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  1. SR Automotive is a treasure trove of rally cars. Today Stewart Reid shows us some more of his customers cars including the Jason White Targa Tasmania winning Lamborghini, a Spec C Subaru WRX and his own Audi Quattro rally beast from the 80s at SR Automotive thanks to our friends at Shell Helix. Check out Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Facebook page for the latest updates and news.
  2. Stewart Reid takes us for a tour around this incredible 80’s icon the Group B metro rally car at SR Automotive thanks to our friends at Shell Helix. Check out Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Facebook page for the latest updates and news.
  3. Rally legend Stewart Reid takes us for a look around his Classic Ford Escort at SR Automotive thanks to our friends at Shell Helix. Check out Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Facebook page for the latest updates and news.
  4. CarAdvice are giving you the chance to test drives cars and actually get paid for it! If you love driving cars and have an opinion to share, this could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. To enter all you have to do is tell us about your car. Submit a written or video review to enter. If you’re the lucky winner, you will win a three month paid gig as a CarAdvice Correspondent, learning from CarAdvice and their expert automotive journalists about what it really takes to be the best. You’ll also get to test drive the latest and fastest cars, as well as an awesome all-inclusive trip to Japan to experience all the sights and sounds of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, where you’ll report live on the new cars and trends from the show, exclusively for CarAdvice. How to enter: All you need to do for your chance to win is hop onto thecorrespondent.caradvice.com.au, check out the brief and then submit a written or video car review. Three finalists will then be selected to attend auditions in Sydney on 15 August to test-drive the new 2015 Mazda MX-5 with the CarAdvice Expert Panel, including CarAdvice founder Alborz Fallah, TV presenter and car enthusiast Lauren Philips, and Australian WRC Rally Driver Chris Atkinson, who will select the winner. The competition is open to everyone from petrolheads, mums, to students and bloggers, plus there’s no need to quit your day job to enter. Watch the video for more information about how you could become The Correspondent: Entries close 27 July 2015, so what are you waiting for? Get reviewing! To enter and for full terms and conditions visit: thecorrespondent.caradvice.com.au
  5. Cars For Hope is bringing #THEORANGEEFFECT to the End of Month Meet at Sydney Dragway for Self-Injury Awareness Day 2015. Show your support for this great cause by rounding up your mates and joining us at Sydney Dragway on 26 February. All vehicles are welcome. Wear an item of orange on the night, or decorate your car in orange if you're feeling it! Entry Fee: $10 PER VEHICLE - Passengers are FREE! (The entry fee goes strictly towards venue hire) Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook...00851223553262/ Visit www.theorangeeffect.com.au for more information about how you can get involved in #THEORANGEEFFECT 2015.
  6. In less time than it takes to read this sentence Top Fuel Dragsters – the world’s quickest and fastest race cars – would have completed one of their earth-shattering quarter mile runs. In less than five seconds! Top Fuel drag racing is like a motor racing rock concert complete with stadium lights, smoke, pyrotechnics and chest-pounding, rib-shaking noise! Still, AC/DC has nothing on the Top Fuel Dragsters when it comes to putting on the most spectacular show on earth! You can expect to see these cars and so much more at the Australian Nationals, hosted by Sydney Dragway from Friday, October 31 to Sunday November 2. This is an event that will assault your senses, rearrange your entertainment values and literally #BLOWYOURMIND. For full details, visit: http://www.sydneydragway.com.au/events/2014-australian-nationals
