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Sandown 500 Preview

14 Sep, 2017

TRACK TIMES Friday 15th September11:15 – 11:45 – Practice One (Co-Drivers Only)13:35 – 14:05 – Practice Two16:10 – 16:40 – Practice Three (Co-Drivers Only)Saturday 16th September9:20 – 9:35 – Practice Four10:50 – 11:10 – Qualifying13:45 – 14:20 – Race for the Grid – 60kms (Co-Driver Race)16:15-16:50 – Race for the Grid – 60kms (Main Driver...
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BJR's Beechey Revival for Sandown

7 Sep, 2017

Brothers Brad and Kim Jones are thrilled to reveal their 3-car Norm Beechey Tribute ahead of the Sandown 500 ‘Retro Round’. Supercars Hall of Famer Norm Beechey contested in the Australian Touring Car Championship from 1963 to 1972, which consisted of 31 ATCC rounds and 26 races. Of those he won 7 races and the...
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Rollover Sensor for Trucks Reduces Risk of Fire

5 Sep, 2017

Developed to maximise safety in the event of a roll-over truck accident, the new REDARC Roll Over Sensor (ROS) is now available from CoolDrive branches Australia-wide. Meeting the latest legislative requirements for roll-over sensing, the REDARC ROS1224 triggers the vehicle’s battery master isolation switch when an imminent accident is detected, cutting power to the truck’s electrical...
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Gabriel Ultra 4WD Shockers from CoolDrive

31 Aug, 2017

Gabriel has introduced a new range of Ultra Plus Off Road gas shock absorbers for the 4WD market and they’re now available from CoolDrive. Designed to fit most popular 4WD wagons, utes and cab chassis on the Australian market, the Gabriel Ultra Plus Off Road shockers are available in original-equipment specification or for a 50mm lift. Built...
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CoolDrive Expands with Logicar Parts Acquisition & Equipment Joint Venture

28 Aug, 2017

CoolDrive has further expanded its operations in automotive parts with the acquisition of Logicar’s engine management spare parts business, effective 2 October. And at the same time, CoolDrive has acquired a 50 percent stake in the remaining Logicar Equipment and ECU reconditioning business, which will continue to operate as a separate entity in a joint-venture between...
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Supporting Orphanages by John Blanchard CEO

25 Aug, 2017

For many years now, CoolDrive has donated money to two children’s orphanages at Christmas, on behalf of our customers and ourselves. Instead of sending Christmas cards to customers we feel the high cost of postage these days this is a better option. In April, my wife, Eunice and I decided to visit one of these...
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Sydney Motorsport Park Sunday Recap - Epic Weekend for Team CoolDrive

20 Aug, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Qualifying - Qualified: 23rd – 1:29.6305s // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:28.2259sRace 18 – 200kms / 52 Laps - Finished: 13th // Winner: Jamie Whincup THE WORD FROM TIM “It’s been a really solid weekend for Team CoolDrive. We’ve had a couple of bad weekends earlier this year so to come away with a 10th and...
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Sydney Motorsport Park Saturday Recap - Season Best Result for Blanchard

19 Aug, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Practice Three - Position: 12th – 1:29.6491 // Fastest: Michael Caruso – 1:28.8603Qualifying - Qualified: 23rd – 1:29.6952 // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:28.3209 Race 17 – 120kms / 31 Laps - Finished: 11th // Winner: Fabian Coulthard THE WORD FROM TIM Today Tim Blanchard scored his best ever Sydney Motorsport Park result and his best result of the...
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Sydney Motorsport Park Friday Recap

18 Aug, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Practice One - Position: 13th – 1:31.0141 // Fastest: Michael Caruso – 1:29.9643Practice Two - Position: 21st – 1:30.3785 // Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:28.8500 THE WORD FROM TIM “The BJR cars are typically strong here at Sydney Motorsport Park. They are suited to the long sweeping bends and have good stability in those long corners, which is...
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Sydney Motorsport Park Preview

17 Aug, 2017

TRACK TIMES Friday 18th August12:50 – 13:35 – Practice One15:30 – 16:15 – Practice TwoSaturday 19th August11:25 – 12:10 – Practice Three13:35 – 13:50 – Qualifying16:25 – Race 17 – 120kms / 31 LapsSunday 20th August11:00 – 11:20 – Qualifying14:00 – Race 18 – 200kms / 52 Laps FAST FACTS - Track Length – 3.905km //...
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Firebox Fire Extinguishers

15 Aug, 2017

FIRE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE ! ! ! ! ! ! Fire in Vehicles, Fire in the Garage, Fire in the home it is everyone’s worst nightma Damage or complete loss of expensive vehicles, electrical tools in the garage and may even cost of a total kitchen refurb could have been minimised or completely avoided. At...
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New Darwin Branch Opens in Style

