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  1. This month we ventured over to South Australia to find some Cars of Bendix at the Adelaide Auto Expo. This show encompasses all walks of automotive life from customs, muscle, imports and race cars, basically there is something to look at no matter what your taste. So lets get into the action and check out Novembers Cars of Bendix! Mark Boxer Starting life as a garden variety Ford ute, Mark or Boxer as he’s known has transformed this 1997 XH Falcon ute into a fire-breathing drag car. Featuring a full drag car rear end, trans-braked Turbo 400 and a 1000rwkW capable Atomic Barra engine with a rather large turbo hanging off the side. Having just been completed, the car has done some shakedown runs on the dyno and made promising power with just over 800rwhp only running 25psi boost at 6000rpm. Mark says the car has been in the build for a while, but he’s very happy to have it completed and even more so to have it featured in the current issue of Street Machine magazine. His current plan is to sell the car as a brand-new build as he's already working on another project, yet says that he hopes someone who will use it regularly buys it and runs some fast times. Robert and Amanda Robert first bought his Evo from a past customer who owned the car, it had previously won the best Japanese car at an Extreme Auto Expo event and when the car came up for sale he just had to have it! The car came with a 2.3ltr stroker kit and a bigger turbo for maximum power. Thanks to Mike Dale the engine was rebuilt and tuned for 354kw at the wheels on 22psi running E85. The team at Salisbury Exhaust hooked him up with cooler pipes and a custom exhaust. All that was left to do was change the colour of the car to Rakio in house at Spikes Auto, switch to a set of XO Luxury Cario wheels with a carbon finish and have a big stereo installed by the team over at ACDC. Amanda’s car was bought almost as you see it today with a full custom interior and crazy stereo system. The interior did need some work however and a few bits and pieces needed to be resprayed and touched up. The car then went into the workshop where it had the holes welded up on the Evo 9 boot, then the clear coat was fixed and resprayed on the Evo 9 carbon wing blade. The car then went into the paint shop where it was sprayed in a colour-shift paint appropriately named Tsunami. Finally the wheels were refreshed and painted in a black colour to finish the car off. Frank - Fast Furious If you’re a fan of the Fast & Furious series you will be no stranger to this car, Frank’s 1970 Dodge Charger. Originally found in a shed after sitting for 10 years the opportunity arose for Frank to purchase this beauty. While the plan originally was to turn it into a burnout car, after getting it back from the paint shop, he couldn’t bring himself to wreck such a well-presented car. It’s fitted with a 440 big block bored out to a 498ci and runs a forged crank, H-beam rods and Callies forged pistons. On top of the engine sits a pair of Edlebrock RPM heads fitted that are pumped full of boost supplied by a BDS 8/71 blower and fed by twin 950cfm carbs to ensure that there is no shortage of fuel supply. Creating a movie-car tribute was not originally on the table, but one thing let to another and with help from his brother, Frank’s Charger is a great tribute to Toretto’s Dad’s car from the original movie. He even displayed it wheels up at the show! Rick Hot rod Ricks’ hot rod is a great example of building something right. Originally purchasing it as a rolling shell from Canberra 15-years ago with a 351 twin ram tunnel, he later changed it to a blown 351 Clevo. After 2 years of regulatory discussions, it's now a fully street legal South Australian based American Hot Rod. With its 12” wide Mickey Thompson rear tyres, 5” American Racing rims on the front and a 3000-stall convertor making this one very cool hot rod. Rick takes pride in having his car driven and not hidden. He’s driven in 42-degree heat and done numerous trips to interstate events. The car has also won many trophies at events held in VIC and it’s not only a car that Rick enjoys driving, but something his family love and take pride in. With its custom interior, flame paint job and big blower, it’s defiantly a car you want to keep an eye out for on the street and at future events. Adam RX7 Boasting a 13B rotary engine and upgraded turbo, Adam’s Mazda is one of a kind stance weapon. Famous for their curvy body line and pop up heads, the FD RX-7 is the pinnacle of the Japanese 90’s era of imports. With the car sitting static, it had to have been one of the lowest cars at the Extreme Auto Expo. Underneath a freshly polished set of Work Meisters tuck right up under the guards. With only a few things left to do on the car, Adam can’t wait to get out and enjoy his rotary-powered Batmobile. Jarrett Porsche Jarrett’s 911s Targa is one of a kind. Whilst keeping the main German styling of the car, Jarrett has also put his personal flavor into the mix, as well as creating something that suits him own personal tastes. The car was not gathered but rather hunted. Jarrett was on the lookout for the perfect car when the opportunity arose to purchase this 1975 