The Festival of Motoring

York, Western Australia, 7th July

My Son (Chris) and myself went to York for a weekend of Classic Motoring and parade of
veteran and vintage cars. Over 50 Cars where able to be driven around the town.

We were privileged to be able to drive some of the cars around as well as work
behind the scenes in getting the cars prepared for the parade.

Specifically I returned the Subaru 360 (1961) back to running order (Details Here) and this car
takes special place in my heart.

 

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Here I am giving the final touches to the car the day before the parade. Both Chris and
myself spent the day before cleaning and polishing cars.
(Hense my back brace, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak)

 

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Getting ready to drive out to join the parade.

 

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Driving down the main steet of York. There was about 600 people there to wave me on.
In front is a Messerschmitt Kabinroller (cabin on wheels). To reverse the Kabinroller you fire the engine up going backwards so you have 3 forward and 3 reverse gears.

 

After the parade we took the 360 down to the Subaru WRX Owners Club of Western Australia (link) and
took some photos of the old and new

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A supurb Suburu Impreza WRX and the 360.

 

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All lined up in a Row.

 

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If you look closely you can just see the air vent up on the 360 acting as the intercooler vent.

 

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Modern Day Engines.. A lot more than a simple 2 stroke.

 

 

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Here is my son driving a Honda Sports 800. A very sporty little beast.

 

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A Toyota 850 Sports..
Only 26 where ever produced to 'test the market' but it never went into production.
The ID Plate specifies that it was made by the 'Toyota Loom Company' (ie. weaving machines)

 

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A '74 Lancia Stratos Rally Car

 

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A 58' Cadillac Eldorado (Biaritz).
My Son was quiet happy picking up girls driving this around.

 

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58' BMW Isetta
This model car is featured in the TV series 'HeartBeat'

The Guy in the passenger seat actually took his driving test in one of these.

 

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A Ford Prefect. My Son is a Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy fan so he knows now
what the car whom one of the characters is named after looks like.

The Ford Prefect Ute was only ever made in Australia.

 

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An Australian Holden (FJ) Rally Car.
I (Chris) enjoyed driving this but the gear system was nothing I've
ever seen before (an Australian 3 speed (crash box) with a very different column stick setup)

 

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A 1925 Rolls Royce. Both Chris and Myself got taken for trip around the block.

 

'Travelling in Style'

 

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28' Le Mans Bently. Driving this with the wind in your hair was a experience to remember.

 

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A Ford 58' Mustang
Not part of the York Motor Museum Collection but a very welcome visitor.

 

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'37 Lagonda LG 45. This car is in extremely good condition.

 

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Another welcome visitor, a 1904 De Dion.
This car is privately owned and has been lovingly restored.
(and totally street legal)

 

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A single cylinder engine.. A 1 pot thumper.

The wood work and leather interior deserve special mention.

 

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Big cars where not the only cars on display. There was also a nice collection of
old pedal cars including a race for and by the kids.

 

Alan Jones's Williams FW07 Formula 1

 

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My Son 'Chris', finally got a picture of him in a real Formula 1 car.
Click on the picture for many more pictures of the Williams FW07.

 

 

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The York Motor Musuem has many cars (over 100) and here are some pictures of them
taken before we emptied out the musuem for the parade.

Click on the picture to see them all.