14 Aug, 2017

CoolDrive Darwin unofficially opened its relocated branch in style in mid-June with a ‘Trade Show’ that saw Supercar driver Tim Blanchard and his CoolDrive Racing Commodore making a special guest appearance. Both were in town for the Supercars round at Hidden Valley, making it the ideal opportunity to celebrate the Darwin branch’s much-needed relocation to larger...
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FNQ Stars for CoolDrive

11 Aug, 2017

Far North Queensland has trumped the rest of Australasia in the annual CoolDrive Branch of the Year Awards. Big winners were CoolDrive Townsville, which won the annual W.J. Blanchard Branch of the Year award for branches with turnover greater than $5 million, beating the Acacia Ridge (Brisbane) branch into second place. And CoolDrive Cairns, which won the...
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CoolDrive Celebrates 40 Years in Business

10 Aug, 2017

CoolDrive marked four decades in business with a celebratory dinner in Melbourne late July. Attended by 250 industry luminaries, suppliers, key staff past and present, branch managers and special guests, the evening at the iconic Zinc restaurant at Federation Square included CoolDrive’s annual Branch Manager awards presentation. Hosted by Nine Network television personality Brodie Harper, the CoolDrive...
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CoolDrive launches Permatex Gasket, Sealing & Adhesive products

7 Aug, 2017

CoolDrive is excited to introduce quality Permatex products to the ever expanding range of workshop repair solutions. Permatex is a leading global manufacturer of premium chemical products specifically developed for the automotive, heavy duty and marine maintenance repair markets. Automotive enthusiasts, professional technicians and industries alike enjoy the product depth that Permatex offers under numerous...
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Electrical Accessories Winter Specials - July and August 2017

4 Aug, 2017

For all your Electrical Accessories Winter Specials, contact your nearest branch.
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CoolDrive Catalogue Sheds Light

3 Aug, 2017

Such has been the expansion of CoolDrive’s automotive lighting product offerings that the parts distribution giant has now published a specific catalogue.   The CoolDrive Lighting Catalogue has over 700 pages of all things in automotive lighting, and follows on from last year’s Electrical Accessories Catalogue.   “Not so long ago our electrical accessories and...
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Now Available Genuine Valeo Replacement Clutch Kits

1 Aug, 2017

CoolDrive now stocks Genuine Valeo replacement clutch kits for popular European light commercial and passenger vehicles, including VALEO DUAL MASS  REPLACEMENT (DMR)  KITS. “Replace the Flywheel once and for all with the Valeo DMR Kit!” Good Reasons to choose Valeo Dual Mass Replacement Kit. 1. Reliability: DMR kits are extremely reliable solution corresponding to the highest...
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CoolDrive Darwin has Moved

31 Jul, 2017

As of Monday the 31st July 2017 CoolDrive Darwin will be located at 24 Jessop Crescent, Berrimah NT 0828. Phone: (08) 8944 3200
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Ipswich Sunday Recap

30 Jul, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Qualifying - Qualified: 20th – 1:09.3008s // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:08.4208sRace Sixteen – 200kms / 65 Laps - Finished: 17th //  Winner: Chaz Mostert  THE WORD FROM TIM “We had a smoother race today and got a better result than yesterday. The strategy worked well and we were able to jump a few car...
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Ipswich Saturday Recap

29 Jul, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Practice Three - Position: 13th – 1:09.4399s // Fastest: Tim Slade – 1:08.9768sQualifying - Qualified: 22nd – 1:09.4598s // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:08.8167sRace Fifteen – 120kms / 39 Laps - Finished: 21st // Winner: Scott McLaughlin  THE WORD FROM TIM “We had a good a great start to todays’ race and the first few laps were...
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Ipswich Friday Recap

28 Jul, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Additional Driver Practice – Todd Hazelwood // Position: 1st – 1:09.7530sPractice One - Position: 23rd – 1:10.2714s // Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:09.5760sPractice Two - Position: 25th – 1:09.9892s // Fastest: Chaz Mostert – 1:08.9960s THE WORD FROM CO-DRIVER TODD HAZELWOOD“I really enjoyed my time in the Team CoolDrive Commodore today, it was like the...
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CoolDrive Canberra is Moving Up the Road

10 Jul, 2017

As of Monday the 10th July 2017 CoolDrive Canberra is moving to their NEW location just up the road at Unit 1, 126-128 Gladstone St, Fyshwick ACT 2609. Phone: (02) 6280 4755
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Townsville Sunday Recap

9 Jul, 2017

TODAY'S TIMESQualifying - Position: 23rd – 1m13.0976 // Provisional Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1m12.0307Top Ten Shootout - Winner: Scott McLaughlinRace 14 – 200kms / 70 Laps - Finished: 20th // Winner: Jamie Whincup THE WORD FROM TIM “20th wasn’t the result we were looking for today. We didn’t get the cars in the window we would have liked...
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Townsville Saturday Recap

