Classics By The Beach – May 2015

It’s the first Sunday in May and that means Classics By The Beach. For me, it was a significant Classics, too, because it’ll most likely be my last Classics I’ll visit for some time. Circumstances are changing and it’ll involve a move away from Hobart. More on that in another post, later on. For now, though, I’ve got some cars for you to look at. It’s not often a Ferrari Dino gets outshone at Classics, but I think we can say it happened today. The car of the month for May 2015 is one of the red ones across the […]

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The (Interesting) Cars Of Targa Tasmania 2015

Targa Tasmania has been on this week. As usual, Targa had it’s share of bumps and bruises. Four cars left the road on the same corner on Friday and organisers had to deal with a deliberate oil spill on the first full day of the event. There were no medical casualties, thankfully, but a stage of the event had to be cancelled. Targa drivers covered 2000kms over the last week, with more than 500 of those kilometres at full tilt in timed stages. It’s the ultimate tarmac rally. The major category winners: Jason White won the Modern class in his […]

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Fantasy Friday: Opel GT

For a long time now, I have had a self-imposed commitment to never buy a car from the pus-infected abscess that is General Motors – except for a Saab. I can think of very few cars for which I might make an exception. The Chevrolet Corvette might be one, in the right spec. Call me superficial, but I’m a C3 fan. The fact that they’re generally all power and very little handling doesn’t seem to matter. That big, curvy and purposeful front end gets me every time. I must be going a bit soft in my old age because the […]

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Why Cars?

A little bit of personal philosophy to start the week….. I’ve been in a position recently to think about why some of us obsess about cars so much. I remember a time back in 2011, a year or so after the sale of Saab to Spyker was completed, but when Saab were beginning to show the first signs of trouble. I was still writing Saabs United at the time and there was much debate going on about how things were going under Victor Muller’s leadership. I was a stout defender of Victor but there were a number of people who […]

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Classics By The Beach – April 2015

Rain was the forecast but this morning saw beautiful conditions at Sandy Bay and the cars were shining at Classics By The Beach for April 2015. Today was also Easter Sunday, so this ornament on an Alvis seemed quite appropriate. We have a couple of ‘new’ cars this month and plenty of favourites that we’ve seen before. Let’s take a look….. Mini 2+2, engineered by Broadspeed This was the car of the day, for me. I’d never even heard of a Broadspeed Mini before, let alone seen one. I’m glad I’ve seen one now. Magnificent! The Broadspeed 2+2 was a […]

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The Three Best Cars I’ve Ever Owned

This is the final chapter of a self-indulgent trilogy I started a few weeks ago. First, I recorded every car I’ve ever owned. Then I listed the three worst cars I’ve ever owned. Now, it’s time to name the three best cars I’ve ever owned (which is much easier than nominating the three worst, believe me). So…. in no particular order: Porsche 968 ClubSport My time with the 968 was frustrated by driveway hassles. The car was simply too low to get in and out of our driveway without a set of heavy wooden ramps that I built to aid […]

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Exclusive: Saab Assets Purchased by Apple Computer

Finally! After months of negotiations and more suspense than a Steig Larsson sequel, the story can finally be broken – Apple will seek to break into the car market using bargain basement technology on offer under duress in Trollhattan, Sweden. Apple is going to buy what used to be Saab Automobile from National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) in a deal that is set to shock both the electronics and vehicle industries. Speaking exclusively, Apple CEO, Tim Kook said the following today: There’s been a lot of speculation about Apple moving into this area and we can finally confirm that it’s […]

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The Three Worst Cars I’ve Ever Owned

Last week I published a list of every car I’ve ever owned. This week, I give some time to which were the best, and which would have been better off as boat anchors 🙂 Let’s start with the boat anchors first, shall we? I’ll get to the three best later in the week. The 3 Worst Cars I’ve Ever Owned I’m a little torn as I put this list together. I’ve had great times in every car I’ve owned, even if some of them were a little….. junky. And then there are the questions about process…. What if there’s a […]

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My Old Saab 900 T16 For Sale

My old 1985 Saab 900 T16 (AER-085) has just been listed for sale today! I sold the car quite a few years ago to a student from Saudi Arabia. He owned the car until last year (I think) when he sold it to another Tasmanian local named Lee. Lee has done some work to tidy up the car – new seats, refurbished wheels, a full service and new dampers – and has now put it on the market. I’m surprised he’s selling as he got in touch with me soon after he bought it and sounded keen on fixing it […]

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Every Car I’ve Ever Owned

I was thinking I might do a post on the three best and three worst cars I’ve ever owned. Such a list requires a little perspective, though, so here’s the full complement of cars that have crossed my driveway over the years. It’s not as many as I thought it would be, actually – 25 cars in 27 years of driving. That’s not quite the one-per-year average I would have expected. I’m obviously not trying hard enough 🙂 —— Holden Gemini My little blue Gemini. I bought it for $3,000 around January 1988, three months before I got my licence. […]

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