Meguiar’s MotorEx 2020

MEGUIAR'S MOTOREX 2020 MELBOURNE

Date: 16 – 17 May  2020
Time: 10am – 6pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Location: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epson Road, Ascot Vale VIC 3022
More information: http://www.motorex.com.au/#top

MotorEx is the largest and most prestigious car show of its kind in Australia. Each year the show attracts the country’s best custom and modified cars, which travel from all over Australia to create an amazing visual spectacle of colour, chrome, and individual style.

Covering over 40,000 square metres, it features 700+ vehicles with a whopping collective value of over $50 million dollars! The country’s best automotive businesses are also invited along to showcase the industry’s newest and most exciting products.

Meguiar’s MotorEx is a crazy car experience not to be missed!

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Millennial Falcons

MILLENIAL FALCONS

Ford Better or For Worse

You’ve heard of his and her towels, mugs, and even jewellery; but this may be a first for you – his and hers Ford Falcons.

The stunning duo you see here belong to Anthony and Chrisy Haber, a husband and wife team with a supercharged enthusiasm for Falcons. So of course, what better way to celebrate one another than with a pair of FPVs? For Chrisy, the show-stopping 2012 Falcon GT GT-P, a homage to her Ford Fairlane heyday, and for Anthony, the fast and furious Falcon RSPEC. Both vehicles joined the family at different times, having landed into the hands of the Habers in second-hand conditions, but there’s no doubt these two will ride together for a long time coming.

RED & BLACK

The launch of 2012 GT was no quiet affair. The new kid on the block was the first supercharged V8-powered GT in the Falcon’s 43-year history. Boasting 335kW of peak power and an impressive 570Nm of turbo torque, drivers are spoilt for choice with four variants – the GS, GT, GT-P, and GT E.  And even better? The cost to own one is much more affordable compared to similar cars from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, with a range between $60,000 to $83,000.

You can’t unleash a new GT without first upping the ante on its technology. The new 335 kW engine was the brainchild of a $40 million program by Australian-based company, ProDrive, a leader in FPV organisation at the time. Inspired by the Coyote V8 found in the contemporary American Ford Mustang, the base of this new FPV engine was brought in from the United States and then put together by hand using top grade Aussie-made components.

The drive does not fail to impress either, regardless of what driving appetite you have. It’s perfectly adaptable as a city car and will oblige you the short drive to the shops without any fuss. However, plant your foot on the accelerator and you’re just asking for it. The power that roars to life is instantaneous and the GT-P will happily show-off what it was designed to do. It’s a beautiful drive on cruise mode, with the hum of the V8 filling the interior with its muted beat. Not to anyone’s surprise, fuel consumption of the GT-P isn’t the most efficient, but that isn’t a deal-breaker.

CODE NAME 'PANTHER'

If there’s a worthy cruising partner for the GT-P to ride alongside, it’s the GT RSPEC. FPV engineers nicknamed it “The Panther”, and the public soon chimed in. A limited-edition model, the RSPEC had only 350 units manufactured, making this something of an experience if you ever manage to catch one on the road. The wow factor of the Panther is, of course, the 5-litre supercharged V8 engine, making it Australia’s fastest accelerating car ever produced. Initially tagged at 335kW, actual engine outputs were close to 420kW, with many production models hitting 330kW at the rear wheels during tests. Chrisy has even fitted her GTP with the RSPEC, giving her Falcon the same turbo power to zoom down the quarter mile alongside her husband.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Being husband and wife with the same taste in cars reap its own reward. When asked what she loves most about the couple’s Falcons, she replied, “There are no arguments between [us] as we both have matching V8 supercharged [cars]!”

And if you’re going to have matching red and black vixens, then all the more reason to show them off together side-by-side. The couple enjoys taking the twins out for cruises and car meets where they receive lots of looks from fascinated passersby.

But we know this won’t be the last we hear from the Habers. Under wraps are two more Falcons that are currently being restored and dressing up for their debut. One, a GT XY Ute that once belonged to Chrisy’s father, and the other a GT Wagon. No news as to when these Ford classics will be ready, but until then we’ve got the twins here to keep us busy.

