Richard Blackburn

Richard Blackburn

Richard Blackburn is a journalist with Fairfax Media.

Quick spin

Quick Spin: Porsche Cayman S


Richard Blackburn A poor man's 911 or the real enthusiasts car? The impressive Cayman S defies logic and physics in equal manner.

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First drive review: Holden VF Calais V V8

Calais V Sportwagon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Richard Blackburn The new flagship wagon is cheaper and has more equipment - but what's it like to drive?

VF Commodore: Engineering detail


Richard Blackburn Beneath the skin there are plenty of changes and tweaks that have given the latest Commodore new levels of maturity.

Wins forgotten in race to slam car industry

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Richard Blackburn Reports of the death of the local car industry are greatly exaggerated.

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Quick Spin: Mini John Cooper Works GP

Richard Blackburn The most hardcore version of the Cooper S money can buy and the fastest Mini ever built.

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Fast lane

Richard Blackburn Old people love to ''tut-tut'' about the reckless indifference of youth, but there were some sobering statistics out of the US this week that might provoke a little look or two in the mirror.

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The million-dollar Toyota

1976 Toyota GT

Richard Blackburn A 1967 Toyota sports car has sold for $US1.15 million.

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Dent in the wallet

Mazda celebrity race

Richard Blackburn As racing drivers, they make pretty good celebrities. That's the only conclusion you could draw from the celebrity race at the Australian Grand Prix.

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Motor news

Jaguar icon reinvented

It's been a long wait, but it's going to be worth it for Jaguar aficionados.

Richard Blackburn Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car in the world. Now the legendary E-Type has a spiritual successor.

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First drive: Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport.

Richard Blackburn A quick spin at Land Rover's top-secret Gaydon test track in the United Kingdom confirms this is a Range Rover Sport that finally lives up to its promise.

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First drive review: Electric Land Rover Defender

Electric Defender

Richard Blackburn We get behind the wheel of one of seven experimental Land Rover EVs.

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Quick Spin: BMW M3 Coupe


Richard Blackburn When it comes to sporty coupes they don't come much better than this.

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Jaguar F-Type priced from $139,000

Jaguar F-Type

Richard Blackburn New roadster will sit in between Porsche's Boxster and 911 heroes.

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Oz Stig unmasked

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: The Stig poses at Campbell's Cove Boardwalk ahead of the Inaugural Top Gear Festival Sydney this weekend, on March 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Richard Blackburn The Australian Stig was caught with his pants down this week.

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Shanghai 2013

Showgirls cover up at Shanghai

Girls of the Shanghai Motor Show

Richard Blackburn Skimpy outifts banned at Chinese motor show.

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Fast lane

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Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn takes an off-beat look at this week's motoring news.

Quick spin: Mini Paceman

The Paceman joins a range that already includes a hatchback, convertible, coupe, roadster, SUV and long-wheelbase Clubman

Richard Blackburn Another spin-off from Mini. Will it flop or flourish?

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Is this the new WRX?

Spied: Subaru WRX

Richard Blackburn Fans loved the wild concept car, but they may be bitterly disappointed with the production version.

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Tesla redefines fine print

First drive: Tesla Model S (Thumbnail)

Richard Blackburn Electric car maker draws fire for misleading advertising over its new Model S.

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Mazda3 leaves the Commodore behind

Mazda3 logo.


Richard Blackburn Meet the car that is slowly killing the Australian automotive industry. The Mazda3.

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