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  1. 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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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.”
  5. 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
  6. 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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  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. We went hunting for some cars at UNITED Festival, featuring 250+ cars in the show n shine, along with an exhaust sound off contest and a project car reveal. With All Makes, All Models, All Styles – United in Passion, what better place to find the Cars of Bendix? 1. Jess’ 2011 WRX Hatch - 00DROP Jess’ modifications on her 2011 WRX have come thick and fast seeing as she only purchased the (basically stock) car less than a year ago. Since then the car has undergone some drastic changes in the lower end with the flagship of AirLift Performance’s Airbag kits – the 3P and a custom boot setup, HardRace lower control arms and ZSS upper control arms that tuck the 18x10” Work Emotion T7R 2P wheels coated in Work’s own Asterism Black; a clear coat with color shifting properties. There is a comprehensive list of exterior and interior mods as well including a Varis Adjustable spoiler, Carbon Fibre bonnet that has been painted to match the car, blacked out headlights with Hex halos, Takata Race Harnesses, Alpine & Kicker stereo upgrades and custom reupholstered seats with some WRC touches. Jess has also started with some engine modifications. An Invidia Q300 Turboback exhaust, Process West Verticooler, intake and inlet pipe, coupled with a MSR (Michael South Engineering) Tune have her making 217 kW, and that number is soon to go up with some more goodies and tuning in the near future. 2. Daniel’s Black Dog Institute VF Commodore Daniel’s 2015 Expensive Daewoo VF Late model camira SS is definitely striking with its livery being the first thing you see. The car was built by Daniel to promote mental health through the car scene under the Black Dog Institute after he lost several friends to suicide. At the rear you’ll notice the OTR custom exhaust has been modified to dual side outlets. This along with the Pacemaker manifold and cool-drive twin fan cold air booster help the LS2 L77 engine push out 300 kW. The exterior is finished off nicely with genuine V8 supercar rear wing & front bar and a set of 18x10” Koya Racing SF01s. 3. Andrew’s VH Expensive Daewoo Commodore - MRVH Andrew’s 1982 Expensive Daewoo VH Late model camira is a gorgeous work of art and fitting of the name “MRVH”. The LS3 engine has a stroker kit to push it to 418ci and it is now making 465HP thanks to a custom stainless 3” exhaust. Also underneath the car you’ll find that it’s been converted to a T56 6 speed gearbox with K-Sport coilovers, sway bars and a Whiteline strut brace. The brake lines have all been braided to suit the 330mm slotted rotors all around to give Andrew some decent stopping power as well. The Cherry Black paint makes the car stand out and help you appreciate the SS Group A body kit, SLE chrome trim & bumper extensions and the staggered 20” Walky wheels – 8.5” in the front and 9.5” in the rear. There’s been little expense spared inside the cabin either with custom seats, door & boot trim and roof liner, as well as an amazing in dash DVD system which flows through to the rear with screens inserted to the headrests of the front seats. 4. Loki’s Nissan Zil80 - ICHI60 Loki’s 1995 Nissan 180SX has gone through multiple generations of front end swap (and engines) before reaching its current form. The plates ICHI60 are a nod to when it was originally imported from Japan as a ‘strawberry face’ Sil80 (S15 front end). It now sports what she has coined the “Zil80” front end; a tribute to three of her favorite cars; 180SX, S14A and FairladyZ. The body modifications are all tastefully done with Z32 headlights, S14A Kouki bonnet, TRA-Kyoto Rocket Bunny V2 flares & sideskirts, D1GP Louvers, a 326 Power Wing, Origin Labo Raceline rear bar & Custom XXX-XXX LED taillights. The combination of the Black/Gold pearl paint and Bronze/Black Work Meister M1s really set it off. Under that Kouki bonnet sits a 1JZ-GTE making 450HP thanks to a shopping list of engine mods as well including a single highmount GT35 Turbo, MDSfab steampipe manifold and HKS cam gears. 