Nov 23

Holden LX Sunbird. Claytons Torana.

Holden LX Sunbird: As the saying goes: It’s the Torana you’re having when you’re not having a Torana. These 4 cylinder Torana variants are rarely seen on the road these days…I thought the book was closed but no, at least one survives in the wild. Officially declared a protected species, so I shot it.

White Holden LX Sunbird White Holden LX Sunbird White Holden LX Sunbird

Feb 24

Holden UC Torana SL

Holden UC Torana
Holden UC Torana SL: The last of the Torana series before they were replaced by 4 cylinder Commodores and Camira’s. This one has the 3.3 litre 202 6 cylinder, very fortunate considering V8’s were no longer available in the UC’s. Looks mean without the hubcaps.

Holden UC Torana

Holden UC Torana

Holden UC Torana

Feb 09

20 Great Cars from Big Al’s Poker Run 2013

The 2013 Big Al’s Poker Run was held again, and as usual it was huge. A change of venue this year, it was held at Taylor Street Reserve, Victoria Park, a great location for the event and I consider this an improvement.

Here is a selection of 20 great cars from the 2013 Big Al’s Poker Run meeting start. A full set of 286 photos is available on the Brakehorsepower Classic Park Cars Facebook Album.

Valiant Charger Six Pack

Rat Rod pick up

Holden LC Torana XU1 1966 HR Holden Premier

holden-HR-X2 Ford Galaxie XL Pink FE Holden sedan Dodge Super Bee General Lee Dodge Charger Chevy Impala Coupe white Chevy Impala Coupe red Chevy Impala Coupe with front jacked up Chevy Camaro SS Austin 4WD based on Toyota Landcruiser 1966 Corvette 1963 Lincoln Continental 1960 Cadillac Deville 1959 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight 1959 Lincoln Continental VF Valiant 2 door in green

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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Apr 02

Brockwell Memorial Run 2011

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.Cadillacs lined up for Maurice Brockwell Run 2011

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
1948 Buick Eight

 

1940 Oldsmobile
1940 Oldsmobile

 

1930 Chrysler Series 66 Sedan
1930 Chrysler Series 66 Sedan. 6 cylinder sidevalve producing 75HP. 3 speed manual transmission. Hydraulic brakes on all 4 wheels.

 

 Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle

 

Austin Seven
Austin Seven

 

Holden 48-215 (FX)
Holden 48-215 (FX)

 

 1974 Lotus Europa Special
1974 Lotus Europa Special

 

1968 Morris Traveller
1968 Morris Traveller

 

Ford Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird

 

LX Torana SL/R 5000
LX Torana SL/R 5000

 

1959 Studebaker Lark
1959 Studebaker Lark

 

 Hillman Minx
Hillman Minx

 

1953 Ford Customline
1953 Ford Customline

 

Fordson Utility
Fordson Utility

 

1938 Plymouth
1938 Plymouth Super Deluxe

 

 Rolls Royce Phantom V
Rolls Royce Phantom V

 

1959 Cadillac
1959 Cadillac

 

 1958 Cadillac
1958 Cadillac

 

 1963 Cadillac Deville Convertible
1963 Cadillac Deville Convertible

 

Studebaker Lark VIII
Studebaker Lark VIII

 

1960 Cadillac
 1960 Cadillac

 

 1965-chevrolet-impala
1965 Chevy Impala coupe

 

 Lancia Lambda
Lancia Lambda (2nd series?)

 


1950 Studebaker Champion

 

Rambler Hornet
Rambler Hornet

 

1931 Ford 'Vicky'
1931 Ford ‘Vicky’

 

 FX & FJ Holdens
FX & FJ Holdens

 

Chrysler 300B
Chrysler 300B

 

 1967 VC Valiant V8
1967 VC Valiant V8

 

Rover 3500 P6
Rover 3500 P6 Series 2

 

Mini Moke
Mini Moke

 

VG Valiant Hardtop
VG Valiant hardtop

 

Standard Super 10
Standard Super 10

 

Studebaker Hawk Gran Turismo
Studebaker Hawk Gran Turismo

 

 Studebaker Lark Station Wagon
Studebaker Lark Station Wagon

 

VK Valiant
VK Valiant 6 cylinder

 

 1935 Ford Coupe
1935 Ford Coupe

 

Humber Super Snipe
Humber Super Snipe

 

Shelby Mustang
Shelby Mustang

 

 Torana LX  SL/R 5000
Torana LX  SL/R 5000

 

