Iron Chef Imports


Imported Cars and the Mainstream Media: Why You Only Hear One Side of the Argument

Published: 9/06/2016

A small article in a mainstream newspaper was passed across my desk this morning, as is often the case when such things get printed. Once again, Joshua Dowling, News Corp’s “National Motoring Editor” and FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries) corporate lap-dog, has gone on another attack about how allowing private buyers to import their cars […]


Left Hand Drive Registration: Australia’s Biggest Pissing Contest

Published: 27/05/2016

I recently had the privilege of helping out with the importation of this incredible hypercar: a 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, valued deeeep into 7-figure territory (a gentleman never tells!). Let’s just say the tax bill alone would be a decade’s salary for some people. As of tomorrow (May 28) this amazing piece of machinery will be on […]


Iron Chef’s Top Twenty Collectible Modern Japanese Cars – Part 2

Published: 6/05/2016

Missed numbers 20-11? Click here. So now we check out the top ten modern collectible Japanese cars. It seems the first installment generated a fair bit of discussion! Bear in mind that the cars listed are only ranked on ability to appreciate in value in the future. If your favourite car hasn’t appeared on the list, […]


Iron Chef’s Top Twenty Collectible Modern Japanese cars – Part 1

Published: 18/04/2016

  Many car fanatics will know that classic Japanese vehicles are starting to find favour with collectors worldwide, with the US leading the charge. The gorgeous Toyota 2000GT sits at the top of the collectible tree, with recent auction prices pushing the benchmark for restored examples beyond USD$1m. The KPGC10 Skyline GT-R and Mazda Cosmo […]


How the changes to Importing Regulations will affect you – Part 3

Published: 7/03/2016

RAWs (Registered Automotive Workshops) Ok so this is part 3 of 3, and is designed to help give context to SEVS changes in part 2. I have to say, there’s a lot to be happy about in here too. 1) WORKSHOP COMPLIANCE LIMITS REMOVED. In the past, compliance workshops were only allowed to comply 100 […]


How the changes to Importing Regulations will affect you – Part 2

Published: 6/03/2016

More good news – there have been some major updates to SEVS too! I have no doubt that many of you will read them and think they’re awesome (which they are!) but you need to remember that this is only proposed legislation – the devil will be in the detail, so feel free to ask […]


How the changes to Importing Regulations will affect you – Part 1

Published: 5/03/2016

It’s worth starting by acknowledging the incredible effort that has gone into achieving what we’ve achieved today. This process has taken nearly two years, and import industry representative groups such as the RAWS Association and AIMVIA have been tireless in their battle for fairness in Australian vehicle marketplace. Special mention must also go to Senator […]


Classic Porsche 911: My Short-lived Love Affair

Published: 12/07/2014

My role as a broker is never dull; each day brings interesting new problems to solve, most of which involves me sitting in front of a screen for hours on end. So it’s little wonder that I relish the opportunity to take customers’ cars to complete the registration process in South Australia where possible. The […]


An Open Letter to Josh Dowling

Published: 5/03/2014   **OPEN LETTER TO JOSH DOWLING** Dear Josh, I read your article this morning, “Imported used cars a threat to Australian market”, as published in various forms by News Ltd mastheads across the nation, with equal parts amusement and incredulity. I appreciate that, as a motoring editor for new vehicles, your job relies […]


E-Fame vs Haters: The Death of Modern Car Culture

Published: 17/02/2014

Don’t like it? You’re just jealous! (Photoshop credit: Mestari Tikku) At what point does a following become a bandwagon?   I’ve been following the highs and lows of one particular internet forum and its associated page on Facebook and have mused over this many times lately. The rise of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and […]


Journey to the Centre of the Earth: Disaster Strikes

Published: 21/08/2012

It’s a very rare moment when the demise of a car seemingly devoid of any redeeming features reduces two grown men to tears, but I’m happy to admit that this was the case for us. For those who didn’t have a chance to read part 1, I had chosen an 850cc 3-cylinder Daihatsu Move to […]


Journey to the Centre of the Earth…in a Daihatsu

Published: 20/07/2012

    “We’re going to die, aren’t we?” In fairness, my co-pilot’s response was to be expected. With a budget of just one thousand dollars, finding a suitable car to drive from Melbourne to Cairns via the Australian outback as part of the Shitbox Rally was always going to be a tough ask. Sure, there […]


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