A Hard Charger

One of the joys of watching Improved Production is the mix of cars that you see on the track.

Have you ever imagined a less likely Improved Production racing car than a big, square rigged Valiant? I can imagine a TV commentator giving running a description of the field:

“Commodores, RX7’s, Falcons, Mitsubishi Evos, Valiant VGs and …. wait, what?”


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.


Mystery Chassis

Whose workshop is that pictured with the four cars on the Social Climber page in the last issue? I couldn’t help noticing the Mallock style chassis. Amongst my other projects I have been pencilling a similar design to use ‘junk’ parts as a better racing alternative to a Locost.


Why no local books?

Why aren’t the local publishers printing books about Australia’s great racing heritage? Australia’s had racing tracks galore over the years, such as Surfers Paradise, Lakeside and Calder.


Lola Gone!

Did you see that the great racecar manufacturer Lola is dead and the lawyers are picking over the bones! I thought they were much stronger than Lotus and other race car manufacturers.


Stepped Up A Notch

I’ve really liked the past two issues of Race Magazine, top notch stuff and the variety has been good. The Datsun 1200 was a beauty, but it can’t be good for getting kids involved if you have to run a car that must look like a dinosaur! When do you reckon someone will start up another class like the Geminis that used to race here in Queensland? They were great stuff, cheap to race too and just the thing I’d like to get my 16 year old son into.


Liked Huff ‘n’ Puff

Responding to your request for feedback, I think the last thing needed is for Race Magazine to go down the road of mags that are full of photos of racing. I do like your articles on home building and the excellent, excellent article on Huff ‘n’ Puff. Question though: who are you pitching the main articles to and for?


Australian Motorkhana Championship 2012

Sixty-nine entrants turned up at Willowbank Raceway in Queensland for the running of the Australian Motorkhana Championship. Four different test areas were set up by the Holden Sporting Car Club, and the field split into four groups. The reversing tests were on Area 1, manoeuvring tests on Areas 2 and 3, and slalom tests on Area 4.


Mass Dampers

Way back in the mists of history, the blue blazer brigade at the FIA determined that Formula 1 cars would run on 13” diameter wheels. I seem to recall that the logic was to force a reduction in the size of brake discs that could be used and therefore ensure the cars would have nice, long braking distances, so there could be lots of overtaking. Yeah, sure!


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