Sunday, August 9, 2020

Classic Cars and Coffee Sunday 16th August 2020

It seems like it's been ages:

But we do still have to deal with this b*llsh*t. 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Classic Motoring Calendar, Perth 2020 Updated!

After three months, Western Australia has emerged from the Covid lockdown. Motoring events that were cancelled or postponed are now being rescheduled. As events come back online, I'll post them up here. The events listed below have been, or are in the process of being scheduled. It is possible that some events may be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, so please check with the event coordinators closer to the date.

Sunday 16th August 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

Time to get back on the horse at the UWA Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Sunday 13th September 2020 - York Motor Show

Sunday 20th September 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee
Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Sunday 27th September 2020 - French Car Festival

The plan is for the revised French Car Festival to run as a one-off special Classic Cars and Coffee event at UWA for French vehicles only. We will have French-themed food and drink vendors, traders, etc. The easy-going nature of this style of event should work well. It’s just 9am to midday, so the lesser time commitment should make it easy for participants to commit. Entry into car park is off Hackett Drive, Crawley.
There’s a lawn area where clubs can set up tents as hospitality areas for their members and to attract newcomers. All of this is on the basis there’s not another wave of COVID-19 restrictions at the time…
No cost for car exhibitors to participate.

Sunday 27th September 2020 - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Due to Covid restrictions applying in some jurisdictions, this year's DGR will be a solo ride event. If you want to participate, check out the website and register for a ride.

Sunday 4th October 2020 - Rotary Club of Como Car Show

The Rotary Club of Como car show is confirmed. To attend with your vehicle, please register here:
It's a great show for the family with coffee, sausage size, raffles, and great cars on display. For updates, check out the Facebook event here:

Sunday 11th October 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee
Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Sunday 11th October 2020 - Brockwell Classic Run

Save the date, Sunday, October 11th, 2020 and be part of the iconic “Brockwell Run”. This is open to all motoring and motorcycle clubs leaving the Motor Museum of WA at 10.00 am and heading for a beautiful drive into the country. Assemble from 8.00 am in front of the Motor Museum in Whiteman Park with Flag off at 10.00am. Save the date! Expressions of interest can be lodged on our Facebook Events page

Sunday 1st November 2020 - Italian Car Day
Details to come

Sunday 15th November 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee
Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Sunday 29th November 2020 - Celebration of the Motorcar
Details to come.

Sunday 27 December 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee
Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Past events and cancelled events

Saturday 4th January 2020 - EH Holden Club Sunset at Herne Hill

The EH Car Club of Western Australia is hosting an event open to all types of Cars and Bikes. It will be a family friendly event showcasing all types of Vehicles and a relaxing evening with a great Sunset over the Vineyards and Wineries in the Beautiful Swan Valley. The event is called Sunset 2020 at Herne Hill on Saturday 4th January 2020 at 4pm till 8pm. There will be an entry of $10 per display vehicle. Swan Athletic Club McDonald Street, Herne Hill

Sunday 12th January 2020 - Ride for Australia Bush Fire Appeal

In light of this year's terrible bushfires, West Coast Garage has organized a fund raising ride. Meet at Munchies carpark in Fremantle, 2 Beach Street at 10am. $20 per bike or car. Follow on the Facebook page -
Donations and tickets through Go Fund Me

Sunday 19th January 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA
Photos from the day:

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February 2020 - Big Boys Toys

Sunday 16th February 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Sunday 16th February 2020 - Northam Vintage Swap Meet

Monday 2nd March 2020 - VCC Display Day

Part of the North Perth Community Fair.

Saturday 7th March 2020 - Electrikhana Perth

Electrikhana is Australia’s longest running electric vehicle expo and test-drive day. Run by the WA branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, Electrikhana is your chance to get in or hop on, and test-drive or ride the latest electric vehicle offerings. The event is part of the City of Canning’s Changing Your World Conference and Fair. Test-drives will be run from 10 am to 3 pm.

Sunday 8th March 2020 - Shannons Classic Car Show

The biggest classic motoring event on the Perth calendar went off like a firecracker! It was a hugely successful event. Photos from the big day:

Sunday 15th March 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA
Photos from the day. This proved to the be the last classic car event before the lockdown:

Sunday 15th March 2020 - Charger Club Super Cruise

IMPORTANT UPDATES - Corona Virus shut downs

The Australian Government announced on 13 March 2020 that, in order to stop the spread of the corona virus, public events attracting over 500 people, would be banned from Monday 16th March 2020. For many event organizers, this has resulted in the voluntary postponement of events. Consequently, all events after this date should be regarded as cancelled or postponed until further notice. If in doubt, please check with the organizers.

Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Centenary Motorcycle Display and Swap Meet (cancelled)

This year the annual motorcycle show and swap meet is open to anyone with a motorcycle manufactured over 25 years ago. 22 March 2020 at the Cannington Showgrounds, cnr Albany H'Way and Station St. The event has been cancelled for the time being.

