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Behind the wheel of the first-generation Honda Civic

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Behind the wheel of the first-generation Honda Civic

Usually, when we have a classic car visit our garage, we undertake an old versus new comparison, pointing out differences in driving, exterior, and technology etc. But not this time...

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Road Trip USA: Pacific Coast Highway in a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda

Road Trip USA: Pacific Coast Highway in a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda

Wafting from corner to corner in the hills behind the Pacific Coast Highway south of Santa Monica, I’m evocatively transported back to 1969. Thin steering wheel in hand, the rock of the body from corner to corner as the suspension loads up, automatic gearbox whirring away quietly, raucous exhaust note echoing off the rock walls, the salty So Cal breeze rolling through the immaculate cabin off the ocean...


Aston Martin DB4 GT Continuation: A very rare drive indeed

Aston Martin DB4 GT Continuation: A very rare drive indeed

So if you found a DeLorean with a working Flux Capacitor, when would you set the time circuits for? You could head 20 years into the future to see if the post apocalypse had brought us Barter Town and a warrior caste in Falcon XB coupes. You could return to 1978 and warn Colin Chapman of the ill-advisability of saying yes to John DeLorean, at risk of triggering a paradox that would see your means of escape disappear into a time vortex...


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...


Mille Miglia 2017: 90 years of automotive passion

Mille Miglia 2017: 90 years of automotive passion

Dating back to 1927, Italy’s Mille Miglia is one of the most iconic and historic road races on the planet. First run in the same year as the debut race on Germany’s infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife, the Mille Miglia, or ‘Thousand Miles’, starts and finishes in Brescia in northern Italy...


Miataland: Where Japanese pride meets Italian passion

Miataland: Where Japanese pride meets Italian passion

“I started my collection with the Mazda MX-5, and then one time, I had the chance to share this collection with some friends – enthusiasts of the MX-5 – and I saw in them the happiness to see that particular car. “But I feel I was really happy to share my collection with other enthusiasts...


Remember the good old-fashioned driveway service station? It's still a thing!

Remember the good old-fashioned driveway service station? It's still a thing!

In a world of convenience and self-service, we want things done now, and mostly done ourselves. It could be you have ‘no time to talk’, or you want it ‘done the right way’. These are some of the reasons why the good ol' full-service experience is fading away...


2017 BMW M3 30 Jahre: A step back in time

2017 BMW M3 30 Jahre: A step back in time

Where were you in 1987? For me, I was busy being born. But if you were old enough to remember, you more than likely would’ve been sporting the coolest mullet in town or wearing brightly coloured leg warmers while dancing to Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven is a Place on Earth. Yes, there were a lot of cringeworthy moments in the '80s, but there was also some moments to be proud of...


Behind closed doors: What lives in the garages of your neighbourhood?

Behind closed doors: What lives in the garages of your neighbourhood?

Suburban garages can be something of a puzzle. Part everyday storage solution, part potential treasure trove, their big doors do a great job of hiding the riches within. These doors spend the majority of their lives closed, but have you ever wondered what they could be hiding? I’m sure I’m not the only person who has imagined whether the nice old lady at number six has some fantastic, classic metal squirreled away under a sheet behind the B&D...


Riding shotgun with Porsche 356 racer, Ron Goodman
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Riding shotgun with Porsche 356 racer, Ron Goodman

If you have had the chance to ride in your ultimate dream car, you will know the thrill and joy will never leave you. Well, my time came at MotorWorld Sydney recently, and I still have a grin from ear to ear. Australian vintage racing driver, Ron Goodman, made an appearance at the festival with his huge truck that carried a line-up of classic Porsches...


Nismo Festival 2016: At the track and in the cold at Fuji Speedway

Nismo Festival 2016: At the track and in the cold at Fuji Speedway

The weekend's Nismo Festival 2016 was a rather special event, for several reasons. Not only was it the 19th running of the Japanese automotive extravaganza dedicated to Nissan's motorsport arm, but this year, it also coincided with the 50-year anniversary of its host location, Fuji International Speedway...


11 strange car names: What were they thinking?
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11 strange car names: What were they thinking?

When it comes to naming a car, sometimes a manufacturer gets it right. Think of the Rolls Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Aventador or Aston Martin Vanquish. They're names that just roll off the tongue. But sometimes they get it horribly wrong, like the amphibious crossover, Tang Hua Detroit Fish (above)...


Mazda MX-5 Generations: We drive every generation, from NA to ND

Mazda MX-5 Generations: We drive every generation, from NA to ND

I never had posters of the Mazda MX-5 on my bedroom walls as a kid. I had a Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Diablo, and McLaren F1, but no MX-5. Somehow, though, without supercar looks or performance, this humble little Japanese convertible has captured the hearts of many across the world...


Toyota Corolla retrospective: A look back at 50 years of the world's most popular car
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Toyota Corolla retrospective: A look back at 50 years of the world's most popular car

The Toyota Corolla is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, and to mark this momentous occasion, we've decided to take a look back at all eleven generations of the world's most popular automotive nameplate. Unlike the model it overtook to claim the title of world's most popular car, the original Volkswagen Beetle, the Corolla has - like Doctor Who - gone through many incarnations...


Keiichi Tsuchiya at WTAC 2016: The story behind the ultimate Toyota 86 fairy tale

Keiichi Tsuchiya at WTAC 2016: The story behind the ultimate Toyota 86 fairy tale

At this year's World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) 2016 at Sydney Motorsport Park, an incredibly rare and special moment occurred when the man widely considered to be the father of modern drifting, Keiichi Tsuchiya, performed a drift demonstration in a meticulously rebuilt 1984 Toyota AE86 Corolla – a car synonymous with drifting culture the world over...


Gosford Classic Car Museum Review: An afternoon in the company of legends
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Gosford Classic Car Museum Review: An afternoon in the company of legends

Situated a little over an hour from Sydney just off the M1 is every car lover’s dream, a place of sanctity and beauty beyond compare. Home to over 400 classic and new cars (even a few motorbikes), the Gosford Classic Car Museum has certainly put itself up there as one of the world’s biggest private car collections, with an endless collection of marques such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Chevrolet, BMW and even lesser known marques like Jensen, Tarta and Lada...


Mille Miglia, barn finds and Alfa Romeo

Mille Miglia, barn finds and Alfa Romeo

Not even a torrential downpour was enough to dull our enthusiasm as we made our way towards Brescia, for the start of one of the world’s most celebrated historic road races, Italy’s Mille Miglia. It’s an International automotive extravaganza dating back to 1927, when the first 1000-mile loop kicked off from Brescia in Italy’s north, down to Rome via Rimini, and back up to Brescia via Parma...


Jeep 75th Anniversary Flashback

Jeep 75th Anniversary Flashback

The Flinders Ranges in South Australia is undoubtedly one of the most stunning regions to visit anywhere on this massive continent at any time of year. Except the vicious middle of summer of course, when even the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna closes down because it is so relentlessly, damned hot...


Buying a car at auction - is it worthwhile?

Buying a car at auction - is it worthwhile?

Let’s be honest. Buying a near new car can be daunting. Having to spend an entire Saturday traipsing around a dozen dealerships and then coming back even more confused than before is no-one's idea of fun. This is perhaps why car auctions are becoming increasingly popular...


2016 Goodwood Festival Of Speed report
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2016 Goodwood Festival Of Speed report

When it comes to a concentrated snapshot of mankind's four-wheeled achievements, the Goodwood Festival Of Speed takes some beating. If your blood runs high on octane, it should be at the sharp end of your personal bucket list. If you're not yet the gearhead, the FoS, as it nicknames itself, will almost certainly convert you...