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Classic Garage

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    Nissan R32 GT-R: Racing First, Road Second
    Nissan R32 GT-R: Racing First, Road Second
    Nothing prepared the automotive world for the Nissan R32 GT-R. Not only was it perhaps the most formidable grand tourer made anywhere in the world regardless of price at the time, but it was the product of the same manufacturer that not so very many years earlier had gifted us with the Datsun 200B and before that the unforgettably lamentable 120Y.
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    XW Falcon: American genius creates the Super Roo
    XW Falcon: American genius creates the Super Roo
    The facelift that transformed the XT Falcon into its XW successor must surely be judged one of the Australian automotive industry’s most successful.
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    LX Torana and A9X: from mediocre to meteoric in 18 months
    LX Torana and A9X: from mediocre to meteoric in 18 months
    Few cars in history have ever been designed to accommodate four-cylinder, six-cylinder and V8 engines, but the LH Torana was intended to be almost all things to almost all people. Originally conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Kingswood/Premier, costs blew out along with weight and it came to market barely cheaper.
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    Nissan Pulsar EXA and ET: Australia makes a better pocket rocket
    Nissan Pulsar EXA and ET: Australia makes a better pocket rocket
    In the mid-1980s Nissan’s turbo twins, the EXA and the Pulsar ET set a new performance standard for small cars. The November 1983 edition of Wheels featured Mike McCarthy’s test of the Nissan EXA.
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Racing Garage

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    Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R:  When Godzilla Ruled The World
    Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R: When Godzilla Ruled The World
    Given the clear superiority of Audi’s revolutionary all-wheel drive Quattro in dominating the World Rally Championship in the early 1980s, it was no surprise to see the same traction advantage being exploited in touring car racing before the end of that decade. However, the definitive example came not from Germany but from Japan in the form of Nissan’s R32 Skyline GT-R.
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    Ford XW Falcon: GT-HOs, Super Roos and Super Falcons!
    Ford XW Falcon: GT-HOs, Super Roos and Super Falcons!
    The XW was the first Falcon to be equipped with the iconic 351cid (5.8 litre) V8 and also provided the starting point for what is widely regarded as the greatest Aussie muscle car of all time – the immortal GT-HO.
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    LX Torana A9X: Too Good For Its Own Good?
    LX Torana A9X: Too Good For Its Own Good?
    At the 1979 Bathurst 1000 Peter Brock in his HDT Torana A9X hatchback was fastest in practice, took pole position, led the entire race distance with co-driver Jim Richards and set a new race record and lap record on the final lap, crossing the finish line six laps ahead of the next Torana with A9Xs filling the top eight places.
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    Nissan Pulsar EXA: The Group C Bluebird’s Sinister Offspring
    Nissan Pulsar EXA: The Group C Bluebird’s Sinister Offspring
    Nissan Australia was a lone pioneer in the development of turbocharged Group C touring cars in the early 1980s, with its fast but fragile four cylinder Bluebird sedans taking on much larger capacity V8s in the outright class.
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Go Auto News

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    HSV farewells Aussie V8 era with 474kW GTSR W1
    HSV farewells Aussie V8 era with 474kW GTSR W1
    AUSTRALIAN muscle car and high-performance vehicle fans around the country have been watching the Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) factory roller doors with a hawk-like gaze, since rumours surfaced that the local tuner was going to send off its locally-made range with a bang.
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    Bentley Continental Supersports takes world’s fastest four-seater title
    Bentley Continental Supersports takes world’s fastest four-seater title
    CHANGING the way consumers perceive a brand is a monumental task that requires a careful balance of many elements, including marketing strategy, customer service, faith in the product and persistence.
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    Is the facelifted Ford Mustang worth the wait?
    Is the facelifted Ford Mustang worth the wait?
    Barely a year after finally going on sale in Australia, and a little over three years after its international debut in six key cities around the world, including Sydney, Ford has revealed the heavily revised version of its sixth-generation Mustang pony car.
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    Motown pumps another petrolhead party for NAIAS 2017
    Motown pumps another petrolhead party for NAIAS 2017
    ANOTHER North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has come and gone and while the bitter Detroit winter might have been howling outside, it was scorching hot in the Cobo Centre as the world’s car-makers rolled out their fresh metal and wild concepts
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Old Bikes

