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The man's dream!

He's a Holden man through and through.

His first love is his full-scale 1970 Holden HG GTS Monaro, which he has owned for almost four years.

His second love is plastic scale modelling, which he does when the heavens look like opening up and dampening the duco of his red GTS Monaro.

Antoney, from Melbourne, has faithfully restored his GTS in the past three years. It's an original specification car with rally red duco and houndstooth cloth trim.

"It's as close as I can get it with the current availability of original parts," he says.

As other bits and pieces pop up they are carefully added, taking it one step closer to motoring nirvana.

The Monaro is definitely a weekend drive proposition. Antoney's dayto-day transport is a HG Premier 186 with 106,000 miles on the clock.

A 1:24 scale-model Monaro is part of Antoney's vast collection, which includes predominantly Australian military aircraft.

Antoney's passion for the Monaro and modelling has led him to become part of the team that will stage Monaros in the Millennium at Easter 2000 at Wangaratta in central Victoria.

Organisers are expecting 20,000 people and 500 cars.

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He is also on the organising committee of the Australian Open Plastic and Scale Model Championships, to be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds during the Grand Prix festivities (March 4-7).

According to Antoney, the response to the unveiling of the Monaro prototype concept car late last year has demonstrated Australia's desire to recapture the days of the true home-grown sports car.

"The amount of coverage has been truly amazing, with many spin-offs pardon the pun -for the Monaro clubs around Australia as people remember and in many cases act on their fondness for Australia's bestknown car," he says.

Not surprisingly, interest in the Monaro concept may have a filterdown effect on prices for old Monaros.

At present you can pick up a GTS Monaro from about $12,000 up to $25,000 for an example in concourse condition.

"But a few are changing hands now and prices are going up," he says.

The Monaro has also been voted by one motoring magazine as No.1 of the top 10 most collectable Australian cars.

Since the 30th anniversary of the Monaro and Holden's 50th birthday celebrations last year, the Monaro Club of Victoria has tripled in size to 300 members.

And the name Monaro?

The car's image has ignited the passions of many Australians and returned them with fondness to their motoring roots.

"The unveiling of Holden's new coupe * has only fuelled this," he says.

"What many people fail to realise is that the Monaro was not for the faint-hearted or for those short of cash.

"At many stages throughout its life it was the most expensive model in the Holden range.

"It was literally top of the range.

"The only people who could afford them were top executives and those well-heeled enough to be able to spoil themselves . . . a little like those today who indulge in HSV's latest creations."

Antoney's interest in the Monaro stems from childhood.

"My father had an example of the first Monaro," he says. "It was a base model dressed up to look like a top-ofthe-line GTS. We loved that car and went everywhere in it.

"So when it came my turn to try my hand at a sports best double din unit, how could I choose anything else but a Monaro?

"It was also Australian, which I think is important and a living reminder of the late '60s and early '70s."

Since the restoration, Antoney's Monaro has covered only 1200 miles, mostly on club runs.

"It's a beast to drive.

"My fiance * e, despite flying the world's largest passenger plane for a living, won't drive the thing.

"It's a bit of a brute at low speed, but on the open road or the race track, she flies.

"I haven't been game to take her above 110mph."

Antoney ultimately gets a bit wistful about his passion and the Monaro concept coupe * .

"Regardless of Holden's decision to build it or not, they have already added another chapter to the legend they call Monaro."

Legend says it originated from the council offices at Cooma in NSW.

The Monaro shire takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning "high plain". However, for another Aboriginal group the same word is said to mean "woman's breast".

First car:

A nipple-pink 1961 EK Holden with white walls. Fantastic.

Learner's plates:

I learned to drive in a manual EK Holden. Along the way I've also had three EKs and one FB Holden.

They're easy to fix and cheap to run.

On the road:

I would have to say I'm a passive driver. I read the road. Driving a car like the GTS too, when you pull up at the lights people always ask about the car. I'm careful in it because I don't want to bend it.

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Well, I'd have to say a Porsche 911. It's the ultimate performance machine.

I'd use it as an everyday car, too.

Worst driving habit:

Probably riding the clutch. It's really heavy in the GTS.

Road rage:

I find the complete and utter lack of courtesy really annoying. There's no excuse for it and it seems to be getting worse. Everyone's in such a hurry.

On the stereo:

Well, call me old fashioned but it has to be [radio station] 3MP easy listening. With one speaker in the car and a basic radio that's about as good as it gets. The GTS is not wired for sound.

Highs and lows:

I suppose my best experience on the road is the road coming out of Hastings -I think it's the HastingsFrankston road. It's a great road.

Also the 50th anniversary celebration for Holden was a blast. I also got to do 90mph around Holden's test track.

What my car says about me:

Perfection. Wanting to get it right.

However, I do admit that nothing's perfect, but I eventually want my GTS to be close.



