Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Protectionism and the Australian automotive industry 1896 to 2012 - a timeline

Note: This was prepared as part of research for a client. I thought it could be useful to share as I couldnt find anything similar online. Please credit this site and D.C. Haas if you use it in any research or papers. 

1896 – First car built in Australia by David Shearer

1898 – Internal combustion engine factory built by Harley Tarrant

1901 – Upon federation trade between former colonies becomes duty free, with tariffs imposed upon imported goods to provide the major revenue stream for the new Australian nation.

1902 – Tariff on imported car bodies introduced in Customs Tariff Act.

1903 – Local production of cars from a factory built by Harley Tarrant.

1905 – Deakin government directs Australian companies benefiting from high tariffs to ensure Australian workers receive a fair wage.

1907 – A preference tariff rate introduced for vehicles imported from the UK. Known as the BP (British Preferential) duty. Eliminated in 1974.

1908 – Motor vehicles first identified as a separate product group in the Customs Tariff  - separate tariff known as Lyne Tariff

1909 – Imported Ford Model ‘T’ cars begin sale.

1911 – The Tudor tariff introduced, imposes further duties on car body imports.

1916 – Hughes government imposes ban on importation of foreign made car bodies. This is a wartime measure to preserve foreign capital (but maintained post-war)

1917 – Holdens Motor Body Builders begin production of car bodies for imported Chevrolet chassis.

1918 – Ban on foreign car bodies is lifted, pre-war tariffs on bodies and panels doubled, high tariffs on imported chassis, lower tariffs on unassembled chassis. The aim of these measures was to provide an incentive for the local assembly and production of cars and associated investment.

1921 – The Customs Tariff  (Industries Preservation) Act 1921 known as the Greene tariff is introduced. Attracts foreign car manufacturers to invest in local production.

1921 – Anti-dumping measures introduced.

1925 – Ford (of Canada) builds a factory in Geelong. Begins vehicle assembly operations.

1926 – The Customs Tariff 1926 and 1928 known as the Pratten Tariffs increase many rates.

1929-1932 – The Scullin tariff - Scullin and Lyons government’s double existing automotive related tariffs.

1931 – The Australian pound and UK pound sterling are no longer at parity. This follows the collapse of the gold standard in 1929. Australia devalues pound by 25%

1933 – GM takes over Holden. GM and Ford dominate local car market

1936 – Lyons government introduces increased tariffs on imported engines, chassis and bodies. A ‘bounty’ is paid for each engine produced locally. The long term aim of these measures is to provide incentives to build an Australian Car.

1939 - Britain's share of the Australian imported vehicle market is 40%

1939 – The Australian car industry at the end of the 1930s consisted largely of the assembly of imported C.K.D. chassis using some Australian made parts, and the manufacture of complete bodies, mostly from Australian panels, but also from imported panels.

1940 – Australian Government signs a deal with Australian Consolidated Industries to build a car with government assistance. Plans scrapped as Second World War continues and war production diverts resources.

1944 – Australian Government announce formation of a government run car manufacturing company unless one is established by private enterprise.

1945 – Australian Government agree to provide assistance to GM if it can build a car with 90% Australian content.
1947 – All imports and exports now valued in Australian pounds not UK pound sterling. Tariff rate reduced from 57% to 48% to compensate.
1948 – The dollar crisis peaks and import quotas for North American cars are reduced from 60 to 90 percent.
1948 – GM/Holden deliver the 48/215 to the Australian market. It is Australian built to an American design.

1949 – GM, Ford Chrysler and International Harvester agree to raise local content on cars if duties on some imported components is reduced.

1951 - Britain's share of the Australian imported vehicle market rises to 80%

1952 – Import licensing on new cars introduced.  

1952 – Standard, Rootes, Rover, Volkswagen, Morris and Austin expand Australian operations.

1951 – 1955 – British and German companies create Australian subsidiaries to manufacture automotive electrical, transmission and shock absorber components. Smaller Australian automotive component companies begin operations to satisfy domestic demand.

1953 – The local content of Australian built cars increases: Ford Customline 75 %,  the Ford Consul and Zephyr 65%  and Chrysler's De Solo, Dodge, and Plymouth 60%

1955 – The value of imported bodies and cars has declined by 61% while local production has increased.

