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All of the old, classic Garage of Awesome posts are located here; be they rants, gleaned or just Captain Awesomes musings…

GLEANED – Isuzu Bellett GT1600

GLEANED – Isuzu Bellett GT1600

First published 2011-12-28 Being Bellett aficionados ourselves, this example did not take long to pass by our inbox, Facebook page and even SMS, within hours of hitting the site. Scant details are supplied and the 1964 year model appears to be wrong, with the Bellett GT1600 not being released until 1965 and the PR91-model, which this undoubtedly is, not released until 1966. We’d want to know if all parts, badges and bright work are included as much of these are not…

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GLEANED – Mazda Bongo

GLEANED – Mazda Bongo

First published 2011-07-24  As you may have read previously, we’re all for a Mazda Bongo. They are rare, look happy and have a crazy name.   Unfortunately they’re few and far between these days thanks to their penchant for rust, catching fire and people like Australian movie director George Miller. This beautiful breadvan would surely be one of the best unrestored examples left in the country. The yellow machine is described as a 1977 model; however, this original Bongo shape…

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SPOTTED – Trihawk 3-wheeled Freak Show

SPOTTED – Trihawk 3-wheeled Freak Show

First published 2011-07-14  Our Spotted section is for cars that we’ve seen about the place; generally lurking around the mean streets of Murder City, South Australia. However, in September 2010 we took a wrong turn on our way to the McDonalds drive-thru and ended up at a Coffee and Cars meet in Irvine, California.  The meet was no less than awesome, with no snobbery, cars of every make, model and creed, of any age and, it seemed with any amount…

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SPOTTED – Holden FC ute – King of the Ratters

SPOTTED – Holden FC ute – King of the Ratters

First Published 2011-06-27 At Garage of Awesome, we like ratted cars, but there‘s an art to it. While three cans of matt-black and some flappers may make it a bit of a ratter, the only tried and true method is to get a car then stick in somewhere for 40 years. In the weather and ignore it. As long as they’re good mechanically and don’t leave you stranded while trying to elegantly talk your way through a defect station and…

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GENERAL AWESOME – 4 Most Ridiculous Badge-Engineered Cars to Disgrace the Australian Market

GENERAL AWESOME – 4 Most Ridiculous Badge-Engineered Cars to Disgrace the Australian Market

First published 2011-06-20 Badge engineering is the process of getting a car that already exists and re-branding it. Sometimes, with some clever styling, it can work. Nobody questioned Ford ‘s small and mid-sized Laser and Telstar range, available mainly in the Asia-Pacific region throughout the 1980s and 1990s; they were pretty much Mazdas, 323s and 626s to be precise. They looked different enough to the untrained eye and often that‘s all they need. Sometimes, it‘s more prudent for a large…

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GLEANED – HSV SV1800

GLEANED – HSV SV1800

First published 2011-06-08 Aussie readers will know one thing about the following initials. Regardless of if they are enthusiasts of Holden or Ford, regardless of if they like imports or local cars, modern cars or classics, regardless of almost anything, they will know the initials H.S.V. and they will know, regardless of their allegiance, that HSV equals power. For those not in the know, HSV is the specialist tuner branch of Australia‘s own General Motors arm, Holden. Standing for Holden…

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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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