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Aussie Hot Rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Binga, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. Every year on the Australia Day long weekend the Victorian Hot Rod Association puts on a show in the Melbourne exhibition building.
    I thought I would show a few pics from this weekends show.

    The inside of the building would have to be one of the best places to hold a hotrod show.


    A couple of customs




    More to come

  2. A couple of the more HAMB friendly rods




    Rod Hadfield's Lincoln V12 powered rod that spent most of last year touring around the U.S.



  3. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 5,018

    from Kansas

    Thanks for the pix.......I saw that p/u at the Bonneville Salt Flats a couple of years back.

    Chris Nelson

    That building is HUGE......
  4. A couple more

    How about a 1957 Ford ute?


    A nice triumph

    Beautiful Caddy outside




    Sometimes the impromtue (sp?) car show, from the people visiting, is better than what is in side. I know some people that just go to look at the cars outside and never go inside.


  5. myke
    Joined: Dec 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,134

    from SoCal

    Thanks for sharing!
  6. Damn, that building is beautiful. Great pics.-MIKE:eek: :cool:
  7. Yes we are very lucky to have such a beautiful place to hold a rod show.
    The building was finished in1880 for Melbourne's 1st international exhibition.

  8. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    my first show at the Exhibition Building was the 1971 National Hot Rod Show. That was also the debut of the Muirhead/Splatt Bounty Hunter altered which I eventually crewed on in 72-3 and then again when Chris Tormay owned it. Met Norm Longfield that weekend as well when he was showing the red "T" (Dodge powered back then). I have a bunch of colour trannies from that show but they are still in Australia. I will try to get them over here so that I can scan and post them.
    Was that Benny Gatt's purple Merc in the first set of pix? Saw it at WSID in March of 05 when I was last back in Oz for a visit. Also love the plate on the black Tudor outside--very creative.

  9. Nocturnal
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
    Posts: 254

    from CO

    Great pictures. I love to see cool cars from other areas.
  10. Svenny
    Joined: Jun 24, 2006
    Posts: 129


    Thanks for posting the pics!

    That V-12 PU is awesome. Wish I could have seen it when it was here in the States.
  11. Binga, nice pics. Over here in Canada your 57 ford ute would be a 55 meteor. Pat.
  12. Great pics Binga;thanks for posting them.I do have a question though:that pic of the black 32 3-window;is it the camera angle or has that body been stretched a bit just behind the doors?
  13. Vergil
    Joined: Dec 10, 2005
    Posts: 785


    Great pictures, thanks for sharing
  14. Roo not sure if it was Benny Gatts Merc but it was part of the Southern Rods from Victoria so he may have sold it.
    The black Tudor has been around for a few years it's a beautiful car and flatty powered.
    And if you get the chance I would love to see your pics.

  15. fordnutz
    The ute is actually called a 57 Mainline ute here.

  16. Safariknut
    I'm pretty sure it's the camera angle.
    Bloody nice car though.

  17. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    when I went back and had a closer look it appears that the Merc is black with purple flames so it is not Benny's.
    Some of my old show photos are in Larry O'Toole's hot rod and drag race history books along with some of the drag race stuff.

  18. Black Heart Coupe
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 46

    Black Heart Coupe

    sweet thanx for postin the pics, i wish i coulda made it down this year. and i do agree most of the time the better stuff is out side
  19. Hey Binga I was there the same day, but our paths never crossed! I know this because I can see the roof of my car in the background shot showing the caddy :D
  20. For the benefit of our US brothers, Ford Australia had a surplus of 55 and 56 sedans and utes, and so carried them on up to 59 with some minor cosmetic changes in order to get rid of them. Consequently, the American 57s, 58s and 59s are not so common in Aussie. Strangely enough, New Zealand (right next door) had the American models. Both NZ and Australia suffered from import restrictions in the 50s, meaning mainly only farmers could buy new cars. Of course farmers did'nt want two door cars, so both countries had a predominance of four doors cars. Most all two door cars here have been imported from the US in more recent times.
  21. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,529

    from California

    Wow and I thought the GNRS was cool, you guys really no how to put a show on.
  22. GUILTY!!!

    Was cool to catch up. Let me know when you get the RPU sorted!

  23. roadkillontheweb
    Joined: Dec 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,409


    Love those cars with the steering wheel on the "right" side.
    It is a lot of fun driving them over here. In Iowa my two 1956 UTEs really stand out in the crowd

    Here is my Desoto UTE at the Desoto national meet in Detroit

    And here is my Plymouth UTE at the Goodguys heartland nationals right here in Iowa
  24. Rob Paul
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,273

    Rob Paul

    I need a blown V-12.
  25. Trucker Jr.
    Joined: Mar 19, 2006
    Posts: 134

    Trucker Jr.
    from Fresno

    Hey why are the steering wheels all on the wrong side? J/K Cool show and building. Man you guys know how to get them in there.
  26. TT66'
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 227


    Cool pics! Thanks for sharing. I remember Rod Hadfield's V-12 truck at the 2005 NSRA Nats in Louisville, KY. Here is a pic I snapped of it. That was pretty cool to see something from Aussie here in the USA. Again thanks for sharing the pics. Great looking Rides.:cool:

    Attached Files:

  27. zimm
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 802

    from iowa

    wow what a cool place to have a show i like the hard wood floor! great pics
  28. Rockabilly, Canada supplied the rite hand drive American cars to New Zealand and Australia. That is why the the 57 ford is our 55 meteor and the 58 was our 56 meteor. Also, our early T's had 2 opening doors becuse they needed one on the passenger side for the right hand drive export models. Pat.
  29. Brett I gotta say I need glasses bad cause I didn't even see your car and I have been hanging out to see it since you posted pics of it.

    Man I suck

  30. I'm sure you'll see it soon enough, anyway its just an old Holden :D.....

    BTW nice pics.

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