Saturday 28th March 2020 - Brookton Old Time Motor Show (cancelled)

Sunday 5th April 2020 - French Car Festival (postponed)

As you’d be very aware, the Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on events (and everything else) around the world. The French Car Festival was scheduled for April 5th, which is clearly unworkable now.
The intention is not to cancel the event, but to postpone it – with the last Sunday in September being the date we’re aiming for. I’m in negotiations with Leederville Connect and the relevant authorities with a view to running French Car Festival 2020 on that date.

Sunday 12th April 2020 - All Australian Car Day (cancelled)

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the All Australian Car Day 2020 which was scheduled to be held in Waroona on Sunday the 12th April. After discussion with The Shire of Waroona and our major sponsor ALCOA, we are heeding advice from the Federal Government and Health Department with their recommendation to cancel events that attract visitors over 500 people.

Sunday 19th April 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee (cancelled)
Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Sunday 19th April 2020 - York Motorcycle Festival (cancelled)

Sunday 19th April 2020 - Curtin Radio Classic Car Spectacular (cancelled)

Sunday 17th May 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee (cancelled)
Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Sunday 31st May 2020 - Distinguished Gentleman's Drive (cancelled)

Sadly, the inaugural Distinguished Gentleman's Drive has been deferred to next year. Follow on their Facebook page

Sunday 28th June 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee (cancelled)
Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

Sunday 15th November 2020 - GM Owners Day (cancelled)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

DKW Meisterklasse Project - Update June 2020

The corona virus lockdown has given me a lot more time to work on the New Meisterklasse project. For earlier updates, check out these links:

As mentioned in earlier posts, the rusty floors have been replaced by solid metal. I must thank Ken Feast for his excellent work. The floor is very solid now and we can expect it to last for many more decades without problems. He also painted the floors and underbody with primer for me.

The rear floor did not need any metal work.

My wife Shelly has also been an active participant in the restoration work we are undertaking.

After cleaning up we have painted the floors in black anti-rust paint.

Looking good. Reproduction carpets / mats no longer exist so I have acquired some rubber matting and will fit it to shape shortly.

Nice and clean and ready to fit the new mats.

The engine in the car was seized so I had the cylinders sitting with diesel and penetrating oil. It really didn't achieve much and remained stuck fast. After removing all the bolts holding the block to the crankcase and spraying penetrating oil into the seal I was finally able to lever a screwdriver into the gap. After a lot of levering, the block began to move.

With a little bit of levering, more oil, and more levering each day, the block slowly began to move. Funnily enough, although the left hand piston was the one that was originally seized fast (diesel in the cylinder would not seep through, while it would easily penetrate in the right cylinder). once the block began moving however, the right piston stubbornly refused to move, eventually splitting at its base.

Millimeter by millimeter the block slowly came away

Until it finally popped off.

An examination of the pistons and their wear in the block suggest that the engine was probably run without oil in the fuel until it overheated and seized.

I was very excited when the engine block came away!

Update 18 May 2020

The boot had obviously been leaking for years and the back of the seat and the parcel shelf had rotten out. Note the white cloth handling down - that is the headliner, which is basically just white cloth.

I've filled the gaps with MDF paneling. Looks neat.

Now the wooden storage shelf is back in. It's pretty oily and greasy, but I've left it 'as is.' I've put rubber matting on the floor. The box in the back is a set of DKW hubcabs.

Wheels are off now as I plan to work on the brakes. The front axles need to come out anyway so that the engine can come out.

I hadn't noticed this before, but one of the rear wheel hubs comes from a later model. I need to find a spare wheel hub anyway. I've sourced tyres from our good friend, Richard's Tyrepower:

Update 19 June 2020

The rear seat was in a terrible state with springs completely rusted, rotten and falling to pieces.

From the top you can see how bad the interior is. Rusted and broken springs are pushing up against the vinyl.

After unpicking and removing the vinyl, the original seat was exposed. The original cloth seat had obviously worn through on its leading edge so the worn edge was covered with padding and new vinyl overlaid over the original seat. The seat was filled with horsehair and straw, which was absolutely rotten. That's all gone in the bin.

The metal spring frame was completely rusted and unsalvageable. After a lot of searching on the internet for advice on repairs and restoration, I came up with a new plan.

The only salvageable part, except the vinyl, was the frame.

The frame was rather rotten and falling apart and needed a lot of sanding and preparation. I used metal brackets to make it solid again.

I decided there was no point in building a spring frame, so put in a plywood floor on the seat frame.

The plan comes together

The restored frame.

The spring seat frame was replaced with a custom foam insert from Foam Sales in Norma Road, Myaree did a great job and provided excellent service. The foam I used was 38-200, over which I applied Dacron cushioning.

The interior of the vinyl was dirty and moldy but it cleaned up well with soapy water and disinfectant.

The Dacron filling

The foam backing was inserted and the vinyl re-stretched over the frame.

The vinyl is reattached.

I am very happy with the outcome. It looks great

And it goes back in the car. Another job done!