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Recently Penrith Regional Gallery hosted the opening night of their Holiday and Memory exhibition. The coolest part? Our EK is featured in the exhibition, alongside names like Reg Mombasa, Max Dupain and Ken Done!

Here’s the blurb from the Gallery: “Holiday + Memory explores the annual holiday experience of mid 20th century Australia. It is concerned with places ventured to, and experiences had and found along the way”. It continues “Herein, we are taken on a journey under big blue skies and night skies, with cars and caravans on winding roads and highways with oversized pineapples and cries from the backseat of ‘are we there yet’.  It is a land of campgrounds, barbeques and backyard pools, of romantic sunsets and eerie shadows, of riotous colour on the harbour, bush retreats, the brilliant white heat of the beach at noon, flies and mozzies, sand dunes, grass and gnarled trees, being tossed in the surf, burnt to a crisp, sticking to vinyl car seats and dripping icecream. It is a place we all share each long hot Australian summer”.

The exhibition features photography, artwork, and artefacts. An awesome feature is the old Lewers cottage is transformed into a holiday home, complete with mid-century kitchen and loungeroom. The Gallery actually features some beautiful mid-century buildings and gardens, so it’s a pretty cool place to check out. The food at the café is awesome too.

The opening night featured a talk by famous artist Ken Done, who was captivating and hilarious – I can’t believe he’s 74! Our EK is only there till early next week, but it’ll be replaced next week with a vintage caravan in it’s place. The exhibition runs all summer, so if you’re interested check out the Gallery’s website for more info.

Here’s some pics to give you an idea of what’s on show.

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It’s pretty cool to see a rough around the edges old car in a formal gallery setting. People loved seeing it too.


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The old cottage includes a mid-century inspired loungeroom and kitchen. The cool part is most of it will be auctioned off at the end of the exhibition! I’ll keep you posted.

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This fantastic modernistic painting is an original from Margo Lewers.

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The kitchen set up is pretty cool too.

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Some great vintage travel posters on display.

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And finally, Ken Done with our EK!

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The theme for this year’s NSW All Holden Day was celebrating 50 years of the EH. With that in mind, I thought I’d just post up the pics of the EJs & EHs that really took my fancy.

Pick of the bunch for me was this grey sedan, with cleverly mixed elements of a resto and a modern pro streeter. Body wise it appeared very standard, but you couldn’t miss that tough stance and the drag style wheels. The redwalls being the perfect period touch to give it a touch of colour. Inside the story was very similar, apart from a very subtle rollcage, well it could have been from the factory. Under the bonnet was a tough looking engine, I’m guessing a small block Chev, but with everything painted in matt black it looked mean. Very tastefully put together piece of gear.

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And some of the other EJs and EHs that I liked.

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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.

Anyway, here’s some pics.

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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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