Turbo Smooth

TURBO SMOOTH

Turbo Smooth

She’s one big ball of nostalgia!

Gary’s 1967 Holden HR Special is a hit at car shows across Australia.

Gary had his dream car planned in his mind and when a 1967 Holden HR Special popped up on eBay, he couldn’t say no.

“I’ve always had a love for old Holden’s, especially the HRs… It seemed almost stupid to let this one slip away.”

NEW STYLE, NEW COMFORT, NEW CAR

In 1966, the Holden was on its way out after being under increasing pressure from Ford’s Falcon and the Chrysler Valiant. Both of these cars offered more power for not a lot of money. The situation wasn’t helped by the comparative failure of the Holden HD, which was unsuccessful in reaching the hearts and minds of Australian buyers.

Motor enthusiasts were excited with the claims that the HR 186S was soon to be the best Holden yet. Turns out, the HR’s handling was a big improvement and the new Holden was a much more comfortable ride.

HR Special sedans were, back in the day, a pretty punchy machine. Howling their tiny tyres from a standing start, a 186 manual would hit 100km/hour in slightly more than 13 seconds and can reach out to an achievable 155km/hour.

Holden’s marketing described the HR as “Turbo-smooth” and good examples of the model, like Gary’s, are becoming increasingly difficult to find in today’s age.

“Your world changes around you when you discover the new Holden. This year Holden’s gone all-out on everything except the price – new style, new comfort, new car. Discover the new Turbo-smooth Holden for yourself. You only have to drive it once to discover nothing else will do…” – Holden’s HR marketing, circa 1966.

The car has a smoother performance and a gearbox that is a delight to use which adds a refreshing variety to the Holden stable. Also available were power disc brakes and a limited slip differential that would ensure all power to the ground effectively. This was a common build configuration and the best package as far as performance went in Special or Premier sedans. Codes were assigned to be attached to the base model designation to make the task of ordering a car simpler than individually specifying each component from the ordering procedure.

The HR featured a revised grille, re-worked roofline and a larger window area, revised rear lights and changes to almost all exterior body panels compared to the Holden HD series.

Other changes included a revised ball joint front suspension, widened track and an improved interior trim. The 186-CID motor developing 145 horsepower, supplemented a significantly quieter and smoother engine. The revised styling and clean, modern lines still look top notch on the roads today!

AUSSIE HERO

Gary reckons that “the Holden deserves to be mentioned as a muscle car as it was one of the fastest Aussie cars on the road in 1967!” And perhaps unknowingly, Holden had created a real rocket in terms of serious performance available to the everyday driver.

Since purchasing the car over four years ago, Gary has treated the Holden to a sound system re-vamp, including a new Bluetooth matchless player, 6.5” pioneer split systems speakers in front kick panels and 6.5” Sony 4-way speakers in the rear parcel shelf. He’s also added a 12” Rockford Fosgate subwoofer in the booth and a 340-watt Kenwood amplifier under the front seat.

Gary’s Holden is a daily drive which he loves to take out cruising as much as he can. “The memories it brings back to people at shows when I have it displayed and the comments I get is truly amazing. She’s just one big ball of nostalgia!”

He’s had a few almost irresistible offers from other Holden junkies out there but hasn’t been able to part with it. “If the right offer pops up and the timing’s right, I guess you never know.”

*Images courtesy of Us2 Photography, Charged Images, Katrina Cram Photography and Focus 64.

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Family Cruiser

FAMILY CRUISER

Family Cruiser

"You'll have more fun in a '57 Ford."​

This rings very true for Mark and his family, who will be creating memories in this car for years to come. Mark wanted an easy car that looked as though it would fit into a scene on American Graffiti, but what he got ended up being so much more. Now he knows he could never part with it.

“This one is a keeper. My kids helped me build it, so it was a family project. [The] sentimental value is [worth] more than the car would ever get if we sold it.”

Wide, Low and Sleek

In 1957, the Fairlane 500 was very successful, due to new proportions and more modern styling, making it the best-selling car in America, overtaking its rival Chevrolet for the first time since 1935.

