Monday, December 28, 2015

Classic Car Events in Perth 2016

10 January 2016 - Vintage Collective Markets Show and Shine

Show and Shine and vintage market, Ascot Racecourse 1pm - 8pm
Register via the website below. Cost is a $5 donation paid upfront online.

13 February 2016 - Big Al's Poker Run

WA's Biggest Car Show and Cruise Event.  From 10am at Perry Lakes Reserve and

21 February 2016 - Northam Vintage Swap Meet

Hosted by the Avon Valley Vintage Vehicle Association. Jubilee Oval, Northam. Gates open for sellers 6.30am, public entry 7.00am. Closes midday.

12 March 2016 - Retro Rewind Show and Shine

Another Vintage Collective Markets event. Yanchep National Park, 1pm -5pm

19 March 2016 - Brookton Old Time Motor Show

Brookton Old Time Motor Show is a biennial showcase of restoration, preservation and display of vintage cars, motorbikes, and machinery. The theme this year is all things Aussie.

20 March 2016 - German Car Day

We plan to make this year’s event bigger and better than the already outstanding 2015 instalment. With German food, German stalls and German entertainment, it’s sure to be a great day out.

The meeting place will be the car park on Nelson Crescent, East Perth. Attendees will be required to arrive before 9am and pay the entry fee of $10 and in return receive directions for the cruise to the destination.

Keep an eye on this space for further updates, including the location of the destination.

20 March 2016 - VMCCWA Annual Swap Meet and Vintage Bike Display

The swap meet and bike display is held at the Cannington Agricultural Showgrounds from 7am to 11am.

2 April 2016 - Ride On Rooftop Retro Bike Show

A retro, classic and custom bike show on top of the old Myer building in Fremantle. Music, stalls, food and a bar - what's not to love?

2-3 April 2016 - Northam Motorsport Festival

A two day festival of classic motorsports including a Hill Climb and Motorkhanna on day 1 and street racing circuit through the historic town of Northam on day 2.

17th April 2016 - Shannons Classic Car Show

Perth's premier classic car show at Whiteman Park organised by the Council of Motoring Clubs of WA. Entry to the show is arranged through the respective car clubs.

14-15 May – South West Extravaganza Bunbury

28 May 2016 - Arthur Grady Day, Fremantle Heritage Festival

A key event of the annual Fremantle Heritage Festival is the celebration of Arthur Grady's 1924 circumnavigation of Australia by motorbike. The day will feature displays of vintage motorcycles, cars, trucks, steam engines, hand tools, vintage radios and Morse code sets, prams, clothing and in fact all things vintage. A great day out for the family.

2 October 2016 - 5th Como Rotary Club Car Show
The 5th annual classic car show on the grounds of Wesley College, South Perth.

13 November 2016 - Brockwell Run

The annual Fremantle to Whiteman Park (Motor Museum) display and run

27 November 2016 - Celebration of the Motorcar

A display of some of the finest classic, prestige and exotic cars in Western Australia.

4 December 2016 - Day of the Volkswagen
This year at a new location in Fremantle. For more info

Events list for 2017 -

Brockwell Run, 2015

The end of 2015 was celebrated in November with the annual Brockwell Run from Fremantle to the Motor Museum at Whiteman Park.  It was a beautiful sunny day - not too hot - and there as a good turn out at the start.

Photos from the drive out.

A French Simca sedan



Bedford truck

Ford Model A


Delage - a rare French veteran

Close up of the Delage as it sails past.

A very fine Morgan 3-wheeler. Last time I'd seen this car out was at Arthur Grady day in 2013.

The 1909 Schlacht sails past.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tatra - The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka

By Ivan Margolius and John G Henry

An Updated and Enlarged Collector’s Edition of 1500 copies has now been published. The new edition contains new archival information and research gathered in the 25 years since the first version was published. The book is published by Veloce Published in a limited editon run of only 1500 copies. It can be purchased directly from Veloce or from Amazon UK

An interview with author, Ivan Margolius

Book Synopsis

The story of the Tatra company, which originates in the Central European country of Czechoslovakia, is one of great innovation and avant-garde design in automobile engineering. It is also the story of one man – Hans Ledwinka – and his visionary concepts which have become highly influential, although often undervalued contributions, in the development of car technology.

Until now, Hans Ledwinka's talent has hardly been recognizsed; in retrospect, he can be judged equal to car designers such as Benz, Daimler and Porsche, whose endeavours have been fully recorded many times over. With his revolutionary Tatra cars Ledwinka consistently pushed back the frontiers of automobile construction, and it’s certain that without his inspiration, the Volkswagen in its air-cooled rear-engined form would perhaps never have been conceived. This book suggests that Ledwinka played a greater part in this development than has previously been appreciated.

The authors have covered the full history of the Tatra company, which is one of the oldest factories in continuous automobile manufacture, dating back to the 19th century. By doing this, they have placed both Ledwinka and the Czechoslovak Tatra company back in their rightful places in the history of car design, and provided a fully comprehensive assessment of the influence of Tatra car designs and their inspired creator.

The text of this larger format 2nd edition has been fully revised and updated since the 1990 edition. This new edition also contains many additional illustrations.

When Hans Lenwinka passed away in Munich in 1965, his personal Tatra T87 was donated to the Munich Technical Museum, where it can be still be seen today. The Munich Technical Museum has an outstanding collection of vehicles and is well worth a visit.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

1937 DKW Winter Accessories

Winter in Europe is cold so pre-war DKW owners were able to purchase a range of winter accessories for their car.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Day of the Volkswagen, Perth, 2015

The Volkswagen Club of Western Australia hosted the Day of the Volkswagen on 6th of December 2015. Unfortunately the weather was unseasonably raining, which probably drove some attendees away. Nevertheless there was a good turnout and it never actually rained. At least it wasn't a stinking hot scorcher.

Given the cars in attendance, it would be more correct to call it "Day of the Kombi"

Custom caravan

A 1956 Kombi panel van restored to original spec

A very fine Kombi bus

Kombi row

This Kombi was for sale for $67,000. A fine looking machine

Coffee and milkshakes

A milkshake was just the ticket as we'd been to Shelly's Christmas party the night before.

Dual cab

1974 Army spec Kombi. This was an ex-Australian Army surplus vehicle.  It's unrestored and has driven around Australia several times without a breakdown.

Country Buggy and Kombi

Steff's award winning Kombi

Time to hit the beach

And accessories

A very rotten ute

Steff's magnificent Karmann Ghia

A pair of Karmann Ghias

The dark burgundy colour may not be an 'official' colour, but it really looks marvellous.

There were surprisingly few Beetles and Type 3s

A dog day afternoon....