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Penelope 02-15-2010 07:00 PM

Poker Run 2010
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Perth WA's biggest car cruise is Big Al's Poker Run and this years event saw 900 cars at the show & shine and at least 600 on the following cruise / poker run.

I took both of my birds with my son-in-law driving my 59. In my usual fashion I didnt take a camera as I am not a good shutterbug BUT there was a keen T-Bird photographer at the first checkpoint that was manned by a local hot rod club, the Cranksters. They were dressed in pirates outfits and made light work of anyone that argued! Or should that be arrrrgued.

Here are some photos of my 59, me and a navigator in my 60, a black 59 and a white 58 convertible that had 59 doors on it (go figure) and a continental kit.

A great day was had by all and my son won a bar fridge with his 63 Bel Air. Only fair as a tree branch broke off in the S & S and landed on his car (big dents and scratches).

Dan Leavens 02-15-2010 07:14 PM

Bill those poker runs are a blast and hats off to the club for putting it together. 600 cars on a run, outstanding. What's up with the 58 convert and the 59 doors??

Richard D. Hord 02-15-2010 07:38 PM

Hey Bill,
Man, that picture of your '60 is awesome! She is gorgeous!
I see your outside mirrors are mounted further towards the front of the car. Is that a good location? On Christine they are back towards the door and are about useless.
Richard D. Hord

Penelope 02-15-2010 09:59 PM

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Hi Richard, yeah they work well there! Some of the photo's I posted didnt size right (probably operator error!!)

Here is another go at it

YellowRose 02-16-2010 12:43 AM

Poker Run 2010
Here is more of the story that Bill sent me.


Click on that link and then click on all the links within it to see more great pix! This is quite the event, considering the number of cars that are there! Enjoy!

tbird430 02-16-2010 03:23 PM


Originally Posted by Dan Leavens (Post 41833)
Bill those poker runs are a blast and hats off to the club for putting it together. 600 cars on a run, outstanding. What's up with the 58 convert and the 59 doors??

How can you tell, or do you know, that white convert is a 1958?

-Jon in TX.

Dutchbird 02-16-2010 04:00 PM

Hi Bill,

Great pics, especially the one with both your Birds at the entrance!

First thing that came up in my head for a subtitle:
"Never leave your Wingman..."

Penelope 02-16-2010 06:39 PM


Originally Posted by tbird430 (Post 41860)
How can you tell, or do you know, that white convert is a 1958?

-Jon in TX.

It has a 58 grille and the front script for a 58, 58 gun sights etc....but the real kicker - the license plate was 58BIRD. I tried to find the guy at the S & S to speak to him and ask him why it had 59 doors but couldnt find him. My guess is that parts like doors would be VERY expensive to get over here in OZ so methinks he went with what may have been available. If that is the case, one assumes he had them painted, so why not take the time to get the script etc right? Of course, he might just like the look of the 59 door spears, who knows?

Either way, we have another cruise tonight that is part of the whole summer sun cruising festival this week, so I hope to catch him there and solve the mystery.

Wyldie 04-08-2017 07:35 AM

Hey that was my grandfathers 58. The answer to you question about the doors is simple. My grandfather was far from purist. He simple like the look of the Chrome door arrows better. He also had 60 gauges in it cause he liked the white face better than the black.

Car is full opted power seats, a/c, steering, brakes. Has 15" rims, off memory they were a touch big and did rub close to full lock, but look good :)

My dad found the car rusted out in the bush here in Australia. Basically they cut the left and right sides off a coupe and put them on the convertible. When my grandfather sold the car he also sold it with the original 58 doors and the fibreglass 2 seater top cover and an entire trailer load of parts.

The car looks good, but it was rebuilt when the old man was 16. So about 1967 so aesthetically it looks good, but suspension rubbers, wheel bearings, brakes all getting on a bit. It also has a 390 in it

The guy who bought it lives in Singapore, when he flies into Perth he drives it around then it goes back in storage. Haven't seen it in the road for some time.

Looking forward to my 60 arriving and rebuilding it with my dad and son. Many memories with the old 58 here.

YellowRose 04-08-2017 05:18 PM

Poker Run 2010
Michael, that is quite the post! Bill posted that information about that unusual 1958 Squarebird more than 7 years ago! Thanks for bringing us up to date on that '58 of your Grandfather and why it was decked out as it was/is! That is quite the story! Thanks for sharing it with us! It certainly adds to the history that we were unaware of regarding that unusual Tbird! The latter part of the story regarding the present owner is also quite interesting. I would be neat to find out of your Grandpa's old '58 is till around!

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