10 Oct 2016

4X4: another example of how quickly it can all go very wrong

Preparation, training, equipment and skills. If you don’t have them, this is what might happen. COULD THIS this have happened to you?  As told to me by a now rather more experienced 4X4 owner: “We were staying at a farm with some friends. On Sunday we decided to drive into

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Last ever Ford Falcon
10 Oct 2016

No more Ford Falcon – The end of schoolyard brawls?

Production of the Falcon ended last Friday but, as I write this, prior to the running of the Bathurst 1000 there were a bunch of Falcons inside the top 10…

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28 Sep 2016

2016 Suzuki Baleno GL manual review – Do we still need a small manual car?

Fewer manual cars are being sold every month, so can the 2016 Suzuki Baleno GL make a case for a manual transmission?

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16 Sep 2016

Dear Crikey, SUVs are not dangerous and nor are they killing people…

An article recently published on Crikey about the dangers of SUVs demands a rebuttal. Here is that rebuttal.

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Image is for illustrative purposes only. The author is not a girl. Or a ginger.
05 Aug 2016

When parents teach their kids to drive

Parents all around the world teach their kids to drive, but are they making them better or worse drivers? Here’s my story

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WRX vs WRX
26 Jul 2016

Automatic vs Manual: what should the enthusiast choose?

As automatics, DSGs and CVTs get smarter is there still a place for the manual gearbox in sportscars? We grabbed two WRXs, one manual and the other with a CVT, to find out.

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2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed
06 Jul 2016

A driver’s eye view of the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s premier classic car and motorsport event…and it includes a hillclimb. What’s a hillclimb? You might think it involves climbing a hill in a car, and you’d be right. Driver line up in their cars, one by one, and from a standing start attempt

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05 Jul 2016

Chris Evans leaves Top Gear, investigated over ’90s sexual assaults allegations

In news that is not unexpected and will delight the show’s many fans, Chris Evans has officially stepped down from Top Gear.

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04 Jul 2016

What the Tesla fatal crash tells us about the future of autonomous driving

Joshua Brown was a proud Tesla owner and keen technologist. He died in, but perhaps not quite behind the wheel of a Tesla. You only need to look at the size of the touchscreen in any Tesla product to know the company is all about pushing technological frontiers. Aside from

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21 Jun 2016

Did a usability problem kill Anton Yelchin?

Last Sunday morning actor Anton Yelchin was killed in what appears to be a tragic accident, and one potentially linked to poor design…

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20 Jun 2016

How good is Australia’s cheapest sportscar the Suzuki Swift Sport?

At around $24,000 driveaway the Suzuki Swift Sport is about the least expensive way to get a new sportscar in your garage.

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05 Jun 2016

Rent a garage, work on your own car

Every car enthusiast wants a bigger garage, so how about renting one? THE PRINCIPLE behind Your Garage is simple. Many people want to work on their cars, but lack the space and tools to do so, and most rental agreements specifically exclude people working on their cars. So, why not

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31 May 2016

Ugly tribalism is alive and well in car culture

Tribalism is one of the most primitive and powerful human instincts, but today it can do more harm than good. You have a favourite sports team, don’t you? What about type of music? Do you identify with a particular city, a part of town, a country? Do you prefer Apple

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2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 review
27 May 2016

You can be identified by how you drive

While racing car teams always knew it, science has just proven that your style of driving can identify you.

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2015 subaru wrx interior
26 May 2016

Why bother with a manual transmission?

While we all flock to automatic transmissions, should it really be the automatic choice?

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