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Shannons Legends of Motorsport

Relive Australia’s Motorsport History with Shannons Legends of Motorsport

Launching on 7mate on Saturday July 19th, 4.30pm EST, Shannons Legends of Motorsport is a new twelve-part series in which Neil Crompton is set to bring the history of Australian Motorsport to life with rare …

Falcon XP Durability Run

XP Falcon: The crazy 70,000-mile gamble that saved Ford Australia

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With durability concerns causing sales to tank and GM-H on song and hitting hard, Ford Australia was in trouble in 1965.
So they gathered together a fleet of brand new, showroom …

Penrite Oil Tin Cooler

Rockin’ Retro Penrite Gear

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With a near 90-year history lubricating the motor industy and using motorsport as its development playground, Penrite have claim to some serious retro credentials.

Commodore VH SS

VH Commodore SS: The Cop Car that won Bathurst

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“It’s a police car without a siren!” – Peter Brock
Thanks to its big power and low weight, the VH Commodore SS was the perfect production platform for Holden’s …

Valiant

Valiant R & S Series: Potent ’60s Pentastars!

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In an age when the Australian Touring Car Championship was being decided by a single race each year, Valiant Hemi Pacers and R/T Chargers took it to the …

Renault 12 Gordini

Renault 12 Gordini: Front paws in need of lion claws

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Renault’s mighty R8 Gordini powered through the 1970 Australian Rally season to take the championship, giving Renault a huge boost in sales and branding.
So they brought their R12 Gordini back in 1972, …

Holden HD/HR Bathurst Debut

HD/HR Holden X2: The General’s mysterious 1960s ‘muscle’ car

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“The worst Holden I’ve ever driven.” – Bob Watson
With skinny track dimensions, a short wheelbase, big and heavy body, forward-mounted motor, drum brakes and narrow wheels, Holden’s HD/HR Holden X2s did not …

Dick Johnson Tru-Blu

XD Falcon: Ford’s accidental racing hero

To be true blue is one of the greatest honours an Australian can hope for, and its one which Dick Johnson and his ‘Tru-Blu’ XD Falcon truly earned. It’s also one which nearly didn’t …

1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One

RM Auctions Monaco Highlight: 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula 1

Aside from being undeniably beautiful, the BT20 is famous for winning titles and breaking records with both Denny Hulme and Jack Brabham behind the wheel. This one could be yours…

Sydney Retro Speedfest

Get Pumped for the Inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest

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Sydney is about to add a new feather to its historic racing cap, with the launch of Sydney Retro Speedfest – a brand new historic racing event for 2014.
The inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest …

Holden LC Torana GTR

Holden LC Torana GTR: Born to Fly!

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Holden’s LC Torana GTR XU-1 may be the local hero, but don’t count out its gentler little brother, the LC Torana GTR, which had plenty of competition chops of its own.

Triumph 2000/2.5PI

Triumph 2000/2.5PI: From Mount Panorama to Mexico City

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As at home tackling the gruelling London-Mexico World Cup Rally as it was braving the bumps and bends of Bathurst, Triumph’s 2000/2.5PI sedan was an endurance racing rocket.