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  1. For diehards of Australian muscle, All Holdens Day is an annual highlight. Held in every state, this event gathers the best, well known Holdens in one big location. This year we attended the New South Wales chapter at the Hawkesbury Showground. The sprawling fields allowed for a huge number of car clubs and individuals proudly displaying their rides. Some even brought along a BBQ stove and a few cold ones to pass the day by with their families in tow! Anthony’s 1972 HQ Monaro LX (silver one) Just one glance at Anthony’s silver Monaro and we knew this was a very special car. The sleek, timeless lines of the HQ Monaro was once a bare shell, when Anthony first purchased it back in 1984. It took 10 years for Anthony to build it, and another 10 to perfect it to this degree. The rolling shell was treated to a full rotisserie restoration; the panels and chassis straightened and coated with Mercedes Benz Iridium Silver. While his taste in cars is classic, Anthony loves creature comforts more than anything. As he is an automotive upholsterer, he decided to take the seats of a VZ Monaro GTO and crammed them inside. A Honda S2000 start button hints at the VR Late model camira V8 hiding in the smoothed engine bay. All in all, this silver ghost turns heads whenever Anthony takes it out for a cruise. Nigel’s 1977 Torana LX SL A good thing can take a long time to achieve, as evident with Nigel’s Torana LX SL. He first purchased it in 1992, packing a straight six auto and in a dark shade of blue. Over time, it began to morph into what we see here; a Torana in searing orange, proper V8 under the bonnet, and an interior so clean you could eat off it. The asthmatic straight six was replaced by a 350ci Chevrolet V8, topped with a 177 Weiand supercharger. This combo sends a hard 450hp to the rear wheels at 4lb boost. The rarely seen Supertrapps exhaust is an old school adjustable exhaust; you could lengthen or shorten the caps to adjust the volume. Inside, custom leather cover the VE GTS front seats, door cards and even the roof lining. The rear parcel shelf is home to an Option Audio sound system that’ll put most Sydney nightclubs to shame. The FR Simmons that Nigel bought brand new in 1998 has been re-barrelled to 17x8in front and 17x10in rear. Ever since completed in 2016 in its current form, Nigel drives it to shows everywhere, and is a regular feature at Summernats’ Top 60 in show and shine. Steven and Amanda’s 1986 VL Calais Many would argue the VL chassis isn’t a true Commodore, but truth be told, we loved the superb 1980s shape of it, and the crazy Walkinshaw edition that earned its place next to bedroom posters of Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches. Steven and Amanda’s SYKO86 began life 10 years ago, with the idea of building it into a fantastic cruiser and show winner. PPG White Gold with Lilac Pearl paint were laid over the straightened and smoothened body panels, with HDT LE front and rear bar extensions giving the VL a finessed look. Under the bonnet, the RB30 straight six was rebuilt with higher compression pistons, balanced crankshaft and a bigger cam, then tuned with an EMS Stinger ECU. It was then reinstalled into a smoothened engine bay, with custom billet items, shaved rocker cover and braided lines throughout. Inside, the seats looked like they’ve never been sat in, and the stock vinyl door cards were re-trimmed to match the seats. The attention to detail on this VL Calais is staggering. Joseph’s 1985 VK Calais If you have a sense of déjà vu about this car, fear not; your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. It has won countless awards, a few magazine features, and no doubt there has been a ton of photos online of Joseph’s VK Calais. The classic VK sedan was given a full respray in Subaru Silver Stone and House of Kolor Blue Pearl. Full; as in inside out, and even under the body. Joseph had even kindly provided mirrors for us to check out how clean the underbody is, replete with polished suspension arms and driveline. The stock 304 motor was rebuilt with forged high compression pistons, ported and polished head, stroked to 355CI, then fed great amounts of fuel and air courtesy of a AED 750 Double Pumper Carburettor and Carter high volume fuel pump. With a MSD Coil and Ignition leads providing the spark, it packs about 550HP under its sleek rear arches. The engine is nestled back into a bay that’s butter smooth, and then everything that’s not a body panel has been chromed, polished or anodised red or blue. The attention to detail extends to the interior, with a full retrim in lush red leather. The boot lining isn’t overlooked either, the red leather layout providing a very classy place for groceries if Joseph decides to pop by Coles on the way home. Andrew’s 1958 FC Expensive Daewoo Special Always keep an eye out for your neighbours; especially when they decide to put up their FC Expensive Daewoo Special for sale! Anthony nabbed his stock example just down the road from his house, when it suddenly appeared with a for sale sign on the dash. Jumping on this chance to own a Expensive Daewoo classic, Andrew then spent the next 10 years building it into this showstopper you see here today. The 350 Chev small block from Edelbrock updates the power quite nicely, and the old carburettor fuel system has been replaced with a Pro Flo fuel injection system. The transmission, brakes and steering, have been pulled from more modern Holdens to update the driving experience. The interior has been retrimmed, retaining the stock seats, but updating the vinyl door cards to match. Classic Auto Meter gauges makes it easier for Andrew to keep tabs on the Special’s speed and temperature while retaining the 1950s aesthetics. The exterior is given a fresh coat of Mica Gold and Alpine white, and all the chrome bits have been restored to their 1950s glory. Richard’s 2017 VF HSV Clubsport R8 Tourer The name Expensive Daewoo Special Vehicles invokes an image of brutal power barely contained within a hulking Late model camira body. Purchasing one of the last rear-wheel drive Holdens in tuned up form, Richard soon found the limits of the stock LSA. He tossed his fully rebuilt V8 into the bin and turned to America for a 6.2L Dart block, along with a 4.5L Whipple supercharger. With crucial oil cooler and interchiller in place. That combination is good for 650kW to the rear wheels. To assist Richard at the traffic light Grand Prix, a 3500 stall converter was