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Just Cars #286 20-03

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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tickford create ‘trans am’ mustang

Fifty years after Allan Moffat set Australian touring car racing alight with his Trans Am Boss 302 Mustang, Tickford have created a package paying tribute to that iconic car and driver – the Tickford Trans-Am Mustang. Launched at Sandown Raceway in August – the same track where Moffat debuted his original Trans Am Mustang 50 years ago - the Tickford project takes a customersupplied Mustang GT and adds an ECU upgrade, suspension upgrade, brake upgrade, purpose-built alloy wheels, high performance tyres, exterior cosmetic parts and graphics replicating Moffat’s racing Mustang and customised interior touches. “The Tickford Trans-Am represents not only our tribute to an iconic Mustang, but also our commitment in developing new and exciting engineering-led projects,” said Tickford CEO, Rod Nash. “Building on the success of recent projects, such as the Bathurst…

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tickford bathurst ’77 special #1 for sale

In August, Tickford announced that the first of their “Bathurst ’77 Special” Mustangs was for sale. Released in 2017, the ’77 Special features livery inspired by the famous 1-2 finish for the Ford XC Falcons at Bathurst in 1977, where Allan Moffat led team mate Colin Bond to victory. Based on the Mustang GT, the Bathurst ’77 Special is more than just a sticker pack, though: Tickford retune the GT’s 5.0-litre V8 and add a high-performance supercharger to produce power in excess of 542kW and torque of 827Nm. A cold-air induction system, custom intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors and a revised fuel pump, low temp radiator and a bespoke 3-inch exhaust system unique to this package are all part of the specification, too. A suspension lowering kit, rear spoiler and diffuser, 20-inch alloys, Michelin Pilot…

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fiat top seller at shannons sydney auction

Shannons Sydney Winter Auction saw a diverse range of consignments offered, with the top seller being a Fiat Dino 2400 Spyder. A rare car today – one of only three in Australia – the Dino 2400 was released in 1969 as the ‘second generation’ of a model that had debuted in 1966. Defined by a V6 engine developed by Ferrari and placed in the Fiats to homologate the engine for Formula 2 racing, the Dino was initially released in 2.0-litre form, with a 2.4-litre version following in 1969. First offered in Spyder (convertible) form with a body by Pininfarina, a coupe version styled and bodied by Bertone followed a few months later. The unit consigned with Shannons was sold new in Rome and came to Australia circa 1980/81. In the early 2000s, the Dino was…

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mclaren opens adelaide showroom

McLaren Automotive has expanded its Australian retail network to four outlets with the opening of McLaren Adelaide. Australia is one of the most successful markets for McLaren in the Asia Pacific region, according to George Biggs (Managing Director, McLaren Automotive Asia Pacific and China), who officially opened McLaren Adelaide on 9 August. “Australia was one of the first international markets McLaren Automotive expanded into and from our very first car, the iconic 12C, the (Australian) response has been phenomenal,” said Biggs. “McLaren ownership in Australia represents an extraordinary experience. Our owners participate in exclusive luxury events, curated driver’s programs and bespoke offerings through McLaren Special Operations division.” A full service facility with sales, aftersales support and servicing, the new showroom is operated by Zagame Automotive, who also run McLaren’s Melbourne dealership. “Zagame Automotive has been…

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supercars 2020 calendar released

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has announced their calendar for the 2020 season – the 60th Anniversary of the Australian Touring Car Championship. Key changes for 2020 include upgrading The Bend to a 500km enduro as part of the 2020 Pirtek Enduro Cup, as well as the return of racing to Sydney Motorsport Park (one of two night rounds for 2020), but Phillip Island and Queensland Raceway have been dropped from the calendar. With all ‘SuperSprint’ rounds increased in length to 200km each day, there will be more racing and more track time, according to Supercars Australia boss, Sean Seamer: “It was important to us to increase the amount of Supercar racing for the fans at track and at home. “SuperSprint weekends are now full of Supercars racing on both days and we…

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2019 bay to birdwood classic preview

One of the world’s great historic motoring events is just around the corner – the Bay to Birdwood is on Sunday 29 September and it’s a “Classic” year. Featuring vehicles from 1956 to 1986, this year’s event has sold out for entrants, reaching its capacity of 1,750 vehicles some weeks ago, with vehicles entering from every state in Australia. There are plenty of opportunities to join the 60,000 plus spectators, though, with ample viewing positions on streets along the 60km route from Barratt Reserve in West Beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. Expect to see early Commodores and ’80s Falcons, Japanese cars and motorcycles from the ’70s and ’80s, as well as older trucks, classic British bikes and other ’56-’86 vehicles. To see the assembled cars, trucks and bikes BEFORE they hit…