Thursday, July 2, 2009

classic cars in melbourne

just got back from melbourne with flu symptoms - cough, sore throat and body aches. quarantining myself at home, so no chance to go for my morning walks and mini expeditions around singapore.

melbourne has no dearth of old cars but i only managed to capture a few. there were some 'dinosaurs' but i missed taking pictures of them. anyway, it is not fair to make you identify cars which had never been seen on singapore roads.

all the three cars shown in this blog have made their appearance here before although we might not have the cabriolet version of the third car.

something about the learner driver scene in melbourne. you have to be 18 before you can qualify to sit for the driving test. there are three components - the highway code, the hazard perception test and the actual driving test.

a practice which has been discontinued in s'pore is still being practised there. you do not need to have a licensed instructor to teach you driving. anyone who holds a valid driving licence can be your driving instructor on the road. all you need to do is to display the 'l' plates at the front and back of the vehicle.

over here, when you get your new driving licence, the probation period is one year and you have to display the triangle signs in your car. in melbourne, you carry the red 'p' plate for one year, during which you are not allowed to carry more than one passenger in your car. after the one year, you graduated to a green 'p' plate, which will be with you (in your car) for two years.

car number 1

car number 2

car number 3


Victor said...

First car is a Holden Commodore? Saw something like it being driven by Australian diplomats some years ago.

2nd car - Er, could it be a Hyundai Excel?

3rd car - SMB (search me boss = I don't know)

Victor said...

Sorry about doing the quiz first before asking about your health. That's a surefire sign of a die-hard blogger (me, not you).

Alamak! You are not joking about the flu symptoms are you? 上得山多終遇虎 literally meaning "when you walk the mountain too often, you will meet the tiger". (And a die-hard blogger who often walks the mountain would have definitely whipped out a camera to capture the scene for his blog. Haha.)

Actually, the Chinese saying means if you take risks (e.g moving about like a hero without an N95 mask in Melbourne), you might eventually meet with something dangerous.

Hope your flu is nothing serious and that you recover soon, YG.

Anonymous said...

Hope you are well. Been following your blog for a while.

1) Mitsubishi Galant.

2) Ford Laser

3) Honda City or first generation Honda Jazz as it is known in Europe. Not seen it as a soft-top before though.

pck said...

The second car looks like Ford Festiva to me.

yg said...

victor and anonymous, thks for your concern. i am up and about already; just came back from walk at sbwr.

yg said...

victor, i think you need to look more closely at the back and side profiles of cars than at the usual stuff.

Lam Chun See said...

I think no. 1 is Mitsubishi Sigma and no. 3 is Proton Saga. No clue about no. 2.

nah said...

It is very deceptive to look at the back or side of things. Better to see the front… if you have to make a quick decision. My imagination tells me that
1 is Mitsubishi Sigma
2 is IMG
3 is Honda City