Al The Yellow Cars

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I am afraid that the 2107 Big Al’s Poker Run may be the last one. Big Al is no more – literally – and mourned by all the people who benefitted from his energy and vision. I hope someone takes on the mantle, but that is a big ask, and there may be no-one with the resources or dedication…or money…to do it. I shall go in February 2017 and make as much of the day as I can.

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Here is a car from February 2016. I think it is a Ford design, but sometimes I get fooled – I find that by the time someone has rodded a body sufficiently I am perplexed as to the exact vintage. Indeed, if it is a fibreglass copy of a body, can I say vintage? Must I start to use weasel words like ” style” and “influence”…?

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Well at least I can say that this one is yellow and has four doors. and a V-8 engine and four wheels wrapped in expensive tyres. The exhaust cut-outs are closed, but the builder’s mind is open – as evinced by the decor of the interior. One thing – the shift knob is interesting but must be painful to use.

 

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Students of the art will recognise the influence of the WA Police  – the tightly fitted black cycle fenders. The fact that the plate is a regular one tells us that the builder is a person of persistence – you don’t get them on the first pass over the pits. Our local officials are as much arbiters of taste as they are of safety and have been known to knock back things based upon their “feelings”. This has also been seen with many local councils when builder’s plans are submitted, but in most cases the jobsworths at the desk will retreat when real law is held in front of their noses with the safety catch off. The average shire clerk who might enjoy annoying a pensioner will quail before a lawyer.

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Where was I? I had a little moment there seeing all the shire officials I’ve ever met. I’m back now, and refreshed. Let’s look at the yellow car again.

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We are all artists under the skin, except for me – I have been told I am not, and it would be rude to argue. This sedan has art all over it, not least in the suspension for the rear licence plate. I make no judgement, other than to say it looks sturdy. I do like the Caddy tail lights, though.

So, in conclusion, I heartily approve of the car. I particularly approve of the determined duck – old-car enthusiasts will recognize the item from which it has been referenced and be as amused as I was. In a way it is a pity that we have lost the radiator cap on modern cars as a platform for amusement – we try to make up for it with stick families on the rear window, but it isn’t the same.

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