8 Jul, 2017

TODAY'S TIMESQualifying - Position: 23rd – 1m13.2050 // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin 1m12.0731Race 13 – 200kms / 70 Laps - Finished: 16th // Winner: Scott McLaughlin  THE WORD FROM TIM Tim was disappointed with today’s qualifying efforts, as he and Team CoolDrive found themselves searching for more car speed. The cars qualifying setup needed to be more aggressive...
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Townsville Friday Recap

7 Jul, 2017

TODAY'S TIMESPractice One - Position: 24th – 1m14.2944 // Fastest: David Reynolds – 1m12.8920Practice Two - Position: 20th – 1m13.0081 // Fastest: Chaz Mostert – 1m12.3648 THE WORD FROM TIM “With the hot conditions here this weekend you can expect the tyres to drop off a little more than usual. With 2 x 200 kilometre races on...
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Townsville Preview

6 Jul, 2017

TRACK TIMES Friday 7th July12:10 - 12:50 – Practice One15:05 - 15:45 – Practice TwoSaturday 8th July12:30 - 12:50 – Qualifying13:30 - 13:50 – Drivers Parade16:10 - 17:50 – Race 13 – 200kms / 70 LapsSunday 9th July10:55 - 11:15 – Qualifying13:15 - 13:40 – Top Ten Shootout16:10 - 17:50 – Race 14 – 200kms...
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Team CoolDrive Confirm Enduro Lineup

22 Jun, 2017

Brad Jones Racing are excited to confirm their driver pairings for the upcoming 2017 Pirtek Endurance Cup.After a brilliant performance in the 2016 Endurance Cup races, notably the Bathurst 1000, Ash Walsh will again be behind the wheel of the Freightliner Racing Commodore with Tim Slade for the duo’s second year together. Ash currently sits...
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Darwin Sunday Recap

18 Jun, 2017

TODAY'S TIMESQualifying - Qualified: 23rd – 1:06.4279 // Provisional Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:05.6806Top Ten Shootout // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlinRace 12 – 200kms / 70 Laps - Finished: 21st // Winner: Scott McLaughlin THE WORD FROM TIM “Hidden Valley was just as hot as it was yesterday but car was totally different to drive. It didn’t get us near...
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Darwin Saturday Recap - Best Result of the Season

17 Jun, 2017

TODAY'S TIMESPractice Three - Position: 13th – 1:06.1355 // Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:05.5635Qualifying - Qualified: 14th – 1:06.1452 // Pole Position: Rick Kelly – 1:05.7114Race 11 – 120kms / 42 Laps - Finished: 12th // Winner: Fabian Coulthard THE WORD FROM TIM Tim was close to his best Hidden Valley qualifying effort (13th) today, when he brought the Team CoolDrive Commodore...
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Darwin Friday Recap

16 Jun, 2017

TODAY'S TIMESPractice One - Position: 23rd – 1:07.3920 // Fastest: Rick Kelly – 1:06.5061Practice Two - Position: 20th – 1:06.8639 // Fastest: Jamie Whincup – 1:06.0360 THE WORD FROM TIM “We struggled a little bit with understeer today but we worked on improving our setup and I feel like we are getting there. Racing on the new SuperSoft tyre is...
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Darwin Preview

15 Jun, 2017

TRACK TIMES (NT - Local Times)Friday 16th June12:10 - 12:55 – Practice One15:00 - 15:45 – Practice TwoSaturday 17th June9:25 - 10:10 – Practice Three12:45 - 12:55 – Drivers Parade13:50 - 14:05 – Qualifying16:15 - 17:15 – Race 11 – 120kms / 42 LapsSunday 18th June8:20 - 9:05 – True Colour Track Walk9:40 - 10:00...
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40th Anniversary Sale Part 3

1 Jun, 2017

For all your 40th Anniversary Sale Part 3 requirements, contact your nearest branch.
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CoolDrive Launceston is Moving Across Town

29 May, 2017

As of Monday 29th May 2017 CoolDrive Launceston is moving from 3 Wilson Street, South Launceston to their NEW location at Unit 3, 2 -12 Montague Street, Invermay. Phone: (03) 6331 0533
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Winton Sunday Recap

21 May, 2017

TODAY'S TIMES Qualifying - Qualified: 18th – 1m19.9367s // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1m19.0721s Race Ten – 67 Laps / 200kms - Finished: 22nd // Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen   THE WORD FROM TIM Times improved in qualifying today, with Tim cracking the 1m19 bracket to qualify less than a second off pole sitter Scott...
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Winton Saturday Recap

20 May, 2017

TODAY' S TIMESPractice Three - Position: 19th – 1m20.6678s // Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1m19.5923s Qualifying - Qualified: 22nd – 1m20.3995s // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1m19.3807s Race Nine – 40 Laps / 120kms - Finished: 18th // Winner: Scott McLaughlin   THE WORD FROM TIM “We had a reasonable day but didn’t maximise our potential in qualifying....
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Winton Friday Recap

