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Famous Last Words

IN THIS MONTHS EDITION | October 2019

We have some great stories, interviews and videos that Motoring
Enthusiasts will love, including:

– 40 years since the 1979 Repco Round Australia, the toughest car race this
country’s ever seen, so Peter McKay recounts his highlights and watch the
documentary, “The Last Great Rally”.
– Phil Knights memoir “Shoe Dog” tells how he created the Nike shoe empire. 
– Is my mate, Mac’s 3 Wheeler Morgan a car or a motorbike? 
– See how Paris is using technology to help reduce 4,500 pedestrian accidents a year.

Enjoy! Glenn Ridge

Famous Last Words


I was killing time in an airport bookstore recently whilst waiting for a long haul flight, when I stumbled over a book titled “Shoe Dog”, a memoir by the creator of the Nike empire, Phil Knight. Thinking I may read…

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Twenty eight years ago I competed in my first Targa Tasmania, a 6 day tarmac rally that’s regarded as one of the best of it’s kind in the world. Racing through the normally tranquil countryside of Tasmania on some of…

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I know technology’s a wonderful thing, however it continually amazes me how so many people are distracted by being on their phones, head down messaging or listening to music, when they should be concentrating on doing the simplest of things,…

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Sunday August 5 th 1979 was a chilly afternoon at the Melbourne Showgrounds when 167 cars embarked on an adventure that would see them compete in what many regard as the toughest long-distance rally since the Continent to Continent epics…

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To mark the 40 th Anniversary of the 1979 Repco Round Australia Reliability Trial, on August 5 th this year, 45 pre-1980 rear wheel cars departed Melbourne to travel 15,000 kms over a much more sedate 28 days taking in…

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My son and I were recently watching the ‘Fast and the Furious 7’ (how many more can there be!!!) and I got to thinking that for a movie to be great there has to be at least one good car…

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One of my favourite motoring exhibitions would have to be Motorclassica – the Australian International Concours d’elegance and Classic Motor Show – Australasia’s premier annual exhibition of rare, classic, collectible and significant cars and motorcycles. This year Motorclassica will celebrate…

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Recently I was lucky enough to be able to tick off one of my bucket list boxes, which for some reason seems to be getting longer as I grow older! My son Olly and I went on a 2,000 mile…

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In last months ‘Famous Last Words’ I looked at the soon to be released Porsche Electric car the Taycan – which is certainly a much anticipated motorcar. But what I think interesting is the on-going debate of which is more…

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As a child growing up in the 60’s, I love the quote “If you can remember the 60’s, you weren’t really there.” The intriguing thing about it is that many people think they remember who said it, but the problem…

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