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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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Classic Garage

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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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    1968-72 Datsun 1600: Much More than a Cut-Price BMW
    1968-72 Datsun 1600: Much More than a Cut-Price BMW
    On its February 1968 local release, the Datsun 1600’s specifications matched or bettered BMW then proved more reliable and rugged under local conditions. Despite the full force of Aussie trade barriers, the new Datsun’s $2050 import price was just $5 more than a locally-assembled Cortina 1300. Its performance and on road behaviour shamed the latest Cortina 1600 GT which cost a full 25 per cent more. The Datsun 1600 is rightfully listed globally as a 20th century game changer, with the benefit of hindsight.
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Racing Garage

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    Ford XK-XL Falcons: From East African Safari to Ford’s first ‘Great Race’ win
    Ford XK-XL Falcons: From East African Safari to Ford’s first ‘Great Race’ win
    Ford’s Bathurst 500 heritage is largely built on the legend of the Falcon GT and GT-HO. But long before those iconic V8 muscle cars existed, the humble six cylinder XL Falcon wrote its own vital chapter in Great Race history by winning the 1962 Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island.
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    Triumph Dolomite Sprint: The Torana L34-inspired ‘Super Sprint’ that never made it
    Triumph Dolomite Sprint: The Torana L34-inspired ‘Super Sprint’ that never made it
    If Ron Hodgson Racing and Leyland Australia had their way in 1976, a unique competition version of the Triumph Dolomite Sprint would have been built right here in Australia. Designed along similar lines to the team’s (Group C) Holden Torana L34, it would have been arguably the fastest, toughest and rarest of its type in the world.
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    VF Valiant Pacer 225: The Sports Sedan that set Chrysler’s pulse racing
    VF Valiant Pacer 225: The Sports Sedan that set Chrysler’s pulse racing
    “It would be fair to say that the VF Pacer was the first Valiant that opened Chrysler Australia’s eyes to the benefits of being directly involved in motor sport,” former competitions boss John Ellis told Shannons Club. “It led to more investment and participation by the factory and ultimately the Hemi Pacer and R/T Charger programs.”
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    Datsun 1600: Bathurst Supercar at a Supermarket Price
    Datsun 1600: Bathurst Supercar at a Supermarket Price
    If Nissan was aiming to emulate the practicality and sporting prowess of BMW’s compact sedans of the 1960s in a more affordable form, the burgeoning Japanese manufacturer proved a crack shot. The Datsun 1600 (or 510) released in 1968 hit the bulls-eye, with strong sales and four years of Bathurst dominance straight off the showroom floor.
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Go Auto News

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    Can Brit brute McLaren dominate the local high-performance market?
    Can Brit brute McLaren dominate the local high-performance market?
    EVERY segment of the automotive market has its benchmarks. If a new hot-hatch is released it will be compared with the Volkswagen Golf GTI. A new luxury SUV - Range Rover. High-performance sedan - BMW M5.
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    Honda revisits its fab back-catalogue with S660 Roadster
    Honda revisits its fab back-catalogue with S660 Roadster
    HONDA fans rejoice. Sports car fans rejoice. Heck, anybody with a pulse rejoice! Another inexpensive convertible has just been unleashed in Japan, and it may – just may – make it to Australia.
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    Jaguar goes 3 Series chasing with XE
    Jaguar goes 3 Series chasing with XE
    MAYBE they should have called it the VE. Jaguar’s second stab at destabilising the bestselling BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a massive step up from the old Ford Mondeo-based X-Type, and one that is likely to succeed if the positive press reviews out of the UK are to be believed.
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    Would Cadillac work in Australia?
    Would Cadillac work in Australia?
    CONSIDER yourself lucky. As a car nut you have more than 50 vehicle brands to choose from in Australia and that number is growing.
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Old Bikes

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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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    Old Bike Australasia: 1956 Maico M250S Blizzard.
    Old Bike Australasia: 1956 Maico M250S Blizzard.
    Two young brothers, Wilhelm and Otto Maisch, eyed the booming scene with enthusiasm, and decided there was room for yet another brand. Thus Maico, an abbreviation of Maich Company (which was founded by Ulrich Maisch in Poltingen, near Stuttgart in 1926), was formed and began modest production in Wurtemburg in 1934, making their own frames and cycle parts with 98 cc Ilo and 125 cc Sachs engines.
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MotoGP

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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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    Argentina: MotoGP Round 3 Post-Race Report
    Argentina: MotoGP Round 3 Post-Race Report
    Marc Marquez has taken a big dent to both his ego and Championship dreams. With two laps to go at the 2015 Grand Prix in Argentina, Marc Marquez was subject to an intense battle with Valentino Rossi that ended with Marquez clipping the back of Rossi’s Bridgestone tyre and sliding across the track with a DNF next to his name.
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    Argentina: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Argentina: MotoGP Pre-Race Report
    Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso have marched on to Argentina for the next race on the MotoGP calendar alongside their fellow competitors.
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