19 May, 2017

TODAY'S TIMESAdditional Drivers Practice – Todd Hazelwood - Finished: 19th – 1:47.7965s // Fastest: Shae Davies – 1:45.7595sPractice One - Finished: 20th – 1:45.5605s // Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:43.3667sPractice Two - Finished: 23rd – 1m32.8801s // Fastest: Nick Percat – 1m28.1050s   THE WORD FROM TIM “The first session at Winton today was the additional driver...
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Winton Preview

18 May, 2017

TRACK TIMES Friday 19th May10:50 - 11:20 – Additional Drivers Practice12:35 - 13:20 – Practice One14:40 - 15:25 – Practice TwoSaturday 20th May10:50 - 11:35 – Practice Three13:25 - 13:40 – Qualifying16:00 - 17:10 – Race Nine – 40 Laps / 120kmsSunday 21st May11:00 - 11:20 – Qualifying13:45 - 15:35 - Race Ten – 67...
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Perth SuperSprint Sunday Recap

7 May, 2017

TODAY’S RESULTS Qualifying - Qualified: 24th // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin Race Eight - Finished: 23rd // Winner: Scott McLaughlin   THE WORD FROM TIM Tim went in today’s 200kms with a tyre advantage. After the car struggled in yesterday’s race, the team opted to keep Tim’s green tyres for today’s race. This means he...
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Perth SuperSprint Friday Recap

5 May, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Practice One - Position: 17th – 56.6466s // Fastest: Garth Tander – 55.6459s Practice Two - Position: 16th – 55.7012s // Fastest: Shane Van Gisbergen – 54.7762s   THE WORD FROM TIM “It was a good day for us. It was close in the times, and a lot of teams were focusing on...
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Perth SuperSprint Preview

4 May, 2017

TRACK TIMES Friday 5th May 12:00 – 12:45 – Practice One 14:35 – 15:20 – Practice Two Saturday 6th May 9:15 – 10:00 – Practice Three 11:55 – 12:10 – Qualifying 14:45 – 15:45 – Race Seven / 120kms Sunday 7th May 10:55 – 11:15 – Qualifying 14:15 – 15:45 – Race Eight / 200kms...
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40th Anniversary Sale Part 2

1 May, 2017

For all your 40th Anniversary Sale Part 2 requirements, contact your nearest branch.
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Phillip Island SuperSprint Sunday Recap

23 Apr, 2017

TODAY’S RESULTS Qualifying - Qualified: 24th // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin Race Six - Finished: 15th // Winner: Chaz Mostert   THE WORD FROM TIM “We were conservative for the first 10-15 laps in the race and watching our tyres to ensure we lasted the distance. From where we started it was a good improvement....
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Phillip Island SuperSprint Saturday Recap

22 Apr, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Qualifying - Qualified: 24th // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin Race Five / 250kms - Finished: 15th // Winner: Fabian Coulthard    THE WORD FROM TIM Today’s race at Phillip Island provided plenty of action. Tim did a brilliant job to avoid the lap one drama and jump forward through the field. He was...
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Phillip Island SuperSprint Friday Recap

21 Apr, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Friday 21st April Practice One - Position: 24th – 1m32.8381s // Fastest: David Reynolds – 1m30.8476 Practice Two - Position: 23rd – 1m31.9628s // Fastest: Chaz Mostert – 1m29.5747   THE WORD FROM TIM “We didn’t get a good run on the green tyres today. If we can unlock a fast one lap...
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Phillip Island SuperSprint Preview

20 Apr, 2017

TRACK TIMES Friday 21st April 12:30 – 13:10 – Practice One 15:15 – 15:55 – Practice Two Saturday 22nd April 12:45 – 13:05 – Qualifying 15:45 – 17:25 – Race Five / 250kms Sunday 23rd April 10:50 – 11:10 – Qualifying 13:50 – 15:30 – Race Six / 250kms   MEET TIM Saturday 22nd April...
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Tasmania SuperSprint Sunday Recap

9 Apr, 2017

TRACK TIMES Qualifying - Qualified: 21st // Pole position: Jamie Whincup Race Four - Finished: DNF // Winner: Fabian Coulthard   THE WORD FROM TIM Team CoolDrive worked until 3am this morning to repair Tim’s car for today’s final 200km race in Tasmania. It was a stellar feat for the team, as 4 of the...
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Tasmania SuperSprint Saturday Recap

8 Apr, 2017

TRACK TIMES Practice Three – Position: 20th – 52.6024 // Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 51.6333s Qualifying – Qualified: 15th // Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin Race Three – 120kms / 50 Laps – Finished: DNF // Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen THE WORD FROM TIM Supercars declared today’s race a $5 million dollar damage bill after 11...
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Tasmania SuperSprint Friday Recap