Porsche 911s Targa which he was told had “Gearbox problems”. After many hours on Google and some trial and error, a little access hatch was removed which gave assess to the trans tunnel and he discovered a pile of dust and debris. The remains of a coupler joint bushing which cost him a grand total of $25 to replace. After this, the months following saw a full restoration of the car, in which time he added his own flavour to the 911. Jarrett says he’s put about 800 hours of hard work into getting the car to where it is today in its immaculate condition. R33 John John was born with drag racing in his blood and what started out as a streetcar quickly became a fully upgraded drag car. Starting out with the usual modifications, an aftermarket exhaust, Apexi FC, pod filters and larger intercooler saw it make a 227rwkw. John says the was fun for a little while, but his thirst for beating V8s down the quarter mile was strong so he decided it was time for some serious power gains. The car under went more bolt-on upgrades, receiving a pair of HKS 2540’s were installed, 680cc injectors, bosh fuel pump, cam gears, Cusco exhaust catch can and Nismo upgrades, this made for a car that ran 11.8 down the quarter-mile with 338rwkw. Eventually, the engine decided enough was enough and at that point John was all in. An OS 3-litre short block engine package fitted with a brand new N1 head and even bigger HKS turbos. ON it’s first outing the car put down a 10.7. Everyone was impressed yet knew that it was capable of going faster and John dropped the clutch to launch off the line harder. Unfortunately he snapped both rear axles and that was the end of the outing. A few more axles and gearboxes later John ran a 9.66 at 148.85mph. Relieved he didn’t break anything, he attempted a few more runs and found that the car was capable of doing good consistent 9.6-second runs. These days the car not only still makes trips to the drag strip, but he often takes it to The Bend Motorsport Park to do some fairly entertaining but fast laps! Daniel’s Torana Daniels baby blue Torana is an absolute weapon and boasts a very tough sounding 650hp V8 engine. Having been in his position since the ’90s as a bare shell, he built it slowly over a number of years fitting the build in with his busy lifestyle. It was all long night, hard work and cash. The custom paint job was done by the team at Muscle Cars in Salisbury SA and it really sets the car parent from every other Torana. The 400ci V8 is fitted with alloy heads, a twin throttle body EFI setup and is run by an Autronic SMC ECU. Did we mention is also has a cheeky direct port nitrous system? Whilst being fitted out with as many modifications as he could, he also adamantly wanted to make sure that the car was going to be street-legal, so after a vigorous engineering process and a mandatory roadworthy inspection, it’s engineered and 100% street legal. For more information visit: To find your nearest Bendix stockiest, click HERE For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  2. In November 2017 Newcastle hosted the first of its Newcastle 500 races with great success. Now in the third year of the five year contract, the exciting street circuit replaced the Coates Hire Sydney 500 and has hosted some amazing racing and boasts one of the most picturesque locations on the Supercars calendar. With 14 turns, the 2.629km long circuit shares some similarities to the sadly lost Oran Park circuit. After coming away from the previous round at Sandown confident, Chaz Mostert headed for the final round of the 2019 Supercars Championship 5th in the standings and highest ranked at the Tickford Racing garage. “Newcastle’s a tough track with no room for error, and with just two practices on Friday it will be really important to roll out strong so we don’t spend the weekend playing catch up. I think we’ll be on it, the team’s done a great job since Gold Coast, to run a different chassis at Sandown and get on the podium was great, so hopefully we get off to a good start this weekend and can fine tune from there and fight at the front.” With practice taken care of, Chaz started off with a top 10 finish in 8th place in Practice 1. Yet as the times dropped, he wasn’t able to back it up in the 2nd session and could only manage to bring the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang home in 13th position in Practice 2 with a time of 1m10.63s. “A fair bit of work to do, just trying to understand the car. We’ve got some good things going for us, but at the same time we’re searching in other areas, so we’ll throw a few things at it overnight and see what we get from it. There are some positives in it, we just need to squeeze a bit more out of it. We’ll try harder tomorrow, see what we can learn, and go from there.” After qualifying didn't go as well as hoped, Chaz started Race 1 from 16th position on the grid. Admitting that it was a difficult race, he bought the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang home in 11th place at the end of 95 laps, securing himself 5th position in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. “Tough day. That was the most physical race I’ve had all year, and one of the toughest I’ve ever driven, I think. It’s a super