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Random # 214: Torana A9X Hatchback

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The fact this awesome SS Torana is sporting a disc brake rear end suggests very strongly that it's the real deal, which is to say it was fitted with the A9X-option - comprising of a bonnet scoop, heavy duty axles, a 'ten bolt' diff and the previously mentioned anchors - making it the very pinnacle of Holden's small to mid-size car line-up.  Sadly, the LX of 1976 - '78 - the car on which A9X-optioned Toranas were based - was the last of that model to feature a V8 engine and also ended their involvement in Australian touring car racing, giving way to Holden's Commodore range.   


The car shown here is in particularly fine condition. Every single aspect is perfect, right down to its period-correct Hotwire mags and Yokahama 'A-Block' radials.  It is a very, very special vehicle indeed! 












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All iPhone images.

Readers' Photos # 22: NZ Motor Museum

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Today's photos come from UMPH correspondent Culshaw, who was touring New Zealand's south island when he came across the excellent Warbirds and Wheels museum (http://www.warbirdsandwheels.com/) in Wanaka.  As the museum's name suggests, there's a selection of military aircraft and civilian vehicles - cars, trucks and motorcycles - on display.  
The planes ranged from First and Second World War examples - including an iconic WW2 Spitfire fighter - through to early jets.  There was a great range of cars and trucks from the turn of last century through to 1950s and 60s models, as well as some classic motorbikes and motoring memorabilia.  The museum's clearly worth a visit!      












Random # 213: HT Monaro

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This oh-so-cool HT Holden Monaro was present during the entirety of the UMPHs' sojourn at Strahan on Tasmania's west coast, suggesting that it may be a local car.  UMPH had spotted it several times, stalking the back streets of the fishing village and tourism hub like a shark cruising just beyond the breakers of a surf beach, when, hey presto, there is was down near the main wharf.  Now that it's been 'captured,' you too can enjoy its sleek and predatory form!    













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(uppermiddlepetrolhead.blogspot.com.au.)
All iPhone images.