7 Apr, 2017

TRACK TIMES Practice One Position: 26th – 53.0955s // Fastest: Jamie Whincup – 50.9455s Practice Two Position: 23rd – 51.5794s // Fastest: Shane Van Gisbergen – 50.8008s THE WORD FROM TIM “Had a brake issue in the first session this morning which isn’t an ideal start to the weekend, we didn’t get a lot of...
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40th Anniversary Sale

30 Mar, 2017

For all your 40th Anniversary Sale requirements, contact your nearest branch.
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Australian Grand Prix Sunday Recap

26 Mar, 2017

TRACK TIMES Race Four - Finished: DNF // Winner: Chaz Mostert   THE WORD FROM TIM Race 4 ended early for Tim. He was turned around on lap one and sustained damaged to the front and rear of the car. After pitting for a new front left tyre, Tim resumed the race. However the car...
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Australian Grand Prix Friday Recap

24 Mar, 2017

TRACK TIMES Race One - Finished: 17th // Winner: Scott McLaughlin Race Two - Finished: 17th // Winner: Fabian Coulthard   THE WORD FROM TIM “Not an ideal day for us. I think the car had really good pace today but we were on the receiving end of some ambitious passing moves from a few...
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Australian Grand Prix Thursday Recap

23 Mar, 2017

TODAY’S TIMES Practice One  Position – 13th  – 1m57.2394 // Fastest: Fabian Coulthard – 1m55.4910 Qualifying – Race OneQualified: 13th – 1m55.7340 // Pole Position: Fabian Coulthard – 1m54.3972 Qualifying - Race TwoQualified: 18th – 1m56.1489 // Pole Position: Fabian Coulthard – 1m54.8949 Qualifying - Race ThreeQualified: 15th – 1m56.0804 // Pole Position: Fabian Coulthard...
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Team CoolDrive Australian Grand Prix Preview

22 Mar, 2017

TRACK TIMES Thursday 23rd March 12:50 – 13:20 – Practice One 17:00 – 17:10 – Qualifying – Race One 17:20 – 17:30 – Qualifying – Race Two 17:45 – 17:55 – Qualifying – Race Three 18:05 – 18:15 – Qualifying – Race Four Friday 24th March 13:50 – 14:20 – Race One 17:50 – 18:20...
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Clipsal 500 Sunday

5 Mar, 2017

TODAY'S TIMES Qualifying – Position: 23rd // Provisional Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen Top Ten Shootout – Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen Race Two – Finished: 21st // Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen   THE WORD FROM TIM ”Obviously not the day we were hoping for but we got through the day with a straight car...
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Clipsal 500 Friday

3 Mar, 2017

TODAY'S TIMES Practice One – Position: 18th – 1:21.3546 // Fastest: Jamie Whincup – 1:20.4006 Practice Two – Position: 24th – 1:21.1148 // Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:19.8355 Qualifying – Position: 23rd  – 1:20.8376  // Provisional Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen – 1:19.7806   THE WORD FROM TIM ”I think we rolled the car out...
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CoolDrive to Celebrate 40 Years in 2017

22 Feb, 2017

One of Australia’s largest automotive aftermarket component suppliers, CoolDrive will celebrate 40 years in 2017.   Founded in 1977 by Mr W. John Blanchard and Mrs Shirley Blanchard, who began selling automotive air conditioning component parts from their garage in Melbourne, CoolDrive has undertaken incredible growth in its 40 years.   From originally focusing on...
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2017 CAMS Foundation Rising Star Drivers Announced

7 Feb, 2017

The CAMS Foundation has confirmed the four young Australian drivers that will become part of the CAMS Foundation Rising Star program in 2017. Circuit racers Simon Fallon and Cameron Shields have been selected as the programme’s elite drivers, with Zane Morse and Ryan Suhle as the Rising Star’s karting graduates. CAMS Foundation Chairman, Valentina Stojanovska...
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CoolDrive 2017 Footy Tipping Competitions

6 Feb, 2017

The football season is nearly here! Join CoolDrive’s NRL & AFL tipping competitions NOW to win some great NEW PRIZES! First Prize: Beats Studio Wireless Headphones. Valued at $479.95 Second Prize: UE MEGABOOM Portable Wireless Speaker. Valued at $329.00 Third Prize: Fitbit Charge 2. Valued at $249.95 PLUS! $50 Coles Group & Myer Gift Cards...
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Team CoolDrive Celebrates History

1 Feb, 2017

Team CoolDrive is the first Holden Commodore out of the Brad Jones Racing stable to unveil its 2017 livery. Tim Blanchard’s Team CoolDrive Commodore has been ‘white hot’ in recent years, but for 2017 fans will be looking at a shining, dark blue livery on track. The livery was designed in-house and was brought to...
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CoolDrive Wagga Wagga Opening