installed, but the rest of the driveline has remained stock. To prolong its longevity, Richard had the engine detuned to 500kW, for competitive roll racing. Move over German uber estates, Richard’s Aussie muscle wagon is here. Laurie and Judy’s 1975 HJ Monaro GTS (yellow one) A theme that we are seeing regularly here are a updating classic Holdens with modern power, suspension and interiors. Laurie and Judy’s HJ Monaro GTS is no different; it takes the best of the modern CV8 Monaro and melds it with the classic boxy shape of the HJ. The LS2 V8 conversion looks right at home in the black engine bay, with custom chrome rocker covers, pipes and braided lines providing the contrast. The six speed manual gearbox is also shoehorned behind the engine, directing power to the rear and out on 18x9 Show Wheels Streeters. It even retains air conditioning for effortless cruising in summer. Bigger brakes, reinforced rear trailing arms and fly-by-wire accelerator are big nods to the modernisation of the HJ. To top it off, Laurie painted it himself with the colour of Yellow Devil, the iconic CV8 Monaro shade. Mr. X’s 1995 VS Commodore We reckon if Alf Stewart built a Commodore, this would pretty much be it. A no-nonsense, clean looking VS Commodore, with enough power to spin the huge FR Simmons and an engine bay to wow passerbys. While we couldn’t get a hold of the mysterious owner, peeking about the car reveals the following; a 304cu V8 stroked to 355, fed air by two massive intakes peeking out the bonnet. The faultless engine bay has been smoothened to not distract from the chromed V8 and accessories. It’s kept the original white (albeit resprayed) and Atlas grey two-tone, and it rolls impossibly low on those huge rebuilt Simmons, courtesy of airbag suspension. Hiding behind the 5% tint and rear Venetians is a black leather interior that seems plucked from a Mercedes Benz; it looked incredibly classy and inviting. It’s easily the best VS Late model camira we’ve seen so far. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  2. For this months Cars of Bendix we went along to All Expensive Daewoo Day 2019 held at Hawkesbury Showground in NSW. With a great mix of old and new Holdens this show delivers some tough street cars! To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
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  4. On a cold July morning in Goulburn we saw the drift community gather together for Rev Drift sessions at Wakefield Park Raceway. The event was organised by the guys at Revolution Motorsport and run on the shortened track making it a technical affair with the highspeed front straight sorting out the men from the boys with entry speeds into turn one proving exciting to say the least. There certainly was no shortage of well set up high powered drift cars ready to burn through the rubber with plenty of Nissan S13’s, S14’s, 180SX’s and a mix of interesting old school cars including a 1986 R31 Skyline and a 1JZ Powered Toyota Cressida. The competition was hot with loads of capable drivers showing aggression and commitment that you would normally only see at top level drifting competition in Australia. These grassroots teams left nothing on the table with awards going to Nic Kurippan from Team Red Stage as best driver showing enviable car control skills. The biggest entry award went to Victorian driver Zac Bognar, who was regularly seen throwing his Nissan in backwards at the fishhook! Best looking car on the day went to Josh Lewis in his Battleship Grey R34 Nissan Skyline. With a full roll cage and 425Kw under the bonnet it was certainly a monster of a car on the track. The event wouldn’t be possible without the support from Wakefield Park Raceway, Revolution Motorsport and all the teams. We look forward to the next Rev Drift Sessions!
  5. Affectionately known as The Paperclip, Queensland Raceway was opened in 1999 and has hosted a large number of Supercars and Superbike races since then. The fast and challenging 3.12km long Ipswich based circuit comprises of 6 corners and was the last track Dick Johnson drove competitively at. Having previously had great success at the circuit, Chaz Mostert was looking forward to the round. “QR’s a special place for me. Obviously I got my first win there back in the day, and we’ve had a fair bit of success over the years, hopefully we can add to it this weekend. Townsville was overall pretty positive but I feel like we let a win slip out of our hands there, so we’re pretty hungry to go out and get the most out of it this weekend.” Friday’s practice sessions were a great start to the round with Mostert posting the 5th and 3rd fastest laps. Chaz felt there was more in it and was keen to try harder in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Mustang the following day although both he and teammate Will Davison both bettered the 2018 lap record set by James Courtney. “It’s been a pretty tough day for us in 55. I probably expected to roll out a little bit stronger or get the car feel under me a little bit stronger, but we chucked the toolbox at it over the last two sessions so we’re going to have to go in the truck again, see if there’s another toolbox in there, and then probably chuck the toolbox at it again. Look, it could just be the track, you know. It degrades every year we come, but for me, the grip level out there, I’m just not feeling it through my car. Obviously we’re trying some different things, we’re trying to bridge the gap to these guys (Davison and Scott McLaughlin) too, and for me I just need to chase it a little bit more.” Team Principal Tim Edwards added to this by suggesting that the track condition could be a cause of the lack in grip. “It was a pretty positive day for the team overall. Everyone is in or close to in the window of where they need to be, and while we’ve got a bit of work to do, we’re pretty happy with the speed of our cars. The guys are saying the track is a bit more abrasive so we have to work with that, but we’ll keep our heads down and try to get ahead of the game for tomorrow.” Saturday’s Practice 3 was a great start to the weekend with Chaz again going under the 2018 lap record, setting the 4th fastest time in the session. The track conditions improved during the following qualifying session. With times dropping all round, Chaz managed a best time of 1m08.97s putting him in 6th place on the grid for the race. Chaz grabbed the bull by the horns off the start line rounding up Shane in the 97 Expensive Daewoo Late model camira and then passing