5. Topz’ 90s BMW E36 - 1 90THE Topz’ 1998 BMW 318is E36 Coupe is a great example of late 90s styling. The M44B19 Engine is only making 103 kW, but what more do you need when cruising around the city in such style? The addition of an M body kit, LTW wing and CCLF Angel eye headlights are only slightly upstaged by the great ride height provided by the BC BR Coilovers and low production lightweight AC Schnitzer Type II Wheels. 6. Josh’s VW Golf MK5 GTI - 0GENTZ Josh’s 2005 VW Golf MkV GTI has a nicely understated look to it, which could be why it’s licensed 0GENTZ. The AirBFT airbag suspension kit combined with a catalogue of SuperPro parts sit the car on the ground, tucking the 18x9.5” XT-206R Cosmis Racing Wheels under the fender flares. The 2.0L inline 4 turbo engine is making 180 kW thanks to a stage 2 ECU & DSG tune from ETUNERS, R8 Coil Packs, 3” turbo back exhaust and modified fuel pump. 7. Axe’s Mazda RX7 FD - HULK20B Axe unveiled his 2000 Mazda RX7 FD at Hot Import Nights 2018, taking out Hottest Overall car for the show. He picked up Best Engine Bay and Best Body and Paint awards at UNITED Festival, so let’s take a look at what makes HLK20B such a stand out car. In the engine bay, the 13B has been replaced with a 20B 3 Rotor Bridgeport engine which has been dowelled & balanced and a big Comp Turbo CT6X Billet Wheel turbo hanging off the side, 2400cc injectors, custom fuel rails and 3 x Walbro 460 fuel pumps running through a Microtech LT-16C ECU to make a tidy 1000 RW HP. Stopping power comes via some big Brembo GT brakes; 6 pot in the front and 4 pot in the rear. The car rolls on 20” SSR Professor SP1s, which have been custom anodized in shadow chrome, and then sacked with some custom air bagged BC coilovers and controlled with an Accuair E-Level VU4 system. The interior houses a massive sound system with 6.5” front & 6x9” rear speakers from JL Audio and a pair of 10” subs tucked in the boot. The dash, gauges, seats, trim and panels have all been customized or replaced with carbon variants. The car has been wide bodied with a Rocket Bunny V2 Aero kit, Re-Amemiya carbon fibre bonnet, R-Magic headlights & Car Shop Glow LED taillights and carbon fibre duck tail spoiler. The final touch to the car is a flow coated paint in Kawasaki Lime Green, giving it a serious Hulk look to it. 8. Mike’s WRX Endgame STI Mike’s 2016 Subaru WRX STI has been modified with almost every carbon option available care of the Varis Arising II Ultimate bodykit and an APF Performance GT300 carbon wing. The orange highlights around the car set it off, especially on the rear diffuser. The car sits on a set of 18x9.5” Work Meister S1 3Ps which tuck under the guards thanks to an Airlift Performance 3P kit. Mike custom made the rear boot liner himself out of real wood and a super gloss finish. The EJ257 engine is currently making 230 kW thanks to a Stage 1+ Cobb tune, but Mike is planning on upping those numbers now that he is (mostly) happy with the aesthetics of the car. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  21. We went hunting for some cars at UNITED Festival, featuring 250+ cars in the show n shine, along with an exhaust sound off contest and a project car reveal. With All Makes, All Models, All Styles – United in Passion, what better place to find the Cars of Bendix? To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  22. This Brembo caliper has been fitted to many vehicles, and has had many disc pads with different wear sensor, groove and chamfer configurations to mitigate any noise. All friction causes vibrations, and most brake and suspension components have natural frequency they vibrate at. If the Pad or Caliper’s natural vibration frequency matches the vibration frequency coming from the friction surface it becomes an audible noise. The standard approach to stop noise was by adding a noise-dampening shim on the back. Recently another approach was created, weights were added to the pad to change its natural vibration frequency, so DB2358 was developed from the original DB1678. With the introduction of DB2358 it was found that the large round weights could come into contact with the inside of the wheel rim on some wheel designs. To rectify this the shape of the weights was modified so that they don’t protrude from the caliper as much. We are reintroducing the DB2358 with the modified weight design. