Friday, January 28, 2011

Lake Clifton benefit

Australia is under going a change at the moment. no not 'age' related, but the weather has gone troppo all over the place from drought and floods to fire etc. and nearly everyone has had one of these happen either very close to them or to someone they know.
   In Perth we have fires, lots of fires! mostly they are lit on purpose and can ravage a big area in no time as perth is always dry. one of the biggest in the local area happened not long ago in an area just south of the metro area. Lake Clifton is a small community just past Waroona sth-west of Perth. And they had one of the biggest bushfires  the area has seen in a long time.
photo Sorbello
A total of around 2000ha of land and 10 homes plus cars/sheds/machinery were lost in the blaze. a devastating event for any town, let alone a small town like this! (and it was deliberately lit!) So last Saturday (22 jan) they held a benefit for those affected  in Waroona at the local Drakesbrook hotel. although not widely posted in the Perth press, FB did it's best with locals and others posting where and when it would be on.
  Mark from Bogan & Proud wanted to go there and contribute some items for a raffle with all proceeds going in the tin for them. of course i went to take some photos of the event to post on FB so everyone could see how it went. Although not a huge crowd turned up, those that did, made it a very enjoyable night with 4 bands playing and the hotel running a bbq to help. all in all we had a great night out and made a few new friends too! and tho i don't have the good lens for night photos, i did my best :)

Anita Downes

World 'a Fuzzy

Damien Thornber and the Orphans

Michael Smith our sound man!

nice sunset too!

Pyramid Of 'the'coyote

Gary and mark

 Oh, gary said Pyramid 'of the Coyote are having their CD launch this Saturday at the Rosemount Hotel, starting at 8pm. so if you wanna rock your socks off, 'do yourself a favor' and go see them!

till next week ;)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Motorvation 25

One of the main car shows in Perth is Motorvation. it's been going for 25 years now, and up till recently the only large car show for all makes and models. A big percentage of car clubs would make a display and get as many members to enter. In the last 2 years we have had the addition of Powercruise, an idea formed from some eastcoast promoters to put on more then just a static show and add some adrenalin. while this event in itself is new, Motorvation has been doing the basics of this for years since it moved from the Burswood dome to the Kwinana motorplex. with much needed space for clubs and the fact you can drive around the "Paddock" between all the parked cars and displays and also use the main drag straight and the return road for some skids when the main cruise gets going, has enabled Motorvation to be an even greater event.
  BUT, like most car related parties the feral element and retarded attitudes of a lot of the, shall we say lower IQ entrants. had spoiled the event over the last 3-4 years. definately not a family friendly place to take the kiddies to see some classic and modern machines on show. this has led Powercruise to double in size since it came here to ol Perth. some say the ferals have now gone there as last weekend i attended MV for the first time in 3 yrs, not as a participant but just a regular joe with a camera. even tho entrant numbers were down from last year (by half!) you could say because the promoters kicked out all the dickheads and their crappy-arsed cars that the cars are much better than usual, maybe it's just the mines paying for it all. and considering how many commodores and falcons were there, this may be a good assumption. be nice if they didnt just bolt on a blower, paint the top half a different colour and add blinged out rims and rubber band tyres. as at least 50% of these cars all looked the same. roll up to a workshop and say "bolt the biggest/shiniest stuff on me car maaate" to the cookie cutter models. and not to mention the owners looking like they had more "Product" on them than their girlfriends!!! 'The Douchbag lives in Australia!!
  apart from that there were some great examples of bygone cars from an age were if it didnt have a chrome metal bumper you just didnt have style! fords/Valiants/hotrods/classic muscle cars were slowly making their presence known, and even a few of the later models were adding some nice touches that would not be outta place in the 70's! even if the entrant numbers were down, the crowds still seemed to pour in and drool/fap and otherwise dream of what they might achieve on their own. with good crowds and only 30 degrees C on saturday it was a great day (and this is a two day event!) for walking the chitlens and missus and picking up on things to do to your cruiser at home! Notably absent was most if not all of the major Import car clubs. who have put a ban on MV till they can get their act together in regards to setup/pricing and some other stuff i dont know of!(??). but other than that (and paying $42 just to get in!) i actually had a good day. and am seriously thinking about entering the Dodge next year with the car club in their display. we'll see.....
anyways, here's some pics..enjoy!
          Motorvation 25

Motorvation 25 

this datto had a V8 holden innit!

till next time.. oo-roo!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hot Summer Nites

  Nothing like a cruise and relax with like-minded car nuts! That was what the Cranksters club did last Saturday night with a meet-up in the Swan Valley at the Swan athletics club grounds. 5.30pm arrival time and then park up and either walk around and check out some classic rides or grab a drink and some food from the licensed club rooms. then sit back and watch  the live rockabilly band play on the back of a truck or chuck the kids on to the blow-up castle or just sit and chat.
   being one of the first cruises for the year, and the fact it's been soo hot that a cool evening in your cool car seems to be what a few people just wanted! with around 130 cars/rods/trucks/customs or some juicy American and Aussie muscle parked on the brilliant grassed area, it was just the thing after a hot week and all the festivities over for another year.
   And seeing as there isn't really a lot of cruises going on around Perth during..well..anytime really! that this was the start of the car club/cruise scene for 2011. with a lite breeze and some cool machinery on display i had to get some pics of the event. mainly cause the Motorplex also had an event on with drags and a wheel-stander that a few people couldn't get to i did the pics for this event (although no-one asked me to, i couldn't help myself!)
  Also it helped me find out if the Dodge was going to be a problem in cruising so far from home as i have a noise in the engine (sounds like lifters or cam) that this was a test to see if i can keep using it for cruises or if i had to take it off the road for a rebuild! luckily if held together and didn't miss a beat! (whew!)

  I was also talking to a friend from another club we are in and we thought that this type of meet should be more common, as in all car clubs should get a cruise together and meet up after at a place like this and just chill out to some live music and have a drink or eat dinner. just the thing to get the Perth car scene more active. There are some big clubs here and this would attract more members and get people involved in the club and get their collective arses out there, in their cars, not parked in the shed or brought out once a year.
dont just have A particular club doing it, make it an any car make meet. so it's not all holden or ford. but a variety of all the cool cars that are locked up and hardly ever brought out to play ;)

 I for one would like to cruise more (maybe i should fit that electric fan now) and take some photos in both day and night. well if your a car club reading this, organize now!

Well here is a small collection of some of the entries that were there. (click on pics for bigger view!)

The airbrush work on this was amazing!

had to get the Duck in here somewhere!

read the window sticker

i like the perspective here!

i really like this shot!

if you would like to see all the pics from this event i have posted them on Facebook. here..!/album.php?aid=319012&id=585123823

till next time ;)