Chevrolet El Camino SS Ute
1985 Chevrolet El Camino SS Ute

 

1934 Rolls Royce
1934 Rolls Royce

 

Toyota Celica Liftback
Toyota Celica Liftback

 

Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Hardtop Coupe
Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Hardtop Coupe

 

1955 Cadillac
1955 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

 

1963 Studebaker Avanti
1963 Studebaker Avanti

 

Chrysler Imperial
Chrysler Imperial

 

Car Park Specials:

Vintage Bentley Tourer
Vintage Bentley Tourer (exact model & year unknown)

 

1958 Plymouth Belvedere 2 door hardtop
1958 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door hardtop (pillarless)

 

1958 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door hardtop - rear view
1958 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door hardtop – rear view

 

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Dec 11

Salvo’s Christmas Hamper Car Show 2011

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.

The photos:

1956 Chevrolet  Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet  Bel Air

 

1956 Ford Ranch Wagon
1956 Ford Ranch Wagon

 

 1948 Mercury Eight
1948 Mercury Eight

 

1957 Chevy Sports Coupe
1957 Chevy Bel Air Sports Coupe

 

1957 Chevy Sports Coupe Rear
1957 Chevy Bel Air Sports Coupe rear view

 

1957 Chevy Fuel Injection Badge
1957 Chevy Fuel Injection Badge

 

1960 Chevy Impala
1960 Chevy Impala

 

Shannons Insurance
Shannons Insurance was there. As always, they get along to nearly all the car shows I’ve been to.

 

1929 Dodge DA Sedan
1929 Dodge DA Sedan owned by Glen Soltoggio.

 

1953 Cadillac
1953 Cadillac

 

1953 Cadillac
1953 Cadillac – Front view.

 

1967 Ford Galaxie Convertable
1967 Ford Galaxie Convertible

 

Lotus Excel SE
Lotus Excel SE

 

 Ford Mustang GT350
Ford Mustang GT350

 

Ford F500 Truck
Ford F500 Truck

 

 Dodge Charger R/T
Dodge Charger R/T

 

 Holden LX Torana SS Hatchback
Holden LX Torana SS Hatchback

 

1973 Leyland Mini Clubman
1973 Leyland Mini Clubman. 1100cc and twin carbies.

 

 1969 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible
1969 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible

 

Corvette Stingray
Corvette Stingray

 

Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac Firebird “moonshine”

 

1937 Ford Truck
1937 Ford Truck powered by Henry’s finest flathead V8

 

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Dec 05

Classic & Awesome Rides Show 2011

Classic & Awesome Rides Show 2011Yes, 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
Dodge Challenger R/T

 

Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac Firebird

 

Lincoln Continental Mark V
Lincoln Continental Mark V

 

1959 'Tank' Ford Fairlane 500
1959 ‘Tank’ Ford Fairlane 500

 

1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice with 396 Turbo Jet V8

 

1950 Mercury Coupe
1950 Mercury Coupe

 

Holden Torana GMHTOY by Gary Tishler
‘GMHTOY’ Holden Torana owned by Gary Tishler. Colour is Ice Violet Pearl.

 

Holden HT Premier
1969 Holden HT Premier with 186 6 cylinder motor

 

 Holden HQ GTS
1971 Holden HQ GTS

 

Holden HZ Sandman
Holden HZ Sandman

 

 1957 Chevrolet 2 Door Pillarless
1957 Chevrolet 2 Door Pillarless

 

 1972 Chevelle SS
1972 Chevelle SS

 

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang

 

 2002 Holden HSV Y series Maloo Ute
2002 Holden HSV Y series Maloo Ute. Generation III 5.7 V8 @ 384HP.

 

FX-Holden
FX Holden

 

1956 Chevy Bel Air Coupe
1956 Chevy Bel Air Coupe

 

1957 Chevy Bel Air
1957 Chevy Bel Air

 

Holden EJ Panel Van
Holden EJ Panel Van

 

1988 Chevy Silverado
1988 Chevy Silverado pick up truck

 

Holden HQ GTS 2 Door
Holden HQ GTS 2 Door

 

Camaro Z28
Camaro Z28

 

Holden HK Monaro 327
Holden HK Monaro 327

 

FB Holden
FB Holden

 

1970 Holden HG Brougham
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
1975 Holden Torana SLR5000 LH Model

 

Holden EJ Premier
Holden EJ Premier

 

1971 Custome Dodge Phoenix 'Crewzin'
‘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
1956 Pink & Black Chevrolet Bel Air

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Nov 11

Holden Car Club of WA Show & Shine Day

Holden Show & Shine DayThe 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
Holden EH Premier. Check the gold Premier badge, 179 flag and door handle scratch plates. oh and chrome exhaust extension.

