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A quick walk around Marques In The Park

johnboy 23 November 2008 28

ACT Motor Clubs’s “Marques In The Park” braved the weather today in John Knight Park on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.

Sitting on a collapsible chair wearing fleece and beanie, sipping on a thermos, seems to be a key skill for attending these things. To be fair the weather was not conducive to lounging around in swimwear.

I’ll admit to being a little disappointed by the overwhelming Ford and Holden presences. I’m sure the modifications made are simply amazing if you’re into that sort of thing. But the exterior appearance is rarely novel.

Having said that there were some interesting vehicles to be seen on closer inspection.

Slideshow below, car nerds are welcome to try their skills identifying the tricky ones.

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28 Responses to A quick walk around Marques In The Park
farnarkler farnarkler 8:12 am 01 Dec 08

As far as I remember his daughter is, or was, a pretty handy racing car driver.

poptop poptop 8:56 am 26 Nov 08

*Guffaw* Really?

cranky cranky 6:58 pm 25 Nov 08

Legend all right – known for the MG TD he sold with the wooden piston. (among other lulu’s)

poptop poptop 4:31 pm 25 Nov 08

Gulson Canberra – Ray Gulson – Legend and first licenced dealer in Canberra.

Over in Fyshwick or

seekay seekay 4:21 pm 25 Nov 08

Farnarkler, who is this Gulson and where does one find him/her?

farnarkler farnarkler 10:39 am 25 Nov 08

Auto Italia’s the one I was thinking of but couldn’t remember. It’s usually pretty good.

Gulson used to have a few old Juniors and 1600 GTs in his stock. Mind you, I haven’t been out to Fyshwick for a few years.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:37 am 25 Nov 08

The Bates/Taylor Corolla was fresh from winning the Australian Rally Championship, so that’s kind of cool to have had their car on show.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:29 am 25 Nov 08

farnarkler, Gulson is the local Porsche and Fiat dealer these days. Alfa, if they’re still around in Canberra are at the Marist end of Phillip.

johnboy said :

Indeed, I’d been hoping for more exotics.

You’d be better checking out Auto Italia (usually during March) or the German Autofest (late September/early October) for more modern exotica. Although both shows also have more then enough early models in varying degrees of condition.

seekay seekay 10:24 am 25 Nov 08

I’ll settle for the right sort of Volvo 140 – royal blue again, please.

farnarkler farnarkler 10:12 am 25 Nov 08

I’m sure you could get them shipped….. I did like what had been done to the Morris Minor to turn it into a lead slead. ZZ Top eat your heart out. Does Ray Gulson still do a trade in exotics? He used to have some nice Alfas out the front of his place.

seekay seekay 10:10 am 25 Nov 08

OK Johnboy. Anyone local got one of thoese gorgeous early seventies 100LS Audis they want sell me – preferable royal blue.

johnboy johnboy 10:06 am 25 Nov 08

Can we keep it Canberra focussed please?

farnarkler farnarkler 10:05 am 25 Nov 08

Can I interest sir, or madam, in a 71 Alfa Montreal for £11,500? It’ll fall apart but for those ten minutes when it does work properly you’ll be in heaven.

cranky cranky 10:02 am 25 Nov 08

The weather was against the gaggle of Clubmans organised to attend. None have a roof, and most have no windscreen wipers (aeroscreens are popular).

Thumper Thumper 9:53 am 25 Nov 08

Pounds 22,500. Bargain!

farnarkler farnarkler 9:52 am 25 Nov 08

There’s one for sale; £22,500. Only 58k miles. Bargain!!

Thumper Thumper 9:45 am 25 Nov 08

Nah, just the standard Interceptor, not the 4WD…

farnarkler farnarkler 9:44 am 25 Nov 08

You want real exotics, in the last year I’ve seen a four door Ferrari 456, built for the Sultan of Brunei and a four door 1973 Aston Martin V8. I rang Aston and their archivist said only two were built.

farnarkler farnarkler 9:40 am 25 Nov 08

Usual Interceptor or Ferguson Formula 4WD Thumper???

farnarkler farnarkler 9:19 am 25 Nov 08

I know someone in Kaleen who used to have a Ferrari 512 BBi in his garage. Also, in Giralang there used to be a Chevrolet Corvette LS something or other from about 1973 which was one of only half a dozen or so left in the World.

Anyone can stick a set of alloy wheels and a nice paintjob on a torana, monaro or falcon but, as johnboy says, where are the exotics?

Interesting to see a gaggle of Fiat X1/9s. I saw one here the other day and had to remark that it must be the only one in the UK which hasn’t been eaten away by rust!!

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