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If its been raced, he knows about it and recalls the best motor racing stories.
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Classic Cars reviewed by historian, publisher and leading motoring Journalist.
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Auctions

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    Shannons shout out to aspiring 007s
    Shannons shout out to aspiring 007s
    Shannons are doing a shout out for aspiring 007s at their upcoming Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction on February 22. Three top-end sporting cars given ‘legend’ status through their appearance in James Bond films over the years are crossing the block, affordably expected to sell in the $25,000-$130,000 range.
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    ‘Porsche-inspired’ classics at Shannons Late Summer Auction
    ‘Porsche-inspired’ classics at Shannons Late Summer Auction
    Five interesting German Classics inspired by three generations of the famous Porsche family, are expected to steal the spotlight at Shannons Late Summer Auction on February 22.
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    Investments on a 'PL8' at Shannons Feb 22 Melbourne auction
    Investments on a 'PL8' at Shannons Feb 22 Melbourne auction
    Beach shacks are all the rage in Victoria this summer, with a Mount Martha boat shed with no power, bed or toilet expected to sell for more than $200,000 after expressions of interest close next week. But while these cute and often colourful shacks have proved to be investments, Melbourne’s often fickle weather means they are rarely used for more than a couple of months a year by their owners. In contrast, Heritage black and white Victorian number plates have similar investment potential, but can travel with their proud owner all year round.
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    'Princely' pedal Classic offered at 'no reserve'
    'Princely' pedal Classic offered at 'no reserve'
    A fully restored and environmentally efficient Australian-made single seater convertible from the 1950s that would be a traffic stopper in any young driver’s hands will be offered with ‘no reserve’ at Shannons Melbourne Late Summer auction on February 22.
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Classic Garage

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    The Volvo 140-series: safer, faster, less sexy
    The Volvo 140-series: safer, faster, less sexy
    Few automotive companies have undergone as many changes of brand image as Volvo. If you think of Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar or BMW – to name just four – public perception of what their cars are like remain fairly steady. By contrast, Volvo (which comes from the Latin for ‘I roll’) has hardly rolled along the same road.
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    Ford Cortina TC/TD: Great expectations not met.
    Ford Cortina TC/TD: Great expectations not met.
    The original 1962 Ford Cortina is one of the key cars of the twentieth century. It was arguably the first ever mainstream British sedan designed from the start to appeal to an international audience.
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    Renault 16: Régie hatches a radical new approach with sweet 16
    Renault 16: Régie hatches a radical new approach with sweet 16
    No question, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is regarded as the pioneering hot hatch. But half a dozen years earlier a very different kind of car ushered in a new way of thinking about the melding of high performance and functionality. This car was not as rorty, agile or racy looking as the GTI but it was more radical in concept – if you forget the ‘hatch’ bit, the Mini-Cooper S was the first pocket rocket.
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    Holden TX-TC-TD Gemini: GM’s first world car works best as the Holden Gemini
    Holden TX-TC-TD Gemini: GM’s first world car works best as the Holden Gemini
    The Holden Gemini could hardly have been more representative of its time. Launched in mid-1975, here was the small car Holden needed to regain some lost sales momentum. Almost anyone even passingly conscious of popular culture was familiar with the jingle ‘You and I and Gemini’, which kind of melted into the Australian psyche.
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Racing Garage

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    Holden VB Commodore: 1979 Repco Trial - Commodore’s first and most crucial victory
    Holden VB Commodore: 1979 Repco Trial - Commodore’s first and most crucial victory
    It’s hard to imagine how things could have worked out for the Holden Commodore had it not won the 1979 Repco Round Australia Reliability Trial. The General’s new and unproven sedan famously crushed the competition to not only win Australia’s longest and toughest rally but also finish a resounding 1-2-3, which erased any doubts about the newcomer’s suitability for rugged Aussie roads.
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    Volvo 140 series: Volvo’s first Aussie V8 Supercar!
    Volvo 140 series: Volvo’s first Aussie V8 Supercar!
    Swedish car manufacturer Volvo, renowned for its obsession with safety, is not usually the first brand that springs to mind when talking about high performance muscle cars of the 1970s – unless someone was crazy enough to bolt a thumping great Chev V8 under the bonnet and go racing!
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    Ford TC Cortina: Last stand for Henry’s original Bathurst ‘Supercar’
    Ford TC Cortina: Last stand for Henry’s original Bathurst ‘Supercar’
    Ford’s legendary Mk I Cortina dominated the early years of the annual Bathurst 500, being first car across the line three years in a row (1963-65) before Ford’s big V8-powered Falcon GT proved there was no substitute for cubic inches. However, years after its glory days, the first and only appearance of a Mk III TC Cortina closed an important chapter in Great Race history.
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    Renault 16TS: The quirky French sedan that beat a Porsche 911
    Renault 16TS: The quirky French sedan that beat a Porsche 911
    “We really surprised ourselves because we certainly didn’t expect to topple a works-prepared Porsche 911,” Bob Watson told Shannons Club as the former rally ace reflected on his famous against-the-odds victory with navigator Jim McAuliffe aboard a Renault 16TS in the 1969 Victorian Rally Championship.
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Old Bikes

