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Just Cars #284 20-01

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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de tomaso returns with ‘p72’

At last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Brabham stole the spotlight with the dynamic reveal of the BT62 on the event’s world-famous hillclimb course. At this year’s Festival, it was the turn of De Tomaso to make a similar impact, announcing the nameplate’s return - 60 years after it was founded - and unveiling a ‘P72’ prototype that will be produced as a special limited edition. NEW HONG KONG HEART Best known for their Ford-engined Pantera, DeTomaso was founded by Alejandro De Tomaso in 1959. Starting out building competition sports cars, De Tomaso’s first road car was the Vallelunga in 1963. That was followed by the Mangusta (1966), Deauville (1971), Pantera (1971 - and in production until 1993) and Longchamp (1972). More than just a carmaker, De Tomaso was involved in F1 development for a…

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holden launches ‘project monaro’ competition

Holden’s latest aftersales promotion will see a V2 Monaro restored, customised and personalised, with the chance to win the car once it’s completed. The Monaro, a 2004-model CV8 with a 5.7 V8, auto trans and over 200,000kms on the clock, will be restored and upgraded using Holden Genuine, AC Delco and Chevrolet Performance Parts. Ambassador for the project is Holden racing legend, Craig Lowndes. The three-time V8 Supercars series champion and seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner will present a series of mini-documentaries on the build. From the initial concept, to body, interior and mechanical restoration, Lowndes will take enthusiasts behind the scenes as Project Monaro takes shape and will be behind the wheel to test the coupe at Holden’s Lang Lang Proving Ground once it’s completed. “Like many Australians. I grew up with the…

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ford releases shelby gt500 figures

Ahead of its release to the North American market later this year, Ford made a wonderfully succinct announcement on the performance figures for the 2020 Shelby GT500. The all-new Shelby GT500 will produce maximum power of 566kW (760hp) and max torque of 847kW (625 lb/ft). Those figures make it the most powerful street-legal Ford ever – with the most power- and torquedense supercharged production V8 engine in the world. Ford signed off this announcement with a simple ‘Enough Said’! As previously reported in JUST CARS (issue #278), the 2020 Shelby GT500 made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January. While Shelbys have always been quick in a straight line, what sets the upcoming GT500 apart from its predecessors is that it’s also versatile, with claims to being…

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vale lee iacocca

Lee Iacocca, one of the most significant figures in the post-War American auto industry, has died. Aged 94, Iacocca passed on 2 July following complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on 15 October, 1924, Lido Anthony ‘Lee’ Iacocca declared as a youngster that that he wanted to work for Ford, so studied as an engineer, achieving a master’s degree in engineering in 1946. SIDESTEP AT FORD After joining Ford Motor Company’s engineering department at Dearborn in August, 1946, and completing the standard in-house training course in half the usual 18-month period, the 22-year-old requested a move from engineering to sales. When this was denied, Iacocca left Michigan and returned to Pennsylvania, but remained with Ford as a regional sales manager. Iacocca came to Dearborn’s attention again in 1956, when he implemented a…

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entries increase for targa gbr

After a successful debut in 2018 (see JUST CARS #274), Targa Great Barrier Reef (Targa GBR) is looking like it’ll be bigger and better in its second year. As of early July, entries for the North Queensland tarmac rally were up by 40 per cent, making Targa GBR the the second largest tarmac rally in the world. Everything from an HR Holden to a Nissan GT-R R35 has been entered to date, with more to come. Porsches, Lotuses, Mitsubishis and Subarus dominate the modern class entries so far, with Escorts, Datsuns, Toranas and more featuring in the classic categories. Scheduled for 30 August to 1 September, the 2019 Targa GBR will revisit familiar territory from the debut year, kicking off with a ceremonial start at the entrance of The Reef Hotel Casino…

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mclaren 600lt spider arrives

McLaren chose the world-famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria to launch the 600LT (Longtail) Spider in Australia this past June. The open-top companion to the 600LT Coupe (McLaren’s fourth model to bear the Longtail name), the new Spider is said to continue McLaren’s Longtail philosophy of increased power, reduced weight, optimised aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics and limited availability. Exactly how “limited” local availability is has not been revealed, but Rob Pritchard, Head of Asia Pacific, McLaren Automotive, said orders were swiftly approaching production capacity. “The 600LT Spider carries the Longtail story on to its fifth chapter,” Pritchard explained. “Born from the legendary F1 bloodline, the 600LT lives and breathes the spirit of its predecessors, the F1 Longtail and 675LT, and the Spider is no exception. “The response to both the 600LT Coupe and Spider globally…