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Darling Downs Veteran & Vintage Motor Club

TOOWOOMBA SWAP MEET

Date:  01 – 02 February 2020
Location: Toowoomba Showgrounds, Frank Thomas Ave, Glenvale QLD 
More information: https://www.ddvvmc.com.au/home 

The Toowoomba Swap Meet is proudly brought to you by the Darling Downs Veteran & Vintage Motor Club Inc (DDVVMC). The event takes place every year on the first full weekend in February and is counted among the biggest three swap meets in Australia. 

Up to 12,000 people attend the swap meet, including approximately 1,750 site holders. 

The Ryno team will be at booth #103 at the Founders Pavilion! 

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Ryno Report #27

RYNO REPORT #27

RYNO REPORT #27

Check out January’s Ryno Report for an update of events that we have attended! Also, stay tuned for the next edition of Ryno Rides!

IN THIS EDITION

  • Happy New Year!
  • Your favourites from 2019
  • Upcoming events
  • Ryno Rides

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Cars & Coffee Jindalee January

CARS & COFFEE JINDALEE

Date:  18 Jan 2020
Location: Jindalee, Queensland
More information: http://www.carsandcoffeebrisbane.com.au

Ryno Insurance are proud sponsors of Cars & Coffee Jindalee. Bring along your rare, classic, vintage, historic, exotic or race vehicles from 6:30 am January 18, 2020. Enjoy a hot coffee and bacon sandwich while checking out what Queensland has in store for you!

Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so please drive and behave responsibly.

See you all there, rain or shine!

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55th Annual Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Cars Show

55th Annual Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Cars Show

55th ANNUAL VICTORIAN HOT ROD & COOL CARS SHOW

Date: 25-27 January 2020
Time: 10am – 8pm (Saturday & Sunday)
            10am – 6pm (Monday)
Location: The Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC 3053
More information: http://www.vhra.com.au/

Just one more week until the 55th Annual Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Cars Show! This event is held over Australia Day weekend where hundreds of the coolest hot rods, custom cars, street machines, muscle cars, and motorcycles are put on display at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building.

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Cars & Coffee Jindalee March 20

CARS & COFFEE COORPAROO

Date:  21 March 2020
Location: Jindalee, Queensland
More information: http://www.carsandcoffeebrisbane.com.au

Ryno Insurance are proud sponsors of Cars & Coffee Jindalee. Bring along your rare, classic, vintage, historic, exotic or race vehicles from 6:30 am March 21, 2020. Enjoy a hot coffee and bacon sandwich while checking out what Queensland has in store for you!

Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so please drive and behave responsibly.

See you all there, rain or shine!

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The XW Factor

XW FACTOR

XW Factor

Ben Chesterfield’s genuine XW GT sedan is one of six class XW’s in his collection.

Some car buffs love all types of vehicles, some love a particular make, era or even a particular model. Ben Chesterfield fits into the latter category. His car of choice? Ford’s classic XW Falcon. Ben confessed that he’s owned a lot of nice cars over the years, but the XW Flacon’s have that special something – that ‘X Factor’.

The Queenslander isn’t content at having just one example of his favourite ride, though. Ben owns six XW Falcons, including some very desirable versions.

BEN'S XW

The Reef Green 1969-model XW GT pictured was first purchased by Ben 25 years ago. It didn’t stay in his possession for long back then, but such was Ben’s passion for XW GT’s, and this car in particular, that he tracked it down and bought it back.“I bought the car back in 1990,” Ben explained. “However, after a couple of years, I had to sell it, as I needed the money for some equipment for my panel shop.

“I always regretted it, so after 17 long years, I found it and bought it back – the inflation hurt though,” Ben said. That inflation? Almost nine times what he originally paid for it back in 1990 – ouch!

Through his own research, Ben believes the car has had five previous owners, while an ACCHS reports (Australian Classic Car History Services P/L) confirmed the car was finished in Reef Green with a black vinyl interior from the factory. Under the bonnet was the XW GT’s standard 351 Windsor V8, hooked up to a toploader 4-speed manual transmission (a 3-speed FMX auto was optional for the GT at this time).

One of 66 XW GT’s built with this particular paint and trim combo, the ACCHS report also showed that Ben’s car was one of the only six to share the same build specifications and that the car had been originally delivered to Harrigan’s Ford in Wollongong, NSW, on 20 August, 1969 – only a couple of months after the XW GT had been released.

TOO BOLD?

Hard to imagine now, but when the XW GT debuted in June, 1969, it’s bold, aggressive appearance came in for criticism from some quarters for being a bit too lairy. Against the more subdued XT GT, the XW was identified by broad stripes, locking pins and an offset-scoop (designed to cool the brake master cylinder) on the bonnet, with bolder side stripes and the now iconic ‘Super Roo’ emblems on the front guards.

