: G'day from Adelaide Australia

02-17-10, 06:09 AM

I've been posting over in Big Block Oldtimers forum for a week or so and just noticed the intro section....doh!


My name is Alby and I'm from Munno Para just north of Adelaide, South Australia.

I'm 50 with a wife, three kids and 7 grandkids...

I recently purchased a 1970 Cadillac Calais Coupe with 472 auto, A/C....

With a bit of luck and some elbow grease I hope to get a LHD exemption allowing me to register my car as a historic thereby allowing me 90 days a year for runs and shows.

My other interests include motorcycles, photography and travel.

I will endeavour to participate in discussions here and make a few new friends.

Here's my new toy...it doesn't have a name (yet)....Alby M.



http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c265/albymangled/caddy/caddyfrnt.jpg :)

02-17-10, 06:27 AM
Welcome!!! I love your car, 1970 was a hell of a year for Cadillac IMO.

02-17-10, 07:37 AM
That is one gorgeous car.

I'm curious, so LHD exemption means you can only drive the car 90 days per year, or what? I've kind of always toyed with living in Austrailia, but come on, what good is a fantasy life without my dream LHD-only Corvette ZR1?!

02-17-10, 08:24 AM
Greetings and salutations.

The '69/'70 models are among my favorite Cadillacs produced. Nice car! :drool:

How do they track the 90 days? Is it an honor system? Considering there are 52 weeks in the year, 90 days can get you out every Saturday and most Sundays, so that's not too bad. Especially if you plan not to drive it in the off-season, then it can be driven a lot more during the Summer.

02-17-10, 09:35 AM
Welcome! Looks like you've got a nice straight California car there. The front seats in the 1970 deVille were really good making the car a superb long distance traveller. An aunt had the four door de Ville version of the 1970 Cadillac and I used to drive it for her from Phoenix to L.A. The car was really great for those long stretches of straight desert highway that made up a good portion of the trip. Tell us more about the restrictions on old cars in Australia.Hope you enjoy the Forum.

02-17-10, 10:34 AM
Beautiful car!!!

02-17-10, 11:54 AM
Beauuuutiful ride man! Glad to have ya.

02-17-10, 12:42 PM
WOW thats an incredible car! I like that you've retained the original plates

02-17-10, 01:44 PM
:welcome:................that car is "White Knight"

02-17-10, 01:56 PM
:welcome: And +1 on the gorgeous car.

02-17-10, 03:46 PM
So that's where all the nice old CA cars have gone! Lovely example!

02-17-10, 05:36 PM
Congrats on the car and welcome. I went on a 17 night cruise around Australia last February. Beautiful country you live in. Those round-abouts and semi truck trains could be interesting.

02-17-10, 07:14 PM
wow, that's a :cool2: car.

:welcome5: to the forums. Thanks for signing up.

02-17-10, 07:25 PM
Thanks all for the warm welcome.

The laws in each state of Australia are a little different in relation to the use of LHD cars.

In South Australia if your car is over thirty years old it can be registered as a Historic vehicle, or you can get full time registration providing certain conditions are met.

If you go the Historic route then you have 90 days a year to enjoy your car but journeys must be recorded in a Log Book and you must be a club member with an approved car club that has permission to stamp your log book.

90 days lets you get involved with most if not all of the big cruises and shows while attracting greatly reduced registration and compulsory third party insurance. Historic rego. also gets you a hefty discount on your comprehensive insurance.

Sounds great?

Except for the fact that the car must be stock standard in basically every detail, including paint, trim, suspension and engine. No LPG is allowed. You are not allowed modern stereo equipment (to be seen).

Details can be found here.... http://www.transport.sa.gov.au/pdfs/personal_transport/light_vehicles_pdfs/MR_629_Left_Hand_Drive_Vehicles.pdf

If you wish then full time LHD is available, subject to most of the same restrictions (except the Log Book & club membership) however no discounts apply. The registration cost alone is around 400% more....

I gather the bulk of the regulations are to discourage young blokes hotting up two ton tanks and roaring around with doof doof stereos going full blast..(my apologies to any members here who regular indulge in such sport ;) )

Make no mistake, rules do get bent, twisted and broken on regular basis but those who do risk the loss of their LHD exemption meaning NO registration until the authorities think you are prepared to play by their rules :(

Not too much of an issue really for me as I intend to use the car for club shows, runs and the odd picnic day with the missus and grandkids.

02-17-10, 07:47 PM
Examples of prime "Yank Tanks" don't get much better than your great looking Calais Coupe! If wprking properly the cars air conditioning should keep you comfortable in the Down Under sun. Are there many Cadillacs in the Adelaide area? What kinds of cars do you drive as daily drivers?

02-17-10, 08:45 PM
That's a hefty rule book. Glad we don't have that over here. That car is amazing, and WELCOME to the forums! :) :) :)

02-18-10, 12:45 AM
My daily driver(s) are my Jeep Wrangler


and my Harley Lowrider


There is a Cadillac car club here in Adelaide and some wonderful examples of the marque grace our roads but are usually only used for recreational purposes.






ooppss....I'm carried away with pics now....

did I mention I like photography?....heheheh...

02-18-10, 12:46 AM
Can you air mail me a napkin? Too much drool.

02-18-10, 03:39 AM
Photography buff... you'll fit in quite nicely here.

02-18-10, 05:58 AM
And it's All American Day on Sunday....

I'll try to take the camera out...