  • The Modern Cars:

    LONDON: Within a year, cars will be able to telephone breakdown services automatically if they are about to fail, according to the RAC.

    The motoring organisation has revealed that it has already developed a prototype car with Jaguar that uses telemetry to allow RAC controllers to view data from the vehicle's computer systems remotely.

    The car is able to warn of impending breakdowns and give the driver directions to the nearest garage. Should the car be unable to make it to a garage, an RAC patrol automatically will be alerted.

    Drivers also can be sent route maps with the latest traffic news and be warned of delays.

    New Standard for automobiles

    The RAC worked with Formula One teams to develop the system. Chris Jones, the RAC's manager of roadside technologies, says: ``We are ready to go with this to be used in everyday cars. The infrastructure is there and we have tested working systems. All we are waiting for is manufacturers to put these things in their cars. We expect the first systems to appear within a year.

    ``We have already worked with Jaguar on a prototype system and we are also talking to several other manufacturers. Initially, the system will be an added extra. But we think it will quickly become standard.''

    The system relies on a small control box containing a global positioning system receiver and a cellular telephone. The box connects to the car's engine-management system and a colour screen mounted in the dashboard. A hidden microphone and car speaker in the motobike allow RAC controllers to talk with drivers.

    As the system directly interfaces with the car's engine-management system, the RAC says many faults will be able to be solved by simply reprogramming the engine's computer system, without the need to send a patrol to a broken-down vehicle.

    Jones says: ``As well as being able to solve a lot of problems remotely, the advantage of being able to `talk' to the engine is that it can tell us exactly what is wrong. That way if we do need to send a patrol, it can arrive with the correct parts to fix the car.

    ``The system also means we get advance warning of a breakdown. For instance, we can tell drivers to leave at the next junction and go to a garage, or, in emergencies, to pull over. This can save a blown engine or avoid a major accident.''

    The system also allows RAC controllers to control remotely some aspects of the car, such as the hazard-warning lights and even the door locks.

    Hi Fi and system sounds

    HI-FI and stereo enthusiasts are usually quite discerning about the systems they buy, but one easily overlooked factor is the listening room, or, in the case of car sound, the interior of the vehicle and road noise. Listening spaces can have a profound effect on the way a system sounds, in that a room might be likened to a musical instrument that derives a characteristic timbre or quality from its shape and size and the material from which it is made. This is why some rooms sound boomy when certain musical notes are played. At the upper end of the tonal range, soft furnishings and carpet can dramatically absorb treble sounds and leave otherwise lively music dull and uninspiring. Some higher-pitched notes might also tend to ring or flutter as they bounce between hard surfaces such as glass and bare walls. A GRAPHIC equaliser can help correct some of the acoustical deficiencies in a room. In a nutshell, the function of a graphic equaliser is to selectively cut or boost sounds of different pitch. It is related to a tone control, but unlike tone controls that divide the audio range into only two "bands" - bass and treble - an equaliser might have from five to 30 or more bands.

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    schadenfreude \SHAH-dn-froi-duh\ (noun)

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  • IF a trade deal with Pacific Rim countries, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is one of the top priorities President Obama has set for his legacy, he isn't acting like it.

    In order to sign a deal--and any other trade deal a president might want to reach--Obama needs "trade-promotion authority," an agreement from Congress that during the next six years it will give trade deals up-or-down votes with no amendments. And yet the president's own party does not seem to want to give him that authority: Only 14 Democratic senators supported legislation to do so, and just 28 Democratic House members backed it during a recent symbolic vote.

    Adding insult to injury, the stumbling block is now that Democrats voted against something they strongly support, trade-adjustment assistance, a job-training program for workers who lose their jobs due to trade. The Senate passed it in conjunction with trade-promotion authority, so the House has to, as well. House Democrats voted no to sink trade-promotion authority.

    If Republicans' voting to renew trade-adjustment assistance is what's necessary to get trade-promotion authority through, they should do it. (Indeed, some have.) The program, well liked by unions, is highly ineffective. But it is tiny--costing less than $1 billion a year--and the benefits to any one of the three trade deals currently under consideration would be well worth that price.

    Ideally, a president who says he is committed to free trade could persuade enough members of his own party to join him that this wouldn't be necessary. Obama should be making a forthright case for why trade-promotion authority makes sense, explaining that free trade is a boon for almost all Americans and offering evidence that his trade deals will be good ones. Instead, he has treated his Democratic opponents with clear contempt and resorted to arguments from personal authority--essentially, "If I'm for it, it must be a good idea." His lack of relationships on Capitol Hill, even with his fellow Democrats, has not helped.

    Hillary Clinton has been AWOL. The presumptive Democratic nominee refuses to say what she thinks about trade-promotion authority, instead choosing to express skepticism about the potential Pacific deal, which she vociferously advocated as secretary of state.

