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Just Cars #280 19-10

Just Cars is the Collectable, Classic and Custom Car enthusiast’s bible for buying, selling and just plain dreaming. Not only is it the largest selling car magazine in Australia, it’s free for individuals to advertise meaning there’s no better place to find your next dream machine, or to find a like-minded mate who’s going to take care of yours if you need to sell it.

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gosford museum collection to be auctioned

Get set for the ‘Sale of the Century’ this 6 and 7 April, when the contents of the former Gosford Classic Car Museum go under the hammer through Lloyd’s Classic Car Auctions. More than 150 cars, plus motorcycles and related memorabilia, will be offered, with most of the vehicles carrying no reserve. “We are extremely humbled to be able to offer this incredible car collection,” said Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions, on announcing the auction. “Interest is pouring in, with strong bidding already online.” BIG BEGINNINGS Billed as the largest car collection in the Southern Hemisphere when it opened in May, 2016, the museum was the creation of Tony Denny. Built at a cost of tens of millions of dollars and housed in a former Bunnings warehouse in Gosford on the NSW Central…

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new honda nsx arrives in aus

The first example of the 2019 version of Honda’s NSX supercar is now in Australia, defined by new design touches, new paint and trim options and improved vehicle dynamics. Following its presentation in the US last August, the first RHD, Australian-spec MY19 NSX reached our shores in February, just in time for Honda Australia’s 50th birthday celebrations. Finished in new-for-2019 Thermal Orange Pearl premium paint (one of eight paint options for 2019), the first new NSX delivered here is currently touring the country, appearing at Honda dealerships and special events. As well as the new paint option, other cosmetic changes for 2019 include a body coloured grille garnish, while the intake and outlet mesh grilles, carbon fibre rear spoiler and other carbon fibre exterior parts now feature a high-gloss finish. Inside, there’s a new…

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the bend adds mustang gt hot laps

The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia has launched ‘Drive and Ride’ hot lap experiences of the all-new circuit, with the car of choice being the new Ford Mustang GT. Backed by Ford and specially prepared for circuit use, the fleet of Ford Mustang GTs feature a 5.0-litre V8 and a range of track ready modifications, including a roll-cage, racing harnesses and Ford Performance Track Handling Packs. “What a great opportunity to drive an iconic model like the Ford Mustang, a car with a genuine racing pedigree, around such a world-class circuit,” said Ford Product Communications Manager, Damion Smy. “Mustang belongs in racing, whether it’s in GT4, NASCAR or Supercar guise, and The Bend’s program makes that visceral on-track experience available on a circuit where the Ford Performance Mustang Supercar will race this…

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tickford creates new mustang hire cars for hertz

Paying homage to the famous Shelby GT350-H Mustang hire cars first offered by Hertz in 1966, Hertz Australia has announced the release of new, Shelby GT350-H-inspired Mustangs as part of their ‘Adrenaline Collection’. “We are excited to offer our customers a unique experience with these new Mustangs,” explained Damien Shaw, Hertz Australia Country Manager. “They will have the chance to drive a bespoke sports car, renowned for its powerful engine and timeless design, from Hertz’s Adrenaline Collection.” Limited to just six units Australia-wide, the rentals are all based on the current Mustang GT coupe with the 5.0 litre V8 and new 10-speed automatic transmission. Hertz approached Tickford to enhance the Mustangs, to make their appearance and performance true to the original GT350-H. Tickford’s modifications started with fitting their own coilover suspension package that improves…

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gt350-h – the ‘rent a racer’

The original GT350-H was the brainchild of Shelby American’s General Manager, Peyton Cramer, who approached Hertz in 1965 with the idea of offering Shelby GT350 Mustangs through the ‘Hertz Sports Car Club’ in the US. The hire cars would be virtually the same as the GT350 street cars Shelby were building, with a 289 V8, functional rear brake scoops, fibreglass bonnet and plastic rear quarter windows. After two prototypes were built, 999 production models followed, of which the first 100 were fitted with 4-speed manual transmissions. After complaints from Hertz franchisees of customers burning out clutches, the remainder were fitted with 3-speed automatics. Raven Black with gold stripes has been seen as the default GT350-H colour, but around 200 were offered in other colours. The ‘Rent-A-Racer’ nickname for the GT350-H came about due to…

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brabham bt26 auctioned for au$1.5 million

Bonhams Amelia Island auction this past March saw million-dollar sales, including the Brabham-Cosworth BT26A previewed in JUST CARS #278. The third of four BT26 chassis built, the auctioned car started life in 1968 with the Ron Tauranac-designed spaceframe chassis and Australian-developed Repco V8 engine, but poor results with that engine through the ’68 season saw it replaced by a Ford-Cosworth DFV V8 for 1969. Jacky Ickx was a new recruit to the Brabham F1 team for 1969 and would drive both the third and fourth BT26A chassis built. Chassis #3 was driven by Ickx to third place in the French Grand Prix and second in the Mexican Grand Prix. The chassis’ sole grand prix victory came at the Canadian Grand Prix, where Ickx won comfortably ahead of Brabham and Jochen Rindt, who…