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Australian Truck Racing Is The Ultimate Lockdown Bingewatch Material

Australian Truck Racing Is The Ultimate Lockdown Bingewatch Material
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With motorsport off the calendar indefinitely, it’s been crucial to plunge deep into the mire of YouTube to find some machines on a track. Luckily for you, I’ve plucked one such video out for you and it comes from Australia. It’s the inaugural Shell Formula Diesel Super Prix from 1987.

Australia is a country built on trucking. Three- and four-trailer road trains...

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Feb 23, 2020. 7 comments

What Was Your Favorite Right-Hand-Drive General Motors Product?

What Was Your Favorite Right-Hand-Drive General Motors Product?

We started to say our final goodbyes to Holden, General Motors’ Australian-market brand, famed for its V8-powered sedans and utes. Though the brand’s decline and death has been drawn out, with local production ending a few years back already, the news is major. GM won’t be making any more mass-market right-hand-drive cars anymore. Not just for Australia. For anyone.

Since GM sold off its...

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Feb 10, 2020. 14 comments

Peter Wherrett Has Some Thoughts About World War II's Impact On The Car Industry

Peter Wherrett Has Some Thoughts About World War II's Impact On The Car Industry

With the global market for private cars all but halted and manufacturing techniques and capacity revolutionized by developments in warplane and military vehicle production, the effects of World War II on automaking were immense. Luckily, we’ve got Peter Wherett’s Marque special on the subject to fill in the details.

In this full episode of Marque from 1979, Peter hits a number of more...

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Feb 02, 2020. 19 comments

Endurance Racing Is Better With Kangaroos

Endurance Racing Is Better With Kangaroos

Down in Bathurst, Australia, V8 Supercars and GT cars alike have been racing for years at Mount Panorama Circuit and this weekend at the Bathurst 12 Hour was no different. Except this year, the endurance racers were joined by a few of the locals for qualifying.

The race ended this morning Australia-time with a win for Jules Gounon, Jordan Pepper, and Maxime Soulet driving for Bentley Team...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Jan 20, 2020. 7 comments

Sick of LS V8s? The Barra Straight-Six Is The Swap For You

Sick of LS V8s? The Barra Straight-Six Is The Swap For You

If your build is wanting for power and has to room for an upgrade (and sometimes even if it doesn’t), an LS V8 is usually the go-to. But what if you don’t want the obvious option? What if you need to stand out?

The answer comes in six-cylinder, easily turbocharged form from Ford Australia. The Barra straight-six.

Sort of like an Australian 2JZ , the Barra is a workhorse engine with enough...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Dec 25, 2019. 16 comments

This Land Cruiser Has Been Modified Specifically To Avoid Catching Crabs

This Land Cruiser Has Been Modified Specifically To Avoid Catching Crabs
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Christmas Island is not just a Jimmy Buffett song, it’s a real place! And the biggest recurring event there is not Jesus’ birthday, it’s an annual red crab migration. The crustaceans have to cross roads in big numbers, putting them at high risk of being squished by cars. Hence, Chris Bray’s anti-crab mod.

Bray, according to Traveller.com.au, owns a lodge on the...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Dec 22, 2019. 16 comments

You'll Miss The Holden Commodore Even More When You Watch One Lap The Nürburgring

You'll Miss The Holden Commodore Even More When You Watch One Lap The Nürburgring

We lost the Holden Commodore last week and while the one we’ll say our last goodbyes to isn’t the same rear-wheel-drive, LS-powered muscle sedan we knew for most of the car’s run, we can keep the best Commodores in mind as we bid it farewell. In case you need a little refresher on what the car could do, this lap of the Nürburgring should be a good little refresher.

This lap features a VF...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Dec 11, 2019. 13 comments

Australia's Once-Beloved Holden Commodore Is Now Dead

Australia's Once-Beloved Holden Commodore Is Now Dead

Cruel SUVs and crossovers and the normie’s near-unquenchable desire for them have claimed another automotive victim, this time Australia’s iconic Holden Commodore. Just because nobody is buying the mid-size sedan, Holden, which appears to only be in this business to make money, somehow, has axed the car from its lineup, which will now only be SUVs and, as the Aussies like to call El...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Dec 09, 2019. 12 comments

Leave It To Peter Wherrett To Explain How The 1970s Transformed Cars

Leave It To Peter Wherrett To Explain How The 1970s Transformed Cars

After the large V8s and bulky shapes of the 1960s, times got tougher for automakers. The market got more competitive and challenges like safety concerns and fuel shortages drove manufacturers to think harder about what cars should be like. It was a complicated process, but Peter Wherrett is here to coach us through it.

The Peter Wherrett Files is our exploration of a bygone era in automotive...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Nov 25, 2019. 18 comments

Let Peter Wherrett Explain 'The Supercar Scare' From Behind The Wheel Of A '74 Charger

Let Peter Wherrett Explain 'The Supercar Scare' From Behind The Wheel Of A '74 Charger

This week, Peter’s driving the Chrysler Valiant 770 Charger, which isn’t just a bunch of Chrysler model names after some time in the blender. It was a real car built by Chrysler for the Australian market. And it was fast.

