Peter Dannock @peterdannock

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On 23 June 1991, the Mazda 787B claimed victory at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans. With its win of what many view as the most prestigious endurance race in the world, Mazda became the first and only rotary engine manufacturer and the first Japanese manufacturer to take the...
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Hiking to Falls Creek

It is a busy day at Falls Creek today. Not only is it the annual Peaks Challenge bike race, but the hikers were also planning to head off on another day of trekking.

To avoid the road closures due to the cycling event, the hiking group left the accommodation at 5.00...
2021-03-07 08:20:28

Intrepid hikers

The intrepid hikers appear over the hill as they headed to the Cope Hut rendezvous point. It was a beautiful sunny day, chilled slightly by the wind blowing a ross the Victorian High Plains. They were finishing a two-day hike from Mount Hotham to Falls Creek.

The trek started Mount Loch...
2021-03-06 06:58:31

Vaccine nationalism

Yesterday, the Italian government blocked a shipment of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from being shipped to Australia. They said that because Australia had so few coronavirus cases, they did not need the vaccines and that they should be used in Europe, where there is a great need.

2021-03-05 10:52:10


I have never been a big reader of books, whether it be a fictional novel, a technical manual or biography. Reading was not a habit I learned as a child and is not one I have picked up during adulthood. For some reason, I would always get bored when reading...
2021-03-04 11:03:12

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The 1964 Ford Falcon

I often talk about my favourite roadster, the Mazda MX-5, but what about some of the other cars I have owned? The first car I bought with my own money was a 1964 Ford Falcon, sixteen years old when I purchased it for $300.

From 1960, Ford Australia started manufacturing cars,...
2021-03-03 10:34:20

Private health insurance

Australia has a bit of a hybrid model for funding health cover, made up of public and private funding.

Medicare is Australia’s universal health insurance scheme. It guarantees all Australians access to a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost. It is the safety net that...
2021-03-02 11:51:03

How to read a Melway map

In the days before satellite navigation became the norm, reading and following a map was a necessary skill. I have had my driver's licence for forty years, and I have always been able to navigate my way around Melbourne's main roads. When I needed to navigate to an unknown address...
2021-03-01 10:09:58

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The best way to clean your car

I am particular about how I clean my car. I won't take it anywhere near an automated car wash, and by cleaning my car a specific way by hand, I prevent the swirling scratch marks you see in the paintwork. 
Here's how I do it:I always wash the wheels first. With...
2021-02-28 07:56:38

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A lap of Sandown International Raceway

A lap of Sandown Raceway starts at the top of the long straight, next to the pits. As I pass the empty grandstand, I am hitting a top speed of 170 km/h as I change up into fifth gear.

One hundred metres from the end of the straight, it is hard...
2021-02-27 02:14:54

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Slow in, fast out

Driving a car fast around any race track takes a little practice, and there are some basic techniques you should keep in mind.
Maintaining car balance is the main principle of fast driving and smooth cornering. Progressive inputs to the brakes, steering and accelerator are required to keep the car balanced...
2021-02-26 10:25:04