- Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:01
You know those moments when you think something’s a bad Photoshop, but then it turns out to be real? We have those all the time, especially on weekends, but never more so than when looking at a Buddhist hearse.
Yes, they are a thing. They’d have to be; there are over 350 million Buddhists and they’ve got to die some time.
- Published on Monday, 05 May 2014 22:09
When we were kids, the KE70 Corolla was squarer than Spongebob and gayer than Freddie Mercury. Every time we drove one, which was often because everyone’s mum had one, we hated ourselves and wanted to die more than Kurt Cobain.
Then one day, about 15 years later, someone discovered JDM and they became cool. People started putting Japanese quad-headlight ‘DX’ fronts on them. Japanese tail lights, too. And crucially, pepped up their sleepy performance with Japanese-spec 4AGE twin cam engines.
Of course, by the time they became cool, not only had our mums had all traded them for mid-1990s Mitsubishi Lancer wagons, but we ourselves had moved on to sensible adult cars with air conditioning and sports cupholders.
Nostalgic for those rusty bricks of old, we hit up Iron Chef’s All Japan Day in March and saw many, many KE70s that we’d roll in a heartbeat. It made us feel old, but strangely nostalgic for a car we never originally liked…
For instance, one example was a picture of tasteful restraint; with its JDM Corolla DX quad-headlights, JAF grille badge and factory Supra alloys that really set the stance off, it was one of the least-cop-bait cars at the show.
Then there was Cale’s car...
- Published on Sunday, 18 August 2013 22:58
If today’s classic car shows are anything to go by, Australia in the 1970s must have been totally full of Falcon GTs, Monaro GTSes and Detroit steel.
But our car shows don’t accurately reflect our motoring; American cars were incredibly rare; they were expensive to purchase, expensive to import and were required to be converted to right-hand-drive. While it seems that these days, on any given Sunday, the Mustangs will outnumber the Camrys, the vast majority has been imported in the last ten to twenty years.
Depending on what Australian state you live in, local laws have made it easier to varying degrees to register left-hand-drive cars, providing of course they’re 25+ years old. In South Australia, they also have to be 100% standard.
But back in the 1970s, moneyed-up Mustang owners had to rely on the interchangeability of the local Falcon parts to get their exotic muscle car converted, while to date, GM’s Corvette has never been engineered for right-hand-drive, further complicating things.
This meant that buying a new 1970s Stingray could land you with an expensive pile of fibreglass and the distinct possibility of a dodgy-as, oil-bath-chain conversion being the only thing keeping the steering wheel connected to the wheels-that-steer!
So when the boys at Custom Performance Modification of Sydney decided that building a Corvette might be easier than importing and converting one, they may have been right…
But it’s not always that simple; styling a car to look good is a tricky business, while engineering the driveline and suspension to give the appropriate handling, feedback and feel is another thing altogether.
Enter the Perentti, with the styling of a Corvette and the chassis of a Holden….
- Published on Monday, 29 July 2013 15:43
Normally everything you see on Garage of Awesome SPOTTED is original material; sure, we glean photos of the net to make a point or show some history, but SPOTTED is because WE SPOTTED IT.
Today we make an exception; one of the GoA team was casually trawling Instagram looking for photos of nude dwarfs performing salubrious acts with goat’s cheese when he came across this little nugget….
- Published on Monday, 22 July 2013 21:40
Back in January 2012, Garage of Awesome featured a super-rare, one-of-49-in-Australia, Nissan CSP311 Silvia for sale. Although it was the classic Japanese equivalent of gutter trash (you’d go there, but you’d feel dirty afterwards), it was definitely saveable. And reasonably priced.
Well, that article must be getting high up in the inter-Googles (or was it this one about karate goons?), because Ray, the owner of this fully-restored CSP311 Silvia contacted us to ask if we’d like to put his car on our site.
He’s thinking of selling it. It’s awesome, so the answer was definitely ‘yes’.
- GLEANED - Opel Monza
- GLEANED - Pontiac Parisienne 2+2 coupe
- SPOTTED - Audi Fox. At the AIR off-street drags. In 1999.
- GLEANED - Ford Fairlane 500 motorhome
- GLEANED - Toyota Carina
- GLEANED - Chrysler VG Valiant Stirling Special
- GENERAL AWESOME - Cars of the Background
- SPOTTED - Chrysler VC Valiant Regal Safari - 'Pork Hunt'
- GLEANED - 1974 Chevrolet Impala wagon hearse
- GLEANED - Ludicrous BMC Mini Moke twin supercharged