30 Jan, 2017

CoolDrive Distribution has today officially opened the doors to its 25th Australian branch, with the establishment of an official presence in Wagga Wagga in regional New South Wales.Prominently situated on one of Wagga Wagga’s busiest roads and in the hub of the local automotive area, the newest branch is CoolDrive’s seventh in New South Wales.The...
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Hulk 4WD Products Now Available

25 Jan, 2017

CoolDrive Distribution is further expanding its 4x4 and off-road offerings with the inclusion of HULK 4x4 products. The top quality products from HULK 4x4 are specifically designed to complement the growing 4WD movement in Australia, providing the accessories needed to completely fit-out off-road vehicles. The 22-item-strong product range includes everything consumers could need in lifting and...
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Now Stocking Aisin Clutches

23 Jan, 2017

CoolDrive Distribution is now stocking the full range of OE quality clutch kits from AISIN. World renowned for quality and reliability, AISIN clutches hold the largest market share of parts supplied and manufactured for Toyota. Available from all 26 CoolDrive branches nation-wide, the clutch kits contain the clutch cover, plate and bearing, all featuring AISIN’s...
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Sydney Motorsport Park Preview

24 Aug, 2016

TRACK TIMES Friday 26th August 1:30pm-2:30pm- Practice One 4:00pm-5:00pm - Practice Two Saturday 27th August 1:00pm-1:15pm - Practice Three 2:15pm-2:30pm - Qualifying (Race 18) 4:30pm-5:35pm - Race 18 – 120km Sunday 28th August 11:40am-12:00pm - Qualifying (Race 19) 2:00pm-3:35pm - Race 19 – 200km   TRACK FACTS Circuit Length – 3.93 Kilometres Circuit Direction –...
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Ignite Curved Lightbars Now Available

15 Aug, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution has expanded its lighting range, recently welcoming Ignite’s Curved Single Row LED lightbars to its product offerings.Ignite’s new curved lightbar range is available in three sizes, allowing fitments in a variety of applications from passenger and off-road vehicles, to all types of commercial, industrial and agricultural vehicles. Complementing the existing Ignite Straight Single...
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New Rear View Mirror and Reversing Camera

12 Aug, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution has expanded its already impressive range of safety-related products with the addition of a new rear view mirror and reversing camera kit. It features a 4.3” TFT-LCD rear view mirror kit and patented Stealth Camera which can be discreetly mounted to the rear number plate. The patented Gator Stealth Cams mounting eyelets allow 120...
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CoolDrive Opens Second New Zealand Branch

10 Aug, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution has opened its second branch in New Zealand and 25th overall, located in Mt Wellington, Auckland. The six-person team at CoolDrive Auckland will be headed up by Phillip Rogers, who recently joined CoolDrive from Auckland Auto Air. “The introduction of CoolDrive into New Zealand has exceeded expectations and the opening of our second...
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Canberra Wins Branch of the Year

8 Aug, 2016

CoolDrive Canberra has been awarded the W.J. Blanchard Shield after being named CoolDrive Distribution’s Branch of the Year for 2016. Company founder John Blanchard Snr presented the shield to Darren Power, Canberra’s Branch Manager on the 29th July as part of CoolDrive’s annual Branch Manager’s Awards Dinner. “It is an absolute honour to have been named CoolDrive’s...
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New Zealand Expansion Complete with Auckland Auto Air Acquisition

29 Jul, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution has completed the first phase of its expansion into the New Zealand market with the acquisition of the Auckland Auto Air parts business. Business partners for over 30 years, Auckland Auto Air was both CoolDrive’s first customer in New Zealand and its original distributor, and respective business owners John Blanchard from CoolDrive and...
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CoolDrive Expands Engine Management with AFI Acquisition

4 Jul, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution is cementing its position in the engine management sector, with the acquisition of Sydney-based business, Australian Fuel Injection (AFI). AFI is a specialist supplier of automotive electronic, fuel injection, engine management and ignition system components and also stocks common rail diesel injection products to suit a wide range of vehicles and applications. As of 1...
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CoolDrive Enhances Engine Management

3 Jun, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution today announced the acquisition of a specialist division of Automotive Services Solutions. As of 1 June 2016, the Engine Management Parts Division of Automotive Services Solutions, based in Brisbane, will become part of CoolDrive.   The acquisition includes the electronic repair division, which specialises in the repair of electronic modules, including ECUs, brake...
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Lighting Range Expands With Narva Inclusion

1 Jun, 2016

One of Australia’s leading automotive lighting and electrical companies, Narva, has joined CoolDrive Distribution’s product portfolio. CoolDrive now stocks Narva’s extensive lighting products including driving and fog lamps, emergency lighting, RV & interior lighting as well as LED, sealed and conventional lighting options for trucks and trailers. Narva’s comprehensive electrical accessories range is also available including globes,...
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Strongarm Gas Supports Now At CoolDrive

