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WHEELS MAG ARCHIVE

ONE OF the joys of working for Unique Cars is that we get to mosey over to the Wheels office and start leafing through their huge back catalogue. It’s usually while editor Butler is giving someone a rocket for accruing a backdated Eastlink toll bill that could bankrupt Qatar, but we don’t let things like that distract us from wasting hours reading classic road tests and drive stories. We call it research, but it’s really a bit of a wheeze.

Realising that they were sitting on a gold mine of Australian motoring history, Wheels is digitising its back catalogue and making it available online. This altruistic gesture has, thus far, covered all issues between 2010 and 2014 but there is an ongoing commitment to deliver more of the old stuff when they have fixed the document scanner and the intern. If you’re looking for a used car and you’d like to read the sort of long form, authoritative road test that the attention-deficit web usually doesn’t do so well, here’s your salvation. Jump onto wheelsmag.com.au/archive.

ALL-JAPAN GALLERY

SCORCHING QLD heat couldn’t deter more than 400 Japanese classic enthusiasts from displaying their favourite wheels at the annual All Japanese Classic Day held on Brisbane’s north side. The event continues to build in terms of its buzz as well as its attendance numbers year on year, with an ever more diverse field showing off the Rising Sun’s finest.

Among the many classics we spotted a bunch of standouts. Here are a few: A Z432 Datsun Fairlady, believed to be one of two in Australia and driven to the event by a very enthusiastic owner; Danny Irvine’s 1968 Mazda Cosmo L10A which is far more petite in real life than it looks in the pictures; Trent Bianco’s mad 1971 Mitsubishi Minica, motivated by a Kawasaki motorbike engine; Gavin Wheate’s gorgeous 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-X ‘Hakosuka’.

The sheer variety on offer makes the All Japanese Classic Day a ‘must do’ event on the Brisbane car show calendar. See tradeuniquecars.com.au

MEGAN’S VC VALIANT

THERE ARE some cars that you just can’t bear to part with. For Megan Anderson, the family’s 1966 VC Valiant certainly fits that description. Owned for around 35 years and originally a daily driver, tow vehicle and occasional street racer, the car was treated to a bare metal restoration and is now a fixture at Midstate Mopars.

At the time of initial purchase, Megan thinks husband Ron overpaid for the car when he forked out $1,500, but she’s grown to love the way the car drives and the power of that 273ci V8 lump. We’ve shot a short video here of Megan with her car and it’s a testament to sticking with something you’re happy with.

She’s got a few tips for buyers looking for a VC Val and if you want more, tiptoe back to our last issue for our full buyers' guide on VC Valiants.

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