  7. How do you get a hot lap with, Top Gear’s tame racing driver, The Stig? The promotion begins on Monday 6th January. Ordinarily it's not that simple. You have to do is become a successful British or International celebrity. Then cross your fingers that you get invited to participate Top Gear's ‘star in a reasonably priced car’ segment in the UK. Then, hopefully, in preparation for that segment, the Stig, who does the celebrity driver tuition, will take you for a lap of the Top Gear Circuit to demonstrate what to do. There is an easier way thanks to Yokohama. At the Top Gear Festival 2013 we gave one lucky person a Hot Lap with the Stig. It blew his mind. That's when we realized we want five to give away in 2014. What is a hot lap? It's when an average person gets in the passenger side of a racing car with a 'tame racing driver' for a fast lap around a race track. After the lap the passenger normally exists the car on shaky legs, with a big smile and a new perspective on the laws of physics. How do you enter the Yokohama Hot Lap with The Stig promotion? Just buy two or more Yokohama orange oil car tyres or SUV tyres before Tuesday 18th February 2014 and go in the draw to win one of five prize packages which include a hot lap with The Stig. Yokohama Orange Oil Tyres are the official tyre partner of the Top Gear Festival Sydney. Yokohama tyre Australia is the exclusive tyre partner of the Top Gear Festival Sydney. That allows us to be on a first name basis with ‘The’ (Stig) and put together some pretty impressive prize packages. Each prize includes: 1 x Hot Lap with The Stig for the person drawn as the winner, 4 x VIP corporate suite passes to the Top Gear Festival Sydney on Saturday 8th March 2014. This means the winner can bring three friends or family members along and 2 x twin share hotel rooms for Friday night 7th March. 4 x return flights for those who live outside NSW. (If you're from NSW you'll get VIP parking at the event) Top Gear's James May (left) and Jeremy Clarkson will be joining The Stig for the Top Gear Festival 2014. The Top Gear Festival Sydney is a two day event at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW. The Top Gear Festival 2014 dates are Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March 2014. The world-famous presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and their tame racing driver The Stig recreate a live version of the famous Top Gear TV show with the help of a great variety of cars and celebrities. The inaugural Top Gear Festival Sydney in 2013 attracted over 41,000 people. The 2014 Top Gear Festival should be even bigger. The line up includes the Infinity Red Bull Racing F1 team. New Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo will attempt to beat Mark Webber's Sydney Motorsport Park Grand Prix Circuit lap time of 1:13.606. There will also be the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Stig Powerlaps, Stunt driving, Drifting, Postie Bike Challenge, Car Football and a whole lot more. In 2013 the 'Yokohama Stunts and Jumps Zone' featured some extreme motorbike stunts. Don't worry, the rider pictured above doing a 'Superman' landed safely (but is unlikely to father children). There are five tyres in the Yokohama orange oil tyre range. 1. The Yokohama BluEarth (AE01) a fuel efficient tyre for small to medium cars. 2. The Yokohama C.drive2 (AC02) a safe tyre with good wet grip for small to large cars. 3. The new ADVAN Sport (V105) a prestige high performance tyre. The perfect mix of comfort and performance. 4. The ADVAN Neova (AD08R) a high performance tyre for road and race track use. 5. The Geolandar SUV (G055) a long lasting fuel efficient highway terrain tyre for urban 4x4s. Yokohama Orange Oil tyres are available at Tyres & More, Bob Jane T-Marts and independent Yokohama tyre stores listed on our website. To enter check the store has a Stig entry box and entry form. Then purchase your Yokohama orange oil car tyres or SUV tyres, fill in the entry form with your contact details and proof of purchase invoice number. Then place your entry in the entry box and cross your fingers. If, for some reason, your favourite Yokohama tyre store doesn't have an entry form and/or competition entry box we have a plan B. Once you buy your new tyres you can download the Yokohama Hot Lap with The Stig entry form, fill it in and post it to: Hot Lap with The Stig Entries Yokohama Tyre Australia Pty Ltd PO Box 6002 Silverwater NSW 1811 The winners will be drawn at 10am on Friday 21st February. Once the entries are verified we’ll contact the winners and post the results in the General News section of the Yokohama website. “Yokohama Orange Oil Tyres – Hot lap with the Stig promotion AUSTRALIA” For the full terms and condition visit: www.yokohama.com.au Here's a little taste of what's in store if you win one of 5 Hot Laps with The Stig at the Top Gear Festival Sydney on 8th March 2014. Remember, if you're a winner, you also get VIP tickets for YOU and 3 friends. Plus flights and accommodation in Sydney. Just buy Yokohama Orange Oil tyres and enter in-store at Bob Jane T-Marts or Tyres & More stores before 18th February.
