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Bay to Birdwood Classic 2011 - Sunday 25 September 2011 
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Some more pics from the day:

http://www.garageofawesome.com.au/gallery-events/87-bay-to-birdwood-2011.html

It was great to see so many Belletts out in the one place again!

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Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:52 am
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Heres some pictures of the White GT plus more


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Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:46 am
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Just to clarify, this white 1969 GT is owned by a fella named Henry Nowak who, as far as I know, is not on the forum.

The car is an ex-Victorian car. Brett almost bought it about 10-12 years ago, but it was bought by Robert Wann of Violet Crumble Bellett sedan fame, then sold to Henry who has had it for about 8 years, I'd guess.

The Freegard's GT was not out on the day; I'd be pretty surprised if it's been out for a while.

I'll put some of my own pics up; won't put too many Bellett pics up though as we've now seen all them!

Oh, maybe a few...

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Ok guys here are a few photos!

We classic Isuzu owners met up in the Harbourtown car park, just across the road from the starting line, so we could get all lined up together. Unfortunately the organisers had other ideas and split our convoy up right down the middle; and we don't really know why.

Anyway, we started out together....

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There are always awesome cars at the start at West Beach; unfortunately many of the cars enter then turn around to come home from Birdwood straight away. Rather pointless, I feel!

The next two shots are our mate Brenton, first posing with our mate Darren's BMW 2002 (he took the photos that are on the Garage of Awesome website), then next with his own 1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.

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I get really bored of GTS Monaros; they're like an expensive rash. Sure, they're cool, but they aren't as rare as people think as many have been preserved. However base model and LS Monaros are both thin on the ground; plenty have been street-machined and plenty have just been plain old killed off.

This HG-model Monaro is super awesome. When the 'new' Monaro came out in 2003, people complained it was nothing but a 2-door Commodore. Well, this base-model proves that the original Monaro REALLY was nothing more than a 2-door Kingswood!

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Meanwhile, we spied this HQ Monaro LS entering. The LS was pretty much a Premier-spec Monaro, complete with twin-headlight front end.

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Some people may remember Craig and his cool beige Colt 1100F who attended the Adelaide Bellett Nationals in 2009. When I saw this one, I thought it was him, but it turns out this was another guy! I rang Craig to tell him and he was disbelieving... then he came over and met the guy and realised they already knew each other.

If you're wondering about the ribbons, they were available as part of a charity thing for cancer.

Good sentiment I understand, but they did detract from the awesomeness of the cars a bit, I thought. I like seeing the cars as they were when they were new and they didn't come with ribbons!

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West Beach also yielded a pair of super-cool Honda S600s; both a coupe and a convertible. God-damn I love these things.

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There were some awesome Toyotas there too; this Corona Mark II was pretty tidy. I used to get taken to school in one of these every day by my neighbours.

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This Crown ute ruled pretty hard; this shape Crown is among the best. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the ute was Aussie-specific. I saw one at a Jap show in the USA in 2010 and that one turned out to be ex-Australia anyway, so that didn't clarify the situation!

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This Iso Rivolta Lele was a really rare piece of Italian tin. My GOD I get sick of some Euro cars and their owners, but how COOL is this car!!?

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Here's another awesome Euro; the Trojan 200 3-wheeler! Like the BMW Isetta, the entire front opens up like a space-hatch!

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The early Bluebird; the B410 looks a stack like the Bellett at the front!

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Be still my beating heart..... Prince Skylines....

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We pulled over along the way for a bit to try to get some of the other guys to catch up and saw some really interesting things go past.

Check out this Ford Consul Capri. These pre-dated the Mark 1 Ford Capri and had problems with reliability. They look pretty space aged!

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In Gumeracha, I saw this car go past. This would be one of my favourite Holdens that ever existed; not the HR Holden specifically, but THIS HR Holden. This was built in Left-Hand-Drive and delivered new to Hawaii to a serviceman. He moved to Washington DC and took the car with him, then to Pine Gap in the Northern Territory. The owner then moved back to the USA and left the car here. It spent about 25 years in storage and is now back on the road. It is totally unrestored and original. And AMAZING.

It still sports a Washington DC Government parking permit on the rear bumper....

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Up at Birdwood, there were a couple of cars in the concourse area that took my fancy. The GAZ Volga 21 from Russia was uber-super-ultra cool, however there are already photos up somewhere I'm sure.

This SAAB Sonnett was pretty cool though; I've never seen one in the metal. They are a tiny little thing and have the most massive wheels for their size! How's the stud-pattern! How's the wedgeness!

