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Classic Garage

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    Peugeot 203 and 403: the first 'world cars' for the postwar era?
    Peugeot 203 and 403: the first 'world cars' for the postwar era?
    ‘The harder I work, the luckier I get.’ This laconic aphorism might have been coined to sum up the efforts of the Peugeot car company in the first generation after World War Two as expressed in its 203, 403, 404 and 504 models. Here we consider the first two of these: the 203 which was launched in Europe in 1948 and assembled in Australia from 1953, and the 403, introduced both in Europe and locally in 1955.
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    Alfa Romeo Alfetta sedan and coupe: Redefining Alfa-naticism
    Alfa Romeo Alfetta sedan and coupe: Redefining Alfa-naticism
    In Arese, Italy in May 1972, just 10 months after the debut of the HQ Holden and less than seven years after BMC delivered its so-called ‘The Car of the Century’ Austin 1800, Alfa Romeo launched the first example of what was to be its new 116-Series range, the Alfetta 1.8 sedan.
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    Volvo 850-Series: the first focused Volvo since the 122S
    Volvo 850-Series: the first focused Volvo since the 122S
    When the Volvo 850 was first shown to the world in 1991 it must have seemed to many critics about a decade behind its time. This was the company’s first front-wheel drive model. It used an in-line five-cylinder engine and had a drag coefficient of 0.32, even if it looked – to invoke that familiar anti-Volvo joke – as if it still had to be removed from the box.
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    HOLDEN EJ/EH: First glamour, then grunt
    HOLDEN EJ/EH: First glamour, then grunt
    From the announcement of the 48-215 ‘FX’ right through until 1971 and the HQ, a new model Holden was front page news in Australia. GM-H’s own advertising slogan ‘Australia’s Own Car’ was taken up by the public and applied with little, if any, irony.
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Racing Garage

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    Peugeot 203 & 403: Redex Trial, Ampol Trial and ‘Great Race’ Legends
    Peugeot 203 & 403: Redex Trial, Ampol Trial and ‘Great Race’ Legends
    The Peugeot 203 and 403 firmly established the French firm as one of the world’s finest post-war car manufacturers in the 1950s and ‘60s. Their mechanical endurance and enviable ability to travel quickly over rough roads and vast distances with great comfort built a legion of loyal customers, particularly in Australia where success in the Redex Trial and Armstrong 500 proved they were ideally suited to our harsh conditions.
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    Alfa Romeo GTV6: Group A's Cheeky 'Big Car' Challenger
    Alfa Romeo GTV6: Group A's Cheeky 'Big Car' Challenger
    “The Alfa GTV6 had almost everything required to be an outright Group A contender…it just needed more power,” Colin Bond told Shannons Club as he reflected on his two memorable seasons racing the giant-killing Italian coupe at the top level of Australian touring car racing in the 1980s.
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    Volvo 850: The Estate Car Turned Racing Superstar!
    Volvo 850: The Estate Car Turned Racing Superstar!
    Volvo has scored some big wins in international motor sport, from the East African Safari in the 1960s to the European and Australian Touring Car Championships in the 1980s. And another of its greatest motor sport achievements occurred in the 1990s – without even winning a race.
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    EH Holden S4: The General’s first ‘Bathurst Special’
    EH Holden S4: The General’s first ‘Bathurst Special’
    The annual Bathurst 500/1000 has been the catalyst for some legendary Holdens built with race-winning specifications, but the first was a unique version of the EH sedan built for the inaugural ‘500’ held at Mount Panorama in 1963.
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Old Bikes

