24 September 2021
05 September 2021
25 July 2021
Like Rumplestiltskin waking from a Covid Coma, Victorians are ready to rock and roll. And what better place to restart our road riding repertoire than Gippsland in autumn.
Words: Roderick Eime Photos: Roderick Eime, Ces deSouza, Peter Washington
Poor Victoria. It may be the home of AFL and the birthplace of Australia’s coffee culture, but 2020 saw the southern state endure the harshest lockdown restrictions with the crippling 112-day isolation pushing folks to the brink.
21 July 2021
Inveterate rider and friend of the MotorWeb, Paul 'Digger' Davies, heads into the wilds again in search of fresh air and wide-open spaces. What does he find? Read on.
Work has given me four days off in a row. So I rallied the troops for a weekend of cautious legal speed limit adventure riding. I am not sure if it's David's mystery road navigation techniques or the fact it's getting cold but only a few were keen.
19 July 2021
Celebrating more than 70 years in continuous production, Italy’ iconic Vespa still cuts a stylish line through the world’s back alleys and side streets.
Words: Roderick Eime
When Audrey Hepburn’s character, Princess Anya, wobbled and swerved her way around the busy piazzas in the 1953 classic romantic comedy, Roman Holiday, little did she know what a cultural icon she was about to create both for herself and the machine.
05 July 2021
Milwaukee’s all-new Pan America adventure bike certainly has people talking. Everyone has an opinion about this so-called ‘departure’ for The Motor Company. But is it?
Words: Roderick Eime Pics: Harley-Davidson/Mark Watson
When the Davidson boys and Mr Harley embarked on their momentous motorcycle journey nearly 120 years ago, America was a vastly different place. Motorcycles became a popular form of personal transport because they were convenient, affordable and able to deal with the roads (I use the term loosely) of early 20th century America. Just.s
04 July 2021
Even some of the locals are over the yodelling and pedal steel guitars. HOG member and history nerd, Roderick Eime explores another side of Tamworth and the surrounding region.
There wouldn't be too many Heavy Duty readers who haven’t done Thunderbolt’s. But even so, we thought it was time for a refresher and the crisp Autumn weather and a sparkling Street Glide Special were hard to refuse.
Many of you, we know, will be heading this way for the forthcoming National Thunder Rally scheduled for October, so a quick ‘recce’ was in order to endorse the route as a viable alternative to the busy New England Highway.
A quick call to frequent riding pal, David Reeves, and the Softail Deluxe was dusted off and made ready for the journey north.
|Read the full story in Issue 177 of |
HEAVY DUTY MAGAZINE
24 June 2021
Tyred and Tested
Commissioned for Costco
Buying automotive tyres is not something most people look forward to. Depending on your vehicle, it can be expensive and confusing with all kinds of strange terminology and measurements. Costco customers already know the advantages of shopping at Australia’s largest wholesale warehouse store, but did you know you can solve the problem of your new tyres there as well?
20 June 2021
Classic Corollas in Daring Desert Dash
A dozen well-worn little Japanese sedans and coupes will tackle some of Australia’s toughest outback tracks in the name of fun, camaraderie and charity.
What began as a fun ‘bash’ for old cars (and old men), has evolved into a fun and challenging family event that visits some of South Australia’s most scenic rural and outback locations.
In nearly 20 years, the event has raised almost $80,000 for Rotary Club charities such as ‘Cows for Cambodia’, ‘Isolated Children’s Parents Association’, Polio+, disaster aid for Water in Bhutan, the Neil Sachse Foundation and Heartbeat SA as well as other community interests and charities.
“It’s always been a great way to enjoy the fabulous Aussie outback,” says organising committee head, Ron Rogers, “while injecting funds into rural communities and raising money for worthwhile charities.”
This year’s charities include Keith District Hospital, Dementia Australia and End Trachoma
While the Corolla Caper is a non-competitive event, entrants will pay homage to the desert racers of the 1950s with playful recreations of the motor racing events that were once popular around Silverton including the Kimberley, Mundi Mundi and Umberumberka hillclimbs. Hence the name of the 2021 event - The Silverton Stakes.
While the major activities will be centred around the former mining outpost of Silverton, the entourage will also pass through Birdwood, Mannum, Tintinara, Lameroo, Pinnaroo, and Renmark as well as visiting Danggali and Ngarkat Conservation areas where participants will tackle the testing road conditions in their 40-year-old cars and camp under the stars.
Image: 2020 participants celebrate in SA's Flinders Ranges. In the foreground is 'Uncle' Ken Adams' Car 7 'Matilda' a 40yo Corolla that has taken part in 10 events. (Roderick Eime)
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Where the public can see the 2021 Corolla Caper cars
Note: times are approximate
Saturday 26 June:
Gepps Cross Kartmania 08:00
Mannum Ferry 10:00
Sunday 27 June:
Lameroo (refueling) 10:00
Renmark (refueling) 13:00
Tuesday 29 June:
Broken Hill/Silverton 16:00
Wed 30 June:
Silverton all day
Thu 1 July:
Broken Hill/Silverton 10:00
14 June 2021
The switch to a custom exhaust system is probably one of the most frequently considered and executed aftermarket modifications for any bike owner. But what things do you need to consider? Will you get a big power boost from a fancy new exhaust system?
18 May 2021
Alice Springs resident, Peter Hondow, had his prized Holden HR Premier stolen from outside his home in 1974.
