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  1. Working on your own car is perhaps one of the most satisfying aspects of modifying cars. Sometimes though, you just don’t know where to start, especially if you are not handy with tools in the first place. Perhaps you are a quite a DIYer, but your project has grinded to a halt, thanks to parts being out of production, or simply too expensive to purchase. More often than not, the project has simply reached a point where a craftsman would have to take over. The great news is Motorretro is here to help. Started up by bodywork maestros Georgio Rimi and Vaughan Ryan, Motorretro provides enthusiast classes and a space to learn how to do panel beating, welding and other related skills. Georgio and Vaughan were classmates at Ultimo TAFE back in 1989, and became fast friends and rivals. Each strived to be the best at panel beating, and after having successful careers and businesses, the pair decided to work together again. Both realised that there were lots of bikes and cars rusting away in sheds, simply because the owners did not have the knowledge or tools to continue restoring them. By offering classes in vehicle body repairs, motorcycle restorations or customising parts, Georgio and Vaughan can impart over 40 years of knowledge and skills to the average bloke having a go. “We offer our students classes in vehicle body repairs, motorcycle restorations, custom fabrication, welding and traditional coach building skills,” says Vaughan. He emphasised that classes are limited to 10 students per class. Students learn hands-on in a casual and enjoyable atmosphere, and all skill levels are welcomed. After class hours are available, and students can opt to stay back and work on their own projects, with 90 per cent of the workshop’s tools available for use (subject to conditions, of course). Keeping up with current technology, Motorretro also offers in-house 3D printing and CAD services for those who want to take a step further in prototyping or customising parts that are no longer made. They also offer car/bike restoration or designing services for those who needs expert help on their projects. Contact Vaughan: 0409 987 564 Georgio: 0412 372 105 Facebook: Website: Address: Factory E2, 22 Powers Rd, Seven Hills, NSW
  2. myPlates brings you the newest must-have accessory for your Japanese vehicle – the JDM number plate. After much anticipation, we’re happy to announce you can now place an order for your very own set of JDM plates through the myPlates website. In the same way that the Premium Euro Icon style resembles number plates found in Europe, our new JDM number plates closely recreate the look of Japanese domestic market number plates. And at 331mm wide and166mm high they are also designed to fit. We have little doubt that enthusiasts of Japanese cars spend countless hours looking through photos of modified cars in Japan. With that in mind, myPlates has created the new JDM plates to help your car stand out from crowd and provide that authentic, Japanese touch it deserves – just as if you were driving around the land of the rising sun. For two weeks, starting June 27th, you can get your hands on these much sought after number plates at the introductory price of $195, with the regular order price at $295 after 11:59pm on Monday, July 10th. There are two new JDM plate styles available in both full custom and personalised formatting (annual pricing varies between formats). To order your custom JDM number plate, or any custom number plate, head on over to and personalise your ride!
  3. Supercheap Auto: Pick Your Project Easter Sale Catalogue Sale Dates: 9/03/16 – 25/03/16 For more information click HERE.
  4. If you love watching V8 Supercars, whether it’s on the TV or at the track, switching your mobile or tablet to OVO will dramatically enhance the experience. OVO is a proudly Australian owned hybrid telco/media company, and is now the official Telecommunications provider of V8 Supercars. So why should V8 fans switch to OVO? Well, OVO customers can tune into live commentary and access in-car telemetry during races, as well as access exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and a library of classic V8 races, all from their mobile device. How good is that! And the best bit is that none of this counts towards your monthly data allowance, so it’s 100% free for all OVO customers through OVO Time. OVO has also teamed up with Prodrive Racing star Chaz Mostert, so expect plenty of content from the Bathurst 1000 winner. Operating via the Optus 4G network and offering coverage to 98.5% of Australians, OVO has sharply-priced plans for both mobile phones and tablets. Mobile phone plans feature unlimited calls and SMS to mobiles within Australia, and start from a very reasonable $29.95 per month, with an introductory rate of just $19.95 for your first month. OVO is granting fans virtual access to the V8 Supercars paddock, and delivering value-packed mobile and tablet plans at the same time. To find out more, check out or call 1300 002 686.
