Episode Guide

Episode 1

This episode on Garage 41, Morley looks at a very special 1951 Porsche 356. One of the first batch of Porsches ever to be manufactured, this Australian delivered car is one of many impressive cars for sale at Dutton Garage.

Our Famous Face for Famous Insurance is Robert Logan, an Aussie engineer who gained notoriety building some of the worlds best Ford GT 40 Replica’s. He talks with us about his plans to export Australian built retro 1960’s Grand Prix cars like the Gurney Eagle, Ferrari, Lotus and Brabham to America.

Targa’s 2019 Classic GT Championship winner and one of the sports real characters, Mick Downey, takes us for an action packed ride in his fan favourite tarmac rally competition cars … with varying end results.

Sinkers introduces Feann Torr from Carsales who visits the Nissan GTR engine room in Japan, where all the famed motors for this iconic high performance car, are hand built by engineering craftsmen.

And Glenn rides an Indian Chieftain motorcycle from the renowned wine region at the top of New Zealand’s south island, through some amazing scenery and weather conditions to its adventure capital … Queenstown.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus.

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Episode 2

Developed in 2002 and with only 400 ever built, Morley takes us over the Enzo Ferrari or F60, the V12 mid engine hyper-car that was developed using Formula One technology and initially only offered to a select group of purchasers. This one however is for sale at Dutton Garage.

Our Famous Face is television personality, musician and car lover Wilbur Wilde whose passion for cars has taken him from desert bash to drag racing. He talks of his escapades with mates and his love of speed for Famous Insurance.

One of Australia’s most popular participation motorsports is Tarmac Rallying, with Targa events happening in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. Colin Clarke, the voice of international rallying looks at the fastest growing category at these events, the Tour.

Sinkers and Feann Torr from Carsales, look at the popular new small SUV, the Suzuki Jimny. It doesn’t have the best safety rating, it’s not the cheapest nor does it have much storage or the best looks, so why are so many people enquiring about it?

Glenn meets 60 year-old grandma Chris Keeble and her customized (complete with a horse saddle pillion seat) Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle named Calamity Jane. A prolific blogger, Chris documents her many rides around Australia on her website theaussie-theindian.com

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus.

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Episode 3

Today Morley looks at a car that he has a love/hate relationship with – an E Type Jag. He loved one dearly, worked on it regularly and consequently rarely drove it. However this immaculate 1961 E Type Jaguar is a very special car and just one of many such cars at Dutton Garage.

Supercar driver and all round good guy – Dave Reynolds is this week’s Famous Face. He gives us an insight into his early childhood as a “rotten kid”, his special car in the garage and also his charitable foundation KERB THE RAGE – an initiative that we should all get behind. Each week Garage 41 has a Famous Face, supported by Famous Insurance.

For the first time in it’s 29 year history, this year’s Targa Tasmania was cancelled, but it will be back in 2021 along with Targa Great Barrier Reef and Targa High Country. According to 2019 runner up in the Classic GT Targa Championship, Peter Gluskie, success in these events is dependent on car preparation, and he gives an insight into the preparation of his BMW E30 325i.

Sinkers introduces CARSALES’ Bruce Newton and renowned race driver Luke Youlden, who put the latest Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang R-Spec 2020 head to head on the drag strip. He tells of the interesting Australian twist that both cars share and in the process Morley makes (for him) a rather unusual statement!

Glenn goes to New Zealand for Indian Motorcycle to visit the annual Burt Munroe Challenge. Named after the man who Anthony Hopkins played in the movie “The World’s Fastest Indian”, the weekend sees bikes and riders of all ages from around the world converge on Invercargill for speedway, hill climb, street and beach racing events. It’s bike spotter heaven!

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 4

Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage in Melbourne, surrounded by some amazing motor vehicles which are all for sale.  This week Morley looks at one that we all agree is amongst the world’s most beautiful classic motor cars – a red 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL. He explains why it’s such a visually and mechanically significant car.

They reckon if you want to make a million dollars out of motor racing, start with many millions and watch them dwindle away! However we argue this isn’t always the case as we follow International Rally Driver Brendan Reeves and his co-driver and sister Rhianon, in the 2019 Targa Tasmania. At the end of the six-day event, they finished 6th in the GT class and 15th overall in a Hyundai i30N, a great car for its price.

This week’s Famous Face for Famous Insurance is a man who grew up in country Victoria and went on to build an international motor sport reputation as an engineer and team manager. Alan Heaphy joins us and brings along his Mitsubishi 380! To be fair it is a Supercharged TMR 380 that he built for the Japanese manufacturer.