1958 – Local content of Australian built cars reaches 77%. Repco is Australia’s largest automotive component manufacturer.

1962 – Import licences for vehicles abolished. Export of iron ore permitted.

1963 – Toyota begin importing vehicles

1964 – Menzies Local Content plan. To maintain a local component manufacturing industry, the Menzies government introduces local content plans. Duty on imported components is linked to local content in car production. Large manufacturers required to maintain 95% local content in cars produced in high volume, with lower percentage requirement in low-volume production cars.

1964 – 150,000 EH Holdens with 100% local content built locally.

1965 – Japanese carmakers begin sales of low-cost smaller cars. GMH, Ford, Chrysler and Leyland Australia have combined market share of 86%

1966 – Tariff on completely built up cars raised from 35% to 45% giving Australia the second highest CBU tariff in the world. 

1966 – Nissan-Datsun begin importing vehicles


1970 – Minerals comprise 25% of Australian exports in dollar terms

1971 – Car market distorted by low-volume models designed to game the 1964 local content plan. Government phases out low-volume assembly plans.

1972 – Nissan and Toyota ask permission from the Australian Government to build local factories and manufacture cars under the high-volume plans.

1973 – OPEC oil shock drives petroleum prices up. Inflation rises by 13%

1973 – Whitlam government cuts tariffs by 25%. Vehicle tariff falls to 33% 

1973 – Australian manufactured car market share continues its decline. GMH, Ford, Chrysler and Leyland Australia have combined market share of 86%
1974 – Tariffs on imported cars returns to 45% rate

1974 – Leyland Australia ceases local manufacture of cars entirely. Begins importing CBU cars. Big four becomes big three.

1974 – The BP (British Preferential) duty is eliminated. This favourable duty for UK manufactured vehicles imported into Australia dates from 1907.

1974 – Prime Minister Gough Whitlam chooses a Mercedes as his official car, enraging local manufacturers.

1975 – Whitlam government imposes quotas on automotive imports. Effective assistance to the vehicles and parts sector rises from 54% to 79%.

1976 – Nissan and Toyota receive permission from the Fraser government to build local factories. Big three becomes big five.

1977 – Nissan-Datsun begin local production of the Datsun 200B

1978 – Mitsubishi Japan purchase 50% of Chrysler Australia

1978 – in response to import pressure the Fraser government increases tariffs on CBU cars from 58% to 75%

1979 – The Lynch Plan is announced. Under this scheme, Australia is to become a part of the ‘world car’ movement. GMH builds a $300m engine plant, with the aim to export at least half of its production of 300,000 4 cylinder engines per year..

1980 – Industries Assistance Commission report assesses that protection increases the cost of a locally manufactured car by $3000.

1980 – Local manufacturing declines to 74%

1980 – Mitsubishi buys out Chrysler Australia and takes over control of local Chrysler manufacturing facilities.

1980 – Renault closes its low-volume manufacturing facility and exits the Australian market. GM Holden closes its Sydney factory.

1981 – The Australian Government announces an automotive component Export Facilitation Scheme. Effective assistance to the vehicles and parts sector rises from 71% to 110%. This scheme allows vehicle manufacturers to reduce the level of local content in their vehicles below 85%, conditional on their export performance. The additional duty free entitlements (export credit) could then be used to import components free of duty or sold to other local vehicle producers.

1982 – Automotive manufacturing and component industries employ 72,700 people.

1983 – Tariff on imported vehicles is 57%

1983 – After several years of heavy losses, GMH retrenches hundreds of employees.

1983  – Hawke Keating government come to power, with a focus on economic reform.

1983 – Australian dollar floated.

1984 – Button Car Plan – provide protection to manufacturers, while allowing an orderly transition to a completely open market. Import quotas declined from 20% in 1984 to zero in 1988. Import tariffs were to decline from 57% in 1984 to 15% in 2000. A stated aim was to see no more than three local manufacturing entities by the early 1990’s. An export facilitation scheme was established to provide external markets for Australian cars.

1984 – Average production volume per model in Australia at 28,000 vehicles.

1986 – Button plan updated with producers of low-volume models (less than 15,000) required to cease production of that model by December 1988, or face withdrawal of import concessions. A sliding scale of penalties would be introduced in December 1988 targeted at volumes of less than 40,000. 

