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IT HAS TO BE one of the most desirable Euro cars of all time – the BMW E9 CSL 'Batmobile'. Here's a quick preview: This 1973 example was delivered to BMW Mayfair in London and transferred to Australia in the late 1970s. It underwent a ground up restoration in the early ’90s and has won a series of awards at car shows around the country. Unfortunately it’s not 100 per cent original as the lump is a later 3.5-litre BMW Motorsport unit. Yep, it goes a bit harder as a result and was sold with the original block and crankshaft for those with a thing about matching numbers, but it remains an achingly desirable piece of kit. There’s even a factory precedent for the CSL running a 3.5-litre lump, with the wildest race versions using this capacity for entry into the Group 5 Special Production class.
RARE AS HEN'S TEETH is the only way to describe the Jaguar XJR-15 and we've been following the complete remake of one. Our next chapter of Jordan Roddy’s restoration sees the first licks of paint applied to the uber-expensive carbon fibre body. But you don’t just give the task of spray painting one of the world’s rarest cars to just any old smash repairs mob. Rob Stevens from So Kool Paint Works in Carrum Downs puts his heart and soul into every rusty boot floor or perfectly hand-beaten running board that comes into his workshop. He’s also been working on Jaguars with the Roddy family for yonks. Sit back and enjoy watching this gorgeous machine undergo a complete rebuild, just in time to roll through the doors of Motorclassica.
THE WEIRDEST mix of machinery makes it to the grid at the Geelong Revival and we love it. The fourth festival was a resounding success with an estimated 50,000 fans packing the picturesque Eastern Beach foreshore for two days of quarter-mile racing. Over 400 cars from home-built specials and classic sports and touring cars to openwheelers, drag cars and V8 Supercars took on the famed Ritchie Boulevard course.
“We had everything this year,” event director Nick Heath smiled. “We had crashes, mechanicals, medical emergencies, and bad weather that closed down the track build for two days. We had everything thrown at us but we still got all our racing done and the drivers had a great day."
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