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Hanging out with Elvis

By bayer12

Buds, babes, a BBQ and some of Melbourne’s hottest rods and classics fronted the Ranco Deluxe Speed & Custom shop in Budd Street Collingwood last Sunday for the launch of Fuel magazine’s Customs issue. And what a great gawk it was.
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Aussie Street Machine wins big time!

By bayer12

For those of you who have been hanging-out wondering which ride was named ‘Australia’s Coolest Ride’ at this year’s Victorian Hot Road Show, it was a FC Holden Street Machine owned by a Peter Fitzpatrick which also took out 5 more class awards. More at:

Rockin' Rodders

By bayer12

The 2011 Victorian Hot Rod show has been described as the baddest of the bad, maybe that’s a bit of an oversell but it certainly rocked my headspace earlier this year. See the video now at with music by Aussie singer/songwriter Brian Baker

Don't laugh

By bayer12

If you’ve never seen an episode of the British comedy TV series Mr. Bean starring Rowan Atkinson, you’ve probably never seen his hilarious yet somewhat devious attempts at writing off a blue three wheeled Reliant van. The feud originated in the first episode and became a running gag throughout the 14 episodes. This brings me to the Peugeot 20Cup 3 wheeler that embedded itself in my brain after seeing Tron: Legacy. More at

Drum roll please

By bayer12

Audi Q7; ML 63 AMG; Land Rover Discovery; BMW X6; Range Rover Sport; Audi TT; Porsche Turbo; Peugeot 407 wagon; VW Golf - the GTI of course! HSV Maloo Ute. And the winner of the inaugural Bayer12 WROTY for 2010 is...surprise, surprise…check it out now at

Born in the Year of the Monkey

By bayer12

If you're a fan of the Chinese Lunar Calendar you'll know that 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which one Web astrologer says will be a “sophisticated period with gracious manners and sensitivity.” Furthermore, the same guru says you shouldn't be impatient or in hurry to achieve your goals otherwise you could experience a mini or maxi-meltdown. Which brings me to 1932, or the Year of the Monkey. The same year that this kick-arse Ford Roadster was built which I spotted making a big noise out front of the Mini Garage in Kings Way Melbourne.
The new owner said that he bought it for 55 (k) about a month ago. All I can say to that is, happy new hot rod Baz. More at

Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho...

By bayer12

Is this why they call it the Silly Season? Have a great break and I'll check you all in 2011. Cheers B12.

Stumped for a gift?

By bayer12

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend-especially when it comes to getting back in the good books with one’s missus after you’ve been caught out. But then diamonds are so last year. As is a new beachside mansion. How about a cosy weekend in the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva? Mmmm, could be a tad OTT-besides you never know who you might bump into in the foyer. Perhaps something in the grand European tradition of the 30s will do the trick. Like a classic ride that’s designed to drop jaws with its 128-louvre long bonnet, stunning 16” wire wheels, split windshield and a AUD$195,000 price tag. Now that would surely prove that she’s still the one. Or would it?

A right royal reveal (well almost)

By bayer12

With the British economy showing signs of going pear shaped at any moment, the newly elected PM, David Cameron and his mates must have thought all their Christmases had come at once when Prince William announced his engagement to ‘fashionista’ Kate Middleton.

You can imagine what went through cabinet’s collective minds: Tourist dollars – ker-ching! TV rights – ker-ching! Souvenirs – ker-ching! Ker-ching! Ker-ching! Ker-ching! Ker-ching! Ker-ching! Yes chaps, the old ‘British Bulldog’ lives to fight another day...get the full story now at

It still rocks

By bayer12

The racing genie was let out of the bag in 1911 when a French-built Delage won the Boulonge Cup. Two years later, the new Type Y triumphed at Le Mans. This was followed by more epic wins at Le Mans and Indianapolis. At the time it seemed that nothing could stop the Delage winning streak—except the outbreak of WW1. After the war Monsieur Delage picked up where he left off by winning the Euro Grand Prix, the AFC and the British Grand Prix—much to the Brit’s annoyance. So what went wrong? Unfortunately, the company crashed during the Great Depression. A few survived, and this was one of them. Check it out at:

Mascots massacred

By bayer12

Between the 1920s and 1950s, car manufacturers used stylish and elegant bonnet mascots to identify their cars and symbolise their company’s brand noise.