1986 – Australia’s automotive exports valued at $370m

1987 – Australia’s component manufacturing industry had shrunk to 35 manufacturers, producing 70% of the industry’s output.

1988 – Local content scheme abolished in order to increase productivity in automotive component industry.

1988 – The car tariff is at 45%

1988 – imported cars amount to 20% of market.

1988 – Ford and Nissan announce a local model sharing arrangement. Toyota and GM Holden announce a joint venture to share facilities and models.

1989 – Tariff on imported components paid by local manufacturers dropped to enable 15% of imported components for cars to be duty free, with additional components able to be imported at the prevailing passenger car tariff rate. Export credits could also be applied to lower the amount paid. 

1989 – Five low volume local models cease production, and minimum number of vehicles for low-volume production raised from 15,000 to 30,000 vehicles per annum. 40,000 vehicles per annum considered to be the amount at which a vehicle can be manufactured profitably.

1989 – imported cars amount to 29.8% of market.

1990 – imported cars amount to 33.7% of market.

1990 – Four of the eight models produced locally have sales above 40,000 vehicles. Ford Broadmeadows builds over 100,000 vehicles.

1990 – An MIT study ranks the Australian automotive industry the lowest in the world in three areas: workforce flexibility, human resources management and overall management. It also finds the Australian factories to have the lowest rates of automation. It regards low volume production leading to no business case for investment in facilities and automation as a main reason for these figures. 

1991 – Australia’s automotive exports (cars and components) valued at $1 billion

1991 – A package based on an Industry Commission report is announced. It continues phased tariff reduction and the export facilitation scheme. It also abolishes the 15% bylaw concession on imported components by 1996.

1994 – Australian Government signs up to Uruguay Round of GATT. Agree to continue removing tariffs.

1995 – The Australian automotive industry employs 47,000 people representing 0.6% of all employment.

1995 – 215,000 cars were imported, local vehicle production totals 312 000. This is around 40% of the market imported, versus 60% local manufacture. 

1996 – The car tariff is at 25%

1996 – imported cars amount to 40% of market.

1997 – The car tariff is at 22.5%

1997 – It is decided to hold tariffs at 15% from 2000-2004. Tariffs would be reduced to 10 per cent in 2005 and to 5 per cent in 2010.

2000 – Toyota Australia earn $1 billion in export sales of nearly 50,000 Camrys

2001 – Automotive Competitive and Investment Scheme – Announces that tariffs on passenger vehicles and components will be reduced to 10% in 2005 and 5% in 2010. Between 2001 and 2015 the industry will receive $7.2billion of assistance through the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme. This program amounts to about $480 million a year in assistance.

2002 – Locally manufactured vehicles accounted for 26% of the market.

2003 – Local vehicle production totals 413,869

2003 – Australian Government provide $200 million in assistance to Mitsubishi to continue operations in South Australia until 2005.

2003 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 28,427 people

2003 – There are about 200 local vehicle component suppliers. 

2004 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 28,158 people

2004 – Local vehicle production totals 397,303

2005 – Tariffs reduced to 10%

2005 – Local vehicle production totals 352,773

2005 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 27,108 people

2005 – Mitsubishi retrench 1000 workers from their Adelaide factory

2006 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 26,135 people

2006 – Australian Government provides a $52 million grant to Ford with dollar-for-dollar assistance from the Victorian Government to expand design operations and develop left-hand drive versions of the Falcon and Territory.

2006 – Local vehicle production totals 333,347

2006 – GM Holden retrenches 1400 workers. Its local workforce now numbers 4300

2006 – Component manufacturer workforce loses 1800 jobs as manufacturers source components from Asia

2007 – Local vehicle production totals 345,828. 40% of this production volume is exported

2007 – Toyota Australia builds 150,000 cars

2007 – Australia vehicle exports total $4 billion.

2007 – Small cars total 26% of all sales

2007 – Import duties on passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in the 2006-07 financial year totalled $1.2billion. A subsidy of nearly $2000 per vehicle produced in Australia according to the Productivity Report and ABS data.

