Saturday, December 26, 2020

Classic Cars and Coffee 27 December 2020

Sunday 27 December 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

Last one of the year. Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA

1988 Classic Tiffany. A custom exotic built in the 1980s for celebrities and those wishing to 'make a statement.'

I took the DKW along. It hasn't been out for some time, in fact not since I had the fuel pump and carburetor replaced. It had been getting harder and harder to start for quite a while, which I had put down to lack of use. It turned out that the vacuum fuel pump was barely functioning. I had a new pump membrane put in. After a little tuning and cleaning of the carburetor the performance has returned. I am thinking of installing an electric fuel pump however. 

The Cadillac contingent arrive

Peter Briggs arrives in his 1929 Bentley. What a beast.

Porsche 356s

Volvo P1800

The original Renault Alpine (left) and the modern version (right).

Renault 4CV

Triumph TR2

I think this is a Toyota Crown?

Rolls Royce Phantom II

The Chevrolet Corvair is an extremely underrated car. Despite everything said about it, it is a real pleasure to drive and handles exceptionally well.

Renault row

Another Roller

Triumph Spitfire

The Cadillacs. 

Austin 7

Lamborghinis glowing in the Perth sun

A very fine Holden EK stationwagon

The owner has done an exceptional job

Slough (British) built Citroen Traction Avant with a Jaguar XK120

The Traction Avant is a great car.

Alfa Romeo

Another lovely Austin 7

Replica of the 1936 Mercedes-Benz SSK

1938 Ford V8 Phaeton

Ford Model A

The immortal Ford Mustang

1942 Dodge Hemi

This was a very fine car in original condition

Holden FB

1957 Chevrolet and a Ford van

Ford Thunderbird

Cadillac Eldorado

Being the biggest Classic Cars and Coffee of the year, people tended to arrive early and correspondingly left early. Apparently there were 750 vehicles in attendance - a good result. So, that wraps up 2020. Here's to 2021!

Next year's Classic Cars and Coffee Sunday 24th January 2021

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

KCR 102.5FM Interview - the Markham Collection

On 12 December 2020 I was interviewed on Kalamunda Community Radio KCR 102.5 FM by Terry and Justin for the "Round the Bend" program. Ostensibly, this was to promote the 2021 Shannon's Classic Car Show, however, we mainly talked about my collection of classic cars and bikes. Listen in you feel inclined.

For my interview about the Shannon's Classic Car Show, see here:

Check out our new website:

Friday, December 11, 2020

Classic Motoring Calendar, Perth 2020 Updated!

Well, 2020 proved to be a bit of a mess with the worldwide Covid hysteria causing everyone to lose their collective minds. At the beginning of the 'crisis', when the message was 'flatten the curve' there was some logic in shutting things down, but that message quickly went by the wayside and the madness of continual lockdowns were enforced despite there being ample evidence that lockdowns were completely pointless. This whole affair has poisoned political and social relations as piss weak politicians and egomaniac bureaucrats have exploited the crisis to impose far reaching and dangerous to democracy controls over society, all the while being cheered on by members of the public who have swallowed the media/political claims without question. All I can say is - look at the actual published numbers and use a calculator and you will understand just how serious the crisis really was.

Unfortunately, 'the science' also demonstrates the same level of confusion and polarization, with studies demonstrating the virus is not particularly dangerous, while others suggest it is extremely dangerous. However, reading through these studies (man, there are a lot....) I'm satisfied that the virus is no more dangerous than the flu or common cold IF you are generally healthy and do not suffer from an existing set of comorbidities (ie, heart disease, serious asthma, kidney disease, auto-immune diseases, diabetes). If you don't fall into those categories, you're risk of serious illness is low. Against this, the demonstrable negative effects on health of the lockdown and social isolation are VERY well documented.

No health crisis such as this can be treated as a binary equation, but needs to weigh many different outcomes and risks. You cannot solve Covid by locking a society down without weighing the damage done to mental health and other health outcomes (delayed treatment for chronic illnesses/cancer/etc), and the effects of social isolation on the elderly. As a responsible society, we cannot let politicians and bureaucrats dictate socially destructive rules without a reasoned debate that weighs the pros and cons of all available evidence.

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 bush-fires, West Coast Garage has organized a fund raising ride. Meet at Munchies car-park 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 - Shannon's 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 are here:

Sunday 15th March 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

Business School Car-park, Hackett Drive, UWA
Photos from the day. This proved to the be the last classic car event before the lock-down:

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)

Western Australia emerged from the Covid lockdown after three months. 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. Photos from the day:

Sunday 13th September 2020 - Orient Express Asian Car Show

For details, check the Facebook event

Sunday 13th September 2020 - York Motor Show
Apparently it was a huge turnout of around 1000 vehicles. Clearly the historic motoring community was champing at the bit!

Sunday 20th September 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

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

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.

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 18th October 2020 - Moto Italiane Ovest

Sunday 25th October 2020 - German Car Day

Sunday 1st November 2020 - Bella Italia (Italian Car Day)

Online ticketing:

Sunday 8th November 2020 - Remembrance Day Scooter Run

Photos from the day:

Sunday 15th November 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA
Photos from the day may be found here:

Sunday 15th November 2020 - Moto Italiano

A unique display of Italy's finest automobiles and motorcycles. Free public display 9am to 1pm at 520 Guildford Road, Bayswater.

Sunday 22nd November 2020 - VAA Swap Meet

Sunday 29th November 2020 - Celebration of the Motorcar
Photos from the day may be found here:

Sunday 6 December 2020 - Day of the Volkswagen

Wilson Park, Fremantle.

Sunday 13th December 2020 - Gone but not Forgotten

Shannons is proud to present a very special car show dedicated to the history of Holden, to be held in WA on 13 December 2020. With this year marking the cessation of the iconic Aussie car brand, it’s an appropriate time to celebrate every model that made Holden Australia’s favourite car for a generation.

The venue is the former site of City Motors Holden, 505 Newcastle Street, West Perth, where we are attempting to curate a display featuring one of every Holden model built in Australia. Not only that, Western Australian enthusiasts can participate for free, with a parking area set aside for anything that fits the bill. Holden Specials, Kingswoods, Commodores, Statesmans, Toranas, Geminis and even Camiras; if it was built by Holden, then its welcome.

CARS WANTED FOR DISPLAY: If you have a Holden with a great backstory, or perhaps one in showroom condition, then we want to hear from you. That includes pre '48 Holden bodies. If you have a car that fits the bill, or would like to be a part of this once in a lifetime show, then please call James McDonald on 0409 376 000 or email

Sunday 27 December 2020 - Classic Cars and Coffee

Business School Carpark, Hackett Drive, UWA