GEARBOX PREMIUM

1 GET SHIRTY

OR HOW TO APPALL YOUR FISCALLY CAUTIOUS PARTNER

1 GET SHIRTY

As you may have noticed, we’ve gone pretty large on Falcon hardtops in this issue, so here’s a shirt to match. The rather comely XC Falcon featured is the work of artist Grant Booth, who’s renowned for producing t-shirts, hoodies and prints of classic and muscle cars.

The great thing about this tee is that you can not only choose the colour of the car to suit your own, but you can also supply your rego for the ultra-personalised effect.

Sizes range from XS to 5XL and the price is $42 from bit.ly/xcfalconshirt

2 PUMP AND JUMP

The SCA 12v Heavy Duty Jump Starter with Air Compressor might want for a snappy name, but it certainly clues you in on what you get in return for $175 of your hard-earned. It packs a peak wallop of 1100 amps, comes with a reverse polarity alarm to deter even the most clueless, has inbuilt spark and surge protection and even an LED work light. It’ll even help you out of a spot if you need some air in a low tyre with its inbuilt compressor. The icing on the cake? Twin 12v sockets on the front and USB on the back to keep you powered up when camping. Check it out at bit.ly/SCA12vjumper

3 GOSS FINISH

Biante produce some of our very favourite models and this 1:18th scale XB Falcon Hardtop John Goss Special ticks all the boxes.

In full Mcleod Ford Horn Car option in Emerald Fire Over Polar White, this Gossy got the front and rear spoilers and lairy interior seating that marked out the dealer specials. Produced in diecast with fully opening parts, high detail and coming in a limited edition with a numbered certificate of Authenticity, this model is a must have for Ford fans.

Have an early look-see at

4 NO ONE-BRICK PONY

As much as we’d all like a Ferrari F40, chances are we’re not one of the lucky 1311 cashed-up smug sods who own one. Okay, Plan B. This Lego Creator masterpiece is an incredibly detailed construction set of over 1000 pieces which is why it’s recommended for kids aged 14 and over. If you have a very smart kid, you can try them on it a bit younger, but if you have an exceptionally dull proto-adolescent we’d recommend sticking to beer coolers and bongo drums.

It’s $129.95 only from Myer at

5 BOOK ’EM

If you’re as obsessed with classic car auction results as we are, you need the Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2015-16. It analyses the trends behind 5644 of the most significant cars offered for sale over the past year. If you’re looking for informed opinion, reams of graphs, stats, geographical breakdowns and insights into which market sector is hot and which is not, you can’t afford to do without this weighty tome. It’s a bit of an industry secret but you can get it for GBP69.99 from

6 McMEMORIES

“Who is to say that he had not seen more, done more and learned more in his few years than many people do in a lifetime? To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy.” Bruce McLaren wrote those words in 1964 as the eulogy for Timmy Mayer killed during practice in a McLaren-built Cooper T70 at Longford, Tasmania. Six years later those words would be used at Bruce’s own funeral. His biography, From the Cockpit, is a great collection of tales now reissued. Ship a copy in from