Mad, mean machines at Ballina Show 'n' Shine
THE twilight format of the annual North Coast Street Machine car show at Ballina on Saturday proved popular with families and participants, according to show spokesman Garry Wilks.
With the 2pm start there was a sea breeze from the get-go and while the sun still had plenty of bite, it wasn't out to hound the hundreds of keen spectators eager for a chance to marvel at their favourite candy-coloured creation.
"Street machines are a great thing," Garry said.
"And the quality here is magic."
Coutts Crossing hot-rodder Rick Pate certainly made an effort to impress with his 1933 Ford Roadster, sporting gleaming chrome and paintwork on top and underneath the well-presented vehicle.
Glistening Candy Tangerine and Galaxy Grey offset with stunning pinstripes and all honey-coated under eight coats of polyurethane clear, the $200,000 three-year rebuild looked the winner in every respect.
In fact, on its debut two years ago it won 'best of breed' at the highly regarded Sydney motor show Motorex. Rick imported the chassis from the United States along with its blown V8 355 cubic inch Chevy block.
In conjunction with a 671 supercharger the glistening chromed motor spits out 810 hp through a turbo 350 transmission onto a nine inch Ford rear differential.
"She's a weapon," Rick said. Of course the detail doesn't end there, the vehicle should really be perched on a mirror, because the paintwork and stainless steel exhaust underneath looks every bit as pretty as the car on top.
This Goggomobile is a beauty
CASINO motor enthusiast Neville Jordan counts himself fortunate to own one of Australia's first production sportscars: A Goggomobile Dart.
All right, enough of the jokes already, this little car is serious business, sporting a whopping 400cc two-cylinder two-stroke motor that spits the little vehicle along at highway speed.
Neville bought the 1959 model from Ron and Faith Frisken, also of Casino, who had it in their family for 20 years.
"The floor was rusted, but I found a spare floor pan at Coffs Harbour," he said of his rebuild.
It seems the German-designed Goggomobile was imported into Australia by Bill Buckle Motors of Sydney until rising import duties forced Bill to start making the vehicles under licence here in Australia.
While the floor pan and motor were still imported, the body was crafted from fibreglass domestically.
Despite its cute nature, the Goggomobile can be quite a bitch to tune, with two sets of points and no timing marks on the flywheel.
"You set the piston at 2.5mm before top dead centre by removing a spark plug and measuring that gap with a ruler," Neville said.
Meanwhile, we caught up with two young motoring enthusiasts who were busy admiring a 1963 Volkswagen ute, all done up in traditional colours.
We asked them what their ultimate dream machine would be - once they reached driving age.
"I'd have to say for me it would be a Ford Mustang, painted red and green in South Sydney colours," said Allan Franke of Lismore.
"For me, I'd pick a Ford XY Falcon painted orange and black, because they're my favourite colours," said CJ King also of Lismore.
Perhaps you, dear reader, had better mark the annual North Coast Street Machine car show on your calendar for inspiration next year!