Tickford teammate Holdsworth around the outside of the final corner seeing him in P4 by the end of lap 1. Fighting hard the rest of the race Mostert scored his 8th podium finish for 2019 taking out third place in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang behind his very excited teammate Will Davison. “First of all, these two guys next to me (Jamie Whincup and Will Davison) today were super impressive. Will (has been) chasing a podium all year, so its good to see him finally get up there, and also great to stand up there with a teammate. My race, look, I was nervous as on the start line. I was really not happy with my car in qualifying, knowing that the rules, you’ve got to carry your qualifying car over. So I’m super shocked to get a podium today with how the car was feeling earlier today. Saying that, I just trucked on, had a pretty lucky first lap as these guys were all battling in front, I kind of did a bit of a Townsville move again and just got myself into a bit of clean track and I came out, I think I was in fourth after it all settled out, so I got myself into position to try and get a podium.” On Sunday Chaz started the day fast with a best time of 1m08.81s in Practice 4, putting him 6th fastest. He then went faster with a time of 1m08.62s during Qualifying 3, which scored him a spot on the front row of the grid. Race 20 saw a heated exchange with Scott McLaughlin on lap one before the drivers settled into their spots. Chaz looked comfortable throughout the race and was able to bring the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang home in 3rd place netting him his 9th podium this year. “Consistency this weekend’s been good, a couple thirds, and I think through practice I was third. So yeah, look, it’s good for our team, but a lot of work to do with these two guys beside us (Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen) and Jamie (Whincup) across the weekend have been absolute stand outs…Today we lost a little bit of performance compared to yesterday but I definitely (think) if I had the car I had yesterday I still wouldn’t have had anything for these two.” With a pair of podiums, Chaz retains his 4th place in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, tightening his gap to SVG from 29 points in Townsville it 20. The championship continues Aug 23-25 at The Bend Motorsport Park for the OTR SuperSprint. For more information on Bendix visit; ✓ https://www.bendix.com.au/bendix-news ✓ https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop/ ✓ https://www.instagram.com/bendix_workshop/p ✓ https://www.youtube.com/user/BendixTV
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ0koDXk6PY&feature=youtu.be Welcome to Bendix brakes, today we will look at how a modern disc brake system works. We will start by looking at the braking components involved in stopping a vehicle and how they work together. Starting with one of the main components in the braking system we look at the disc rotor which the brake pads squeeze against, this will create friction that decelerates the rotation of the wheel and vehicle. The caliper is activated by brake fluid hydraulic pressure produced from the vehicles brake pedal and master cylinder. In this assembly the brake pads are squeezed up against the disc rotor surface to create friction. Brake Calliper Assembly A calliper is made up of multiple parts all crucial in effective operation of the brake system. These parts include the caliper and mounting bracket, slide pins, locking bolts, dust boots, brake mounting clips, brake pads and shims, the brake piston with dust boot and seal. The caliper is fed brake fluid through a banjo fitting which drives the piston forward towards the inside brake pad when the brake pedal is pushed. This causes the caliper to move along the slide pins which then pulls the outside brake pad up against the brake disc rotor. Now that we understand the parts lets see how the braking system works. When the brake pedal is pressed the caliper will receive high pressure brake fluid from the master cylinder which will push the piston into the inside brake pad and onto the disc rotor surface. Hydraulic pressure will cause the caliper to move along the slide pins pulling the outer brake pad against the opposite side of the disc rotor causing friction and decelerating the brake and the vehicle. Looking at the braking process from another angle we can see the brake fluid pushing the piston which in turn pushes the inner brake pad against the inside of the disc rotor, once this has happened the fluid will now push the caliper along the slides and the outer brake pad will be pulled towards the opposite side of the disc rotor. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  7. This month we went car hunting somewhere different for Cars of Bendix! Rev Drift Sessions was held at Wakefield Park Raceway near Goulburn NSW. A space where like minded drifters gathered to test their skills around the tight and twisty 2.2Km circuit. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  8. Following on from the BetEazy Darwin Triple Crown, Chaz Mostert and Tickford Racing team headed to Townsville. Introduced to the Supercars Championship calendar 10 years ago in 2009, the Townsville 400 is made up of two 200km races held on the Saturday and Sunday around the technical 2.85km long street circuit which comprises of 13 turns. The format has remained the same for the past 10 years with the exception of 2014 when it was the Townsville 500, made up of two 125km races on the Saturday and one 250km race on the Sunday. Having scored his 6th podium after 7 rounds, Chaz was feeling positive after good results at the end of the first half of the season and was looking forward to getting back to the Queensland track. “It’s always good to get to Townsville, it’s a fun track and a great event, so I’m looking forward to getting back in the Supercheap rocket and trying to chip away towards the pointy end. Darwin was pretty good to us, with the development we’ve had in the cars I think we’ve definitely made some gains, obviously we’ll continue with that track and hopefully have a positive weekend in the sunshine.” Friday’s sessions didn’t prove to be ideal for Mostert in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang after he was only able to complete ten laps. Chaz sat out most of Practice 1 due to the wet conditions, but was then plagued by an electrical issue in the Mustang during Practice 2 which wasn’t fixed until late in the session. His