THE WAY IT WAS

Nothing ‘sub’ about him

Col Menzies (below left) joined Wheels as assistant editor to Phil Scott with the June 1988 issue.

He returned to his first love of newspapers around July the following year. He later died of cancer in 2011 at just 61. Scotty remembers Col as one of the great sub-editors, producing some of Wheels’ best headlines and intros: Phil’s favourite was on a road test of an underpowered Peugeot. It simply read: Gallic Bred; No Herbs.

ALSO IN WHEELS, March 1995

We dig around under the skin of the R35 Nissan GT-R; Brockie joins us to help find Australia’s fastest car – it turns out to be a Porsche 928 GTS that pulls 262km/h; oversized journo Russell Bulgin squeezes himself into the cockpit of the Simtek F1 car; Carey gives a spanking to the 5.0-litre V8 in the TVR Griffith 500.

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Aussie GP hijacked

In May 1995, Adelaide learns that Melbourne has pinched the rights to hold the Australian F1 Grand Prix. Not everyone is happy: protesters rally to prevent Albert Park from closing for the six-day event.

Whole lotta glove

Despite overwhelming evidence, American hero O.J.

Simpson is found not guilty of murdering his estranged wife and her partner. Simpson would be found ‘responsible’ in a civil suit in 1997.

The nerve of it all

wheelsaustralia 159 Members of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo launch an attack with sarin nerve gas on Tokyo’s subway.

Twelve people are killed; thousands more injured.