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MarkOastler
If its been raced, he knows about it and recalls the best motor racing stories.
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JoeKenwright
Classic cars reviewed by one of Australia's most knowledgable motoring journalists.
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Classic Garage

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    1962-63 Chrysler R/S Series: Too Good to Live
    1962-63 Chrysler R/S Series: Too Good to Live
    The impact of the first local Valiant’s arrival on January 18, 1962 when the EK Holden still had another six months to run was seismic. It was the first Australian family six to move the bar in almost every area since the 1948 arrival of the first Holden. Before most Australians had a chance to save for the brilliant new R Series or its rushed S Series facelift, the radical new shape was gone by May 1963. The shock of its arrival was matched only by its sudden departure and the ordinariness of its replacement.
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    1970-80 Renault 12: Australian Ambitions Nuked
    1970-80 Renault 12: Australian Ambitions Nuked
    The late 1970 arrival of the Renault 12 in Australia was accompanied by universal accolades, a Wheels Car of the Year award and confident predictions of annual local sales of 5,000 plus. After initial sales doubled that projection, Renault's loyal alternative owner base became wary of buying Renaults during 1972. They didn't buy assurances that French atomic bomb testing in the Pacific was clean and harmless. The Renault 12 left the local market 10 years later with an overall tally of just 26,000.
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    1965-67 Holden HD/HR X2: Two Many Carbs
    1965-67 Holden HD/HR X2: Two Many Carbs
    The Holden HD was a brutal reminder of what it cost Holden after Detroit was forced to intervene and re-work the EJ and EH then replace the local EF proposal with the HD. As a futuristic design from a GM experimental studio in Detroit, the HD launched in February 1965 had the right pedigree until Holden attempts to anticipate local market sensitivities were overruled. Buyer reaction then prompted an early local HR facelift. The X2 engine option suffered by association with what many regard as the worst Holden ever.
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    1979-82 Ford XD Falcon: Was Ford Robbed?
    1979-82 Ford XD Falcon: Was Ford Robbed?
    The XD Falcon demonstrated that Australia had the skills by 1979 to integrate the latest engineering and materials advances from anywhere in the world for a unique Australian design still tough enough to meet local full-size family car needs under the worst conditions. As the sole all-Australian rear drive model with this capability for nine years, it saved the local industry by forcing rivals to match it. Yet when it was overlooked for the 1979 Wheels Car of the Year, the XD Falcon was presented as a lemon along with the other 1979 releases after the award was withheld. Fortunately, Australian buyers knew better.
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Racing Garage

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    Valiant R & S Series: Potent '60s Pentastars!
    Valiant R & S Series: Potent '60s Pentastars!
    Chrysler's Valiant Hemi Pacers and R/T Chargers are today revered as the finest high performance road and track cars to wear the famous pentastar badge in Australia, but the most successful Valiant to compete in the Australian Touring Car Championship was in fact the first one - the R series.
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    Renault 12 Gordini: Front paws in need of lion claws
    Renault 12 Gordini: Front paws in need of lion claws
    Renault Australia's victory over the Holden Dealer Team in the 1970 Australian Rally Championship, using its potent R8 Gordinis, had such a positive effect on image and sales that the company was keen to launch another assault in 1972 with its new front wheel drive Renault 12 Gordini – but this time Holden's lion was roaring and ready to pounce.
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    HD/HR Holden X2: The General's mysterious 1960s 'muscle' car
    HD/HR Holden X2: The General's mysterious 1960s 'muscle' car
    Holden boasts a rich heritage of special-build high performance road cars that became winning race cars stretching right back to Stormin' Norm Beechey's EH S4, which makes the X2 version of the HD and HR models of the mid-1960s an awkward fit in such a stellar line-up.
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    XD Falcon: Ford's accidental racing hero
    XD Falcon: Ford's accidental racing hero
    Ford Australia did not want to race its new XD Falcon in 1980. It wouldn't even homologate it for privateers to race. So how on earth did the XD even make it onto the track let alone become a hugely successful race car revered as one of the greats of the Group C touring car era?
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Go Auto News

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    Maserati dials up 911
    Maserati dials up 911
    FOR half a century, Porsche's seminal 911 thrilled legions of sportscar fans around the world with few challengers. Now, in the space of six months, we've seen two coupes tilting for the Stuttgart icon's crown, with Maserati following Jaguar's gorgeous (if flawed) F-Type into the fighting arena.
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    Alfa 4C loses its top
    Alfa 4C loses its top
    THREE years ago the 4C Concept stunned Geneva show goers with its gorgeous styling, advanced specification and promise of a proper Alfa Romeo sports car at last. Fast-forward to the same Swiss motor show in 2014 and history – as they say – has repeated.
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    Petite Jeep a city SUVprise
    Petite Jeep a city SUVprise
    DECIDEDLY mixed reactions have met Jeep's first intended foray into the baby SUV market. Unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the BU-series Renegade – a name that until recently adorned variants of the decidedly he-man Wrangler – is the smallest modern vehicle the company has ever developed.
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    Big Mac flies to go!
    Big Mac flies to go!
    JUST days after making a debut at the Geneva motor show, the mid-range McLaren 650S has landed in Australia priced from $441,500.
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Shannons

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    Sir Jack to be feted at Phillip Island
    Sir Jack to be feted at Phillip Island
    The amazing life and unique achievements of Sir Jack Brabham will be celebrated in many ways at the 25th Anniversary Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport from March 7-9 this year.
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    The final blow. Toyota to cease local automotive manufacturing in 2017
    The final blow. Toyota to cease local automotive manufacturing in 2017
    The mass produced Australian-made car has officially been consigned to history following Toyota Australia's inevitable announcement this week that it will stop building cars in Australia by 2017.
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    Faster Track to Phillip Island Classic
    Faster Track to Phillip Island Classic
    There will be 25 per cent more racing at this year's 25th Anniversary Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport from March 7-9, but spectators will also be travelling a lot faster too.
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    Mark Donohue's IROC 911 for Phillip Island Classic
    Mark Donohue's IROC 911 for Phillip Island Classic
    One of the world’s most famous and valuable racing 911s – the 1974 Carrera RSR 3.0 litre coupe in which CanAm champion Mark Donohue scored his final race win just months before his death in early 1975 – will compete at this year’s 25th Anniversary Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor sport from March 7-9.
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