How To Be Well Red

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I am starting to think that the best cars at any car show are not to ones you pay $ 25 to see. They are not the ones inside the exhibition hall. They are the ones out in the car park that the enthusiastic owners have driven in…so that they can go inside themselves for $ 25.

This has long been the case for the Victorian Hot Rod Show in Melbourne at the end of January but now I see it happening with the Gillam Drive show out in Armadale.

Now you don’t pay $ 25 to see Gillam Drive because; a. There is no Gillam Drive Hot Rod Show committee , b. There is no-one to take the money, and c. No-one would pay anyway. Instead, you are expected to buy something at the lunch shop half-way along the Drive and also to spend a bit of cash at the tee-shirt and auto accessory stalls. Plus you pay in pain and panting as the Drive is always 59º Celsius by 10:00 and goes up after that…

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But early on, before the tyres started to melt, I passed by this lovely Mustang in one of the outer car parks. It really deserved to be in the centre of things.

We all know the phrase ” Candy Apple ” and use it indiscriminately to apply to many sorts of metallic paint jobs. Usually we are being inaccurate with it though these days the dividing line between different forms of finish is blurring. The original candy apple jobs were spectacular but could be rather short-lived as pigments became fugitive and fading occurred. Legends have paint jobs fading within months of application and not evenly either. It all depended upon UV exposure and expansion and contraction. The addition of metal flakes, pearl sludge, and other visuals plus the differentiations that started to come from different manufacturers of paint made for some real successes as well as failures.

Stock colours were no better in some cases. The rose-metallic paint fiasco for Oldsmobile in 1960 with cars needing entire resprays while displayed on dealer’s lots was a real thing.

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But when the candy apple job was good – really good, and the tint chosen was a classic like this red – the effect was to make the entire car stand out above all others. No-one didn’t like a good candy apple red. Some cars wore it better than others – 50’s Ford sedans and 60’s muscle cars were good, as were classic ’32 roadsters. Even Indy cars that got red as part of their multi-colour scheme benefitted from candy apple.

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As far as the term classic goes, look at the wheel choice this builder has gone with. Perfect stance, perfect grip. Perfect balance of shiny rim with dull spoke.

This makes the heat all worth while.

 

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