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A fairly new event, but one worth checking out is the ‘Sunday Coffee in the Hills’. Started off by Jeff on ozrodders, it’s quickly building a following with car guys in Sydney. Held the first Sunday of the month, it sees a range of cars park up in the carpark at Kellyville Plaza. The time is from 7am to 9am, which means you can head out for a quick cruise and still have the rest of the day to do whatever you need to do.

On the day we were there, there was a great variety of cars on show. From a Mitsubishi L300 converted to a van with a mid mounted LS1, tough streeters such as an XY GT and very grumpy 60s Chev, through to a restored ’55 Belair and a pair of restored ’39 Chevs, a rally spec 80s Beemer, as well as a handful of Mustangs and modern Fords. The best thing was the relaxed vibe. Everyone was happy to chat and admire each others cars for what they were. Definitely one to keep an eye out for! For more info check this out.

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Sunday saw the second Lone Star Open Day, and true to form it was another corker. Featuring a stack of cool rides, workshop demos and project talks it had a little something for everyone. Throw in a sausage sizzle and a coffee van and everyone was well sorted.

A highlight was the chance to check out many projects from different ozrodders members. Turns was there with his Model A Roadster featuring hand-made body from the doors back. Royden fired up his angry Dodge which made enough noise to loosen your fillings. Rod brought his Fargo tribute which started life as a Mitsubishi L300 van and is now a ute with a mid mounted LS3 and legally registered as an ICV.

The Open Day is also a chance to catch up with old mates from near and far, as well as putting faces to names. To give you an idea, there were guys from Castlemaine, Pakenham, Nowra, Shoalhaven Heads, Ballarat, and Wellington – just in town to come to the Open Day.

I’ve got some pics below. If you missed it, kick yourself and make a better effort to come along next year and check it out.

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The team from Lone Star Body Shop are once again throwing open the shed doors. They’re holding another of their open days on Sunday 19 May, and it’s shaping up to be an absolute corker. The day will feature metal shaping and metal working demos, talks about different projects in the shop, and a great impromptu show in the carpark. If you’re ever wanted to ask an expert for some advice or feedback on metal shaping, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better opportunity. I posted up some pics and a bit of a run down on last year’s event here, and this year’s day is shaping up to be even bigger. Click on the flyer below to see it bigger.


As an example of Stuart’s work, check out these ’34 Ford hood sides he recently made. The customer posted the pre-made hood sides, for them to be reinforced, louvred, and receive a swaged edge. If you’re wondering what the relief cut is for, these will be going on a car with a blown hemi, so they need to clear the rocker covers!

The blank hood sides ready for work.

Careful measurement of an original hood side to replicate the factory offering.

The louvres were run in the Pullmax, with fences used to determine the start and stop points.

A reinforcing plate was spot welded to the inside, this will help to avoid stress risers at the end of the louvres.

Some detail shots of the finished hood sides.


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Even cold and damp conditions couldn’t put a dampener on the Lady Luck festival this weekend. Held at The Carrington in Katoomba, Lady Luck is a celebration of all things kustom kulture with burlesque acts, bands, stalls, and a show and shine. The smart people stay over, so they can have a big night on the Friday night, sleep in Saturday and then have another big one on the Saturday night, to crawl home Sunday.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been, with the last couple clashing with going away for the Australia Day long weekend. In that time it seems to have grown in leaps and bounds, which is fantastic to see. A great feature is the show and shine in the main street of Katoomba, and the cars look great in front of the art deco buildings, including institutions such as The Paragon cafe. I reckon it’s got a lot of potential, and you could see that even with the drizzly 14 degree weather! Looking forward to next, maybe I need to get my ass organised and book some accommodation.

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You sure get some funny looks when you arrive to pick up some building supplies or furniture and you’re driving an old girl like our EK wagon. I had a birthday back in December and needed some hay bales for the party, so cruised up to the local ag supplies shop in the EK to pick it up. Worked a treat, though I think I’ll be finding hay in nooks and crannies for months to come.




