Category: A Visit to the Past

Throwback: When Gardner Rode Biaggi’s RC211V

Back in 2005, Jeff Ware and Peter Pap arranged, with the help of Phillip Island and MotoGP, for Wayne Gardner to ride Max Biaggi’s Repsol Honda RC211V, to see what he though compared to his old NSR500. “The acceleration is what really shocked me. Compared to the NSR, the RCV is amazing. It’s just phenomenal.”…



Chris Amon – An Incredible Racing Life

The late, great Chris Amon won the non-championship International Trophy at Silverstone on this day in 1970. He didn’t achieve the results that his enormous talent merited, but no matter: F1’s ‘unluckiest driver’ was just glad to have lived to tell the tale. Today’s media like to give our heroes convenient labels. Stirling Moss is…



General Dynamics F-111 AARDVARK/PIG

Royal Australian Air Force F-111Cs in Flight at Nellis Air Force Base. United States Air Force photograph 060214-F-6911G-135 Key Points Although designated a fighter, the F-111 was a medium-range heavy tactical bomberNicknamed the Aardvark, a solitary night hunter with excellent senses that roots round in the dirtFirst operational swing-wing aircraft, first turbofan with an afterburner,…



Putting A Porsche 917 On The Public Roads

Amid the bustle and hubbub of a popular Riviera restaurant, a baritone burble rises through the floor, vibrating up high, elegant heels and tapered table legs to resonate around the rims of thin-stemmed wine glasses. Angry pops and crackles from the street outside are followed by a final ear-splitting bark that sees food spill from…



2006 Ford XR5 Press Release

Ford Australia has released a pocket rocket, the Focus XR5, 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder Duratec 20-valve engine, 166 kW of power and 320 Nm of torque, Exceptional driving dynamics. Chassis has been modified and stiffened for the XR5 Turbo, with an additional cross-member between the struts, as well as being lowered by 15mm. Handling has been…



Ford Focus XR5 Turbo – A Future Classic

The Ford’s Focus series – which is a very broad range of cars – had not really got on the local radar all that effectively prior to the launch of this car. Sure the commuters did okay, but the performance versions? Not so much. Which is a shame, as the ST170 predecessor to this little…



McLaren: Life after Bruce

When the inspirational leader who drove the team died, McLaren could have spun into the ground. Instead it regrouped and vindicated his vision and his faith. Bruce McLaren with Denny Hulme, Ron Tauranac and Teddy Mayer. Article by: Paul Fearnley There was a lot to think about. But Bruce Leslie McLaren — boss / designer…



BMW M3 Timeline

We explore where our expectations of the M3 badge come from — starting from the original M3, which was a response to the FIA homologations-special Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16.



Multi 21 – Red Bull’s Most Controversial Race

On March 24, 2013, Sebastian Vettel infamously disobeyed team orders from Red Bull to hold station behind Mark Webber at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. Even before the events of Sepang ‘13, Vettel and Webber had endured a fractious relationship as teammates at Red Bull. Vettel was the first star to emerge from Red Bull’s…



Ayrton Senna – San Marino 1994

The partially lost on-board video of the fatal Formula One crash in 1994 Arguably one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Ayrton Senna, crashed during the 1994 Formula One San Marino Grand Prix, held in Imola on 1 May 1994. He crashed into the Tamburello corner at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari,…