Banner For FX-FJ Car Club of Canberra

8. August 2014 11:02 by Rare Spares in   //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

The FX FJ Car Club of Canberra are an active club within the Rare Spares Loyalty program and have been awarded a club banner for their continued support.

"The unveiling of the Rare Spares banner was quite an event and we were all very impressed. It was a pretty cold evening hence we are all rugged up. Thanks again for your support." Said Club President Ian Constantine.

The FX-FJ Car Club of Canberra was established in 1977 as a club to encourage the interest in ownership, restoration, preservation, maintenance and the use of the 48/215 (FX) and FJ Holdens. The club also caters to other early model Holden’s and accepts these cars in any condition.

The FX (48-215) model as the first Australian built car designed and priced for the average Aussie family, and kicked off Australia’s love affair with Holden.

The club is based in Canberra and caters for those in Canberra and surrounding regions, and as far and as wide as Yass, Cooma, Goulburn and the South Coast.

The club is also socially active, with close to 40 members, but always encourages new members to join or even just pop in to their next club meeting. All you need is an interest in these vehicles.

“We also hold monthly runs which may include car show events, BBQ’s, social gatherings, bowling nights and general get-togethers. Our members regularly attend motoring shows both in Canberra and Australia wide.” Said Mr Constantine.

It’s easy to become a member of the Rare Spares Loyalty Club and start receiving rewards for your club.

CLICK HERE to sign up. 

Aussie Concept Cars That Took On The World

23. July 2014 17:03 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

With the demise of the traditional Australian motor shows and the sad reality that Holden and Ford will be ceasing manufacturing in Australia, it is an end of an era. Not only will car production cease, but sheer Aussie ingenuity and engineering know how will no longer be channelled into world beating, cutting edge Australian built concept cars. Cars which have over the years proudly showcased what Aussie car manufacturers can do given the opportunity and a clean sheet of canvas.

Concept Cars have nearly been in existence as long as the car itself. Concept Cars work in three ways. They push the engineering envelope, showcase and market the manufacturer’s talent and also capture the public’s imagination. They are the ultimate projects for automotive engineers to be part of.

As a celebration of what Australia has been able to achieve in terms of Concept Cars, we take a look at three of Holden’s most famous examples, which were recently displayed together for the first time at the Meguiar’s MotorEx motor show in Melbourne.

 

"This is the first time these three concept cars have been together in the one place at the one time” said Richard Ferlazzo, Design Director GM Holden. 

The three cars in question are ‘Efijy’, ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Coupe 60’, which are all very different and all very special in their own right.

Around the world, the 1960’s and 70’s were known as the golden era in concept car design and dozens of those incredible creations are still a sight to behold today. Searching on the web can quickly dissolve the hours with the stories and images surrounding these cars.

Australia has always had its own home grown, world class engineering talent and this is reflected in Holden’s first and arguably most spectacular Concept Car, known simply as ‘Hurricane’. To say this car was a technological tour-de-force in its day was an understatement. Hurricane was primarily a test bed to explore these new technologies and was never intended for production.

Many of its then futuristic features are now taken for granted in the automotive world. It was fitted with oil cooled four wheel disc brakes, inertia reel seat belts, digital gauges, a climate control system and an early GPS system known as Pathfinder. Equally impressive is the rear view camera that was connected to an early TV screen for occupants to see behind them. This technology only started to appear in the mainstream automotive world more than three decades later.

The Hurricane is a wedge shaped machine with supercar lines and is a fibreglass body over a steel space frame. The car is extremely low with a total height of only 990mm. 

The engine is a mid-mounted 4.2ltr V8 fitted with a four barrel carburettor and makes an estimated 260hp. 

One of the most spectacular features of the car is the way occupants enter and exit the vehicle. A single piece hydraulically operated canopy moves up and forward and resembles something closer to a fighter jet or a futuristic car from a sci-fi movie.

Also on display were two more modern Holden creations. ‘Efijy’ is the name that would come to mind first if someone asked you to name a Holden Concept car and it is not hard to see why.

Efijy is a beautiful blend of 1950’s classic Hot Rod styling with a modern power plant and technology, which has resulted in international awards and acclaim the world over since its debut at the 2005 Sydney International Motor Show. It even won the coveted Hot Rod magazine’s 2006 Hot Rod of the Year and was also the North American Concept Car of the Year in 2007.

Efijy was built in house at Holden with the assistance of many of Holden’s key suppliers and was designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the FJ Holden.

The car is a pillar-less coupe, painted in a stunning House of Kolor Soprano purple. Efijy is powered by a supercharged 6.0-litre V8, producing in excess of 600hp. It rides on air suspension and features some very-trick, electronic instrumentation.

