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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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    1960-68 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia: Every Coupe Came with a Bug
    1960-68 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia: Every Coupe Came with a Bug
    The late 1959 local arrival of the Karmann-Ghia marked the end of an era. It was the last accessible model ever which allowed the buyer to specify a bespoke custom body on an otherwise ordinary car. Although 387,795 were produced between 1955 and 1974 globally to satisfy huge US demand, they were all subject to much higher levels of hand assembly at Karmann’s Osnabruck facility than any rival coupe in this price range.
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    1979-85 Mazda RX-7 Series I/II/III: The Banker’s Sports Car
    1979-85 Mazda RX-7 Series I/II/III: The Banker’s Sports Car
    The March 1979 local release of the Mazda RX-7 marked another major Australian milestone only months after the arrival of the VB Commodore. The RX-7 made a top shelf sports coupe experience accessible in much the same way that the Commodore introduced a premium European driving experience to family car buyers.
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    1971-73 Chrysler VH Valiant: Right Ingredients, Wrong Cuisine
    1971-73 Chrysler VH Valiant: Right Ingredients, Wrong Cuisine
    The VH Valiant marked the first in an unprecedented synchronized generational change for all three of Australia’s mainstream family cars. For a short time, Chrysler’s VH Valiant was the freshest entry in a segment filled with ageing rivals. After a string of coincidences and delays, Chrysler, Holden and Ford in that order, launched brand new models starting with the VH range in June 1971 followed by Holden’s HQ in July 1971 and Ford’s XA in March 1972. For the first time, all three were unique to Australia and based on the same 111inch/2819mm identical wheelbase.
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    1961-67 Citroen ID19: The Aussie Goddess Called Parisienne
    1961-67 Citroen ID19: The Aussie Goddess Called Parisienne
    For a 1955 release, the Citroen DS, or Goddess as it was more commonly known here from the translation of the French word déesse, stopped the world in its tracks. Not only did its wild new shape point to the future, its revolutionary use of hydraulics, its inboard front disc brakes and use of new lightweight materials were just a sample of the many areas where the new Citroen challenged established thinking. By August 1961, a more basic version of the radical new car was being built in Australia and marketed as the Parisienne featuring a unique combination of local and French parts.
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Racing Garage

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    VW Karmann-Ghia: Wild Aussie Off-Road Racers and Sports Sedans
    VW Karmann-Ghia: Wild Aussie Off-Road Racers and Sports Sedans
    Given its humble VW Beetle-based origins, the Type 14 Karmann-Ghia of the 1960s would probably not be first in a typical wish-list of competition cars, but the stylish coupe boasts a diverse if little known competition history in Australian motor sport.
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    MAZDA RX-7: Australia’s most controversial Group C touring car
    MAZDA RX-7: Australia’s most controversial Group C touring car
    The Production Touring - Group C era (1973-1984) ignited as many confrontations in the courtroom as it did on the race track, but no car created more controversy, heated debate and political division during this volatile time than the Mazda RX-7.
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    VH Valiant: The R/T ‘Super Charger’ that never made it
    VH Valiant: The R/T ‘Super Charger’ that never made it
    Former Chrysler Australia competitions manager John Ellis is adamant that the R/T Charger E49 Hemi Six Pack, which on release in August 1972 was the fastest accelerating production car in Australia, was the end result of a long wish-list which could only be partly implemented.
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    Citroen DS/ID: From Mount Panorama to The Marathon
    Citroen DS/ID: From Mount Panorama to The Marathon
    "It was terrific to drive because we could run it flat-out all day, as fast as it would go," said racing great Brian Foley when quizzed about the Citroen ID19 he shared with Bill Buckle in the 1964 Armstrong 500 at Bathurst.
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