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Thread: Lugarno Spring Classic Car Show, Sydney 19th Sept 2010

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    Lugarno Spring Classic Car Show, Sydney 19th Sept 2010

    Today was the Lugarno Spring Fair, which like most suburban fairs had dog and horse jumping displays and the usual market where you can buy arts and crafts. But the Lugarno Fair also has a classic car show, which is a big one by Sydney standards with over 400 cars in attendance.

    When I cruised in, I was directed towards the area reserved for the Sydney Datsun Club, and was immediately made to feel welcome.


    Not a bad bunch of neighbours!


    Minty fresh wagon...






    230-series Cedric on 'bags


    ...and turbo motivation courtesy of an RB25DET transplant


    This was very nice and clean, one of the few 510s in Oz with the optional Webasto-style fabric full length sunroof, and fresh-from-Japan fender mirrors.


    Powerplant was most intersting, a VG20ET V6 turbo! Aussie cars can only have their capacity increased by a fixed amount, so in a 510, 2L is all you can do with forced induction.


    Sunny/120Y panelvan was super clean, on aussie-made Simmons wheels


    Under the bonnet was an A-series with a very neat custom turbo install


    LHD USDM 510 2door sedan.




    Sinister black 510...


    ...with equally sinister FJ20DET conversion with big turbo
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    JDM-spec 810 Bluebird ZX-Turbo belongs to a fellow JNCer


    It's the Japanese pillarless version


    But the original Z18 twinplug turbo four has been replaced by...3L turbo V6


    One cool feature is the voice synthesizer in the dash, that tells you in Japanese that you've left your lights on, the door open, etc. Apparently it's not solid state, but rather is a tiny record spinning in a black box.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K5mzKzi-gw

    Another 910 Bluebird, this time an Aussie-spec wagon...


    ..what is it with 910s and V6 transplants anyway


    The Sydney Datsun Club compound also held a couple of tarmac-rally spec Zeds, with roll cages and hot running gear.






    Nice white aussie 510...


    ...with SR20!




    Sunny 1400, with a non-std powertrain


    There used to be plenty of aussie Datsuns with FJ20 coversions, but the age of these motors is making the conversion rare nowadays
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    Aussie 910 Bluebird TRX. In the early 80s, the Bluebird was very visible in top-line aussie circuit racing in the hands of George Fury. So Nissan released a "sporty" version, which had a subtle bodykit and alloy wheels


    The TRX didn't have an SR20 turbo back in the day though


    Nice 1200 Sedan


    With oldschool tuned A-series




    Closeby was the area cordoned off for the Zcar Club




    This was off the chain...for reasons you will see in a moment




    Holy mackerel


    yes...that is a POLISHED gearbox


    Interior looked factory-fresh, and it was just as clean on the underside.


    All aussie 280ZXs were 2+2...this one on Konig Rewinds and period 80s bodykit


    ADM 260Zs were the last of the Zeds which were available in 2str.






    This 280ZX had a matching trailer...and


    A Holden 308 V8! This was a GM engine, but designed in Australia and made from the late 60s until the mid 90s, and isn't related to the SBC.




    Also super-nice was this S800




    And Isuzu Bellett


    These were officially sold in Australia, but in relatively small numbers
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    Z32s were popular in Australia back in the day


    And i'm always impressed at how chock-full the engine bays of these things are


    ...not something you see everyday


    810 Sedan on mooncaps


    Mitsubishi Galant, which is badged as Chrysler Galant in Australia in that era.


    This one is with the optional Sports Pack, which means side stripes, different wheels, tacho and cloth seats.
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    But apart from the plentiful J-tin, the rest of the show offered up an eclectic selection


    These are Holden Commodores. A rwd aussie family sedan that was based on the Opel Rekord, but with a more rugged aussie chassis, with live axle at the back and home-grown engines.


    These engines included V8s of course and coupled with the car's modest size and weight, they were the flagship cars in the Aussie Touring car racing series for many years. This one is a 84-86 SS Group A, as you can see, these are muscle cars with a circuit influence.


    81-82 Commodore SS...back in the day, aussie racing driver Peter Brock ran a semi-factory outfit which offered performance upgrades and complete turnkey cars. These would have both handling and power upgrades as well as cosmetic tweaks. These formed the blueprint for performance aussie muscle sedans for decades to come, and show a certain Euro influence with the German-sourced Irmscher wheels


    This is called a VK Bluey over here, for obvious reasons. In the 1980s, the aussie touring car series was based on Group A, and so Holden had to make limited edition runs of hooted up sedans to homologate parts for racing. So in the annals of aussie racing, these are our home-grown rivals for the original BMW M3 and Ford Sierra Cosworth.


    As the Commodore evolved over the 1980s, new Group A homologation models would be released. These aussie muscle cars used to be a common sight on our roads, but I haven't seen one in ages. It's good to see that they are still cherished though.
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    Going a little further back in time, in the late 1960s Australia had a muscle car war of its own...but unlike the US market where there were dozens of different models, over here each of the manufacturers only had one or two V8 engined product. And over at Ford, they didn't have a coupe to offer and so their muscle car was based on the Falcon family sedan.


    The most valuable of all aussie muscle cars is the Falcon GTHO Phase III.


    This had a 5.7L Cleveland V8, and a lot of homologation parts for racing. The sales record for one of these is a cool half million bucks. The aussie manufacturers were engaged in a war for dominance on the circuits, and this car is generally held to be the pinnacle of development in that era. Shortly after, the Oil Crisis happened and just like the USA, muscle cars seemed to disappear overnight.




    To any aussie car enthusiast, this sight engenders respect.


    As the 60s became the 70s, aussie muscle cars, just like their US counterpartrs, got bigger bodied. This you might recognise as being the Ford Falcon coupe that the Mad Max car was based on.


    Nostalgia is a powerful thing...here's an early 1980s 5.7L Ford Falcon panel van, one of the last before Ford discontinued the V8 (for the next decade Ford Australia only offered sixes). $8000!
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    As for the rest of the show, over here the US muscle scene is very vibrant and there are always healthy numbers of US cars at any aussie car show.


    The Mustang Club cordoned off their area with their own corral gates
















    The British scene is healthy too


    Strangely, there were only a few small number of Euro cars present




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    There was also all manner of cool older iron to drool over. Imagine cruising in this late 50s Caddy Eldorado...


    Or this hot Mini Cooper...


    The Hako was warmly received, and seemed to attract a lot of attention all day.




    And at the end of the day, we were awarded with a runner-up medal for Entrants Choice! Given all the awesome cars present, it was really cool that some of the other owners voted for the Hako.


    It was a great show, and all for charity too. We'll be going again next year
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    Kev, looks like a fantastic show, thanks for the pics!

    Congrats on the trophy mate, makes all those nights in the shed worth while!!

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    Great pics and review Kev, I even learnt a thing or two about Aussie motoring history from your words!

    I own the unrestored pale yellow 510 wagon in your pics. Sorry I didn't get to say hi - was flat out with the kids and the carnival rides!

    I did manage to get them together in the Datto for at least 1/125 sec though:


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