Kustom Nationals at Phillip Island

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The Kustom Nationals and Rockabilly festival is held annually at Phillip Island, Melbourne in early January. It is a car event for modified vehicles, pre 1966. The day events are held at the Grand Prix track, with entered cars able to cruise the track.

Bands play down the street in the evening, and with the area closed off to traffic there is a party atmosphere with locals, holiday makers and entrants alike checking out the cars, listening to the music and dancing.

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National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia

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Honey-Bunny and our favourite son in law recently took He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, at Birdwood in South Australia. Three hours later He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers was still really enjoying his look around, while Honey-Bunny’s enthusiasm had flagged.

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The museum contains over 400 cars, hot rods, motor bikes, commercial vehicles, old caravans and much more.

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The ute below was a favourite with all of us. The story of the ute is that back in the 1930’s, a farmer’s wife asked for a vehicle that they could drive to church on Sunday and transport pigs to market on a Monday. Following this request, Ford’s designer, Lew Bandt, designed the coupe utility.

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The car below used to be used for Telecom ads (now Telstra). According to the blurb, the phone actually works.

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A Chevrolet. I have enough trouble parking a modern car, so parking a big, old Chev in a supermarket car park is the stuff of my nightmares.

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The car below is a Goggomobil. I believe the model below is the Dart. Everyone my age in Australia will remember the television ad for the Yellow Pages starring the bloke with the Scottish accent, desperately phoning around trying to find a part for his Goggomobil. We all repeated, “Gee Oh, Gee Gee Oh,” and, “Not the Dart, they always think it’s the Dart” then laughed our heads off.

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Loads of bikes.

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Affectionately known as ‘The Val.’

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The teardrop camper had bunks at the front and a dinette at the back with a kitchen and cupboards through the middle.

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Honey-Bunny had a red Porsche peddle car which she tooled around in she was little, much like the model below.

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I sat on my own in the back seat at the drive-in, waiting for He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers to come back from the Diner with a milkshake.

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Everyone loves a Monaro. Especially me.

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Chryslers by the Bay, Geelong

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Chryslers by the Bay was held a few weeks ago at Geelong Grammar School on Corio Bay, in Victoria. There was a good turn out, the day was lovey and the playing fields and grounds of the school have to be seen to be believed.

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It was a perfect day for a picnic.

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Love the Bat-Mobile!

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There was a selection of the new and the old and everything in between.

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All Ford Day Geelong

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The 2015 All Ford Day was held at Deakin University at Geelong in Victoria on a very hot Sunday in February. This day is put on by the Kiwanis Club. All of the cars are divided into their section, so if you have an interest in a particular model, they are easy to find. I have a soft spot for 1960’s Fords, particularly the XM.

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New Fords, old Fords and everything in between.

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There weren’t many hot rods, but there was a good display from the Geelong Ford Museum. Quite a few car clubs put on displays too.

It was a great day for a barbecue.

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Queenscliff Hot Rod Run 2015

The first thing entrants want to know when they go to a Hot Rod Run, is what does the T Shirt design look like?

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None of the male entrants want white shirts, because they get grubby, and hot rodders usually already have loads of black T Shirts in their wardrobes.  Queenscliff’s T Shirt is dark green this year, which should suit everyone. I like that the lighthouse made it into the design.

Friday night there is a sausage sizzle at the oval. You can just see the lighthouse in the background of the photo below.

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Saturday starts with breakfast at the oval, then entrants have their choice of going on a winery tour or to the Adventure Park. With our nieces in tow, we always opt for the Adventure Park.

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Saturday night is street cruising.

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Crowds line the streets, the band plays and the shopkeepers stay open to sell ice creams and fish and chips.

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Cruising in style in a dicky seat.

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Sunday is breakfast at the park followed by the Show and Shine.

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Port Fairy Hot Rod Run

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The Port Fairy Campout Hot Rod run is a very laid back weekend, held in the Victorian town of Port Fairy every January. The weekend begins with a sausage sizzle and catch up on the Friday night, there is a cruise to the town of Koroit on Saturday for lunch, then a dinner dance on Saturday night. Sunday is the all important Show and Shine, which is very popular.