 

Holden HT Monaro GTS
Holden HT Monaro GTS with Chevy 350 V8

 

Holden HX LE Monaro
The rare Holden HX LE Monaro coupe.

 

Holden HR
Holden HR with 186ci motor

 

 1979 Holden HZ Statesman SLE
1979 Holden HZ Statesman SLE

 

 Holden HK Premier
Holden HK Premier. Check out those rear wheel spats.

 

1961 Holden EK Station Wagon
1961 Holden EK Station Wagon

 

1956 Holden FJ ute
1956 Holden FJ ute

 

1956 FJ Holden Standard Sedan
1956 FJ Holden Standard Sedan. 138ci 6 cylinder ‘Grey’ motor and 3 speed manual transmission.

 

Holden HJ Sandman
Holden HJ Sandman. The surfers panel van.

 

 Holden Torana A9X
Holden Torana A9X

 

Holden HQ 350 GTS
Holden HQ 350 GTS

 

Holden EJ Special
Holden EJ Special

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Oct 28

WA Hot Rod and Street Machine Spectacular 2011

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:

 Chevrolet Camaro 350Chevy Camaro RS 350

 

1957 chev 2 door coupe1957 Chev 2 door coupe “ITS A GAS”

 

1964 Chevrolet Nova1964 Chevy Nova with 350 V8 and auto transmission

 

1937 Ford1937 Ford street rod

 

1951 Ford Custom1951 Ford Custom “OLD 51”

 

Dodge KingswayDodge Kingsway RHD (Aussie assembled perhaps?)

 

Chevrolet Impala 3271966 Chevrolet Impala 2 door with 350 V8 (although has 327 badge)

 

1955 Chev Belair Sports Coupe1955 Chev Bel Air Sports Coupe

 

Holden HR Premier X21967 HR Holden Premier X2. Great to see one of these again.

 

Holden HK MonaroHolden HK Monaro

 

Ford Galaxy with 390 V8Ford Galaxy with 390 V8

 

Ford ThunderbirdFord Thunderbird

 

Inside… the main show:

Holden HK Monaro1968 Holden HK Monaro “MY68HK”: Features 383 Stroker, Turbo 350 transmission, air bag suspension, silver mink paint.

 

 1964 Ford Falcon XM Coupe1964 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!

 

1937 Ford Tudor by Nunzio FerraloroNunzio 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.

 

Under the bonnet of SlambackSurprise! Under the bonnet of the 1937 Ford Slamback is a work of art…and I’m not talking about the engine!

 

 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan1932 Ford Tudor Sedan.

 

Pig Iron by Mal & Bev Foord“Pig Iron” by Mal & Bev Foord. Features 302ci Windsor, C4 transmission, Jaguar LSD diff and Jaguar frontend. 

 

1958 Chevrolet Belair

 1958 Chevrolet Belair Sports Sedan1958 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 Fastback1969 Ford Mustang Fastback “Iron Rod” by Sam & Linda. 351ci Cleveland, Twin Research carbies, C4 gearbox, 9 Inch diff.

 

Dark horse, light horse - good and evilThe Iron Horse bonnet features some exceptional artwork, with a light horse and dark horse depicting good and evil. Simply incredible.

 

1923 Model T Ford1923 Model T Ford “Lizzie” by Andrew Morgan. 30 Small block Chev with T400 transmission, 8″ compact Ford Diff

 

1973 Torana GTR XU11973 Torana GTR XU1 owned by Rex Scott

 

 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air1953 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.

1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

 Holden Rodeo Ute1995 Holden Rodeo Ute by Joe Suvalko. Fitted with Chev LS1 Gen III V8

 

BOSS HOSS BHC3 ZZ4 350 V8 MotorcycleBOSS 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 Chevrolet1951 Chevrolet Sedan

 

1942 Chevrolet1942 Chevrolet Convertible

 

1922 Chevrolet1922 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 V8Ford Fairlane 500 with 260 V8 (1963?)

 

1956 Ford Fairlane V81956 Ford Fairlane V8

 1956 Mercury Monterey1956 Mercury Monterey. Has 312ci Y block V8 & Mercomatic auto transmission

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