That emblem had been previewed in early 1969 on a motor show “ideas car” commissioned by Ford Australia’s then Managing Director, Bill Bourke, and based on an imported US 2-door Falcon.

Inside, the GT was trimmed with a Fairmont-spec interior, but added additional gauges in an instrument panel that had been resigned for the XW series. One knock on the XW GT interior was that it dropped the genuine wood-rim steering wheel of the previous two GTs for a plastic lookalike unit.

Under the bonnet, the new GT may not have had the stonking 427i (7.0-litre) V8 from the Super Roo showcar, but it did pack a 351ci (5.8-litre) ‘Windsor’ V8. ‘351’ badges on the guards and bootlid let everyone know that what was under the bonnet was an upgrade from the XT’s 302 (4.9-litre).

With add-ons like hydraulic valve lifters, a 450cfm Autolite carburetor, and an 10.7:1 compression ratio, the difference in power was 290hp (217kW) against the XT’s 230hp (172kW).
Over a regular XW Falcon, the GT also added power-assisted Kelsey Hayes disc front brakes as standard, a twin-plate clutch and limited-slip diff, as well as a fuel tank that, at 36 gallons (164 liters), was more than double the capacity of the previous tank.

All these features, of course, were designed with the racetrack in mind, but the GT-HO was even more specific; its combination of parts was designed solely to deliver victory for Ford at Bathurst.

Considering he’s something of an XW fanatic, it’s no surprise that Ben’s got an XW GT-HO, as well.

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Two Pony Garage

TWO PONY GARAGE

Two Pony Garage

These two “horses” are a perfect combination.

Think of “cars” and “horses” and most people think of either a Mustang or a Ferrari. But take a closer look at a Porsche and you’ll notice a horse in its badge, too. While Ferrari’s ‘Prancing Horse’ may be the best known of any car emblem, Porsche’s rampant stallion – taken from the coat of arms of the city of Stuttgart – has been around almost as long, first appearing on a 356A in 1953.

A little over a decade later, that other famous horse would come into the automotive sphere, when the Mustang arrived. Since its debut in April, 1964, the Mustang’s millions of sales created the whole ‘pony car’ genre in the US and made the car an icon around the world, including here in Australia.
One of those local Mustang devotees is Chris Clifford. Despite a long-held desire for a Mustang, the Queenslander only added on to his garage relatively recently.

MY FIRST PONY

“I’d always wanted a Mustang since I was a kid,” Chris said. “I wanted a Mustang and a Porsche 911 coupe.”

That desire for a ‘Stang wasn’t satisfied until 2005, when Chris came across the car you see here.

A largely standard 1965-model coupe, running a period-correct 289 V8 and 3-speed automatic, the car featured a few minor changes from stock, like a mandrel-bent aftermarket exhaust system and Holley carby, adjustable White Line suspension and Koya 19-inch wheels.

“It was purchased off a follow car enthusiast who had a collection,” Chris explained. “I was lucky enough to get it after seeing it advertised.”

MUSTANG MODDED

As purchased, the car was already a stunner in its bold red paint and tidy black vinyl interior, and also came with an aftermarket air con system, so it needed very little. But Chris did add a modern 3-row aluminum radiator and fan for trouble-free cruising in the Queensland Summer, as well as new two-tone door trims.

“I then spent numerous hours polishing and cleaning it to bring it to mint condition,” Chris added.

Those Koya alloys are a standout, their impact augmented by the fact that the car now rides 60mm lower than stock.

With a car history that includes a 1962 Rambler Classic and ’65 HD Holden, Chris is no stranger to the highs and lows of owning and running a classic, and has some Ford history, too, as his first car was a ’72 MkII Escort 2-door, but the Mustang is something extra special.

“I love the ability to cruise in it, its classic appeal, as well as the nostalgia it brings from that era,” Chris explained. “It’s great that my young boys and family love the car as well.”

As well as regular cruising, Chris has also provided the car for wedding duty on several occasions – “I continually get requests for it to be used at weddings.”

OLD AND NEW

In 2009, four years after the Mustang was bought, the second part of Chris’ dream came to fruition when he purchased a 2003-model Porsche 911 Carrera.