tough track, when you just don’t have the car to hang on, it’s really physical on you. I’m happy to get back to 11th from where we started, we didn’t have a great qualifying, and yeah, 11th was probably all we had today. Hopefully we can qualify better tomorrow and put us in a better position for the race.” Starting Race 2 in 11th position, Chaz fought hard and managed a better Sunday result on 6th in final and 32nd race. Overall he scored 2879 points in the season and helped to secure Tickford Racing third place in the Teams’ Championship. “Tough slog, we just didn’t quite have the pace this weekend. Honestly I think the strategy got us there in the end, to P6. It’s good to get a good bank of points and finish off the year fifth in the championship. It’s pretty good to get a top five in the championship, but it was a bit up and down. The consistency hurt us a bit, and some driver mistakes through the year also sucked, but it’s awesome to still be top five in the championship and finish the year off strong.” Having completed the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, racing kicks off again at the Adelaide 500, February 2020. 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
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  4. After consigning his long serving Mustang to the scrap heap at Gold Coast, Chaz Mostert was keen to bounce back at Sandown 500. With the back-up chassis pressed into action, the Supercheap Auto Racing Team took the chance to pay tribute to racing legend Allan Moffat by unveiling a retro inspired Supercar livery for Sandown 500. With his son James Moffat co-driving with Mostert for the second year at Tickford Racing, he thought the tribute was great. “The nod to dad is pretty cool,” said James, adding that hopefully it’ll bring good luck and a podium finish as well. While the Mustang showed pace in the first practice, the top five fastest laps were all set by the Expensive Daewoo Commodores and Nissan Altimas. Just 1/10th of a second separated the Supercheap Auto Mustang from Fabian’s Shell Racing one by the end of the practice session, placing 7th with a laptime of 1:08.3724. On Friday’s practice, Mostert began to warm up to Sandown’s layout, finishing fourth fastest with a 1:08:0537, just slightly off eventual Supercar 2019 season winner Scott McLaughlin. The Commodores kept their pace, taking the top two fastest practice laptimes. With James Moffat on board for Practice 3, the Mustang was only able to improve slightly to a 1:08:0480, but other teams broke into the 1:07s, pushing the pair down to 8th place. It seems that the Mustang’s current setup could only do 1:08s consistently, as Chaz couldn’t finish better than 1:07.9530 on his last practice lap. With the Top 10 shootout format changed to an all-out qualifying race, there was less pressure, but Mostert still couldn’t find the pace to match McLaughlin’s blistering time of 1:07.7736 on the track. McLaughlin locked in the top spot as the rain made the track truly damp and slippery for others. Mostert eventually ended up sixth, sandwiched between the Penrite Racing Commodores of Anton de Pasquale and David Reynolds, respectively. Mostert tried to hold his own, but the Holdens seemed to hold an advantage at Sandown, with three finishing ahead of him. This left Mostert in 9th place, taking 28 points for the Pirtek Enduro Cup. Based on the standing, Moffat and Mostert will be starting Sunday’s race 9th on the grid. With the championship already decided, it was up to Mostert and Moffat to at least grind out a podium for the team. A stroke of luck went their way, when Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander’s Late model camira suffered a suspension failure just 12 laps away from completing a 1-2 with Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowdnes. Thanks to van Gisbergen needing to pit to fix the issue, Mostert and Lee Holdsworth stood on the podium instead, finishing second and third respectively. Mostert was absolutely relieved and pleased that he’s back to podium finishes, commenting “It’s been an absolute nightmare of an Enduro campaign for us, Bathurst and then Gold Coast, not even being able to race there. For me, the best part about today and getting a trophy right at the end here is more for Moff (James Moffat). He’s kind of been on the wrong end of the stick because of the accidents throughout the Enduro campaign with myself and teammates and qualifying laps, so today was awesome to be able to get a trophy for Moffat and thank him for the year.” Mostert now has 2705 points, and is in 5th position going into the Coates Hire Newcastle 500, which will be the final race for 2019. For more information visit https://www.bendix.com.au/ Join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop
