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Not So Famous: The Original Beechey Holden Monaro

Norm Beechey’s original HK Monaro isn’t nearly as famous as his 1970 title winning car, nor is it a car that could be described as hugely successful, but it is definitely significant in the history …

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Memorabilia: Cooler Decal Collection

Motorsport tragics are a rugged lot, enduring every conceivable weather condition for an extended trackside vigil requires incredible dedication. Like soldiers, fans are laden with enough gear to survive the most hostile environment, and like …

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Photo Gallery: Trans Aus – Norm Beechey’s Holden Monaro

Norm Beechey had long been a crowd favourite, his flamboyant driving style was addictive. It could be argued that some significant results went begging when his flamboyance should have made way for a more measured …

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Photo Gallery: 2012 Longford Revival Festival

Inspired by the Goodwood festivals, Australia’s second Longford Revival Festival was staged in rural Tasmania last weekend.

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Classic Art: Racing Car News

Back in the day when an illustrator utilised paint, brushes, pencils – plus their own natural flair and talent – comes a small sample of Racing Car News covers.

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Classic Ads: Moffat and Ford 1-2 at Bathurst 1000 1977

While not exactly classic ads in design or execution, this collection of advertisements illustrate how sponsors love being associated with a winner – even if the connection is tenuous in some instances.
The 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 …

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Classic Ads: BFGoodrich – Le Mans 1982

For the 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans, the then American owned BFGoodrich tyre company backed a two car campaign on the legendary French race. Both Goodrich entries would compete shod with the high performance …

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Catalina Park: 50th Anniversary

Yesterday, February 12th, 2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first race meeting held at the Catalina Park circuit located at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
At just over two kilometres, and incredibly …

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Classic Ads: Thunder in the Air

The headline for this 1969 full page advertisement has real significance, given the prevailing direction of touring car racing in Australia at the time was racing along with increasing V8 powered pace.
The copy describes big …

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Classic Ads: Stirling Moss Wins on BP

Here we have a very early 60’s magazine advertisement for BP – featuring a fresh-faced Stirling Moss.
The International 100 was the headline event on an extremely hot summer day in late January 1961. This being …

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Reims Experience. 1966 French Grand Prix.

It wasn’t a pilgrimage as such, my wife and I were holidaying in Champagne, but I was well aware of the old circuit outside Reims, and as an Australian, the special place it holds in …

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Classic Art: Bathurst 1000 Programmes

With some beautifully executed, hand finished illustration, this collection of Official Programme covers is a colourful chronicle of the Bathurst legend. They celebrate not only the history of the race itself, they also reflect social …