  8. 17 year old Todd Hazelwood won the 2013 Shannons Supercar Showdown by less than a tenth of a second after a nail-biting grand final showdown with Tim Macrow on 7mate last Saturday. In the definitive clash of youth and experience, the young South Australian overcame early nerves to defeat his older and more experienced Victorian opponent in a hot lap shoot out at Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway. Hazelwood and Macrow were each given two timed five-lap sessions on the full-length circuit, driving the Shannons V8 Supercar prepared by 2013 Bathurst 1000 winners Ford Performance Racing. By recording the fastest individual lap time, Hazelwood claimed the ultimate prize - a testing contract with FPR plus a drive in the Dunlop Series in a Shannons-sponsored V8 Supercar. At the start of the 2013 series, eight contestants were split into two teams each comprising four rookies, headed by Ford Performance Racing’s V8 Supercar drivers and team captains Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom. Grand finalists Hazelwood and Macrow were the last of eight contestants remaining after a series of point-scoring challenges and a semi-final fought out over the previous seven weeks. 31 year old Macrow carried winning momentum into the grand final, after a peerless performance for Team Davison in the point-scoring rounds with four wins from seven challenges. Hazelwood’s path to the finals was in complete contrast, having finished the point-scoring rounds in last place and relying on his skipper Will Davison’s “gut instinct” Captain’s Choice to get him through. Macrow was first to hit the track in the grand final and showed plenty of class in his initial five-lap session with a fast and mistake-free drive that threw down the gauntlet to his younger opponent. A clearly nervous Hazelwood struggled to match Macrow’s speed in his first session, describing it as “pretty scrappy” but confident he could calm his nerves and improve in the final run. Macrow showed he was also feeling the heat of grand final fever in his last five-lap stint, locking a front brake and running off the circuit before recovering for a strong finish. Hazelwood really got his act together in the last session and put everything on the line, impressing judges Winterbottom and Davison with his focus, discipline and speed under enormous pressure. Todd’s winning margin of less than .01 of a second – the blink of an eye – showed how closely matched the two grand finalists were and how either driver would have been a deserving winner of the 2013 Shannons Supercar Showdown. Shannons Insurance and FPR would like to congratulate Todd for a fantastic effort this season. What your thoughts on this results? That’s it for reasons 3 of the Shannons Supercar Showdown. If you missed out on any of the episodes you can watch them on the Official Shannons Supercar Showdown website here: http://www.shannons.com.au/supercarshowdown/watch-the-show/this-season/ Don’t forget, you still have a chance to WIN a Ford Falcon XR6 Ute valued at more than $42,000 including 12 months of Shannons insurance. The competition closes on Friday November 22, so to enter this great competition log onto: shannonssupercarshowdown.com.au
  9. SEMI-FINAL KNOCKOUT SETS UP THRILLING FINALE FOR 2013 SHANNONS SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN Grand finalists Todd Hazelwood and Tim Macrow are poised for the ultimate clash of youth and experience after their rivals were eliminated in the semi-final of the Shannons Supercar Showdown on 7mate last Saturday. If you missed out on last week’s episode log onto the Official Shannons Supercar Showdown website and watch all the previous episodes HERE: http://www.shannons.com.au/supercarshowdown/watch-the-show/this-season/ 17 year old Hazelwood and 31 year old Macrow emerged as the winners of an intense four-way duel with UK Formula Ford star Daniel Cammish and V8 Ute racer Craig Dontas. Each of the semi-finalists was given five laps on a shortened Calder Park circuit to show what they could do behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar prepared by 2013 Bathurst 1000 winners Ford Performance Racing. The two rookies to emerge with the fastest aggregate times went through to the grand final while the two slowest contestants were sent home by team captains and FPR V8 Supercar drivers Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison. SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN SEASON 3 - NEW TEAM. NEW FORMAT. NEW PRIZE. Hazelwood and Macrow will now face off in the winner-takes-all grand final as they compete for the one prize that money cannot buy -a testing contract with FPR plus a drive in the Dunlop Series in a Shannons-sponsored V8 Supercar. Will Todd’s prodigious speed and youthful aggression give him the winning edge? Or will the older and wiser Tim exploit his experience and cunning to psyche out his younger opponent? Don’t miss the final episode of the 2013 Shannons Supercar Showdown this Saturday to find out. Shannons are also giving away the chance to WIN a Ford Falcon XR6 Ute valued at more than $42,000 including 12 months of Shannons comprehensive insurance. Submit your entry at shannonssupercarshowdown.com.au
