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Month: May 2011

GENERAL AWESOME – 3 Awesome Second Fiddle Movie & TV Cars

GENERAL AWESOME – 3 Awesome Second Fiddle Movie & TV Cars

First published 2011-05-30  K.A.R.R. – Knight Rider  1982 While K.I.T.T. was everybody ‘s favourite 1982 sentient robotised boy-scout Pontiac Firebird that spent its days ferrying about an extremely blow-dried David Hasselhoff from one big-haired 1980’s booty call to another, K.A.R.R. was quietly brewing up unadulterated evil. In a story closely mirrored six years later by Star Trek: TNG’s story arc featuring Data the android and his evil, earlier prototype ‘brother ‘, Lore, KITT is found to be the second, improved…

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SPOTTED – 1932 Morris Minor Monster Mash

SPOTTED – 1932 Morris Minor Monster Mash

First published 2011-05-21  We love a good hot-rod here at Garage of Awesome. We usually prefer ratter or nostalgia rods rather than super-slick street rods, but when we saw this, our brains literally crashed.   This 1932 looks like standard street rod fair from the front, although colour-coded grille, cycle guards and retro-Centreline-style wheels with spinners, plus a monster motor don’t necessarily an awesome rod maketh.   Oh wait. Look at it again. Look at ALL of it. WTF???! WE…

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GLEANED – Holden HB Torana 4-door

GLEANED – Holden HB Torana 4-door

First published 2011-05-21  The HB Torana has long been overlooked as a genuine classic. Perhaps it is the perception that they are merely a badge-engineered HB Vauxhall Viva. Perhaps it is the less-than-enthusiastic 1.2 litre motor. Perhaps it is the fact that with each successive model after the HB, the Torana was given more and more powerful engines, culminating in a 5044cc V8 that could turn asphalt to dust. Perhaps it is because of all these things but it‘s not…

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GLEANED – Toyota Tiara ute

GLEANED – Toyota Tiara ute

First published 2011-05-14 It was always our intention to keep our featured vehicles wide and varied. We didn’t want to get too bogged down with one style of vehicle or another, so as long as the vehicle had a tangible level of awesome, it was in. However, the appearance of two heroically AWESOME Jap-spec utes within a few days of each other means we can either: a) not feature this mild custom Toyota Tiara ute because we already featured that…

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GENERAL AWESOME – Freakshow – Ford XW Falcon GT 428 Cobrajet Bill Bourke Special

GENERAL AWESOME – Freakshow – Ford XW Falcon GT 428 Cobrajet Bill Bourke Special

First published in 2011-05-05  You’re the head of the local arm of a multi-national automotive corporation in the hedonistic late 1960’s. You’ve invented a muscle-car sub-genre that is going to prevail for decades. You need a daily driver. What to do? Chicago-born Bill Bourke was deployed to Ford Australia from 1965 to 1971 and during that time, not only became Managing Director of Ford’s local arm, he also invented the Ford Falcon GT. Not in that order. The story has entered…

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GLEANED – Datsun U320 Dual-Cab ute

GLEANED – Datsun U320 Dual-Cab ute

First published in 2011-05-02 If everybody thought like us, the appearance of this advert on Gumtree would cause a mass panic of Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World proportions, with people streaming from all over the nation to find the treasure in Tasmania, possibly under a large D-shaped palm tree, if palm trees didn’t just die where they stand because Tasmania is colder than space. This 1964 Datsun U320 dual-cab ute is one of the most amazing, rare and bizarre time capsules…

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SPOTTED – Oldsmobile F85

SPOTTED – Oldsmobile F85

First published 2011-05-01  We love Yank Tanks here at Garage of Awesome but if we see another Mustang, we might just die of boredom. They seem to be starting to outnumber Camry’s and this is a bit sad, because the USA hath brought forth so many freakin’ awesome cars over the years that were NOT Mustangs, yet here we are. Don’t get us wrong; the Mustang was a good car, based off simple, hard-wearing Ford Falcon mechanicals, it looked tuff and…

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