day ended with 16th and 14th positions across the two sessions. Not a total loss, but disappointing having stood on the podium at the previous round. “I’m not gutted from the results, or where we are on the times sheets, I’m just gutted that we didn’t get the track running we probably wanted to today. We had some things that we really wanted to get a bit of an idea on, so this really put us on the back foot for this weekend. I’m not sure how we’ll roll out tomorrow, but we’ll just try to recover the best way we can. Obviously we’ve got some quick team mates, so that’s fantastic from a team point of view to try to rely on. We’ll look forward to tomorrow, onwards and upwards, and we’ll see how we go.” On Saturday Chaz hit the ground running and managed to put the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang on the front row of the grid with a qualifying time of 1m12.22s. This second place start was a huge boost for Chaz and after a long 200km race he managed to come in third, bringing his 47th career podium and 7th of the season “I’m super pumped to get a trophy here, I’ve been trying for a lot of years, and always seemed to come up short, so I got the monkey off my back. I’m a lot of years into my career, but this has always been the one to get away from us. For me, I had a pretty reasonable start, running a bit of a different, wild card, a bit like Jamie (Whincup) this weekend. (It probably has) better qualifying pace, but the race car we’ll have to make a little bit better. Overall, it seemed pretty quick, I just couldn’t quite hang onto these guys (Scott McLaughlin and Whincup) as much as I’d like to, and overall I pat the guys on the back. I think they’ve done a pretty good job with the mentality of going forward.” Sunday’s qualifying didn’t go quite as well as the day before for Chaz who dropped back 14 positions from his Saturday start. Chaz did manage to get a great race start in very tricky conditions with rain starting to sprinkle on the Townsville circuit which catapulted him into 9th place on the first lap. Sadly his fight to get back into podium contention wasn’t meant to be with an incorrect fuel delivery amount during a stop meaning he had to stop again in the closing stages in order to take 5th place legally. “A bit gutted to be honest. The car was really, really good in the slippery conditions, and there was some stuff we did at the start, even before the race started, and the weather just didn’t go our way. Obviously it was great to have a fast car, but that extra pit stop at the end hurt our finishing position. A bit gutted, P5, most people would kill for that result, but when you feel you can get a trophy and maybe even on that top step, it hurts that it eluded us today.” With two solid race results, Chaz moves into 4th place in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with only a 29 point deficit on SGV and a 6 point lead over David Reynolds who sits in 5th. Racing continues July 26-28 at the Century Batteries Ipswitch SuperSprint. For more information on Bendix visit; ✓ https://www.bendix.com.au/bendix-news ✓ https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop/ ✓ https://www.instagram.com/bendix workshop/ ✓ https://www.youtube.com/user/BendixTV
  9. Ford Ranger PX Mk I First Generation 2010- 2015 Designed right here in Australia for the global market, by the Ford Motor company it demonstrated that our engineers were world class. The Ford Range PX was first unveiled at the Australian International Motor show in Sydney October 2010 and went into production in 2011. The Ranger received much acclaim across the industry and received a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, with the top of the range Wildtrak model equipped with Dual Front, Head and Side Airbags, Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Limited Slip Differential plus a host of external and internal styling upgrades which made it a hit with consumers. The Ford Ranger was produced in a choice of single or dual-cab or cab-chassis with a wide range of trim levels. There was a choice of 6 speed manual or the optional six-speed automatic gearbox in 4WD and 2WD variants. Engine selection started with the 2.5-litre petrol engine which was aimed at the fleet market but the pick of the bunch was either of the turbo diesel models, the 2.2 litre version making 110 kW and 375Nm of torque or for those needing more power there was 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel making a very healthy 147 kW and 470 Nm of torque. The 3.2 litre Turbo teamed with the optional six-speed automatic gearbox not only gave good highway performance, but also enough power to tackle bigger towing jobs, yet remained easy to drive in heavy traffic, not something you can normally say about a modern utility vehicle. Ford Ranger PX II 2015- 2018 In 2015, the Ford Ranger PX MKII was launched with a mid-cycle update, the front fascia adopting elements of Ford Kinetic Design. In place of the rectangular three-bar grille, the Ranger adopted a slightly oval grille with a single centre bar. Trim levels remained quite varied, kicking off with the XL, moving up to XL Plus, XLS, XLT and topping out with the Wildtrak model. The 2.2 Litre diesel turbo engine was up on power by 8kW and 10Nm of torque and continued to be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission in 2WD, 2WD Hi-Rider and 4WD drivetrains. Ford Ranger PX Mk III 2018 to current Unveiled by Ford in Thailand in 2018, the Ford Ranger Raptor was the new high-performance truck geared for off-road driving. With a tougher frame, pumped-out mudguards, long-travel suspension and chunky BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres it certainly looks the part. The Raptor shares the same EcoBlue 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel found in higher grades of the 2019 Ranger models and it’s Euro 5-compliant which avoids the need for AdBlue. The sequential turbochargers meant a power output of 157kW and 500Nm of torque, which peaks within a very narrow 250rpm band between 1750-2000rpm. It has 10kW more power and 30Nm more torque than the Ranger’s venerable 3.2 litre five-cylinder diesel. It is now mated to the 10-speed torque converter automatic is shared with the F-150 Raptor. Its broad spread of closely-spaced ratios and unique-to-Raptor calibrations allow quick shifts with minimal rpm drops between them in either full auto mode, or manual mode using the sequential paddle shifters. The 4x4 Drivetrain is part-time dual-range with