  5. Supercheap Auto: Last Minute Gift Ideas Catalogue Sale Dates: 16/12/15 – 23/12/15 For more information click HERE.
  6. Supercheap Auto: Save Big For Christmas Catalogue Sale Dates: 9/12/15 – 14/12/15 For more information click HERE.
  7. myPlates are proud to announce our new Australiana range, featuring a variety of new Australian themed plates; allowing you to share your passion for Australia. Introducing four distinguishably Aussie images – our flag, the beach, the outback and Sydney’s harbour bridge; these plates say “mate” louder than your Bogan uncle at a Christmas barbeque. The possibilities are near endless with our wide range of formats available, with letters or numbers first and 10 personalised options, there has never been a better time to get a better plate. From just $325 for a restyle, or create your own personalised plate with annual fees starting from $102. Nothing says Australiana Like the Australian Flag, if you don’t have room for a flagpole in the front yard, this is the perfect solution for you to show your pride. One of Australia’s legendary icons, the harbour bridge connects the north and the south, bringing Australians together every day. Share your passion with the all new bridge plate. Where would you rather be on a sizzling summers day than by the beach with your family and friends? Show your love for one of Australia’s favourite summer locations; the beach. Home to the Aussie battler, the outback is what makes Australia unique, from the red sands of central Australia to your car, share your passion with the outback plate. Sized at 372mm x 134mm all round to make sure they stand out, dig up that personalised plate idea, or restyle your current plates at and share your Aussie passion with pride. For more information and to browse the full myplates range visit:
  8. Tyres & More: October - November 2015 Catalogue valid from Thursday, 1st of October 2015 through to Monday, 30th November 2015 (inclusive).
  9. You have bad credit, but you have a great business opportunity that requires a vehicle. It’s stopping you getting started. Then Rent to Buy is the answer. The product is not new, but now that Australia’s major rent to buy lender is pushing aggressively into the Motor Vehicle funding market. Got an ABN, It’s all good news. If you need a work vehicle, Ute, Van, Truck etc or just a dual purpose family and work sedan, SVU or wagon. Don’t let your bad credit history deter you. So, how does it work? You enter into a finance agreement that lasts for 1 year with approx. 60% residual at that time. You then have 4 options 1. Your business is now established and provided you have made your payments on time, you can convert your loan balance to a main stream lender 2. If you cannot get approved with another lender, you can pay off the residual on a 2 year contract 3. You can payout the balance and own the vehicle 4. You can hand back the vehicle, and walk away at no cost. Before you proceed, there are other options you may qualify for, that cost less 1. If you are a property owner with more than $100,000 equity and a clear credit file 2. If you have a 20% deposit (cash or trade in) and the vehicle is purchased from a motor dealer. You have a clear credit file 3. You have a history of good credit with your own bank and you apply to them. How does the cost compare to conventional Bad Credit Finance? Compared to a good credit loan, if you pay your payments on time and you can refinance your 60% balance with another lender, the total cost of ownership is only approx. 11% more. If you compare to a bad credit loan, you will probably pay less for Rent to Buy, because you are paying a higher interest rate for the full term of the agreement. Talking specifics In the Finance Broker arena, Australia’s major Rent to Buy lender has appointed a limited number of “Platinum Brokers” This select few have been given guidelines to self-approve applications up to $65,000 on the spot. Applicant’s with defaults less than $5,000, Guaranteed approval up to $25,000 on production of 1. Signed Application Form 2. A copy of a current Drivers Licence 3. A copy of a current Medicare Card 4. A bill or bank statement with the applicant’s current address Guaranteed Approval $25,001 to $65,000 Additional requirements to above 1. A business profile 2. Proof of income or future income (e.g. cash-flow projections, contract, bank statements) 3. If a company, Director’s Guarantees. Applicant’s with defaults in excess of $5,000 1. Requirements as per above 2. Proof Default’s Under arrangement If you don’t meet the above criteria, there is still a high chance of approval. The lender has a large quantity of trucks and vehicles that have been returned, that they need to remarket. The vehicles are fully repaired and serviced prior to delivery. The lender philosophy is, if we get it onto an agreement, it’s better than it sitting around. If you have bad credit and need a vehicle, Rent to Buy will get you started. One word of caution. The payments are high for the first 12 month. You need to pay off 40% of the principal balance, compared to approximately 12% on a conventional finance agreement. Still have more questions, talk to us! To read more about bad credit business vehicle finance visit website or call us on 02 9553 7053 for more information.