Sinkers introduces Carsales Bruce Newton, who looks at the latest Jeep Gladiator, which sounds like it should be in a wrestling ring. According to Morley (who test drove it in New Zealand), if it were, it would win the title. This all-terrain, rock hopping beast of a thing, gets thumbs up all round …. well nearly, the tree huggers aren’t so sure! 

Glenn is back to New Zealand for Indian Motorcycle to catch up with some Aussies who went to the Burt Munro Challenge to race their old Indian Motorcycles, and although they had some issues (which apparently is always the case), they had a ball.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 5

Morley gets excited about a Citroen at Dutton Garage, which is certainly not the norm for him, but this fully restored 1964 Citroen DW19 Decapotable with only 17,100 km’s on the clock is a very cool car. It has a rich Australian history and links to one of our legendary dirt rally identities from the 70’s.

Targa tarmac rallying gives people the chance to race their special cars on closed roads, and there are always crowd favourites like John Ravic’s 1973 VJ Valiant Charger E48.  Following Targa Tasmania 2016, John and his mates produced a short film capturing his good and not so good experiences from the event.  This week we take look at it, and have a laugh with John and his crew. (View film – click here)

Shane Jacobson joins us as our Famous Face for Famous Insurance. One of Australia’s highest profile personalities with a huge passion for all things motoring, Shane chats about his younger days, his cars, his great mate Kenny, his motor racing adventures and much more.

Sinkers looks at the new third generation $200,000 plus BMW X5 M Competition, while Carsales’ Feann Torr test drives it in America … and we ask why would you ever need a 460kW V8 SUV?

Technically the latest Indian FTR 1200 S is as good as you’ll get!  It has cornering-optimized ABS, traction control, stability control, wheelie control and 3 riding modes, but Glenn finds out how far they’ve really come from their humble beginning over a century ago, when he looks at a 1914 Indian with Johnny Gee from Antique Motorcycles.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 6

Stirling Moss was one of the world’s greatest racing drivers. Sadly he passed away on Easter Sunday this year.  One of his most famous race victories was the 1955 Italian Mille Miglia in a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR, and today on Garage 41, Morley looks at an immaculately restored road version of this car – a 300SL. 

Over the next three weeks we look at the birth of Tarmac Rallying in Australia with the 1992 Targa Tasmania. The first few events saw the likes of Stirling Moss, Denny Hulme and Jack Brabham compete along with many amazing cars, but the first ten years saw Porsche dominate with Jim Richards in a Porsche 911 Turbo winning in 1996, 97 and 98, and Peter Fitzgerald’s in a similar Porsche winning in 1999. This week we look at the first 10 years of Targa Tasmania.

Our Famous Face is Johnny Gee, one of Australia’s most colourful motorbike collectors and owner of Antique Motorcycles in Melbourne. Johnny first started collecting motorbikes at the age of 8 and hasn’t stopped since. He has some great stories and brings in a couple of his favourite bikes, one of which is powered by a helicopter jet turbine motor.

Developed in 2014, TCR Racing is a cost-effective Touring Car Racing alternative for front wheel drive hatchbacks or sedans powered by production-based turbocharged engines up to 2 litres in capacity. Sinkers catches up with TCR driver, Tony D’Alberto to compare the Honda Civic Type R road car with its TCR racing cousin.

The Indian FTR motorcycle is a breakaway from the traditional cruiser type bikes that Indian are famous for and it’s making big in-roads around the world.  Glenn caught up with Rod Chapman from bikesales to see why the FTR is so special and why it won their 2020 Naked Bike of the Year award. 

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 7

When we shoot Garage 41 at Dutton Garage we are surrounded by some of the most magnificent new and classic cars, so one can be excused for becoming a little complacent. However Morley’s choice this week had us ogling at an immaculate 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 that proves that the Ferrari can look stunning in any colour.

The international voice of rallying, Colin Clarke, narrates the second of our “Targa Tasmania – 30 years” series. He looks at the changing of the guard from Jim Richards’ domination (his last win in 2006), and the likes of WRXs, GTRs, Evos and then Tony Quinn winning from Jason White in 2009. By the end of the decade, different cars became competitive and Targa Tasmania was far more professional at the front end of the field. 

Our Famous Face is one of Australia’s most loved stage and television personalities – John Wood. A Gold Logie winner and best known for his roles in Rafferty’s Rules and Blue Heelers, more importantly to us, John is a lover of old cars and in particular Jaguars. John shares some of his car stories with us, including those of restorations and an exciting upcoming project that he’s working on.

Classified as combining “road-going passenger car elements” with “off-road vehicle features such as raised ground clearance and four-wheel drive”, SUV’s are one of the strongest car categories around the world at the moment. Carsales annually judge what they believe to be Australia’s Best Family SUV and Garage 41 looks at this year’s winner.

