Iron Chef Imports


Long term test drive: Audi S6 Avant

Published: 7/07/2024

With each passing year on this earth, I have a growing fear that I am becoming slightly dull. Life seems to take on a certain monotony, and my adult kids remind me that I am recounting the same stories over and over, as though I’m mentally perilously close to a one-way trip to the retirement […]


Long Term Drive: Nismo Note

Published: 15/04/2024

With interest in electric vehicles increasing during the COVID winter, it was obvious that it was a niche I needed to explore, even if just from a business standpoint. But how could I sell EVs if I didn’t have my own personal experience with owning one? I’m sure many of you reading this have fairly […]


Long term drive: Mercedes-Benz E350 Estate

Published: 21/01/2024

I feel a bit dirty writing this: I’ve just imported a Mercedes-Benz from Japan, and apparently, according to my self-diagnosis at least, I am still of sound mind and body.  Before you stop scrolling and move on to MCM or Noriyaro, hear me out on the reasons why I ended up at this point. I […]


The Blade Trilogy – Part 3: Cutting Through The Continent

Published: 10/11/2022

Part 1 is here, if you’d like to start from the beginning. Part 2 is here It’s always good to have a plan, even if its a rough one. Having the flexibility to change those plans on a whim is very much a luxury, especially when it comes to work and travel. Working primarily online […]


The Boomerang Tesla: a Shocking Tale (Part 1)

Published: 4/10/2022

While Teslas may be fairly commonplace on Australian roads these days, back in 2014 the Tesla Model S was a crazy American electric car that was yet to be built in right-hand drive, and therefore hadn’t reached our shores. It was the era when you could add the letter ‘i’ to the start of any […]


The Blade Trilogy – Part 2: We were told there would be cake

Published: 15/09/2022

Preamble: It has taken me a very long time to write these up and I do apologise. Work Keeps getting in the way…. The events below took place in April/May 2021. Part 1 is here, for those that missed it. It’s not often a man clocks up a lazy half century of solar circumnavigations. Once […]


The Blade Trilogy – Part 1: nOT sUitABle fOr austRaliAN cONDItIoNS

Published: 13/03/2022

I had no real intentions of owning a Toyota Blade Master. But this isn’t unusual. I seldom plan to own any of the assorted automotive oddities that occupy space in my garage, shed, driveway, other shed… Or wherever else I can fit them. They just happen as a side effect of importing cars for a […]


Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Story Untold

Published: 24/12/2018

Like finding a well-hidden key and unlocking a side-quest, you have found your way into the mythical third chapter of our Shitbox Rally adventures that never made it to print back in 2012. There was no juicy blow-up in the corridors of High Performance Imports that caused this to happen, it was more that I […]


Proposed Changes to Import Legislation: A Turd Rolled in Glitter

Published: 17/08/2017

  Grab a coffee and a Tim Tam or two; this is a long read! After four years, two changes of government, and two separate ministers, it has come down to this. Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, has announced the proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act, which oversees which vehicles are eligible […]


Takata Airbag Recall for Dummies

Published: 24/07/2017

  With all the hype in the media about the Takata airbag recall, it’s little wonder our phone has been running hot with import owners wondering if their cars are affected. So I thought I’d whip up a quick FAQ (bearing in mind I’m no airbag expert) to help you understand what is going on, […]


Revised SEVS Criteria Thresholds: The good news ain’t so good (part 2)

Published: 1/11/2016

    In part 1, you heard about the worst bits of the proposed changes to SEVS after 2018. If you can’t be stuffed reading it all, the cuts are looking pretty savage – with people movers gone, at least 72% of cars being currently complied via SEVS will be chopped from the new scheme. […]


Revised SEVS Criteria Thresholds: We’re in for a bumpy ride (part 1)

Published: 28/10/2016

    It’s taken me a long time to gather my thoughts and write this article. I’ve tried to give myself as much time as possible to digest what the Department of Infrastructure considers to be a suitable model for the future of imported used vehicles in Australia after 2018; to paint the best light […]


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  • 2014 Audi S6 Avant
    Auction Grade 4B
    Odometer 60,000
    Colour Black
    Car Location Adelaide, Australia
    Est. Price (AUD) $57,000
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  • 1996 Toyota Carina 4WD
    Auction Grade 4B
    Odometer 84,300
    Colour Silver
    Car Location QLD - Brisbane
    Est. Price (AUD) $11,200
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