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1 LET THERE BE LIGHT

THIS IS WHY WE DON’T HAVE MUCH SUPER

1 LET THERE BE LIGHT

In case you were wondering how powerful 9000 Lumens is, it’s roughly six times as bright as the bomb that levelled Hiroshima. We think.

Might be wrong. Either way, this Olight X7 Marauder is a devastatingly powerful torch that’s about the size of a can of Coke. Powered by four Olight 8 Amp 18650 batteries, the four-core XHP70 LEDs are among the highest performing light sources on the planet.

Reprise the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark for $270 at

2 ON THE RIGHT TRACK

With 141 vehicle thefts per day in Australia, a GPS vehicle tracker is a great investment if you’ve got a valauable classic.

The My Cars Gen 3 device is an Intellitrac offering, an Australian business building Australia’s best-selling trackers. The Gen 3’s tracking is provided in 60-second real-time, and users benefit from the smartphone interfaces and customised reporting functions. Unlike many trackers which need to plug into an OBD port, this one needs no such modernity.

It’s leasable from just $22 per month will a host of tracking services. Check it out at

3 RUBBER SOUL

If you’re looking for tyres for your classic/vintage vehicle, the range here in Australia is now a good deal wider thanks to Michelin now offering a range of rubberwear to fit a number of vehicles made between the 30s and the end of the 70s. Iconic patterns such as X-Stop, XAS, XWX and TRX form the basis for the updated range. The appointed distributor for these hoops is Stuckey Tyre Service who also supply the Michelin’s Competition Classic range including the XAS FF, TB15 and TB5.


4 MODEL MATERIAL

Cast your rheumy old peepers over this 1/10th scale Merc 190E 2.5-16 Evo II from Tamiya. Good isn’t it?

It’s a radio-controlled replica of the 1992 Diebels-Alt sponsored Team Zakspeed car that competed in the 1992 DTM racing series in Germany. While you might not be rubbing doors at the ‘Ring, this one can be hopped-up using Tamiya accessories to make it even quicker over the ground. Top triv? The 6-spoke wheels are the same design as Celica GT-Four ‘97 Monte-Carlo.

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5 FRAME OF REFERENCE

Fine Art America is a bit of a treasure trove if you’re looking for some classy man-cave wall hangings. We could spend all day browsing through their selection of images, but we’ve settled on a pair of US muscle shots that would look wholly awesome framed and lit on the garage wall. Following up on our Bullitt news in this issue is a movie poster we’ve not seen before. We’ve all been sighing over the GTO in this month’s Auction Action too, so this pic’s the next best thing. Check them out at

6 DESIGN FOR LIFE

We like to think we’re experts on vehicle design here at Unique Cars but you only have to take one look at our dress sense to realise that most of us have the aesthetic sensibilities of an American tourist who got dressed in an unlit servo dunny.

So we need all the help we can get when it comes to judging what looks good and this book is as good a start as any we’ve come across. Andrew Nahum’s ‘50 Cars That Changed The World’ has some brave and inspired choices and is the perfect primer for those who could use a few style pointers.