The Fairlane 500 was the top-line model (others included the Custom, Custom 300 and Fairlane) and it was longer, wider, and lower by 2 inches, with a sleeker look than previous models. With a single headlight front, unmistakable long flanks, chrome trim and low tailfins, the Fairlane 500 grew quickly in popularity and is widely recognized, even today.

The name ‘Fairlane’ came from Henry Ford’s Fair Lane mansion in Michigan, and credit for the car’s popularity can be largely attributed to Henry Ford II. The popularity of the car led to it’s feature in many films and TV series of the time which has contributed to it’s ongoing recognition alongside Thunderbird and Chevrolet.

Early commercials highlighted the strength and sturdiness of the vehicle, showing an airplane pilot comparing its power to his plane. But with all the power of the V8 engine, a 1957 ‘Popular Mechanics’ survey of Ford owners showed only 6.2% ordered seat belts!

When Mark saw the car advertised on eBay in 2007 he knew he had to have it. “[I’m a] bit of a full-sized Ford man and the 4-door pillarless as well as the rear fins on the car appealed to me. I hadn’t really seen anything like it going around at the time so decided it was something I was keen to build.”

THE KNOW-HOW NEEDED

The car was originally imported into Queensland (from the USA) in early 2004 and “went through a few Australian owners with none really knowing how to start the build. I just pulled the car apart and went from there.”

Mark’s ‘family project’ went through a full strip and rebuild. There was “no rust in the floor so [I] never took [the] body off [the] chassis, but at one point the car consisted of a roof and two rear quarter panels sitting on a chassis.”

Mark took the car back to basics completing “a very [classic] looking rebuild.”

“Everything was taken back to metal, rust repairs completed and painted. [The] engine [was] rebuilt with mild cam and electronic ignition but otherwise [I kept it] standard. [The] cooling system [was] upgraded with a custom aluminum radiator, [and the] stereo hidden in the glove box, so the dash appears standard.” Finally, Mark added “twin 2-inch exhaust to give the car a nice note.”

The car was built as a family cruiser with black vinyl interior. The rest of the car was left with standard parts. “I have had performance [cars] in the past, but when you drive performance cars in hot weather you have overheating problems and I didn’t want that this time. We love the car to cruise around in and listen to music.”

Mark’s family will surely be creating memories in this car for years to come – combining both nostalgia and dreams for the future. “It’s just easy… it cruises along. It has that real old-school look and feel.”

The Fairlane’s original marketing certainly rings true here, “you’ll have more fun in a ’57 Ford.”

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Classic Chevy

CLASSIC CHEVY

Classic Chevy

When you think of American cars, the Chevy comes to mind

Even if you are not remotely interested in cars but spotting a ’57 Chevy is easily identifiable. Having both performance and great looks, the ’57 Chevrolets were immensely popular and they still are. The moment Joseph saw the ’57 Chevy, he knew he’d own it.

STYLISH AND SPORTY

The headline describes it all. Did you know, the first Bel Airs of this era shared only their front sheet metal ahead of the A pillar panel with the rest of the range? The windshield, doors, glass, and trunk were common with the Styline DeLuxe Convertible Coupe. However, the roof, rear quarters, and rear windows are uniquely designed.

It makes more sense to why the ’57 Bel Airs are well-maintained examples, especially Sport Coupes and Convertibles. They are highly sought after by car collectors and enthusiasts!

Pictured: Joe’s classic chevy; the dream machine!

DREAM MACHINE

Until today, the ‘57 Chevrolet Bel Air is still his dream machine. The restoration work of his ride took approximately 3-4 years after it had been in a museum for about 35 years! The car had the right mix of style, performance, and an appealing price tag which he couldn’t say no to.

Joseph loved the wheels and stereo sound system of his Chevy. He knew that his cool ride was exactly in line with modern fashion and design… It was the height of the Chevy line-up! This machine would charm drivers everywhere whenever it’s out on the road.

