Sunday, October 30, 2016

Classified ad. RCN June 1974

Not so rare after all (in WA anyway).

Recently I mentioned how long it was since I'd seen a Honda coupe 7 or coupe 9 and also posted the rare GSM Dart that Derek was selling on ebay.

The other weekend at Wanneroo (It's very hard for old men to shift to new words like Barbagallo) there was an historic meeting and what's running in Group Nc? A yellow Coupe 7.
Not only that, at the same meeting was this red GSM.
It stands to reason that it would be more likely to find a Dart in Perth, with South Africa being just across the water.

It would have been a good event to be at, especially with races for these monsters.
Thanks Stacey and Barry for the pics.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Grey stuff - 33

Classic speedcars in Brisbane.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bricklin SV-1

The "SV" stands for "safety vehicle". That's why they have the big bumpers I guess. And the massive side beams for impact protection as well as the strong fibreglass body. The gull-wing doors are air powered. 2854 of them were built in their short production period of 2 years ending in 1975. They were built in New Brunswick in Canada. (Old Brunswick is a suburb of Melbourne). I quite like them although they say they don't go too hard. The 351 Windsor that they came standard with should help them along a bit.
Overheating issues were well known and were usually solved by fitting larger aluminium radiators like the one in the picture. (All very Nagari-ish).
I always thought you could have any colour you liked as long as it was white and then I saw this.
However, I did see a yellow Delorian in Melbourne once.
I wonder how many came to Australia. I know this bloke had one back in the day.
Here is the very car.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Grey stuff - 32

The shooting brake.

You're all familiar with the Jensen GT
.......and the Volvo P1800S
........and the Reliant Scimitar
........and, to a lesser extent, the BMW M coupe
.........but what about the Lotus Elan?
..........or the Porsche shooting brake?
...........or, for that matter, the Toyota F86 shooting brake concept, designed and made in Australia?
...........or even an Aston Martin?

............or Ferrari?
Here's a very old one.
No, this is a hearse.

It's this Saturday.

A momentous occasion.

After MANY years bringing a wrecked Tiga back to life (with a little bit of help from his friends), Ken's big day arrived on Sunday. And doesn't  it look magnificent?
Congratulations Ken.
 Here's the crew. Minus one (Sue, she's too busy taking photos of the others).
Doesn't the man himself look like Jim Richards standing up there.
Here's the power plant, a PP 12A that certainly does its job.

After a bit of a tryout the Monday before, Sunday was its big day. 1.17s out of the box, Ken must be pretty proud of that. I would.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The green Plymouth has a playmate.

Ah Chris........

It must be terrible to have stiff legs.

Maybe this would be better, Simon.

You'd just get a burned right elbow.

A first.

A Holden (or any other Australian designed and manufactured car for that matter) winning a prestigious international concours d'elegance outright against all comers, but that's what happened at the Motorclassica.
Mind you, the owner and restorer, Terry Smart,  has left no nut unturned in this immaculate restoration of the GTS 350. Valued at $300,000.00 I believe.

Kapunda - week 91.

This well-laden Plymouth was on its way back from the Nanua Picnic Race Meeting. Anyone who knows where Nanua is will know that this is no mean feat. Nanua is in the middle of nowhere and accessible from any direction by dirt tracks. From here you go to Morgan, cross the Murray, and then struggle roughly North-East along this track, made even trickier by the rains we have been having. Anyway, Nanua hold this quarter horse event and a contingent of SA Chrysler Restorers decided to go and have a camp out. There was even a Dodge 4 among them.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


That's where they got the idea for MGB blinkers on the Nagari.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We've come a long way.

57 years ago I was lucky enough to start go-kart racing. This is a good example of what we raced. Check out the brakes. Our club raced at the Meadows footy oval on a track marked out with hay bales.

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Grey stuff - 30

Now residing in Bridgewater, SA

No, not Derek but Webby's old Nagari and sharing stabling with a Mangusta, E-Type, Ferrari and a Perana among other things.

Here;s a couple of others waiting for it to come out and play.
Speaking of Peranas, there's 2 entered for the Classic Adelaide this year so far, one from WA and one from SA.