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Readers' Photos # 21: The King Island Show

Thanks go to uppermiddlepetrolhead correspondent SJS for these photos of the car display at the 2018 King Island Show, held annually on the first Tuesday of March.   

The owner of this stunning LJ Torana was in the throes of packing and preparing for his relocation from Western Australia to King Island - a move from one side of our vast continent to the other (and down a bit!) - when his neighbour advertised the car for sale.
Having admired it for a number of years, he did what any sensible person would do and bought it immediately.

Now it's doing its bit to make a spectacular island in the middle of Bass Strait that bit more beautiful!

King Island has a thriving classic car scene, as we saw with last year's photos of a lovely FC Holden (

The range of cars on the island is quite diverse, as the following photos show, ranging from the Mark III Austin Healey Sprite featured above and be…

Random # 203: Alfa Giulia Super

This Alfa Giulia Super has graced Hobart's classic car scene for many, many years now.  It's a great-looking, straight, rust-free and totally original car that owner Nigel loves to drive.


Random # 207: Rambler Hornet

When people are asked to identify their favourite American vehicles, most nominate muscle cars like Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros or Dodge Chargers.  

Others will cite Cadillacs or other full-blown 'yank tanks' as the automobiles that most float their boats.   

UMPH's views are different, of course; for him, the USA's best car is the American Motors Corporation's (AMC's) Rambler Hornet, as shown here with this magnificent example photographed in Hobart on a gorgeous early autumn morning.  

According to Wkipedia: A total of 1,825 Hornets were built at the Australian Motor Industries (AMI) factory at Port Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, between 1970 and 1975.[45] The Hornet was sold in Australia as the Rambler Hornet, only in four-door sedan body style.[45] It was fitted with either a 232 cu in (3.8 L) or 258 cu in (4.2 L) six-cylinder engine and with an automatic transmission.[45] While the Hornet was the least expensive compact model in the United States, the H…