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Classic Garage

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    1998-2002 Ford AU Falcon: Sunk by Identity Crisis or Dirty Tricks?
    1998-2002 Ford AU Falcon: Sunk by Identity Crisis or Dirty Tricks?
    The September 1998 launch of the AU Falcon marked a bigger generational change than either the XD or EA. It introduced several firsts for an all-Australian design including double-wishbone independent rear suspension and variable camshaft timing. Its benchmark Cd of 0.295 and distinctive new looks had Holden worried about its new VT Commodore looking like yesterday’s car. Then it suddenly turned sour for Ford’s new model and would stay that way for another four years.
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    1959-69 Jaguar Mk 2: Best Sports Sedan Ever? Only Sometimes
    1959-69 Jaguar Mk 2: Best Sports Sedan Ever? Only Sometimes
    When the Jaguar Mk 2 was launched in October 1959, its new badge really meant something compared to today’s devalued applications of the Mk 2 badge. The Mk 2 was more a new model as it represented an advance in every area over the retrospectively-named Mk I it replaced. On its 1960 Australian arrival, the Mark 2’s value for money was exceptional especially the 3.8 manual, judged to be the world’s fastest sedan at the time.
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    1966-71 Fiat 850 Sport Coupe: Italian Super Mouse Bred for Cool Alley Cats
    1966-71 Fiat 850 Sport Coupe: Italian Super Mouse Bred for Cool Alley Cats
    It took the Italians to engineer a mouse-like runabout for scurrying through the narrow, hilly streets of Sydney’s Balmain or Melbourne’s Richmond and make each drive feel like a personal Targa Florio.
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    1988-91 Holden VN Commodore: Holden Milestone or Unguided Missile?
    1988-91 Holden VN Commodore: Holden Milestone or Unguided Missile?
    The August 1988 launch of the VN Commodore marked several Holden firsts. It was the first Australian version of GM’s V-car to meet local large car requirements and thus restored Holden’s viability. As the first mainstream Holden ever to introduce a new body and drivetrain at the same time, it required ongoing development after it reached the showrooms. It generated the first ute and long wheelbase Statesman based on a Commodore. The standard VN’s turn of speed and vulnerability to theft and joy rides prompted reviews of car theft, police chases and anti-hoon laws across Australia.
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Racing Garage

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    Ford AU Falcon: The wing-shaped supercar that struggled to fly
    Ford AU Falcon: The wing-shaped supercar that struggled to fly
    “We knew the basic body shape of the car worked against downforce because when viewed in silhouette its top half (body outline) was shaped like an aircraft wing, so it provided plenty of aerodynamic lift at racing speeds,” said former AU Falcon V8 Supercar driver Mark Larkham.
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    Jaguar Mk 2: Bob Jane’s 4.1 litre 151 mph Super Cat!
    Jaguar Mk 2: Bob Jane’s 4.1 litre 151 mph Super Cat!
    “It was officially timed at Bathurst on the old Conrod Straight at 151 mph (242 km/h) and was written up in (UK) Motor Sport magazine at the time as the fastest Jaguar saloon in the world,” said Bob Jane’s former chief mechanic John Sawyer. “That car was totally dominant in its day and it was only the advent of the Mustangs that brought its reign to an end.”
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    Fiat 850 Sport Coupe: Bathurst on borrowed tyres, a sandwich, a Coke and 8000 rpm!
    Fiat 850 Sport Coupe: Bathurst on borrowed tyres, a sandwich, a Coke and 8000 rpm!
    Finishing last at Bathurst would not normally rank as a memorable achievement in a racing driver’s career. However, if you were driving solo for more than six hours in your first Hardie-Ferodo 500, in the smallest-engined car in the field and with a wafer-thin budget, it would be worthy of a major celebration.
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    Holden VN Commodore SS Group A: Taking a pocket knife to a gun fight
    Holden VN Commodore SS Group A: Taking a pocket knife to a gun fight
    If Holden’s last Group A Commodore had been equipped with a pair of turbochargers and an all-wheel drive transmission, it might have stood a chance of beating Nissan’s all-conquering R32 Skyline GT-R. The fact that it had neither meant it faced an unfair fight from start to finish.
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Old Bikes

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    Old Bike Australasia: Birth of the breed - The Yamaha TD-1A
    Old Bike Australasia: Birth of the breed - The Yamaha TD-1A
    The pioneering 250 twin that changed the face of racing forever.
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    Old Bike Australasia: Good things from Bad Homburg - OBA 45 Horex
    Old Bike Australasia: Good things from Bad Homburg - OBA 45 Horex
    In 1920 Fritz Kleeman began to install single horsepower 63cc Gnom engines, made by Columbus-Motoenbau AG, into bicycle frames. By a happy coincidence, the Columbus company was owned by Fritz’s father Friedrich and produced glassware, particularly bottles and jars, under the Rex name. By combing the first two letters of Bad Homburg, the town where the bikes were assembled, and Rex, the name Horex came into being, or more precisely Horex Fahrzeugbau AG. The range quickly expanded and by 1924 248cc ohv Columbus engines were being built into a tubular steel chassis made by the Stein company, with a 3-speed hand-change gearbox. In 1925 the marriage was complete after Horex and Columbus merged.
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    Old Bike Australasia: Birds of a feather - 1953 Moto Guzzi Airone 250
    Old Bike Australasia: Birds of a feather - 1953 Moto Guzzi Airone 250
    Moto Guzzi had a thing about birds. Their famous motif that adorns virtually every petrol tank features the eagle emblem of the Italian Air Force – a throwback to the flying skills of Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgio Parodi.
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    Old Bike Australasia: James Commando Trails - Little Jimmy the trials bike
    Old Bike Australasia: James Commando Trails - Little Jimmy the trials bike
    The slowest branch of motorcycle sport – Observed Trials – has been dominated by trokes for well over half a century. Most prominently, Sammy Miller changed the perception of the required trials tackle when he swapped his big old 500cc Ariel four stroke for the Spanish Bultaco Sherpa that he helped develop into a near unbeatable force.
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MotoGP

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    Dutch TT, Assen: MotoGP Round 8 Post-Race Report
    Dutch TT, Assen: MotoGP Round 8 Post-Race Report
    The Doctor is back on top with a win at the Dutch TT in Holland! The race became a two-way battle between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi. The Italian Stallion was unable to shake Marquez from his tail and managed to keep ahead with some major controversy on the last corner on the last lap!
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    Dutch TT, Assen: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Dutch TT, Assen: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    The cathedral of racing is here! The Dutch TT in Assen is taking place this weekend with the race starting on the Saturday. Jorge Lorenzo is in the best form of his life feeling strong, his mindset right on point and ready to attack the circuit after his horror accident 12 months ago where he pushed the limits to race.
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    Catalunya, Barcelona: MotoGP Round 7 Post-Race Report
    Catalunya, Barcelona: MotoGP Round 7 Post-Race Report
    Jorge Lorenzo has been rewarded with #4Aces after winning his fourth straight MotoGP race. It is the first time in his career that Lorenzo has been able to have such an incredible run with victory after victory. In Lorenzo’s eyes this was one of the hardest wins of his career as he battled the heat, tyre temperature changes and bike performance.
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    Catalunya, Barcelona: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Catalunya, Barcelona: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    This weekend is the home race for many riders in Spain including Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Alex Marquez, Maverick Vinales and numerous others. It is the 7th round of the MotoGP Championship and what a dynamic season it has been so far. The Spanish circuit hosted its first MotoGP in 1992 and has been a drawcard for fans from all around the world ever since it began.
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