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This year’s Sydney Hot Rod and Custom Auto Expo was a cracker! I’ll be honest, I’m fairly over static show and shines – and indoor shows are the worst. So I was pretty stoked (and surprised) to come away grinnin’ after this one.

The organisers have made a concerted effort to inject some new life into the stale indoor show format. Motorcross stunt shows, dragster fire ups, live air brushing and pinstriping, and dedicated rod and custom parking out front. A new addition this year was Nostalgia Lane, strictly open to only period correct rides, and featuring a killer variety including rods, customs, drag cars, lowriders and bombs. With some specially invited car clubs, it was a definite highlight of the show. In addition to this, the Mooneyes crew put on a great display with the Mooneyes dragster, original art pieces by resident pinstriper Hiro ‘Wildman’ Ishii as well as live pinstriping too! Throw in a bunch of other great rods and customs, and it was a great little show.

While all the ‘big boys’ of the show scene might have been at Motorex down in Melbourne, I’d chose this show every day of the week. Well done to the organisers!

Enjoy the pics!¬†They’re far from perfect, but they’re okay for the ol’ phone.


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Western Sydney shook once again today as the Day of the Drags rolled into town again.


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Hand painted signs are like old cars – they’re a bit of a window back to a simpler style. A time when style and craftsmanship were valued, and computers were something from a science fiction movie. It’s no wonder I dig both of them in a big way.

So when I stumbled across this amazing collection of pics from Tierney Signs spanning almost a century, I just had to see if I could share them. Graciously, Adam Tierney was only too happy to. The company was originally established in Sydney in 1924 by the late James Mark Tierney. His four sons all followed in his footsteps and studied in the traditional trade. One of his sons Peter, moved to Toowoomba in 1978 and started serving the region. He’s now retired, but sons Adam and Liam have taken on the family legacy for the third generation. To this day they still offer traditional hand painted signs, as well as modern style signage as well. If you’re in the Darling Downs, you know who to contact for your signage needs. For more details check out their website¬†www.tierneysigns.com.au or facebook page.

All images courtesy Tierney Signs1The Late James Mark Tierney. Glebe, Sydney 1927.

3Haymarket in the late 1940’s.

Circa 1950’s Quay Street – Haymarket in peak trade.4
Ramsgate 1950’s.
Late 50s to early 60s.6

9Ramsgate 1960s.
Ramsgate, early 1970s.
81011121314151617Peter Tierney and his son Adam as 4th year apprentice. Toowoomba Qld. 199218Eddie Tierney, Cooma, NSW, 1992.19
John Tierney, Springwood, NSW 1992.20Jim Tierney, Ramsgate, Sydney 1992.2122

This piece was hand painted by Tierney Signs in the 1960’s. The piece is heritage listed and is now part of the Ultimo Tafe campus. This kind of work was regular contract work from the original Sydney Fruit and Vegetable Markets in Haymarket.

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Art deco buildings, rockabilly music, great cars and pin ups every 10 paces – the annual Lady Luck festival in Katoomba is always a great little show.



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The Summernats City Cruise is a great way to check out a nice range of tidy streeters without the crowds within Natex, and a great way to show off some nice rides to the locals. We were in the neighbourhood so stopped by to check things out.


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Held in the country town of Gresford, The Mud Run is a weekend of old fashioned fun with old cars, good music, and bloody cold nights. The mix of cars on the track ranges from street registered classics, traditional jalopies, and rats cobbled together from spare parts. Everyone gets a chance to get nice and muddy for 5 or so laps, then scoot around to rejoin the cue to go around again.

Well, that is if you manage to keep things sunny side up… Our Commer van wasn’t so fortunate, a tyre pealing off a rim combined with a narrow front track saw her go rubber side up. The crew were great in making sure everyone was okay – thankfully everyone was, but we can’t say the same for our old van!


Watching the replay…5

With our van out of play, all that was left to do to sit back with a few beverages and watching the action on the track. 6791011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435

Another cracking Mud Run, and all of our guys are looking forward to getting back there next year – hopefully with a new ride!

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The Drag-Ens Hot Rod Club have pulled together something truly special with The Rattletrap. Racing beautiful old cars and bikes along an awesome beach with perfect weather is pretty hard to top, and this is quickly going to become a must do event.

The event was held at Crowdy Head, which is near Taree on the mid-north coast of NSW. Broadly the rules were pretty simple – cars were pre ’41 and bikes pre ’60 – but more importantly they needed to evoke the spirit of a bygone era. Races weren’t timed, and were held over a short enough track that speeds didn’t get too out of control. Drivers and spectators alike were encouraged to wear period gear.

The whole event ran great – racing went almost constantly all day, all the racers got in plenty of runs, and everything ran smoothly. Well done to the Drag-Ens for all their hard-work – an event of this size doesn’t come together easily, and how smoothly it ran is testament to their planning. We’ll be back next year!


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