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The Supercar from Caloundra Giocattolo Event

So today I’m currently visiting Jason Overland’s Giocattolo event.  Of the 15 original cars, one was destroyed at Eastern Creek claiming the life of it’s owner and driver and another is unaccounted for.  So it is already a very rare car. Jason has managed to assemble nine of them in one place!

The Giocattolo was the brainchild of Paul Halstead and Barry Lock. It is powered by a 5.0L Holden V8 (an engine designed exclusively for the Australian market) and mated to a ZF transaxle, and mounted behind the seats of what started life as an Alfa Romeo Sprint.

In addition to this, three McLaren cars, Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and Lotus were all represented.

Keep an eye out for at least some of these cars in future issues.

Issue 47 in store now!

Issue 47 is in stores now!

In it is a great write up on a beautiful GT40, historic racing, Targa South West, Clubman racers, and a great technical article on how laser scanning can be used to design the impossible!  In this instance, a bellhousing adaptor to mate a Mercedes Benz V8 to a Subaru transaxle.

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Issue 46 on sale now!

Issue 46 is in the newsagents RIGHT NOW!

Inside is a write up on the Gunnedah Hill climb, The Paris Special motorkhana car, THREE Ford V8 classic targa cars, the third and final Mishok Escort article, and a brilliant Mini sports sedan to name a few of the articles in there.

Designing a Race Car with Open Source Software

David Chinner is a genius. I first met David many years ago when I used to rally and do club level stuff with his brother Andrew.  Both brothers are genuine and down-to-earth guys, which, when talking about geniuses, is pretty rare.  David is easy to talk to even though he is an enormous brain with a pony tail attached.

He runs a home built Clubman style car powered by a 13B turbo.  In David’s style, he has used engineering design and a heck of a lot of maths to build it, and now to rebuild it after a major ‘off’ at Wakefield Park.

Here, he talks about the process and pitfalls of using open source software to redesign the car.  His audience in this lecture are software developers and engineers for the Linux open source operating system (hence the awkward laughs at some of the anecdotes) but there’s a lot of knowledge here that the rest of us can use.

Digital Issues now available!

Great news everyone!
Race Magazine has joined the digital age!
As of Issue 45 (the current issue) and as many back issues as I can upload over the next few weeks, Race Magazine is now available in digital format.
iPhone/iPad users: search for Race Magazine or try HERE
Android users: HERE

Kindle users: HERE

Internet/web browser version is on Pocketmags HERE.

The app itself is free as you only pay for the issues you want to download.

We previously tried hosting PDF versions from this site but even minor web traffic quickly rendered that option unsustainable very quickly.

William Toet on Formula 1 Design, Performance and Aerodynamics

William Toet is the former Head of Aerodynamics for the Sauber F1 Team, and is one of very few F1 engineers that has been willing to impart with his vast wealth of knowledge.  He is an engaging speaker and covers a fascinating array of motor sport topics.

Here he speaks about the design, performance and aerodynamics of Formula 1.

With thanks to the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study

Mammoth Entry List Confirmed for 40th Anniversary Historics

More than 200 pre-1961 historic cars and motorcycles will compete in the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCCA) 40th anniversary of Australia’s first all-historic race meeting, to be held at Wakefield Park on 17-18 September.

The entry list for the commemorative race meeting was confirmed at yesterday’s official event launch at the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre yesterday, with event organisers and a couple of historic vehicles in attendance.

Wakefield Park operations manager Matt Baragwanath said the mammoth entry list includes a large number of interstate competitors.

“We have drivers and cars travelling from South Australia, Victoria and Northern NSW, as well as Queensland,” Mr Baragwanath said.

“We’re very impressed with the number of entries, especially considering we restricted it to pre-1961 cars.”

Race Magazine has a new project – and it’s BAD

Yes, the new project has arrived.  It is intended to be a platform to prove that grass roots motor sport is easy to get into, cheap, and a whole lot of fun.

But first, it needs to start and run!  You know that cold sinking feeling you get when you realise you have made a terrible mistake?  That was what I got when it arrived.

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The New Race Magazine Project – and it's BAD

ECU Team head to Silverstone

After thousands of hours in the workshop and a 19 hour flight to the hallowed Silverstone Racetrack, the Edith Cowan University Motorsport Team’s latest car is ready to take on the world at the UK Formula Student competition.

Having placed 12th out of 100 teams at the competition in 2014, the ECU team are hoping to do even better with their latest car in 2016.

Dubbed ‘Habibi’ in honour of School of Engineering Head Professor Daryoush Habibi, the car is powered by a four cylinder Honda motorcycle engine, with a completely redesigned engine block and gearbox.

The Formula Student event includes a skidpad test (figure of 8), a 1km sprint, a 75m acceleration test and a 22km endurance run.

Points are also awarded for engineering design, cost and sustainability and a business presentation.

Passing the Bogandore Baton

The VN Commodore I had been building for umpteen years has moved on.  Due to job changes, two home renovations and starting a family, the time to finish what was a very simple build proved elusive.  I managed to get it together and running with the help of a number of people (Nathan at Newcastle Dyno, Dale at Castle Hill Exhaust, Martin  Upenieks and Steve Mudge from Steve Mudge Auto Electrical to name just a few) and got a run at last year’s Snowy Mountains 1000.  It performed brilliantly and flawlessly, belting out a standing kilometer in 23.99 seconds (again, beaten by Martin  Upenieks by 0.2 of a second for the third year running).  It is a basic LS1 with cam, Trailblazer truck intake, decent cam and a VE six speed gearbox (with the ridiculous stock gearing meaning in theory it would do over 600kph, if only it had the power to achieve it!).


But its time had come as I knew I would have no storage for a while after my move to Canberra.  So on the chopping block it went.  Dave Carter took on the challenge, and collected it from my old place in Port Stephens.

Typically, things haven’t gone smoothly!

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