The FE-HR Owners Club ACT INC. Cooler With Eskies

24. June 2014 18:41 by Rare Spares in General, Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

The FE-HR Owners Club ACT INC. have once again redeemed their Rare Spares Loyalty Club points and been rewarded with two Eskies, sure to come in handy in the summer months and for future club activities.

 

The FE-HR Holden Owners Club ACT was originally created to cater for Holden enthusiasts that prefer the 1956-67 models. Membership is now open to anyone that has an interest in Holden’s. The club hosts monthly club member activities and participates in local and interstate runs and displays with many of the Holden Car Clubs of Australia. Pist ‘n’ Broke is the name of the club’s regular magazine offered to members and over 250 issues have been produced since the club formed in 1987.

 

Rewards are what you get by being a part of the Rare Spares Loyalty Club! Registered car clubs receive exclusive discounts and points which can be redeemed for great rewards like marquees, flags and other promotional items, as well as product information specific to the vehicle being represented.

 

If you are a member of a car club or you would like your car club to be a part of the Rare Spares Loyalty Club, please visit http://www.rarespares.net.au/loyalty

 

 

Rare Spares Bayswater Car Club Project Partner Night

10. June 2014 16:22 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Rare Spares recently held a fun Car Club Project Partner night at Rare Spares Bayswater on Wednesday May 21st.

The Exclusive V.I.P night was setup for the EH Holden Car Club of Victoria, the Early Holden Car Club of Victoria and the HD- HR Holden Club of Victoria.  A great turn out by these clubs ensured an enjoyable night for all.

Rare Spares Bayswater was offering 20% off store wide during the evening and provided pizza and soft drink for the clubs.  Not only this but two $100 Rare Spares vouchers were given away to 2 lucky attendees.

Associate Director Joe Xuereb spoke to the crowd about Rare Spares and the aftermarket parts world and Rare Spares staff were on hand to answer questions club members had during the evening.

Rare Spares regularly runs special events for loyal customers and car clubs alike, so to find out more, sign up to the Rare Owners Club and if you are in a car club, register today here.

 

Rare Spares Perth Project Partner Night

3. June 2014 15:26 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

On Thursday 15th of May, Rare Spares Perth hosted an exclusive VIP event for Rare Spares customers, Rare Owners and Loyalty Club members.

The event ran from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Rare Spares Perth in Osborne Park, offering a one-night only discount of 20% off all stock, with door prizes and more.

There was a meet and greet with race car driver, Jason Bright, from 6:30 and a competition exclusively open to attendees on the night to win a double pass to the Perth 400!

The lucky winner David Gellop was thrilled to win tickets to one of the biggest motorsport events on the calendar for Perth!

“It was a fantastic night, we had a really good turnout,” said Brent O’Dempsey, Store Manager, Rare Spares Perth.

“Brad Jones and Jason Bright were there and gave great speeches and kept everyone entertained.”

A second Project Partner Night will be held in Melbourne, so stay tuned for details. If you haven’t yet signed up to the Rare Owners Club, visit http://www.rarespares.net.au/Secure/members/Register.aspx

 

Back To The Future

In 30, 40, 50 years’ time, will the nostalgia and passion for classic cars remain? Rare Spares Directors Les McVeigh and Lance Corby got together with Rare Spares ambassador John Bowe to share their opinions and insights into where classic cars will fit into our future. 

In a world of rapidly advancing automotive technology, will true classics eventually die out? or will modern cars of the 80s and 90’s take their place? At what point might Australians stop restoring the cars they grew up with? Will there come a time when it becomes too technically difficult for the average car enthusiast to restore modern cars with high levels of electronics?

“I think there’ll always be an interest in classic cars, always. Where it stops, in my opinion would be when they start to get very complicated,” said John Bowe.

“Nowadays I think there is more interest in classic cars than there ever has been.”

Looking only 30-40 years ahead, Lance Corby envisions a future where classic cars remain, some from the 90’s, but many older vehicles as well. 

 “In 40 years’ time, there will still be people with classic cars on the road. Regardless of what future cars become, there will always be a percentage of people wanting something unique.”

How old does a car need to be before it holds nostalgic memories for certain owners? In 2050, will people born in the 90’s be fondly remembering the cars we’re driving today? Which models will be remembered fondly and which will be discarded?

