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Flatoz
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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2021 8:15 pm    Post subject:

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Leo Spessot has a program of the first show and he said that Joes car was listed but it wasnt there . Ian Splatt won the top hot rod in his 32 bucket which was in Grey primer I checked that in a report on the show in one of the Australian Motor Sports books that i have .
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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2021 9:50 pm    Post subject:

Dunno about the primer, but Splattie's Hot Rod won pretty much everything there was to be won, including the national Top Hot Rod prize at the '65 Nationa Hot Rod Show held in Sydney. But by that time the car was well and truly finished, including the glossy dark purple paintjob. It was certainly never featured in any magazine story in primer and it got ink pretty much from the minute it rolled out the door with the big trophy from its first show.

Funny thing about Pirotta's A is, I'm not even sure it was at the second VHRA show and if it was it wasn't yet red 'flake as I think it's first major outing with that paintjob was VHRA show number three in 1967. I remember there was a big buzz about Joe's FX Holden as the Y block had been replaced with a new 289 Small Block Ford engine wearing two four barrel carbs. (Later on it got a quartet of webbers)

My favourite cars were Ron Car's Merc which was detailed beyond belief with whit striping on black, red paint and chrome on all the mechanical bits. It was displayed with the wheels and brake drums removed on one side exposing the red painted shoes and chromed eveything else. I think that car was the inspiration for all the money I ever spent on chrome plateing.

Hans Klemm's coupe had me drooling, but Stan Baroutsis's Arab was the other inspiration for my own original project. Funy thing was my first sedan never looked that good.

The other car that got me wound up a bit was a Buchannan sports car which I think had a Corvette engine in it. Locally made it looked almost like a cross between an E Type Jag and a Cobra Daytona. I thought it was way cool.

Roy can correct me here, but I think that was the year Kevin Mayo displayed his unfinished rail running the Ardun Flatty. Which from memory never ran in the car as it was swapped for the high performance late model FE engine.

Of course I was still only a kid back then and I could be completely wrong.
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Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2021 8:17 am    Post subject:

Carps wrote:


Roy can correct me here,


Did you see that folks, Carps checking his memory bank.

Somewhere along this thread there seems to be a cross between the first VHRA Show and the first Southern Winter Hot Rod Show.

The VHRA still has archived (that means in a box somewhere) every entry form from all the shows up till the present time. I'll do some digging next time I'm down at the clubrooms.
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Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2021 2:10 pm    Post subject:

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Funny thing about Pirotta's A is, I'm not even sure it was at the second VHRA show and if it was it wasn't yet red 'flake as I think it's first major outing with that paintjob was VHRA show number three in 1967. I remember there was a big buzz about Joe's FX Holden as the Y block had been replaced with a new 289 Small Block Ford engine wearing two four barrel carbs. (Later on it got a quartet of webbers)[/quote]

Carps you're correct, Pirotta's car debuted at the 3rd show in 1967, that was the year I entered my all steel '15 T bucket, ( when I was involved with the Southern Hot Rod club, it was towed in at high speed by a SHRC member, but that's another story! ) it was entered as unfinished, and I was pissed because the Crimson Pirate also was unfinished, needless to say mine was a bit more unfinished than his, so he beat me, I'm still mad at that
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Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2021 2:58 pm    Post subject:

Carps wrote:
Of course I was still only a kid back then and I could be completely wrong.

So whats changed?
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Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2021 6:47 pm    Post subject:

I'm not wrong as much nowadays!
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Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2021 11:27 am    Post subject:

Anonymous but probably Carps wrote:
I'm not wrong as much nowadays!

Am I correct in the above assumption?
So you're still wrong sometimes then? I'll remember that........
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Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2021 1:16 pm    Post subject:

Mr Cool wrote:
Am I correct in the above assumption?
So you're still wrong sometimes then? I'll remember that........


I've never said I'm right all the time, not even boffins like Einstien and his cronies were right all the time. I have no problem being proven wrong and I have no problem admitting I'm wrong when that occurs. On the other hand, I'll argue forever if I know for sure I'm right!

For evidence, please refer back to my comment above re Kevin Mayo's dragster. As best I recall, it was built and first shown with a genuine ARDUN flattie, however I don't believe it ever ran with that engine because it was changed for a more powerful and competetive Ford 390.

I believe that ARDUN is the same engine that was in Doug Lawrence's '34 Dodge for many years. Doug's car was later sold without the engine and again I'm not sure what happened after that. However a few years back there was an OHV flathead Ford advertised in the age newspaper. Seems nobody believed what they read but John Lynch followed it up anyhow and was amazed to be standing later that day looking at a gennie and very complete ARDUN flattie. John still has the engine which is awaiting a suitable chassis & body combo. Not sure, but I think it may end up in his new '34, 3 window coupe.
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