Hosted by Eat.Shop.Love and The Outlaw Rod Shop and held at the Gledswood Homestead & Winery, the Father’s Day Picnic was a massive success

Photographers: Ben Wares

“BRING your car, it’ll be a great day,” they said. “It’s a Father’s Day show, the whole family will enjoy themselves,” they said. Well, they were right!!!

Hosted by Eat.Shop.Love and The Outlaw Rod Shop and held at the Gledswood Homestead & Winery, the Father’s Day Picnic was a massive success. Some 300 cars and roughly 7000 spectators turned up for what was a great day.

One of the main organisers, Chris Palazzo, commented, “Last year it was an impromptu last-minute thing. But for its second year, it was an incredible turnout. So many good cars, so many people. Unfortunately, that meant I didn’t get the chance to catch up with everybody I wanted to. But it did make me happy to see all the families having such a great day.”

outlaw rod shop fathers day showChris was not exaggerating about the quality of cars. As many as a dozen Top 10 Elite stunners filled the premium parking positions. It was a rare outing for many of these gleaming show winners. And despite getting caught in the morning’s very brief rain shower, none were complaining. It was smiles all ’round. This positive vibe pretty much summed up the whole day.

As Bert Van Kalker (Idle Wild Bankstown) commented, “there was lots to see and do for everyone. Heaps of things for the kids, lots of families picnicking. There was a band, plenty of good food, market stalls and wine tasting! I even saw my old ’56 Chev, it’s now owned by Anthony Penna (SM October 2017), he’s spent a lot of money getting it look this good.”

About the only downside was the delay getting all the spectator cars into the venue. The volunteer Fire Brigade did a great job marshaling 2000-plus vehicles down the narrow driveway. But again, all involved were very understanding as the staff did the best they could with the incredible turnout.

Outlaw Rod Shop fathers day show“The show is all about catching up with friends,” says Chris. “We hand-made the trophies as an extra bit of incentive to get all the awesome cars to come out for the day”.

The judging side of Father’s Day Picnic was just as laid back as the rest of the day. There was a total of 23 custom-made trophies, with major traders/supporters such as Rocket Industries, NRMA and Shannons, along with a selection of key people asked to walk around and pick their favorite car – meaning a lot of different cars got called out at presentation time.

Father’s Day 2018 is September 2nd – save the date and I’ll see you there.

1941 Willys coupe1. This killer Purple Midnight ’41 Willys coupe was recently purchased by a very happy Kylie Crosland – who was even happier after picking up a trophy on the day. With its fat rear hides and blown small-block Chev, this is one bad-arse pro streeter.

1956 Chev2. You got the low down on Anthony Penna’s sweet ’56 Chev in SM October 2017 issue. Despite being freshly finished and a Meguiar’s MotorEx trophy winner, Anthony’s far from finished with 50 SICK. To make it more street friendly, the drag-spec twin-turbo’d LS will make way for a normally aspirated mill, while the AlumaStars are being superseded by American Legend forged billets.

Holden Torana3. The number plates are not the only giveaway there’s a 6.0-litre LS2 lurking under the bonnet of this slick LH Torana – it’s also sporting the entire Commodore dash as well.

Holden Torana engine bayUnlike many similar installs, a lot of time has been spent making it all look like it’s supposed to be there.

Holden Commodore SS4. Vince Micallef’s incredibly tidy VH HDT Group III is way tougher and far slicker than Mr P Brock ever imagined!

1959 Cadillac5. With is ultra-sanitary, bright-red interior, Trudy Camilleri’s oh-so-long and oh-so-low ’59 Caddy is as cool as they come.

1955 Chev pickup6. Angelo Camilleri’s (Trudy’s father) chopped and slammed ’55 Chev pick-up was built some years ago and has seen many thousands of road miles – it’s still a knock-out.

Ford Anglia7. How insane is this? Regularly street driven, John Willard’s 496ci, blown, big-block Anglia has run a best of 8.78@160.

Ford AngliaWhile the rude red rocket is no longer set up for methanol, it has run 9.00 on pump fuel with a Craig’s Automatics Powerglide, very narrow nine-inch and spartan aluminium interior – that’s stout!

Holden Commodore8. Of the 11 VC HDT Commodores that contested the Race of Champions as the support race for the 1980 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, Peter Perfect’s was the only black example. This tribute includes a cage and has been enhanced with set of the modern 19-inch Irmscher wheels

Rob Raiti's hot rod9. Peek under the hood of Rob Raiti’s BAD 38 and you’ll see a Hilborn injected big-block Chev. Another of the many Idle Wild members in attendance, this tough, all-steel, tubbed rod has run 10.3 in full street trim and was originally built some 15 years ago by Rob’s father, who recently passed away.

chevrolet Camaro10. There’s just something right about a black Camaro with an arse full of tubs and massive Mickey Thompson rubber. With a big-block under the hood, Frank Talese’s ’68 certainly lives up to its ‘MEAN’ number plates.

Hot rod11. “It’s a two-year build using an original steel body on original rails,” says owner, Ian Wicks. Camden County Customs rescued the basket-case body, plus chopped the top 4-inches, channelled it four inches, filled in the roof and recessed the firewall to clear the Stromberg-equipped 302 Windsor and T5 five-speed.

Hot Rod rearInside Rides did the unique olive-green leather, which includes belt buckle accents.

1934 coupe12. Norm Corte’s GUNZ 34 was just one of the dozen or so Top 10-level cars that drove to the event. The two-time Meguiar’s Superstar, all-steel ’34 coupe has the best of everything; 6/71 blown small-block, repro chassis, IFS, four-bar rear, suicide doors and leather interior. There’s miles of polished metal and it’s finished in gorgeous HOK Brandy Wine.

slammed bare metal 1941 Chevy13. Part of the Outkast Garage crew, this chopped, slammed, bare metal ’41 Chevy is plain bitchin’.

1934 Vicky Phantom14. Winner of Meguiar’s Superstars Best of Breed Hot Rod in 2013, Shaun Muscat’s ’34 Vicky Phantom was yet another elite level show car that took the opportunity to put a few kilometers on the clock. The Carson-topped, IFS equipped, blown 383-cube Clevo-powered rod still looks a million dollars.

1937 Ford Roadster15. Resplendent in black over gold duco, Brett Hewerdine’s 1937 Ford Roadster sits a gnats breath off the deck when aired out. The art deco inspired Canadian Oze Rod Shop body sits atop an Oze chassis and is powered by a Harrop eight throttle-body injected, 427-cube, LS7 – backed by a Tremec T56.

1955 Pontiac16. Joe Kurtovic’s 1955 Pontiac custom was one of the stars from the flyer that was even more jaw dropping in real life.

1934 Outlaw Coupe17. Not to be confused with his blown Hemi Outlaw roadster, the 1934 Outlaw Coupe is another jaw dropping rod from show organiser, Chris Pallazzo’s stable. The 700hp, gleaming metal mountain is a 6/71-blown, 427-cube small block – this thing is a beast on the road