Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebration of the Motorcar 2014

Perth's prestige and exotic car event, Celebration of the Motorcar, was held on Sunday 16th of November 2014 in the beautiful grounds of the Cottesloe Civic Centre. The weather couldn't have been more perfect - 29c, clear blue skies and a gentle, cooling breeze blowing in from the Indian Ocean. Perfect car show weather!

I volunteered again as a marshal and helped out with the Rolls-Royce exhibit. I was able to get some good photos and speak with the owners before the crowds arrived.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

1935 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 'Cleopatra.'  This was one of Percy Markham's cars.

1933 MG K3 factory racer. Peter Briggs was also selling a book about MG and the car's racing history. 

1935 Riley Sprite TT. This car finished fourth in the 1935 Le Mans 24 hour race.

THE original Le Mans 1924 Bentley

A replica of the original Jaguar SS prototype. It was built using many original parts to the original plans.

Jaguar XK140

The Mercedes section

Mercedes-Benz 280SL

1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL - I think this was probably the nicest car in the show

1967 Maserati Quattroporte. A display celebrated the centenary of Maserati.

Lotus Elite


Aston-Martin DB6

Aston-Martin DB4

Two Porsche 356s

Porsche row

1963 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible, once owned by the Emir of Kuwait

1939 Cadillac V16 2-Passenger Coupe - one of only six manufactured

Shelly and Robert Wagner's 1958 Corvette

The orange car is number 50 of only 50 McLaren MP-12C's

The only McLaren 650S Spider in Australia

The Ferrari collection

The only Bristol 603 in Australia

One of only 15 Giocattolo supercars. These were Australian made customised Alfa-Romeo's with a mid-mounted Holden V8 engine. There were two on display.

Audi Quattro. Audi took a modified DKW Munga four-wheel drive chassis and installed a new, supercharged engine and bodywork and dominated the rally scene for years.

1972 SAAB 96. This is a four stroke V4 engined example.

My Tatra was in good company.

A happy Tatra owner.

Display at the entrance.

For more details and post show report:-

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Brockwell Run 9 November 2013

After so many recent washouts the Brockwell Run was blessed with beautiful sunshine. 

The new location at Fremantle Park was a great choice with much better access. Over a hundred cars attended the start.

1966 Renault Alpine

1954 Swallow Doretti. This is a really unusual car in Australia. Swallow Coachbuilding Company built sidecars in the 1920s and 30s before moving into sportscars in the years before the Second World War. Their most famous product was the SS Jaguar. After the war the SS association with Nazism led them to switch the model name with the company name resulting in the Jaguar SS. Swallow Sidecars however continued as a separate company and between 1954 and 1955 released this tidy little sportster.

I took the Karmann Ghia along

Stunning little Porsche 356 sportster

Probably the nicest Jaguar XK120

Jaguar E-Type, Triumph Spitfire and Morris Minor


1925 Vauxhall LM14/40



Of all the cars at the show I think this is my favourite.

Citroen DS

1936 Fargo and Bedford trucks

Chevrolet Impalas

Six Cadillacs

Line up from the bus museum

The SIVA club cars.

The run starts....

A very nice XK140

Citroen Traction Avant - still one of my favourte cars

A real rarity - an AC 2 Litre saloon. The only one in Perth.

Trucks away!

Aron's Honda S600 premiered at the show. Good work!