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Hello Fellow Motor Enthusiasts. I’m Paul.

This is a blog about the events, people and of course the cars that shaped the motor industry of the good old days.

Written by a passionate someone who was in the thick of it.

Start Your Engines!

Hello Fellow Motor Enthusiasts. I’m Paul.

This is a blog about the events, people and of course the cars that shaped the motor industry of the good old days.

Written by a passionate someone who was in the thick of it.

Start Your Engines!

WHAT THESE ARTICLES ARE ALL ABOUT

Great Times In The Motor Industry

Welcome fellow car enthusiasts! Putting together this blog about fast saloon cars of the 60’s and 70’s has made me realise many things, firstly that it’s not just us oldies that are interested. The younger generation of petrol heads are as excited to hear about what went on in those years as we are to reminisce about them. And I remember more than a few things, because I lived the dream.

I am a natural born car enthusiast. Trained as an engineer in the business of cars, I have designed, tested, modified, raced, crashed, rebuilt and sold these machines through the years. So with this blog platform, I am looking to write about just how exciting those times were for people like us. And in the process I might rattle some cages, but the statute of limitations is long gone, and I do enjoy a good debate about cars.

Understand though, I am a GM man, so my scribbles are from that perspective, Ford readers are welcome…for now. We are going to cover the early years of quick saloon cars and some of the fascinating people that made it all happen. We will look into the failure of the General to get involved, Fords mercurial rise by getting properly stuck in and plenty of stuff on other cars and manufacturers. I’ll tie this all in with my personal experiences and grab some headphones as there will be music associated to each article (If we are going down memory lane, we need a soundtrack).

There is a lot of ground to cover, so get comfy and let’s take a leisurely cruise into the good old days.

ARTICLES

PERFORMANCE SALOON CAR HISTORY

PERFORMANCE SALOON CAR HISTORY

1963… Then Ten Years Of Thunder

By |Dec 7th, 2018|2 Comments

Defining events seldom come in greater numbers…it’s 1963…. the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stereo, FM radio, Drive-in movies and Roadhouses, JFK and the (very hot) Cold War, Boeing 707,s, The race to the moon, Martin

  • 7. Can Am Kyalami 1972

Firenza Can Am

By |Jun 19th, 2018|11 Comments

THE CHEVROLET FIRENZA CAN AM WAKING FROM A DEEP SLEEP Part One This series of posts can best be read in conjunction with other blog articles on this

1963… Then Ten Years Of Thunder

By |Dec 7th, 2018|2 Comments

Defining events seldom come in greater numbers…it’s 1963…. the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stereo, FM radio, Drive-in movies and Roadhouses, JFK and the (very hot) Cold War, Boeing 707,s, The race to the moon, Martin

  • 7. Can Am Kyalami 1972

Firenza Can Am

By |Jun 19th, 2018|11 Comments

THE CHEVROLET FIRENZA CAN AM WAKING FROM A DEEP SLEEP Part One This series of posts can best be read in conjunction with other blog articles on this

  • 1. Bazooka and 40DCOE

The Bazooka

By |Jan 31st, 2018|2 Comments

The 70's were a simpler times for enthusiasts. Chips were edible, maps were used to find directions and flashing a bit rude. Tuning an engine was a visceral experience...one smelled petrol, listened to the

AUSTRALIAN TOURING CAR

AUSTRALIAN TOURING CAR

  • 1.Tim Slade ZB Holden

SUPERCARS 2018 – LET THE GAMES BEGIN

By |Mar 1st, 2018|2 Comments

The Virgin Australia Supercar series kicks off this weekend and brings welcome viewing after the drought of the off period. The season has effectively already started with testing at Sydney motorsport park two weeks

  • The Two protagonists for the championship - Wincup for Holden and McLaughlin for Ford - 30 points separating the two and a showdown at a new track…… Breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday are going to be very entertaining.

Newcastle 500

By |Nov 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

My apologies all, I have not been posting frequently due to a really hectic work schedule on many other projects but all is back on track and will be posting again at least once a

  • 6. Wincup Lap record Gold Coast

Reflections on Bathurst 2017

By |Oct 21st, 2017|0 Comments

With the last of the Enduro series coming up tomorrow  and Sunday amongst the high rise buildings of the Gold Coast, we are set for a two race thriller , of that I am sure.

  • Firstly we need to look at the weather and I am writing this at 06:15 on Thursday morning and overall things look good for practise, qualifying and top ten.

Bathurst 2017 | Weekend Update

By |Oct 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Firstly  we need to look at the weather and I am writing this at 06:15 on Thursday morning and  overall things look good for practise, qualifying and top ten. Predicted temps for

  • Bathurst FB new Pic

BATHURST 1000 2017

By |Sep 29th, 2017|1 Comment

‘HEROES AND LEGENDS’ - The theme of this years Bathurst 1000 Thursday 5th October is just 5 days away and 16 000 Bhp will be on call to run the mountain

GENERAL MOTORS

GENERAL MOTORS

  • 7. Can Am Kyalami 1972

Firenza Can Am

By |Jun 19th, 2018|11 Comments

THE CHEVROLET FIRENZA CAN AM WAKING FROM A DEEP SLEEP Part One This series of posts can best be read in conjunction with other blog articles on this

  • 1. Bazooka and 40DCOE

The Bazooka

By |Jan 31st, 2018|2 Comments

The 70's were a simpler times for enthusiasts. Chips were edible, maps were used to find directions and flashing a bit rude. Tuning an engine was a visceral experience...one smelled petrol, listened to the

  • 7. Can Am Kyalami 1972

Firenza Can Am

By |Jun 19th, 2018|11 Comments

THE CHEVROLET FIRENZA CAN AM WAKING FROM A DEEP SLEEP Part One This series of posts can best be read in conjunction with other blog articles on this

  • 1. Bazooka and 40DCOE

The Bazooka

By |Jan 31st, 2018|2 Comments

The 70's were a simpler times for enthusiasts. Chips were edible, maps were used to find directions and flashing a bit rude. Tuning an engine was a visceral experience...one smelled petrol, listened to the

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OLDSMOBILE 442

By |Sep 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Oldsmobile and a very special 4-4-2 Most of us simply go to the kettle, hit the switch and water boils…..easy. Not so for Oldsmobile though, these boys decided to do the boiling water

FORMULA ONE

FORMULA ONE

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And In This Corner

By |Jun 28th, 2017|0 Comments

I promised to get involved in talking about F1 every now and again and despite the fact that much of what I have to say is somewhat, shall we say, different, I

  • _96719573_ham_break_

And In This Corner

By |Jun 28th, 2017|0 Comments

I promised to get involved in talking about F1 every now and again and despite the fact that much of what I have to say is somewhat, shall we say, different, I

F1 in China | 9th April 2017

By |Apr 6th, 2017|0 Comments

F1 this weekend and we are all waiting to see the Ferrari/Merc scrap. Must say it’s the first time I have been wound-up about a F1 race in years. The manner in which Vettel held

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