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Top Five Influential Fords


Here in Australia there have been a number of cars locally developed and made that have influenced our market. To get an idea of how Ford has influenced Australia, we spoke to Rare Spares ambassador and a lover of all good things automotive, John Bowe who says: [More]

Top Five Influential Holdens


In a decade’s time the automotive brand formerly known as Holden or Holden’s, or General Motors-Holden, will be but a footnote in the history books. In the second half of the 2010s the once almost unassailable Red Lion would fall to the wayside as the market shifted towards vehicles that Holden, as a small manufacturer, simply wasn’t able to deal with, even with access to products from outside of the country. [More]

Ford Ranger 242kW


Television sometimes has the knack of embodying a word or phrase that society picks up on. In Ford’s case, a word made household famous by a Top Gear host is powerrrrrrrrrrr.
242 kiloWatts of powerrrrrrrr is what is packed into a twin-turboed 2.7L petrol V6 that finds a home under the bonnet of the F-150 in the United States. [More]

Changing Numbers Over Sixty Years


2020 has proven to be the year that, in a motorsport sense, has disrupted the accepted flow. Formula 1 has seen their schedule compressed, with a normal fortnightly race cycle (for the most part) changed to one every weekend.
In Australia the changing situation has seen our top tier category, Supercars, face equal uncertainty, both with race scheduling and locations due to “hotspots”. Many other high-level categories, such as the popular Porsche categories or the new TCR group, have had their year effectively sidelined with no start date in sight. [More]

Brock: Over The Top

image Brock: Over The Top opens with family shot footage of Brock and the famous “cut with mum’s axe” body-less Austin A7. With the car, if it can be called that, nothing more than a seat, the engine and radiator, and a chassis sans brakes, it’s potentially here that Brock’s immaculate driving skills were born and honed. [More]

Million Dollar Monaro

ImageWhen is a million dollars not a million dollars? Some would say “when it’s not in my bank”. And that’s a fair call. However, the answer is when expectations and reality collide.

The end of June 2020 saw such an occurrence, but one with a happy ending. A 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 was pegged to sell at an auction hosted by Lloyds and crack the magic million. However, the Holden Dealer Team entered a car with Spencer Martin and Kevin Bartlett as drivers in a race at Sandown in Victoria. [More]

2021 Batmobile

Superheroes. They’ve been part of humanity for millennia in the forms of gods such as Thor, Ra, and more. In the 20th century the focus changed to those born of the age of comic books. Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman captured the imagination, the hearts and minds of a society needing distraction from the Great Depression and wartime. [More]