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  23. Heading into the WA round of the Supercars Championship, the Tickford Racing team were confident after being successful at the Sydney night round in 2018. The newly resurfaced Barbagallo circuit was faster than it’d been in 15-years and with a 3rd spot in the current championship standings, Chaz Mostert wasn’t about to let up. Especially not since he was returning to the track where he took his first ever Supercars race win. Opened in 1969 and formerly known as Wanneroo Park, Barbagallo Raceway is located in Neerabup, approximately 50 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. “Obviously the spectacle of night racing will be cool to be a part of again, Sydney was a great event last year with all the fireballs and pyrotechnics, so I’m looking forward to it. The new track surface and racing at night could really make it interesting with how we set up the car, I’ll be leaning on Adam (De Borre) to dig into his bag of tricks and help us find a magic set up, but it should be fun. Perth’s always a great round, I really enjoy going there, so it’ll be great to get out the with the fans in WA.” During Thursday’s Practice 1, Mostert wasted no time posting a time of 53.24-seconds, making him the second fastest car one track. Chaz also shared his enthusiasm for the night racing format. “First of all I wish we could do all our races night racing, because I actually had time to play nine holes of golf today, so that was fantastic. Good pre-running into today’s practice, so that was fantastic. For me, it’s awesome, I kind of think about the old Calder Park days, where you used to watch the main straight lit up and the rest was pretty dark, so I actually kind of like that there (are) some patches out there. I think it’s very old school, and it’s the same as Eastern Creek; where there are patches, you actually feel like you’re going so quick in this night patch, and then you’re coming up on this daylight, it’s super cool. It feels like you’re in some super, hyper, fast tunnel, I like it. I feel like I’m in ‘Tron’ or something.” After qualifying 3rd on the grid for Race 11, Chaz made a great pass on Car 88 in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang coming into Our 6. With only 7 laps to go I the 50 lap race, he held his ground and secured his 43rd career podium coming in third place. “It’s fantastic. It’s been a couple of rounds since we’ve gotten a trophy, so its great here to come to Perth, and obviously the Pirtek Perth SuperNight has been pretty cool. I didn’t expect to get third, I was kind of in a (Triple Eight Race Engineering) sandwich there in the dying stages of that race. I’m glad Jamie (Whincup) struggled a bit more on tyres than me, and I was able to get the pass done and just knuckle down for the last couple laps. I didn’t expect to be up here, but it shows that we’ve made some improvements with the car.” Saturday’s race didn’t follow the success of Friday with the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang suffering an early retirement due to an engine component failure. It was a disappointing end to the weekend for Chaz and the team as he hadn’t had a DNF in over a year. “What can you do? Obviously it’s very disappointing to have a mechanical, have something out of your control happen when we could have been on for a podium tonight. The car was pretty good, obviously we qualified on the front two rows again, and when you’re in a good position like that you need to capitalise. Unfortunately we just had some bad luck tonight, it’ll hurt quite a bit in the championship, but that’s motorsport. We’ll get back to the workshop and the boys will dissect exactly what happened, and we’ll tune it back up for Winton.” With a third of the season already over, Chaz sits in 5th place in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Racing continues May 25-26 at the Winton SuperSprint in regional Victoria. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  24. This month we go hunting for the Cars of Bendix at the Team Wild Speed meet in western Sydney. Owners of Team Wild Speed Susan & Joe have been in the modified car community for a very long time, so when they hold a meet, there’s always a great mix of old and new cars. This particular meet was held in conjunction with Street Fam; a car group primarily focused on VIP Style cars which certainly added to the variety. Hayden’s 1995 W20 MR2 Bathurst Edition Hayden’s W20 MR2 was one of the first cars that caught our eyes, as these mid-engine, rear wheel drive run-abouts are not often seen. This one was also a special Bathurst Edition and custom painted in Giallo Modena (Ferrari Yellow). The 3SGE