Since purchasing, Joseph’s ride was equipped with the performance of 400cid engine. The Chevy is roomy, tastefully restrained with its smooth and flat paint – it’s no wonder that this machine has captured Joseph’s attention.

Pictured: This machine would charm drivers everywhere, whenever it’s out on the road.

CLASSIC CHEVY

“The reason why I bought this Chevy was that I was due for a new one. I have had a similar one before, but it’s good to have a change and… it felt great!” claimed Joseph. Previously, Joseph had other classic cars under his belt such as the ‘72 and ‘75 Holden Torana, Holden HT and HX Monaro, including a ‘55 Chevy. Impressive, huh? It’s indeed more than just a collection!

Today, the ‘57 Chevrolet is known as the ultimate “Classic Chevy”. As a matter of fact, the ‘57 Bel Air is among the most recognisable American cars of all time! This Bel Air runs and drives beautifully without any handling issues, odd noises, or fluid leaks.

Pictured: Having both performance and great looks, the ’57 Chevrolets were immensely popular and they still are!

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Trusty Holden

TRUSTY HOLDEN

Trusty Holden

"It isn’t perfect, but she is my pride and joy and I love driving her and [watching] people’s head turn."​

If you’ve ever owned a classic Holden, you’ll know what a sturdy car it proves to be. Karyn Voysey grew up with the trusty Holden, and endearingly calls herself a “Holden girl” through and through. So, what do you do when one of your must-have cars appears for sale on Gumtree? You grab it of course.

EVERYBODY'S KIND OF CAR

It’s the 1970s and Holden has just released a newer version succeeding the existing HK-HT series. The Holden HG was designed with the intention of making refined adjustments based off the specs of its predecessors, which includes a three-speed Tri-Matic automatic transmission; and that means a much shorter acceleration time for drivers.

Being an Australian made car and coupling it with an all new transmission did allow GM-H to be cost efficient while fully maximising local content. Nonetheless, it was still a car that contended well in the market against American imports and many in the country found themselves flocking to get behind its wheel. The HG cabin was revolutionary in the sense that it showed Holden’s willingness to meet market demands for improved passenger safety.

The top of the dash now had a protective layer of crash padding and is significantly sloped away from the passengers’ knees. Three-point front seat belts were installed, and Holden became the first local brand to introduce a collapsible steering column.

LOVE LIVE THE KINGSWOOD

For Karyn Voysey, her love for the Holden spans all the way back to her early childhood days. “My family have always been Holden lovers, so I suppose that’s why I love Holden,” she recalls. “My Dad owned several HT’s when I was younger, so I have always wanted a HK, HT, or HG”. It’s not hard to see why the model was so popular with families of the time. Early television ads celebrated the car as one that’ll give you a run for your money without compromising performance and style. Furnished with 3-seater bench seats both front and back and enclosed in a 4-door sedan body type, there’s plenty of room for everyone on board.

One day in 2017 (and much to Karyn’s delight), a casual browse online turned fruitful when she stumbled across the HG Sedan on Gumtree. The beige and brown colours of the Kingswood belonged to its original design, and so was the leather interior which was preserved in near-perfect condition. This was a pleasant surprise given that it had carried five previous owners, one of them being “a lady who stored it for 20 years”. Karyn did little to restore the HG to its former glory, merely touching up with new venetians, white walls and painted the engine for that new-car feel.

Picture: Near new. Karyn made minor touch-ups to get her Kingswood looking fresh again.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

It’s only been a little over a year since Karyn’s return to the Kingswood, and every drive has been a memorable one. “It isn’t perfect, but she is my pride and joy and I love driving her and [watching] people’s head turn”. Of her more memorable experiences, one of them would be attending her first car show. It was then she realised something for the first time; knowing that she was the one behind the wheel and not just a passenger in someone else’s car.

And what better way to top this off than with the number plate that started it all? Positioned for everyone to see is the exact same number plate her father had all those years ago. She says, “… it makes me feel like he is with me every time I drive her”. We love how Karyn’s story came full circle and how the Holden proved itself once again to be a trustworthy mode of transport.

