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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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JoeKenwright
Classic cars reviewed by one of Australia's most knowledgable motoring journalists.
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Access to all the latest automotive industry news and new model releases.
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Classic Garage

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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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    1960-64 Ford XK-XL Falcon: Detroit’s Bird of Prey Crash Lands in Australia
    1960-64 Ford XK-XL Falcon: Detroit’s Bird of Prey Crash Lands in Australia
    The launch of the first Australian Ford Falcon on September 11, 1960 was the most significant development in the Australian industry after the 1948 release of the first Holden. It was the first serious threat to Holden’s stranglehold over the Australian market. Within a year, the new model’s reputation was in tatters. The question remains: how did the new US model’s problems get past Ford Australia?
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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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Racing Garage

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Go Auto News

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    Global Ford Taurus an Aussie-honed effort
    Global Ford Taurus an Aussie-honed effort
    THE Ford Falcon may be departing, but long live the Taurus… Ranger… Everest… Escort… and every other as-yet unheralded vehicle styled by Ford right here in Australia.
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    Porsche's Boxster Spyder packs 911 punch
    Porsche's Boxster Spyder packs 911 punch
    PARTS-sharing across multiple brands and marques is just part of the modern motor-manufacturing way. It seems everyone is at it, but if you simply must borrow bits then make sure you pinch them from the poshest parts bin, and that is exactly what Porsche has done with its latest and greatest evolution of the Boxster.
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    Is Holden’s Astra VXR the hottest of the hatches?
    Is Holden’s Astra VXR the hottest of the hatches?
    HOT hatches are no longer the flimsy tin boxes with questionable front-drive chassis that some were in years past. No - the modern high-powered hatchback is a sophisticated piece of road-munching equipment capable of trundling quietly and efficiently to the shops one day and, in the case of Renault’s manic Megane RS 275, lapping the Nurburgring in about eight minutes the next.
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    Ford puts the ST-ing back in Focus ST
    Ford puts the ST-ing back in Focus ST
    BUYERS of European hot hatches have never had it better. From the desolate wasteland that was the Australian scene in the 1980s and 90s (aside from the iconic Peugeot 205 GTI), the small, affordable performance runabout is now the must-have staple for any C-segment small-car offering seeking a keen driver’s stamp of approval.
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Old Bikes

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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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    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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MotoGP

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    Le Mans, France: MotoGP Round 5 Post-Race Report
    Le Mans, France: MotoGP Round 5 Post-Race Report
    Jorge Lorenzo has won back-to-back races and is proving to be a real Championship contender! Lorenzo was flawless in his race pace, entry and exit of the corners and definitely found the rhythm he was looking for. The methodical approach by Lorenzo was incredible especially when the fuel tank ran low and he had to push a little less, though remained focused to bring the bike home in first place.
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    Le Mans, France: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Le Mans, France: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Welcome to the French Grand Prix. This weekend the MotoGP riders will be arriving in Le Mans to prepare for the event where the weather has a way of working its magic with either rain, sun or wind. Coming off a win is the greatest feeling when starting a race weekend and Jorge Lorenzo will be looking to repeat his success from Jerez at the French circuit.
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    Jerez, Spain: MotoGP Round 4 Post-Race Report
    Jerez, Spain: MotoGP Round 4 Post-Race Report
    Jorge Lorenzo started off his campaign at Jerez on a mission to win the Spanish Grand Prix and put his name back in title contention for the MotoGP World Championship. The Spanish rider was flawless from the start of practice earlier in the week and took off like a rocket heading for the moon when the lights turned green at Jerez.
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    Jerez, Spain: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Jerez, Spain: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    This weekend we head to Spain for a European race that is close to the hearts of the Spanish riders. If you are a Repsol Honda fan, Marc Marquez will be heading to Spain injured after fracturing his little finger and Dani Pedrosa is still not 100% so will be aiming to be fit for the Le Mans MotoGP race. Jerez is quite a challenging track with 5 left and 8 right hand corners and a straight of 607m. It is one of the most popular races on the calendar and is generally blessed with good weather for both riders and spectators.
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