NORTHERN BEACHES MUSCLE CAR SHOW
It was one of those blue-sky stunners of a day that Sydney seems to do so well – so it was perfect for the Sydney-based Northern Beaches Muscle Car Club’s show and shine at Miramare Gardens in Terrey Hills.
Miramare Gardens is a function centre – think big, flash weddings – so this first-ever show (the Northern Beaches Muscle Car Club is itself only 10 months old!) had a touch of class not often associated with suburban car shows. Miramare has front and rear lawns plus a large indoor hall/ dining area so after parking and paying the entry fee, I started by looking around out the back… In fact after a two-hour cruise down the freeway to get there, I was starving so I joined the rapidly-growing line in front of the BBQ. Whoever the crew was working the hotplates, they deserve a prize for a damn fine steak sambo!
Most of the cars – 120 of them, all invited – were Aussie and US street machine big-donked, big-wheeled and chrome-dipped cruisers, with a scattering of hot rods in between.
But as we’ve seen at a lot of shows (right up to Summernats) in the past few years, there was some lovely resto-stocker and time-warp stuff on display, too, such as a particularly innocent bright red Ford Escort RS2000. There were several examples of Aussie racetrack royalty on show, too, including Brock’s 1975 Bathurst Torana.
Add a nice big dollop of big-buck exotica such as Aston Martins and there was plenty of damn fine machinery for the several thousand spectators to perve at, with a back-beat of cool 80s music – mostly Aussie rock – from the on-site DJ.
Stick it in your diary for early September next year… Two thumbs up!
THE FIRST-EVER first place was awarded to Mansour Dayoub for his 1969 Dodge Charger. The paint and panel man – he runs LSR Auto Body in Sydney’s Artarmon – has just completed a two-year restoration on the big Charger. “My son and I did all the work on this and if it wasn’t for my son, I wouldn’t have done it! It’s a tricky three-layer pearl paint that took three months! “I’ve had a few other nice cars, such as a HQ Holden, and I might do a Daytona next.”
The Charger’s power comes from a 408-cube stroker and Torqueflite box.
THIS BLOKE has the coolest number plates: ‘BIG V8’ hangs proudly from the front and rear of David Swarbrick’s blue ’69 Mustang Mach 1. A mechanic by trade, David has only recently completed a five-year restoration on the Mach 1 which was a US-import hiding lots of rust and damage despite being ‘restored’ in the US. The photos of David’s resto are astonishing, with the car being stripped past rolling shell, right down to the chassis rails in the boot. Look for a full feature soon
ALBERT CALCI has owned his XR Fairmont for around 14 years. “It’s part of the furniture!” laughs Albert. ‘I did it up like this when I first bought it, in around 2003, but it’s an ongoing project.. It never ends!” Recent work has been to replace the Tremec manual with an Al’s Race Glides C10 auto. Street driven on many sunny Sundays, the cool cruiser Fairmont has laid down a stout 11.2 at 119mph at Sydney Dragway.