The Mustang and the 911 Carrera may seem strange companions, but Chris enjoys them both equally, reserving his new and old “horses” for weekends and special occasions, while a Chrysler 300C serves as the daily driver. While he’s quite enamoured with the Mustang, Chris said he may be persuaded to part with the car sometime in the future, especially if a tidy 1958 Corvette came along at the right price – keeping the “horse” theme going, albeit in the form of “horsepower”!

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Hot Half Tonner

HOT HALF TONNER

Hot Half Tonner

this Chevy pickup packs a lot under the bonnet… and under the tray!

When the Advance-Design series made its debut, it was actually Chevrolet’s first all-new post-War range, preceding the new passenger cars by more than a year.

The new-for-1947 ‘3000 Series’ light duty pickup were split into three basic versions – 3100, 3600 and 3,800 – covering ½ ton, ¾ ton and 1- ton load capacities, respectively.

CHOICE OF THREE

When the Advance-Design series made its debut, it was actually Chevrolet’s first all-new post-War range, preceding the new passenger cars by m ore than a year.

The new-for-1947 ‘3000 Series’ light duty pickup were split into three basic versions – 3100, 3600 and 3,800 – covering ½ ton, ¾ ton and 1- ton load capacities, respectively.

While restyled from nose to tail, the most notable change with the Advance-Design was the cabin. In the case of the 3000 series, the cabs were both wider and longer by more than a foot each way. The result was greatly increased in-cabin space, which allowed for the adoption of three abreast seating on an adjustable bench seat for the first time.

Glass area was enlarged too ,with optional ‘Nu-Vue’ cut-outs in the rear corners of the cab further increasing visibility.

From the 3000 series’ debut, right up to 1954, changes were minor, but there were small numbers of modifications made each year, which purists can use to identify when their pickup was built.

A FINE '51

In the case of Mark’s, it doesn’t deviate a lot from the ’47 model, but can be identified as a 1951 thanks to the side vent windows which debuted that year, deletion of the left-side cowl vent, a lower position for the rear-view mirror and a few other minor changes.

Paint choices were unaltered on the ’51 models, while the previously available two-tone paint option was restricted to fleet sales only.

However, Mark’s 3100 runs a two-tone treatment in the factory-style and extends the black and blue theme from that into the ‘CHEVROLET’ embossing on the tailgate.

MORE GRUNT

From the factory, the ’51 3100 could only be had with a 216ci ‘Thriftmaster’ inline six hooked up to a three-speed manual transmission, producing 92hp – but Mark’s pickup differs a lot from stock!

Powerplant is now a 350 Small Block Chev, juiced up with alloy heads, a Scat crank, roller rockers and a 650 Holley carb. There’s also a 2 ½ inch exhaust system and a Turbo700 4-speed auto trans with a hi-stall torque convertor.

Putting all 340hp to the ground is a 9-inch diff and a BIG set of rear boots – super-fat 31 x18.50-15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro tyres on Weld Racing rims – with Hankook 185×60-15 rubber up front. That big back end was part of the appeal of this vehicle, which Mark actually received as a present for his 50th birthday in 2013: “I loved its fat ass,” Marked laughed.

Given his passion for old trucks, tractors and utes, Mark’s wife clearly chose well in selecting a pickup for Mark’s big 5-0.

MODS AND MORE

As presented to Mark, the pickup featured shaved door handles and a split rear window, with the fuel tank moved to load area, between those enlarged tubs.

Out back, there are a couple of neat additions, including the rolled rear pan, LED lighting (which runs through an upgraded 12 volt electric system) and stop/tail lights in the “rolled” section of the tray sides.

The lack of a rear bumper isn’t unusual, as it was wasn’t actually standard equipment with the ’51 model pickups when new, but could be had as an option.

Similarly, chrome trim for the grille and bumpers was rarely seen on these workhorses when new. Nowadays, though, it seems all the restored and modified 3000 Series pickups carry a bold chrome front end.

Inside, Mark’s pickup features a Momo steering wheel and full complement of instrumentation, but the rest of the cabin area is pretty much stock.

Since getting the 3100, Mark’s modified the suspension – ’70 Camaro front and leaf spring rear – so it sits lower. Other more recent changes include a blower kit for the V8 and a few touch-ups on the paint.

Given this pickup was a gift, Mark says it’s definitely a keeper, so there are no plans to sell it. There are, however, ongoing plans to drive it – and drive it often!

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