Saturday, November 30, 2019

Repeal Australian Luxury Car Tax Petition

Australia’s Luxury Car Tax must be removed from Historic Cars

Why Australia’s Luxury Car Tax must be removed from Historic Cars
Australia's Luxury Car Tax was introduced as a protectionist measure for Australia's domestic motoring industry. Foreign, imported cars over a certain value had an additional tax rate applied. This tax regime was originally targeted to new cars, but taxes being taxes, it was soon applied to classic cars. This application has extremely negative effects on the classic motoring movement as it adds significant costs to the importation of important classic cars. The Australian Historic Vehicle Interest Group has been campaigning with the Federal Government to repeal the application of Luxury Car Tax on historic motor vehicles.  

1) Australia has no car industry – there is nothing left to protect, and in the case of historic vehicles there never was. Accordingly, LCT makes no sense on historic vehicles.

2) Australia's motoring heritage and historic vehicle fleet is part of our national identity and deserves to be protected. The LCT means our taxes are so high on importing a car that we only ever lose historic cars we hardly ever gain them.

3) LCT on the importing of historic cars raises less than ¼ of 1% of the total LCT tax collection. More tax will be raised from those interested in historic cars importing them and paying GST than the amount of LCT foregone.

4) Our historic vehicle repairers and restorers employ people, particularly in regional Australia, thereby maintaining and creating jobs. More jobs will be created without LCT on historic cars.

5) The owners of historic cars restore, maintain and use their cars. Their “recreation” means they spend money, often in regional Australia, adding economically to small towns and cities. The removal of LCT on historic cars will increase owners spending in regional Australia.

Please spare a few seconds to support this petition.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Celebration of the Motorcar, 24 November 2019

Western Australia's premier exhibition of classic, prestige and exotic cars - 150 of the greatest cars you'll see, set in the beautiful grounds of the Cottesloe Civic Centre, Napier Street, Cottesloe. Funds raised in support of Wheels of Hope.

Today Tonight promotional video:

Sunday 24th November 2019 was spectacular car show weather. Blue skies with a pleasant, cooling breeze blowing in off the sea. This was the setting for Celebration of the Motorcar, Perth's only prestige car show. 150 exotic and rare cars, selected by invitation, were on display in the grounds of the Cottesloe Civic Centre.

One of the star attractions of this year's show is this magnificent 1934 Hispano-Suiza. The car has only recently completed its restoration to an extremely high standard. It was shown at the Motorclassica in Melbourne earlier this year where it won an award in the concourse.

1974 Tatra 603 looking somewhat sinister in the sunshine.

1938 Buick Series 90 Limousine

Two Chevrolet Corvettes. In the foreground is a 1961 model with double headlights and in the background a 1954 model with single headlamps.

Chevrolet Corvettes

1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk and 1964 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire

The Studebaker Daytona Wagonette was quite an interesting design. The rear deck had a fold down step and the rear roof could be entirely retracted. Despite this, the type was not particularly successful and only a few hundred were built.

1959 Plymouth Fury "Christine"

A very custom Model T Ford with a Lincoln V8 engine

This year Bentley celebrates its 90th anniversary.

This 1930 Perth delivered Bentley was originally purchased by the WA Police Force as a radio pursuit car. It is featured in the Today Tonight episode linked above.

The original Bentley - this is one of the 1929 Bentley's that raced at Le Mans and established the company's name as a manufacturer of high quality sportscars.

Looking back from the Aston-Martin row

The iconic Aston-Martin DB4 and its predecessor, the DB2.

In the back of Richard's Tyrepower display -

Gelare coffee Citroen H van, with a McLaren in the background.

Peter Brigg's amazing 1899 Renault Type A. There will be a book launch in a couple of weeks about this vehicle's long and complex restoration.

A book about the car and its restoration is now available.

Miscellaneous Italians

Left to right - 1970 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo, 1983 De Tomaso Pantera GTS and Lancia (?)

1968 Fiat 2300 S Coupe by Ghia.

But wait, there's more!

View down on the sunken lawn

1947 Cadillac Series 62 Sedanette

1939 Cadillac Fleetwood

Miscellaneous British

1931 MG NG

1965 Alvis TE 21 and 1938 MG SA Tickford

1984 Lotus Esprite

The lower lawn

Melville Renault display

Citroen DS convertible and Renault Caravelle

1964 Renault Caravelle. The Caravelle is a really appealing car in my opinion.

1914 Delage R4 and Citroen Traction Avant behind

One of only three in Australia. A very rare 1977 Citroen Ami Hoffman. Citroen did not build a convertible version of their iconic 2CV, but the German Hoffman company did. Interestingly, the 2CV styled body disguises the fact that the body sits atop the later Citroen Ami running gear.

Two modern Renault rear-engined sportscars - the Spider and the R5 Turbo

The successor to the outstanding DS was the Citroen SM. Powered by a relatively small four cylinder Maserati engine. The car won lots of awards but was overly complicated.

Porsche 356C

Ferarri Dino

1963 Ferrari 250 GTE

Alfa Romeo Monte Carlo

Mercedes-Benz club display

1951 Mercedes-Benz 170Va

1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Two beautiful little Alfa Romero Guilias

These two little beauties were probably my favourite of the show.

A great video by our friend Mark and Cars.