a lockable rear diff and 'Terrain Management System' offering up six driving modes, including a Baja mode specifically for ‘spirited’ off-road driving with reduced intervention of traction control, more aggressive shift mapping. Overall it is one big beast of a 4WD with a $74,990 price tag to match. After the launch of the Raptor, Ford announced that it will now sell its XLT and Wildtrak ute variants with the same 157kW/500Nm 2 litre twin-turbo diesel mated to the 10-speed automatic drivetrain. The Ranger line-up also wears a fresh look thanks to a cleaner front grille similar to the US-spec pick-up. XLT variants gain LED daytime running lights and HID headlights in the update, while Wildtrak buyers now have the option of a new ‘Sabre’ orange exterior colour. Safety systems also receive an update with auto emergency braking being made available as an option in addition to lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning for XLT and Wildtrak models. Both variants also gain traffic sign recognition and active park assist technologies, which is available optionally in the XLT and as standard on Wildtrak. Inside, Ford says the “interior hosts an array of upgrades to help tackle the working week, the long-weekend road trip, or the off-road adventure” thanks to “durable, tactile surface finishes ensuring a long lifespan with a quality touch and feel”. The suspension set-up has also been overhauled across the Ranger range in the update, aimed at reducing body roll and improving the driving experience under full load conditions. Braking Systems for the Ford Ranger Braking systems have been fairly consistent across the Ford Ranger models with Bendix producing the 4WD SUV brake pad compound to suit most consumer driving needs. That said, there are some quirks across the years and models in relation to the brake linings so to ensure correct fitment please go to https://www.bendix.com.au/manufacturer/ford/series/ranger-2011-on-px Front brakes available: DB2074-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix DB1681-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix Rear brake shoes available BS1769 Rear brake shoes BS5021 Rear brake shoes BS5023 Rear brake shoes About Bendix 4WD SUV brake pads: Bendix 4WD/SUV pads are manufactured for extreme strength and structural integrity utilising the best available technology. Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are built to withstand heat build-up that comes from frequent braking in heavy city traffic one day and towing or outback driving the next. All 4WD/SUV front pads are grooved which significantly improves performance especially when trekking off road. The groove is used to help expel any water, dust or dirt that comes into contact with the pad which becomes more prevalent when travelling off the beaten track. To find out more about the 4WD SUV click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  10. 1. Shad’s 1974 Mazda RX-4 One of the first cars I heard, saw and smelt upon arriving at Rolling30. It’s not often that you have the pleasure of seeing a street driven Luce Rotary; most are reserved for the drag-strip alongside the RX-2s & RX-3s. Shad was able to find his RX-4 about 5 years ago from south of the border, down Victoria way, already sporting a few mods with a Cosmo 13B Turbo engine and a Series 5 RX7 gearbox. Wanting to stand apart from the crowds, he went to PAC to help him build the car into a tough, reliable street car. PAC Performance definitely built this car tough with a 13B bridge ported motor from a series 8 RX-7 with a tasty GT51R Turbo hanging off the side coupled with a Turbosmart EBoost 2 & Blow Off Valve. Underneath the car you’ll find a C4 Auto gearbox, 9” Truetrac LSD and 15” RC Components Fusion Street Fighter Wheels; customized by PAC Performance. This RX4 is now making 600HP thanks to a Microtech LT16C ECU and a custom PAC fuel tank housing triple pumps to push that sweet E85 through. Of course, being a PAC car, it has taken a trip down the drag strip and joined the 9 second club running 9.7sec at 139 mph. The final thing Shad is looking to do is finish off the interior of the car, which currently houses a full roll cage as the main modification. 2. Mark’s 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is definitely an interesting sports car and Mark’s is a fine example of the 2+2 coupe. Built in Germany from 1955 to 1974, there were just over 445,000 cars produced, combining the chassis & mechanicals of a Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle with styling from Italy’s Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-build bodywork by Germany’s Wilhelm Karmann GmbH. Mark purchased the car in 2008 and spent the next 5 years rebuilding the car from the ground up in his garage with the help of friends and family, including a full respray. The 1916 Type 1 VW Engine was rebuilt in October 2018 by WPVW to make 125HP at the wheels, with plenty of goodies from CB Performance including match-ported manifolds, wedgeport heads and 5.5 journal rods. The car is also running 40mm IDF Webers with 34mm venturis. Rolling around on 16” x 6” Porsche Fuch rims, Mark enjoys getting out and touring the car around NSW & Victoria. 3. Jared’s 1966 Austin-Healey Sprite MK III The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car designed as a low-cost model that “a chap could keep in his bike shed”. The cars have quite a successful race-pedigree, placing 12th at Le Mans in 1965, and several class wins at Sebring with Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren & Steve McQueen behind the wheel. Interestingly, the Sprites were imported into Australia as a completely knocked down kit and assembled in Enfield, NSW. Jared’s Sprite, however, came from New Zealand, where it had done some classic Targa rallying. The factory 1.1L A-Series I4 engine, making a grand total of 59 HP, had already be ditched for the Toyota 4AGE engine, but the work was not up to Australian standards, so Jared spent a couple of years rebuilding the car with his brother Josh to get it to where it is today. The new 4AGE Big Port Engine is from an AE86, it’s had the EFI removed and converted to twin 40mm Dellorto side draft carby, to keep it somewhat period correct. The pistons, heads, camshafts & cam gears have all been upgraded to make 138HP at the rear wheels, but there’s still a bit more in the engine before Jared is happy with it. Underneath the car you’ll find a set of 13”x 6” Superlite rims, 2 piece full floating 4340 Billet Axles (with a lifetime guarantee), and a 3.7:1 LSD. The power is put to the ground through an AE86 T50 5 speed box with an Exedy heavy duty clutch and ultralight flywheel, and seeing as the car only weighs 695kg, it would definitely be a fun drive, especially through the twisties. Jared has a few more plans for the car, including a roll cage and some interior mods to go with the power plans. 