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Klaxon Special Edition 200 Is Out Now.


The January – February 2011 Klaxon has been released from the vault.
It is full of recent summer time events from the west coast of Oz and has more pictures than a 5 sets of baseball cards.
Edition 200 has taken since March 1973 to arrive and burned out several editors along the way, but it is here. It has been chipped out of stone, painted on cave walls, typed onto ink stencils and danced from the keyboards of modern computers.

Navigate the menu to the left and down load it automatically in PDF format. Once it is on your computer or other modern gadget, use your PDF viewer to magnify it and get an even better look.


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Eric Warren.

September Show Time Special Klaxon Out Now.

Klaxon coverBetter late than never! The September monthly , oops, quarterly Klaxon is now available in the Magazine Rack for your perusal.
It contains millions of photos of recent events so it will take a bit longer than usual to download. Be patient.
This edition covers two hot rod shows, a TAC inspection day, the ASRF Salvo’s Xmas hamper run and the GoodFellas’ Yanchep Rod Run.
Find the download from the menu on the left hand side. Find Klaxon under the Magazine Rack link.


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Eric Warren.

December Klaxon Bulging with Rodding Reports

cover_dec_2009.png Nothing goes faster than two weeks holiday over Christmas. Next thing I know it is January 2010 and you haven’t even had your last 2009 Klaxon yet… sorry… editorial holidays away from the computer.
The December 2009 edition is now available for your perusal. It is full of great events like the Yanchep Run, The Armadale Auto Parts Show n Shine and heaps more.
You can download it by working down the menu at the left.
If you know anyone who would like a future Klaxon reminder too, tell them to email their email address to
I hope 2010 is a ripper year for you.
All the best,
Eric warren.

Woo Hoo! October 2009 Klaxon is out.. have a read.

oct_2009_cover.png The October 2009 KLAXON is now available.
This month features Jimbo’s Breakfast, September TAC checks and Guilderton Rod Run. Heaps of colour shots.
The KLAXON is the monthly newsletter of West Coast Street Rod Club based in Perth, Western Australia.
Down load it via the menu in the left side bar.

Super Show Special Klaxon OUT NOW!

Klaxon September 2009 The September Klaxon is available now. This month’s edition covers the Western Australian State Title Hot Rod Show held at Burswood and the West Coast Street Rod Club Father’s Day Show held in Fremantle. Please note that this is a bumper photo edition, so it will take an extra while to down load after selecting it from the menu in the left side bar.
If you want to receive an email advising when the next edition is available, either send your details to or enter them in the Guest Book and you will be kept advised. Now go to the menu on the left and read as many Klaxons as you wish… well only the last 45 at this point. Earlier editions coming soon.

Bonneville Speed Week in the August Klaxon.

 aug_2009_klaxon_cover.pngBonneville Speed Week has just finished.  Jim Ireland cruised about 1900 miles in his 33 Plymouth coupe to the salt flats of Bonneville to lend a hand and take in the action.  This month’s Klaxon has a few pictures and a snippet or two of Jims’ few days on and off the salt.  I hope you enjoy it.
The AUGUST 2009 KLAXON is available now from the Klaxon Magazine Rack options to the left.   Enjoy.
About two weeks ago I emailed out the first “WESTERN LINK” newsletter.  It’s purpose is to be a relatively short  text to advise all Western Australian rodders of the latest news, coming events and classifieds. It will be published once or twice a month depending upon what content is available. It is for anyone who wants it, regardless of your hot rodding affiliations.   I have had some great feedback about the first one.
  If you did not receive it first hand or you know of anyone who should get it, send your email or get them to send theirs  to  
Likewise, if you are having an event that you want to publicised, send the details to the same email address. Same for buys & sells etc.
If you didn’t receive a reminder email that the August Klaxon was available, send your email address to  
In less than two weeks we have the Western Australian State Title Hot Rod Show atthe  Burswood Dome on August 29-30,   followed closely by the Father’s Day Hot Rod show on 6th September at St Patrick’s School in Fremantle. Heaps to do as we drag ourselves out of winter and head towards the summer hot rod season.
Catch you next time.
Eric Warren.

My 1939 Willys Coupe In Finland!

My 1939 Willys Coupe in Finland!  Well actually in a 1981 Fin Hot Rod Magazine called “V8 Magazine”.






v8-magazine-cover-resized.JPGThe photos were taken in 1981 at the Mildura Nationals in Victoria, Australia.   The coupe had a 283 with triple carbs,

Powerglide gearbox and 10 bolt Chev diff at the time. Over the years the motor and box were updated to a 350/350 combo.  During its current rebuild, a 9 inch diff has been fitted with disc brakes.  The triple carbs have been replaced with a single carby for an LP Gas conversion. The manifold is now a single plane Weiand and a new cam has been fitted.


AB’s 50th Birthday Party.