  5. After a difficult and somewhat controversial Bathurst 1000 Chaz Mostert was keen to make amends in the No.55 Mustang at the Gold Coast 600. It was the second endurance round and Chaz was sharing the duties again with co-driver James Moffat around the tight 9 corner Surface Paradise Street Circuit. With concrete walls surrounding what are normally pubic roads there is very little room for error when driving flat out in Supercar. Chaz and James posted the second quickest laps of the first two sessions of Friday, and finished Practice 3 sixth overall posting a time of 1m10.29s. Chaz reported “It was a pretty good day for us, good to be in the top two in the first two sessions, and I didn’t quite get the lap together in Practice 3, but it is what it is. We didn’t do too much to the car today and the car had pace, so we’ll see what else we can pull from the Supercheap Auto wagon tonight and go again tomorrow.” Come Saturday Chaz snatched provisional ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the Gold Coast 600 qualifying session jumping to the top on his last run with a 1:10.4279s. “It was a tough session, so tight out there, I was really happy to get that last lap in,” Chaz said. “I left nothing on the table, probably millimetres away from triggering kerb hop sensors, but that’s what it takes around here” The last man out in the Shootout after topping regular qualifying, Mostert tagged the inside wall at Turn 11, firing him hard into the outside concrete with disastrous consequences. After an assessment in the team garage, Tickford Racing CEO Tim Edwards confirmed the car will not only miss the remainder of the weekend, but not race again. “The chassis is a write-off,” said Edwards. "It's punched the chassis rail back through the firewall. “The engine is not even connected to the car anymore, it’s sheared the engine off and shoved it backwards through the car. “The chassis is a complete write-off, as is most of the stuff that’s bolted to it.” Speaking after being cleared from the trackside medical centre, Mostert described himself “super gutted” about the accident. “I just made the smallest mistake and it bites you,” said Mostert, who had won the Saturday race on the Gold Coast in each of the last two years. “There’s no excuse. We were nowhere in the middle sector, I shouldn’t have really made that mistake, but I just really struggled with the feel of the car under me to start with.” Moving down to 6th position on 2447 points in the championship, Mostert will now have to back himself after two very difficult rounds and focus on the next endurance race at the Sandown 500 on the 8th - 10th of November. For more news check out https://www.bendix.com.au/bendix-news
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  8. Conquering the Mountain is a feat coveted by many Supercar drivers. While there were mixed results at Pukehohe Park, Mostert is gunning for a win at 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, as his handling of the No.55 Mustang grows in confidence. With a 3rd place finish from the last race, Mostert is closing down on 2nd place Shane Van Gisbergen in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Friday’s atmosphere was set alive during the practice rounds, with Mostert setting a lightning quick 2:03.5089, right after the championship leader Scott McLaughlin’s 2:03.6965. He became the sixth driver to ever set a 2:03s lap at Bathurst, joining Andre Heimgartner, Will Davison, Cameron Waters, McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup. “For me the car kept getting better. I think just learning how to drive it and get the most out of it is the biggest thing,” Mostert commented, adding that the car’s settings would be more beneficial during the race. “We’ve been working hard on the car in practice, it feels a bit better on full tanks than light tanks, so I’m hoping we got a better race car than qualifying car.” Mostert also attributed the 2:03 lap to his experience in driving the BMW GT3 at the Bathurst 12hr endurance race. “I’m very lucky I get to do some BMW laps in the GT3 across here, I think that’s helped a lot with the Supercars getting faster and faster over the year.” While the blistering practice laps helped, the wet conditions of the Amour All Qualifying Race 25 made the Mountain unpredictable, with many Supercars sliding across the grass at the Chase. Mostert traded pole position with McLaughlin several times, dipping into the 2:30s, before McLaughlin sealed it with a 2:27.647s. Qualifying for the shootout in 2nd place, Mostert stands a chance to grab pole position on Saturday. “The second set of tyres we put on didn’t come in until very very late. It is what it is. At least we are in the top 10,” said Mostert. “Everyone in the pitlane can give themselves a pat on the back. I had about 10 or a dozen moments out there where I thought ‘that was close,’ no doubt everyone was feeling that,” he added. Saturday’s Armour All Top Ten Shootout had the same tense atmosphere as Friday, as Mostert limbers up to do battle with McLaughlin again. With only one lap to determine pole position, Mostert did his best to replicate his incredible practice laptime. While still nabbing a very decent 2:03.7897, it was 0.4s off McLaughlin’s insane 2:03.3783, which is now the fastest Supercar lap ever set at Bathurst. Tickford Racing’s stable mate Cameron Waters in the No.6 Monster Energy Racing Ford Mustang also dipped into the 2:03s, clinching the 3rd position on Sunday’s starting grid. The 2nd and 3rd positions of the Tickford Racing Mustangs would prove fateful on Sunday. After a strong start to the 1000km and the team Tickford cars in the Top 5 for most of the race, on lap 123 