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It’s on again – Toranafest 2019 will be held on 15th of September in Maitland Park, NSW.  The Hunter Valley Torana Club would like to extend an invitation to you to be a part of this great event and this year’s show promises to be one of the best.

With 2017 numbers topping 425+ Entrants, we can only imagine the how many cars will be attending in 2019 as interest in this year’s event continues to grow.  Toranafest 2019 will be held over the 14th/15th September 2019 and apart from the usual Show and Shine on the Sunday, there will be the Toranafest Cruise as well as the famous Toranafest Gala Dinner. 

Entries are now Open and you can either register and pay online – or register and pay by direct deposit.  Hop on over to:  to download the Entry Form (also attached here for your convenience).  The event is only 142 days away so make sure you get in soon and register as time slips away very quickly.  Hope to see you all there!



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Entries are now open for the 2019 NSW All Holden Day to be held on Sunday 4 August at the Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon NSW. The event is open to all Holden Badged Vehicles (when new) and will again be combined with a 2-day swap meet held on both Saturday and Sunday from 6am. To enter your Holden, go to the online entry form which can be found at:

You need to complete and submit the form on-line (along with your payment) to finish your entry. Payment is to be made via PayPal as part of the process - easy peasy. There will be no entries on the day, so make sure you get in early – display spots have sold out well before the event date over the last few years. Hope to see you all there

One for the NSW Members… You’re invited to bring your pride and joy to the first ‘Rolling 30’ event to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park from 9:00am to 5:00pm on 2 June 2019. The event is open to cars built before 1990 and drivers get the opportunity to hit the track and cruise at up to 100km/h without helmets or a competition licence.
As the name suggests, ‘Rolling 30’ is for any car built more than 30 years ago, with the cut-off date rolling forward every year. For this very first event, you can bring anything built up to (and including) 1989.
In addition to the classic cars, there is a hand-picked collection of racing metal, a heap of trade stands and a bunch of good food and drink vendors to help to keep the day. Further details and Entrant Forms can be found here:

The April 2019 edition of Retroautos is now online at Shannons Club and you can click on this LINK to read the magazine. Holden’s mythical EF was supposed to be released in 1965. But it never went beyond Holden’s secret design studio. There are fabulous images of this car and the story about why it was shelved. Plus, there is Chrysler’s TurboFlite dream car, two retro-racers and 20 year Luke Bryant talks about his classic Mitsubishi FTO coupe.

Auto Expert John Cadogan has set about comparing the Holden LX Torana SL/R 5000 and the newly released Hyundai i30N. Check it out at: and brace yourself for impact if you’re looking through the rear-view mirror with your rose-coloured glasses!

If you thought the link above was interesting, you’ll want to check this out: as John Cadogan this time looks at the lemon List – the Top 20 worse cars to buy in 2019!

An email has crossed the A9X Admin desk from Castrol promoting their new ‘Rego-2-Oil’ site where the company can identify the right oil for your car based on your licence plate number. Not quite sure how they can do this – and it didn’t work for me anyway – but after doing a vehicle browse it came up with the following crankcase oils for the Holden LH/LX Torana:
CASTROL GTX 20W-50 – Good
Whilst we are all familiar with the GTX 20W-50 oil (and have probably all used it) I am interested to know if anyone can comment on the synthetic engine oil technology they are touting as the better option. Has anyone got any experience with synthetic oils in the trust ol’ 308?
You can it out here on-line at:


If you’re interested in surfing the net for car-related stories, you might like to check out the following:
Just like the seat belt and electronic stability control, speed limiters, among other safety technology, will become mandatory in Australian cars:

General Motors Is Becoming China Motors.
You may have been aware of this before but it's still very interesting. It is all verified and it is all very real. GM used to be a great company but Oldsmobile has been destroyed, Pontiac has been destroyed, Buick has almost been destroyed, and Chevrolet is getting ready to destroy the Impala (or what's left of it!):

Electric Car comparison

How does the latest car (powered by electrons technology) compare with its direct predecessor, the hydrocarbon-burning automobile? In the same way our forebears must have compared the first motorcar to the trusty nag (which was soon to be advertised with hefty cash rebates and complimentary oat bags) here we have the ultimate comparison between the 2013 Tesla Model S and the 1915 Model T Ford:

And while on the subject of the Tesla, the company is now investigating yet another ‘incident’ involving one of their cars, this time the Model S sedan:

An enormous mural is being painted in Elizabeth, paying tribute to those who worked at the former Holden plant: