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Shannons Club

Shannons Club

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

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    1975-1976 Triumph Dolomite Sprint: This Dolomite Needed the Mighty Dollar
    1975-1976 Triumph Dolomite Sprint: This Dolomite Needed the Mighty Dollar
    As the collapse of local Leyland operations quickly eliminated the Marina and P76 from local production, Leyland Australia had to move quickly to add more imports to its Australian range. The August 1975 arrival of the Triumph Dolomite Sprint with its unique 16 valve engine and yellow-only livery injected some four cylinder excitement into a range based entirely on updated 1960s models.
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    1969-70 Chrysler VF Valiant: Beautiful Beast or Endangered Species?
    1969-70 Chrysler VF Valiant: Beautiful Beast or Endangered Species?
    After early Valiants applied the blow torch to Holden and Ford to lift their game, Australians regarded these local Chrysler models with affection and respect. Because the VE Valiant could never convincingly top either the combined XT Falcon/ZB Fairlane range or the Holden HK range in 1968, expectations for the VF Valiant at its overdue March 1969 release were high. Instead, Chrysler’s bold attempt to present the VF as The Beautiful Beast proved one of the most ambitious claims of the era.
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    1968-72 Datsun 1600: Much More than a Cut-Price BMW
    1968-72 Datsun 1600: Much More than a Cut-Price BMW
    On its February 1968 local release, the Datsun 1600’s specifications matched or bettered BMW then proved more reliable and rugged under local conditions. Despite the full force of Aussie trade barriers, the new Datsun’s $2050 import price was just $5 more than a locally-assembled Cortina 1300. Its performance and on road behaviour shamed the latest Cortina 1600 GT which cost a full 25 per cent more. The Datsun 1600 is rightfully listed globally as a 20th century game changer, with the benefit of hindsight.
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    1958-62 Vauxhall PA Velox/Cresta: Did Australians Still Need Holden?
    1958-62 Vauxhall PA Velox/Cresta: Did Australians Still Need Holden?
    The GM-H launch of the Australian-assembled Vauxhall PA Velox in May 1958 makes no sense in today’s context. As a six cylinder family car, it shadowed the Holden in almost every dimension including engine capacity. By 1960, the facelifted Velox/Cresta range was far enough ahead of the retrograde Holden FB to make it redundant on a level playing field.
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Racing Garage

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    Triumph Dolomite Sprint: The Torana L34-inspired ‘Super Sprint’ that never made it
    Triumph Dolomite Sprint: The Torana L34-inspired ‘Super Sprint’ that never made it
    If Ron Hodgson Racing and Leyland Australia had their way in 1976, a unique competition version of the Triumph Dolomite Sprint would have been built right here in Australia. Designed along similar lines to the team’s (Group C) Holden Torana L34, it would have been arguably the fastest, toughest and rarest of its type in the world.
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    VF Valiant Pacer 225: The Sports Sedan that set Chrysler’s pulse racing
    VF Valiant Pacer 225: The Sports Sedan that set Chrysler’s pulse racing
    “It would be fair to say that the VF Pacer was the first Valiant that opened Chrysler Australia’s eyes to the benefits of being directly involved in motor sport,” former competitions boss John Ellis told Shannons Club. “It led to more investment and participation by the factory and ultimately the Hemi Pacer and R/T Charger programs.”
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    Datsun 1600: Bathurst Supercar at a Supermarket Price
    Datsun 1600: Bathurst Supercar at a Supermarket Price
    If Nissan was aiming to emulate the practicality and sporting prowess of BMW’s compact sedans of the 1960s in a more affordable form, the burgeoning Japanese manufacturer proved a crack shot. The Datsun 1600 (or 510) released in 1968 hit the bulls-eye, with strong sales and four years of Bathurst dominance straight off the showroom floor.
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    Vauxhall PA Velox/Cresta: Why Holden did not win Australia’s first ‘Great Race’
    Vauxhall PA Velox/Cresta: Why Holden did not win Australia’s first ‘Great Race’
    General Motors holds the distinction of being outright winner of the first Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island in 1960. However, the winning car was not a Holden. In fact, there were no Holdens entered, which is surprising given the huge popularity of ‘Australia’s Own Car’ at the time.
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Old Bikes

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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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    Old Bike Australasia: Little Ripper - 1971 Honda CB125S
    Old Bike Australasia: Little Ripper - 1971 Honda CB125S
    Robust, attractive, reliable and frugal to own and run. What more could you want in a motorcycle?
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    Old Bike Australasia: 1956 Maico M250S Blizzard.
    Old Bike Australasia: 1956 Maico M250S Blizzard.
    Two young brothers, Wilhelm and Otto Maisch, eyed the booming scene with enthusiasm, and decided there was room for yet another brand. Thus Maico, an abbreviation of Maich Company (which was founded by Ulrich Maisch in Poltingen, near Stuttgart in 1926), was formed and began modest production in Wurtemburg in 1934, making their own frames and cycle parts with 98 cc Ilo and 125 cc Sachs engines.
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    Old Bike Australasia: Kawasaki W1/2 650
    Old Bike Australasia: Kawasaki W1/2 650
    Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but underneath the BSA-inspired veneer, the Kawasaki W-series twins had plenty of original thinking…
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MotoGP

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    Argentina: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Argentina: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso have marched on to Argentina for the next race on the MotoGP calendar alongside their fellow competitors.
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    Austin Texas: MotoGP Round 2 Post-Race Report
    Austin Texas: MotoGP Round 2 Post-Race Report
    Marc Marquez is back on top! The Spanish Ant has won the 2015 race at Austin, Texas. His performance this weekend was spectacular after a drama filled qualifying session, which resulted in Marc jumping the pit lane wall and sprinting for his second bike. Marquez had an incredible start to the race chasing down the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso. It was not long before Marquez aggressively passed Dovi and took off edging away from the red beast and current World Championship leader Valentino Rossi.
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    Austin Texas: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Austin Texas: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    The Circuit of the Americas welcomes the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend’s race. The American race measures 5.5km in length, has 11 left and 9 right hand corners and has a long straight of 1200m. Valentino Rossi is heading to the Austin track with the Championship lead and some hungry competitors ready to bite at his feet.
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    Qatar: MotoGP Round 1 Post-Race Report
    Qatar: MotoGP Round 1 Post-Race Report
    The Doctor is back! Valentino Rossi has taken the reigns ahead of Ducati and won the first round of the MotoGP. The race had everything the fans could have asked for from crashes to battles and Rossi celebrating in style by licking the television camera lens. The race was exciting from start to finish.
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