Toyota Australia creates the ultimate Tonka Truck

Joel Strickland March 29, 2017 The News!

We love our utes in Australia and in particular, we love the Toyota HiLux. It is actually our best selling vehicle. To celebrate that, Toyota teamed up with Tonka (again) to create what they call the ultimate Tonka truck ute.  

The mods are actually very cool – a total lift on six inches, thanks in part to portal axles (!!) and 35″ Toyo Open Country Mud-Terrain tires tyres on Method wheels. It’s got all kinds of lights, rack, snorkel, and other typically common off-road equipment. And it was sprayed in the typical Tonka yellow to make it even more visible. Cool.

Pics and specs after the jump. 

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Top Gear Returns with Season 24

Top Gear is back for another season, and it’s arriving on your TV screens this weekend. Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid return for the 24th season of Top Gear, and the boys are getting right down to business. On the season opener, Chris Harris delivers an incredible experience while piloting the Ferrari FXX K, and he does so on the banked turns of Daytona.

After that it’s back to the business of a challenge. Matt, Chris, and Rory have to race across Kazakhstan in 3 high-mileage cars. Each vehicle has to be showing as much mileage on its odometer as the distance between the Earth and the Moon. That’s because there’s a space-related portion of this episode, and it leaves the trio in awe at the end.

A new season also means a new car for celebs to destroy. This time it’s not a simple econobox. Instead the visiting famous folk will get to attempt to set Top Gear test track lap times while behind the wheel of the Toyota GT86. Professor Xavier (the young version) arrives in the form of James McAvoy, and he’s the first person to set a time for the cameras.

Over the course of the seven-episode season, the guys will experience old-school motorsport in Cuba, road trip through the US in the latest convertible supercars, and attempt to create a luxury yacht from a van. It sounds like old-school Top Gear greatness but with fresh new folks helming the ship.

Watching in the USA? The show will air on Sunday, March 12th at 8/7c on BBC America. Our friends in Australia can watch it on Monday the 13th of March at 8:30pm on BBC Knowledge. We will post a Hooniversal Opinion piece on Monday after we all watch the show.

Australian Rallycross – How the Aussie put their spin on the sport.

Rallycross in Australia has a new series, called Rallycross Australia, and we were there to cover their first event which was run on Sunday the 26th February in NSW at the Marulan Dirt & Tar Circuit.

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Australian Ford Mustang Track Day

The Ford Mustang has been very popular in Australia since they were first released in the 60’s. But the Mustang was never officially sold by Ford Australia, there was a limited import between 2001-2002 when Ford Australia contracted Tickford Vehicle Engineering to convert 250 fourth generation Mustangs to RHD.

That all changed recently when Ford Australia announced that they would be officially importing and releasing for sale, through their dealer network, the new S550 sixth generation Mustang.

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VIDEO – Australian Rallycross incar

There is denying that the sport of Rallycross is popular, with Global Rallycross and World Rallycross being two of the biggest Championship currently.

In Australia, which already loves the sport of Rally, Rallycross has had a couple of false starts of late.

But that is all about to change.

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The DFL Show: Episode 38 – Team DJR Penske

In Melbourne [ed. note: That’s in Australia, by the way] on Tuesday, 7th February, DJR Team Penske unveiled their new look for the 2017 Supercar Season. On hand were the team’s two newest recruits, new driver Scott McLaughlin and new Pirtek Endurance racer Alex Premat. Both DJR cars will feature the Shell V-Power livery in 2017.

I took the opportunity to have a chat to all four drivers about the new look car and their season ahead. Listen to the Episode below featuring my chats. More photos from the launch are available after the jump. 

The DFL Show – Team DJR Penske

On this edition of the DFL Show Podcast, our man from Australia Joel Strickland speaks with the team from DJR Team Penske about their livery and the season ahead. 

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The DFL Show – Episode 37 – Special Edition Podcast

We have a special edition of the DFL Show for you and it’s very timely relating to the Bathurst 12hr. Correspondent Joel, all the way down in ‘Straya, was lucky enough to spend some time with James Taylor, the Race Director of the Bathurst 12 hour. On this special episode of the podcast we discuss the ins and outs of his role with the event. Enjoy the show…

The DFL Show – Special Edition – Race Director

M-Sport unveils Fiesta Liveries for 2017 Season

Joel Strickland December 29, 2016 Motorsports

The M-Sport team have unveiled their startling livery for their two cars for 2017 World Rally Championship Season.

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2016 HCOTY Nominee: Last Ford Falcon

Let me start by saying that I am nominating the last ever Ford Falcon Sprint as the HCOTY but when it comes to voting you really should vote for the Bowman Odyssey rig because it really is something special. Regardless I will still try and convince you to vote for the Falcon as it is still a worthy nominee.

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Nissan restores classic 80’s Dakar Rally Patrol

This time of year is popular for many different reasons Christmas, Holidays, Cricket, New Years Eve, Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. Well a couple of those are really Australian focused but you get my drift.

One of my favorite events at this time of year is the Dakar Rally, the two-week desert race based in South America, which begins in 2017 on January 2nd from Asunción in Paraguay.

For those new to the Dakar, it is a two-week endurance rally held in the South American countries of Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, where competitors compete in different classes, Motorbike, Quad Bike, Car, UTV and Truck. They compete over timed stages across a variety of terrain including sand, mud and rocks.

Prior to 2009 the event was held in Europe and Africa, but due to security and safety of the competitors the event was canceled and in 2008 and then event moved to South America in 2009.

It is the 1987 event which we are focusing on, read more after the jump.

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