Early mascots were generally cast in brass, zinc or bronze and then chrome plated or finished in either silver or nickel – even glass.

Unfortunately aerodynamics, economics and pedestrian safety have all but killed the bonnet mascot, however some are still scything their way through the air including the Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the three-pointed star on Merc sedans and wagons and the bulldog on Mack trucks.

As for today's plastic bonnet and grille-mounted mascots, they lack the elegance and sensuality of yesteryear's classics.

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Sole survivor

By bayer12

Before I slam the roller door down on Melbourne’s inaugural Motorclassica Concours d’Elegance, I thought I’d give the “Special Presentation Car” a spray.

It is the sole surviving 1924 Works Competition 30/98 Vauxhall (chassis number 0E1078) that was built as an experimental lightweight version of the rare Wensum model, and a possible successor for the E-Type.

It debuted at the Aston Hill Speedway in the UK in May 1924 with Mathew Park at the wheel before being presented by Vauxhall Motors Limited to Boyd Edkins, the Aussie importer in appreciation of his great service to the company.

With a new body, Edkins successfully raced the car winning 3 sprint events and breaking the Sydney to Melbourne and Brisbane to Sydney speed records.

The “Special Presentation” car was purchased by the current owner in 2000 and has had a kick-arse restoration done by Crank Start Engineering in Wangaratta Victoria. More picx at

BIG is beautiful

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...and the BIG winner at the recent Motorclassica held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton was a 1928 Daimler P.1.50 Limousine, which was named 'Best in Show' by Motorclassica's special international guest judge, Sterling Moss, who has been described as "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship." This car has had seven owners and was purchased in 2007 by Robert Lorkowski. And with a price tag of AUD$4 million, it’s probably the most expensive classic Down Under. More at:

Black beauty

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I thought I’d found my ideal bike the other day when I came across the Moulin Rouge W650 on the Deus Ex Machina website. That was until I saw an all-black ’63 BMW R60 Series 2 on Swipelife. It belongs to a dude called Arno B and was built by the crew (Hugo, Leo and Fred) at Blitz Motorcycles in Germany. As you can see the matte black finish starts at ground level and reaches right up to the tank.
The last all-matte-black bike I remember was a Honda cb750 cafe racer which belonged to David Patzwald, a Melbourne hair stylist to the stars before he reinvented himself as a chippie.
While not as OTT as Arno B’s, it also had serious street cred and the ability to turn heads -- especially when he took off with his oversized tan leather saddle bags which he slung over the Honda’s tank and you heard the ballsy roar from the straight-out twin exhausts.
As for the R60, the Blitz website quotes €8000, which I assume was the cost of the makeover. For picx and specs check-out:

Motorclassica or bust

By bayer12

What could drag a bloke away from a beer and a babe like this? See for yourself at

Maserati makeover

By bayer12

Some people reckon it's butt ugly, other say it's super cool - what do you think? Check it out at:

Rosco's rocket

By bayer12

In 1972 when Elton John's Rocket Man made it to #2 in the UK and #6 in the USA, Rosco McGlashan, Australia's fastest man was working on his Land Speed Record attempt. At the same time he was also drag racing and showing off his jet turbine powered dragster Aussie Invader 1.

Aussie Invader 1 was powered by a J34 Westinghouse Jet engine with a purpose-built after-burner. The engine was originally fitted to the Lockheed Neptune as a 6,500 hp Jato engine which delivered 6,500 lbs of thrust, has a best speed of of 315 mph and did the quarter mile in 5.97 seconds!

In 1993 behind the wheel of Aussie Invader 11, Rosco became the "Fastest Aussie on Earth" with an official 500 mph two way pass. He then went for the World Land Speed Record but was beaten on the day by the weather and poor salt conditions.