AB Jnr and Allan wellsIt’s not everyday that someone turns 50 years old. I fact, it’s only one day each if you are lucky enough to make it.woody-barton.JPG

Last weekend hot rodder AB jnr (Alan Barton) had his 50th birthday party. AB Snr had his over 20 years ago. I wasn’t invited to that one.eric-and-gibby.JPGThe party had a “red” theme most likely to match the colour of his hot rod.  That meant that everyone who got the email was to wear something in red and most attendees did.  Yours truly had nothing red at home so had to hire some red clothing from a fancy shop as did partner Denise.  On arrival at the party, one guest thought I was a “Singing Telegram” about to spew out a beautiful rendition of “Happy Birthday to you”.  Fotunately, I was not, just one of about 80 attendees at the party. If need be, I can sing, ask the neighbour’s dog.The evening was typical of a large group of hot rodders and modellers who have known each other for up to 40 years, getting to talk about our favourite topics and the good ol’ days.  There was ample good food, about 5,000 large cakes (approx) and minimal speeches. A good combo and great night.jr-and-chock.JPGAB is a long-time hot rodder from Perth, Western Australia. His infamous “Rain Maker” red 29 A roadster was owner built and dom-murray-archie.JPGfinished in 1983 and still driven regularly.  AB has held most major positions in hot rodding in the state and in  West Coast Street Rod Club. He is currently Editor of “Rod Tork”, a news letter for the Western Australian members of the ASRF.(Australian Street Rodding Federation)

Another Exciting Weekend in the Life of a Hot Rodder

               It’s not every weekend that one finds the time and opportunity to just be a bloke and pursue his hot rod interests.p1030778.JPGp1030802.JPGI must admit, my 21 year old daughter who grew up in such an environment, rolled her eyes back when I explained what a good weekend I had planned.  Well, she did ask.Friday night after work I squeezed in about 5 hours of engine reassembling on the 350 Chev, in preparation to put it back into the coupe for the last time, for a long time, I hope. The motor was getting new bearings and rings and the heads were being prepared to run with LP Gas. I also fitted a new low rev-hi torque camshaft to help out with the  high cogs in the new 9″diff.  That was Friday night and part of Saturday, before going to a shed warming party at Big Al’s to celebrate his new shed and surrounds being completed at his new house.p1030781.JPGNext hot rod activity, was the official low key opening of a new Äuto One” auto parts store. The business is being started by some  fellow members and old friends from the West Coast Street Rod Club that I have known  for a squillion years.  Naturally the opening was well advertised to local hotrodders and a show n shine was held in front of the store.  Naturally I took a few happy snaps for the Events photo gallery.p1030789.JPGp1030808.JPGThe guys and gals had hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks available. Later in the afternoon there was a monster raffle with free tickets and plenty of prizes to around. All in all a great day to catch up with the guys.Engine building, garage warming, checking out hot rods and bench racing…all in one weekend.  Why did she roll her eyes for?p1030792.JPGCheck out the Cyberhotrodder photo gallery here.Eric warren

Goodfellas 2007 Yanchep Hot Rod Run

p1030763.JPGp1030765.JPGstp80110.JPGstp80112.JPGstp80148.JPGSunday morning. I feel good and the weather is looking fantastic. I am pumped up to have a great day out with hot rods. The cameras are packed and and the street hack is fueled up.. It is right now that  I wish the hot rod was finished.It is about 30 minutes drive to the starting point, a large car park at a shopping centre.  I planned to get there early to take some photos as the rods came in and before the crowds gathered.  I was early and too late at the same time. Clever huh! There was probably 60 rods and a couple of dozen streetmachines there already.The event is in its third or fourth year and has become extremely popular.  It is at a good time of year after the winter lull. The destination is great for parking-up and has attractions to see and food and drink available at the licenced inn. It only costs five bucks to enter, which gives express discounted entry into Yanchep National Park and a shot at the lucky entrant prizes.  Why wouldn’t it be popular. They also run p1030757.JPGa raffle with many great prizes.stp80157.JPGThey try to register all entrants before leaving the car park for the 50 minute cruise. This is where my day hit a low spot. With my five bucks hanging out of my paw, I engaged the registrars  to enter the event. “What car have you got?” they enquired. In a muffled voice I replied “street hack”. “Not the VOLVO, no way” was the stp80123.JPGembarrassing retort.  Damn, that was the second time in an hour that I really wanted to be back in the coupe. I grabbed my fiver back and tried to disappear into the bright sunlight.  It’s no wonder I have not attended many events since I stripped down the Willys.The cruise in my Swedish love machine was slow and steady. (because the traffic was congested!). Once at the destination, I parked in a secluded spot and got busy again with the camera.  The lawns in front of the inn were an explosion of colour. I took photos of all the rods and a few of the other vehicles.  Have a look here at the Cyber hot rodders Events Gallery for the photographs.My friend and I anap1030738.JPGlyzed the crowd and the dining facilities and decided that an early lunch would be better than a mid afternoon meal, so we ordered and ate early, which gave us plenty of time to socialize, take more photos, see the koalas, take a walk and have coffee at the specialty chocolate shop. OK, so we weakened and bought two sample chocolates. It could have been much worse without a the diet guilt hovering.All in all a great day out even without the Willys coupe.This week I will be ordering the parts require for the coupe’s motor rebuild, then back into the shed again.Seeya Cyber Hot Rodders,Hot rod Eric of Volvo fame.

