WITH summer holidays in full swing, it’s time to put your feet up, whip out that new iPad, and enjoy some of the best stories from Wheels’ expansive line-up of stories.
Here we have the first instalment of a two-part series recounting our favourite throwbacks and classic stories published during 2016. And remember, if any of these features tickle your fancy, our massive collection of more than 25 years of the best car content is now available online!
Peter Perfect, the “Last of the Big Bangers” 300kW VK Commodore, and the fastest garden party in the world was the recipe that led to this feature, published in September 2005. chronicling Peter Brock’s visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Written just a year before his untimely death, it is a poignant look back at both the man himself, and the impact he had around the globe.
Three decades after Mad Max hit movie screens, FPV came out with the V8-engined GT, a 5.0-litre homage to the supercharged Ford V8. To celebrate, Wheels took the GT on a 1150km maxxed-out mission to meet its celebrity elder sibling. The epic road trip, published in December 2010, turned into a fantastic tribute to classic Aussie cars and cinema.
Some first drives are just better than others, and this is one of them. Wheels was given the chance to test the 1995 Adelaide Grand Prix runner-up, the Ligier JS41, with full technical support, telemetry and tyre change at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France. Even today, it remains a fascinating insight into what it what it was like to drive the hairy-chested F1 cars of the ’90s.
Our beloved Nathan Ponchard hates moving house. Frankly, who can blame him. So when the time came for our senior journalist to move from Melbourne to Sydney in 2013, he thought he’d improve the bad situation by doing the trek in an Audi R8. Although it’s an unusual moving vehicle, it made for an entertaining yarn.