2007 Mitsubishi Australia sell just 10,942 locally built cars (Mitsubishi 380 model)

2007 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 24,500 people

2008 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 20,189 people

2008 – Mitsubishi Australia sell just 4,482 locally built cars. Mitsubishi exit the Australian manufacturing sector, becoming an import only operation. The Adelaide factory is closed and all workers retrenched.

2008 – GM Holden retrench 500 jobs in Victoria

2008 – Rudd government announces $35m in subsidies for ‘green car’ local production. Victorian government also provided a $15m subsidy to Toyota and commits to the purchase of 2000 ‘green’ Toyota vehicles.

2008 – Australian Government provide $2b in subsidies to replace credit facility for car dealers when GM Credit and GE Financial exit Australian motor vehicle credit market.

2008 – Local vehicle production totals 252,448

2008 – GM Holden export 56,000 vehicles

2008 – In the U.S., GM Headquarters discontinues the Pontiac brand. GM Holden's exports decline by 86% as the Pontiac G8/Holden Commodore accounted for half of Holden's total annual production.

2009 – GM Holden export 9,000 vehicles

2009 – Local vehicle production totals 248,854

2009 – Only 16% of cars on Australian market are locally built.

2009 – Vehicle manufacturing industry and component supplier chain employs 68,000 Australians.

2009 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 17,076 people

2009 – GM Holden close local four cylinder engine factory and retrench 500 employees. In Adelaide, they reduce two shifts to one.

2009 – Cars built in Thailand comprise 15% of local car market. They attract no tariff dues to the Thai/Australia FTA. Tariffs on cars imported to Australia attract 80% tariff.

2010 – Local vehicle production totals 219,194

2010 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 16,371 people

2010 – Tariffs on imported passenger vehicles and components drop from 10% to 5% 

2010 – Australian Government provides $149m to GM Holden for local production of four cylinder fuel efficient vehicle. South Australian Government also provides $30m.

2010 – Australian Government provides $42m to Ford for local production of four cylinder Eco-Boost Falcon.

2010 – Ford retrenches 240 employees

2010 – Last Australian tyre manufacturer ceases production and retrenches employees.

2011 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 16,125 people

2011 – GM Holden begin production of small, front wheel drive vehicle ‘Holden Cruze’.

2011 – Bosch Australia announces retrenchment of 120 staff. Employment at Bosch’ Clayton facility has fallen from 2000 to 1200 and now just over a thousand. Bosch announced that the bulk of the remaining manufacturing activities would be relocated to other facilities, mainly in China and India, over a two-year period. The total workforce at Clayton would be reduced by 380 leaving approximately 700 employees.

2011 – Locally built car sales at 13.6% (Australia: 90,490) Imported cars from Japan (216,038), Thailand (109,653) and Korea (100,951)

2011 – Local vehicle production totals 224,754

2011 – New vehicle sales reach 1,008,347

2012 – Local vehicle production totals 233,306

2012 – The Australian vehicle building industry employs 17,308 people

2012 – New car sales total an all time high of 1.1 million cars. Market share for the big three stands at Toyota 45.6%, Holden 23.7% and Ford 18.7%. This figure comprises local and imported vehicles.
2012 – The imported Mazda3 was the top-selling car with 44,128 sales with the locally built Holden Commodore fourth with 30,532 sales, down 25 per cent on 2011.
2012 – Australian vehicle exports total $2.4 billion.

2012 – Source of imported vehicles: Japan 38%, Thailand 17%, Germany 14%, South Korea 11%, Other 21%

2012 – Three local truck makers have 5% of domestic truck market. Iveco, Paccar and Volvo. All are subsidiaries of foreign manufacturers.

2012 – Toyota cut 350 jobs from its workforce at Altona to about 3000 employees, due to falling export demand.

2012 – Toyota Australia builds 94,000 cars locally
2010 – 2012  TOYOTA lost $700 million in three years, but is negotiating for more taxpayer dollars to build a new model in Australia. The loss equates to about $3500 for every car Toyota exported to the Middle East over the past three years. In the same period, the federal and Victorian governments contributed almost $100 million to Toyota's manufacturing operations - $35 million to go towards the local production of the Camry Hybrid and a further $63 million to go towards a $330 million upgrade of Toyota's engine factory at Altona.

If you have figures and data that can fill in gaps - please email me. 

If you use this data in your paper, please email me a copy. 

