Jim & Allan’s thoughts on historic vehicles and other topics of interest …
‘Unique’ is an over-used word, but, in the case of John Surtees, it’s entirely appropriate. He is still the only person in history to have won F1-level world championships on two and four wheels.
After being missing in action for decades and never offered for public auction before, the heritage ‘NSW 1’ number plate has been listed for auction, with bidding already surpassing $10 million.
A researcher from the Queensland Brain Institute, working to find a treatment for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), is receiving a grant funded by NTI’s vintage truck raffle.
RM Sotheby’s has sold a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 3765, for a whopping US$51.7 million.
Nearly 50,000 motorcyclists, tourists and enthusiasts attended the Italian Bike Week festival held in Italy in mid-September 2023.
Building motorcycles wasn’t BMW’s original core business, but post Word War I restrictions forced a change of direction. BMW-brand motorcyclists around the world can be grateful for that change.
Although various state and territory MG car clubs are already running 100-year anniversary events, the National Meeting is set for March/April 2024.
For the second year running, Autobarn is hosting Australia’s biggest Show ‘n’ Shine event, the Autobarn Wax On Show Off competition, during October and November 2023.
This history of cars manufactured and assembled in Australia during the 1960s, by Gavin Farmer, follows his Cars of the 50s book that we reviewed in 2022.
Iveco has donated the last locally manufactured ACCO to the National Road Transport Museum in Alice Springs. The donation means that the truck will be on regular display at the Museum.
A Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster won the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ title at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, 20th August, 2023.
Italy’s Cruisin’ Rodeo celebrated its 20th birthday in July 2023, with a huge meeting of American cars, coinciding with the US Car Reunion in Lignano Sabbiadoro, in the stars and stripes setting of the Driver Como.
One of Historic Vehicles website followers has sent us this priceless gem from the 1920s. ‘Jonno’ S doesn’t know what publication it came from, but the masthead on the letters page may give someone out there a clue.
This 1988 Holden HSV VL SS Group A Walkinshaw is on the Collecting Cars online auction platform, giving collectors and enthusiasts an opportunity to own a rare piece of Australian motoring history.
A stunning, restored 1968 Holden 327 ‘Bathurst’ Monaro four-speed manual coupe heads a bevy of important high performance cars in Shannons timed online Winter auction from August 15-22.
All unrestricted NSW licence holders – including professional drivers – are eligible for a demerit point reduction trial that aims to reward responsible driving behaviour. The initiative blends the traditional ‘stick’ approach with a ‘carrot’.
The Lachlan Valley Branch of the Dinosaur Drivers Register hosted the Pre-1931 Autumn Tour in Central West NSW last month. Around 20 car clubs were represented at the event.
The 2023 edition of the 1000 Miglia started on June 13. At 12:30pm, the first of the 417 cars in the race – 15 of which on the Special List) – a 1927 OM 665 Superba led the way to Brescia Castle, where the first block of Time Trials took place.
The flagship race of the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is one of the world’s oldest motor races and is followed around the globe. The first 24-hour race was held in 1923, 100 years ago.
It was fitting that the movie, Beyond Thunderdome, featured Tina Turner driving one of the outlandish cars used in the Mad Max series. She was a car nut from way back.
At Historic Vehicles we’ve come across some beautifully worked models over the years, but we’ve never seen anything better than these scratch-built examples. They were made by retired truckie, Mel Blunden, who lives in Mole Creek, Tasmania.
The Isle of Man Post Office has released a collection of eight stamps entitled Celebrating 100 Years of the Manx Grand Prix. The collection was issued on 15th May, 2023 and features some of the riders who have raced on the world-famous 37¾-mile Isle of Man Mountain Course since 1923
This year marks 50 years since UD Trucks reached Australian shores, some 35 years after UD’s founding father, Kenzo Adachi, started the brand in Japan.
The 2023 Classic Defender Works V8 Islay Edition was inspired by a Series IIa Land Rover owned and used by Land Rover founder, Spencer Wilks and the Hebridean island where he holidayed.
The title of this book might suggest to some that its author suffered a serious truck accident, but that’s not the case. Peter Howell came to Australia as a 16-year-old ‘Pom’ and therefore spent his entire working life ‘Upside Down’.
Planning to attend the Goodwood Revival this year in the UK – better hurry to book tickets.
The regional NSW Wakefield Park race circuit closed in September 2022, but there may be hope.
Just shy of 100 years since the founding of Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd in 1925, Ford’s online Heritage Vault has added more than 180 photos and brochures of some of the brand’s most interesting and iconic models that were sold here between 1960 and 2002.
Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, Bapcor, has announced the launch of Revival Auto Parts – a brake restoration specialist business.
