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Feb 20, 2021
True blue record-breaker

True blue record-breaker

This electric blue Ford has just become the most expensive Australian-made production car to be sold at auction. The 1971 Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III went for $1.15 million ($1.2 million with buyer’s premium) in Slattery’s Ultimate Aussie Car Auction this week. That beat the $1.05 million paid in January for a Holden HSV GTSR W1 Maloo ute. The new record-holder is a Queen...

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Feb 11, 2021
Dose of Outback reality as  Survivor hits Cloncurry

Dose of Outback reality as Survivor hits Cloncurry

After five seasons stranded on Pacific islands, Australian Survivor is setting up camp in North West Queensland. Cloncurry is hosting Season 6 of the popular show, produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Network 10. “With its rich history and epic landscape that includes iconic red dirt, towering rock formations and spectacular fresh water dams, Cloncurry is the perfect place to ...

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Jan 31, 2021
Record bids for exceptional Holdens

Record bids for exceptional Holdens

This 2017 GTSR W1 Maloo Ute has broken the record for Australia’s most expensive road registerable muscle car, selling under the hammer for $1,050,000. “There were three bidders that bid over $1,000,000 on the Maloo Ute with two of them being Holden enthusiasts,” Lloyds Auctions chief executive officer Lee Hames said. “However the winning bidder is a group specialising in raffli...

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Sep 12, 2020
Brabham unveils road car with a racing heart

Brabham unveils road car with a racing heart

Brabham Automotive has launched a street-legal version of its BT62 hypercar – the Brabham BT62R. And it says it is already filling multiple orders from customers in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere for the car, priced at $1.5 million. With 522kW (700hp) of power and 667 Nm of torque on tap, the Brabham BT62R features the highest-output, naturally aspirated V8 on the market. Th...

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Sep 09, 2020
Karaoke kings urged to aid JCU voice study

Karaoke kings urged to aid JCU voice study

Love to belt it out like Barnesy on karaoke night? If so, then James Cook University is keen to sign you up for a new research project. While there’s no doubt karaoke can be hard on the ears, this study aims to find out if it is also bad for your voice. Dr Christopher Plant is investigating if people who participate in karaoke notice changes to their voices, which could lead to long-...

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Aug 14, 2020
VB bottles the sweet smell of knock-off time

VB bottles the sweet smell of knock-off time

Yes, this is a real thing. Victoria Bitter has launched Thirst. A scent by VB – a fragrance that ‘celebrates that satisfying moment of knock-off’. The brewers at VB partnered with perfumers to create a scent crafted with perfume oil along with the essence of Australian Super Pride hops used to brew Victoria Bitter. How seriously do they take this aromatic enterprise? Well...

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Aug 11, 2020
Local distillery rolls out the barrel for Father’s Day

Local distillery rolls out the barrel for Father’s Day

A boutique Central Queensland distillery is releasing a special edition rum in time for Father’s Day. The SB13 rum is the 13th small batch production from Sarina Sugar Shed’s onsite distillery and is described as boasting rich, mellow and smooth flavours from an extra year of barrel ageing. Sarina Sugar Shed coordinator Ian Mason said this was one of the finest rums the Sugar Shed had prod...

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Aug 07, 2020
Mining shires show how to handle a pandemic

Mining shires show how to handle a pandemic

Pandemic and opportunity have combined to put mining shires on the winners podium when it comes to keeping the economy afloat. And Cloncurry takes the gold medal. The ‘big shire, few people, enormous resource wealth’ profile of the region 800kms west of Townsville has attracted unsolicited exploration attention by helping maintain production in the face of restrictions that have crippled me...

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Jul 30, 2020
Earthmoving owner takes to life in the fast lane

Earthmoving owner takes to life in the fast lane

Having your own excavation business is handy if you’re a buggy enthusiast keen to build an off-road racing circuit. Newman Trucking and Excavations owner Ray Newman has achieved just that at Moranbah, with his circuit playing host to its first Queensland Off Road Racing Championship round this month. He built it with his own equipment and assistance from AE Group Civil & Mining Co...

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