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Interview: National Museum of Australia curator Dr. Martha Sear on Holden's first prototype

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Interview: National Museum of Australia curator Dr. Martha Sear on Holden's first prototype

Amongst the many objects in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra is one very valuable and iconic piece of Australian history: the 1946 Holden 48-215 FX Prototype No. 1 – the oldest Holden in existence...

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Volkswagen Amarok towing challenge – from Perth to Sydney with a ’69 Beetle on the back

Volkswagen Amarok towing challenge – from Perth to Sydney with a ’69 Beetle on the back

It sounds like the dream road trip of so many Australians – Perth to Sydney, the Nullarbor, the Great Australian Bight. The Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The West Coast to the East Coast. The great Australian road trip. It felt like a dream. Or, more correctly, like a blur, because I just completed this famed cross-country jaunt in only four-and-a-half days...


The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion
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The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion

Part of the reason I fell in love with cars was because of Australia's take on engineering the perfect automobile for our roads. Since the late '70s, Holden, Ford, and Toyota have been busy creating cars that suit Australia and its tough conditions. The design directive was clear: big, fast and roomy...


Eight reasons you should've gone to World Time Attack 2017
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Eight reasons you should've gone to World Time Attack 2017

Simply, the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) is awesome. For the uninitiated, WTAC – formerly known as Superlap – is a fast-paced, high-action motorsport event, held at Sydney Motorsport Park every year since 2010. In short, WTAC is a local nod to similar types of events run in Japan for decades, focussing on the fastest tuned and modified cars, setting the fastest lap possible around a given circuit...


California Dreamin' in the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

California Dreamin' in the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Ever heard of the saying “hard act to follow”? Well, succeeding the Holden Captiva, the incoming 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will have little to worry about. When it arrives later this year wearing a Holden badge, the five-seat Equinox will be sold alongside the ageing Captiva until early 2018 – talk about chalk and cheese...


Surfing safari in the 2017 Nissan Patrol Ti

Surfing safari in the 2017 Nissan Patrol Ti

When I conjure up images of Nissan Patrols, I imagine them alongside Toyota LandCruisers of old, expanding the boundaries of our great island nation every which way. As I was growing up, they were almost mentioned in the same sentence and were the only options for serious off-roaders. The Patrol's appearance was boxy, functional and unashamedly agricultural...

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Forza Motorsport 7 review
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Forza Motorsport 7 review

This time last year we were celebrating the launch of Forza Horizon 3, an arcade video game which was set in our very own wide brown land, Australia. As good a game as that is however, Forza Motorsport is the series which really matters. Turn 10 Studios is back again this year with its latest iteration of the simulation-based series, Forza Motorsport 7...


Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur

Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur

Welcome to another instalment of our little Top Driving Roads series, intended to highlight some of the best, most challenging, and most fun roads we (occasionally) get to drive on. To clarify, driving isn’t always about going fast; we want to make that bit clear...


Motorsport greats to honour Holden at Motorclassica
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Motorsport greats to honour Holden at Motorclassica

Motorsport greats Colin Bond, John Harvey, Jim Richards and Peter Janson, will be reliving memories of their racing days and paying tribute to Holden at the 2017 Motorclassica in Melbourne. Held only days out from when Holden wraps up local manufacturing on October 20, the racing legends will appear on stage to be interviewed...


2017 Holden Trailblazer LTZ review: Towing

2017 Holden Trailblazer LTZ review: Towing

When it comes to making a decision on what type of car to buy, price, comfort, ability and 'fit for purpose' are paramount. That last category, is why the affordable family tow wagons segment is now considerably busy...


Chasing Jewfish in the Isuzu D-Max
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Chasing Jewfish in the Isuzu D-Max

Jewfish are one of the most iconic fish on the east coast of Australia and can be notoriously difficult to catch. They inhabit a wide range of habitats and can be found offshore and in coastal estuaries, but there’s nothing quite like catching them off the beach or rocky coastal headlands. It’s a challenge like no other...


Toyota Yaris: Road car v Rally car

Toyota Yaris: Road car v Rally car

A Yaris? A Toyota Yaris? Why would you rally a Toyota Yaris? That's probably what you're thinking. Ask the team at Neal Bates Motorsport, though, and the humble little Japanese runabout is the future of rallying in Australia. Whether you follow the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) or not, the facts are, this year’s title race is a close one...

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Hitting the beach in the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Hitting the beach in the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Let's be up front about this – you simply cannot question the pedigree of the Jeep Wrangler, whose legend began in 1940 when the original four-wheel drive prototype was delivered to the U.S. Army. That first car was the grandfather of the Wrangler we still see on our roads today...

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DTM Nurburgring: We check out Germany's version of Aussie V8 Supercars

DTM Nurburgring: We check out Germany's version of Aussie V8 Supercars

Germans absolutely love their cars – and their motorsport – and if you ever needed evidence of that, switch on any DTM race and check out the fans. DTM, or Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, is Germany's touring car championship that races across Europe and is contested by three brands — Mercedes-AMG, Audi and BMW...


Q&A: Talking with Ron Goodman, 2017 Monterey Motorsport Reunion winner
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Q&A: Talking with Ron Goodman, 2017 Monterey Motorsport Reunion winner

Australian historic racing car driver, Ron Goodman, has been racing for a long time, but there's been one event that he has dreamt about winning, and that's the Rolex Motorsport Reunion at Monterey. After numerous attempts and a documentary in 2015, Goodman and his team achieved this goal at Laguna Seca two weeks ago...


2017 Monterey Car Week: A Petrolhead's Nirvana

2017 Monterey Car Week: A Petrolhead's Nirvana

As far as automotive events go, there are few that can hold a candle to Monterey Car Week. For the sheer insanity of seeing a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB sitting across the road from a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, or hearing that a 1995 example of the legendary McLaren F1 sold at auction for an eye-watering $19,586,859 AUD..


Mazda BT-50 tackles the Birdsville Track

Mazda BT-50 tackles the Birdsville Track

I have to be honest. When I was asked to drive 636 kilometres on a dirt road to the middle of nowhere with, gasp, no phone service, I was hesitant. But after coming to the realisation I had never been to outback Australia before, I simply had to say yes. After all, a break from emails and social media might actually do me some good...

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Across the Simpson Desert in a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

Across the Simpson Desert in a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

An endless expanse of red dirt, shrubs and low trees fold away into the distance. Occasionally, you see a small ridge line of brighter, redder dirt, brilliantly red rocks while the odd cow chews some cud as you whistle past on the heavily corrugated road. Welcome to the expansive Simpson Desert, a largely flat landscape of, well, not very much...

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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S takes a ride with vintage Porsches

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S takes a ride with vintage Porsches

Road trips can be good for the soul. Driving for the pure enjoyment of it, on scenic roads, taking the long way 'round, provides a chance to unwind, relax and try to push all your worries away. It’s just you, the car, and the road. Turn the stereo up and sing to your heart's content, or turn it down to hear the engine do its thing...


Inside Holden's Elizabeth plant

Inside Holden's Elizabeth plant

We already know that, come October 20, operations at the long-standing Holden plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, will cease. That's old news – we've known since January...

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