things went badly wrong, under fuel saving orders from Tickford, Mostert tried to go around Waters at the Chase after coming down Conrod Straight. They both collided, spinning each other off into the sand trap, stranding them and getting passed by Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin. Mostert then had to return to the pits to serve a drive-through penalty for the incident, ending any hopes for a podium this year. Mostert finished eventually in 16th position, picking up 114 points, and letting Bathurst 1000 6th placed Fabian Coulthard climb above him in the Championship points. After the race, Mostert approached gutted Waters and the team to apologize before leaving the track. In later team statement, Mostert said he was ‘shattered’. “You know, it’s the biggest race of the year, the event we look forward to the most, and the race we want to win the most.” Conceding it was his fault, Mostert went on to say “I didn’t need to pass him, shouldn’t have tried, and it ruined both our races which is the worst part. I’m really sorry to Cam and the whole team, we should be celebrating a podium or two right now, but we are empty handed.” Now in 4th position on 2441 points, Mostert will be focusing on the 2019 VodaFone Gold Coast 600 on the 26th-27th October to make amends for this year’s disappointing Bathurst results. For more news check out https://www.bendix.com.au/bendix-news
  9. Jim’s 1987 HDT Calais Sport While there is no shortage of clean and restored Commodores, Jim’s HDT Late model camira Calais is in a class of its own. The model, colour and trim specification is so rare that Jim reckons it’s the only one in Asteroid silver with red leather interior trim from factory. Jim has owned it for 20 years, and finished his restoration/modification just three years ago. The RB30 straight six engine has been rebuilt by Motorsports Mechanicals. Stout enough for good for 1000hp, a massive Precision 6870 turbocharger mounted on the side helps the Calais achieve that four figure horsepower mark. The chromed engine sits in a smoothed out bay, drawing attention and wows from show goers. Anything that wasn’t chromed has brushed metal surfaces or replaced with braided hoses. Outside, it’s been painstakingly repainted in its original colour, with the bodywork restored to factory perfection. The FR Simmons that’s so ubiquitous on older Commodores are found at all four corners in more modern sizes of 20x8in front and 20x9.5in rear. Chris’ 1992 Nissan Skyline GTR 32 Big powerful GTRs are everywhere, but we haven’t seen one that is at extroverted as Chris’ immaculate example. The House of Kolor Candy Teal shouts for your attention, the liquid paintwork contrasting sharply with the GTR’s boxy lines. Pop the bonnet and marvel at the rebuilt RB26DETT, its assorted shiny ancillaries, and how all the twin turbo piping managed to fit in such a tiny engine bay. Featuring forged internals, big lumpy cams, and Tomei ARMS twin turbochargers, the Godzilla easily punts out 750hp at all four wheels. Planting rubber to the ground are a set of three piece BBS rims, measuring 18x9.5in all around. Hiding behind them are massive brakes to haul the beast up, with KSport 8 piston calipers on the front and 6 pistons on the rear. Clamping on 383mm 2-piece rotors upfront, you can count on the GTR for go and whoa in equal measures. Susan’s 1996 HSV Clubsport VS We love our HSVs here, so when a neat HSV Clubsport VS pops up, we can’t help ourselves but meander over for a look. Imagine our surprise when we saw a Garrett GT42 turbocharger hanging off the side of the venerable Expensive Daewoo V8. A gleaming intercooler beams through the front bumper, and we knew immediately that this isn’t your regular HSV museum piece. Susan from Team Wild Speed has owned this HSV for over three years, and had always wanted to do something different to it. “Originally it was supercharged, but we felt the turbo would make more power,” she remarked. The 355cu V8 now sucks air through the custom piping and GT42 to make 550hp at the rear wheels, all without the need to nick the bodywork for space. A Haltech ECU controls all motor functions, making sure the air fuel mixture is translated into motive force via those 20in Momo wheels. The Clubsport still rides beautifully thanks to Monroe GT Sport shock absorbers and springs, while reducing the gap between the fender and tyre. Paul’s 1971 Ford Falcon GT Tribute In the build for the last 10 years, Paul’s Ford Falcon GT made its show car debut here at the Cars under the Stars, and what a debut it was. Parked right up front, it was the centre piece of the show. With a blower poking out the bonnet and gleaming black paint drawing attention from bystanders, the wow factor. The orange and matte black stripes highlights the boxy and iconic lines of the classic 70s’ Falcon. Inside, the sumptuous leather interior has been restored to its former glory, making it a comfortable place to experience the full might of the blown injected 340cu Windsor V8. Power is sent through one of Al’s Raceglide C4 two speed autos. A Smithfield Diff and Gear built Ford 9in with custom axles and ratios controls traction at the rear wheels. Custom 19in Globes are found tucked under the fenders all