Getting right to it.
Earlier this week we hit the road to discover Catalina Park, a disused motor racing venue located at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains.
The 2.1 km circuit opened on 12 February 1961 and was originally used for top-level motorsport in the 1960s (the lap record is 53 seconds). The mountain location caused problems with fog causing delays in the race programs; in addition, the track was very narrow by today’s standards and surrounded by walls, Armco railings, and hillside. The track fell into greater disuse with the opening of other circuits nearer to Sydney such as Oran Park and Amaroo Park.
We think it’s the Ford Fiesta ST. Adjusted for inflation, the GTI’s $8,350 in 1984 is roughly $18,800 today. The Ford Fiesta ST lists at $21,400.
If we were in the market for a brand new small, affordable hot hatch (note: we aren’t), the Fiesta ST would probably be the one to buy, as in many ways the latest GTI has matured its way out of the segment.
What a great new car purchase this would make.
The Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 (six-cylinder and four-cylinder versions of the same chassis, respectively), produced from 1968 to 1976, was the predecessor to the modern-day E-Class. Often overlooked today in favor of such models as the W123 (its popular immediate successor) and the upmarket W108 (with which its production overlapped), the Stroke Eight or Strich Acht has nevertheless attracted a small but devoted following. Friends, business partners, and W114 owners multiple times over Shaheen Karimian and Lindsey Stengle of Niche Motoring talk to us about their appeal.
MCB: Why the W114?
NM: To us, the W114 strikes the perfect balance between the old school, chrome bumpers and hubcaps-era Benz and what is considered a “modern” vehicle. They are a forgotten model in the classic Mercedes lineup and deserve some love. Cars and parts are still readily available and cheap compared to the bigger models in the range. W114s also feature Benz’s famous feeling of quality. Door action is incredibly precise and classically vault-like.