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 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.”

Viva La Mexico

11. March 2014 12:34 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

In a feat two years in the making and for over twenty years a goal, car restoration figure and Director of Rare Spares David Ryan and his navigator Greg Stevenson have completed the gruelling La Carrera Panamericana in their 1954 FJ Holden.

The Mexican classic rally event was originally held for five consecutive years in the 1950’s however safety concerns at the time halted further events. It was revived in its modern format in 1988 and spans the length of the country over a demanding eight day schedule using predominantly public roads.


With an event of this magnitude, in a country far away, an incredible amount of time and effort is required to pull everything together and for David Ryan and Greg Stevenson this amazing journey started nearly two years ago when they acquired a run-down FJ Holden after a successful EBay bid. The car had been sitting completely dismantled in a backyard for over five years. Soon after picking the car up, a meticulous restoration began.


Rare Spares provided all of the parts essential to a high quality rebuild for such a demanding event. With modern componentry purchased, a later generation Holden 202 engine installed, a comprehensive modern safety cage and a final coat of paint, the car was ready for its maiden voyage.


After an arduous six weeks sea voyage, the car arrived in Mexico in one piece and on time to the relief of Ryan and Stevenson. Ryan described Mexico as a cosmopolitan place “with villages like something from a Clint Eastwood movie to the densely populated Mexico City”


The rare car was an instant hit amongst other teams and fans. Many were curious of the vehicle and compliments on the preparation of the vehicle were common. One of the more famous local entrants Memo Rojos Snr spent 45 minutes looking over the car in detail and finally commented “Compadres, this is a work of art.”


Sitting on the road, ready to be waved off for the first time was surreal for Ryan and Stevenson as they thought back to the time and energy that had been poured into achieving that very moment.


Having any car last the full event without any issues would be a miracle and despite the preparation and the car’s otherwise faultless performance, Day 3 threw a spanner in the works. The Holden 202 engine block split one of the cylinder bores, which was a major setback, however not an event killer.


Fortunately, Ryan and Stevenson’s support team were none other than a Mexican Rally Championship service crew.


Ryan explains the lengths the service crew went to, to get the Australian team back on the road for the remainder of the event.


“The engine was pulled out and the fault diagnosed that night. At 3.30am service team members left the service park with the cracked engine for a 400km drive back to Mexico City to a local engine builder. The builder worked wonders, making a sleeve and machining the bores before reassembling well into the next day”


Upon completion the fresh engine was rushed back 400km to the service area where it was slid back under the FJ bonnet. The whole process had been completed within 24 hours. Ryan and Stevenson were now free to re-join the event, having only missed a single day of competition.


One particular moment Ryan remembers fondly was when they were blasting up the freeway out of Mexico City and missed the off ramp exit they needed. “The next convenient ‘exit’ was actually an on ramp from the adjacent side road back onto the freeway, so before we knew it we were heading down the on ramp, against the flow of traffic with horns blaring and lights flashing, much to the cheers and whistles of the throng of spectators lining the roads of the route.”


The team finished fifth in class and 56th outright, but the result was insignificant to the feeling of completion. “It was a sensational event and amazingly well run. Everyone was friendly and happy to help and it is probably the best thing we have ever done” said Ryan.  


As a thank you to the Mexican service crew, Ryan and Stevenson have offered the crew the chance to campaign the car themselves at next year’s Targa Adelaide event.


Post Targa the car will be stripped down for a thorough overhaul before the little Aussie FJ returns to Mexico to once again be part of the iconic event.


Greg Stevenson summed up the fantastic adventure that was the La Carerra Panamericana best with the simple comment “this is the wild wild west of motorsport.”