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Jim & Allan’s thoughts on historic vehicles and other topics of interest …

Italian Bike Week

Nearly 50,000 motorcyclists, tourists and enthusiasts attended the Italian Bike Week festival held in Italy in mid-September 2023.  

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100 years of BMW motorcycles

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.

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100 years of MG celebration

Although various state and territory MG car clubs are already running 100-year anniversary events, the National Meeting is set for March/April 2024.

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The last ACCO

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. 

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Italy’s US car addiction on display

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.

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Historic trouble-shooting guide

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.

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Aussie icon for sale

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.

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Demerit points relief for safe NSW drivers   

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’.

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Mille Miglia 2023

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. 

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Tina Turner loved cars

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.

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Magnificent Tasmanian timber models

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.

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Bike racers put their stamp on the Isle of Man

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

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Land Rover Classic limited release

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.

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Upside Down – book review

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’.

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Ford Heritage Australian Collection

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.

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Landmark Skodas on display

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.

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100 years of Kenworths

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.

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No Room for Watermelons – Book Review 

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!

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The Cars of the 50s – book review

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.

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National Road Transport Hall of Fame opening hours

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.

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Isle of Man beer engine

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.

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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

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.

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Car club track days near Sydney

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.

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Vale Phil Read

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. 

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Upgraded rechargeable inspection light

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.

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Compact fire extinguishers explained

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.

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Auto museum MOVE in Shepparton

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.

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