After another failed attempt in Aussie Invader 111, Rosco realised he needed a BIG rocket motor to reach his Eureka moment.

And that's what he and his team are currently working on: Aussie Invader 5R, which they say will go from a standing start to 1000 mph in 19 seconds.

According to the latest buzz the team is waiting for the "Extreme Engineer" John "Ackers" Ackroyd to assist with the final design and a trillion other technical issues.

Interestingly, "Ackers" has worked on special projects for NASA, Sir Richard Branson, the late Steve Fossett, Richard Noble and Craig Breedlove among others. He's also written a book Jet Blast and the Hand of Fate, which they say is a top read.

To find out how you can help the "Fastest Aussie on Earth" become the "Fastest Aussie in the world" go to:
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My Italian moment revisited

By bayer12

Everyone at some stage in their motoring life has an Italian moment. Mine occurred about 20 years ago when I fell in love with a red (of course!) Alfa Romeo 33 GTI, which at the time superseded the highly successful Alfasud. I really enjoyed it for the first couple of months…the rasping exhaust note, retro-styled wooden steering wheel and the handling – especially on tight corners was awesome.

Then it became a real pain in the butt. The lack of space between the clutch and the brake pedal drove me crazy, but my biggest gripe about this car was that on days when the temperature hit the 90’s, the engine would die - for absolutely no reason at all. All you could do was pull over and let it cool down. And the techos at the Alfa dealership would just shrug and hand me a bill for a couple of hundred bucks.

That’s when I swore off Alfas, and Italian cars, for life. Until now. Because, I’ve just seen the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione – a tribute to the legendary 1948 6C 2500 Competizione driven by Fangio. And it’s stunning! The body – which is sexier than Megan Fox’s, sits on a Maserati Gran Turismo chassis and the engineers have dropped a Ferrari V8 into the engine bay.

It’s no prima donna either: 0 – 100km/h in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of up to 306km/h. The only downside that I can see is that the production run is limited to 500. Questa e la vita. More at:

“Monster” still top dog at Pikes Peak

By bayer12

Two thumbs up for Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima for winning the 88th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Check the footage – it’s wicked!
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Who shot the croc?

By bayer12

They say it took two Toyota LandCruisers to pull this big bugger out of the river. Check it out at:
Also, must apologise to Craig Pike, Editor, MyRideisMe for using one of his pics on a recent blog post without the MyRideisMe logo. All sorted now.

Who's your daddy GINA?

By bayer12

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No, not that hot looking babe, Gina Carano, who appeared as the Gladiator “Crush” on American Gladiators, I mean the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model concept car that lets the driver change the shape of the car’s exterior and interior at will. Check it out now at:

Women in uniform

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What’s life really like in the Aust Army? Find out now at

Holden's Lion King

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Check-out some of Phil Zmood's iconic car designs for GM Holden including the Monaro, Torana and Commodore at

Come on down

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Get the 'down under look' now at

Hirst gives Audi a spray

By bayer12

Just when everyone though that Audi was the new black, along comes the pommy artist Damien Hirst and does a number on an Audi A1 for Elton John’s AIDS foundation (EJAF) White Tie and Tiara Ball, which was held at the musician’s Windsor residence. Audi has sponsored the event since 2002 and this year the candyfloss pink car and a 1.80 metre high ‘spin’ painting on canvas, which Hirst created at the same time, was knocked down for $US 526,638.00. That’s serious money! More at:

Those country girls sure love their low cut jeans

By bayer12

Last look at the cruisers who came out to play at the Alexandra Truck, Ute & Rod show held over the Queen's Birthday Weekend at

Is Audi the new black?

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Supermodel Jennifer Hawkins certainly thinks so, check her out at

Pretty in pink

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Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod show picx now at

Mystery solved

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Now that it’s been confirmed that Miranda Kerr’s preferred ride is an Audi R8 V10, I wonder how long it will be before she’s invited to join Jen Hawkins as one of the brand’s Aussie ‘ambassadors’? More at

Simply stunning

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Miranda Kerr and two Argentinean replicas just revealed at

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