One of 1972’s big music hits was “Marshalls Portable Music Machine”. Written by Brian Cadd and Don Mudie, and sung by Robin Jolley, it’s a song that many Baby Boomers would remember fondly. This week we catch up with Robin, not to talk about music, but his love of motorcycle riding and his cherished Indian Chief motorcycle.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 8

This week on Garage 41, we reckon we’ve uncovered Morley’s dream car when he gushes over a 1995 Porsche 011 Carrera 993 RSCS. The only one to be delivered to Australia in red (which makes it faster), this is certainly one of Dutton Garage’s very special cars and one that Morley will be dreaming of for a long time to come.

As we look at the third decade in the history of Targa Tasmania, Colin Clarke takes us through the 2010’s when although Jason and John White dominated, it did see a variety of new cars become top contenders and a new wave of talent emerge. It was the decade that Rex Broadbent in his Porsche finally amassed one Classic Handicap win and six Classic Outright wins, a great effort.

With E-sports and E-racing being an integral part of the times we live in, rally driver and motorsport engineer Steve Hoinville joins us as our Famous Face for Famous Insurance. Steve is the founder and developer of Motom Simulation, a high-end motion simulator that is a perfect way to practice your racing skills when you can’t go on track.

During the series the boys have voiced their displeasure at the SUV trend and in particular the performance car SUV’s, so how do you think they felt about a Rolls Royce SUV – the Cullinan Black Badge. Carsales Nadine Armstrong looks at the mighty Roller and Sinkers tries to convince the others it’s a good car.

Garage 41 visits the Arundel Collection of classic Indian Motorcycles and talks with the man who created it Peter Arundel. Regarded as one of the best collections of its type in the world, you don’t have to be a motorcycle fan to appreciate the beauty of these classic machines.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 9

Each week on Garage 41, Morley looks at some of the amazing cars that Dutton Garage has for sale, and this week he uncovers a 2017 Aston Martin DB11. This 5.2 litre V12 powered machine is Aston’s flagship model and although a beast on the road, stationary it’s one of their most stunning and certainly had our heads turning.

Tarmac rallying is a team event, and although the drivers seem to get all the glory, they would be nowhere without their co-drivers or navigators. We talk with international rallying co-driver Dale Moscatt who gives an insight into his role in the car, and what it’s like having the daylights scared out of him by a lunatic driver day in and day out.

One of Australia’s most high profile chefs and food authors, Guy Grossi is this week’s Famous Face. Although known for his food and his role as host of Australian “Iron Chef”, Guy also has a love of cars and tells us why one particular Holden Kingswood is so special to him and also his favourite car – the Maseratti.

Ken Gratton has been a part of the Carsales editorial team for many years, and although normally a quiet gentleman who goes about his job, we find out that it’s a very different story when he takes an Audi RSQ3 onto the Scandinavian ice roads.

Last week we looked at The Arundel classic Indian motorcycle collection, which is regarded as one of the best in the world. This week it’s founder Peter Arundel shows us three of his favourite Indian motorcycles and tells us about some amazing adventures he’s had on them.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 10

The BMW i8 was a much-awaited car when it was released to the world market in 2014 with the first models coming to Australia in 2015. Today on Garage 41 Morley looks at a 2017 version of this plug-in hybrid sports car that can go from 0 to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds and has a limited top speed of 250km/h, and it’s on sale at Dutton Garage.

Tarmac rally competitions consist of varying events within the one.  There is the Outright Competition, which is basically a full-on speed event, but for the thinking person, there’s TSD (Time Speed Distance), also known as Regularity. This is a passionate category at most Targa rallies and today on Garage 41, we’ll tell you how it works.

This weeks Famous Face for Famous Insurance is Molly Taylor, one of Australia’s top dirt rally drivers. Molly is the first woman driver to win the Australian Rally Championship outright competition and for two years in a row was the British Ladies Rally Championship.  She joins us to talk about her career and her passion for the sport.

From a hybrid BMW i8 sports car to the recently released Subaru XV Hybrid we’re covering all green bases today on Garage 41. Carsales’ Nadine Armstrong looks at Subaru’s first venture into the hybrid market with this very practical small SUV, which is gaining much attention.

Early in the year Glenn and his son Olly rode an Indian Chieftain and Indian Scout motorcycle through New Zealand with a group of riders from around the world. One of them was Donny Turner from Virginia who had everyone enthralled with his Ratbike and Olly couldn’t wait to get on it.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 11

Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage in Richmond Victoria and it never ceases to amaze us what cars you find there.  This week Morley discovers an immaculate 1965 Sunbeam Tiger, which has direct links to two icons – racer and renowned car builder, Carroll Shelby and super sleuth Maxwell Smart!

