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We are back in the game

…and calling for articles!

Neil and Jim have decided to take a break from print publication which is extremely time consuming and expensive, and keep providing great technical and feature articles right here on the website.  Subscriptions aren’t necessary except for digital back issues, at least until we go back to print (most likely next year). Current subscribers have the option of a partial refund, or any back issues they are missing from their collection.

This gives us a much needed break, and presents a great opportunity to refocus on what we do best – support grassroots motor sport and car constructors with technical resources, inspiration and exciting new developments in the industry.

Only yesterday in my Facebook feed I saw a local company offer a complete double wishbone front suspension setup as a brand new fully assembled product. Admittedly it was for the hot rod community but it does show that local manufacture is still alive and innovating in the local automotive aftermarket. Arguably the world’s best engine management systems, light weight hose fittings, brakes, steering components and wheels are made here, and the Australian aftermarket and motor sport industry is worth around five billion dollars^.

If you come across something new and innovative, let us know!

We have feature car articles in the pipeline, and some great technical articles coming up too. With some luck, we may even have some left-field motor sport information related to raising finance and making the most of tax benefits! That’s a bit random, but it should help struggling teams and grass root competitors that need to find ways of making motor sport viable.

We are going to make better use of ads on the website as we still need to pay hosting fees and other business costs, but we are also hoping to put some money back into the motor sport community through car club newsletters and event sponsorship where possible.

Race Magazine is working towards being able to reimburse our contributors for their incredible and supportive efforts! We have always relied on volunteer contributors due to the lack of funds available. Your support has been incredible and we haven’t thanked you enough!

So spread the word and keep an eye on RaceMagazine.com.au and our facebook page! 2016 will be a fun and exciting year.

 

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58th King Edward Park Hillclimb Will Be the Last One

That’s right, 2015 will be the last King Edward Park Hillclimb.  The Mattara festival from 2016 on will not include the annual round of the NSW Hillclimb championship, run by the Newcastle MG Car Club.

The park and surrounding lands has been undergoing extensive renovation and improvements, and this combined with safety concerns (both for competitors and spectators) sees the event unable to continue.

‘‘We can’t be angry at the council,’’ Newcastle MG Car Club vice-president Dave Atkins said. ‘‘We can’t stand in the way of progress for our one weekend a year.’’

 


The Driver’s Seat – Issue 32

Welcome to issue thirty two of Race Magazine, the issue that marks the end of eight years of producing a unique publication, focused on Australian motorsport. In this time, Race Magazine has changed and improved, as has Australian Motorsport in general in my opinion. These days I rarely hear or read the bitter vitriol that once surrounded the competing interests of the Australia Auto Sport Alliance and the Confederation of Australian Motorsport. Personally, I view this as a very good thing for the image of motorsport in Australia. Indeed the iRace series has joined these two bodies and seems to be doing well too.


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