The remaining concept car on display at the event was ‘Coupe 60’ which was built as a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Holden releasing the 48-215 (FX Holden).

Based on the Australian VE Commodore, Coupe 60 is both a road and race hybrid concept. It is another two-door pillarless machine, with striking lines, including lengthened and re-sculptured doors and a raked windscreen.  

Supporting the race car theme is carbon spoilers, front and rear diffusers, along with huge 21-inch centre-lock wheels outfitted with smooth racing slicks. Under the hood is an E85-friendly, 6.0 litre LS2 V8. It even has a side exit exhaust and monstrous Brembo brakes if you were in any doubt as to its credentials.

Sadly we will not see any new Australian based concept cars from Holden or Ford in the future, however Australian engineering and ingenuity is alive and well and Australian’s should be proud of what has been accomplished over the years by both Holden and Ford on the concept car front.  

Australia’s Most Expensive Car

28. May 2014 12:00 by Rare Spares in General  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Last year the most expensive Holden ever sold, the Monaro HRT 427, went back on the market with an asking price of one million dollars.

Before this listing, the previous owner Shawn “Chooka” Ryan, who paid $920,000 for the car, was forced in 2010 to resell it.

The HRT 427 was one of two built in 2002 to showcase Holden and HSV's engineering prowess.

No expense was spared in the build of the HRT 427, which combines a handbuilt Tremec T56 six-speed manual gearbox mated to a heavy duty 9000Nm clutch, an AP Racing six-piston brake package and half roll cage.

This is still the most expensive car ever sold in Australia, topping the previous $750,000 price payed for a Ford Falcon 1971 GTHO Phase III.

Six years ago another Holden nearly claimed this title, with the owner of a 60-year-old Holden knocking back an offer of $900,000, listing it for sale at $1.2 million. The FX Holden from 1948, the year Holden opened its doors in Australia, was number 46 of only 112 cars sold that year and is believed to be one of only three still in existence.

To our knowledge the car didn’t sell for the asking price and the owner held onto it.

 

Photo Thanks To CarsGuide.com.au

FE-HR Holden Owners Club ACT Receive New Flags

18. March 2014 09:32 by Rare Spares in General  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

In 1987 the FE-HR Owners Club of ACT was started in order to cater for Holden enthusiasts with a shared passion for 56-67’ models, introduced after the FX-FJ’s and before the first Holden factory V8’s.

Over the years the club has opened its doors to include members who have an interest in any Holden model, whether their vehicles are restored show cars, modified street machines or modern vehicles.

The club has been involved in a number of fantastic events: they have hosted several ACT Holden Day events, the 10th FE-FC Holden Nationals in Jindabyne NSW during Easter 2005, the 9th ACT Holden Day in 2007, as well as the 8th HD-HR Holden Nationals in 2009. The club also runs monthly activities for their club members and participates in local and interstate runs and displays with many of the Holden Car Clubs of Australia.

Most recently, on the 16th February, the club has participated in a drive to Malua Bay, NSW. They have also recently held ‘Scotty’s Run to the Cotter’ – an annual event held to commemorate one of their own club members, Scott Dunkley. An exciting upcoming event for the club is ‘Shannons Wheels Day’ on the 16th March, in which the club will have their own car display.

The FE-HR Owners Club ACT INC. was recently awarded four feather flags for their continued loyalty to Rare Spares.  Standing at 4.6 metres tall, these flags will ensure that the club will not be missed at future events they are part of. 

“The flags look great,” said Graham Pryce, Club Manager.

 The club was able to redeem this fantastic reward with the points they had accumulated through the Rare Spares Loyalty Club. The Rare Spares Loyalty Club rewards loyal customers! Registered car clubs receive exclusive discounts and points which can be redeemed for great rewards like marquees and flags and other promotional items.  

Rare Spares hot tip – The more members registered to your car club under our loyalty program the more rewards we can offer your club and your members! Register your member’s today https://www.rarespares.net.au/loyalty

Holden Enthusiasts Come Together For The 2014 All Holden Day In Geelong

5. March 2014 13:40 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

On Saturday March 1st, Rare Spares sponsored and attended the 2014 All Holden Day in Geelong.

The annual event at the Geelong Showgrounds has been hosted by the Holden FX – HZ Car Club for years, showcasing Holdens, from the 1948 FX to the 2013 VF.

The event unites Holden enthusiasts each year and is open to all makes and models, resulting in a colourful and varied display. 

From 9am – 4pm guests enjoyed competitions, food stalls, trade sites, S.E.S. demonstrations and family entertainment, including a jumping castle and temporary tattooing.

Thousands of people were in attendance, some guests even travelling interstate for the event, and hundreds of cars were set up.

Rare Spares were proud to be sponsors and had a lot of fun on the day meeting the many enthusiasts that make this event possible!