Building A Summernats Champion

24. January 2014 10:42 by Rare Spares in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

If you are interested in cars, there is no doubt you have at one stage or another wished you could have purchased your favourite older model car from the factory when it was released and kept it in your garage in great condition. For Henry Parry, this dream was a reality.

Henry’s mother had purchased a 1961 FB Holden brand new nearly half a century ago. The vehicle has been retained in the family, garaged and only driven on the odd occasion.  As a result, the car was already a rare, unmodified, pristine example of how the FB came from the factory all those years ago.

About two years ago, Henry felt that it was time to give the FB a freshen up, but really felt the car deserved a high quality build. Car shows were a perfect location to network for a potential builder and before long he got talking to Laurie Starling. Laurie owns The Chop Shop, specialising in restoring street machine and hot rod era vehicles and before they knew it, plans were being made. Henry also met with Danny Makdessi from Custom Bodyworks who would later play a pivotal role in the Summernats Grand Champion campaign.

The build started with a full strip down, before the chassis and body were sand blasted twice. Being garaged since new, the body and chassis were in great condition and there was very little rust. A new floor plan was created and welded in place.

The engine selected for the build needed a more modern variant still within the Holden umbrella. The obvious choice was the Chevrolet LS1 5.7 litre fuel injected engine, mated to a 4L60E 4 speed automatic gearbox out of a Commodore. A new four link rear setup was installed and the ever faithful Ford 9” differential fitted. 

Suspension comprised of further custom work before some modern coil overs were fitted to give the FB a nice height and allow for dramatically improved handling. Harrop provided the calipers, rotors and pads to give the FB a huge increase in braking power compared to standard.

The final stages of refit needed some sourcing of hard to find parts. This is where Rare Spares assisted, providing tail lights lenses, external door handles, scuff plates and a complete rubber seal kit.

After the majority of the build was complete, it was time for Danny Makdessi to work his magic on the panels and paint. A beautiful Kandy Red was chosen and really suits the car.

The interior responsibilities were in the capable hands of Darren from Stitched Up Trim who provided a one off custom interior for the car.

The finishing touches on the car were put together 18 months after the build began. The car then debuted at Motorex 2013. It won ‘Top Design Execution’ award which was great for all involved and it gave the team some motivation to take the car to Summernats and enter the Grand Champion competition.

Sadly, Henry has recently run into ill health so he asked Danny Makdessi to drive the car on his behalf at Summernats.

The car was well received by the huge crowds; it drove smoothly in the grass driving events, was part of the Supercruise on Saturday evening and was then selected as a top ten vehicle.

It was not until Sunday afternoon the team received the amazing news that they had won the prestigious Summernats Grand Champion award for 2014, a coveted prize only a select few will ever win.

"It is overwhelming, it really is. It is hard to take in the fact we have won this award. It is a great reward to all of the car builders who have put in so much time to put the car together and Henry will be so happy when he hears the news.”  says Danny Makdessi.

 

Rare Spares At Summernats

14. January 2014 16:13 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

 It is only now that we are beginning to recover from Summernats 27’!

 As official Summernats sponsors, Rare Spares have been working up to the event for months, with a strong marketing and promotions campaign that really delivered.

Two major promotions were run for Summernats, one to win a ride with burnout master Peter Gray at the event, and the other to win an ultimate motorsport experience to Clipsal 500 with flights, accommodation and ticketing included.

Both competitions were well-received and the vibe at Summernats was fantastic. The Rare Spares stand was bustling with competition entrants and people enquiring about the large range of Rare Spares products on display. As at every Nats’ a large number of staff were in attendance and couldn’t be missed with us all wearing bright Rare Spares shirts.

The Peter Gray competition winner, Danny had a blast, saying “It was wild. It was something that you can’t really describe; it was like thunder in your whole body.”

The 2014 Rare Spares Legend award was also awarded to the late John Taverna, and accepted by his partner on his behalf.

John Taverna was a street machine and drag racing legend in Australia and will be sorely missed by everyone in the street machine world and Rare Spares.

The prestigious Summernats Grand Champion award for 2014, a coveted prize only a select few will ever win was awarded to Henry Parry with his 1961 FB Holden.

If you have any great stories to share with us from Summernats, e-mail them through to Amy at arayner@rsp.net.au

 

The EH Holden Car Club Of Victoria Celebrate With New Chairs At The 50th Anniversary Show n’ Shine

6. January 2014 15:32 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

The EH Holden Car Club of Victoria received a generous Christmas present from Rare Spares for their continued loyalty: 20 branded canvas chairs.

Printed front and back, the chairs were made especially for the EH Holden 50th Anniversary Show n’ Shine event and make a great accompaniment to the branded banner the club has already received from Rare Spares.

The club were able to redeem this fantastic prize for points accumulated through the Rare Spares Loyalty Club & will come in handy at events.

The EH Holden Car Club of Victoria is open to anyone who owns an EH or an EJ Holden, or anyone who shares a passion for the model.

The Rare Spares Loyalty Club rewards loyal customers! Registered car clubs receive exclusive discounts, points which can be redeemed for great prizes like the marquee, as well as product information specific to the vehicle being represented.

Check out what’s available for car clubs at http://www.rarespares.net.au/loyalty

Super Saturday at Rare Spares/Auto One

16. December 2013 16:34 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

 On Saturday the 7th of December, Rare Spares/Auto One Roxburgh Park held a ‘Super Saturday’ event in store.

Everything in store was 20% off for the day, with a sausage sizzle and refreshments to keep shoppers going. The real attraction however, was a friendly visit from Santa Clause and his helpers at 11:00am. Kids were able to have their photos taken with Santa and play on the jumping castle that was set up.

It was a successful trading day, with many people coming out to avoid the last minute Christmas rush and fun was had by all.

 

Steel Bumper Cruizers Get Some Shade

12. December 2013 12:43 by Rare Spares in General  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The Steel Bumper Cruizers Club of WA has been rewarded with a new Marquee from the Rare Spares Loyalty Club.

Rare Spares have recently introduced some great changes to the loyalty club program to increase communications and continue offering fantastic rewards.

Rare Spares reward not only car clubs, but their members too. When your car club registers with the loyalty club, your members can sign up and receive a 10% discount store-wide when they visit a  Rare Spares store and also contribute loyalty points to their car club

Individual benefits also extend to exclusive promotions, the chance to meet racing legends like John Bowe, VIP event nights where members can receive even further exclusive discounts and more!

If you or your members haven’t signed up yet you can do so online at www.rarespares.net.au/loyalty