Big Al’s Annual Poker Run

Only a few days to go before our best show ever!

Saturday 13th February at Perry Lakes Reserve will see the 36th annual show and cruise. Our wonderful crew of volunteers is ready to make this show really special and this year we will be joined by the fabulous people of The Vintage Collective Markets.

This means we have a range of fun activities for all the family, with vintage stalls, food trucks, rock n roll band and kids rides and of course the best and biggest pre 78 car show in West Australia.

This will be our second year at Perry Lakes Reserve, a wonderful location with lush grass and shady trees. We were down there on Thursday with officials from the Town of Cambridge and it is looking superb.

The show opens to the public at 10am and closes at 4pm when the Poker Run commences. Entry to the Vintage Collective Markets with their vendors, food trucks and kids activities are free.Spectator entry to the car show will cost $5 (free to kids under 14).

This year, part proceeds from the show will be to ‘Uni Camp for Kids,’ WA’s oldest children’s charity managed and run by the UWA students. They are fielding 40 volunteers to help steward the event and they will all be wearing their distinctive Uni-Camp for Kids T-shirt. Uni Camp for Kids provides camps and picnics for emotionally, socially and/or financially underprivileged children.

FREE parking will be available for the public at the show, with access via Perry Lakes Drive. Look out for our wonderful parking assistants who will show you where to go. Please note that there is strictly no parking on the road and verges on Underwood Drive, Perry Lakes Drive and Feeder Rd, with rangers enforcing these rules.

If you are bringing a show car there will be a separate entrance for you, again via Perry Lakes Drive – just drive past the public parking access and the entrance will be 200 metres on the right. You can come in from 8am, and there will be some food vendors there for breakfast.

We all look forward to seeing you again and extend a Big Al’s welcome to those new faces and new cars!

                   For Sale!





For the first time ever, Big Al’s Poker Run will be having a special  ‘For Sale’ area at the show ‘n shine event! If you would like to reserve a spot to show off a Hot Rod Custom, Street Machine or Classic you’re selling please register as normal (online form, cost is the same) and write FOR SALE in address line 2. We won’t be offering door entries for this area so make sure to register!


The Vintage Market Place

Big Al’s Poker Run are very excited to present in 2016, The Vintage Collective Markets with its famous brand of entertainment.

Renowned for the best in retro, vintage, rockabilly and kustom items with over 100 vendors and entertainers in their collective family, they will bring gourmet food trucks of Perth to satisfy the tummy, entertainment for all ages on stage and around the grounds to keep the young and old engaged, fashion shows from the sensational vendors and of course the wonderful vendors of the Vintage Collective Markets.

There will also be the awesome band, Roadmasters, providing live rock and roll dancing music throughout the day. So save the date and come on down to Perry Lakes Reserve on 13th February 2016 for a great family fun day!

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Welcome to the official Big Al’s Poker Run Website!

We are West Australia’s biggest custom car show and cruise, now in our 36th year. Our 35th anniversary show on 14th February was held at Perry Lakes for the first time and the new venue proved a huge hit with car owners and the public alike.

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More shade, more grass, more food, more visitors and lots more first time exhibiters – many thanks to the Town of Cambridge for the use of their beautiful park.

Our celebrity judge this year, John Hughes was suitably impressed with the number and quality of cars and had a hard time identifying the class winners. Many car owners asked him for a selfie with their cars, and he was also asked several times for a trade in price on their custom cars and hotrods.

John himself imported three American classics from the 50’s in November and intends to do the cruise with us next year.

Have a look at the results tab to see this year’s winners,or check out the merchandise tab to see how to order a full colour photobook of the event – these are becoming collectors items now with many people collecting the full set (photobooks started in 2012).

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What is Big Al’s Poker Run?

It’s a fun family event for owners of hot rods (pre ’48) /custom cars / trucks / pickups, classic  and special interest vehicles. There are four events in this annual activity and it always starts on the second Saturday in February each year.

Big Al’s Annual Poker Run event is back for 2016! Held on Saturday 13th February at Perry Lakes Reserve, Floreat, hundreds of Hot Rodders will gather to show off their amazing cars and then participate in the classic poker run.


The four events are as follows:-

1) Show n shine event with celebrity judging – 10am to 4pm.

2) Big Al’s Poker Run 4pm (a fun car borne treasure hunt with cars following 4 different routes to find the evening event).

3) Evening event with a bar, prize giving and the opportunity to socialize with other Hot Rod lovers .

4) Twilight cruise on the following Wednesday night starting at 6pm and open to all car owners who booked into Big Al’s Poker Run.

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The cost of the four events is $50 per vehicle with as many passengers as you can safely and legally cram in! You will find the online entry on the entry page. Entries close on the 2nd February, however, entrants may still register and enter on the day in person (extra $10 administration fee will apply).


If you have not got an eligible vehicle (see below) you can still attend as a spectator to the show and shine ($5 entry) and the evening presentations at Kingsway ($5 entry spectators).


After costs, the proceeds for Big Al’s Poker Run are donated to deserving causes. For the past several years we have been supporting the WA Motor Industry Foundation Inc “Wheels for Hope, changing lives through mobility.” Thanks to all our entrants and sponsors we have been able to donate over $43,000 over the past 5 years alone.


Eligible Vehicles:-

– Hot Rods, custom cars, pick-ups, classic cars, vans and trucks

– All vehicles must be pre 1978 (except for late American classics like Mustangs, Corvettes, Cameros).

– Severely modified Holden Commodores VB or VC & Falcons, but 1st timers must send a photo to Big Al   first.

– No late jeeps, PT Cruisers, H3’s, Chrysler 300.

Still not sure? Contact Big Al on 0414 551928 or send a message via our facebook page.


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