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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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    1958-62 Vauxhall PA Velox/Cresta: Did Australians Still Need Holden?
    1958-62 Vauxhall PA Velox/Cresta: Did Australians Still Need Holden?
    The GM-H launch of the Australian-assembled Vauxhall PA Velox in May 1958 makes no sense in today’s context. As a six cylinder family car, it shadowed the Holden in almost every dimension including engine capacity. By 1960, the facelifted Velox/Cresta range was far enough ahead of the retrograde Holden FB to make it redundant on a level playing field.
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    1970-75 Ford Escort Mk I: Made In Australia Made the Difference
    1970-75 Ford Escort Mk I: Made In Australia Made the Difference
    After the Escort Mk I was launched to the world in January 1968, it took until March 1970 for it to reach Australia. For a car already two years old when it got here, it was a welcome addition to the small car battleground with its fresh styling and interior but not its poor equipment and finish. Changes to local import laws allowed Ford to build it to the required standard at Homebush, NSW, Ford’s new small car manufacturing centre previously the home of the Galaxie.
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    1968-69 Holden HK: The End of Holden’s Age of Entitlement
    1968-69 Holden HK: The End of Holden’s Age of Entitlement
    The January 1968 launch of the “New Generation Holden” HK series marked so many firsts. It was the first Holden re-defined by a rival in mid-development. It was the first to offer a V8 option, the first to offer a first gear synchromesh option on the base manual and the HK Premier was the first four headlight Holden. The striking Monaro which followed in July 1968 was the first Holden coupe and the first Holden to win Bathurst. Yet Holden was not ready to give up on its old ways completely.
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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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Racing Garage

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    Vauxhall PA Velox/Cresta: Why Holden did not win Australia’s first ‘Great Race’
    Vauxhall PA Velox/Cresta: Why Holden did not win Australia’s first ‘Great Race’
    General Motors holds the distinction of being outright winner of the first Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island in 1960. However, the winning car was not a Holden. In fact, there were no Holdens entered, which is surprising given the huge popularity of ‘Australia’s Own Car’ at the time.
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    Ford Escort Mk 1: Born to Compete. Bred to Win.
    Ford Escort Mk 1: Born to Compete. Bred to Win.
    When a hot Twin Cam model was revealed only two months after the all-new Escort’s UK launch in 1968, Ford’s sporting intentions were clear. What followed was a series of brilliant competition-bred Escorts that would take the motor sport world by storm.
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    Holden HK Monaro GTS 327: The inside story of how McPhee mastered The Mountain
    Holden HK Monaro GTS 327: The inside story of how McPhee mastered The Mountain
    The muscle car wars of the 1960s were all about making cars go. Bruce McPhee, though, was more interested in making them stop. It was this single-minded approach to the preparation and driving of his HK Monaro GTS 327 that delivered one of the most disciplined and finely-judged victories in the Bathurst 500.
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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 S60 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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Go Auto News

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    Porsche Cayman GT4 - the 911 assassin from within?
    Porsche Cayman GT4 - the 911 assassin from within?
    ONE of the most sacred truths about Porsche is that it won’t build a Cayman that is faster and therefore better than the fabled 911. Certainly not for the road anyway.
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    Toyota Mirai - the 21st Century’s Ford Model T moment?
    Toyota Mirai - the 21st Century’s Ford Model T moment?
    IS THE TOYOTA Mirai the most important new car so far this century? That’s no exaggeration, for the rather awkwardly designed four-door sedan that’s somewhere between a Corolla and a Camry size-wise represents a third alternative to the internal combustion engine (ICE) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) car.
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    Does the 488 GTB mark the end of natural aspiration for Ferrari?
    Does the 488 GTB mark the end of natural aspiration for Ferrari?
    TURBOCHARGERS used to be a bit of a dirty word in the motoring world. In their formative years the engines they boosted used more fuel, broke more often and were harder to drive than their naturally aspirated cousins, but that didn’t stop most manufacturers having a go all the same.
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    What will replace the Holden Commodore?
    What will replace the Holden Commodore?
    WE’RE only a few months into this year and already the industry is abuzz over what will replace the Commodore after local production ceases in 2017.
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Old Bikes

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    Old Bike Australasia: Late thrust - 1969 BSA Rocket 3
    Old Bike Australasia: Late thrust - 1969 BSA Rocket 3
    If only BSA could have put aside their propensity to dither and put their new triple into production earlier, things may have been a lot different…
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    Old Bike Australasia: Splitting the single - EMC 350cc
    Old Bike Australasia: Splitting the single - EMC 350cc
    Dr. Joseph Ehrlich, who was born in Vienna and died in Britain in 2003 aged 89, has been described as a “volatile man” and “difficult”, among other things. But there is no disputing that in engineering terms, he was a trail blazer and an innovator who brooked no acceptance of convention. His was a life of experimentation – of challenging the norm.
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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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