StatoLife has only been going four months and has collected some fantastic photos.  We've decided to include the Facebook Forum and other user submitted photos that show off our beautiful beasties.  We have some cracker photos.

This month's is Stoo Copeland's VS Grange, and what a magnificent vehicle it is.  The photo too has been jokingly referred to as "in its natural habitat," by Shane Douglas Fitz-Gerald.  Good one.

Nautical references seem unending.  Here are some of the past magnificent shots.  Keep up the great work guys and girls.

We've also included some cruise shots by our official Nationals photographer, Jacqui Ajp Hayward.  Here's our combo shortlist of photos so far.

I took these photos during a Magnum Cruise to the Shepparton Motor Museum, during the "Bathurst Legends" month.  I was in Brock Heaven checking out these beautiful beasts.  The following info came from HDT and I'm still rounding up some further yarns.

The WB Magnum was a luxury cruiser, based on either the WB Statesman Deville or Caprice. From there, HDT fitted their Magnum Pack to the car, consisting of the Group 3 spec 5 litre engine, Bilsten shock absorbers and lowered suspension, as well as some finer detailing such a chrome rocker covers, 15 inch alloy wheels (athough many of Caprice based cars retained their fatory fitted Caprice wheels), Momo steering wheel, cold air intake and many other modifications.

Owners could also customise their Magnum with an extensive list of options, including a High Output engine, as well as exterior colour coding, larger 16 inch road wheels, diff ratios, Limited slip diff and many other options.Of note is the fact that there was 3 Magnum utilities built also, at least one of which featured the 5.6 stroker motor.

308 Cubic Inch Pushrod V8. 101.6mm Bore and 77.8mm stroke and 8.8:1 compression ratio. Max Power 188.2kw @ 5000rpm and 428.8Nm of Torque @ 3500rpm. 5500rpm redline.
Engine featured Blueprinted electronic ignition, HDT High performance cylinder heads, HDT inlet manifold, HDT High capacity air cleaner, Low restriction exhaust, Hot fuel handling system and Chromed rocker covers. Factory oil was Castrol GTX Friction modified.

4 barrel Rochester Carburettor and port matched inlet manifold.

3 speed auto only
First: 2.31
Second: 1.46
Third: 1.00
Final Drive: 2.60:1 standard, 3.08:1 optional

Type: Power assisted, integral with variable ratio steering box
2.6 Turns to lock, 12.3m turning circle.

Front: Fully independant by upper and lower control arms with coil springs and anti roll bar.
Rear: Live axle located by four trailing links and Panhard rod. Coil springs and anti-roll bar.

Split circuit hydraulic system with power booster.
Front: 276 discs.
Rear: 292 Discs.

Standard Statesman Caprice alloy wheels
15″ x 7″ Momo Polaris Optional with 235/60/VR15 Pirelli P6 tyres.
16″ x 7″ alloys with Pirelli P7 tyres also optional

Standing Start
400m: 16.76 seconds (139.7 km/h)
0-100: 9.43 seconds

91 Litres
126 Litres optional

Approximately 100

Base Price: approx $19772 for De Ville donor car, approx $29539 for Caprice; plus
Basic Magnum modifications: $4950 (Caprice) $5950 (De Ville). Fully optioned Caprice approx $33000

Exterior Colour Coding: $550
126L long range fuel tank: $282 (fitted)
High Output Engine: $2750
Carbuerettor Blue Print: $98
Window Tint: $225
Burglar Alarm System; $450
LSD: $450
16 inch rims with Pirelli P7 tyres: $1095 (Caprice) $2140 (De Ville)
3.08:1 Diff ratio: $650
Shadowtone Paintwork $995
Special exterior paint treatment (black chrome & colour coding) $760
100/90W globes: $27.95
100W driving light globes: $28.80
Electric Sunroof $1450
Tinted headlight covers $37.95
Engine Oil Cooler
Transmission Oil Cooler
Deletions: Exterior colour coding & decals, Steering wheel.




We've discovered a beaut cruise that's been organised by the Shepparton Cars and Coffee crew to St James on the town's launch of its new Coles' Silo Art.  This is special, as not many people know that the very first Coles shop was in St James.  It's still a two-horse town.  But has some famous heritage.  At last year's Nationals we went to the nearby Devenish Silos for a squizz.

The thumbnail photo illustrates the Sunday we had for the Nationals.  The second thumbnail shows the added art to the Devenish silos.  Devenish and St James are about 7km apart and the drive from Shepp takes in both.  This cruise will be similar.  Those silos too have had some additional work that we will spy during this cruise.  We have about 20 spots booked at the St James pub and Wayne the publican wants a "Show'n'Shine" outide the hotel.  The more Statos the merrier.  So if you are near get yourself to the Bridgestone Tyres staging point by 9am sharp, Sunday 28th of April.

Technically not an official HSCCA event but hey it's cars, great photos and good food.  What more could you want? Download the promo link at the bottom of this page.

folder StatoLife Special Cruise (not Nationals), St James Silo Art Grande Opening


This wonderful photo came from a cruise taken by one of our NSW friends Sammi Chman, for Xania Smith.

The water-crossing at the bottom of the drive provides a spectacular photo opportunity.  In fact there are many on this cruise.

The Macquarie Pass is an eight-kilometre-long section of the Illawarra Highway passing through Macquarie Pass National Park. It was opened in 1898, though had been used by the Wodi Wodi tribe.

Brendan Wilcox's beast on the same cruise getting his "feet wet". Great fun.  We hear the next cruise by this group will be in the Port Stephens area.