Pictured: Karyn with her big brother Stephen, standing beside their father’s Holden HT. 

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Vintage Glamour

VINTAGE GLAMOUR

Vintage Glamour

"It makes me feel like a celebrity"

Malcolm Leahy was casually driving past when the gleam from a nearby display window caught his eye. It was coming from an MG showroom and that struck a curiosity urging him to step inside. One thing led to another, and he came out the proud owner of a 1949 MG-YT. The vintage two-door roadster is stunning in its look and feels glamorous to those lucky enough to enjoy a spin, so we can fully understand why Malcolm couldn’t say no to a chance like that.

THE MAKING OF THE Y-TYPE

The idea behind the MG-YT stemmed from the notion of supplementing MG’s M-type, otherwise famously known as the ‘Midget’ (1929-1932), with three sporting saloons of varying sizes and capacities (S, V, and W models). The reception to MG’s sports saloons was very well received that an additional ‘type’ was already in the works, potentially adding another success story under the company’s belt. Plans were made for the YT to make its first-ever appearance at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1939; however, production did not commence until much later, in 1947, due to hostilities just immediately before and after the war. During WWII, much of the country’s expense and focus were directed towards engineering commercial and military vehicles, and so another sports car for personal use was something that had to be put on hold.

BUILT TO IMPRESS

When the time finally came to launch her into the world, the 4-seater tourer enjoyed a warm welcome from the press and public. It sold well in both the local market and abroad, however it didn’t achieve the results MG was hoping for. In fact, other British car manufacturers were also facing similar difficulties in selling the open-tourer versions of their saloons. However so, the car’s aesthetics was something that got people talking.

The interior of the MG-YT was designed with top quality leather furnishings, including the door pockets. The seats were made from Rexine to match with the rest of the interior and the windows were fitted with roller blinds to prevent glare. Despite its age, the interior of Malcolm’s MG is still in immaculate condition since before the time of his purchase. Not much is known about the car’s previous owner(s), except that his predecessor was a Dr Sweet who refurbished the car to what you see here today. 

The steel body of the YT closely resembles the traditional Morris. It’s specially swept tail and rear wings paired with the distinctive vertical chrome front radiator grille flaunt its MG origins. The vibrant berry red coat was painted relatively recent by Dr Sweet, and under the natural light, it never fails to grab the attention of passers-by. Driving down the open road with his partner and furkids, it makes Malcolm happy seeing the [smiles] and waves he gets behind the wheel. He laughs, “it makes me feel like a celebrity”.

1949 MG Y-TYPE

Amongst the latest features built into the YT, the most worthwhile would have to be the engineering of the renowned car designer, Alec Issigonis. For the first time on a British made car, he was able to introduce an independent front suspension system which consisted of a coil spring and wishbone, allowing for wheels to move separately on the same axle. This was a ground-breaking invention of the time as it meant a safer and smoother driving experience. Another revolutionary mechanism applied to the YT was the Jackall hydraulic jacking system. This had already been incorporated in larger pre-war MG saloons and was fitted as standard on the chassis of the YT, with two at the front and two at the rear. This enabled the car to be completely lifted, supplying a more efficient method when a wheel change is necessary. In the long run, it also meant better car maintenance and the ability to handle larger loads and a stronger chassis.

If you’re wondering how she drives, don’t let that glossy red fool you. While many manufacturers were still producing side valve engines, MG had the OHV inline-four, otherwise known as the XPAG. This engine began the people’s frenzy in imported sports cars, and the YT with 1250 cc and twin carburettors stood high above most British saloons from a performance perspective. With a high degree of comfort and luxury, it was the ideal cruising car. Only 877 units were produced from 1948 to 1950, making this classy gem here a rarity on its own.

It’s been 13 years since Malcolm purchased this wonderfully preserved antique. He’s also currently working on another project – restoring a 1961 MGA Roadster 1600 MKII. While the restoration is something he’s enjoying at his own pace, we don’t doubt that it won’t be long before we see another unique collectible in his garage!

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National Treasure

NATIONAL TREASURE

Muscle done right

What better way to set an example than with one of the most influential muscle cars Australia has built?

