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Chris Harris explains subscription channel /DRIVE+

Chris Harris and his buddies from /DRIVE have just launched their paid YouTube channel /DRIVE+. It will run alongside the free channel we’ve come to know and love, as well as airing the program on NBC. Harris has explained the move in detail via his PistonHeads blog. Here’s a snippet: YouTube underwrote two years of […]

Bernie says: I’ll pay to settle bribery case

The bribery case involving Bernie Ecclestone looks set to be settled out of court. The BBC reports Ecclestone’s lawyers are ready to pay up to €25 million (AU$35.7m) to end the case against him in the German courts. On Tuesday Ecclestone’s defence team called for an end to proceedings citing a lack of evidence while […]

“Morally proper” to postpone 2014 Russian GP

The official Sochi Autodrom website tells us there’s only 80 days until the Russian Grand Prix. Yet, one week on from the MH17 disaster, calls for the race to be cancelled are gathering momentum. In addition to MH17 British-Russia relations are on high alert after a public inquiry into the death of Russian dissident Alexander […]

Australian new car pricing – July 1977

If you were after a little runabout in 1977 the cheapest new car on the market was the Leyland Moke ($2,995). On the other hand, if you were well to do, the most expensive car money could buy was the Bentley T or the near matching Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow (both $58,950). The Moke was also […]

Final word for FinalGear?

FinalGear.com is the go to place on the internet for news on motoring shows Top Gear and Fifth Gear. That also means it has been a reliable source of information for viewers outside of the UK who want to watch new episodes as soon as possible after going to air. That information, of course, relates […]

Volkswagen Group tipped to rebrand as Auto Union

Here’s a rumour from GoAuto that has grabbed our interest, according to its report Volkswagen Group is considering a name change to Auto Union. A possible theory for the change would be to establish a greater sense of independence for each of the brands under Volkswagen’s control, by removing the Volkswagen name from the umbrella […]

Rushing to buy movie props

If you loved Ron Howard’s F1 movie Rush—and let’s face it, who didn’t—then you might love to buy yourself a souvenir from the film. Up for sale right now are a series of props from the movie including the replica of Niki Lauda’s Ferrari you see above—click here for the full catalogue of items. While […]

“He is not in a coma anymore”

A long time has passed since we last had any news on the health of Michael Schumacher. But we’re pleased to report his family brings us an update via a statement published by manager Sabine Kehm. As much as it can be, this is bloody good news: “Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue […]

Three generations

A couple of weeks on from the passing of Sir Jack Brabham here’s a couple of off-site pieces we think you should check out. The first is a short video from SkySports which features interviews from Jack’s son David and grandson Sam. Once you’ve watched that settle into this longer audio interview with Ron Tauranac […]

/DRIVE shifting to pay TV

Back in December 2011 we were given our first taste of the YouTube channel /DRIVE. Since then it’s given the world countless hours of quality content. And all for free. Zero dollars. Nada. Just free. Here at AUSmotive we’ve not been too proud to feature pretty much anything published by Chris Harris. He’s one of […]

Remembering Sir Jack

Perhaps the only good thing to come from the passing of Sir Jack Brabham is a greater realisation of his enviable, and in many ways unmatched, stature in the world of Formula 1 and motorsport in general. Equally happy with a spanner in his hand as he was with a steering wheel, Sir Jack excelled […]

Sir Jack Brabham 1926–2014

The world of motorsport has lost a pioneer and true great with the passing of Sir Jack Brabham. The three time F1 world champion died peacefully at his home on the Gold Coast this morning. Sir Jack was 88 years old and leaves behind his wife Lady Margaret and three sons, Geoff, Gary and David […]

Nigel Stepney 1958–2014

Nigel Stepney, the key figure in the 2007 Formula 1 spygate ordeal, was killed on Friday after being hit by a truck on a British motorway. Stepney had stopped his vehicle on the hard shoulder and had stepped out of the car before being hit. A statement from Kent Police reads: For reasons yet to […]

Being James Hunt

James Hunt may have lived too fast and died too young, but didn’t he have a good time while he was alive! Those times were perhaps best exemplified early in his career when he gained attention with Hesketh Racing, where professionalism appeared secondary to reverie. Now, you have an opportunity to live a little like […]

The money or the Porsche?

Yes, Nick Murray should get his money back. This, we know, because Nick’s recent YouTube video and its 1.3 million viewers gained enough traction to force the hand of Porsche Cars North America. The company has agreed to offer Nick a full refund or a brand new replacement vehicle. So, then, the money or the […]