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The Advertiser - Motoring - - PRESTIGE -

back-room bick­er­ing, but the facts and mem­o­ra­bilia are fas­ci­nat­ing. For ex­am­ple, did you know that the first ever round of the Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship was held at the Gnoo Blas cir­cuit in Or­ange, NSW? The hon­our roll of cham­pi­ons stretches from Sir Jack Brab­ham to Daniel Ric­cia­rdo. View

Nav­man MiVue Drive FHD, $299

Hol­i­days can make for hor­ror road trips. A com­bined GPS and dash­cam should help you avoid the snarls and cap­ture high­def­i­ni­tion video footage of the more cre­ative driv­ing. The Nav­man MiVue Drive FHD uses a 16GB mi­cro SD card to record cam­era out­put. Sat­nav func­tions in­clude real-time traf­fic data with auto-rerout­ing to avoid con­ges­tion, spo­ken in­struc­tions and warn­ings plus free map up­dates. If your car is in­volved in a crash, the three­axis sen­sor logs the direc­tion of the im­pact to help with in­sur­ance claims. Nav­man is sold at most ma­jor out­lets or view nav­

Po­laris Hud from $129 plus postage

Any­one who has con­trib­uted to the gov­ern­ments’

Christ­mas cof­fers in the form of a speed­ing fine will ap­pre­ci­ate the value of a headup dis­play. The dig­i­tal de­vice projects the speed on to a piece of film on the wind­screen, thereby avoiding the need to look down to check the speedo. That should help avoid both ac­ci­dents and in­fringe­ment no­tices. The Po­laris (no re­la­tion to the quad-bike com­pany) ver­sion uses GPS to de­ter­mine speed but can be cal­i­brated to match your speedo. It plugs into a 12-volt socket; an­other $22 will buy a kit to wire it in. View my­po­

Holden: Our Car Macmil­lan, $59.99

As lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing heads into its fi­nal year, what bet­ter time to re­flect on the Holden brand and its place in the Aus­tralian psy­che? Toby and Will Hagon’s book charts the rise and fall of Holden as a car man­u­fac­turer, from hum­ble be­gin­nings as a sad­dlery to the golden era of the Com­modore, which was Aus­tralia’s favourite car for 15 years straight from the late 1990s. The au­tho­rised his­tory has scores of in­ter­views with com­pany ex­ec­u­tives, de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers, as well as sketches and pho­tos of con­cept cars. The ad­ver­tis­ing posters from years gone by are great snap­shots of the Aus­tralia of yes­ter­year.

com­pany has ex­port deals to the Philip­pines, UAE and Ice­land. View comes with all the tools to clean your pride and joy, in­clud­ing a “soft dust­ing” brush to clean dash­boards and a mini mo­torised brush to re­move dirt from up­hol­stery. The...

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