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Deville’s Pad: Hot Rods from Hell

A short deviation from Thunderbirds, to bring you some of the fantastic happenings at Deville’s Pad’s hootin’ tootin’ gasoline-fuelled event today.

More leopard-print than a Johnny Weissmuller film, more smoke than a Marlboro convention, more sun and throbbing engines than Daytona Beach!

Where else can you see Hot Rods, tattoos, barbers, babes, BBQ meat, vintage gear, magicians, tiki cocktails, & fab bands… all in one place? Josh & Babs – you stage events like nobody else! See the pics from this fab afternoon here.


2011 Big Al’s Poker Run

Another Big Year for Big Al’s

beautiful red tbird
Ian’s gorgeous flamin’ red ’57 Thunderbird. With back-up truck.
Studibaker with cowboy kid
Now kid, don’t let anyone touch the paintjob!

Each year, the larger-than-life Al organises the car event that is sure to turn out the masses. Raising funds for charity, it’s also a proven incentive for the back-shed tinkering to be finalised, ready for ‘ignition-on’ by February. Apparently, sales of Carnauba wax reach peak around now!

As regular readers know, last year’s talking point was the Cranksters-manned checkpoint at Bridgestone Tyres (for those who came in late, read about it here). But due to certain er, differences of opinion, that was the curtain call for themed checkpoints. And Paul had his heart set on squeezing into Errol Flynn’s tights and puffy shirt this year!!

So, here are some pics from the show-and-shine departure point at the Burswood shore – see the full gallery in our Events page here.


2011 Victorian Hot Rod Show

Melbourne Hot Rod Show people

Power Rangers, sooks with teddies (this one under 5), painted ladies and petrol-sniffing blokes from all walks of life, laid a trail of rubber to the Annual Victorian Hot Rod Show, at the Royal Exhibition Building in beautiful Melbourne.

Loads of car pics in the gallery here.

A couple of Tbirds were shown, 1 inside and 1 outdoors. Luckily the Melbourne weather was perfect. By the afternoon, the hot sun was glaring off all the metal-flake and bald skulls.


Drag/Show Cars

55 Tbird gasser

When too much is er… too much.

Compared to the 55 gasser (top), this Vegas (SEMA) 57 Tbird is waaay over the top. The only thing that outscores it on the vulgar scale is the carpet. You know, Hot Wheels has a lot to answer for.

The 55 is a true ‘gasser’ style car of the 60s, where form and function co-exist. Although you may not want to cruise the freeway at 120 kph with a straight axle.


Hot Rod Show & Tbird Sighting

65 Tbird Floreat
65 Thunderbird Floreat

Ben's board track racer


This weekend was the annual 2010 WA Hot Rod Show at Burswood.
Unfortunately, no Tbirds there this year, but luckily I met with Tony’s 1965 Roadster just around the corner here in Floreat. Nice!
See the gallery for Hot Rod Show pics.


Larry Watson R.I.P.


Sadly, Larry Watson passed away on July 20th, a day before his 72nd birthday.
The Custom painter supremo, who created the ‘panel painting’ style most famously on his brand new ’58 T-Bird, will be sadly missed by his fans and admirers.
No doubt there will be plenty of ‘Watson-style’ tribute cars appearing in the future.
RIP Larry.
Images from Kustomland: the Custom Car Photography of James Potter 1955-1959 by Thom Taylor.


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