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!”

 

Flags For The FE-FC Holden Car Club Of Victoria Inc.

The FE-FC Holden Car Club Of Victoria Inc. have accumulated enough points through the Rare Spares Loyalty Club to redeem event flags to promote their club.

The flags were awarded to the club last week as a token of appreciation for their continued Loyalty. Over the weekend the flags were proudly on display at the Cavalcade of Transport at Yarra Glen Racecourse for National Motoring Heritage Day, helping to promote their car club.

Celebrating FE and FC Holden’s, the club is dedicated to keeping these older model vehicles on the road. The club formed in 1987 and is part of the national body of FE and FC Holdens.

To find out how the Rare Spares Loyalty Club can help your car club get some recognition and free rewards , visit www.rarespares.net.au/loyalty

 

More Than Just A Part In Your Project!

12. May 2014 15:11 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Thanks to all our fans and followers who have been participating in our Facebook photo competition ‘More than just a part in your project’.

We’ve received an overwhelmingly large number of entrants and seen some fantastic pics of restoration projects and enviable daily drives.

At the end of each fortnight, the top three photos that have received the most likes, win a 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 at the end of the competition!

Full competition details and to enter CLICK HERE 

Round three prizes went to Jess and Ross Funston in first place, Stephen Booth in second and Daniel Craft in third.

The competition is running for 3 more weeks, so keep them coming! We want your car!

Picnic At Hanging Rock Car Show

6. May 2014 13:44 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

On Sunday May 4th the Rare Spares sponsored 27th annual Picnic at Hanging Rock event, run by the Macedon Ranges and District Motor Club.

Despite the cold weather, many vintage, classic, restored, modified and veteran vehicles including cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display, making the event one of Victoria’s largest one day motoring events.

Trade stands, displays, refreshments and kid’s entertainment all added to the festival atmosphere on the day.

Rare Spares were out in full force with two marquees and product displays, supported by two promotional girls who spread the word about Rare Spares $200 voucher give away, and Ambassador John Bowe was there to congratulate the winner.

Rare Spares are strong supporters of Australian Car Clubs and it was fantastic to see how many came down for the day!

If you have some pictures from the day that you’d like to share with us, send them to Amy at adixon@rarespares.net.au.