  10. The Street Machine Magazine SUPERNATS is back on this year for its 21st instalment with a huge two-day horsepower party at Sydney Dragway. Be prepared to see the shine of custom chrome and the sounds of thumping horsepower from the wildest cars in action on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of September 2015. EVENT DETAILS: When? Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2015 Where? Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek NSW How much? $30 for one day entry or $50 for a weekend pass. KIDS UNDER 12 FREE! More info? Visit the SUPERNATS website here: TRUE STREET SHOW OFF New for Supernats in 2015 is the brand new “True Street” show off category, this is where you can enter your street car and show it off to thousands of car enthusiasts across the weekend. All makes and models of cars, trucks and bikes are welcome. The True Street category will take place in prime position at the top of the hill with great views of all driving events. Come and join the hype or just catch up with a mate or two. Entry starts as low as $50 a day. Click HERE for entry forms. (Entries must be in by 11-09-2015. After this day will incur a late fee of $10)
  11. Fans will have the chance to snap up some rare memorabilia as racing royalty Allan Moffat prepares to close his famous workshop in Toorak, Melbourne. The 75-year-old Moffat has elected to sell the property, where he has operated his racing and business affairs since 1961. The workshop housed all of Allan Moffat Racing’s famous competition vehicles over four decades before being rented by a Porsche repair business in recent years. With the land to be redeveloped by its new owners, Moffat’s son and current V8 Supercars driver James is organising a garage sale that will offer a variety of items to the public. “It’s been a big job going through it all but there’s a lot of interesting bits and pieces that we’ve dug up,” said Allan Moffat “There’s a lot of unique items like Allan Moffat Racing toolboxes and workshop benches, ANZ sponsor banners and Peter Stuyvesant pit boards, as well as some model cars and magazines." “It’s sad in a way to see the workshop going. I’ve got memories of being in there when I was a kid, but reality dictates that everything has got to move on at some point.” The sale will run over the September 5-6 Father’s Day weekend at 711 Malvern Rd, Toorak VIC 3142, starting at 8am Saturday with plenty of memorabilia from the 1960s through the 1980s available. Don’t miss it!
  12. Buy 4 Yokohama Orange Oil tyres and receive a scratch & win card. 1 in 10 wins! Plus Major Prize Draw includes a family trip for 4 to the Gold Coast. Offer available from Monday 3rd August through to Wednesday 30th September 2015. For Full terms and conditions click here or download here Eligible Yokohama Orange Oil Tyres: Passenger Car Tyres Yokohama BluEarth AE01 Yokohama BluEarth AE50 Yokohama C.drive2 Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08R 4WD/SUV Tyres Yokohama Geolandar SUV G055 Instant Win Prizes include 350 x Yokohama Bluetooth Speaker valued at AU$59. 300 x Yokohama Packs including Bluetooth Speaker, Drink Bottle & Hat valued at AU$84 250 Yokohama Hats values at AU$15 100 x Yokohama Tyres valued between RRP $79 & $729 150 x AU$50 Pre-Paid Caltex Fuel Cards 150 x Coles Myer AU$50 Gift Vouchers 50 x BCF AU$50 Gift Vouchers 14 x Apple iPad Air2 valued at AU$779 5 x Go Pros valued at AU$549 Need to redeem your instant prize or enter the Major Prize Draw? Visit Click here for Full Terms & Conditions
  13. The Australian Confederation of Motor Clubs (ACMC) 2015 annual conference will be held on Saturday 22nd August from 10.30am, at Wollondilly Anglican College. The Australian Confederation of Motor Clubs aims to bring together representatives from various motoring enthusiasts groups to share knowledge and experience. With this knowledge the ACMC can accurately represent enthusiasts in partnership with government, industry and other motoring organisations. This your change to raise the issues that matter to you, and help the ACMC understand how enthusiasts can continue to be accurately represented. For More information about the Australian Confederation of Motor Clubs visit: ACMC Facebook: ACMC website:
  14. How to get vehicle finance? Vic Willey of shares some thoughts on this subject. The problem is the very large sum of money between you and the car and you think it's an impossible target. Think again - but you need to know what's available, what's required and more importantly, what it's going to cost. Gauging the size of the car loan industry can be reflected by lenders such as St George and Esanda that each write around $220 million of car loans a month. So there's money available. These are the steps to get your hands on some. CREDIT HISTORY The first step is your ability to repay. Your credit history is critical to successfully buying any car on finance. If you have a bad credit history - a cupboard full of irregular payments, none payments and even a repossession - you have a rocky time ahead