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WIN THIS! BMW M PERSONAL CARE BAG Our Letter of The Month prize winner scores this official BMW toiletries bag. Make all your driving mates jealous and carry your road-trip essentials in this wash bag with a large main compartment, two side pockets and carry handle. Styled with the iconic M branding, it’ certainly something different.

BRING THE ICONIC Z BACK TO LIFE THANK you for your thoughts and drawing of a future Nissan Z car in your Sweet Dream section (April 2016 issue). It stirred a bull ant’ nest in my mind. Would it not be great if Datsun had retained the services of the designers of the 240Z?

The Datsun 240Z could have (and could still) been developed as a single model since day one. A bit like Porsche, the basic design could stay, while breathing quality into its bones.

The 2.4-litre straight six under that long bonnet and exquisite mudguards with timeless round headlights all stays. Also, the hatchback’ cargo area remains generous and I’ keep the bumper bars because they are so nicely integrated into the design.

The rollover bar is great, but I’ improve the firewall for more safety and a solid cabin. Then I’ improve the door to shut more valet-esque, like a NSU Ro 80, which uses double-cavity body structures.

The new Z cars are too goofy and heavy, while some dumb design elements like those over-styled headlights, plastic fuel-filler cap and fiddly interior are the opposite of the 240Z.

I’ m enclosing a photo of the car I swapped for my 240Z, an NSU Ro 80 and my NSU ski-craft, from when I became a father. I still find the NSU to be a phenomenally good car with a wide scope of talent. It’ a comfortable, intercontinental cruiser, yet it can win hill-climb events stock standard. My wife loves it as a shopping car given it’ got a big boot. I like it because it tows trailers with farm machinery like no other car I know.

A rally-driving friend of mine thought the speed on forest roads was shatteringly fast. Once again, thank you for doing a bit of brainstorming on the much loved Datsun 240Z.

Michel Marold, Castlemaine, Vic

Thanks, Michel. It’s going to be interesting to see the next Nissan Z car, which is supposedly due in 2020 using the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 currently on active duty, in 298kW/475Nm guise, in some Infinitis.


Having just travelled more than 4500km across and up the middle of Australia, including a couple of thousand kays in the Northern Territory, where the majority of the time, the speed limit is 130km/h, I was surprised at how few people actually travelled at the posted limit of 130km/h.

I was towing a small caravan behind my Holden Crewman SS at a comfortable 100km/h and found that most of the other travellers on the road were, too – around 90 per cent of which were vans and motor homes. In all that distance I reckon there was only one car travelling near the 130km/h mark, most vehicles not towing something were sitting around the 110 to 115km/h mark.

Peter Watson, via Facebook


When I was calling dealers to hook up a test drive for my Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, one of them all but scoffed at me when I said I wanted a manual.

They said that so few manual cars are being sold that it simply isn’ worth getting one or two into the showroom because the risk of having the car sit there for six months is too high.

Yes, the enthusiasts among us all say “I will only buy a manual” but how often do we buy a new car?

If the market was there, the manufacturers would be building them because the dealers would be selling them. Simple as that.

As a side note, thanks for publishing my picture in the June mag. It was taken at a track day at Morgan Park, about two hours south-west of Brisbane. If you’ re ever up this way, you shouldn’ miss out on a steer there, I reckon it’ the best track in south-east Queensland.

Lastly, what’ the big idea with no articles from Morley? Apart from his column up the back of the mag, there’ only been one article from him in the past three issues. Please tell me he hasn’ hung up the typewriter – say it ain’ so!

Apart from that, always enjoying the mag, keep up the good work.

Greg Broderick, via email

Morley? Budget cuts, sorry; his columns are just old ones we’ve republished, hadn’ you noticed? Joking. We’ look to get him into the chain gang more often in the next few issues.



I have always been a proud Holden man and I’m a second-time HSV owner. However, ve also never been a Ford hater and have loved what they offered as rivals. Still, in saying that, I’ ve always had an open mind to different types of performance cars.

Sadly, a lot of people out there don’

Hence there’ so much hate to something different, or folk always get antsy when a winner of Performance Car of The Year gets revealed.

The Honda Civic Type R was this year’ winner. And wow, weren’ a lot of readers angry about that fact.

Personally, I say well done Honda. Variety is the spice of life!

Steve Soupe, via Facebook


I just finished reading the Tyre Test (May 2018 issue) and I’ m a bit disappointed. Although that’ not to say that the Continental ContiSportContact 6 was not a worthy winner by any means.

Okay, I agree with the disciplines and formulae used to determine the champion, and the consistency of Luffy’ wheel-work – it’ a good foundation.

Michelin spat the dummy, and threw all of its toys out of the cot (to its detriment), but no Bridgestone Potenza or Yokohama? This was an obvious oversight (considering the standard fitment to many late-model Australian performance vehicles).

It’ handy to know that Falken and Kumho offer a usable product, with a saving of $100 a corner on a budget. But all the contenders should be there to do battle with each other.

If there is only room for 11 contenders, leave out some of the no names and ensure that the best get their chance.

Long time subscriber and looking forward to next year.

Alistair Anderson, via Facebook.

Hmm, we agree this is an issue, and we’ ve put your letter in front of both Bridgestone and Michelin, who were invited to submit RE003 and PS4S respectively, but declined. The goal will be to have all the big brands and products there next year


Hello fellow motoring enthusiasts. Let me firstly congratulate you on what has always been a fantastic magazine. The recent revamp has only made it better. I’ ve been an avid reader for almost 30 years, and will continue my subscription for many more.

If I’m allowed one minor suggestion, it’ that I would have to agree with the comments made by both Daryl Adams and James Silva in the May 2018 issue. For a bloke who is now getting close to 50 years of age, m finding it a bit of a challenge to read some of the articles due to the background/font colours.

Like James, I also like to modify my vehicles. So it’ great to read about what is available out there, to get that little bit more performance out of your pride and joy.

I, ve just purchased a new six-speed manual Holden Commodore SS-V Redline as a weekend cruiser. I believe Holden has done such a fantastic job with this car that I won’ need to spend another dollar on it to make it better.

Keep up the good work.

Mark Stewart, via email

Thanks, Mark. Well done on the purchase. As for the redesign, we’ keep on our artistes to ensure they don’ try any more funny business.


I read with interest your article on the new McLaren Senna of the June 2018 edition of MOTOR Magazine.

I enjoyed the article and it stands as one of the best I have read from the press days with the pre-production vehicles. You highlight and showcase the genuine excitement of the track-focused beast. I can’ wait to drive it.

In ‘the specs’ area you listed a ‘con’ as being “left-hand-drive only”. As someone who has been lucky enough to order one and been to the McLaren Technology Centre twice to design mine, I can assure you it certainly comes in right-hand drive. In fact, I have it straight from Mike Flewitt’ (CEO, McLaren Automotive) mouth that McLaren will never again make a car exclusively left hook. Great news for us here in Australia.

I guess he isn’ lying with respect with to the upcoming “BP23” F1 update. The seating position is in the centre! Thanks and keep up the good work!

Adrian Kinderis, via email

You bought a Senna? Hang on, a MOTOR reader that isn’ just a dreamer? Well done, Adrian, we are very envious – and let us know if you ever need someone to drive it. You can trust us. Except when it comes to filling out information boxes on specs tables. Bit more work needed on that front… mea culpa.