This information was prepared as part of research for a client. I thought it could be useful to share as I couldn't find anything similar online. Please credit this site and D.C. Haas if you use it in any research or papers. 

Sources for some material provided here can be provided upon request.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Honesty and humour in advertising - an advertisement for a Leyland P76

The Canberra and District Leyland P76 Owners Club President Alex Shoebridge sold one of his Leyland P76's in December 2012. It's OK, he has more (hidden away on a farm where they may in fact be breeding). How nice is this car? I would have bought it if I had any room to store it (I don't, I have 5 cars and a bus already - including three Leyland P76's). Some detailing and it would be a car show winner. Its an amazing car. 
It came to Canberra via a very unusual journey. A country NSW car since new, it was part of a deceased estate not advertised very widely A Canberra based Rover enthusiast bought the car to take the engine and transmission for his Rover 3500. He then contacted the club asking if anyone wanted a shell, very cheaply. Alex bought the shell. About a year later, the Rover gentleman contacted the club seeing if anyone wanted a P76 engine and transmission. He had run out of desire and time for his planned project. Alex reunited the engine and trans with the car and then spent time on and off repairing very minor age related issues. It has had some minor rust repairs and paint respraying, but really - its largely original
Very few of these basic Leyland P76 cars remain. It has a front bench seat, column mounted 3 speed automatic transmission, no air or power steering - the basic Leyland P76 Deluxe package. This car is so unmolested that it has never even had a radio fitted. The dash is completely clean. The all alloy V8 engine runs extremely well, and makes a lovely sound. Apparently it drives very well. Alex always turns out good cars, and this is no exception. The price it sold for was an absolute steal. Lets hope it makes a return to Canberra in June for the 40th Anniversary of the Leyland P76 event. 
The ad on Ebay was very amusing. (The car has been sold).

"According to my wife it is possible to have too many P76's. So reluctantly I am offering for sale, my County Cream Leyland P76 1974 V8 Auto Deluxe 6 seater.
It drives very well, original car in very good condition. You wont find many like this anymore. A base model V8 with no other options, no power steering, no A/C, no carpets not even a radio....no ugly holes in the dash no aerial....nothing.

Although with the wonderful noise emanating from the dual exhaust when driving with the windows down, you would never turn it on, even if it did have one.

 I like to think of it as a lightweight Bathurst pack.....but I don't think anyone else does.
As a base model car, from the light weight era of "Less Is More" it does not have any electronics in it. Not even a clock, and certainly.
No computers,
No turn by turn satellite navigation,
No electric windows,
No bluetooth connectivity.
No MP3 compatibility,
No radar cruise control,
No stability control,
No hill decent control,
No self parking,
No Flux capacitor,
No airbags,
No rear DVD players,
No subwoofers,
No Automatic wipers,
No central locking,
No alarm,
No ipod connectivity,
No drinks cooler,
No auto dimming mirror,
No active suspension control,
No reversing camera
 ....you get the idea.
I have found this to be a distinct advantage for a 'sometimes'car. When the car is off....it is off. Nothing to drain the battery, if you don't drive it for 3 months it does not matter. Just get in turn the key and off you go."

Full registration until Feb 2013.
Recent major service.
All fluids replaced Engine oil and filter, transmission oil and filter, Diff oil, coolant and Brake fluid.
New plugs, points, rotor, distributor cap and coil. Carburettor rebuilt.
Also replaced rear shock absorbers, engine mounts, universal joints, strut top bushes.
Near new (205 70 14) tyres and laminated windscreen.
Very straight car, bumpers straight, all chrome trim, headlining and rubber floor mats good.
Near new performance Lukey dual exhaust.
Finally an apology, the pics of the seats are "sub optimal", the only ones I can find at this instant were taken with my phone."

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hybrids outsell the Ford Falcon in 2012

'Motorists continue to shun green cars' - it's a great headline but a little misleading. Its slow and steady growth of a new technology. Even the article states that hybrid sales rose by 50% in one year. It is also valid to compare sales of 13,000 hybrid cars versus sales of 8,000 Ford Falcons in 2012. 

Which sector is being shunned? Hybrid sales are rising, Falcon sales are declining. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Canberra: A spectacular transport policy failure

When an academic titles a chapter in his public transport policy assessment paper ‘Canberra: A spectacular transport policy failure’ don’t expect there to be too much good news in it. Paul Mees is an academic with a particular focus on public transport and has been following the issue in Canberra from a distance for many years.

