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Shaker Run is, in my opinion, a classic of 1980’s Kiwi cinema. The movies stars Cliff Robertson as Judd Pierson, an ex race driver turned stuntman who runs a travelling one-man stunt show. Broke and down on their luck, Judd along with sidekick Casey Lee (Leif Garrett) get the chance to make a fast buck by driving Dr Christine Rubin (Lisa Harrow) to a secret rendezvous in Judd’s Trans Am stunt car called Shaker. Unknown to Judd and Casey, Dr Rubin is secretly attempting to smuggle a deadly virus out of the country and into the hands of the CIA and her superiors will go to any lengths to stop her and recover the virus.

No only does Shaker Run provide plenty of crash and stunt mayhem, it also gives a great snapshot of mid 80’s New Zealand scenery and traffic. The film isn’t really to be taken seriously but for any car movie fan it great fun, it is well worth a look. Luckily for us, it’s available in it’s entirety on YouTube! There’s a short add at the start but after that it’s and hour and a half of classic, car chase movie heaven. Check it out HERE!

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Looks like Italian model maker Bburago got bit by the custom van bug too in the late 70’s and early 80’s, if this 1/24 scale toy van I found is anything to go by. I was intrigued by this van as it’s design is totally wild, especially it’s forward hinging cab. A bit of web research revealed it was designed for Bburago by none other than legendary model kit designer Tom Daniel. That explains a lot, as Tom created literally dozens of wild custom car model kits during his years with Monogram from ‘67 through to ‘75, such as ‘Paddy Wagon‘, ‘Vandal‘ and the iconic ‘Red Baron‘. Apparently, he designed this for Bburago around ‘76/’77 and it was loosely based on the Chevy van of the time.Sadly Toms involvement with Bburago seems to have been short lived although it did yield a handful of other models based on existing Bburago moulds. I’d love to see someone re-create the forward tilting cab for real! Pic after the jump…

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So I’m browsing around the usual early Sunday morning car boot sale, seeing what awesome junk I can find and I spy this thing. “Wow, that would make a great gear knob” I think, only to pick it up and find it actually IS a gear knob. A funky 70’s looking, pearl effect gear knob with a little golden train in it. Awesome! Fifty pence later and it was mine. Better than finding a Nardi Steering Wheel for a tenner at a car boot sale!

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I love finding new old stock car parts. I especially love finding really rare new old stock like this little haul I got today. Top to bottom… a pair of Genuine Nissan left hand door skins for a Datsun 330 Cedric, a pair of genuine right hand door skins for a Datsun 510, a pair of new sills for a Renault 16 and a new right hand front wing for a Renault 30. I’m not sure which is the greater score, the Renault 16 sills or the 510 skins. Probably the latter as I actually need those. This wasn’t all either. The big find is after the jump…

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The Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford in Somerset is now the venue for the’Gathering’, the annual meeting for Retro Rides forum members. Haynes’ combo of decent facilities, bang next door to an awesome car museum, along with it’s diminutive test track, makes for an ideal location, albeit a long trek for us to attend. Over 260 miles is almost an epic trip in a Honda Acty when you’re lucky if you can hit 65mph flat out! Fortunately, it was well worth the five and a half hour journey. As is always the case with RRG, the quality and variety of machinery on offer was just awesome, plus there was all day track action to watch featuring both a points based sprint and drifting. Then there was the assortment of crazy devices cruising the campsite, including the amazing, drivable recreation of the classic Tamiya “Wild Willy” RC jeep built by the lunatics at Area 52. Definatelly the event of the years so far. And to finish off a terrific weekend, our Acty picked up a trophy entitled “dare to be different”! Winner! Roll on RRG11!

Check out the show pics after the jump…

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