Many motor vehicle manufacturers use Tarmac Rallying to showcase their cars, and recently none more so that Lotus. Their Elise and (of late), the Exige have proven to be ideal competition cars, with Paul Stokell winning the 2019 Targa Tasmania in an Exige. This week Mark O’Connor gives an insight into why this form of racing is good for the Lotus brand.

Rob Herrod from Herrod Performance Vehicles is this week’s Famous Face for Famous Insurance. Starting out by “hotting up” Ford utes in the outskirts of Melbourne, he’s grown his business to now being one of the few in the world to be building cars in conjunction with Ford – a bit like Carroll Shelby, and according to the boys, his supercharged R-Spec Mustang is an absolute winner.

Interest in the competitive hot hatch market has never been greater, particularly now that European brands like BMW and Mercedes are really lifting the bar. Carsales’ Feann Torr compares the performance of two of the top hatches, the BMW M135i and the Mercedes A35… with an interesting result!

Motorcycle clubs are a great way of meeting like-minded people, as well as giving riders the opportunity to ride as a group to some very special places. This week Glenn catches up with the Iron Indian Riders Association on a ride that saw old and new Indian bikes make their way through central Victoria.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 12

This week on Garage 41, Morley finds an immaculately restored 1932 Ford Roadster at Dutton Garage and loves the fact that it’s a true hot rod … in that it’s been restored to it’s original values. It doesn’t have a modern V8, or disc brakes, or super wide wheels and a whole heap of electronics, it’s just as it would have been done in the 1950’s and it’s still one of the best sounding cars around. 

The role of volunteers in our community is so very important and in many cases, jobs wouldn’t get done without them, and this definitely applies to motorsport. One could easily say that without volunteers motor sport wouldn’t function, so this week Garage 41 salutes all the Targa and Tarmac Rallying volunteers. 

Gay Dutton is one of Australia’s foremost motorsport artists whose paintings can be found in many private collections and corporate venues like The Bend Motorsport Park and Dutton Garage. Gay joins us as our Famous Face for Famous Insurance to tell how her work started off as an alternative to wallpaper for the original Duttons in Church Street Richmond and has grown in popularity over the years

Porsche’s new much awaited all electric vehicle The Taycan, is about to hit our shores in December, and the list of potential buyers is rapidly growing. This week Carsales’ Nadine Armstrong looks at the Taycan, while Mike Sinclair, who drove it earlier this year in Europe, discusses its pro’s and con’s with Morley.

Over the last year, Indian Motorcycle released two all new models, the road going flat tracker FTR and now the Challenger bagger. Promoted as the ultimate combination of performance, comfort and technology Glenn takes the Challenger for a blast through Victoria’s Black Spur.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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Episode 13

Over recent years McLaren has proven to be one of the world’s top supercar manufacturers and this week Morley looks at one of the cars that put them on that path to recognition, a 2014 McLaren 650s Spider. This car not only stands out in a crowd but Morley tells us why it’s one of the few supercar convertibles that also stand out on the track.

Coming up at the end of this year are two of this country’s top Tarmac Rallies.  Based in Cairns,  the Targa Great Barriers gets under way in September and coming out of Victoria’s premier ski resort, Mount Buller – the Targa High Country is set to run in November. These events are part of the Motorsport Australia Targa Championship, and this week on Garage 41 we’ll look at them, and tell you how to enter. 

Aaron Noonan is our Famous Face for Famous Insurance, a guy who has commentated most forms of Australian Motorsport for many years. He’s also known as the ‘V8 Sleuth’ because of his ability to chase up and authenticate old racecars and he’s released several books on our motor racing history. Aaron joins us to divulge some of his secrets.

When Holden ceased production in Australia, many wondered what car would replace the Commodore and some thought it may be the Kia Stinger. Carsales’ Nadine Armstrong looks at the Stingers latest performance model – the Kia Stinger GT Night and the boys debate as to whether or not they’ve hit the mark!

When Indian released the FTR, they did it on the back of the company’s flat track racing history, and although the thought of throwing around such a big bike on the dirt is something that wouldn’t enter most of our minds, that’s not the case for ex Nitro Circus rider Matty McFarren. See what he can do with the Indian FTR on Garage 41.

Garage 41, a light-hearted look at all things motoring with Glenn Ridge, Dave Morley (Morley) and Mike Sinclair (Sinkers), view anytime on 7plus. Garage 41 is filmed at Dutton Garage, Melbourne.

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