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    Rhodes Norton Manx: The Manx that wouldn't go away
    Rhodes Norton Manx: The Manx that wouldn't go away
    In Victorian motoring circles, Garpfth Rhodes (yes, that is the correct, Welsh spelling for his Christian name, but everyone calls him Garth, so from here on we’ll do the same) is a legend – a highly respected engineer, former competitor, and hands-on man in various organisational capacities. His tiny workshop in Melbourne is crammed with machine tools and machinery – engines of all sorts, components, gadgets and numerous motorcycles.
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    The Professor and the Flying Bedstead
    The Professor and the Flying Bedstead
    They called him The Professor, and his acolytes were numerous in the fertile area for sidecar racers, Maitland, near Newcastle.
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    Katana. The Suzuki born in Bavaria
    Katana. The Suzuki born in Bavaria
    In 1980 Suzuki pulled the wraps off the most radically-styled machine yet to come out of Japan, a country with its motor industry built and based on conservative thinking and logical progression. There was good reason for this, as the new Suzuki (announced in 1100 cc, 650 cc and 550 cc versions) was not Japanese-inspired at all, but the product of a collaboration between the German Suzuki importer, a fledgling design house based in Bavaria and staffed by three young tyros, and the tacit blessing of the parent company.
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    SD 900 Ducati Darmah - An Alsatian in Tiger’s clothing
    SD 900 Ducati Darmah - An Alsatian in Tiger’s clothing
    At $2,695 the Darmah was not exactly cheap, but it had quite a few touches I liked; Campagnolo wheels, Brembo brakes, Bosch electronic ignition, electric start, and even Japanese switchgear and Nippon Denso instruments.
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MotoGP

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    Sachsenring, Germany: MotoGP Post-Race Report
    Sachsenring, Germany: MotoGP Post-Race Report
    Marc Marquez has re-written the history books with his 7th consecutive win from pole position at the Sachsenring.
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    Sachsenring, Germany: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Sachsenring, Germany: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    After two weeks off, the riders have arrived at the Sachsenring in Germany. The riders are looking forward to the battle this week and in particular how the weather plays out with some rain scheduled.
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    Assen, Netherlands: MotoGP Post-Race Report
    Assen, Netherlands: MotoGP Post-Race Report
    The Dutch weekend of motorsport was unreal! It was filled with drama, excitement, tears, adrenaline and a twenty one year old Australian winning his first ever MotoGP race after treacherous conditions took place on Sunday afternoon. Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS MotoGP Rider Jack Miller took victory after the weather got involved and wreaked havoc on the rider’s abilities to stay upright.
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    Assen, Netherlands: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Assen, Netherlands: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    The Assen Grand Prix has arrived and this year it will be featured on Sunday rather than Saturday. The historic race will see Marc Marquez leading the championship with Lorenzo and Rossi biting at the back of his heels as they go head to head for the MotoGP title.
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Australian Motorcyclist Magazine

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    Sydney to Moree - Riding the Ride
    Sydney to Moree - Riding the Ride
    This ride is so boring it’s the first one to be spread over two months. It takes in a great cross section of the very best outback spas. This first episode deals with the great options on getting from the Sydney Basin up to Moree, the capital of artesian country, so fill up the tank, pack the budgie smugglers and hit the road. This is not a ride for a bike that’s been designed to go fast around a smooth track at high speeds for just under an hour. You’re going to need a comfortable ride with a big tank.
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    Bright and Mt Beauty-ful - from the river to the mountain
    Bright and Mt Beauty-ful - from the river to the mountain
    To be perfectly honest with you, we consider the Great Alpine Road a great deal greater than the Great Ocean Road. They’re both great, mind you… and that is the last time we’ll use the word “great” to describe anything in this story, due to a recently expressed feeling by one of our contributors that “great” isn’t such a great word, err… sorry. This month’s map offers you four routes between Rutherglen and Omeo, all of different lengths and somewhat different character.
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    Murrurundi Magic - Goin’ up the country
    Murrurundi Magic - Goin’ up the country
    For me, one of the real hidden pleasures of riding hybrid/adventure touring bikes is not simply the riding of deserted gravel roads. It’s the discovery of the pristine 20km, 30km sometimes 50km stretches of sealed back roads that lead only to them. Because these black strips lead only to gravel, they are empty of caravans, void of B-Doubles and bereft of slow Sunday drivers no matter what day of the week. And there is no better example of this mix of wonderful back road bitumen and mild unsealed sections than Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter of NSW.
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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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Road Rider Magazine

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    Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 - Naughty and Nice
    Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 - Naughty and Nice
    Brimming with performance and aided by top-notch electronics, the Tuono is a leashed beast ready to be set free...
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     Harley-Davidson Softail S-Series: Grooving with Fat Boy Slim
    Harley-Davidson Softail S-Series: Grooving with Fat Boy Slim
    Harley has upped the ante with bigger, gruntier 110ci engines
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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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