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    Old Bikes Australasia: The Water Bottle Suzuki GT750
    Old Bikes Australasia: The Water Bottle Suzuki GT750
    For six years, Suzuki defied conventional wisdom when everyone else was going four-stroke.
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    Old Bikes Australasia: 1938 7R AJS
    Old Bikes Australasia: 1938 7R AJS
    It is commonly, and incorrectly held that all pre-war racing 350cc OHC AJSs were called R7s, with the bigger 500cc brother called the R10. I must admit that I had perpetuated this misconception for many years, that is, until I met Norm and Lynda Maddock, passionate vintage enthusiasts and tireless workers for the sport in New Zealand.
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    Old Bikes Australasia: The Whiting. An Aussie V-4…from 1919!
    Old Bikes Australasia: The Whiting. An Aussie V-4…from 1919!
    Saville Whiting Esq., of Melbourne, was dissatisfied with the handling and comfort afforded by pre-WW1 motorcycle design. He had been a motorcyclist since 1905 and felt that a proper chassis should be complete with springing front and rear to be able to cope with the rutted tracks that passed as roads, at least in the Antipodes. With none available, he built his own, which used elliptical leaf springs on both front and rear wheels. He fitted a slightly modified Douglas engine and to prove his theories, rode the machine up and down Mount Misery, near Diggers Rest in Victoria. Reputation has it that the mountain earned its name because of its appalling surface, composed of rocks, tree roots and rabbit holes, and certainly in 1913 it was pioneering stuff. But Saville and his motorcycle made it up and back without incident.
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    Old Bikes Australasia: Adler 250
    Old Bikes Australasia: Adler 250
    While the production of the Adler (German for eagle) motorcycle stopped in 1957 when Grundig bought out the company to concentrate on office equipment, there remains a strong following for this 250cc two stroke twin around the world. In Australia the Adler was popular with two stoke enthusiasts in the ‘50s and most states had well set up distributors. In Brisbane there was Con Crowley, Mayfair Motors in Melbourne and Geo Boulton in Adelaide, among others.
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MotoGP

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    Valencia MotoGP Post-Race Report: Lorenzo World Champion!
    Valencia MotoGP Post-Race Report: Lorenzo World Champion!
    The 2015 MotoGP World Champion is Jorge Lorenzo after a stellar victory at the Valencia Grand Prix yesterday after beating Valentino Rossi to the finish line with a five-point gap. The race was not shy of controversy once again as Valentino started at the back of the grid and criticised Marc Marquez as being Lorenzo’s bodyguard whilst some of the Italian riders failed to challenge Rossi even the slightest. It was Aleix Espargaro, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith giving it their all in order to be ahead of the nine times World Champion. The race was intense from start to finish with Rossi making an incredible start. As the lights went out, Rossi went on to the outside of the track and gained at least seven positions to start with and then progressed from there to finish in the top five.
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    Valencia: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Valencia: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    The season final has arrived for the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes and the controversy is still the talk of the town! It will be a rollercoaster of a weekend for many riders including Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jack Miller and Nicky Hayden. We have a World Championship to be decided in both MotoGP and Moto3 whilst Nicky Hayden retires from MotoGP and Jack Miller spends his last minutes with his LCR Honda Team before moving over to Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.
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    Sepang, Malaysia: MotoGP Post-Race Report
    Sepang, Malaysia: MotoGP Post-Race Report
    The 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix has gone down in the history books as one of the most controversial to have ever taken place! It ended with fans absolutely gobsmacked, upset, furious and in tears. Dani Pedrosa won the race with such an incredible amount of strength and focus.
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    Sepang, Malaysia: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Sepang, Malaysia: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    It has been a solid start for Repsol Honda and Movistar Yamaha at the Malaysian circuit this weekend. The weather has been hot and the smokiness of nearby Indonesia very much a topic of discussion. The riders are pushing the limits and there are two championships still to be decided.
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Australian Motorcyclist Magazine

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    South Australia Adelaide Hills Ride
    South Australia Adelaide Hills Ride
    This map covers what is possibly Australia’s best hunting ground for motorcyclists. The roads through the Adelaide Hills provide wonderful opportunities to hone your cornering skills, as well as taking you to terrific locations.
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    Japan in Australia Ride
    Japan in Australia Ride
    This is a two-day jaunt along pleasant, quiet back roads (mainly) into country NSW – but to a rather sombre destination. If you don’t know about the Cowra Breakout in 1944 during the Second World War, you’ll have a chance to learn about it at the Japanese Garden in Cowra.
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    Victorian Goldfield Ride
    Victorian Goldfield Ride
    Welcome to the first Australian Motorcyclist Magazine map. In future issues we intend to take you on short and enjoyable rides to all sorts of places, all over Australia. Our map, by courtesy of Hema Maps, shows all the detail you will need but there is also a description for both the shorter and longer routes on the back of the map.
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Road Rider Magazine

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    Victory Magnum: Flash Harry
    Victory Magnum: Flash Harry
    Look. At. Me. Yes, me! I’m on a Victory Magnum and I’m loving it. Me, the bloke who is actually a bit shy and retiring, who’d sooner have a slightly ratty and nondescript matte black bike than this Flash Harry with its loud paint, loud stereo and loud styling. Oh, and loud pipes too, thanks to the accessory ones fitted to the test bike. I’m not sure they were within the letter of the law but they announced my arrival as surely as the Magnum attracts attention.
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    Ducati Scrambler Icon: The Rise of Retro
    Ducati Scrambler Icon: The Rise of Retro
    Ducati has grabbed the zeitgeist by the scruff of the neck and created what could well be its most important motorcycle since the Monster. An icon indeed.
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    BMW R 1200 R: Fighting Fit
    BMW R 1200 R: Fighting Fit
    BMW puts the "ooo!" back into R
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    Triumph Tiger 800XCx: Burning Bright
    Triumph Tiger 800XCx: Burning Bright
    Triumph’s middleweight adventure machine roars to the forefront of off-road explorers
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