round. Alex’s 1977 Expensive Daewoo Torana LX Alex’s 1977 Torana started as most projects start off…a simple, straight body shell. Purchased 17 years ago, Alex went straight to work, taking five years to put together this insane monster. Straight off the bat the 6/71 blower dominating the bonnet shouts power, gulping air down to feed a built LS2 V8. It’ll churn 750hp at the rear wheels, which are just as massive as the engine’s torque range. The 15.5in wide semi slicks sit in a tubbed rear end, modified to fit a 4 link suspension setup using Strange coilovers. Power is distributed via a Ford 9in differential and a Powerglide auto. It only has two speeds, which we are guessing is Fast, and Ridiculously Fast. The entire muscle bound package is hidden under a Torana LX sedan body that’s been restored to concourse standards. Alex has sent it down the quarter mile before, easing it off to make a Hail Mary pass of 9.5 seconds. He doesn’t have plans to go back as there is just no way he’d fit a roll cage and ruin the restored interior of his tough street Torana. Frank’s 1957 Chevrolet There’s something seductive about the colour silver; a sleek colour that hides details until you come closer, and yet still catching your eye across the parking lot like a shiny coin on black pavement. As we walked nearer, we knew we were in for a treat. Frank’s ’57 Chevrolet is in its second incarnation, sporting a subtler paintjob than the last cool sky blue shade. As he set to straighten every panel, a bright silver mix was cooked up in the painter’s lab to be laid over the refreshed bodywork. Since he had decided to paint the entire car, the original engine was taken out and interior had to be taken out. It was then when Frank decided to go big or go home. A Dart small block, a mean Howards cam, and an 8/71 blower sucking air through 750cfm carburettors means the Chev is now ready to rumble. With MSD ignition providing the fire to the 98 pump fuel, Frank’s fat Chev would pound the tarmac to tune of 850hp. The interior has been also jazzed up, with soft cream leather on the trims, while touch panels and controls have swapped for billet aluminium pieces or anodised to a brushed metallic finish. Wide WELD Drag racing wheels in custom sizes lay within its massive arches. It’s definitely a car that’ll bring a smile to anyone who sees it. 1978 Ford Cortina TE Ghia The Ford Cortina was underappreciated next to the Falcon, which hogged the limelight and motorsports accolades in Australia. But that didn’t stop this mysterious gentleman from restoring it back to its glory. A barn find, he set about accumulating the papers and slowly brought the original paint, bodywork, interior and mechanicals back to new. Digging through its history, the owner discovered it’s the only Cortina to have the following combination of options: meadow green paint, power steering, air conditioning, black vinyl roof, and the 4.1l crossflow straight six. As the Cortina hailed from Britain, the land of rain, fog and spectacular rally stages, the owner added fog lights on the front, and shod it with forged DragPro wheels as a personal touch to the car. Don’t worry though, the stock wheels are stored safely away. 1932 Ford Roadster The bright yellow paintjob, the exposed wheels and engine bay, the assorted chromed bits; yes, it can only be a ’32 Ford. It’s tough to pinpoint what exactly draws car enthusiasts, young or old, back to these custom built classics. Each one we’ve seen are so different and individual that they speak volumes about its owners. This clean, sunny Roadster features the usual restoration cues; a rebuilt Ford V8 packed with American goodies from Edelbrook, Holley, MSD and other big names in the horsepower business. The triple intake bug catcher adds a fantastic induction noise and tops off the clean chromed engine neatly. The owner has even installed mirrors on the firewall so you can admire it from all angles. The interior is kept super simple with a period correct steering wheel, comfortable re-trimmed benches, and just essential gauges for the engine’s vitals. No air-conditioning is needed when you can just peel the roof off the Roadster! The wide, shiny billet Show Wheels adds a sense of pizzazz to the Roadster, whereas on other cars it might look more brutish and tough. Follow the smooth wheel arches to the back and you’d notice that the ubiquitous custom pinstripes are left on the painted Ford 9in differential. It’s a little, personal flourish that brings the entire car together. 