Joe Viscosi is a Holden man through and through, and we don’t just mean it lightly. In fact, the marque has been part of his life – in a very literal sense – for a very long time. When he got behind the driver’s seat of his first ever car, it was in the 1978 Holden Sunbird, and every car he had after that followed suit. Perhaps it was that pivotal moment that planted the seed, eventually leading him to an employment with GM-Holden in Port Melbourne for the next 20 years. Today, that commitment to the marque still runs strong through his 2016 HSV Clubsport R8 LSA.

Muscle Done Right

When the LSA powered Clubsport made its debut, it attracted the title as the “second most powerful car produced in Australia”, following its older sibling the HSV GTS. However, you won’t spot any second-child syndrome in the LSA as it’s in a league of its own. Compliant yet vicious, the Clubsport R8 donned the 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA engine that boasts a whopping 410kW of power and 691Nm of torque.

Taking you from 0 to 100 in 4.6 seconds, it shows off the thrills of a powerful ride that’s enough to quench any driver’s thirst for adrenaline. The R8 comes with a Driver Preference Dial that controls ESC, traction control, torque vectoring, launch control, electric power steering calibration and bi-modal exhaust, giving the driver control of the performance at every turn. The impressive 4-piston brake package was developed using NASCAR and Supercar technologies, with a large rear brake disc that’s able to withstand the power from the LSA engine, giving it that superior brake feel and performance.

SUPERCHARGED LEGEND

However, the R8 isn’t satisfied with just trophy car status – it surprises you with the adaptability of an everyday vehicle, with generous cabin room and a range of technologies including a heads-up display, blind spot alert, automatic park assist, and satellite navigation.

The exterior has lots to brag about too. Bold looks and an aggressive stance are some of the obvious signs that the R8 shouldn’t be taken lightly. Its body was designed for performance, and that includes a front fascia splitter and quad exhaust outlets that magnifies the roar of the engine. Plant your foot down and hear the V8 come to life from 400rpm onwards, when the bi-modal air intake and bi-modal exhaust meet, administering a chest-pounding roar from the V8.

LSA 555

Safe to say for many out there, the HSV is one of Australia’s most loved car brands. It’s without a doubt that Holden was once a manufacturing giant in the local market, surfing the patriotic wave of the ‘all Australian-ness’ the brand advertised. When that final siren echoed the GM-Holden Elizabeth plant on 20th October 2017, it was a sad day for many, and almost immediately the name became especially nostalgic. Loyal followers suddenly viewed the brand with an even deeper appreciation and sentimental value. For Joe, a former employee of GM-Holden, this car became a relic of the country’s once flourishing automotive history; and that’s precisely why it’s a must-have.

Purchased in January 2017, Joe’s R8 was the 555th unit to roll off the line. It was aptly decided to commemorate its uniqueness with the rego ‘LSA 555’. These days, you can find Joe in his Sting Red companion hitting the road together, sometimes alongside other HSV and FPV members. It won’t be any surprise to us if the R8 becomes one of the most legendary Aussie muscles to have ever been driven.

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Ryno Report #26

RYNO REPORT #26

RYNO REPORT #26

Check out November’ Ryno Report for an update of events that we have attended! Also, stay tuned for the next edition of Ryno Rides!

IN THIS EDITION

  • Motorclassica 2019
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ryno Rides
  • Holiday Trading Hours

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Ryno Report #25

RYNO REPORT #25

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RYNO REPORT #25

Check out September” Ryno Report for an update of events that we have attended! Also, stay tuned for the next edition of Ryno Rides!

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  • Cars & Coffee 5th Anniversary
  • Big Boyz Toyzzz 2019
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ryno Rides

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Charismatic CH00DA

CHARISMATIC CH00DA

Charismatic Ch00da

We’re going from a 4 to an 8 because Chevrolet is going to a 6.”

