Summer Loving - Australia’s best driving roads (Continued)

Australia isn't called the lucky country for nothing, we have great weather (in some places), a thriving automotive culture and world class scenery at our doorstep. So when it comes to the great Aussie road trip, we really are spoilt for choice. Here we will continue our list of amazing drives, just in time for summer.

 

The Nullarbor Plain -Western Australia (pictured above)

If you have a few days to spare then we suggest heading off from Ceduna in SA and head west for 2000km to Perth through the wide, almost treeless, landscape of the Nullarbor. It may be dry and known as a harsh environment, but it’s surely no desert. The flowing wooded hills flatten out to plateaus that are sprinkled with bluebush. Kangaroos line the roads and giant wedge-tailed eagles patrol the skies. You’ll probably need a four-wheel-drive if you plan to leave the highway, but otherwise it’s easy driving with plenty to take in. 

Kuranda - Queensland (pictured above)

If you take off from the tropical beaches of Cairns, it won't take long before you are experiencing the incredible World Heritage listed rainforest air around the mountain retreat of Kuranda. We suggest keeping your windows down along the route to truly take in the humming of thousands of cicadas from among huge buttress trees as  well as the sounds of the birds that call the rainforest home. 

Uluru to Kings Canyon - Northern Territory (pictured above)

This three hour drive along the Lasseter Highway from the red rock to Kings Canyon will provide you with true blue red earth country and skies bigger than you could ever imagine. You can also take the trip starting off at Alice Springs and take on the Red Centre Way. You’ll need about five days, with stops at historic towns and ancient rock art sites, not to mention the odd wild camel, this is one special journey.

Sydney to Melbourne

Most of the time this trip is made by budget airline, but did you know that choosing the four wheeled option can be a lot more fun? Expect a string of quant coastal towns, wild camping spots, vast national parks and turquoise lagoons. The lovely scenery is complimented by plenty of beaut fishing spots, birdlife galore and many kangaroos who regularly pose for photographs beside the surf at Pebbly Beach.

With all these great spots to check out, we say fill up the tank, throw in your swag and get to adventuring! What's your favourite drive? Head over to the Rare Spares Facebook page and let us know in the comments! 

When scrap comes back – The revival of the Datsun 240k

When it comes to cars that flew under the radar, it is hard to think that the humble Datsun 240k would ever become a collector’s item, but like many unique cars of the era, they are growing in appeal and value.

The 240k was released in the early 70’s from the growing Japanese Datsun brand and debuted into a market filled with HQ Holden’s, VH Valiant’s and XA Falcon’s. The vehicle was not always considered the best in terms of looks quickly labelled as unattractive by the media, slotting somewhere above the questionable 120Y’s and behind the sleek 240z. The car featured a straight six L24 engine and cost around $5000 at the time, however it was a big call to spend that amount of money on a car that was considered by many to be inferior to its home grown counterparts.  

Coming in both sedan and coupe variants, the car sold well, although with no performance orientated model, the car never garnered the curb side appeal of a GT Falcon or Holden Monaro. It was seen as nothing more than a little Japanese run around and this image of the car and moving times saw them move into a class that could be considered undesirable.

With the boom in technology and performance experienced in the 90’s, the little Datsun had lost much of its unique appeal. The price of scrap metal was soaring, leading many of these unloved cars to be traded in for nothing more than a quick buck, with the rest of the remaining cars living out their days rusting away in the back of paddocks and properties across Australia.

It wasn’t until the late 2000’s that demand soon began to outweigh supply. With numbers significantly diminished, the existing examples soon began to catch the eye of enthusiasts whose parents had owned the car or those who had their own experiences with the old Datsun. The once quirky Japanese vehicle had fast become a desirable classic and it didn’t take long before barely salvageable rusted cars were being snatched up from paddocks and sheds across the country.

From a car that was once considered worthless to one that is now fetching prices similar to that of cult Aussie classics, it goes to show that it can be hard to predict which car is destined to garner such a passionate following. The 240k has gained more and more respect over time and with its love it or hate it styling the car is always one to stir the pot, but we tip our hat to the humble Datto for adding another piece to our exciting and diverse automotive history.

Do you have one of these classics hiding in your shed? What did you think when you first laid eyes on the 240k? Head over the comments section of the Rare Spares Facebook page and let us know!

Win A Burnout Experience With Peter Gray At Summernats 27

12. November 2013 10:05 by Rare Spares in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

You can win a seat next to PETER GRAY in his burnout machine at Summernats 27!

Once again Rare Spares are sponsoring annual motoring enthusiast event, Summernats.

This year Rare Spares and Summernats are giving you the chance to ride shotgun with Peter Gray for a once-in-a-lifetime burnout experience at Summernats, which runs from the 2nd -5th January 2014.

To enter simply head to www.raredrive.com.au and tell us in 50 words or less why you want to win! Please note you must have a ticket to Summernats 27 in order to enter.

Three lucky runners up will have their Summernats 27 season pass upgraded to Silver! Summernats Silver Pass entitles you to:

·         Entry to all four days of the Summernats

·         Special seating in the grandstand for Saturday night Super Cruise and Live Concert

·         Access to the Gold/Silver Bar at Main Grandstand during Friday and Saturday night entertainment

·         Shaded seating in the grandstand for the Burnouts and Go-Whoa

·         FREE parking in the Summernats Convenience Car Park

·         10% discount on Summernats merchandise purchased at the Festival

 Entries are open now, and close on Wednesday 11th December 2013.

We’ll see you at Summernats 27!

 

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.

Rare Spares Launch Major ‘Suite of Brands’ Marketing Initiative

Rare Spares have just launched a major marketing program that will encompass all aspects of the Rare Spares brand and explore the role it plays in each and every stage of a classic car restoration project.

The new initiative, called the Rare Spares Suite of Brands, has already launched through two new print advertisements in Street Machine Magazine, Unique Cars Magazine and Australian Muscle Car Magazine, and a series of brand new TV advertisements will be on a screen near you soon.

The new print ads represent why Rare Spares really is more than just a part in your project. The ads outline how Rare Spares, across its various brands including Holden Restoration Parts, Ford Restoration Parts, Nasco and Shed Talk, are involved in each and every part of Australia’s classic car culture, from Summernats, the Touring Car Masters and car club events, through to sponsorship of motoring racing legends John Bowe and Cameron McConville. 

Supplying tens of thousands of parts to thousands of car restorers and hundreds of car clubs across Australia and New Zealand is an incredible success story, considering Rare Spares’ humble beginnings as a part time business 38 years ago. We wanted to highlight this success and tell the story of what Rare Spares has evolved into through the Suite of Brands marketing campaign.