Volume 13

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in this issue

2 min
front end

There are first cars – the one where you scrape everything together to buy, so that your mobile and have a way of escaping the olds. Then, there is the first car you fall in love with. Back in 1994, I had a thousand dollarydoos to buy my first car at 16 years of age. To be fair, at the time, I was planning on becoming a Rock Star and was waaaay more into the 1990s grunge movement than I was cars. Either way, I still wanted a holden TX Gemini coupe, but decent models were around two-and-a-half grand: So it was a KE70 Carola for me. Hey, it was not the coolest car, but five dollars of petrol got me around for almost a week – we had an…

10 min
porsche 911 gt1 evo

It is hard to spot under the giant rear wing – but it is there. Off-center and low down in the shrouded, sculpted aero rump you see the license plate: P1 POW. Small detail, big impact: this thing’s road legal. You recognize the Porsche 911 rear lights. They are the 996 shape – the one from the late 1990s. Between them, and above that street-legal plate, it says GT1. Small number – but, once again, big impact. It is still recognizable as a 911 – but looks longer. Flatter, massively wider, and more purposeful, too. It’s a race car, right? Just missing its sponsorship livery. Yet that plate suggests it is just as entitled to cruise the highways, do school dropoff, or rock up to the nearest Sunday morning Cars ‘n’…

8 min
porsche 911 gt1-109

Subtle curves swell over the wheels, reaching up to the body-width rear wing as they dance from road to racer and back again. The Porsche 911 GT1 Evo looks alien, grafting 996 Carrera details onto a shape designed for circuit-racing victory. It plays with perspective. Huge, yet tiny. Contemporary, but already classic – somehow. Finished in the PlayStation livery, it wore to its final races. Chassis GT1-109 encapsulates the 1990s movement to build the fastest road-based GT racers ever conceived. Porsche entered the GT1 category to win. In 1994, the manufacturer developed the Group C 962 prototype into a technically-compliant GT racer to win at Le Mans, but their real focus lay elsewhere. Norbert Singer and his engineering team wanted to create a 911 which could compete at the forefront of…

8 min
bmw - m6

BMWs can be awfully confusing when it comes to their badging. Back in the day, a 323i simply meant that it was a 3 Series body with a 2.3-liter engine. A 535i was the 5 Series body with a 3.5-litre engine – simple, right? M3s were all two-door coupes; except, they are four-door sedans now; and the M4 is now the M3 coupe; the 320i may have a 2.2-liter engine; and the 323i could have the 2.5-liter – confused? Me, too. (And, perhaps, so is BMW!) Whether it be the 3.0 CSL – that was never badged as an M-car – or the M3 – where every iteration was badged as an M-car – they all share a common DNA. In the case of the 6 Series M-car, it is both:…

8 min
mike simcoe

Simcoe has had his hand in modern benchmarks from Buick’s Avenier concept to the Australian Monaro Coupe to the C8 Corvette. “I had no intention of getting to where I am,” Mike said from his home, a 25-minute freeway ride from GM’s sprawling Warren Technical Center in Detroit, and 10,000 miles from a childhood in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Mike said that his father was a bit of a car snob. While he had once owned a Holden, his dad turned to a Rover 2000; then, the 3.5 Rover Coupe. “Weirdly enough, he went back to Holden after that because I was working at Holden and he could get a discount … When he had the Rovers, I guess, is when I worked out there was something besides Holdens…

8 min
marella zagato

To borrow from Churchill, Marella Rivolta is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. For the Art Director of major car-styling company Zagato and the third generation of one of Italy’s most prominent automotive families, her online footprint is almost non-existent. Even her Instagram account, that she admittedly only started a few weeks ago, is remarkably spartan in terms of clues to who she is and what drives her. When I met her, she was seated at the far end of her boardroom table – Godfather-like; dressed simply in denim, but in that elegantly Italian way; her hand wrapped around a vaping pod to which she periodically returned to during our conversation. She could be the new Michael Corleone for the influence she wields as the righthand of Zagato’s…