31 May, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution is continuing to expand its product offerings, with the full range of StrongArm gas charged replacement lift supports now available. The StrongArm range of gas supports are the ideal solution for lifting, lowering and counterbalancing weight in a vast range of applications including canopies, caravans, boat hatches and toolboxes. “It is recommended that gas supports...
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Winton Supersprint Preview

19 May, 2016

TRACK TIMES Friday 20th May 13:55-14:25 - Additional Drivers Only Practice Session 14:35-15:35 - Practice One 16:10-17:10 - Practice Two   Saturday 21st May 11:45-12:00 - Practice Three 13:20-13:35 - Qualifying (Race 10) 16:00-17:10 - Race 10 – 120kms   Sunday 22nd May 11:35-11:55 - Qualifying (Race 11) 13:45-15:35 - Race 11 – 200kms  ...
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CoolDrive Sponsors Olympic Athlete

10 May, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution is proud to announce its sponsorship of amateur boxer Jason Whateley, who will be representing Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games. Whateley, the current Australian National Champion in the heavyweight division, funds his career through his work as a qualified personal trainer, “CoolDrive is actually my first corporate sponsor and having them on...
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CoolDrive Continues New Zealand Expansion

9 May, 2016

CoolDrive is further expanding its presence in New Zealand with the recent acquisition of Total Air Conditioning in Albany, Auckland. Effective as of 1 May 2016, the Total Air Conditioning business has become CoolDrive’s second acquisition in New Zealand. “CoolDrive is excited to continue our expansion in New Zealand following last month’s  acquisition of Direct...
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Perth Supersprint - Preview

3 May, 2016

TRACK TIMES Friday 6th May 12:00-13:00 - Practice One 14:40-15:40 - Practice Two Saturday 7th May 10:35-10:50 - Practice Three 11:40-11:55 - Qualifying (Race 8) 14:45-15:45 - Race 8 – 120km Sunday 8th May 10:45-11:05 - Qualifying (Race 9) 14:00-15:30 - Race 9 – 200km    THE FACTS ON TIM & BARBAGALLO - Tim raced here...
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Phillip Island Preview

13 Apr, 2016

TRACK TIMES Friday 15th April 13:55-14:55 – Practice One 15:55-16:55 – Practice Two Saturday 16th April 11:30-11:45 - Practice Three 13:30-13:45 - Qualifying (Race 6) 16:30-17:30 - Race 6 – 120km Sunday 17th April 11:40-12:00 - Qualifying (Race 7) 14:10-15:35 - Race 7 – 200km TRACK FACTS Circuit Length: 4.445km Circuit Direction: Anti-Clockwise Average Speed:...
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CoolDrive Moves to New Zealand with Direct Auto Parts Acquisition

4 Apr, 2016

CoolDrive is pleased to announce it has acquired the business and assets of Direct Auto Parts Ltd., effective 1 April 2016. Based in Albany, Auckland in New Zealand, Direct Auto Parts is an established and well regarded supplier of rotating electrical and auto electrical components. CoolDrive is a family owned distributor of automotive electrical, lighting,...
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Tasmania SuperSprint Preview

30 Mar, 2016

TRACK TIMES Friday 1st April 11:25-12:25 - Practice One 13:45-14:45 - Practice Two Saturday 2nd April 11:20-11:35 - Practice Three 14:35-14:50 - Qualifying (Race 4) 16:45-17:40 - Race 4 – 120kms Sunday 3rd April 11:40-12:00 - Qualifying (Race 5) 14:05-15:30 - Race 5 – 200kms   MEET TIM Thursday 31st March @ 11:30-12:30pm Birchalls (Biante...
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Clipsal 500 Preview

29 Feb, 2016

TRACK TIMES Friday 4th March 10:25-11:05 - Practice One 13:20-14:00 - Practice Two 15:45-15:55 - Qualifying (Race 1) 16:10-16:20 - Qualifying (Race 2) Saturday 5th March 10:35-10:55 - Practice Three 13:50-14:55 - Race 1 – 125km 16:15-17:20 - Race 2 – 125km Sunday 6th March 11:30 – 11:50 - Qualifying (Race 3) 12:40-13:10 - Top...
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Footy Tipping Is Back

10 Feb, 2016

The CoolDrive Footy Tipping competition is back for the 2016 AFL and NRL seasons.  This competition is open to all account holders and employees of CoolDrive and always provides a close finish.  We have some great prizes up for grabs this year with...  1st Place - Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet  2nd Place - Apple Watch ...
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Team CoolDrive Launch 2016 Livery

8 Feb, 2016

Team CoolDrive is the latest V8 Supercar team to launch their 2016 campaign. The #21 car out of the Brad Jones Racing stable has a new name, a fresh look and a different engineering lineup heading into the season ahead. Tim Blanchard will be driving a relatively new chassis when he takes over ‘Alice’, the Freightliner Racing chassis...
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CoolDrive Acquires AME Products