    Republicans have mostly done the right thing, although a minority has decided to pretend that the only question worth addressing is whether President Obama can be trusted. The answer to that question is usually no, but it is not at issue here: Congress will retain the ability to vote down any agreement he or his successor negotiates. Notwithstanding their confusion, more than three-quarters of House Republicans voted for trade-promotion authority. If President Obama's push ultimately fails, he will have only himself and his recalcitrant party to blame.

    In those days, Cherkley was resplendent with hothouses and gardens and fountains, but the grounds fell into disrepair. The estate's famous yews were damaged in the gales of 1987. Chris Porter, a reporter for the Surrey Advertiser who used to be a "beater" (someone who flushes game for a shooting party) on the estate, described the post-Beaverbrook Cherkley as "spooky and dismal, with no beautiful gardens like a classical English country house."

    The Beaverbrook Foundation lists the restoration of Cherkley and its grounds as its main work of the past 10 years. There was minor grumbling a few years ago when Surrey locals objected to a planned access road to the estate, but that died down. Mr. Porter says he expected the house to be open to the public by now, but hasn't heard when it will be. Perhaps someone is waiting for the right paintings to hang on its walls.



  • schadenfreude \SHAH-dn-froi-duh\ (noun)

    schadenfreude \SHAH-dn-froi-duh\ (noun)

    1. Enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

    Example Sentence:

    Despite herself, Jane felt a tingle of schadenfreude at her sister-in-law’s recounting of her latest woes.

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  • LONDON -- Cherkley Court is a rambling 30-bedroom Victorian mansion set in the lush countryside of Surrey, a 40-minute train ride from London's Waterloo station. It may not be particularly lovely, but it seduced Max Aitken, the minister's son from New Brunswick who rose to become the press baron Lord Beaverbrook.

    He bought the house for [pounds sterling]25,000 in 1911 and for the next 53 years, wrote Lord Beaverbrook's biographers, Anne Chisholm and Michael Davie, "Cherkley saw as much political, social and sexual intrigue as any house in England."

    Rudyard Kipling composed a poem for the visitors' book. Winston Churchill, in whose cabinet Lord Beaverbrook served, could often be found sitting down to lunch. In 1924, Lord Beaverbrook, his one - time mistress Rebecca West and her one-time lover H.G. Wells made a short film at the house, They Forgot to Read the Directions, which includes a scene in which three babies are drowned in Cherkley's ornamental fountain. On the grounds of the estate, champagne bottles were hidden in the yew trees to encourage mid-party assignations.

    Those gilded days are gone. Cherkley is closed to the public and houses no celebrities, Beaverbrook or otherwise. But it is central to the current dispute between Max Aitken's heirs and the Beaverbrook ArtGallery in Fredericton over 133 works previously owned by the press baron. According to the gallery, those artworks were gifts; according to the family, they were loans.

    Cherkley is one of the few remaining prizes of the Beaverbrook family, whose trajectory is described by one observer as "rags to rags in three generations." The original Lord Beaverbrook was one of the more influential and successful newspaper owners of the past century, his name a synonym for meddling, egotistical, money-making bravura.

    His descendants have a lower profile: The current Lord Beaverbrook, also named Max, declared bankruptcy in 1992 and is now the chief executive officer of CheekyMoon Entertainment PLC, a bawdy on-line gambling website which features games such as "Naughty Netball" and on which you can win the services of a "cheeky maid." His son, also Max, was one of the main investors in a British gambling newspaper called The Sportsman, which folded in October after seven months of operation.

    To keep a great newspaper dynasty going, "you need a second visionary," says Roy Greenslade, a veteran British journalist and author. "Beaverbrook didn't have that luck."

    Cherkley Court fell into disrepair between the deaths of the first Lord Beaverbrook in 1964 and his second wife 30 years later, and it is now being renovated, with the aim that it will open as a conference centre and a museum devoted to Max Aitken. The house belongs to the charitable Beaverbrook Foundation, which is run by the current lord. (The foundation did not return calls for this article.)

    This is where the strands of history, art and money -- even a filament or two of irony -- are entwined: The Beaverbrook Foundation is in the middle of a very public arbitration hearing with the Fredericton gallery, which the first Max Aitken founded in 1959. At stake are artworks valued at more than $100-million, in particular a J.M.W. Turner and a Lucian Freud that the foundation would like returned immediately. In recent testimony, members of the Aitken family have said the sale of the paintings could help to pay for renovations to Cherkley. The Turner, Fountain of Indolence, and Freud's Hotel Bedroom are thought to be worth about $30-million at auction. The family has also suggested that the paintings might be hung at Cherkley, and potentially be viewed by more people there.

  • schadenfreude \SHAH-dn-froi-duh\ (noun)

    schadenfreude \SHAH-dn-froi-duh\ (noun)

    1. Enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

    Example Sentence:

    Despite herself, Jane felt a tingle of schadenfreude at her sister-in-law’s recounting of her latest woes.

    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 12:50 AM by lớp 61 cesl
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