Working two jobs to pay off the loan, the then 17-year-old was so determined to recover his car, he chartered a light plane and conducted his own aerial search - to no avail.
Police are investigating a robbery at Wistow where a distinctive car was stolen.
About midnight on Friday 14 May, a man returned his home on Wellington Road to find two men in the process of stealing his car which was parked in a locked shed.
14 May 2021
Friend of MotorWeb, Dubai-based Damien Reid, muses over the stalwart LandCruiser and its Lexus cousin.
09 April 2021
Join MotoFest Wauchope this year, for the 5th Anniversary Celebration of our Motorcycle Friendly Town of Wauchope. The annual Moto Fest Wauchope is on Saturday the 11th of September 2021 at the Wauchope Showgrounds $10 entry kids under 18 free with an Adult.
On site Camping Available from $10 per site per night, Book them thru the caretaker at the Showgrounds on 0475111074. It's going to Be HUGE this year with things like the Motorcycle Show N Shine, Motorcycle Gymkhana, Tattoo Show, as well as Vendor Stalls. Ride in by the PMQ Classic Motorcycle Club, Plus Lots Lots more yet to be announced so save the date and get yourself along to #motofestwauchope
05 April 2021
Long time friend of MotorWeb, Dubai-based Damien Reid, is turning his colleagues green with envy with his test of the new Maserati Ghibli. Here's a sneak preview.
02 April 2021
23 March 2021
The story of the world's greatest daredevil and his favourite motorcycles
In the rough-and-tumble copper mining town of Butte, Montana, during the late 1950s, a young Robert Craig Knievel struggled to make a name for himself. Having dabbled in crime and worked odd jobs as a miner, a hunting guide, and a motorcycle salesman, Knievel realised that he needed to pick a vocation that, as he described it, “put a lump in my throat and a knot in my stomach.”
19 March 2021
We invite all Japanese motorcycle clubs and all scooter clubs to display at the 2021 event.
Bulli Showground has been booked and we look forward to welcoming enthusiasts to the event. Any change due to Covid 19 will be advised on the AMCA Australia website, Instagram, Facebook page and by email to our database.
If you would like to be included in our contact list please email VL Phill at AMCA.AusWeb@gmail.com.
13 March 2021
Our fearless correspondent, Paul Davies, doesn't let a bit of wild weather dampen his enthusiasm for motorcycle touring.
I was on time. Waiting with coffee in hand at the predetermined cafe. The bearded one pulled into the service station across the road and pumped up his tyres, left his lights on and drained the battery.
09 March 2021
My dear Uncle Ken, now 87, was a pioneer of the automotive aftermarket business, starting with a humble wrecking yard on Port Road at Beverley in Adelaide's early industrial heartland.
The first enterprise, Main Motors, grew to become Mainstyle, a network of retail outlets along the lines of today's Supercheap Auto or AutoBahn.
|An early newspaper advertisement c.1966|
Here are some of his recollections:
In the late ‘50s and the early 60s, the typical new car purchased by the average Australian was very basic.
There were none of the creature comforts we are so used to today.
Some of the more expensive models like Wolseley 6/80s, Austin Princess, Mercedes, etc. did have a radio and possibly a heater. However, if the average motorist wanted to hear the news or music, they had to buy an expensive radio and have it fitted.
Even if available, the early automobile heaters were very basic. For example, a heater core was placed under the vent which opened in front of the windscreen or a hole cut in the firewall with a 3-inch tube running up to the radiator bringing in warm air. I could go on at length describing all of the primitive heaters manufactured at the time, enough to fill a book.
One of the innovators was Reg Tilley who designed a rudimentary, under-dash heater for 48 Series Holdens in the '40s.
There was even a bar-type heater which quickly proved itself dangerous and quickly drained the car’s battery.
In my opinion, the best one at the time was the English-built Smiths fan-driven heater. It was round with little doors which fitted under the dash but was fairly expensive.
Towelling seat covers were a must followed by clear plastic ones. If you could afford it, a lay-back seat was a bonus for camping. These were distributed by Wiltshires.
|This beautifully accessorised 1963 EJ Premier is owned by Peter Barbadonis|
Other exterior accessories available at the time included the very popular sunvisor. These were made in a metal mesh and sold in all colours. If you could afford it, a metal one painted in the same colour as your car could be purchased.
The first windscreen protectors were large and clumsy mesh things that were later replaced by more practical plastic ones.
Then there was the vinyl roof and rear-wheel spats which covered the opening in the rear mudguard. Some of these fancy items were vented. You could add whitewall tyres or chrome wheel trims of all shapes and sizes. The cheaper aluminium ones went under the hub cap while the full covers came in many designs. Some even looked like wire wheels. Mag wheels came much later.
For an interior with all the comforts of home, you could get a Venetian blind in black or white, but they often rattled.
You can argue whether it was classy or crass, but a fluffy rear deck mat with a nodding dog or cat was seen on many cool cars as was an electric, blue-bladed fan on the dash. (We think the brand was 'Marenu')
To be continued
25 February 2021
05 February 2021
With last month’s news of Holden delivering zero vehicles in the month of January, it would seem the last nail has been driven home for the once iconic Aussie badge.
23 January 2021
If you were going to cite your best-remembered police bike, most of us would cite the big Harley-Davidson as the most iconic in this genre. But you might be surprised that some of the bikes ridden by the boys in blue were not the muscular Highway Patrol machine of legend.
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