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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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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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Auctions

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    Eclectic mix at Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Sale
    Eclectic mix at Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Sale
    There is an eclectic mix of classics lining up for Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Auction on February 23, with the majority of the lots already listed to be offered with ‘no reserve’.
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    Rare Brough outfit brings $111,000 at Shannons Melbourne Sale
    Rare Brough outfit brings $111,000 at Shannons Melbourne Sale
    A rare circa-1939 and nicely-presented Brough Superior 1150 SV motorcycle with sidecar sold was just one of the standout sale at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on December 8, selling for a world-market $111,000 after a relentless duel between two floor bidders.
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    Landmark Classics in Shannons Melbourne Summer Sale
    Landmark Classics in Shannons Melbourne Summer Sale
    While many enthusiasts will be attracted to Monday’s Shannons Melbourne Summer auction hoping to snap up one of the 21 ‘no reserve’ cars and motorcycles at a bargain price, others around the world will closely be following the fortunes of four landmark classics in the sale.
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    HO, HO, HO - Santa calls early at Shannons
    HO, HO, HO - Santa calls early at Shannons
    Santa is coming early at Shannons, with half the 42 classic cars and motorcycles in Shannons upcoming Melbourne Summer Auction on December 8 being offered with ‘no reserve’.
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Classic Garage

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    1961-70 Volvo 122S/123GT: The Winning and Losing of Volvo’s Swede Spot
    1961-70 Volvo 122S/123GT: The Winning and Losing of Volvo’s Swede Spot
    At the September 1961 local launch of the Volvo 122S, Australians familiar with Swedish brands including Ericsson, Husqvarna, Hasselblad, Bahco and Electrolux, were open to the idea of a Swedish car. Because the Volvo 122 had been subject to five years intensive development following its August 1956 Swedish release as the Amazon, it quickly gained a local reputation for being the best and safest of its kind.
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    1972-73 Ford XA Falcon: The Accidental Aussie Falcon
    1972-73 Ford XA Falcon: The Accidental Aussie Falcon
    There was a good reason why the XA Falcon was delayed until March 1972, arriving well after its equally new Holden and Valiant rivals of 1971. The same US mindset that delivered the puffed-up VH Valiant and Leyland P76 assumed the Fairlane-sized entry level Torino would replace the local Falcon just as it did in the US. The all new local Falcon program almost happened by accident after this Torino-derived Falcon was rejected.
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    1964-70 Toyota RT40 Corona: A Nose for Shovelling-Up Old World Rivals
    1964-70 Toyota RT40 Corona: A Nose for Shovelling-Up Old World Rivals
    Australian Motor Industries (AMI) was the first national distribution network outside Japan to stock the new Corona in October 1964 before local production started in January 1965. This was after the AMI-built Toyota Tiara, the first Toyota ever built outside Japan, had sold out prematurely and overwhelming Japanese demand for the new Corona created a gap in supplies. The Australian market was so important to Toyota that the initial shipment of 900 Japanese-built Coronas headed for the US was quickly diverted to Australia.
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    1956-59 Holden FE/FC: The World’s Best Multi-Purpose Vehicle Range
    1956-59 Holden FE/FC: The World’s Best Multi-Purpose Vehicle Range
    The July 1956 launch of the FE Holden was a huge national achievement. After the first Holden marked a coming of age for Australian industry, it was still a recycled early 1940s US design. The FE was designed and engineered in Australia and owed nothing to any overseas model.
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Racing Garage

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    Volvo 122S: Swedish star that could have been a ‘V8 Supercar’
    Volvo 122S: Swedish star that could have been a ‘V8 Supercar’
    The Volvo S60 competing in V8 Supercar racing today is a unique hybrid built purely for this form of competition, as the Gothenburg-based company has never made a V8-powered sedan for road use. However, had a 120-series prototype become a production reality in the 1960s, Volvo could well have had a genuine V8 Bathurst contender straight off the showroom floor.
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    XA Falcon GT-HO Phase IV: Was it destined to fail at Bathurst?
    XA Falcon GT-HO Phase IV: Was it destined to fail at Bathurst?
    It would have been the greatest GT-HO of them all. A political storm ensured that the Phase IV never competed in the big race it was designed to win, but history suggests it was destined to fail had it competed at Bathurst in the 1972 Hardie-Ferodo 500.
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    Toyota RT40 Corona: Japan’s first Bathurst warrior
    Toyota RT40 Corona: Japan’s first Bathurst warrior
    The remarkable transformation of post-WWII Japan, from a nation shattered into surrender by atomic bombs in the 1940s to a burgeoning industrial powerhouse by the 1960s, was never better demonstrated than Toyota’s first appearance at Bathurst with a trio of Coronas in the 1965 Armstrong 500.
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    Holden FE-FC: The General’s ‘Heavy Metal’ Humpy Hunter
    Holden FE-FC: The General’s ‘Heavy Metal’ Humpy Hunter
    A racing driver usually wants to be in the latest and greatest car, but if you were a Holden tin-top racer in the late 1950s and early 1960s the latest wasn’t necessarily the greatest.
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Old Bikes

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    Old Bike Australasia: Norton 16H War Horse
    Old Bike Australasia: Norton 16H War Horse
    79mm x 100mm may well be the most famous bore and stroke in motorcycling history. Countless Norton singles, beginning with the 1911 490cc side valve, belt-driven Model 16, shared the configuration which lasted until the end of single cylinder production in 1963. That’s not a bad run, but in between times, the 16H earned a reputation as the favoured British military motorcycle of the Second World War. In fact, the 16H’s days in khaki started well before WW2, with the first order placed by the War Department in 1936, and the final deliveries made a full decade later.
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    Old Bike Australasia: BMW R695 - The ultimate flat twin?
    Old Bike Australasia: BMW R695 - The ultimate flat twin?
    BMW had something to prove - that their venerable twin was capable of more than just comfortable touring. The R695 was the answer.
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    Old Bike Australasia: Rickman Interceptor - British Brawn
    Old Bike Australasia: Rickman Interceptor - British Brawn
    Ar a tie when the world was shifting to triples and fours, a marriage of convenience produced an iconic British big twin.
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    Old Bike Australasia: Honda’s Blowhard - Honda CX650 Turbo
    Old Bike Australasia: Honda’s Blowhard - Honda CX650 Turbo
    Turbocharging was all the rage in the 1980s. Formula One cars of the time managed to produce up to 1400 horsepower fro a 1.5 litre engine (albeit for very short periods) but at the expense of driveability; the dreaded turbo ’lag’ requiring an entirely different technique to controlling a normally aspirated engine.
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