Take a good look at this car and you might find it familiar. If you feel like you’ve seen this antique before, then we’d say you probably have. Tony Wilson and his 1932 Ford Tudor B, otherwise known as ‘CH00DA’, are the Bonnie and Clyde duo of classic auto shows. This car can wield second glances and long studying looks from passersby, and it’s not hard to see why. Like many classic enthusiasts, Tony’s hot-rodding isn’t just a passing fancy. It took him years and rounds of modifications and refurbishments to arrive at the Ford Tudor you see here today.

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FORD'S Great Depression

At the turn of the 20th century, Ford was in crisis as business suffered and sales took a low blow. The industrial world had been affected by the Wall Street crash of 1929. Their then champion, the Model T, had been overtaken by its contemporaries after a 19-year run and 15 million units produced. The next blow came when Chevrolet toppled Ford for the top of the poll, while other competitors succeeded in producing automobiles that were more advanced and modern, prompting the bothered Henry Ford to say something’s gotta give.

His solution: The Model A. Though considered a success, the Model A was costly to produce, and its hefty price tag wasn’t something consumers of the time had the wallet for. Over four million units were built, and in 1932, production ceased altogether. It wasn’t the game-changer Henry Ford had hoped for, but he had something else up his sleeve that was only disclosed to a select few.

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B FOR BREAKTHROUGH

“We’re going from a 4 to an 8 because Chevrolet is going to a 6.”

These words would revolutionise the course of the auto industry for the years to come, and it would be the 1932 Ford Model B to kick it off. At the time, it was unheard of to have a V8 engine car that’s affordable and accessible to the general public. The V8’s debut wasn’t groundbreaking either as many manufacturers found it complex, costly, and had little impact on the masses. This was Ford’s opportunity to perfect a flawed design that would enable an 8-cylinder, V-type engine to be built in large quantities and sold at a reasonable price.

The ‘32 Model B stirred a sensation in the press. It was new, had an elegant exterior with a high-performance engine, and available to all – giving people a taste of luxury without breaking the bank. Its interior was just as revolutionary; the key and ignition switch were combined into a single anti-theft unit at the steering column bracket. With the ignition ‘off’ and the key removed, the steering gear would lock the front wheels for parking – a sensible move by Ford that is still being applied today.

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CHANNELLING CH00DA

Tony’s Model B is a fine reminder of Ford’s table-turning masterplan. Purchased in 2005, he’s always had an eye for hot rods and vintage vehicles, and the 2-door sedan Model B was just his cup of tea. We don’t exactly know its condition when it was first brought home, but from the pictures we see, we’re sure that it took Tony long hours and hard work to restore and enhance his CH00DA to the stunning show-worthy candidate it is today.

Of course, what better way of making it truly yours than by adding your personalised touch to it? Tony had the engine block deburred, smooth and painted, rocker covers were bolted on, and velocity stacks added for that extra power. The exhaust was replaced with fully polished stainless steel and the transmission was rebuilt, smoothed, and painted. For a splash of the 21st century, the electronics are centralised and controlled via Bluetooth from the steering wheel. The interior was refabricated entirely in leather, and the seats were built in by hand. The list goes on that even Tony admits every inch of CH00DA has had work done.

We’ve had the privilege of getting up close and personal with this vintage masterpiece at the 2019 Victorian Hot Rod Show in Melbourne. While they’ve driven through the doors of many car shows together, it isn’t something that Tony takes for granted as he believes his best memories of CH00DA are built when sharing his pride and joy with other motor enthusiasts. After our face-to-face encounter, we understand why Tony would travel cross-country to show-off the elegant and charismatic CH00DA.

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Cars & Coffee Coorparoo Oct 2019

CARS & COFFEE COORPAROO

Date:  5 Oct 2019
Location: Coorparoo, Queensland
More information: http://www.carsandcoffeebrisbane.com.au

Ryno Insurance are proud sponsors of Cars & Coffee Coorparoo. Bring along your rare, classic, vintage, historic, exotic or race vehicles from 6:30 am October 5, 2019. Enjoy a hot coffee and bacon sandwich while checking out what Queensland has in store for you!

Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so please drive and behave responsibly.

See you all there, rain or shine!

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