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Supercar Report | Barbegello Perth

By |2018-06-20T07:02:46+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , , , |

Scott McLaughlin bags 300 points in Perth Another fascinating weekend…. and DJR Penske makes a statement. By the end of Qualifying on Saturday the numbers looked ominous with the Blue Oval having secured 6 of the top ten spots and had locked out the front two rows. The Holden men

Supercars Report – Philip Island

By |2018-04-26T09:47:33+00:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , , |

McLaughlin at full pace on one of the most picturesque tracks in the business. It goes without saying that this circuit belongs to Scott McLaughlin. The man has a rhythm to his driving here that just flows between the continuous sweeps and corners. I have watched the race 10 qualifying

Fordomination Part 4

By |2018-04-26T09:48:41+00:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Of MAE’s, FVA’s ,DFV’s…and in part Five…… a lone TC The legacy of Ford’s hard work and commitment to motor sport in the 60’s filtered well into the 70’S and when, early in the new decade they took their foot off the loud pedal, such was the momentum that saloon car race grids

BATHURST 1000 2017

By |2017-11-24T10:11:25+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , |

‘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 at Bathurst…..26 Contenders and 52 drivers…..1000km….Holden, Ford and Nissan. Who will lift the trophy? ….fabulously….I do not have a clue.

The Infinite Grease Monkey Theorem

By |2017-11-24T10:11:27+00:00August 17th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the sixties, if you had arrived on earth from Mars as a raving racing saloon car nut, you would have quickly realised that there were only a few car brands in certain parts of our planet, namely Ford, Mini and Renault, with an occasional appearance from Alfa and Volvo….there were quite obviously no others.

The Ranger – Part One | A Lesson in Corporate Politics

By |2017-11-24T10:11:31+00:00June 17th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , , , |

Local content programmes affecting the SA motor industry in the mid 60’s demanded that the local car companies raise their game to meet the requirement. General Motors South African did so in style and upgraded all facilities massively. Firstly the Product Engineering Division was housed in a new building and was very simply a first

GMSA 3800 GT – The Biggest Blunder? The Lost Diamond.

By |2017-11-24T10:11:32+00:00May 9th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , |

When there is the opportunity to do something spectacular in this car-cult driven industry of ours, the full achievement of that often depends on circumstance…. and sadly also on the probability of clouded thinking and limited vision. I guess the number of lost opportunities could fill a library and the number of frustrated engineers facing

Part 3 continued – The GM Dealer Teams

By |2017-11-24T10:11:33+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: GM, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

HDT – Holden Dealer Team Australia Unlike the later start-up of the European Dealer Teams, Holden themselves were the prime motivators for getting involved in front line motorsport. Harry Firth Joined Holden from Ford motorsport to start the Holden Dealer Team in 1969. Harry was an experienced race engineer, developer and

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part Three

By |2017-11-24T10:11:33+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This is now a four part tale of the Ford years. The first covers something of the overall picture of what happened during this period (with SA bias), the second looks at the effect the Ford onslaught had on the street and the third, itself a two part story, a brief look at the

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