The Future Of The Auto Industry Down Under

We spoke to Rare Spares Ambassador and Racing Legend, John Bowe about the future of the automotive industry in Australia and the end of Australian car manufacturing.

“I wouldn’t class myself as an expert, but I’ve had a full motoring life and I think it’s quite sad that we’re not going to have any manufacturing here anymore, because some of the cars that Ford and Holden have produced have been seriously iconic Australian cars,” said Bowe.

“All these problems started years and years ago and have been perpetuated by the following governments, so it was inevitable that this was going to happen.”

"Once Holden and Ford have declared their hands, Toyota ultimately wouldn’t have any choice, because the fringe industries which unfortunately are going to suffer a great deal of job loss, can’t sustain with one manufacturer. It’s like a stack of cards unfortunately. I have a lot of compassion for the people involved.”

“It’s my opinion that there will still be growth in the Australian car market and companies such as Ford and Holden and Toyota will become more profitable.”

“There will still be an aftermarket. In the last five to seven  years there has been a bit of a change in our culture about which type of cars we drive. We have a massive choice of cars in Australia, so the aftermarket will always be there. It’s a changing scene for sure, but there will always be an aftermarket.”

“Rare Spares will probably see some growth, because cars that have been Australian and have a place in people’s hearts will be being restored more, so I can see this market going up.”

“I think the tariff will probably stay as it is. I can’t see much changing, except for higher unemployment rates. The government is charged with developing other industries that these people can be employed in.”

The car industry isn’t going to be there anymore and it makes me sad, but I’m not surprised.”

 “The level of interest in restorations now is increasing because everyone that loves cars realises that we aren’t going to have Australian Falcon’s or Commodores, and the cars of the 80’s are now going to become restorable.”

“Where it used to be the 50’s and 60’s and then slowly became the 70’s, this is going to bring forward the 80’s cars like the XE Falcons and VK Commodores. People will be restoring them because they are part of our history.”

V8 and V6 Holdens of NSW Unite Under Their New Loyalty Club Banner

12. February 2014 13:32 by Rare Spares in General  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Looking for a car club in NSW? The NSW V8 Holden Club meet on the first Monday of each month to share their love of V6 and V8 Holdens.

With regular social outings and events such as car shows, cruises, BBQ’s and more, the club has much to offer. Club members range from young to old, male and female, and are open to ALL makes and models of 6 cylinder V6 and V8 Holdens.

The club are loyal Rare Spares customers and were recently awarded a banner through the Loyalty Club program, which they display proudly at events.

 The Rare Spares Loyalty program rewards car clubs with a point system that accumulates club points for each dollar spent in store. These points can then be redeemed for great rewards such as a branded banner, flags or a marquee.

To find out more about the Loyalty Club, visit http://www.rarespares.net.au/loyalty or to find out more about the NSW V8 Holden Car Club, e-mail nswv8holdenclub@y7mail.com.

Roxburgh Park Sound Off Event

Roxburgh Park Auto One/Rare Spares played host to a very successful sound off/show ‘n’ shine on Friday 15th November.

Weather was fantastic ensuring a large turnout for the event, which was complete with a free sausage sizzle, promotional girls collecting donations for the local CFA, door prizes and exclusive store discounts. The BBQ was going all night and the in-store promotion offered a 20% discount store-wide and an extra-special 30% off audio products for the sound off.

“We had over 300 cars turn up on the day and raised $760 for the local CFA,” said Brad De Pasquale, Store Manager.

Awards were given to the best cars in the JDM, Muscle Car, Aussie Tuner and Audio categories.

“There were a number of high quality cars like the Toyota Supra which won the ‘Showstopper’ award. Other winners included an LJ Torana and a yellow Maloo Ute.”

Many Auto One suppliers were in attendance and available for guests to speak with including MotorActive, Penrite, National Auto Parts, SP Tools, Auto Concepts and more.

Rare Spares and Auto One are looking to make the sound off an annual event as it was a huge success and a great opportunity to bring car enthusiasts together to share this passion. Some incredible cars and sound systems were on display as you can see from the event footage - click here to view.

 

Rare Spares Launch New Television Commercials

Rare Spares have launched two new television commercials which will be aired on 7Mate throughout the remainder of the year, so keep an eye out!

The commercials are designed to relate to car enthusiasts and feature old, rusty vehicles being restored back to new from tail to bonnet, with a voice over communicating Rare Spares key messages around their new slogan ‘more than just a part in your project’.

Officially endorsed by Holden and Ford, Rare Spares have two partner programs, ‘Holden Restoration Parts’ and ‘Ford Restoration Parts’. These logos feature prominently in the advertisements, which use a classic Holden and Ford as restoration projects.

The first features an old Holden Monaro being restored to new – Click below To View

http://rarespares.net.au/news/tvcholden.aspx

The second features an old XA Ford Coupe being restored to its former glory – Click below to View 

http://rarespares.net.au/news/tvcford.aspx

 

RARE SPARES….. More than just a part in you project.

8,500 Likes and Counting!

16. October 2013 13:43 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

It is an exciting day for Rare Spares as we have now reached 8,500 Facebook likes! We’re getting closer and closer to reaching our goal of 10,000 likes by the end of the year!

Rare Spares has been actively posting and sharing a variety of content such as images of classic cars, profiles of our store managers, product updates and footage from the Touring Car Masters & V8 Ute events that Rare Spares are proud to sponsor.. It’s not just the big motorsport events we like to share, we also like to post about car shows and events like the 2013 Aussie Classic Car Show. Also, monthly you can read updates written by  John Bowe, Rare Spares’ ambassador and racing icon, on our wall.

 

We want to hear from you, so we have begun posting ‘Repair It, Share It,’ where we ask our followers to send us images of their restoration projects to share on our wall. We also want to engage with motorsport enthusiasts out there, so we have been posting ‘A Rare Moment in Time’ where we discuss with followers, a historic moment in motorsport history. 

Recently, the Rare Spares Facebook page was following the story behind David Ryan’s restoration project. Known as the ‘De Ja Vu, Back to the Future or Returning to My Roots’ Blog, David Ryan provided Rare Spares followers with weekly updates on the full restoration of his race car for the La Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico which is happening later this month!

Whether it is an update from a Rare Spares store, an invite to an exclusive event, a news piece or a great image, we always aim to provide exciting content for our Rare Spares followers. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out and LIKE our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/rarespares