1 Feb, 2016

CoolDrive Distribution today announced the acquisition of electrical component distributor, AME Products. Like CoolDrive, AME is a family-owned Australian business widely respected for its expertise in the supply and distribution of a wide range of electrical brands and products. CoolDrive’s acquisition of AME is consistent with its commitment to growth and delivering a high level...
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Christmas Opening Hours

27 Nov, 2015

With Christmas fast approaching here are the CoolDrive opening hours over the holiday period.  December - Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd - Open normal hours Christmas Eve - Thursday 24th - Open 8.30am to 11am Christmas Day - Closed Boxing Day - Closed Tuesday 27th - Thursday 31st - Open normal hours New Years Day - Closed January 4th - Resume normal...
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The Importance of a Thermostat

8 Oct, 2015

The thermostat has two important jobs to perform; to accelerate engine warm-up and to regulate the engine's operating temperature. A quality thermostat ensures excellent fuel economy, reduces engine wear, provides adequate heater output, and also prevents overheating. This is accomplished by blocking the circulation of coolant between the engine and radiator until the engine has...
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Interview with Team CoolDrive Race Engineer Chris Stuckey

30 Sep, 2015

The role of a race engineer in a V8 Supercar team is critical; they have a huge influence over the performance of the car and are heavily relied upon by the drivers. So we asked Team CoolDrive’s race engineer Chris Stuckey from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport a few questions about what his role actually involves and...
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Red Dot Celebrates 50 Years

28 Sep, 2015

CoolDrive congratulate Red Dot as July 2015 is the 50th Anniversary of business operation. Maintaining a successful business is always a challenge, and we all know how difficult it is to exist for several years, let alone 50 years. It takes great products, a commitment to customers, and business partners who share high service values. As...
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Trip of a Lifetime for Sanden Winners

24 Sep, 2015

The end of May saw our “win a trip to Japan promo” winners land themselves at Japans Narita Airport. Congratulations to Paul and Lee Sibir from Transair Refrigeration in Sydney & Rikus and Sulindie Pretorius from Mariks Industries in Rockhampton. These CoolDrive customers had the opportunity to mix some business with pleasure on their all...
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Newcastle Wins Inagural W.J Blanchard Shield

24 Sep, 2015

CoolDrive Newcastle store has been named ‘CoolDrive Branch of the Year’ and in doing so has won the inaugural W.J Blanchard Shield, honouring  the company’s founder. Newcastle Branch Manager Shayne Edmonds accepted the W.J Blanchard Shield from company patriarch John Blanchard senior, at the annual Branch Manager’s Awards Dinner in Melbourne late last month. Held...
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Kristina Wins Her Way to Vegas

7 Sep, 2015

Kristina Cullimore, an external rep for CoolDrive Distribution, is headed to Las Vegas in November this year for the world’s largest aftermarket parts expo. Together with CoolDrive colleagues, Queenslanders Jeff Brassington and Darren King, Victorian Kristina won an internal sales promotion which earned them the trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas, which includes an extended...
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MAHLE Letrika Joins CoolDrive

4 Sep, 2015

Ever expanding its product portfolio, CoolDrive Distribution has added the Mahle Letrika range of commercial vehicle rotating electrical equipment to its offering. Renowned for its European -built quality, reliability and efficiency, the Letrika brand is now part of the giant global Mahle aftermarket group. Focussing on the heavy truck, bus, mining, marine and agricultural vehicle...
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Spring CoolTalk Out Now

3 Sep, 2015

The Spring edition of CoolTalk is out now. This edition features the arrival of the well known MAHLE Letrika brand of rotating products at CoolDrive as well as Hayman Reese. Other interesting stories include the announcmenet of the inaugrual winner of the W.J.Blanchard Shield for Branch of the Year, RedDot celebrating 50 years, an interview...
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LDM Makes Engineer Swap In Sydney Lead-Up

20 Aug, 2015

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport is looking to bounce back this weekend in Sydney as the V8 Supercars Championship visits Sydney Motorsport Park – and has shuffled its team line-up in the garage. LDM drivers Nick Percat and Tim Blanchard will swap engineers this weekend, with Percat’s regular engineer Brendan Hogan moving to the other side of...
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Upcoming VASA Training

17 Jul, 2015

SightGlass Training Module 1 is designed for those new to the industry and as a refresher course for existing technicians. The full day training session 8:00am to 5:00pm, is delivered by VASA President Ian Strangroome and VASA Vice President Brett Meads and covers: HVAC fundamentals System components Basics HVAC electrical circuits Basic equipment use Refrigerant...
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CoolTalk WordFind Solution

17 Jul, 2015

How are you going with the WordFind in the current edition of CoolTalk?   If you are struggling to find all the words, here is the solution, just click on the image!  
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