Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Observation Trial.

How many people noticed the Bolwell Cookie Truck on the Beaudesert Fun Run?

Monday, May 21, 2018

A trophy well deserved.

Considering the opposition this man was up against.
And I'm sure this man thoroughly deserved his pineapple too.
Photos by Tina of course.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Favourite 3-wheelers No.34

The Carrinho

Ran's passenger is a Chev.

and that's a handy lunch tray.

Happy campers.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Brabham in red.


THE TEST OF TIME.

With the runaway concours winner this year it was really hard to find a flaw. But did you know that Peter completed the restoration over 10 years ago. Here's some shots of the car at the Leyburn Sprints and Mt. Coot-tha Hillclimb in 2009.
I'm looking forward to seeing it come to live in SA in 2 year's time.
Here it is on a farm in Elgindale, Qld before Peter bought it.

Another Aussie manufacturer.

The GTZ is a mid engine sports car designed to reawaken the excitement and pleasure of driving!
Manufactured on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, by Suncoast Sports Cars, as an individually constructed vehicle (ICV), or more commonly known as a kit car, the GTZ is an affordable and rewarding project engineered for the road.
In developing the GTZ as an ICV, Suncoast Sports Cars has strived to ensure that it is cost-effective, easy-to-build and accessible for as many people as possible. There are no exotic parts and the majority of mechanical components are sourced from a locally available single donor.
The GTZ is based on a proven mid engine chassis design making for a well-balanced and agile handling sports car. A great project for anyone looking for the opportunity to create and drive a truly bespoke vehicle.

SUNCOAST SPORTS CARS.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Meeting of the body builder professionals.


Other things happen at Easter time.

Like the Teakle Auto Sprint at Port Lincoln. It's an annual event and a lot of fun.

That's where you'll find Ross Allen. Here's a few photos of Ross and the Monaro at this year's event.
Look but don't touch.
Guess the real one.

Port Lincoln would be an ideal place for a Bolly Easter. I can't see the Sandgropers objecting.

4 little utes and a couple of biggies.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

The naked clubbie.

I know racewear wasn't compulsory in the 60s, but what about Gordon, he's topless!
Could be bottomless for all we know.

Upcoming auction.


Graeme's Mk.7

Graeme Ferguson and his green Mark 7 have been around since the year dot, even coming to SA branch meetings way back when they were held at the Pancake Parlour on Goodwood Road and appearing at Easter time as far back as the Mildura event in 1975.

One of the things I like about Graeme's car, despite the 50 shades of green, is the utilisation of an unframed 240Z rear hatch which works really well.
The contour of the roof was altered to make the whole thing flow. The concept is very smart indeed.

Phil's 7 uses an RX7 rear window and that's pretty smart too.

Brabham and the SA car industry.

As everyone is aware, the BT62 was launched this week at a gala event at Australia House in London by David Brabham.

The 70 cars are to be built in Adelaide by Precision Components at their factory in Edinburgh Parks and the prototype was built in secret over the last 2 years at the nearby ZF factory that used to manufacture Holden chassis components.
All of this has prompted the SA Agent General,  Bill Muirhead, to wax lyrical about the 200 jobs created by the project etc.

"He told News Corp he believed it was hugely important that the car would become the only vehicle being manufactured in Australia and that car manufacturing could make a comeback in his home state."

Hang on a bit......."the only vehicle being manufactured in Australia?" Has he not heard of Bolwell? And as Roger pointed out John Karnon is still making Pumas in SA.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fake Eurekas upsetting the applecart.

