Loads of cool metal turned up for the Armadale Auto Parts open day in WA


ARMADALE Auto Parts isn’t your regular parts store, in WA it’s the go-to place for all your cool hot rod parts, clothing as well as your regular; paint, oil, coolant and spare parts. It’s staffed by a bunch of guys who love cars and know what they’re talking about, so when you ring up looking for a part for your 1967 Rambler (like me), you don’t get an awkward silence on the other end, although they might laugh — then they’ll see if they can help.

Dragster 3 NwFor the last 10 years they’ve put on an open day, and initially the car park and a bit of street parking was enough. But it’s grown so popular in the last few years that it involves council permits, street closures and a lot of volunteers. It’s free and you can come and go as you please, and it manages to drag all sorts of cool stuff out of garages. Live music, a sausage sizzle and plenty of cool cars to check out makes it a popular day with a laid back vibe. If only they could work out how to funnel some of the sea breeze out that way, it would be the perfect day out.

Dragster 1 NwBen Forster put together this twin-turbo flattie-powered dragster for a bit of a laugh

34 Coupe Hot Rod 4 NwNeville Anderson’s ’34 coupe is one of the oldest, and fastest, hot rods in WA

Chevy Impala Super Sport 30 NwSweet ’66 Impala Super Sport lowrider was a cool looking ride

Hot Rods 6 NwCool hot rods and live rockabilly music. All you need for a top day out

Armadale Auto Parts 7 NwRichie Balazic and his boy Brando. That’s Brando’s chopped and channelled coupe in the previous shot

Chevy Camaro 10 NwMuscle cars are more than welcome to join in the fun

Holden FJ Sedan 11 NwNeat FJ sedan rocked up to enjoy the day

34 Hemi Sedan 13 NwPhil Pavicich cruises by in his latest ’34, this time a four-door sedan

Chevy Pick Up 14 NwThis Chevy pickup had just the right amount of patina

36 Chev Sedan 15BJ Filer goes to pretty much every cruise he can in his ’36 Chevy sedan

Ford Model A 16 NwMick Simmonds Model A roadster pickup is another old WA hot rod

Ford XC Falcon 18 NwNot the usual treatment for an XC Falcon

32 Ford Five Window 21 NwLes Moran brought his gorgeous ’32 5-window along. Full feature in the next SM Hot Rod

61 Oldsmobile 24 NwVaughan Farmer cruises by in his metalflaked ’61 Oldsmobile

Holden HK Monaro 25 NwThis should make things interesting

Holden HK Monaro 26 NwTurbo Holden V8 in an HK Monaro. Nice!

Custom Chev Low Rider 33 NwA couple of lowriders cruising by

International Ute 35 NwThis International ute rocked up pretty late and is powered by an injected 5-litre Holden

Armadale Auto Parts 37 NwThe Mooneyes Choice award for the car of the day was this awesome pinstriped Moon disc

Ford Roadster Hot Rod 38 NwAnd the winner — Vaughan and Jarrad Farmer’s ’31 roadster with Oldsmobile power. Full feature in the next SM Hot Rod

HR Holden 39 NwThis HR looks like it rocked up straight out of 1986 — and I love it

Chev Bubble Top 40 NwOne of the many AAP project cars is this ’59 Chev. It’s for sale, so give them a call on (08)9495 1932

34 Coupe Hot Rod 41 NwBADHEMI — Domenic Schiavoni’s ’34 coupe that was built by Rod Hadfield back in the 80s. Still looks amazing!