2017 – How is it April already?

I’m really not sure whether it’s due to some sort of clever irony, or simply just a common lack of discipline, but things have been a little bit quiet around Any Given Reason for the last few months. The reality of my life around cars this year has been anything…

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Road tripping to the Bathurst 12 Hour, 2015

Think of as many iconic endurance racing photographs as you can – sparks at night through Eau Rouge, light trails past the Ferris Wheel at Le Mans, blurred Porsche 956’s with Mt Fuji as backdrop and the kitsch motor homes of Daytona. These are long standing scenes from legendary races,…

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RennTrip – Adelaide to Sydney in the new GT3

It’s just ticked five am on a dark Saturday morning in mid October and I’ve convinced my girlfriend to drop me at an industrial estate close to Adelaide Airport in South Australia. The worst of winter is behind us but it’s still a touch too cold for comfort, and she’s…

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Some Australia Day thoughts on our automotive industry

Australia Day is charged with evocative images from all parts of our culture. Patriotism is always at the core, but for most of us it means a public holiday filled with barbeques, mates, beers and probably the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. Unlike our American friends with their Independence Day,…

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Bathurst 12hr 2014

It’s easy to become complacent but our very own Mount Panorama circuit, just two hour’s drive from Sydney, is firmly up there in the small handful of the world’s truly great circuits. The only problem is that if you’re not a dedicated V8 Supercar fan, there isn’t really a lot…

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A very special LJ XU-1 Torana

Last year Any Given Reason visited the workshop of well known Adelaide race car builder Garry Kirk to take a closer look at a Dakar car he was preparing for a customer. We noticed another interesting shape sitting under a car cover in the corner which was Garry’s next customer…

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The cars of the legends dinner

Even the biggest mysteries of the world have a way of explaining themselves. In a previous post I mused as to why there was a HDT Bathurst Torana sitting on the showroom floor of Adelaide BMW, and as it turns out it was merely there a little early for last…

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HDT A9X Torana at Adelaide BMW

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That is a Bathurst liveried Marlboro HDT A9X Torana sitting on the showroom floor of Adelaide BMW. My knowledge of these cars isn’t deep enough to know if this is the real deal or not, but it looked quite legit to me. The hand…

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Historic Group A & C at the Australian Grand Prix

For my last post from the Australian Grand Prix, I’ll take a look at the historic Group A & C class. It’s worth noting that to participate in this class, the car has to have actual log booked race history. Even though they were racing door-to-door, all of these cars…

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