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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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    1973-74 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350: Benchmark Holden Versus the GM Civil Service
    1973-74 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350: Benchmark Holden Versus the GM Civil Service
    The Holden HQ was the first Holden that wasn’t a direct evolution of the original 1948 model. Its dramatic new styling presented something new every time you saw it for months later. Its unprecedented body and structural strength with all-coil suspension not only smoothed-out the roughest Aussie roads but extended longevity. The Monaro GTS 350 four door that arrived almost two years later in March 1973 should have been the most desirable version of all. The reasons why it could never match its Falcon GT rival in the desirability stakes and still doesn’t, can also explain the beginning of the end of Holden as Australians knew it.
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    1976-86 Rover 3500 SD1: The P76 that Australia Should Have Built
    1976-86 Rover 3500 SD1: The P76 that Australia Should Have Built
    On its launch on June 30, 1976, the new Rover 3500 SD1 was globally acclaimed as the way of the future. Its refined simplicity shamed far more complex rivals at a fraction of the price and struck a chord with a world weary of complication that didn’t deliver. Despite huge waiting lists that took several years to satisfy, the SD1 exited the market a decade later as one of the most despised and derided models in the history of the car.
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    1973-75 Honda Civic 1.2: Prelude to Acclaimed Civic Status
    1973-75 Honda Civic 1.2: Prelude to Acclaimed Civic Status
    The 1972 global launch of the Honda Civic marked another significant Japanese milestone. Honda not only beat most Western car companies in the switch to front drive small cars, it was done on Honda’s terms. The Civic arrived as a trail blazer, not a follower, several years ahead of the VW Golf. The Civic was launched in Australia in March 1973 as an entry level two-door sedan costing just $2199. It was quickly followed by the pioneering hatchback version at $2270.
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    1965-66 Ford XP Falcon: From Foul Can to Falcon
    1965-66 Ford XP Falcon: From Foul Can to Falcon
    The March 1965 launch of the XP Falcon was more than just another facelift, it was Ford’s last chance as a serious local manufacturer. During an era when serious drivers referred to both cars as the Foul Can and the Hold On, the XP delivered less Foul Can as the HD offered more Hold On.
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Racing Garage

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    Holden HQ Monaro: Bob Jane’s magnificent GTS 350
    Holden HQ Monaro: Bob Jane’s magnificent GTS 350
    Tyre retailing giant Bob Jane owned and raced some of the fastest and most exciting sports cars and sedans in Australia. Arguably the most successful and fondly remembered was the HQ Monaro GTS 350 which the Bob Jane Racing Team campaigned with great success throughout the 1970s.
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    Rover 3500 SD1: British V8 muscle on the Mountain
    Rover 3500 SD1: British V8 muscle on the Mountain
    Tom Walkinshaw Racing delivered Jaguar’s first and only Bathurst 1000 victory in 1985 with its howling XJ-S V12 coupes. Perhaps less known is that TWR also ran booming V8-powered Rover SD1s there the previous year, which dominated the new Group A ’preview’ class and showed that the muscular British sedan was poised to become a serious contender in Aussie tin-top racing.
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    Honda Civic: The $1000 Bathurst racer
    Honda Civic: The $1000 Bathurst racer
    The original Honda Civic released in Australia in 1973 was the right car at the right time. Its fuel efficiency in an energy crisis, combined with state-of-the-art technical design, quality engineering and attractive styling, made it a global sales phenomenon. It also proved to be a robust and cheap class contender in touring car racing, competing at Bathurst with the V8 big guns for a fraction of the cost.
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    XP Falcon: The crazy 70,000-mile gamble that saved Ford Australia
    XP Falcon: The crazy 70,000-mile gamble that saved Ford Australia
    In 1965 Ford Australia was in big trouble. Falcon sales had tanked due to durability problems with the early models and dominant rival GM-H was closing in for the kill. The blue oval’s audacious solution was as desperate as it was inspired. Launching its new make-or-break XP Falcon with a highly publicised nine-day torture test saved Falcon and ensured Ford Australia’s future.
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Go Auto News

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    Is the XR8 too little, too late?
    Is the XR8 too little, too late?
    AFTER a four-year absence from the range, Ford is preparing to re-release the XR8 into the Falcon fold when the final version of the FG series rolls-out in November.
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    Does Focus ST facelift hit the hot-hatch high note?
    Does Focus ST facelift hit the hot-hatch high note?
    WITH the fast-selling Golf GTI still fresh from its Mk7 makeover and the revised Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy on our doorstep, the hot-hatch segment in Australia is buzzing with a hive of activity. Now Ford wants a slice of that girl/boy-racer pie with the facelifted Focus ST, out from early next year with more power, improved styling and even better handling than before.
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    Tesla Model S electrifies luxury elite
    Tesla Model S electrifies luxury elite
    MANHATTAN-BASED American multinational financial services corporation, Morgan Stanley, is an 89-year old firm that doesn’t make just any old call willy-nilly. So to declare Tesla Motors "arguably the world’s most important car maker" is a very big deal indeed.
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    Scorching Megane RS 275 breaks Nurburgring record
    Scorching Megane RS 275 breaks Nurburgring record
    WHAT’S the fastest front-wheel drive car ever to lap around Germany’s Nurburgring? If this question keeps you up late at night, then rest assured that Renault can finally and emphatically answer it. Presenting the facelifted Megane Renault Sport 275 Trophy-R.
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