GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Each year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is held at Goodwood House in West Sussex England. In 2017, it runs from June 29 to July 2 and if you are lucky enough to be in England, you will be presented with a symphony of celebratory events that showcase the beauty of speed. However, if you’re not there, you can still stream the coverage which is broadcast online throughout the event.

The Goodwood Festival is a hill climb that features historic race cars, rare supercars and motorbikes. The event began in 1993 and was founded by Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara. The event has increasingly become larger with new features and attractions being added each year.

One particular feature of the event is the central display. This attracts attention not only for the attendees but all around the world in the design community where extravagant displays push the limits of creativity. Since 1997, a car manufacturer has been honoured with these central displays to celebrate anniversaries and motorsport success. In 2017, the central display honoured a career for the first time, that of Bernie Ecclestone.

Honda have an interesting display this year called the Honda Challenge Lab. The display will showcase Honda technology and their vehicles through interactive activities and demonstrations.

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Porsche have launched their new 911 GT2 RS at Goodwood which has a top speed of 340km/h and a 0 to 100 time of 2.8 seconds. The engine is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six providing a more than adequate 515kW of power and 750Nm of torque.

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Furthermore, on display will be the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series which is the luxury counterpart to the 911 GT2 RS.

Source: Porsche

For those who can’t be at the event, the website offers a fantastic livestream via YouTube which is a great way to see some of the spectacular machines on offer.

– Daniel Romano

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MOTORCLASSICA 2016

Motorclassica is the highlight of the year when it comes to automotive exhibitions with its atmosphere of prestige and class. It runs over three days in October from Friday to Sunday and is must-see event if you are a motoring enthusiast or general appreciator of excellent design.

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The event delivered and exhibited an exemplar level of quality vehicles. The Lamborghini stand featured this original Miura often considered the world’s ‘first supercar’ and stole the attention from the newer variants displayed nearby.

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The car that won the International Concours d’Elegance at Motorclassica in 2016, was a 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, receiving ‘Best of Show’ as well as the ‘Restoration of the Year’ trophy. This particular Monaro, restored by Re-creation Automotive, was the first Australian-made car to win an internationally recognised Concours d’Elegance and the first Australian car to win the event in the past 7 years of Motorclassica.

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Winners at Motorclassica 2016 are as follows:

VINTAGE & VETERAN – 1923 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost

PRE-WAR CLASSIC UK & EURO – 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II

PRE-WAR CLASSIC USA – 1936 Auburn 852

POST-WAR CLASSIC CLOSED – 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint

POST-WAR CLASSIC OPEN – 1959 Mercedes Benz 190SL

MODERN CLASSIC UK & EURO – 1961 Volkswagen Micro Bus Deluxe 23 Window

MODERN CLASSIC AUST/USA/JAPAN – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

MODERN CLASSIC SP & PERFORMANCE UNDER 3 LITRE – 1971 Dino 246

MODERN CLASSIC SP & PERFORMANCE OVER 3 LITRE – Ferrari 512BB

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PRESERVATION CLASS – 1935 Rolls Royce 20/25

MOTORCYCLES PRE-WAR – 1938 Indian Chief

MOTORCYCLES POST WAR – 1965 BSA Lightning Clubman

This year Motorclassica celebrated a number of automotive milestones, with special Concourse classes awarded to cars in their respective categories.

130 YEARS OF MERCEDES-BENZ – 1955 Gullwing

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110 YEARS OF ROLLS-ROYCE – 1923 40/50 Silver Ghost

100 YEARS OF BMW – 1997 840Ci M-tech

90 YEARS OF TOURING SUPERLEGGRA – 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint

90 YEARS OF DUCATI – 1968 350/250 Desmo Twin

Auto Restorations based in New Zealand were at the event displaying their work representing a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 restored in 2015.

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The ‘Club Sandwich’ exhibited a diverse range of cars from various car clubs ranging from the Australian, General Motors Holden to rare European cars. The ‘Lions Pride Holden Car Club’ had an excellent showcase including an FJ, FC, EK Special and Statesman DeVille to mention a few. A 1990 Holden Commodore VN Executive V6, in like new condition, represented the modern era classics from the iconic brand.

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The diversity of marques and models makes it an interesting collaboration of car clubs that showcase design and engineering through the ages.

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Motorclassica is a credit to the organisers of the event and the people that dedicate their time to preserving and restoring these automotive masterpieces.

– Daniel Romano

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FORD FALCON FINALE

Ford Australia will no longer manufacturer cars in this country. October 7, 2016 was the last day a Ford Falcon rolled off the Broadmeadows production line in Melbourne, Victoria after 91 years of manufacturing in Australia.

