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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 camsshop.shopdesq.com.
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 navman.com.au
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 mypolaris.com.au
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 tjm.com.au 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...