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The Fallacy of the Performance Truck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Friday, 17 March 2017 19:54

Earlier this week I read a story about a Toyota executive who wants to build a car. You can read about it too if you like: https://www.wheelsmag.com.au/news/1703/toyota-c-hr-designer-wants-proper-performance-variant Hiroyuki Koba, the article says is a veteran of Toyota having been responsible for a large number of volume sellers. However what makes him different from most other execs is what he does on weekends. He owns a Twin Turbo Supra which he uses as a track toy. He also spends time racing open wheelers, the reason that WHEELS credits with him spending minimal time here in Australia. And prior to the Supra, he owned an SW20 MR2, and before that an AW11 MR2.

Image shamelessly stolen from the WHEELS article in the link. I even left their watermark on it.

It would seem that Hiroyuki knows his way around Toyota's catalogue of classic and awesome sports cars. And that’s a very good thing.

Officially For Sale... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 19:58

It's an odd feeling I have right now. The 180SX has been advertised for sale, the culmination of nearly 6 months of threatening to do so. I made the decision in August last year that the car would be advertised early in the new year. And after a quick detail and a service I've finally initiated the process.


I've not had a great track record with selling cars. The only car I've ever successfully sold was my first one, and even then one wouldn't really call that a successful sale - I advertised it for six months, then the boyfriend of my then-mother in law bought it. At a severely discounted price I might add. One of those 'better to take less and get it out of my parents' yard now' type propositions.

How Safe is Your Mustang? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 19:17

Unless you've been living under a rock, or otherwise not paying attention to mainstream media, you'd have seen the uproar last week about how the new car crash testing programme ANCAP have labelled the new Ford Mustang one of the least safe cars available in Australia. Actually that's not quite what they said, it was closer to danger danger Mustang unsafe!

IIHS Mustang Test

Amusingly Ford are a little miffed, as the Mustang scored quite well in US crash testing - better than the competitors from Chevy and Dodge to be specific. So what went wrong?

What'd You Do On The Weekend...? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:27

So many of my recent weekends have been the same:

Person 1: What'd you get up to this weekend, Brash?

Brash: Not much, spent most of it working on the 180.

Person 1: Driving it yet?

Brash: **angry grunt, followed immediately by dejected sigh** No, not yet but...

Person 2: (interjecting) What about all the other cars you've got?

Brash: Well...

  Shed Driveway Works

And so on. And to be bluntly honest, I was fucking sick of it.

Finally, a Collection of Cars! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Saturday, 22 October 2016 19:49

All my life I've wanted to have a massive car collection. For most of that time however, fate and logic have had other ideas. Then there was all those years of marriage where the promise of buying more cars was dangled carrot-like in the future provided certain other objectives were achieved first. But regular readers of these ramblings know how well those plans ended up. Oh well. 



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