My good friend Matthew Harpantidis has owned some great cars over the years but one that really stands out for me is his 1975 Mk1 Ford Escort. I’ve always loved Escorts and the success they had in the World Rally Championship throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. I still have fond memories of Matt’s car and all the time that we spent driving around Healesville in the early 2000’s. Matt still owns the Escort so it was a great opportunity to ask him about the history of the car and what’s planned for the future.
My first E-book can be found on Amazon and focuses on new and used car reviews, significant road and race cars, Australian motor racing circuits and other motoring related topics. Continue reading “Stories from the motoring world E-book”
There were so many great cars to come out of Japan in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. There was the Honda NSX, Mazda RX-7, Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Toyota Supra. A car that stood out for me was the Nissan 300ZX Z32. Admittedly, the naturally aspirated version didn’t have the outright performance of these other Japanese greats but I loved the futuristic styling and the front engine, rear wheel drive layout.
The Aussie Driver Search has grown significantly since its inception in 2016 and gives anyone an opportunity at motorsport. This year’s Aussie Driver Search features a lot more events with a greater number of prizes on offer for the winners. I was fortunate enough to be invited along to the Rookie Competition this year to compete at Sandown Raceway however noise restrictions meant a change of location to the iconic Phillip Island Circuit.
Australian’s really are spoilt at the moment if they’re in the market for a hot hatch. There’s Honda’s rapid Civic Type R, Volkswagen’s evergreen Golf GTI and Ford’s wonderful Focus RS to name a few. Hyundai have recently entered the hot hatch game with the i30N, a car that’s been developed under the guidance of former BMW M boss Albert Biermann.
When the Toyota 86 was introduced back in 2012, motoring enthusiasts welcomed the return of an exciting two door rear wheel drive sportscar from the Japanese manufacturer. The 86 was built as a spiritual successor to the Corolla AE86; with the aim of the 86 to bring back memories of the light, nimble and modestly powered Corolla. The current Toyota 86 is certainly a car that’s been built for motoring enthusiasts with the intention of bringing fun back to driving.
The fuel crisis of the early-to-mid 1970s changed the performance automobile landscape for many countries. The majority of heavy-hitting American muscle cars were emasculated – strangled through weaker fuel, conservative carburation and lower compression ratios, dropping specific power to depressing new lows.
With the unfortunate recent demise of local manufacturing of rear wheel drive sedans from Ford and Holden in Australia, viable alternatives are now few and far between. When news broke of Korean company Kia introducing the Stinger GT in early 2017, I wondered if this car would be a viable substitute for our homegrown Falcon’s and Commodore’s. Continue reading “Kia Stinger GT Review”
It was great to grow up in the 1990’s and a major highlight was spending many hours playing car games on the PC and early PlayStation’s. Games like Need for Speed 2 SE (1997) and Gran Turismo 2 (1999) were a personal highlight and although the quality of car racing games has improved dramatically in the last 20 years, these games featured some very rare supercars worth mentioning. Continue reading “Rare Supercars”
MG Metro 6R4
The MG Metro 6R4 was built on a production line at Longbridge and arrived too late into the Group B competition to make any real impact. The 6R4 outlived its Group B rivals, however its best result was on its debut at the 1985 RAC Rally, where it placed third with Tony Pond. The car had a different engine configuration to its counterparts and featured a mid-engined three litre V6 with four wheel drive. Continue reading “Group B Rally Cars”
The Aussie Driver Search was founded by Kyle Austin and is the only competition that provides anyone an opportunity at motorsport no matter their background, budget or experience level, with some great prizes on offer. Two events have been completed so far this year so it was a great opportunity to get some feedback from Kyle on how the Aussie Driver Search is progressing.
The AMG high performance division of Mercedes-Benz has certainly produced some exceptional cars over the years. Some of my personal favourites from AMG include the C32, SL55, C43, E55, A45, C63, SL65 and SLS. The AMG E36 is also a car that springs to mind as it was a direct competitor to the BMW M3 E36, a car that I own.
Being a massive car enthusiast, it may come as a surprise that I’ve never driven a model from the current Volkswagen range. The great people at CarAdvice however recently offered me the chance to test the new Volkswagen Arteon 206TSI R-Line for a week so without hesitation I jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading “2018 Volkswagen Arteon Review”
A rare low kilometre Ferrari Superamerica that’s currently on display at the Gosford Classic Car Museum in New South Wales is up for auction on 26 May 2018 at the Ultimate Classic Car Auction at Pickles Belmore. The Ferrari is one of six Australian delivered models and there were only 559 produced in total. This particular Superamerica is finished in ‘Rosso Corsa’ with tan leather interior and features the paddle operated F1 transmission. Continue reading “Ferrari Superamerica”