  10. We all know you eager driving enthusiasts are keen to get your mits on the latest release from the Forza Franchise. But, is there anything that’s marginally different about the latest version? You bet there is. It isn’t just the gameplay style, but everything from dirt roads to night time driving has been added to the latest incarnation of the award winning series. So how can the best driving simulator, get any better? Well, the game has changed its format. It isn’t aimed to be an improvement on the last game, more of a branch off. Using a tweaked engine, the guys at Turn10 Studios have figured how to incorporate an open-world style of play into the game. The player, when not racing of course, has the ability to free-roam. There are countless miles of city streets, busy B roads and even canyon passes. What can you do whilst you’re out on the prowl? Search for races, or just have a bit of sideways fun. It’s entirely up to the player. Two huge factors we are truly looking forward to testing are the new dirt roads (complete with their own physics engine) and the night time driving experience. Many of us have been craving that extra dimension to the game, and this time around Turn10 have delivered the goods. Not only is the dirt road physics engine going to change things up, but there are countless miles of winding dirt back roads that one can race along. Even add a bit of dusk to the picture to get that true mountain run theme. Creating your own little drift / rally circuit by taking specific roads in a circuit will certainly add a lot of fun to the playability aspect of Forza Horizon. Another cool new feature is the night time experience. We all know that cruising around at night adds a level of feel to driving, even if it is a computer simulation. That moment when you catch headlights in your rearview mirror, or at the opposite end of the scale, the moment you catch taillights on the uphill dash. These small quirks will provide us with a totally new Forza Experience. So what are you waiting for? Pre-order your copy now! The game is set to be released on the 20th of October. Check out the official Forza site - Forza Horizon | Australia - Xbox.com And catch the official launch trailer below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl0gzDxhOAs
  11. Car fans around the world can breathe a sigh of relief – your latest fix of action packed virtual racing is here. Courtesy of Turn10, the latest rendition of the highly prized ‘racing simulator’ has opted to change the style of gameplay to something new. And we’re all for it. Forza Horizons differs greatly from the previous games. It is not so much an extension of the previous game; more a branch off so to say. Gameplay has changed in a sense that there is an ‘open world’ method of browsing challenges and races. One can cruise the streets of Colorado looking for races that they can compete in to no doubt earn dollars, prizes and cars. Sounds good! Visually, the game has changed a lot too. The cars look and feel more authentic, and less ‘sterile’. Turn10 and their passionate team have strived and slaved for hours rendering even more realistic models of our favorite vehicles, adding a few more cult classics to the mix that we’ve yet to see in any previous Forza game. All in all, it’s visually stunning. Even the scenery has had attention paid to it. It’s all about the racing and feel of the game, which we will be discussing in another piece to come. We can say one thing however, the experience of piloting $500,000+ hypercars has not changed. It is still involving, fluid and seamless; which has grown to become the Forza Franchises trademark. We’re looking forward to playing the game very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for our exclusive on how we feel the game plays. We will be bringing you videos and plenty of snap-shots very soon, and exploring what extras the game has to offer to ‘Forza tragic’s’ like ourselves. Check out the official trailer below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6bDqpTfj9E Forza Horizons will be released starting from the 23th of October.
