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.
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.
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 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)
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”
Yes, 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
Lincoln Continental Mark V
1959 ‘Tank’ Ford Fairlane 500
1966 Chevrolet Caprice with 396 Turbo Jet V8
1950 Mercury Coupe
‘GMHTOY’ Holden Torana owned by Gary Tishler. Colour is Ice Violet Pearl.
1969 Holden HT Premier with 186 6 cylinder motor
1971 Holden HQ GTS
Holden HZ Sandman
1957 Chevrolet 2 Door Pillarless
1972 Chevelle SS
2002 Holden HSV Y series Maloo Ute. Generation III 5.7 V8 @ 384HP.
1956 Chevy Bel Air Coupe
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Holden EJ Panel Van
1988 Chevy Silverado pick up truck
Holden HQ GTS 2 Door
Holden HK Monaro 327
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
Holden EJ Premier
‘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
The 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. Check the gold Premier badge, 179 flag and door handle scratch plates. oh and chrome exhaust extension.
Holden HT Monaro GTS with Chevy 350 V8
The rare Holden HX LE Monaro coupe.
Holden HR with 186ci motor
1979 Holden HZ Statesman SLE
Holden HK Premier. Check out those rear wheel spats.
1961 Holden EK Station Wagon
1956 Holden FJ ute
1956 FJ Holden Standard Sedan. 138ci 6 cylinder ‘Grey’ motor and 3 speed manual transmission.
Holden HJ Sandman. The surfers panel van.
Holden Torana A9X
Holden HQ 350 GTS
Holden EJ Special
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:
Chevy Camaro RS 350
1957 Chev 2 door coupe “ITS A GAS”
1964 Chevy Nova with 350 V8 and auto transmission
1937 Ford street rod
1951 Ford Custom “OLD 51”
Dodge Kingsway RHD (Aussie assembled perhaps?)
1966 Chevrolet Impala 2 door with 350 V8 (although has 327 badge)
1955 Chev Bel Air Sports Coupe
1967 HR Holden Premier X2. Great to see one of these again.
Holden HK Monaro
Ford Galaxy with 390 V8
Inside… the main show:
1968 Holden HK Monaro “MY68HK”: Features 383 Stroker, Turbo 350 transmission, air bag suspension, silver mink paint.
1964 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!
Nunzio 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.
Surprise! Under the bonnet of the 1937 Ford Slamback is a work of art…and I’m not talking about the engine!
1932 Ford Tudor Sedan.
“Pig Iron” by Mal & Bev Foord. Features 302ci Windsor, C4 transmission, Jaguar LSD diff and Jaguar frontend.
1958 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 Fastback “Iron Rod” by Sam & Linda. 351ci Cleveland, Twin Research carbies, C4 gearbox, 9 Inch diff.
The Iron Horse bonnet features some exceptional artwork, with a light horse and dark horse depicting good and evil. Simply incredible.
1923 Model T Ford “Lizzie” by Andrew Morgan. 30 Small block Chev with T400 transmission, 8″ compact Ford Diff
1973 Torana GTR XU1 owned by Rex Scott
1953 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.
1995 Holden Rodeo Ute by Joe Suvalko. Fitted with Chev LS1 Gen III V8
BOSS 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 Chevrolet Sedan
1942 Chevrolet Convertible
1922 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 V8 (1963?)
1956 Ford Fairlane V8
1956 Mercury Monterey. Has 312ci Y block V8 & Mercomatic auto transmission