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    1907 Indian - Rip Van Winkle awakes
    1907 Indian - Rip Van Winkle awakes
    Before Homer Simpson revived interest in the place, Springfield, Massachusetts was the home of one of the truly legendary names in motorcycling.
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    Norton Commando - Taking Command
    Norton Commando - Taking Command
    The Norton Commando is one of the most uniquely styled motorcycles of all time, with its share of detractors and well as legions of fans. Here is an example of a different spin on a classic theme.
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    Yamaha TZ250 - From hero to zero, and back again.
    Yamaha TZ250 - From hero to zero, and back again.
    Richard recalls the beginnings of the association clearly. "I was back at home in NZ, and a couple of days before Christmas I get a phone call from this guy in Australia which went something like...'My name’s Peter Addison and I’ve got a brand new TZ250K Yamaha to do the Australian Championships. Warren Willing will be tuning it. Do you want to ride it?' I thought about it for about five seconds and said 'Yes!'
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    In the beginning Gottlieb created - The Einspur
    In the beginning Gottlieb created - The Einspur
    The world’s first motorcycle was a wooden-framed, solid-wheeled device constructed in 1885. Now, there is a faithful replica in Australia.
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MotoGP

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    Australia Test: MotoGP Test Report 2017
    Australia Test: MotoGP Test Report 2017
    The riders and teams arrived at the island for the second leg of the MotoGP testing schedule before the season kicks off in Qatar.
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    Sepang Winter Test: MotoGP Live Test Report
    Sepang Winter Test: MotoGP Live Test Report
    The MotoGP paddock made their way to Malaysia this week for the first winter test of 2017. It was a very successful test by the end of the third day even though the weather was chaos on Monday and Tuesday. Casey Stoner had tongues wagging in the paddock after topping the time sheets on day one with a superb lap time.
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    Valencia Test concludes with Maverick Vinales at the top!
    Valencia Test concludes with Maverick Vinales at the top!
    Maverick Vinales is a major title contender for 2017 with his performance at the Valencia test quiet remarkable.
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    Valencia, Spain: MotoGP Post-Race Report
    Valencia, Spain: MotoGP Post-Race Report
    Valencia is complete and the riders are celebrating after a busy 2016 season of competitive racing. Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo was victorious after sky rocketing to the front of the pack and riding his Yamaha with absolute precision and passion.
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Australian Motorcyclist Magazine

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    The Dark Side and the Light Side of Tasmania’s Relatively Unfrequented Middle
    The Dark Side and the Light Side of Tasmania’s Relatively Unfrequented Middle
    Two very similar roads this month – on paper. In reality, while the countryside they traverse is similar as well, their demands are quite different.
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    West is Best - Maybe
    West is Best - Maybe
    Brisbane motorcyclists are lucky folk. Well, in most ways – their State government seems to be dead set on making their lives as difficult as it can, but apart from that – what have the Romans ever done for us? Err, sorry, slipped back into Monty Python there. Don’t worry, there will be no mention of dead parrots. Brisbane riders are lucky because there is a terrif c amount of territory around the city that offers excellent motorcycling.
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    Boring 2 Town Guide - Watering it Down
    Boring 2 Town Guide - Watering it Down
    This is a ride which takes you beyond ‘the bush’ to the edges of the ‘outback’ and this is a land you need to respect, to work with, not fight and try to conquer.
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    Quick Shift - Get the Best of Both (or Even More) Worlds
    Quick Shift - Get the Best of Both (or Even More) Worlds
    Going to sleep on a motorcycle is definitely not recommended, but there are some roads that are simply so soporific that it’s hard to avoid doing exactly that. I once organised a vote to find Australia’s most boring road; the Silver City Highway between Wentworth and Broken Hill took the honours, followed by the Eyre Highway across the top of the Eyre Peninsula, but a couple of northern Victorian roads made it into the Top Ten.
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Road Rider Magazine

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Retroautos

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