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”
For the whole 35 years of my life I’ve never been to a race event at the iconic Bathurst Mount Panorama circuit. Watching the Bathurst 1000 on television has always been a tradition for me, with fond memories of the Group A period in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s through to V8 Supercars and the current generation of Supercars. Continue reading “Bathurst 6 Hour 2018 – A great event”
I’ve always been a fan of Audi road and race cars therefore jumped at the chance to drive an Audi S1 that was offered to me by CarAdvice. Audi has been very successful at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and were pioneers in introducing all wheel drive and turbocharging in the World Rally Championship. Continue reading “Audi S1 Review”
The new Holden ZB Commodore has certainly divided opinions among the Australian motoring public. The locally built Commodore has now been replaced by a German built car known widely as the Opel Insignia. Is the new car an adequate replacement for the Commodore that has been so popular amongst Australian’s for the last 30 years? Continue reading “Holden ZB Commodore Review”
When Tickford joined forces with Ford Australia in the early 1990’s to create the EB XR6 and XR8 Falcon’s, in my opinion it was a return to form for the company. For nine long years a V8 engine wasn’t offered in the Falcon range, leaving many Ford enthusiasts unsatisfied. As a ten year old, I remember reading a copy of Wheels magazine that featured the then new EB Falcon S XR8 with the 5.0 litre V8 Windsor engine. Continue reading “Ford Falcon EL XR6 Review”
I’ve always had a fascination with lightweight sports cars, particularly ones built in low volumes by lesser known car manufacturers. British car designer and engineer Lee Noble founded Noble in 1999. He has been engineering, building and racing his own cars for decades with a focus on lightweight cars with powerful engines. One of his cars really stands out for me and this is the Noble M12 GTO-3R. Continue reading “Noble M12 GTO-3R”