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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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Brash drives the 2012 Toyota Camry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 17:26

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On a recent working trip we scored a brand spankers Camry hire car. And by that, I mean properly brand new – 51km on the dial of our graphite coloured Altise when we picked it up at the airport. So naturally I spent the next week working out what to write about it. Every time Toyota release a new Camry, they promise that the "whitegoods on wheels" reputation will be left behind; and usually they bring it with them regardless. Here was an opporutnity to see if they were right this time, and it came just at the time I decided to start a blog!

Now keep in mind that road tests will be a bit of a rare thing here – remember I’m not some latte sipping motoring journalist; I much prefer a short black or cappuccino for starters. If you want to know what an actual motoring journo thinks about the car then buy Wheels.

The new Camry looks…well there’s no getting around it, it looks kinda cool. Though in saying that, the front is all sharp angles, sorta like the 86 (which is no bad thing) and the back is quite squared off. To be honest, it almost looks like the front and rear profiles were designed by different people. I like it, it's the best looking Camry since ever, but some hate it. Make your own mind up.

 
Brash on Parking in the City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 24 September 2012 21:38

Named after William IV’s chosen Queen, Adelaide is the capital city of the unimaginatively named state South Australia.  Established in 1836 the city has around one million residents. And about as many churches. Known as the twenty minute city, Adelaide is a fantastic place to live and work. Sister city to Austin Texas, Adelaide is the birthplace of the Holden Commodore (and the locally delivered Cruzes), the Collins class submarines and hip hop group the Hilltop Hoods.

Adelaide is a great place to drive around, and the Adelaide Hills that surround the city have some of the greatest driving roads in the southern hemisphere…even if they're also some of the worst maintained roads in the southern hemisphere. Though for all the great things Adelaide has going for it – things like the airport being right next to the city (you see, nobody told us that you were meant to build airports hundreds of kilometres from the CBD) there are some aspects of driving around Adelaide that make life incredibly difficult. Adelaide has on average, a set of traffic lights every 200metres. Adelaide has spent generations breeding seemingly suicidal pedestrians who spend their days happily walking about the city without a care in the world for the drivers that might also be trying to navigate the city. And in the ongoing struggle between objects made from various alloys, plastics and composites weighing several hundred kilograms verses people, the people rarely win.

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