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  10. Opened in 1963, Pukekohe Park Raceway is roughly 40 kilometres south is the NZ capital, Auckland and over the years has seen a massive amount of motorsport royalty laps the 2.91km 11-corner circuit. Having had its final Grand Prix race in 2000, the Supercars Championship raced here until 2008, then following a 5-year break, headed back to the iconic track after a $6.6M upgrade. Coming away from the previous round at The Bend Motorsport Park with two podiums and a pole, Chaz Mostert in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang was heading to NZ holding second place in the championship. Having stepped on the podium in NZ last year, Chaz was confident that the current progress and success could be repeated. “It’s always good to head across the ditch, they always have a huge crowd out at Pukekohe and the Kiwi fans are great to race in front of. We’ve made some good progress lately in the Supercheap Auto camp, we’ve got our Mustang running well and we’re closing in on the car up front. Last year we were able to grab a podium here, so we’ll aim to roll off strong again and have a red hot crack at the top spot.” Team Principal Tim Edwards was also confident that Chaz and the team were in a good position and with previous success in NZ, the chase for the top step on the podium was definitely possible. “We’re looking forward to the weekend and a chance to keep improving as a team. We’ve been edging closer to the front and very well could have had a win or two in Tailem Bend, so we’re really chomping at the bit to finally get back to the top step. Pukekohe has been pretty nice to us the last few years, so if we can roll off well we should be in the hunt again for a really positive weekend.” Friday’s practice sessions weren’t ideal for Chaz and the team, coming away with no posted flying laps in P1, he came back in P2 and was able to but although being a little off the pace, he was still able to post a time of 1.02:18 and 12th fastest. “Obviously the team cars are pretty quick, and the car felt pretty good for me, but just a little bit down the order today. I don’t want to be too alarmed, we’ll come back tomorrow, we’ve got another practice, and we’ll get into the day, so fingers crossed we’ll turn it around.” Tim Edwards was also quietly confident that Chaz would bounce back for Saturday’s action. “You can’t be upset leading both practice sessions, but it’s just that, practice. We’re pretty confident in our cars and Cam and Chaz will be quicker tomorrow, we’re not concerned about that. The field was really close today and with the potential for rain tomorrow, it could be a pretty exciting day. But for now, we’ll do our homework, see what more we can get out of the cars, and go again tomorrow.” Saturday got off to a great start for Chaz who bettered his Friday practice time in P3 with a time of 1.01:90 making him outright fastest in the session. With his confidence on a high, he then backed up his performance in the hotly contested qualifying session with an even faster 1.01:78 which put him 4th on the grid. Unfortunately his luck for the day ended there as he and his team-mate Cam Waters had a racing incident during a battle into turn 5 and Chaz’s car came off second best. Chaz managed to limp the car back to the pits so that the team could get it back on the track. The damage was bad enough that he sat out for 14-laps of the race, but was still able to cross the finish line to finish in 24th place. “What do you say, I guess this place just hates me some days. We made the car a fair bit better today, car had good pace, and obviously we were on for a podium if it all came together, then unfortunately Cam and I got together there in Turn 5. We were racing hard, I had warmer tyres so I thought I’d be able to get around the outside, but he went just as deep as me and locked up, and that was that. Broke some bits on the front corner and we had to scramble just to get points. Tough day, we’ll try to make it a better one tomorrow.” Although being disappointed for the team and Chaz about the incident which lost the Supercheap Racing Mustang a podium position, Tim Edwards was positive and already looking forward to Sunday. “Its great to have Cam back on the podium and Lee in the top five, but obviously really disappointing for Chaz and Will. The positive is we had four really fast cars, two ended up in the top five and the other two were in the running for the podium. As for Chaz and Cam getting together, they shouldn’t have, they were both on the limit like they usually are, and they crossed that line. You hate to have it happen, we really should have had at least two cars on the podium, so it’s a tough pill to swallow, but tomorrow’s another day. If we can bring today’s pace back tomorrow we’re every chance to have another strong result.” Sunday was a great comeback for the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang with Chaz making his way back onto the podium for the 12th time this season. Having finished 3rd in Qualifying with a time of 1m01.63s, then 7th in the Top Ten Shootout slightly slower with 1m02.02s, Chaz managed to miss out on the Safety Car dramas which affected the overall positions of his team-mates and bought the Mustang home in 3rd position, but was clearly disappointed for the other Tickford drivers. “I had a lot of pressure from Nick (Percat) there at the end, but yeah, what a crazy day. Really should have been probably racing for probably seventh or something like that, but yeah, just ended up with a trophy, don’t really understand how. Everyone’s obviously pretty disappointed, as you would be, you know you’ve had a guy like Lee Holdsworth start on the front row today, Waters started up there too, and yeah unfortunately they’re probably the guys who deserved to sit up here today.” Team Principal Tim Edwards against pointed out the positives of the event, but suggested that the disappointment from the Sunday