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TOYOTA’S four-time national rally
champions Neal Bates and Coral
Taylor have been inducted into the
Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame
during a gala dinner in Melbourne
Launched in 2016, the Australian
Motor Sport Hall of Fame recognises
achievements across motor racing,
motorcycling, rallying, off-road, drag
racing, karting and speedway.
Bates is one of only five rally driv-
ers inducted since the Hall of Fame
was created, while Taylor is the first
woman and co-driver to be included
in the current list of 51 inductees.
Bates and Taylor have repre-
sented Toyota in Australia for 25
years, winning the Australian Rally
Championship in 1993, 1994, 1995
and 2008, as well as Targa Tasmania
in 1995 and the 2012 Australian
Classic Rally Championship.
They also competed in World Rally
Championship events for Toyota Team
Chairman of the Australian Motor
Sport Hall of Fame Garry Connelly
said it was fitting that multiple cham-
pionship winners like Taylor and
Bates, who have also done much to
increase the profile of rallying in
Australia, should be inducted.
“Their places – with Jack ‘Gel-
ignite’ Murray, Ross Dunkerton, Colin
Bond and Possum Bourne – as icons
of rallying in this country are well
deserved,” he said.
Toyota Australia sales and market-
ing executive director Tony Cramb
said Bates and Taylor were the com-
pany’s flag bearers in motor sport for
a quarter of a century, and continue to
contribute as ambassadors.
“Neal Bates Motorsport devel-
oped the performance kit used in our
Toyota 86 Racing Series, while Neal’s
son Harry last weekend recorded his
first national rally championship vic-
tory in Victoria,” he said.
“They must surely be one of
the most enduring rally driver and
co-driver pairings anywhere in the
Bates said it was an honour to be
“I am proud of what we’ve
achieved as a team,” he said.
“The focus is often on the driver,
but it is a team effort – from Coral’s
vital role with the pace notes to the
“I have been fortunate to have
Toyota’s backing and some very good
people around me for many years.”
Coral Taylor said it was a special
honour to be the first woman induct-
“I was totally surprised to get the
notification letter,” she said.
“I’ve had the privilege of sitting
beside the driver I consider to be the
best in Australia for the last 25 years.
“Toyota has been part of our lives
through it all and still is, with classic
rallies and ambassadorial functions
like this week’s launch for the new
season of the Toyota 86 Racing
Rally champions inducted
into motoring hall of fame
THE Australian Motor
Sport Hall of Fame
has inducted 21 new
members at a gala
function attended by
FIA president, Jean Todt
in Melbourne recently.
The Australian Hall
of Fame was launched
last year with an
inaugural list of 30
three-time Formula 1
World champion Sir
Jack Brabham and five-
time MotoGP champion
This year’s inductee
list included competi-
tors from virtually every
facet of the sport as well
as two “special” awards
for legendary engineer
Ron Tauranac and long-
time administrator, John
Hall of Fame chair-
man, Garry Connelly,
was delighted with the
outcome of the evening.
“It has been another
fantastic evening and I
think has carried on a
great tradition from last
year’s inaugural event,”
“The list of inductees
will again create plenty
of opinion and debate
and that’s what pro-
grams like the Hall of
Fame are all about.”
The 2017 inductee
list includes Arthur
Wilkinson and Leigh
Scott Adams from the
world of speedway
Jim Read became
the second drag racer
inducted after Ash
Marshall paved the way
Jim Richards and
Mark Skaife were
announced as “advance”
inductees back in
December and they
were joined on the list
by fellow motor racing
stalwarts Lex Davison,
Frank Gardner, Kevin
Bartlett, Larry Perkins
and Vern Schuppan.
The two-wheel tar-
mac inductees included
Troy Corser, Keith
Campbell and Tom
Phillis, who became
the first rider to win a
world championship on
a Japanese motorcycle
when he clinched the
125cc title on a Honda
21 motorsport legends honoured
Rally champions Neal Bates (left) and Coral Taylor were inducted into the
Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame recently. The pair are pictured with Toyota
Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb (centre).
Sport Hall of
Fame for his
to the sport.
Designed in Sweden,
built in Italy
Volvo’s classic luxury car, the 262 Coupe, was designed in Sweden before being built in Italy.
IN 1977 Volvo turned
perceptions of what its brand
stood for upside down, building
the 262 Coupe in Italy.
The Volvo 262 Coupe sold
better than expected despite
costing more than twice as
much as the basic model in the
The Volvo 264 was presented
in the autumn of 1974 and two
years later it was time for the
Swedish car manufacturer to
build its first six-cylinder estate
At the Geneva Motor Show
in March 1977 the two-door
coupe, with heavily-slanted
windscreens and a roof lowered
by 6cm, saw the light of day.
To make the car appear sleek-
er, the rear wheel pods were
removed, while the rest of the
body was identical to the rest of
the 200 series.
The mixture of leather and
hardwood on the seats, head-
rests and door sides were what
made the 262 Coupe stand out
from the basic model.
When the Volvo 1800ES was
discontinued in 1973 there was
no natural successor to the top-
range sports model.
Volvo’s chief executive at the
time Pehr G Gyllenhammar saw
this as a problem, deciding a
luxury coupe would be the cor-
rect model to build.
Chief designer Jan Wilsgaard
did sketches before it was
taken to Italian designer Sergio
Coggiola’s company in the
The four-door body was
rebuilt into a two-door body
with a lower roof clad with
vinyl and the wide C-pillar
adorned with three crowns –
Sweden’s heraldic national
The engine in the 262C was
initially a 2.7-litre, 140Hp V6
and was developed with Peugeot
Volvo was unable to fit
such a niche product, built
in small numbers, at its plant
in Gothenburg, instead final
assembly took place at the
Italian Carozzeria Bertone.
Kits were sent to Turin where
the bodies were modified, paint-
ed and assembled into finished
To make the car appear sleeker, the rear wheel pods were removed, however the rest of the body is
identical to the rest of the 200 series.
MANUAL versus automatic can certainly be a
topic of fiery debate and, as with any argument,
there are at least two sides to the story.
Graham Meyer of RAA’s Technical Advisory
Service outlined the benefits of both automatic
and manual transmissions.
He said the main benefit of a manual car is the
sportier feeling motorists get when driving the car,
selecting the correct gears, and timing the clutch
and throttle to get the best take-off.
Over in the automatic camp, drivers are gener-
ally looking for ease of use and maybe some extra
Automatic vehicles also have smoother gear
changes, which make towing easier.
However, Mr Meyer said automatics use more
fuel, even with advances in technology.
He added that an increased number of gears
could also add up to higher repair costs, although
reliability was improving.
The motor vehicle expert said the real winners
of this battle could be the DSG (direct shift gear-
DSGs have a lot in common with manual trans-
missions, except they have two clutches and no
pedal to control them.
This means they have the swift gear changes of
a manual, but with the ease of an automatic.
They have previously been found mostly in
high-performance vehicles, but they’re becoming
Mr Meyers said drivers could argue the pros
and cons until they are blue in the face but it all
comes down to personal preference.
Manual or automatic transmission: which is better?
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