engine has been bored, ported & polished, running Arias pistons, Ferrea valves and stage 3 cams which flow through a custom exhaust and are controlled by an Adaptronic ECU. The car sits on a set of 18 inch Simmons FR1. Hayden still has an extensive shopping list of mods to do to the car, including a full respray to fix up some of the mismatched panels. Robbie’s S2K Robbie’s turbo S2K is an absolutely gorgeous car. The F20C has had some tasty additions join it in the engine bay to make 380kW on low boost. The red and black theme throughout is definitely eye-catching, with the red brake calipers, Recaros and highlights in the door cards matching the gauges in the dash, through to the flow coated black paint done by Precision Auto Body. The car sits on a set of Hyper 5ZR wheels from 5Zigen, also in black. Anthony’s S14 Anthony’s S14 sits on a set of bronze TE37s, and at first sight, it looks like a stock car, but once you get under the hood, and into the car, you’ll find that it’s so much more. The engine has been swapped to an RB26 that sits neatly in the engine bay and makes 365kW. Inside the cabin you’ll find that Team Wild Speed have been able to replace the S14 dash with an S15 one. Dayday’s S-Class 430L W220 Dayday’s Special Class W220 was the top of the line model when introduced in 1998, so it is fitting that he continued the legacy by bringing some additional VIP touches to it. The car came with an Airmatic air suspension system from factory, which sits the car nicely on the 2-piece Lorinser LM1 wheels in 19x10. Dayday has replaced the head unit, rear camber arms and thrown on a custom exhaust to give the 4.3L V8 a nice outlet. There are plenty of Junction Produce pieces throughout the car and some custom Louis Vuitton styled VIP tables from Blackout Garage. The LV bag and bottle of Hennessy also give it a nice touch. Florin’s 1975 Ford Escort Florin’s 1975 Ford Escort is definitely a little attention seeker. It runs custom flared guards and rear Cosworth bonnet vents. The Phantom Purple paint sets the car off nicely. Under the hood, the stock engine has been replaced with an SR20 mounted with a Garrett 3540 turbo which is now making 388HP at the wheels thanks to the 1100cc injectors and EMS ECU. The engine was built by Brett at St Marys Engine services. Even though the car sits on some custom made 17 inch Lenso Concept 5 wheels at 10 inch in the rear and 7 ½ in the front, Florin says it skates like it’s on ice, but that could just be because of the shortened Borg Warner 345 diff. Luckily the VL brakes in the rear give him some great stopping power. Lam’s 2005 Lexus GS430 Lam’s 2005 Lexus GS430 is the build car for VIPDOut Australia. It has been dipped in a custom House of Kolor Cherry Red, dropped with an AirLift Performance 3H system, had some aftermarket head & tail lights added, with INGS front and rear lips and finished off the a 2.5” dual cat back exhaust. Tucked underneath the car are a set of staggered 19” LEONHARDIRITT Ordens from Super Star Co. The 3UZ engine is making 218kW, but Lam has some future plans for that as well. TWS’ Bozo Skyline There’s not a lot of details that we could find out about the Team Wild Speed Bosozoku Skyline, but just from the look of it you can tell it’s got to be wild, with a crazy body kit and over bonnet exhaust system. The myth is that the C210 2000 GT is powered by a L20DET, and was once owned by a member of the Japanese Yakuza under world prior to being imported to Australia. Johnny’s Ford Cortina URHARD Late to the event we managed to grab some details on Johnny’s 1974 Ford Cortina which sported a big power 408 stroker engine that feeds the C5 auto transmission through to a 9 inch rear end. This is a super tidy example of Australian muscle with classic drag wheels, chrome highlights setting off the purple paint. The interior is the business with leather buck seats, B&M shifter and classic Autometer gauges, just how an old school tough street car should be.
  25. This month we go hunting for the Cars of Bendix at the Team Wild Speed meet in western Sydney. Owners of Team Wild Speed Susan & Joe have been in the modified car community for a very long time, so when they hold a meet, there’s always a great mix of old and new cars. This particular meet was held in conjunction with Street Fam; a car group primarily focused on VIP Style cars which certainly added to the variety. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page


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