On October 15, 2016, the final saleable Australian produced vehicles were auctioned in Melbourne at an event at Avalon Airport to a combined value of $353,000. The money goes to charity to raise funds for STEAM Education and Geelong charity ‘Give Where You Live Foundation’.

The final values are as follows:

Ford Falcon XR6: $81,500 (The last saleable car off the production line).

Ford Falcon Ute XR6 Turbo: $81,000

Ford Territory: $68,500

Ford Winter White Sprint XR6 Turbo: $122,000 (Number 500 last Sprint Badged car).

– Daniel Romano

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The final saleable Ford Falcon.

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The final saleable Ford Territory.

Photos: Ford Australia

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MOTORCLASSICA – FOR AUTOMOTIVE CONNOISSEURS

Art is often debated as having to be a static object with no function however art is also left to each individual’s interpretation.

Each year Motorclassica arrives at the Royal Exhibition Building sourcing unique automotive masterpieces to appreciating members of the public and of course, automotive connoisseurs.

Chrome, paint, plastic and steel are the materials that collaborate together to create a show of colour and sound. Information boards complement the large articles on exhibit to provide another element to further enhance those with a thirst for curiosity behind the existence of such rare machinery.

There is no denying the majority of these machines are out of reach for the standard punter however exhibitions like Motorclassica which offer incentives such as awards and prestige to owner’s in displaying such vehicles enlightens people of what the industry has crafted over the past century.

Lamborghini Miura at Motorclassica's 'Club Sandwich' Exhibit in 2015.

Lamborghini Miura at Motorclassica’s ‘Club Sandwich’ Exhibit in 2015.

Photo: Daniel Romano Photography

Words: Daniel Romano

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HONDA NSX

The Honda NSX is a car respected by enthusiasts all around the world. Its history in Australia began in 1991 selling up until 2004 with only 133 units sold. The original was the first mass produced car to feature an all-aluminium body. These cars are now collectible and sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.

Honda NSX in Portugal

Honda Australia announced pricing on August 1, ahead of the new hybrid Honda NSX Supercar coming to Australia. The recommended retail price for Australia will be $420,000.

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The powertrain is known as Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. Power will come from a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.5 litre V6 engine paired to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and a Direct Drive Motor that supplements the engine with instant torque response. To enhance the responsiveness of the vehicle there is a front Twin Motor Unit (TMU), with two electric motors independently driving the left and right front wheels. The system makes use of both hybrid-electric and mechanical components to help create linear acceleration at any point in the power band, at any speed, with instant response according to Honda.

Honda designed a bespoke turbo system for the new engine with engineers setting the turbos to run maximum boost pressure at 105kPa (1.05 bar/ 15.23psi). Power specs for the NSX are a combined 427kW combining the V6 Engine (373kW @ 6500-7000rpm), Front Twin Motor Unit (27kW @ 4000rpm) and Rear Direct Drive Motor (35kW @ 3000rpm). Torque is 550Nm @ 2000 – 6000rpm from the V6 engine and the total hybrid system is 646Nm.

Honda have followed their historical roots of the past and created another highly technologically advanced supercar that will be sure to please car enthusiasts around the world.

-Daniel Romano

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MAZDA MX-5 RF

Visually, the new Mazda MX-5 RF brings back nostalgia of the classic fastback sports cars of the past with its smooth roofline sloping to the rear end. The retractable fastback made its global debut at the New York International Motor Show for 2016.

It has a power roof that can be opened or closed at speeds of 10km/h with the press of a button whilst the roof is stored in an efficient compact manner. Furthermore, Mazda say it has the same amount of boot space as the soft-top model.

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– Daniel Romano

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PEUGEOT 308 GTi

Peugeot have always made exciting hot hatches. The 306 GTi, 205 GTi are two cars from the past that automatically register in any car enthusiast’s memory. Now, after an absence of the GTi badge from Australian shores for the past 15 years, Peugeot have released the 308 GTi.

The car has been developed by Peugeot Sport, the in-house motorsport division that have experience in creating both road and race cars.

Two models are offered in the 308 GTi range with a 1.6-litre THP (Turbo High Pressure) petrol engine with two different outputs depending on the model. The GTi 250 has 184kW whilst the GTi 270 has 200kW both with a six-speed manual transmission. Peugeot claims 0 to 100km/h is 6 seconds in the GTi 270 and 6.2 for the GTi 250.

– Daniel Romano

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