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Also amongst the concourse cars was another Prince Skyline, the only 100% original looking one with wheelcovers.... sex.

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This Nissan Cedric was for sale. I told Ross he should buy it, but he did not. Instead, another guy I know bought it! It was a really cool car as well; original condition with some minor wear. They look a bit under-wheeled, but otherwise, I mean, what a car. If only I had a Bellel; then we could cruise in our early 1960's Jap family sedans!

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Finally, some of you may have noticed that I've been a bit lacking in posts recently. This is because my darling wife had a little boy, who we've named Joseph Carey.

Now please bear in mind he was not due until 18 October 2011, the doctor told Sarah he was pretty much baked and looked to be getting too big, so if she's like to drop anytime she should feel free. I asked, nay, PLEADED with her to keep her legs crossed until after the Bay to Birdwood, which she dutifully did.

This is a photo of Sarah at the Bay to Birdwood 2011 with only three more days to go until Joseph arrived. So she's mega-pregnant and she was HUGE. I don't think the photo fully conveyed that!

She came along (she requested she get to ride in the Florian due to its high levels of comfort!), hung out in the shade on a picnic rug with a couple of pillows and dozed most of the day. She ruled!

Love you babe!
<sorry for the mush>

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Cheers guys,


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Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:46 am
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WHAT A FANTASTIC GROUP OF PHOTOS!!! :P
It is obvious you enjoyed far better weather than we did in 2009!! ;) I'M JEOLOUS :evil:

Hey Guys I like the number plate on the white GT, :D WTF (what the .... ), no doubt that would be the view of people who RARELY see a Bellett!! :lol: :lol:

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Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:34 pm
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There were photos of cars I haven't even heard of - sweet .

Weather looked fantastic too.

Pity you got split up.

Thanks for sharing.

Neil


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Such uber cool photos, Dave :ugeek: . From experience, while some of us were drowning in classic awsomness, you have the knack of weeding out the ultra rare in the paddock and keeping the camera focused.

I had no idea the GT has such damn fine lines from that angle. From any angle, of course, but rarely get to see it from above like that. On the back of the Wasp, me thinks ?? ;)

Yeah, there was a moment when Sarah almost rolled down the mild hill she was lounging on and did well to recover herself :lol: Had us gasping for a second.

B.


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Yeah Dave M,

I mentioned the WTF numberplate to Henry when I spoke to him about four years ago at the Bay to Birdwood and he hadn't noticed it!

It was not intentional by him; I think it was just the next plate available when it first got SA rego back when Rob Wann had it.

But yeah, very apt! APT!

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Thanks for posting so many excellent photos, Dave. Great work.

I hadn't noticed you taking shots from the Wasp's tray.... too busy blowing smoke up PR91's tailpipe.

Super day, even if we were split up somewhat. Only bettered by Sarah's effort so close to baby Joseph arriving a few days after!

And it's cool to be mushy after childbirth...


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Bellett.Boys wrote:
.... too busy blowing smoke up PR91's tailpipe.

and so u should be Grasshopper.... :lol: :lol:

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A couple of sneaky squirts of oil up the pipe and he'd b blowing it out himself for hours.

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A couple of sneaky squirts of oil up the pipe and he'd b blowing it out himself for hours.

this ain't morris marina world Geoff... so those things don't work here but I'm sure ur marina mates would be willing to try!

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Nice photos Dave.

well done to Sarah. she is a real trooper!

i am sure you guys are having fun playing "new baby" at home....


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:D Great set of photo's,they tried to split the Bellett's up in the QLD
event,but we regrouped when no one lookin,congratulations on the
young one,sure he'll follow the Belletts around Gerry


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Methinks we have many overlaps in car taste, Dave. Choice photos of some ultra rareness - great to see some original Cedrics, etc are being preserved. The hubcapped Skyline is the pick! :shock:

Two door Kingswoods, :lol: like it!
Often are cooking versions of hero cars for the masses - Think Lotus twin-cam Escort versus 1100 plain Escort with wheel bearings the diameter of your pinky finger! :?

Left hook HR seems bizzaro world!

Sarah is Gorgeous - you are right to go to mush!

Thanks for showing. Top day!

Cheers, Matt.

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Sorry to drag up an old'ish thread.

Nearly forgot about some of the Bay to Birdwood pics i took last year.

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Some more pics of some of you folk entering the start at Barratt Reserve:

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Old thread maybe, but the memory lives on. Great pics Dude,

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