage Sports Car Club of WA, HSV Owners Club of WA, WA Toyota Car Club, Street Car Racing Association of WA & Triumph Sports Owners Association of WA.

Overall this was a very well organised and planned event by Targa West with a well-chosen central location that was quite accessible. In addition, it had plenty of facilities such as food and toilets provided for the spectators and competitors. Best of all, entry was free!

Vintage Sports Car Club of WA Car Exhibits

1927 San Sebastian Salmson Bartlett Special Race Car             1927 San Sebastian Salmson “Bartlett Special” Race Car. Raced at Brooklands, England in 1932 and was brought to WA in 1935. Raced in the Around the Houses in Albany in 1936, the Victory Grand Prix in 1946, Airforce Flying 50 in 1948 at Caversham race track. Last raced in Narrogin in 1954. Owned by the MacKintosh family since 1939. Restored by Bruce & Barry Mackintosh.

 

 1928 Buick Replica                  A replica of the 1928 Buick as raced by Eric Armstrong at Lake Perkolilli (near Kalgoorlie). Unfortunately it couldn’t reach the magic 100mph to qualify for the Australian Championship at the 1928 event but did it compete in the Open Handicap race with an average speed of 75mph.

 

1928 Model A Ford Cactus             1928 Model A Ford. This model A is a replica of the vehicle raced by Ossie Cranston in the early 1930’s in Western Australia. Like many other race drivers at the time in Western Australia, Cranston was car dealer who’s racing exploits was an effective way of promoting his car dealerships. This car was nicknamed ‘Cactus’ and featured in many early hillclimb and racing events. The car was retired in 1932, and Ossie Cranston moved up to a more powerful Ford V8. Cranston retired from racing in 1937. This replica was built by Jack, Rodney and Graeme Cocks.

 

1929 Triumph Super 7             1929 Triumph Super 7 as driven by Eric Armstrong, the first president of the WA Sporting Car Club.

 

1935 Lagonda Rapier             1935 Lagonda Rapier. Raced at Lake Perkolilli.

 

Triumph Sports Owners Association of WA Display – 50th Birthday of the TR4

Triumph TR4 Silver        Triumph TR4 Silver.

 

Triumph TR4A             1965 Triumph TR4A IRS Sports in Laurel Green

 

Triumph TR3        Triumph TR3

 

Triumph GT6        Triumph GT6

 

Triumph Stag Brown        Triumph Stag in Brown

 

Triumph Dolomite         Triumph Dolomite

 

 Triumph 2500 MkII Green        Triumph 2500 MkII Green

 

Triumph Herald Estate        Triumph Herald Estate

 

HSV Owners Club of WA

Holden VC Commodore HDT          Holden VC Commodore HDT

 

Holden VH Commodore SS             1984 Holden VH Commodore SS Group 3

 

WA Toyota Car Club

Toyota Celica Hardtop Coupe          Toyota Celica Hardtop Coupe

 

Toyota Celica Liftback          Toyota Celica Liftback

 

Toyota Crown Station Wagon          Toyota Crown Station Wagon

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