4. Brett’s 1978 Mitsubishi Lancer A70 There are plenty of lancers on the road under different marketing badges around the world: Colt, Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler Valiant, Hindustan. There’s been plenty of evolutions of the model, 9 in fact, so you’d be forgiven if you were to mistake Brett’s car for something else. The car started out new in the family where Brett’s father sold it at Pember’s Chrysler, but then had it traded back in 1984 for a Mitsubishi Sigma. It was given to Brett as his first car, and has been slowly modified over time, first as a daily driver and then to a super sprint car starting at Oran Park in 1987. The car now sees the track at Wakefield on a semi-regular basis where Brett’s son races it predominately. The original engine has been replaced with a Mitsubishi 2.4 Sirius 4G64 engine with dual 45mm Weber carbys, 12:1 compression forged pistons, a ported head and mild camshafts to make 180 HP with plenty of torque. The car has also borrowed several parts from a Sigma including the gearbox, a 4.9:1 LSD from a MK I Cortina and the brakes from a Scorpion. The 14” x 7” Performance Superlite wheels with Nitto Semi-Slicks keep the car firmly on the racetrack! 5. 1992 Ferrari 512 TR “TestaRossa” Despite being outside of the 30 year limit for Rolling30, this gorgeous Ferrari 512 TR in Giallo Modena came by with the hopes of getting out on track to give the crowds the aural pleasure of the 4.9 liter rear-mounted flat 12 at full song. The car was also up for sale, and I’m sure plenty of people would love to have this beauty in their garages after years of it sitting on their walls growing up. This example finished in Ferrari Nero Stellato yellow with original 5 spoke alloy wheels is a complete concourse car with no modifications. There is not a lot to say but wow! 6. 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO Phase IV A piece of ‘almost’ racing history was out on track at Rolling30 – 2 of 4 XA GT-HO Phase IV sedans ever produced. The production of the car, for homologation to the Group E Series Production Touring Car series aiming for the 1972 Hardie-Ferodo race at Bathurst, was cut short when on the 25th June 1972 the Sun-Herald published an article entitled “160MPH ‘Super Cars’ Soon” sparked the New South Wales Minister for Transport, Milton Morris, to call for a ban on the supercars three days later. On the fourth day the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) announced the end of the Group E regulations, replacing them with Group C regulations which allowed modified versions of road cars to compete, and thus removing the need for manufacturers to develop road-going race vehicles. Ford officially ceased production on Sunday 2nd July after one car had been produced, with three others in various stages of construction at Ford Special Vehicles; their internal race division. Hand built seam-welded and a blueprinted engine producing almost 400HP. This intact factory race car with under 5000 miles is one of the only three manufactured by Ford Special Vehicles for Allan Moffat & Fred Gibson. 7. Aaron’s 1951 Chevy 3100 Pickup ‘Memphis Hell’ Aaron’s 51 Chev is definitely a head turner, guaranteed to attract attention anywhere it goes, and when your business is building cars like it for a living, that’s a unique business card to hold. Aaron was lucky to purchase the car for $1,500, but has invested plenty into it since then, both time and resources. The roof has been chopped, doors and bonnet shaved, engine bay built and there’s plenty of work done in the rear tub too. Underneath the car you’ll find a Expensive Daewoo Rodeo chassis & floor pan, keeping it in the GM family, with a 5L v8 engine and t56 6 speed manual box. The car sits millimeters off the ground thanks to the 4 link, air bagged suspension on the notched chassis and a set of staggered Simmons OM rims – 17”x10” on the front and 18”x12” in the rear. Over the last 10 years the car has constantly evolved; starting out as an LPG at Ocean Grove in Victoria when he started building it with his dad, moving to Carby petrol, and now injected. The retro race style is Aaron’s latest, and who know where it will go next. 8. Jason’s 1982 Expensive Daewoo VH Commodore – Brock HDT Race Tribute Jason had a couple of Commodores at Rolling 30, but this VH took our eye with the HDT Brock/Perkins livery of the winning car from the 1982 James Hardie 1000. The 308 under the hood with a cold air intake is all you need to make 215kW at the HDT 20” Aero wheels. Jason was super busy running his cars on the day so we settled on grabbing some detailed snaps of the car and listening to that tough 308 open up around the GP circuit. Check out the video here To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  11. Coming into a very hot Darwin race weekend Chaz was keen to improve on his 6th place standing in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. This round was held at Hidden Valley in the Northern Territory and the track is known for its high speeds and fast lap times. It’s a 2.87 kilometre 14 corner technical circuit with sweeping bends and a long 1.1 kilometre main straight. So lots of opportunity for passing and also drama which the Darwin round never fails to deliver! The Tickford team opened the weekend with a series of strong practice sessions with Chaz posting the fastest time in Practice 1 and then going P4 in Practice 2 with a 1m06.33s. The qualifying session went mostly to plan with the No. 55 posting a 1m06.32s and lining up 6th on the grid. Tickford went into race 15 with an aggressive pit strategy that gave Chaz Mostert the track position to notch his sixth podium of 2019 and a second-place finish in the first race of the Darwin Triple Crown. Chaz gave us his thoughts on Race 15 “We were very lucky there at the end. It’s been – I was saying – probably two, three years since we’ve had the ability to do an aggressive strategy and come home probably a bit sadder on tyres than some others, but every day you get a trophy from doing it is a good strategy call, so credit to Adam (De Borre, engineer). He stuck to his guns, had