  12. The weather was perfect, and with a crowd of over 200,000, the Bathurst 1000 was set to be an epic day of motorsport history. With Jesse Dixon winning the Shannons Supercar Showdown, it was up to him and his team mate Cameron Waters to pilot the Shannons V8 car around the mountain on the 50th anniversary of the great race. You may remember Cameron from last year’s Shannons Supercar Showdown, as he took out the title and became the youngest person to ever drive at Bathurst. The pairing, with a combined age of only 38, were the youngest ever duo in history to take on the race. Last year saw young gun Waters bin his car and not finish the race, but this year the pair managed to get the car over the line unscathed. Finishing in 20th place as a rookie on one of the toughest racetracks around is an excellent achievement. Also considering they were driving the oldest car in the field, too. Their best lap time was only 2.5 seconds off the fastest of the day – which was set by Shane Van Gisbergen. The only troubles to plague the team were a small radio communication issue and an exhaust problem. Both were fixed promptly however, and the bonnet of the Shannons V8 was not lifted at all during the race! The race caps off Dixon’s dream and promise to his late father – to race at Bathurst. At the age of 11, Dixon started his quest which has come to fruition thanks to the Shannons Supercar Showdown. There will be a special post-Bathurst edition of the Shannons Supercar Showdown on Saturday October 13 at 2PM, only on 7MATE. Don’t forget to visit the Shannons Supercar Showdown by CLICKING HERE
  13. The finale is here. It has been 11 weeks in the making, but we’re down to the last leg of the competition! It was 77 days ago that 10 rookie racecar drivers of all description entered the Kelly Racing headquarters in order to pit their skills against each other. As the weeks went past, the contestants toppled and those who kept their cool remained in the competition. Things started to heat up when the Shannons V8 Supercar was introduced. The remaining contestants were driving at 10/10ths in order to stay in the competition, which resulted in the inevitable – plenty of “off-track” action! With Samantha out of the running, last week the boys thought that the competition would be narrowed down to two contestants. They were pleasantly surprised when the Kelly brothers mentioned that there were to be no eliminations – making it three contestants competing in the finale. As the contestants were clearly on edge, the Kelly brothers decided to give them a little treat prior to the race. Seven-time Bathurst champion and all round racing legend Jim Richards arrived at Winton Raceway to give some advice to the remaining few, hopefully boosting their confidence. So what will determine who gets to start on the grid at Bathurst this year? A timed, two lap stint in the Shannons V8 Supercar. Whoever is fastest, wins. It’s as simple as that. This is certainly one finale you cannot miss! Catch the episode below. If you’ve missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them on the Shannons Supercar Showdown website OR on the Shannons Supercar Showdown marathon on 7MATE, this Thursday!
  14. Three contestants remaining, one week left. This is it for the Shannons Supercar Showdown! Samantha Reid’s appearance was short lived as she was eliminated last week on the Shannons Supercar Showdown. Only three contestants remain, with the young gun still in the running to win this year’s competition! It’s Australia VS New Zealand and the battle is going to be fierce. The first elimination task is a simulated race. The contestants are starting to find their way around the Shannons / carsales.com.au V8 Supercar and beginning to feel confident behind the wheel of the 600 horsepower brute. The Kelly brothers will be expecting the three to be able to abide by pit rules, get the cars up to temp between pits and put down some quick lap times. All in all, it is a tester for what is to come at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Will anyone misbehave or disobey the strict guidelines? There’s always one who forgets something… To help the contestants a little on this rather hard task, each was allowed a few laps riding shotgun with either of the Kelly brothers. This is a priceless experience, as watching the pros handle the V8 Supercar can only do good things for your own driving style – Car control, braking points and racing lines will all be explained during this drive. The pit stop part of the challenge is what will catch most contestants out. Specific stopping points, gear and speed limiters and the overall time taken will be considered by the Kelly brothers. Will anyone be disqualified due to failing to adhere to the set guidelines? Who will se the fastest pace – an Aussie or a Kiwi? Will their efforts be enough to put them on top of the leaderboard going into the final round of the Shannons Supercar Showdown? Check out the action packed episode below! Also don’t forget to check out the Shannons Supercar Showdown webpage by clicking HERE!
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