getting finance and even then, you'll go to the top of the interest rate scale. But it's not the end of the world - "If you pay on time for 12 months you can re-establish your credit rating and get lower interest rates," says Vic. "History is that - history. You can turn your credit rating around and that will make life easier and cheaper for the future." CAR FINANCE Financing your car - as distinct from paying with cash - is generally the quickest, easiest and most expensive way to get wheels. Recognise that and you're on your way. One of the biggest attractions of financing through a dealer is that the money business is done virtually on the spot, in the dealership office. That makes it quick and easy, but not necessarily the best option for you and your dollar. LOANS TYPES VARY Fixed rate loan agreements are the most common finance arranged for vehicles. Vic says the recent National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations - which licences financiers and monitors car dealers - had led to banks tightening their criteria on personal loans and that placed more business with the specialist car loan finance companies. "If the customer has no credit rating, or has a poor rating and has a loan default, we can organise for an existing loan to be paid out," Vic says. "A loan can be tailored for borrowers on low income, or low disposable incomes. For example, the loan period can be extended so monthly repayments are smaller. That also improves the chances for the loan being approved." A high credit rating can mean lower interest rates and therefore lower repayments. According to data from loan comparison groups such as Cannex, a low-risk, high credit rated borrower could, for example, have an interest rate of 10 per cent for a secured loan. But if the loan is unsecured - that is, no collateral is required on the car - then the same person could pay 14 per cent. Commercial rates are lower. A low risk loan could be charged at 7.8 per cent as a base rate and yet as the risk increases, the interest rate may grow to 16 per cent. REPAYMENT CAPACITY Financiers use a point-score system to assist in determining repayment capacity. This can be used in conjunction with the Henderson Poverty Index that is a sliding scale taking into account marital status, income, disposable income, length of employment, number of children and so on. Buyers should be aware that used car loan rates are more expensive than new car rates. "That's based on the car's age," Vic says. "There are other variables as well, mostly affecting insurance, such as the driver's age and driving record, type of car and so on." Generally, a used car buyer can expect to pay 2-4 per cent more in interest rates than a new-car buyer. With over 25 years commercial lending experience, SV Solutions Pty Ltd will find the most appropriate solution for your business and personal finance needs. For more info, visit: or call Vic on 0423 409 483
  15. The Street Machine Magazine SUPERNATS is back on this year for its 21st instalment with a huge two-day horsepower party at Sydney Dragway. Be prepared to see the shine of custom chrome and the sounds of thumping horsepower from the wildest cars in action on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of September 2015. SUPERNATS features Australia’s best Street Machines, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Elites, Blings, 4’s and Rotaries, Restored Classics and many other styles – even the big rigs come out to play! With a large selection of events to participate in and watch, the Street Machine Magazine SUPERNATS event features: Burnouts – The SUPERNATS main event! The winner of which will qualify for Burnout Masters at Summernats and take home the top cash prize of $5000! Outlaw Shootout Drag Racing – The classic dash down the quarter-mile! $20,000 prize money up for grabs – winner takes all! Go-To-Whoa – A 150 metre race where competitors launch off from the start line and head for a double set of lines at the other end of the main straight to finish. At the other end, come to a complete stop between the double lines. Be the quickest to do this and win! Superskid – A battle of horsepower and vehicle control. An off-the-line burnout competiton without brakes! Cork Screw – A unique race format, where you must test your skill going around a set of cones in conk screw fashion, try not to get dizzy! Wheel Stand - Where specially prepared vehicles compete in order to have the highest, longest, most photogenic and wicked wheel stand! Super Cruise – An event where entrants cruise around Sydney Dragway from the return road via the burnout pit (burnouts allowed!) and back around through the tunnel for more cruising! Show N Shine – Judged on class and category, prizes are awarded to the cleanest, most unique and jaw-dropping cars! When? Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2015 Where? Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek NSW How much? $30 for one day entry or $50 for a weekend pass. KIDS UNDER 12 FREE! More info? Visit the SUPERNATS website here: