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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 21:30

Now, because I'm not unhealthy enough tonight I decided to go for a cruise down the road for an ice cream. (Seriously, it took me five minutes; I should've gone for a run down there instead) I could tell you that my chosen beachside strip is Semaphore Road because it lacks the mindless tourists, the beachgoers who need to be seen with their perfect gym-toned bodies or because of the particular traders, but in all seriousness I went there mainly because of its close proximity.

Semaphore, if you've never been there is a nice little seaside suburb to the north of Adelaide. It's a half hour drive from the CBD, has a good selection of cafes and retailers and as I said above, a little quieter than similar beachside strips. Semaphore is also reportedly both the lesbian capital and hippy capital of the state - both things I didn't know before moving to the area, nor have I seen much evidence of since.

 
The Road Trip PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:02

The road trip is an intrinsic part of being an Australian. The sheer vastness of our country, coupled with the fact that over 60% of our population lives in the major centres of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane means that the road is always going to be the primary option for travel, especially if you want to go somewhere other than those five cities. Sure most of the larger regional centres have airports, but they’re only served by a couple of relatively small airlines and many of the smaller airlines only serve mining towns.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. There is so much to see when you take the road across this wide brown land. For example the drive between Adelaide and Darwin is 3000km right up the guts of this country, and you see some amazing things. Though you also see nothing but red dirt for about 2400 of those 3000km. Either way, that is a drive that I think everybody should do at least once. (I’ve done up and back twice!) You also get the opportunity to take pictures of your car in interesting places.

Prelude HMAS Whyalla

 
Brash finds out just what is so special about the 86 and BRZ twins PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 21:24

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This is an article I’ve been thinking about for a while. Indeed the initial drive of the 86 (and subsequent drive of the BRZ) and the desire…no the need to tell the world about the experience are in part responsible for this blog. Now that the furore has died down a little, and you can pick up a car magazine without either of these two on the cover, I think it’s the perfect time to post it. This is an article I’ve written and re-written a number of times, both physically and in my mind. But do I need to? What can I add to the story of the 86/BRZ twins that hasn’t already been said? Well, aside from my usual sarcasm and passion, I probably can’t add anything significant, but that’s never stopped me before, so here goes.

 
A Discussion on the 2013 WRC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Sunday, 28 October 2012 20:31

Ford Fiesta WRC

Ford announced last week that they will be pulling Works support from the World Rally Championship. The week before that Mini announced that they will be ending their Works support of their World Rally Championship team. And in much smaller news, Colin Brassington has announced privately, around the table over a quiet scotch with some mates that he will also be pulling his support from the World Rally Championship. Although this won’t affect the championship anywhere near as much.

 
Is Nissan and Mercedes Benz joining V8 Supercar a good thing? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Friday, 05 October 2012 18:22

A month is a long time in motorsport. Hell when you’re chasing somebody, a few tenths of a second is a long time! A month ago when I started to write this article; it was entitled “Why Nissan won’t save V8 Supercars from itself”. And while I admit with hindsight I should’ve seen the signs, I placed trust in the outlet that published an interview with local management from Mercedes Benz who basically said “zis rumours are bullshit, ve are not joining ze V8 Zupercar championship in 2013 zeason.”

Well, turns out he wasn’t quite correct. Yes, Mercedes Benz are not mounting a factory assault on the 2013 Australian V8 Supercar Championship; however a customer team is buying a bunch of AMG-prepped engines and entering a car that will be based upon a Mercedes Benz E-Class sedan. Erebus Racing are a team who have been running the SLS GT3 in the Australian GT Championship for a while now, and clearly they’re fed up with only ever being able to do 8 lap races as a curtain raiser before the main game comes on at V8 rounds. They’ve joined up with the formerly dominant Stone Brothers Racing, a team that have won multiple Bathurst 1000s and championships with Ford.

Now the V8 Supercar category hasn’t always been as boring and irrelevant as it is today.

Most remember the total dominance of the Nissan GT-R in the early nineties. Towards the end of the Group A era costs were spiralling out of control. A Sierra RS500 Cosworth cost AU$500,000 in 1990. And that’s in 1990 dollars! With the high boost levels and advanced ignition timing they tended to use, engines didn’t have a huge life span, so not only was the initial outlay huge but the ongoing costs of competing were escalating. Sound familiar?

The top teams internationally were running BMW M3s, Ford Sierras, Nissan Skylines and the occasional Alfa, Mitsubishi or Toyota. Locally, second half of the 1980s had been between the Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, the E30 BMW M3 Evolution, the DR30 Nissan Skyline RS (followed by the HR31 Skyline GTS-R) and the VL Holden Commodore SS and SS Group A.

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