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The weekend is hosted by the South West Rodders, who do a great job. The Campout has been going for over thirty years and is a very family-friendly event, with generations of families attending.

If you’re interested, last week’s blog post shows some of the older caravans and campers at the Campout.

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Star model 1958 Ford Customline.

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Sometimes in Port Fairy, the sky is the colour of the hot rod below. Unfortunately, it wasn’t this year…

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The numbers were a little down on last year, but since floods were predicted, that wasn’t surprising. (For the record, we were very lucky with the weather, the rain missed Port Fairy completely).

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The next generation of hot rodder made an appearance.

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What’s not to like?

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Muscles.

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He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers and Miss S were particularly taken with the car below.

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Caravans and Campers at Port Fairy Hot Rod Run, Victoria

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Loads of hot rodders brought old caravans and tear drops came to the South West Street Rodders Port Fairy Camp Out in January 2015.  I’ll show some cars in a future blog. The caravan above is a Carapark.

The tear drop camper below has a classic shape.

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The little caravan below was kitted out with a very pretty green interior. Outside was a sweet little garden with flamingos.

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Quite a few rodders generously open up their caravans or tear drops so the public can look inside.

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Cranksters Cruise at Nagambie

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It is spring and that means the Victorian Hot Rod season has begun. The Cranksters Hot Rod and Kustom Club of Victoria put this great run on at Nagambie, in central Victoria. These pictures were taken at the Show ‘N Shine at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre.

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Panel vans and chiko rolls, how Australian is that?

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He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers spent some time looking underneath this Customline, to check out how the towing arrangements for the van.

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I like the bare metal look.

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And Toranas.

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The Cranksters could not have had better weather if they had ordered it.

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The critter is a little ripper.

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Mechanica, Flukes Hot Rod Club Ballarat Victoria

He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers and I found ourselves in Ballarat on Father’s Day. The Flukes Hot Rod Club had a Show and Shine at the Exhibition Buildings that same day, Mechanica. Was it a coincidence that we went to Ballarat that day? I don’t think so…

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Narrandera Hot Rod Run Easter 2014

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He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers, like a great many Australian men is into cars, hot rods and kustoms in particular. This means that a great many of our family holidays are driving holidays to Hot Rod Runs, which are events put on by hot rod clubs for the enjoyment of the rodding community.

This year He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers, our neice S and I attended the 30th anniversay of the Narrandera Hot Rod Run. This run is held every year at Easter in Narrandera, a small town on the Murrumbidgee River in New South Wales. The run is attended by hot rodders from all over Australia. Some drive their hot rod or kustom to the event, while others trailer their vehicles.

Narrandera is a beautiful town, with wide streets, big verandahs and lovely parks and gardens. Patrick Hartigan, the priest who wrote bush poetry, (‘Said Hanrahan’ and Around the Boree Log), under the nom de plume of John O’Brien lived in Narrandera. There is a huge Royal Doultan fountain in a park in the middle of town and the big playable guitar at the Tourist Information Centre.

The Lake Talbot Caravan Park is the place to stay during the event, with quite a few people bringing tear drop trailers or old caravans. I saw a Carapark, which looks like a big silver horse float, a sweet little red and white caravan which was almost perfectly round, and plenty of retro vans. The Blackhill Ramblers played rockabilly music under the big marquee at the park on Sunday night, while the audience sat around camp fires and enjoyed the music.

The weekend followed a similar pattern to that of other years. There are runs (drives) to other local towns and several show’n’shines (clean your car until it shines, then show it to everyone else). The Sunday show’n’shine was at a gorgeous park in the middle of town where rodders met up with friends, were entertained by the band, shopped at the markets and admired each other’s cars.

The highlight of the weekend was the Saturday night cruise, where entrants cruised up and down Narrandera’s long, wide main street, watched by crowds of townspeople and visiting hot rodders. S loved cruising in the front seat of a mate’s hot rod, especially when other kids asked if they could have a ride.

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The local community get in on the act too, with the Lions Club selling steak sandwiches and hotdog and various other events associated with the run raising money for charity.

The hot rodding community are a good hearted, family minded bunch of people who love cars. You don’t even have to own a hot rod or kustom to join in the fun.