Friday, November 26, 2021

Looking at Motors

There was a very large car exhibition in St Kilda last Sunday. I caught a 16 tram to have a look. There was a huge number of cars and it was so busy. I was one of the few masked people and I really didn't want to mix among the crowds, so here are a few photos taken at one edge of the huge display. It was rather disappointing that I did not feel like mixing with the crowd, but there will be future car displays. How lucky are you to not have one hundred car photos to view! 

In my childhood a car engine could be called a donk, and my oh my, what a large donk this car has.


Dunno what brand this car is. It is very stylish, so maybe Italian?


Who doesn't love a VW Kombi van, especially an early one with front opening windows sending a warm breeze through your hair as you drive a scenic coastal road or through a mature grown temperate rain forest on your way to a camping site? I left my own fantasy once I got to camping.


I drove my Chevvy to the Acland Street doesn't quite work, hey.


A General Motors Holden. I have to look at the parking lights to decide the model. I'll go with FE.


A Ford Fairlane, ZF model I think. I drove one once for several kilometres. It's large V8 motor pushed it along effortlessly and almost silently. It absorbed any bump in the road. It's steering wheel could be turned with you little finger. I also drove Mercedes and BMWs but this Australian car was the nicest car I have ever driven. No doubt it was very thirsty for petrol, it is too big for inner city driving and it didn't have air con, but gee in my fantasies I would really like one. 



I was about to cross the road to the tram stop to go home and this stretch yellow New York taxi appeared, loaded with party goers. I've not seen it before. 

27 comments:

  1. I am glad that you were able to get out and see it (and totally understand not wanting to mix with the unmasked).
    I STILL associate the VW brand with either a combi or the beetle. Yet another thing which dates me.

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    1. EC, I also associate VW with Kombi and Vee Dubs.

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  2. Had I have looked, the Holden car has FC on its number plate. The FE I think had small round parking lights.

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    1. I was about to point that out!

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    2. Caro, I don't know why I don't look at my own photos properly.

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  3. I was thinking about how much petrol those cars consumed :(
    Then this morning I heard a discussion about electric cars and the massive world wide need for cobalt which all comes from the Congo. Unfortunately the men are underground with their hand-held picks all day and don't earn enough money to feed their families. Which is worse - petrol pollution or near slavery?

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    1. Hels, petrol pollution is worse as it affects billions. Maybe cobalt won't be needed for batteries if Professor Thomas Maschmeyer of Sydney University research into zinc-bromide batteries is successful.

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  4. I wish I'd known that was on. Husband and youngest son would have loved it. I'm not a big car fan but I do love the smell of those old cars (when they've been looked after!)

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    1. Caro, I generally ignore the more modern muscle cars and look for beauty and style in their design. I love the musty smell of old cars, especially if leather is involved.

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  5. For me the best part of car shows is that I don't feel any need to go and see them. I do love the old Kombi Vans though. Ours was a later model and didn't have the opening front windows. The stretch taxi looks good, don't white ribbons usually mean a wedding party?

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    1. River, I think it is a wedding car. I expect the wedding party had a little tour of St Kilda on their way to wherever the wedding was being held.

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  6. The unknown sports car is an Anglo-American AC Cobra. Very nice too, although it is probably a replica.

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    1. Thanks Cro. I know of Cobras, but not older models. The wheels are not old, nor the air intake. There are lower air intakes perhaps for internal ventilation that I doubt were around back then. The front mudguard flare doesn't look original but I'd put no money on that. It is a very nicely designed and sleek looking two seater.

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    2. Amazing, weighing less than 1,000 kg with a 4.3 litre engine.

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  7. For me a car has to have 4 wheels, a break, a stiringh wheel and that's it. As long as whatever it is I don't care, I drive both automatic and with a gear, I drive since my 18 years very unusual in Europe and I still like driving. Most of my friends only take the car for shopping !

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    1. Gattina, I become full of anger and aggression when I drive a car. Stupid and incompetent people who should not have driving licences. I hate driving. I would be happy to never drive again.

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  8. Well at least people turned up to see the exhibition but like you I wouldn't want to mingle in these times. Lovely cars and know what you mean by taking too many photos of cars if you had ventured further. The cars you would probably ok at once or twice but take heaps of photos because you can..I've done it :)

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    1. Quite true about many car photos, put into my archives and never seen by anyone again. Digital photography is marvellous, but also a beast at times. Who can deal with the sheer quantity of photos?

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    2. That's a thing about digital photos, take photos at different angles and where to put them, but can we remember where we put them..lol

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  9. When you say you were wearing a mask, which character were you portraying? I am guessing Dick Dastardly as he was also into cars.

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    1. YP, I had on my don't take the piss mask.

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  10. Well Hot Rod Post There Brother - Truly Enjoyable - Thanx For Wearing Your Mask - Many Thanx For All The Photos - Travel On While Enjoying Your Weekend

    Cheers

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  11. Nice show. As others have said, the unidentified is a Shelby GT, some were factory built, but they also sold kits and parts,there are far more reproductions than factory built cars. It was intended as a build it yourself track car. A factory original can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars, a good reproduction $100,000 or more. I love a good car show.

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    1. TP, they are not a cheap car even if non original built from a kit. I didn't think the car would be so interesting, or well known.

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  12. I have never seen a VW van with front-opening windows! Never knew such a thing existed.

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    1. Steve, I can remember seeing them as a kid, I suppose in the 1960s.

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