A few weeks ago, I shared the story of Peter Wherrett , the founder of Australian motor journalism. His shows Torque and Marque were landmarks in how automotive journalism...

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Nov 16, 2019. 18 comments

The V8 Supercars 'Lap Of The Gods' Redefined Fast

The V8 Supercars 'Lap Of The Gods' Redefined Fast

In 2003, the series now known as the Virgin Australia Supercars was populated exclusively by fire breathing, V8-powered four-door sedans from Ford and Holden. The series is and was built around the Bathurst 1000, the biggest race in Australia, and few things mean more to a Supercar team than taking pole in single-car shootout qualifying for the Great Race.

More than 15 years later, one lap...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Nov 11, 2019. 5 comments

Introducing The Peter Wherrett Files

Introducing The Peter Wherrett Files

It brings me great pleasure to introduce the Jalopnik readership to the work of Peter Wherrett, later known as Pip Wherrett, Australia’s premier automotive television presenter of the 1970s. I found Peter’s work a few nights back on youtube and I immediately knew I needed to share it with all of you.

Peter Wherrett was born in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia in 1936, and while he...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Sep 30, 2019. 18 comments

Watch An Australian Air Force Cargo Jet Fly Casually Among Brisbane's Skyscrapers

Watch An Australian Air Force Cargo Jet Fly Casually Among Brisbane's Skyscrapers
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The Brisbane Festival is an annual three-week arts extravaganza in Queensland’s capital, traditionally ending with some military flyovers before a lot of fireworks are set off in an event called Sunsuper Riverfire. This year, like in 2018, that included a...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Aug 24, 2019. 16 comments

Fake Chinese Policer Cars Roil Aussies

Fake Chinese Policer Cars Roil Aussies

Over the past few weeks, Australians in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne have reported seeing cop cars they didn’t recognize around town. These didn’t look like patrol cars from the state over, though. They looked like you what you might get pulled over by in Shanghai or Shenzhen.

According to Vice, reported sightings of the cars in Chinese police livery coincided with confrontations in Adelaide...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins May 22, 2019. 21 comments

Here's a Solid Primer on Essential Off-Road Recovery Gear

Here's a Solid Primer on Essential Off-Road Recovery Gear
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You could spend the MSRP of your truck all over again buying off-road accessories and recovery gear. Some of the stuff is superfluous, some just sucks, and some is really useful on the trail. 4Wheeling Australia’s Ronny Dahl has a pretty good introductory video here breaking down some basics.

Dahl’s one of my favorite off-road YouTubers; he’s...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove May 06, 2019. 18 comments

Here Is Some of That Good Driving

Here Is Some of That Good Driving
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You’re in your car. Surrounding you: honks, beeps, meeps, toots, bizz buzzes. What does not surround you? Good driving, as seen here, with the inimitable Jordan Cox passing roughly 900 cars at the start of this race at Bathurst in Australia, then moving to overtake yet more cars on the grass.

Jordan Cox is a name you...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins May 03, 2019. 21 comments

Gunshot Creek Is One of the World's Wildest Looking Off-Road Obstacles

Gunshot Creek Is One of the World's Wildest Looking Off-Road Obstacles
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Cape York, the tropical peninsula of northeastern Australia, has been a destination for overlanders long before “overland” was a hashtag. There’s endless extreme jungle terrain up there but one spot in particular, Gunshot Creek, has been making the...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Feb 26, 2019. 24 comments

Emoji License Plates Are a Thing Now Because Everything Is Awful

Emoji License Plates Are a Thing Now Because Everything Is Awful

Australia is home to many great things in the automotive world: Supercars, Bathurst, Daniel Ricciardo. But now they’ve had to go and ruin all that hard work by allowing drivers put put emojis on their license plates.

Starting on March 1, drivers in Queensland will be able to add one of five emojis to their personalized license plates, according to the Brisbane Times. If you, like me are...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Feb 11, 2019. 24 comments

This Is the Last RWD BMW 1 Series

This Is the Last RWD BMW 1 Series

BMW has been graciously stretching out the death of the rear-wheel drive BMW 1 Series for years now, thankfully, but it’s nearing the end. The BMW 1 Series Finale Edition is anticipated to be the last rear-wheel drive, six-cylinder version of the model ever, and it’s only for the Australian market.

Why The BMW 1-Series Is The Next Great Future Classic

Last week, the first uncovered photos of...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Feb 05, 2019. 18 comments

Watch a Drag Racer With a Stuck Throttle Go the Wrong Way Down a Dragstrip

Watch a Drag Racer With a Stuck Throttle Go the Wrong Way Down a Dragstrip
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As you may already know, dragstrips can be dangerous as hell. It’s a relatively small area with an insane amount of power, so when things go wrong, they tend to do so dramatically. Which is pretty much how it went down in Australia this past weekend, when a big block Chevy-powered Ford Capri got a stuck throttle and...

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