Some comments from the PECCA page :-

Allan Purvis WRONG.. very wrong Detroit. And this is a MAJOR PROBLEM FOR THE PECCA CLUB & EVERY OWNER OF A PURVIS EUREKA. 
All the above have INVESTED in a product that they know has proven credibility. That credibility comes from knowing a “LICENSED” Company bu
ilt your Car. It comes from knowing the Automotive Engineers who designed/ created the first ADD NOVA in England. It comes from knowing that when these Cars
are built.. UNDER LICENCE.. the stringent (and VERY necessary )
SPECIFICATIONS for The fibreglass layup work required was followed through to the letter. This IS absolutely imperative... if the occupants are to survive a serious accident. This is when YOU will need RICHARD OAKES & PHILL SAYERS ....Engineering expertise surrounding YOU !!! AND... the REAL PURVIS EUREKA has ALL of that !!!
As does the STERLING and many other licensed ADD NOVAS produced around the world. 
CONTRASTING all the above,
are the cheap flops, R.I.P.-off’s 
around the world. There are plenty. Because there are people out there who only care about a QUICK DOLLAR . 
They don’t give a damn about your personal safety or anybody
else’s !!! They are happy to produce EGG SHELL copies, with NO regard for the people who will be travelling inside them. Or their SAFETY ! 
SO ! What are we left with here ? A very serious problem that’s what. AND .. you the PECCA MEMBERS and Purvis OWNERS at large, MUST play a
part in helping safeguard people who have an interest in buying one of OUR CARS. YOU WILL NEED TO EDUCATE THEM. Make them aware of what IS out there! Assist them to buy the REAL Purvis Eureka. NOT the eggshell. Paul Patton, You , as President of our fantastic PECCA Club, need to take this problem onboard ASAP PLEASE ! Perhaps the next AGM it could be discussed in open forum. We must do all we can to make members/owners & prospective members aware of this problem. And give them the tools to protect themselves. This IS what our Club IS all about. 
If one of those eggshells has a major accident & occupants are hurt or worse, then that would reflect on all of us VERY badly. 
I don’t have to explain why or how. All of you.. be diligent. And report the Pirates. Protect each other girls & guys ! ! ! I have needed to say this for a very long time. I apologise for not speaking out sooner.  
More to come..!


Shane Purvis So what my father (who is apparently in sensory overload from this) is trying to say is quite simple.

There are several of these Mako cars getting around. Essential they’re copied straight off a Eureka body and had a few minor cosmetic changes made in
 a pointless attempt to make the copies seem legit. The reason many have flat windscreens is due to the fact ‘someone’ went to Perth and put a hammer thru the windscreen of the car they pulled moulds from. The Eureka widescreen manufacturer had a good relationship with Purvis Cars and agreed only to sell windscreens to cars if they were first checked/approved by the factory. Hence the Mako had to go to a flat screen.

Anyway, the biggest problem with these cars is the quality of the construction is terrible. The fibreglass work is so bad it’s literally dangerous. Many sections of the car are so poorly built it would almost certainly result in serious injuries to occupants if one was to get in a decent accident.

Dad has lived in fear of someone getting hurt in one of these copies his whole life. It’s his name on the car and if someone were killed he would be devastated.

The risk these cars pose to every Eureka owner is real. Motoring authorities already scratch their heads when it comes to our cars and their safety on public streets. If one of these copies were to crumble and kill someone the entire marque could be put off the road permanently.

I feel for the people who unwittingly have purchased a copy. They’ve done nothing wrong. But by continuing to drive these cars on the road they put themselves at great risk and put every Eureka owner at risk of also losing their cars.


Shane Purvis So what my father (who is apparently in sensory overload from this) is trying to say is quite simple.

There are several of these Mako cars getting around. Essential they’re copied straight off a Eureka body and had a few minor cosmetic changes made in
 a pointless attempt to make the copies seem legit. The reason many have flat windscreens is due to the fact ‘someone’ went to Perth and put a hammer thru the windscreen of the car they pulled moulds from. The Eureka widescreen manufacturer had a good relationship with Purvis Cars and agreed only to sell windscreens to cars if they were first checked/approved by the factory. Hence the Mako had to go to a flat screen.

Anyway, the biggest problem with these cars is the quality of the construction is terrible. The fibreglass work is so bad it’s literally dangerous. Many sections of the car are so poorly built it would almost certainly result in serious injuries to occupants if one was to get in a decent accident.

Dad has lived in fear of someone getting hurt in one of these copies his whole life. It’s his name on the car and if someone were killed he would be devastated.

The risk these cars pose to every Eureka owner is real. Motoring authorities already scratch their heads when it comes to our cars and their safety on public streets. If one of these copies were to crumble and kill someone the entire marque could be put off the road permanently.

I feel for the people who unwittingly have purchased a copy. They’ve done nothing wrong. But by continuing to drive these cars on the road they put themselves at great risk and put every Eureka owner at risk of also losing their cars.

Some shots from McLaren Vale last week.

Pete (Nagari), Roger & Lynne (Mk.7), Greg & Pauline (Corvette), Glenn & Helen's Fiat up the back.
Scott (Nagari).
Ron (Mk.7), Adrian (Cobra).
Our Honda friends.
Plus a couple of Morgans and a couple of T-types.
Not a bad little group.
At another winery was this Purvis Eureka.
Which happened to win the Mayor's Choice award.
Photos from Andrew Low.