Show Cars Melbourne

22. April 2014 11:39 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

On Sunday March 30th, Rare Spares sponsored the annual Show Cars Melbourne event at the Westgate Sports and Leisure Centre in Victoria.

Street Machines, Hot Rods, Elite Cars, Muscle Cars, Custom Bikes, Original Rides, American Classics, Show Cars and Car Clubs came together for the 3rd annual event.

The car had bike show was a huge success and had a fantastic turn out, with a total of 440 vehicles displayed outdoors and 82 indoors.

Entertainment for the kids included a play centre and a wizard show and a ‘back to the future’ car display where kids could have their photo taken for an optional donation to the Good Friday Appeal.

Free bill of health checks were offered and there were plenty of prize give-aways on the day.

Show Cars Melbourne thanked the team at Rare Spares for their involvement in the event, saying "We would like to thank Rare Spares for sponsoring our show, it was a great success!”

 

Steel Bumper Sunday raises over $5,000 for the Bayswater CFA!

On Sunday 30th of March Rare Spares sponsored the annual ‘Steel Bumper Sunday’ event, which was held at the Manhattan Hotel in Ringwood.

The not-for-profit event which called on all cars from the era of steel bumpers, raised just over $5,000 for the Bayswater CFA!

Steel Bumper Sunday was born of the idea of hosting a unique car show for a niche group of enthusiasts who share a passion for vehicles originally manufactured with steel bumpers.

Organising a diverse display of classic, historic and modified vehicles, all originally fitted with steel bumpers, the goal is to showcase cars from a variety of vehicle manufacturers and countries.

More than doubling last year’s revenue, 427 cars donated at the gate on entry, over 400 raffle tickets were sold and the CFA sold 700 sausages.

Rare Spares are proud to sponsor the annual event and were honoured to present the Real Street and Real Restoration trophies to winning recipients.

It was fantastic to see such a great turn out this year, with event managers having to find extra space for cars!

To view some photos from the day, visit the Facebook page here.

Word from a Winner – Exclusive VIP Experience at the Clipsal 500

7. April 2014 12:15 by Rare Spares in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Mitchell, the winner of the Rare Experience promotion, had a chat to us about his VIP experience at the Clipsal 500.


For those of you who don’t remember, the Rare Experience promotion ran from the 3rd to the 5th of January at Summernats, offering one lucky winner + a friend, the whole motorsport package:

  • Return flights from your nearest capital city
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • General admission & pit lane access for the weekend
  • To be hosted by John Bowe & his racing team for the weekend including a dinner

Mitchell took his Father along for the weekend and raved about the experience.


“I had such a great weekend and I would love to do it again. Big thanks to Rare Spares, David Rayner, Amy Rayner, Hamilton (JB’s manger) and John Bowe for the great weekend and the experience dad and I enjoyed,”
he said.


“Adelaide is a very nice place to stay and the hotel Rare Spares set up was wonderful. The dinner with John Bowe, David Rayner and Hamilton was great and we laughed a lot and got to learn a little more about the category JB is racing in.”


“We got to do so much more then we were expecting, like the tour of Jason Bright’s pit and car. It felt like we were part of the team being able to go into pit lane as John Bowe lined up to race.


“Dad and I couldn't stop smiling the whole weekend and we couldn't believe how many great activities we got to do. Big thanks again, couldn't be happier with how the weekend went.”


Rare Spares offer our valued customers many promotional opportunities each year to win money-can’t-buy experiences, gift vouchers and more.


You can enter our current photo competition by sending in a pic of your restoration project or daily drive, for the chance to win a Rare Spares voucher! To enter click here.  

 

We Want Your Car!

We want to hear from you, our loyal fans with photos of what you’re restoring or even just your proud daily drive!

In some way, shape or form Rare Spares is more than just a part in your project and we want to see what’s hiding in your garages or you are cruising on the streets!

For six weeks we’ll be accepting photos of your pride and joy and selecting three vehicles to post on our Facebook page each fortnight.

By the end of each fortnight, the photo with the most likes will win either a $50 Rare Spares voucher or a mystery prize. We’ll also be giving away a prize to one lucky person who has liked one of the photos, as well as a $200 Rare Spares voucher to the photo with the most likes overall!

 

Just tell us what you drive and send in the best picture you have. If your car is selected, the more friends and family that ‘like’ your picture, the better chance you have of winning some cool prizes.                                                                                                                   

 

Full competition details and to enter CLICK HERE 

 

Also, If you have an interesting build story or a classic restoration or relevant feature car, we are looking for stories in our next e-newsletter so tell us all about your project!

 

Rare Spares, More Than Just A Part In Your Project

 

The Rarest Part – How Rare Spares Select Which Parts To Produce

25. March 2014 14:05 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

Rare Spares produce anywhere from 30 to more than 100 parts each month, with each part undergoing a rigorous checking and approval process at the Rare Spares Research and Development Facility in Victoria.

Requests for new parts are sourced from research, online forums, requests in-store and online ‘wishlist’ requests which come through directly to Rare Spares.

A wishlist of requested parts is compiled in a spreadsheet by Rare Spares staff and directors, so that they can easily identify parts which are in the highest demand.

 

“I decide there’s a need in the market and then I work out some way for the part to be made,” said Rare Spares Director, Les McVeigh.

 

The majority of parts are produced through reverse engineering and the production process can be anywhere from two or three months to two or three years.

 

After sourcing an original part, it is sent to one of hundreds of suppliers who can reverse engineer the part and they then come back to Rare Spares with the cost of tooling, quantity and unit price. If the option seems viable they are engaged to produce a sample, which is then submitted for testing.

 

“Parts are thoroughly tested,” said McVeigh.

“Once we get a first sample, we test for fitment, quality of production and whether or not they look the way they should.”

“Last month and this month we released 120 new parts. The number we are working on at any one time can range from about 50 – 300 parts, all in various stages of development.”

Product Sourcing Manager at Rare Spares, Greg Barker said, “Just before Christmas, we released the complete range of door handles and window winders for the 1948 Holden. So we’re still making parts for the first models and for reasonably current models.”

McVeigh added, “We are working on parts from 1948 models up to about 1990. We made more parts last year for the 1948 – 56’ range than we did in the previous two years, where as we probably only made a couple for 90’s models. You have to catch up from behind.”

 

“The problem that we’ve got is trying to keep up with how many parts we can make because the car companies are deleting parts faster than we can make them,” said Barker.

 

If you can’t find a part and would like to add it to the Rare Spares wish list, you can do so in-store or online at http://www.rarespares.net.au/Wishlist/Wishlist.aspx