a crack, and the trophy was a team effort today. The boys were really quick in the pit stops, no fumbling around, and I just tried to hold onto the tyres, but the temperature up here is really hard. The end of the race was pretty interesting for us, I was looking in the mirror, I saw Davey Reynolds – he’s a pretty hard charger – he was coming for me, and then there was, you know, more fresh tyres behind him, coming and coming. I was probably lucky that Scotty McLaughlin kind of buggered off down the road a little bit and gave me a bit of clean air to just focus on looking after the tyres, and P2 is all we had today.” Race 16 qualifying started well with Chaz posting the 3rd fastest time, only to drop to 8th in the Top 10 shootout with a 1m06.22s. Chaz lamented prior to the race start “ We dropped a bit in the last sector and finished P8 in the shootout, but on the plus side I think we have a good race car and I’m ready to race” Moving into the race and starting 8th on the grid the No.55 managed to have a clean start and move up two positions after a late strategy call for new tyres which enabled him to jump his team mates Will Davidson and Lee Holdsworth. Looking back on the race with Chaz “We just stuck to our strategy. The top four was probably the best result we could get, but just ran out of puff there at the end to get back to there. It is what it is, P6 is a good bank of points, just not where we want to be. We still have some work to do, obviously, and we’ll keep fighting.” Team principal Tim Edwards gave us his thoughts on the weekend: “All told that’s a really good weekend for us. Our car speed was very good and for the most part we executed very well. The only difference right now is while our cars are very good a couple of cars – one car in particular – are doing great. We’re really happy with the results, and right now we’ve got four cars in the top ten of the championship, which is incredibly hard to do in any championship. We’ve got to recognise that, but at the same time we’re racers, and we want more than fourth place, so we have to keep working.” Next up is the Watpac Townsville 400 in the Far North of Queensland on July 5th -7th. Which means a lot of miles for the team back home in Melbourne to prepare the car before the long drive to Townsville in 3 weeks’ time. Stay tuned to see how Chaz and the No.55 Supercheap Auto Racing Mustang supported by Bendix goes on the streets of Townsville! Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  12. For June we went car hunting at Rolling 30! A new event held at Sydney Motorsport Park featuring cars built more than 30 years ago. With amazing old school muscle cars, customs and exotics there was no better place to be on the weekend. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  13. Following on from the training poster we developed to provide a deeper understanding of how the Bendix braking system works, we decided to take this concept to the next level. A visit to the Bendix website will reveal a full 3D version of the Bendix Brake System Guide which gives the viewer full 360 degree insight into the system. https://www.bendix.com.au/help/the-bendix-brake-system-guide-an-intro-to-bendix-disc-brake-function-and-maintenance To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  14. First Generation BK 2003-2008 When the Mazda3 hit the Australian shores, it was a breath of fresh air design-wise, in both external styling and internal trim. The BK Mazda3 replaced the outdated and somewhat boring 323 in January 2004 but maintained some of the core Mazda ethos of being practical, affordable, and well built. But now there was more, not only did it look good it was sporty, fun-to-drive and had character. The Mazda 3 came in a choice of hatch and sedan and was powered by 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines mated to a front wheel drive manual or automatic gearbox. The original Mazda3 was based on the common Ford Focus C1 platform and came in several models starting at the $21,000 mark with the base Neo, Maxx, Maxx Sport and the sporty SP23. All the models enjoyed the modern perks of 6 airbags, remote central locking, four or six speaker sound system and climate control. The Maxx Sport featured cosmetic styling that including a body kit, front fog lamps and larger alloy wheels. Leading the new performance slant for Mazda was the 2.3L naturally aspirated SP23 which made 115kW and 203Nm and was priced from $29,600. It offered even more refinement with upgraded wheels and body kit, Dynamic Stability Control & Traction Control System. Inside, the SP23 was fitted with high quality seats and door cloth trim courtesy of its big brother the MPS. Mazda pulled out all the stops and released the Mazda3 MPS, a 2.3L DISI MZR Turbo engine making 190kW and 380 Nm of power. This menacing hatch featured pumped guards, aero kit, sports suspension, 18-inch wheels wrapped in grippy Bridgestone tyres and a Recaro interior with BOSE sound system. Second Generation BL 2010-2013 Mazda took the strengths of the initial BK 3’s build quality and driver appeal and then added some refinements; larger engine capacities and a new styling package for the front and rear of the car, without straying too far from the winning formula. The result was a great small hatchback/sedan that now was a real alternative to popular rivals. Again we see the model line up catering for all budgets with the Neo, Maxx, Maxx Sport and a revised SP25 which now featured a 2.5 petrol engine making 122kW and 228Nm of torque. The range still featured a mostly Petrol engine line up with a diesel variant and choice of front wheel drive manual or auto gearbox. What was new is the introduction of the SP20 Skyactiv and SP20 Skyactiv Luxury into the 3 range. This new engine technology was designed to improve fuel efficiency and the SP20 was just an entree. The two-litre four-cylinder packs a higher compression ratio, 16 variably-timed intake valves, double overhead cams and direct-injection, as well as the I-stop fuel-saver system. This new direction in Mazda engine tech and fuel efficiency signalled the death of the 2.3L DISI MZR Turbo powered MPS sadly when only in its second generation. Third Generation BM BN – 2013- 2019 The third generation Mazda3 was revealed in Australia mid-June 2013 and it now sat atop the new Skyactiv chassis which was available in hatch and sedan and no longer shared the Ford platform. It was the third vehicle to sport Mazda's 'KODO, Soul of Motion' design language, after the