Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Looking pretty healthy these days.
How's that Nagari coming along, Joe?

John Edwards Davies 1944 - 2012.

I feel awful about John's passing. So how must Diane and their kids and grandkids feel? Not to mention his friends in the MGCCQ and the Queensland Fire Brigade. Another victim of the Big C. He knew it was coming and only 2 or 3 weeks ago he was arranging for a friend to take moulds of the bonnet vents on his B8/26 so that I could use them on mine. John was Mr. Mt. Cotton Hillclimb, competitor, official, organiser and working bee stalwart. Miss you already John.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bits and pieces

Steve Rowley has found a Morris Minor fuel tank for his Mark 4 so everybody can stop looking now. Meanwhile, Tony Briton wouldn't mind locating a Jag rear end for his up-coming Nagari project. Ikara #4 has been sold and has gone to Queensland. Two brothers up there now have an Ikara each.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I presume this is where the 116 chassis plate has gone.

It was listed for sale on Graham's NSW website for ages. I wonder if it sold.
It uses a Fibrecar space frame so that means there could still be a chassis floating around somewhere for the yellow coupe body.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mark 7 relisted.

Bolwell Mark 7, the open top car. $14,000
- Engineer designed, built by Lloyd Clonan.
- Square tube, backbone/spaceframe, stressed steel floor, side intrusion
bars. Front suspension.
- Double tubular wishbone, anti-dive geometry.
- (New) Spax coilover shock absorbers.
- Cortina uprights.
- Vented rotors, Girling 4 spot brake calipers (all new).
- Escort rack & pinion.
Rear Suspension.
-  Five link system, four trailing arms & Panhard bar.
- Anti-squat geometry.
- GAZ coilover shock absorbers (new).
- Ford Cortina (Borg Warner) diff (recon. centre, new brakes).
Other details.
- All brake lines/fuel lines plumbed in.
- Pedal box, floor mounted, brake bias bar, new master cylinder (all new).
- Fuel tank approx. 10 gal., purpose made (steel).
- Engine - Holden 186S, good condition.
- Gearbox - Holden XU1 M21, good condition.
- Tail shaft and universals (new).
- Wheels - Compomotive 70s period 15", 3 piece split.
- Body in gelcoat, good condition.
- Known history of the car. (Victoria).
Michael Grunert
Ph. (08) 8277 6651
Mob. 0424 981411
relisted because Michael has seen fit to drop the price to $14,000.00
Good to see you've cut your toenails Michael.

2. Bolwell Mark 7. Reg. UAG-

Sunday, July 15, 2012

More of those tail lights.

Marcos 3-litre.

Nagari coupe body on eBay in Newcastle

Speaking of rotaries.

Here's a 6 rotor from the Mazda Rotary Appreciation Society.

Roadpacer rotary.

Art these were the photos that Col was referring to.
You can tell it's Japanese by the outside mirrors.
I particularly like the little verandahs over the side windows.

Kapunda - week 52

Last lap Swann Ins. 24 hour trial.
Just imagine swinging on that bar for 24 hours. At least the rider gets to sit down occasionally.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What's this?

A HQ wagon in the streets of Russia. A 202 4-speed. With NZ plates I believe.

McArlus Cars - 33

Just a short update, after a long absence, due to a small fire and as a consequence a lack of motivation and the birth of a baby daughter.
Anyway last Sunday the car went to Winton for the third round of the Benalla Club Sprint Series.
Car performed really well, and I took my first class win in the clubman class, but I will do a full article later.
Attached are some pictures taken by Neil Hammond, a semi professional photographer (I hope that’s right Neil!) who takes and sells pictures. He has been a regular at these sprints in the past and his pictures always look great. I have a couple on my wall.
Fortunately he is a fan of my car, and has graciously sent me a few he took on Sunday.
Keen eyes may even notice the outline of the fireproof balaclava in the visor of the helmet, nothing like a small fire to get you thinking!
PS. Don't forget the first (yellow) car is still available to a new owner!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kapunda - week 51.

This is a Studebaker President. It's a local car (well, it lives in Tarlee, but that's just down at the other end of the Kapunda-Tarlee Road) and it's his daily driver. See, you don't have to go to Cuba to see these things getting around. It runs on gas, the owner is an LPG installer. Put your thumbs over the front and rear guards and the middle bit looks like the early Larks. Probably the same anyway.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ikara chassis.

A little more complex than previous models you might say.

What a beauty!

I feel like Ben Chiffley, saying that.
Anyway, this is the MX-5 GT.
Making its debut at Goodwood FoS last weekend it took part in the hillclimb. 205bhp and is a mere normally aspirated 2-litre. It sounds good to me and I'll look forward to seeing the first one arrive on our shores.

Monday, July 2, 2012


This is a United Motors ad in the Friday June 19th 1965 Advertiser.
Bernie Van E's first race car was a Vauxhall Viva. I wonder if he took the free driving lessons.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

One man's treasure..........

Hooniverse and CarDomain have had a bit of a laugh about it but I've got to show you this. It's an ad on Craig's List which is the American equivalent of Gumtree.
An unfinished project. A custom job. Here are a few of the vendor's comments....
"duel exhaust"
"aircondition is low on freon"
"to much to list lots of time put into this car"
"have many other projects to do"
"price is firm - have probly twice as much invested"
"has every optional that a car could have"
"has grandam door handles and work great"