Škoda Auto exhibited at the 33rd edition of Techno Classica, in Essen, Germany in 12– 16 April, 2023. One of the milestones of the Czech brand’s 128-year history is the 1928 Škoda Hispano-Suiza.
For some reason the 100-year anniversary of Kenworth Trucks wasn’t celebrated on March 2, 2023 by Paccar Australia – maybe they’re saving the party for the forthcoming Brisbane Truck Show in May 2023.
The strange title of this book refers to kindness extended to the co-author, in Iran, during an almost unbelievable odyssey. Ron Fellowes’ already overloaded 1910 FN motorcycle just could not accommodate a donated watermelon!
This magnificent book was published in early 2022, but being on the outer fringes of the caravan world the HV website didn’t get hold of a review copy until late-2022.
After WWII the Federal Government of Australia made the decision to establish a functioning automobile industry in this country, because the isolation and reliance on imported machinery experienced during WWII made such a decision imperative.
National Road Transport Hall of Fame visiting hours have changed as of November 2021. If you’re planning a visit to this excellent Alice Springs site, make sure you allow for the fact that it closes daily at the very early hour of 3pm.
The beer engine at the Sulby Glen Hotel means bikies can have their pints pulled through a Honda bike engine. The device was made from a reclaimed engine by a member of a German bike club who regularly stays at the hotel during the IoM TT races.
On 6th November, some 350 intrepid participants in the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run experienced a real insight into the hardships of Victorian motoring, as rain storms swept through the south of England.
Shannons has been entrusted with the sale of the FM Collection, a single-owner collection encompassing cars from a wide range of marques and eras.
At the Motorclassica Concours D’Elegance in Melbourne, on 8th-9th October, the Turner family’s Model T Ford won the Preservation Class that’s reserved for mostly unrestored and original vehicles.
If your car club is looking at a fun track day south of Sydney, then ex-racing car driver Garry Willmington has just such a venue at Marulan. Jim Gibson visited there some time ago, but the track is still operating today.
Two exclusive Jaguar C-type Continuation cars have been produced, to mark 70 years since the C-type was at the pinnacle of sports car racing. Equipped with pioneering disc brakes, these Jaguars dominated the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing first, second, fourth and ninth.
The 2022 event was the last time the Holden-Ford rivalry was fought out on the great Mount Panorama track. Jim Gibson recorded some interesting side-issues from past 1000-kilometre events.
Phillip William Read, MBE died on 6th October 2022, at the ripe old ge of 83, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He competed in Grand Prix motorcycle racing from 1961 until 1976 and won seven world championships.
Motorclassica is back for 2022, at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, from October 7-9, with the event celebrating everything automotive, from handcrafted classics to the pinnacle of modern-day performance.
One of our website regulars is looking for information about a 1939 Dodge Fargo TJR Ute.
Shannons Timed Online Winter Auction continued the buoyant trend of the company’s previous online auctions since COVID quashed showroom events.
The standout offering at the 2022 AMCA Bulli Antique Motorcycle Weekend, to be held south of Sydney on August 27th 2022, is a unique Egli-Vincent.
For a brief period in June 2022 we featured a story on the rare Australian Innes car brand from the early 1900s.
We visited the Motorlife Museum at Kembla Grange near Wollongong last month and were amazed at the stellar display of automotive history under one roof.
The ‘See Ezy’ rechargeable LED inspection light has proved popular in workshops, garages and at campsites for several years, and Narva has launched a new model with improved performance and functionality.
There are some superb veteran cars in Shannons Timed Online Autumn Auction from May 17-24. Dominating the line-up is a right hand drive 1924 Packard Single Eight Model 136 Sports Tourer.
In 2022, Isuzu Trucks celebrates 50 years of operation in Australia, with a key focus on the people and product that have contributed to this enviable achievement.
The newly re-launched Museum Of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE) in the central Victorian city of Shepparton has seen the recent arrival of historic examples of all three Volvo Group Australia truck brands.
There are now several brands of compact, non-pressurised fire extinguishers available and all seem to offer a much more convenient means of protection than traditional extinguishers.
The Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE) is one of the largest regional museums of collectibles in Australia and is unique for its variety. Formerly the Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles venue, the site has doubled in size and was renamed MOVE in late-2021.
To any follower of Formula One, Frank Williams needs no introduction; nor does Formula One World Champion in 1980 – our own Alan Jones.
Due to the split of Daimler into two independent companies on 1 December 2021, Daimler has transferred historic Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and parts of its truck and bus archive to a new location in Wörth.
Post World War II road transport industry pioneer, Tom Lindsay, passed away in November 2021.