CX-5 and the Mazda6. The Mazda3 was without doubt the brands most important new vehicle launch into Australia with over 10 percent of all the 3.8 million Mazda3’s built worldwide sold into our local market. Despite the model change Mazda maintained a similar line up within the range, offering various trim specifications with the Neo, Maxx, Touring and the more upmarket models of SP25, SP25 GT and Astina. The 3’s Petrol engine choice has been limited down to a 2.0-litre petrol engine making 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque at 4000 rpm, and a new 2.5-litre petrol unit producing 138kW, and 250 Nm. Mazda’s Skyactiv engines now use about 30 per cent less fuel than the units they replaced. The XD Astina Diesel model made a healthy 129kW of power and punched out 420Nm of torque but it was also very expensive compared to Petrol models in the line-up. Transmissions are also an area of improvement with a slick shifting six-speed manual and six-speed automatic, which also claims fuel efficacy improvements. Fourth Generation BP- 2019 onwards The current generation Mazda3 comes out again in hatch and small sedan and both have an improved KODO Design language from the engineers at Mazda cutting a refind look for this top selling model. The old base Neo, Neo Sport and Maxx Sport grades are gone, replaced by the G20 Pure and G20 Evolve in the Mazda3 line up. The company has maintained its premium models with the SP25, G25 GT's and in the case of the G25 Atenza, it’s a proper small luxury car. The engine range has been simplified to the 2.5L and 2.0L Petrol engines still in service with the new SKyActiv-X out later in 2019 with 6 speed manual and automatic still on offer. The braking system for the Mazda3 has evolved over the generations and actually started out with a complex selection of front and rear braking callipers and pads in the BK series. Again Mazda went on to simplify its brake package and streamline the models. First Generation BK 2003-2008 Front brake pads: DB1679 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix DB2176 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Rear brake pads: DB1665 GCT Rear brake pads available in General CT from Bendix DB 1763 GCT Rear brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Second Generation BL 2010-2013 Front brake pads: DB1679 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix DB2176 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Rear brake pads: DB 1763 GCT Rear brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Third and Fourth Generation BM BN – 2013- 2019 Front brake pads: DB2330 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Rear brake pads: DB2331 GCT Rear brake pads available in General CT from Bendix About Bendix General CT Brake Pads: The General CT is the Bendix’s brake pad for everyday driving. Designed to eliminate brake dust and noise, the General CT brake pads suit the commuter who needs quieter, cleaner and more consistent performance for everyday driving. Our Patented STEALTH Advanced Technology reduces noise and vibration by using diamond-shaped pads. Bendix General CT also features a Blue Titanium Stripe for instant friction without the need for bedding in. For more information please view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBkKsCDxTQs Find out more about the General CT HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  15. The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship headed to Winton Raceway in regional Victoria, with Chaz Mostert looking to move up the championship standings from his current 5th place in the title chase. Winton is a technical 3.0 km circuit made up of 12 corners with a combination of long fast straights and twisty and tight bends, which never fails to provide thrilling racing and lap one controversy as the cars try and negotiate the tight left hander at turn one. The opening practice for the weekend saw Chaz Mostert leading a top three sweep for the Mustangs and the Tickford Racing driver turned a 1:19.64s to finish 0.2253 seconds ahead of Scott McLaughlin, while Lee Holdsworth was third. Chaz continued this form into qualifying posting a 1:20.62s lap after the chequered flag and took the ARMOR ALL Pole ahead of DJR rival Fabian Coulthard. Starting Race 13 of the championship form Pole, Chaz went side by side with Coulthard through turns one and two only to be pushed wide and have several cars pass him on the run down to turn 3. Chaz had to settle back into a rhythm from there and avoided further trouble to bring the 55 Mustang home in second place after the Tickford team put together a solid race strategy. Chaz said “I’m a little bit disappointed, when you start on pole you want to win, but it just shows how quick these guys at DJR are, and we have to keep moving forward. The good thing is I think car balance-wise we matched them today, but there’s just some componentry stuff we need to work on.” Moving into Sunday the DJR Mustang of Scott McLaughlin was over half a second faster than the rest of the field and Chaz in the Number 55 had to settle for 5th on the grid for race 14 with a 01:19.14 lap time. The race didn’t go quite to plan with Chaz firing the car off into the gravel at Turn 7 on lap one. The no 55 then fell to the back of the pack before firing wide again at Turn 3 the next time around. Things got worse with a 15-second penalty for a Turn 10 clash with James Courtney. Chaz then had to work his way back up the order and was helped by a late Safety Car period and managed to salvage 10th place at the chequered flag. “First lap, what a balls up from me. I was just pretty aggressive over the kerb, the tyre pressures weren’t quite up, I just bucked off there and skated me a bit wide. It happens, it happens to everyone out there, but today it bit me. We obviously went on an aggressive strategy to pit early and try to get some clean air and run, and I think it was working for us… We were very lucky with the Safety Car, or we would have probably been 16th at the end. Someone was looking down on us today to put another set of tyres on and get some more points, but yeah, tough race for us.” After a very up and down weekend Chaz sits in 6th place in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The team will now make the long journey to Hidden Valley in the Northern Territory for the BetEasy Darwin Triple crown starting on the 15th of June. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au


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