Little Red Tiara: checking out a Japanese classic 

You all know I’m a car nut – have been since I was knee-high to a Matchbox car. Well, today on the phone my man told me about a little red car that I should go and see, so after finishing my lunch I did just that. 

This early ’60s Toyota Tiara has been owned by a local mechanic for a decade or so, but he finally decided to let it go to someone who might actually get around to restoring it. Happily, it was purchased from a nearby town, so hopefully we’ll see it around again. 

Check out the dash…push button auto! But where are the turn indicators? This tricky bit of design actually has them integrated with the horn ring. Beep beep tick tack!

Redder Than Santa: Robert’s red Inter

Cruising through Ararat, my eye was bludgeoned by a brilliant red truck, and I thought to myself, Santas in red suits notwithstanding, that’s got to be the reddest thing I’ve seen all day! 

So, we pulled up so I could get some shots, and while I did the owner came over from his shed for a chat. Robert has owned the International R190 for eight years, six of which were spent restoring it. He takes it along to a few shows, even attending one in Alice Springs, which must have been an amazing and, frankly, uncomfortable trip – which is an odd thing to write, I suppose, given that this was a ‘king of the road’ in its day, and would have been used for long distance haulage, but I still doubt it was comfortable! Robert’s next project is a trailer to complement this beauty.

I love meeting classic vehicles and their owners, they’re usually more than happyto have a chat about their pride’n’joy, sometimes even willingly posing for a photo. Thanks Robert!


Fujifilm X30.