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Bathurst: Trackside for 12 Hours – Part 1

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The Australian Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race is well know around the world. But did you know that there is another longer race that is run at Mount Panorama, Bathurst ?

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour race is being held this weekend at “The Mountain”, which is about two and half hours west of Sydney. This year is the 8th running of this event. The cross section of cars is entered is huge. 

There is everything this year from Fiat 500′s to a McLaren MP4-12C. We will be bring you coverage of the event over the next few days. You can also watch the live coverage of the event over at the official event website. Here are a couple of images to wet your appetite.

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HCOTY 2012 Nominee: The Ford Performance Vehicles GT RSPEC

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) Concept - 2011 Australian International Motorshow (AIMS)

For my nomination for HCOTY, I thought we needed to hear from my home country of Australia. A place where the word Hoon is treated as a dirty word, and under “Hoon laws” you can have your car taken from you and impounded for up to a month. So I have nominated the Ford Performance Vehicles GT RSPEC , a 335kw Supercharged V8 engine performance car, designed, developed and built in Australia.

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Nissan jumps into the Australian V8 Supercar fray *UPDATE: Now with ACTION photos

Joel Strickland October 30, 2012 All Things Hoon

Australian V8 Supercar history was made this morning with the reveal of the all new Nissan Altima V8 Supercar by Nissan Australian and Kelly Racing. Kelly Racing will be renamed next year as Nissan Motorsport. The Altima is the first new V8 Supercar model to be built for the Australian Championship in over 20 years. The car was unveiled at a gala launch in Melbourne this morning by Nissan Australia Managing Director and CEO William F Peffer Jr. He was joined by Kelly Racing team co-owners and Bathurst-winning drivers Todd and Rick Kelly.

*UPDATE: Action photos below

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Hey Australia, did you want a Subaru BRZ? You didn’t act fast enough

[Welcome Joel Strickland, who comes to the Hooniverse by way of Australia. Joel will chime in on these pages to give us his Down-Under perspective on all things automotive. -- Hooniverse]

With the interest in the new BRZ expected to be huge and supply of cars to be extremely small,Subaru Australia knew it had to come up with a unique way to sell their first shipment.

Subaru decided to sell it exclusively online, at www.subaru.com.au to ensure a premium customer experience. The BRZ would be sold at a National Driveaway Price* starting at $37,150 with the car going “live” at 12 noon today, Monday the 16th July.

It proved a massive success, with the car sold-out after just three hours of going “live” on the web.
With just 201 cars available through to New Year, huge online demand temporarily stalled Subaru’s website, but after it went “live” around 1245 AEST, the first online customer took just 20 minutes to complete the process, from choosing accessories, completing their contract and paying their deposit.

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