“The rarer ones will still be the most valuable, because rarity is what drives the prices,” said John.

“Certainly I think cars of the 80’s and possibly the 90’s will become classics for years to come. I’m thinking the EB, EL, EF Falcons and similar type Commodores.”

Les believes that the VR Commodore will be one of the last models to ever be considered a classic as well as the HSV models. Two cars the Directors could both could agree on were the Holden Monaro V2, VZ 2001-2005 and Ford GT Falcon, FPV GT (produced by Ford Performance Vehicles).

“I don’t see many newer Fords that fit the profile for classic cars, but we’re still going to have the older Ford GT’s and Holden Monaros that will never be in production here again. For anyone wanting a classic Australian vehicle that will retain its value, they’ll probably be the two most popular models,” said Les. 

“The demise of Australian built Holdens and Fords will make those cars a lot more desirable, while the later model Ford and Holden imports won’t be as collectable.”

“I think we’re a nation that’s quite proud of our motoring heritage and there’s always going to be a market for the original Australian classics,” said John.

Beyond the 90’s, automotive technology has continued to advance, with hybrid technology and the move towards electric cars and vehicles that can park themselves.

If the cars of today and tomorrow were to one day become classics, aftermarket suppliers like Rare Spares would have a hard task at hand, replicating the advanced technology.

“Once they get into the new millennium, say the 2000’s on, cars become more and more complicated,” John said.

When asked if Rare Spares will adapt and eventually be producing electronic car parts, Lance said, “I don’t think so. We may, but there’s already a lot of aftermarket electronics for cars available. I don’t think we would ever be in the game of manufacturing that type of technology.”

On the future role of mechanics being likened to software engineers, he added “It’s certainly going to become a big part of their industry, but the skill set of your basic mechanic will always be needed; An engine’s still an engine. A long way down the track when you’ve got your electric cars and so on - that will change a lot of things, but our current cars still have almost all of the same components that the cars of yesterday had.”

“I don’t think that modern technology will ever stop the average Joe Blow from restoring a car in his backyard.”

Tell us what you think will be considered a classic in the future by emailing Amy at adixon@rarespares.net.au

 

Old's Cool Car Cruise

The Combined Torana Car Club of WA, with 55-60 members, has been gathering monthly for the last 27 years to share their passion for the classic Holden Torana.

With the support of Rare Spares and Rare Spares Perth, the club held their annual event, the Old’s Cool Car Cruise on Sunday the 30th March. All vehicles were welcome to attend the event which started at Tomato Lake in Kewdale, WA from 9:00am and wrapped up in Swan Valley.

Old’s Cool Car Cruise has been a staple event for the Combined Torana Car Club of WA for the last 11 years. Despite poor weather the night before the event, 75 entrants were on show in total and participated in the 1 ½ hour cruise through Perth, and an estimated 300 people attended the event in total.

The day started off with a show n’ shine, then at 10:30, cruisers gathered for a safety briefing before setting off on their cruise, which included a question based competition. Entrants had just over 60 observation based questions to answer along the way, with the top three entrants who got the highest number of correct answers, down to the spelling, winning a trophy and Meguiar’s polish pack.

The event wrapped up with another Show n’ Shine in Swan Valley with a raffle, a sausage sizzle, a bar and a big screen TV with motorsports and other sporting games on in the venue club rooms.

Club President, Rob, has been a member for the past 25 years and the club president for the last five.  He was ¾ of the way through restoring a Torana when he joined the club, partly to learn how to enter his show car in events and shows. His car won a number of ‘Best Custom Paint’ and ‘Best Sedan’ awards back when it was first restored 21 years ago.

“We’re a pretty good club. Because we’re small and we’re a close-knit group of guys, we tend to socialise a bit more outside of the club as well. Everyone’s friends with everyone else and I’m still friends with a lot of guys that were in the club years ago that have since left,” said Rob.

The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month and they make appearances at other club events at least once or twice a month, weather permitting. In the cooler months, the club gather for Go-Karts, pool nights, bowling and similar indoor events.

Other events they have recently attended include the Auto One Classic Car Show and the All Aussie Car Day in the last few weeks.

“We have two banners from the Rare Spares Loyalty Club, which we display at events like these, and we’re currently saving the rest of our points for a new Marquee!”