GET YOU FIRED UP SHANNONS AMERICAN MOTORING SHOW Ė VIC
It may sound cliched, but there really was something for everyone at the recent American Motoring show Ė from a smattering of vintage cars, to giant Cadillac and Lincoln land yachts, through to the very rare and unusual, such as a supercharged Studebaker Avanti.
Held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, and formerly known as the All American show, the gig pulled several hundred cars in a setting that encouraged hanging around and spending a bit of time browsing.
Run by the Association of Motoring Clubs, it tried as far as possible to organise entrants into marque groups, so you could get to see all sorts of weird and wonderful variants alongside machines that shared a production line.
The Flemington site is quite extraordinary and of course better known for its annual hosting of the Melbourne Cup nag drags.
Thereís an on-site radio channel which does a good job, along with an interesting smattering of traders.
The organisers may have been left scratching their heads, though, as the place was clearing out by 1.30pm, a trend weíre seeing across lots of shows these days.
People donít seem prepared to devote the entire day to it Ė maybe weíre all living busier lives?
THEYíRE NOT a common car, but theyíre beautiful and I like things that are a bit different. Iíve had it for 25 years.
Iíve always liked Studebakers and that was the one that took my fancy.
Itís the supercharged version, which ,makes it special.
Itís been through a ground-up restoration, and itís been done to original specs. People are sometimes surprised to learn that the Studebaker Car Club in America is one of the biggest auto groups over there and they have a good spare parts inventory, so looking after this car really isnít a problem. Service parts in particular are easy to get.
What do I like about driving it?
WHEN I WAS 22 years old I saw Elvis had bought himself a new í68 Cadillac and I decided right then I would have one. It took a few years Ė I bought it two weeks ago!
It was imported from California and the guy from Seven 82 Motors in Queensland did it up Ė took it back to bare metal, gave it a respray, back to bare metal, gave it a respray, redid the suspension and a lot to the motor. Itís a 472 cubic inch (7.7lt) and itís stock standard. It goes pretty well.
Iíve been looking for four or five years. It wasnít a big priority at first, but recently it became one, so I found this. There arenít a lot of them around. I only know of three of that model in the country.
Itís a big cruisy thing to drive Ė good fun.