Many of his assessments on public transport policy in this paper are correct. All governments since self-government have abjectly neglected ACTION and focussed on road construction. The lack of investment has seen the frequency of ACTION services decline, especially outside peak hour and off the major routes. This service failure has led to patronage declines.

In his executive summary, Mees concludes:

Canberra has experienced a sustained decline in public transport, and a steady rise in car driving, for the last two decades (apart from a temporary reversal during 2001-06). The current car driving rate is the highest ever recorded, something that has not occurred in any other capital city except Hobart. Public transport mode share actually declined slightly in the five years to 2011: Canberra was the only one of the seven cities where this occurred. The problems are the result of poor transport policies, which have focussed on road construction, while reversing the successful public transport approach employed in Canberra until the late 1980s.

Mees is also correct that the focus on investment on roads over public transport needs to be addressed, but its not one or the other - that’s a simplistic view which has led to the current public transport system failings. The ACT government needs to consider road and public transport funding as infrastructure. Improve public transport and car drivers may return to the public transport system. The ACTION system can be improved, but its future as a mass transit system is in the past.  

It is important when assessing this paper, to look at previous works from the same author. Mees has written papers critical of ACT Public Transport policy before, his most recent contribution on ACTION bus failure coming in 2012. He views investment in roads as bad, and investment in public transport as good.  

This simplistic approach doesn’t take into account changes in society and employment mobility. Canberra is a spread out city, and the ACTION bus approach has not served that geography well. As it grows, it is likely that employment centres may change from the present focus on Civic and the Parliamentary Triangle. Decreasing service frequencies outside peak hours and long circuitous routes that increase travel times are valid criticisms.

The public has sampled this service and voted with its cars. Arresting this decline in patronage has proved difficult by successive governments, reluctant to invest in changes to a public transport system that they can’t figure out how to improve. As the cost to acquire a car has declined, its become more viable for a person to buy one and bypass poor public transport. 

ACT Light Rail has long argued that the best way to improve public transport in the ACT is to build light rail as a mass transit backbone, increase local bus services to feed passengers to light rail, and properly integrate light rail and buses. Paul Mees’ main objection seems to be that there is only one light rail route planned.

This is not the case. There is only one light rail route under immediate consideration – from Gungahlin to Civic – but there is a plan for light rail to be the territories long term mass transit solution. It’s a massive change in policy direction from the ACT Government and Capital Metro is a plan that needs political and financial support.

If the Capital Metro plan receives funding and construction begins within the current Assembly term, then a future version of this paper may contain a vastly different assessment. Canberra has the potential to lead the way in showing how a medium sized city can reverse car usage and deliver sustainable public transport. 

You cant excuse government policy failure from the past, but credit needs to be given to present policy initiatives - and people need to ensure that these policies move from election platform promises to properly funded projects.

The major failing of Mees paper is that it doesn’t recognize that the policy shift has occurred, and that it requires support. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Summernats 2013 - Hot Rods!

As usual rockabillys and hot rod fanciers headed to Summernats and showed off their preferred form of transport. They do stick out amongst the street machines and even though Rat Rods aren't my bag, you have to appreciate the work that goes into the rods that cruise around EPIC all weekend, and the ones that are entered and win prizes. 

With the changes that have occurred in the last two years, maybe the Summernats organisers will invite Evil Elvis and Charlie Greaser to play at Summernats 2014 - a guaranteed way to get MORE HOT RODS attending. 

The owner of this car received a writeup in the local paper.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Summernats 2013 - Fords and nothing but Fords

So many cars so little memory space on the camera card... All day cars prowled around the EPIC roads snarling and grunting as they kept within the speed limit and avoided sombrero wearing spectators criss-crossing from spectacle to spectacle. This post contains an array of Fords - mainly Australian, but a few Yankee imports, that owners brought along to show off. 

Many cars were highly modified with thousands of hours of work devoted to them. Others were restored or stock. Many cars weren't even entered for prizes, just driven to the event to share with other auyomotive afficionados. 

 photo by Billy

 photo by Billy

photo by Billy
photo by Mikgan