race will only make the drivers more eager to do well at Bathurst. “The positives come first, we had excellent car speed all weekend, and its great to come out with a couple podiums. I think it’s safe to say we were the fastest Ford team all weekend and the fastest team outright for a majority of it, which is credit to the team. But what happened today is beyond disappointing, to have three of our cars taken out of the running by something out of our control is incredibly frustrating. It shouldn’t have happened and our drivers, engineers, and crew don’t deserve to be done like that. There’s a fire under all four camps after that, and we’ll be ready to give it our all at Bathurst next month.” With the unfortunate result on Saturday, but great comeback on Sunday, Chaz managed to retain his 3rd outright position in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship behind SVG. The championship continues from October 10th for the iconic Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. 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
  11. Today Mark Boxer from HoonTV takes us through his Top 10 tips for servicing brakes. Find more brake technical content at https://www.bendix.com.au/videos
  12. The latest round of the Supercars championship was held at Australia’s newest track The Bend Motorsport Park. This circuit offers high speed thrills with teams prioritising downforce over brake cooling. The Bend Supersprint sees Supercar teams battling out with aero settings and top speed being the name of the game. Chaz Mostert was quietly confident he would do well at the Bend, and he did, setting the 2nd fastest lap time of 1m48.61s during practice on Friday. Still, Mostert was reserved. “The car was pretty challenging today. I didn’t really think we’d end up where we did at the end of the day, but it’s quite promising to be up there, so now we’ve just got to find a little bit more speed out of the Supercheap Auto Mustang. We’ll get on the case, and see how we go tomorrow.” And true to his comment, Mostert nailed pole position in Qualifying for Race 21, setting a blistering time of 1m47.52s. It was a tough battle with the Supercars points leader Scott McLaughlin, who seized the lead through an incredibly quick start and pipped Mostert to braking zone for Turn 1. From there it was the Mostert and McLaughlin show as they sped away from the pack, with Anton De Pasquale and the rest of the pack nearly 20 seconds behind by the time 24 laps were done and dusted. In the end Mostert took a podium placing 2nd behind McLaughlin as they sped past the chequered flag. “He kind of out grunted me across there,” said the Tickford driver of the start. The drop off in speed towards the end of the race was due to Mostert’s conservation of fuel. “Look, I think there was plenty but I just being cautious, you never want to come across last couple of corners and have a big cough.” “For me, that race was good to be able to actually see Scott (McLaughlin) and finish at the chequered line and still see him in my vision. Good day for us, it’s always one of those things when you start on pole, you never really want to go positions back, but it’s just good to have car speed and be able to go with him. So, I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and see if we can tune it up a bit more tonight.” For Race 22, Mostert couldn’t keep the pace he found in Practice 4, placing 3rd in qualifying with a time of 1:47:8427. If Race 21 was an outrun affair, Race 22 turned into a chess game, with pit strategy determining finishing places over the long 41 laps at the Bend. The battle between the top four cars began right from the start, with Jamie Whincup sliding past Laughlin and Mostert to pip in second place right behind Will Davision. Davison led for 20 laps before his airbox caught fire during his second compulsory pit stop, handing the lead back to McLaughlin. Mostert passed Whincup at Turn 1 during lap 15, before setting a quick pace for his pit stop 6 laps later. He slotted in behind Davison and was effectively third for the rest of the race, scoring yet another podium for the Supercheap Auto Racing team in the Tickford Mustang. With a pair of podiums to show, Chaz Mostert leaps forward to 2nd place in the Champion ship points, with only 13 points between him and Fabian Coulthard for 3rd. Scott McLaughlin still has a commanding lead with 2738 points compared to Mostert’s 2165. The next round is the ITM Auckland Supersprint at Pukekohe Park Raceway, where Mostert is excited at the car’s latest improvements and setup. “It’s a good weekend for us, great yesterday to get a pole position, it had been a while since one of them, but overall a successful weekend. It’s always great to talk to (media) at the end of the day, so it means we’re doing something right. It’s one of those things, you want to keep pushing forward. This weekend, I don’t know if we can read into it too much, it’s a bit of a unique track set up wise and stuff like that, so I’m excited to go to Pukie next and see what the car has got there for them.”
  13. 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
  14. 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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