The party had a bit of a country theme, the hay bails worked a treat along with the other assorted old junk we’ve got lying around the place. Good practice for decorating our wedding later this year.





And as far as cool stuff I scored, I’ve been after a vintage bull in good condition for aaaaages, and scored this beauty along with the tiki mug. I also got a Shag print which looks great along with my Neo Dutch original and Weesner print.



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Bridge to bridge ski race

What are the odds the one day of the year you go for a scenic cruise with the plan of going to Wisemans Ferry for lunch, and that’s the one day of the year the ferry is closed?! That happened to us the other week, we took the scenic route up to the west of Wisemans Ferry, go to catch the ferry over and she’s closed for the Bridge to Bridge ski race. The consolation prize was we to watch a few boats go past at full noise, and man did they sound sweet!

The Bridge to Bridge is a 112km course along the Hawkesbury River and goes from Dangar Island to Windsor. Each boat tows a pair of skiers and the big boys can reach speeds of 220kmh. The boats are seriously tough, basically imagine a twin turbo V8 which wouldn’t be out of place in a drag car, running for almost an hour. The only thing tougher is the skiers themselves, their physical and mental strength is super impressive. This year’s overall winner was the team of Hellrazor, who finished in just under 39 minutes – which makes the average speed about 170kmh (or 107mph)!

Here’s a few pics I got on the phone, and I’ve found some videos from previous years.

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Garage crawls are a great way to spend a day – driving old cars, checking out cars still being built, having a few cold ones and spending time with mates. A few of us Sydney based guys in the oz-e-rodders decided it was high time to have another, so we did!

I put up my hand up to be the kick off point. Everyone turned up virtually at the same time which was kinda cool. Check out this guy with his son checking out the cars on the street. They even came down to the carport and said g’day after looking at the cars, I thought it was new guy I hadn’t met till they said ‘by’ and kept walking down the street.

We’ve got a single car garage which usually holds our EK, so it was pretty light on in terms of stuff to look at. So we compensated with some nibblies including a home-made flourless chocolate cake for morning tea (props to my fiance, though I helped with some mixing so I could clean out the bowl).

After a while shooting the breeze and catching up, we piled into the cars and got on our way.

Wish I had  a driveway this freaking cool.

The cars parked together look like they could have been at an Aussie rod run in the 70s.

Second stop for the day was Jeff’s. His mate (who’s name completely escapes me) owned this very neat and very low EK which looked fantastic.

Jeff is a young guy who is building a late 30s Chev pickup. This is his first hot rod build and has only taken him a couple of years so far, and has been built on a shoestring budget. With a little help he’s tackled suspension set up, paint, trim etc and it’s shaping up to be a great little cruiser. Can’t wait to see this on the road mate, and thanks for having us.

What is it about garage crawls where you inevitably end up standing in a big circle having a chin wag?

With a quick stop en-route for some essentials (namely more beer), it was back on the road to what seemed the middle of nowhere to Scott’s place.

After chucking the beers in the fridge (and grabbing one to cool our hands), we wandered down to check out Scott’s sheds. ‘Buddy’ the neighbour’s dog came along for the run.

Scott had a nice selection of sheds which had us all drooling, the massive amount of projects and bits we’d all have collected if we had the room! His next project is this International pickup which despite its looks was reasonably solid. Check out the mint condition gauge cluster in it!

International coupe ute was stashed for a future project.

Torana and the Commer van are customer projects getting some work done on them.

Afterwards Scott and his better half Lib put on a great feed for lunch which was well appreciated. After a nice arvo kicking back we all made our reluctant good byes. We decided to swing past Windsor on the way home and grabbed an ice cream and had it in the park – mint and cookie – super good! Overall we did about 150km or so, and we didn’t have to travel to the first stop. We reckon Gav and Anne in the ’46 Chev did about 300km or so by the time they drove from their place. What’s the fun in having them if you can’t drive em?!

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