WAHRP 2007 Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular

Today is ap1030714.JPG great dMark Allen’s Willysay in my hot rod calendar. I packed up two cameras and set off our state tiltle hot rod show.The West Australian Hot Rod Promoters held their annual hot rod and street machine car show on October 27th and 28th at the Burswood Dome, in Perth, Western Australia.

Because it is the state title hot rod show,  it brings out the best of the best, but also everything from unfinished rat rods to the real diamonds.  It is promoted this way so that the the paying spectators can get a good idea of the scope available in the sport. From Budget to big buckaroonies. It is judged according to the Australian Street Rod Federation rules that are well documented and have been used for the last 30 years. Not all car are judged of course, just the jewels.

The display comprised of street rods, customs, post 48 classics, trikes, mini-rods, junior dragsters,VWs and more.stp80035.JPGThe ASRF had their stand set up promoting the sport. The display featured the 70th anniversary of 1937 Fords and Chevs with several rods and restorations on display.  See them in the gallery. I estimate that there was probably 175 vehicles on display overall.A live band was knocking out some good rock a billy tunes while I was there. There was also plenty of quality trade stands for those requiring some hot rod apparel, books and magazines, Car care products and of course the nice shiny bits to put on the projects.stp80022.JPGWillys were again scarce. Mark Allen’s 41 coupe and an unfinished ’39 sedan were the only ones there.  39s are rare, I know, I have had my coupe for many years. I have just repainted mine an uncommon colour (for a hot rod – ivory)that I thought would be unique for quite a while. This 39 sedan was the same colour!!! Whether or not it remains that colour is to be seen, as it was painted that colour some years ago when it was a restorer job.  A unique feature on it were the custom made front inner fender guards that suggests that it will be running cycle guards on the front.p1030690.JPGAs with every event of this size, I met up with rodders I have known for 34 years. That is one of the good things about spending times at these shows. Two of these guys were debuting new rods, having had already had superb rods in show years ago.Fred Nilan’s 32 coupeHave a look at the Gallery in the Events Album, for  photos of all of the hot rods and some of the other class vehicles. Being a hot rodder blog I didn’t take countless photos the street machines and other types of vehicles, although they did make a great impression at the show.If you are going to an event, take some good photos, ideally  640 x 480 in size and send them in with some basic details and we will set up an album for them. This will  add some interstate and international flavour to our cyber site.Send pictures and some info of your own ride. We will put them in a readers rides album.Cheers for now,Eric Warren.

Father’s Day Hot Rod Show

    On the first Sunday of  September, West Coast Street Rod Club, based in Perth, Western Australia, holds it’s annual Father’s Day Hot Rod show at St. Patrick’s School in Fremantle./Being right at the end of a southern Cyberville  winter, the weather for this outdoor one day show is often threateningian-swinbournes-32-tourer-jim-candidos-dodge-pu.JPG if not a bit wet.mick-roberts-32-coupe.JPG  clive-tichners-hiboy-and-peter-hunters-full-fendered-32s.JPG

This year is was another perfect spring day that brought out about 75 hot rods for a stretch in the sunlight.On the day, the show has a very simple format. No entry forms, no tissy displays, no costs no roof.   It is a run what you brung affair with rodder’s category choice and people’s choice trophies presented later in the afternoon. Just turn up at the right time and the organisers will rope off your hot rod from the viewing public.

After that the choice of activity is yours. dave-whiteheads-56-ford-victoria-custom.JPG

Fremantle is a lively port side city. There are dozens of restaurants, coffee shops and bars. You can checkout the hot rods, take photos, talk hot rod stuff, catch up with old friends, go home or spend the day in the busy Fremantle tourist precinct. Go to a movie, markets, museums, shop, drink, eat, watch the buskers etc.  Being Father’s day it is a good way to show off your rod hassle free and enjoy a great time with the family.mark-franks-holden-6-cyl-t-bucket.JPG

Being the first event on the hot rodding calendar after each winter, it often brings out a few new cars and this year was exception.This year there was another strong showing of trade dispays that showed their wares of hot rodding parts, clothing, badges, and hot rod building services.  Trevor Breeze showed up with a stand featuring about four cars and a chassis and a sound system and music for the whole precinct.Armadale Auto Parts had plenty of shiny hot rod bits on display. It is better than shopping for 39-sedan-built-in-the-80s.JPGIan and Sharon from Real Steel had mostly clothing and badges on display this year.All in all it was a great day promoting hot rodding to the masses. Showing them top dollar cars and also showing them that hot rodding is affordable by having several high quality budget built cars on display too.circa-1956-aussie-fj-holden-ute.JPG1946-47-aussie-ford-ute.JPG,To view the full range of the rods and customs there on the day, go and check out the Cyber Hot Rodders gallery at this cyber link.CheersRodder