Bits and Pieces from Peter in Australia June 23 Edition

Peter is a “photographic observer” who is living in Australia. Today’s collection of photographs from Peter are of some very interesting Bits and Pieces of photos that he has taken in Australia, a glimpse of Restored Cars Australia magazine and he has added some Australia car humor. I like that we get to see how Peter shares his views of the hobby in Australia. For those of you interested Peter uses a Nikon P900.

In Peter’s “Hood”, Queensland, within that area is the Caboolture airstrip, which Peter likens to the Torrance airport with its vintage aircraft. They fly over his place and when he hears the Pratt and Whitney engines working at a distance it gives Peter the time to get ready with his camera as they fly over. This days plane is a vintage Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Wirraway, which is a training and general purpose military aircraft used during Second World War. They were manufactured by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC).

During the Second World War, the RAAF deployed a number of Wirraways into combat roles, where they served in a light bomber role used in the ground attacks, striking against the advancing forces of the Empire of Japan.

It is a nice day to see the vintage aircraft against the cloudless blue skies.

This right hand Australian the Ford Capri GT is powered by a V6 is a very rare bird. The Ford Motor Company of Australia produced the European-designed Ford Capri MK1 GT in Homebush a suburb of Sydney from 1969-1972. The Super Roo is a just a nice touch.

The 1962 – 1966 Zodiac Mark III was an upmarket version of the English Zephyr 6. The 2553 cc, single carburetor, inline six-cylinder engine with 109 bhp and a new four-speed all synchromesh transmission. The brakes were servo assisted, with discs at the front and drums at the rear.

A decision by a team of Ford executives from Australian travelled to Dearborn in 1957 to check out the Zephyr Mark II and were shown the car intended to be manufactured in the new plant with the aim of challenging the supremacy of the Holden. They were also shown the forthcoming Falcon and chose that instead of the English car. The Falcon looked sleeker and more modern and, importantly, was lighter and would be less expensive to manufacture. Imagine how some of those Ford blokes would have felt when they saw the styling and specification of the newly launched Mark III in early 1962! By then, the Falcon had earned a terrible reputation.  The Falcon eventually adapted to those tough road conditions and became very popular and collectable today.

Many Industry writers believe that the Mark III would have challenged the 50% of Holdens market share as being a far superior car.

Peter, just to mix things up a for the day. Here is a tidy 1969 Mustang and the bonus a 1970 MG.

Here is a glimpse of Restored Cars Australia magazine, I believe this is a regular read of Peters. Something that caught his interest he pointed out “Notice the six wheeled 1936 FORD coupe.”

Peter sent these that are the best car-toons you will find in Australia and says that the same principles can be applied to a Camaro and Mustang in the US. The chicken coupe joke is not novel. Peter, knew a mate who used a 70s Cadillac as a Dog House!

Peter and I want to thank you for riding along. Frank