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Idle Torque: Barnyard yarns
Idle Torque - Approximately 60 Corvettes converged on Bindoon on September 9, which was a record-sized gathering for the local club, Corvettes of WA. Supplied picture

So-called "barn finds" have generated so much newspaper and digital chatter in recent years, it's hardly surprising that the odd barn find story has been embellished just a tad.

Given you've stopped on this page for a few minutes, chances are your friends know you like old cars. They may even see you as a buff, assuming you're the type who gasps and genuflects whenever they see a pre-1970 car on the road then authoritatively identifies it to anyone lucky enough to be in earshot.

It's also possible that sometime over the past five years, those dear cohorts have sent you that email showing a huge barn full of about 150 classic cars covered in thick dust.

The barn is supposedly in Portugal and the story attached to it says a retiree from New York bought the property very cheaply and without knowing all these cars were in the big shed.

As the story goes, the retiree discovered the Aladdin's Cave of cars, none of which had seen the light of day for decades, and all were just waiting for some fresh fuel and a battery. Yeah, right.

Clearly, the story was too good to be true and yes, as well as the dust on the cars, there was more bulldust here than at a Texas rodeo.

According to the respected journal Sports Car Market, the owner of the vehicles was a car dealer in the 1970s and 80s who had decided to save the more interesting cars that came through his doors.

I don't mean to let the truth get in the way of a good barn yarn, but later reports found that the photos had simply been taken to quantify the collection for insurance purposes.

Idle Torque - Some barn finds stories are too good to be true, with stories of dusty old cars often being accompanied with a thick layer of bulldust. Supplied picture


Bindoon boomed with the sound of about 60 Chevrolet Corvettes on September 9, forming a record- sized gathering for the annual Corvettes of WA club cruise from Perth.

Corvettes of WA spokesman Andy Weatherburn said that in previous years this event had attracted only about 15 of the stylish sports cars.

He said the strong turnout this year made him hopeful that owners would come along to more Corvettes of WA events that were planned for next month.

So if you are looking to get in on some more fibreglass-bodied, US-built, V8-powered action, the next place to be is the GM Muscle Day Car Heaven at the Cannington Greyhounds track next month. Corvettes of WA will be there from 9.30am. See the column on the right for details.


German Car Day. Mystery drive from Perth.

Great Southern Street Machine Association. Supercruise and Show 'n' Shine. Visit

Midwest Show 'n' Shine. Phone 0418 939 285 or visit

GM Muscle Car Heaven, *Cannington Greyhounds track. Phone 0410 437 136 or visit

Como Rotary Club Car Show, *Wesley College, entry from Angelo Street. 9386 6597 or email comorotarycarshow

Holden Car Club Show 'n' Shine, Stirling Square, Guildford. Phone 0415 353 994.

All Austin Day, Stirling Square, Guildford, 10am-4pm. Phone 9390 5310.

French Car Festival, Supreme Court Gardens, Perth. Phone 0439 935 369.

British Auto Classic, Pinjarra Paceway. Phone 9586 1010 or visit

Datsun 240Z and 269Z Register. Z Day, Belmont Sports and Recreation Club. Phone 0417 182 230 or visit

All Ford Day Cruise. Phone 0418 912 886 or visit

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