The Road Ahead : December 2011
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 4 THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2011/JAN 2012 EXEC. MANAGER, PUBLISHING Jim Mathers EDITOR Barry Green JOURNALISTS Belinda Peters Deb Eccleston GRAPHIC DESIGN Bonita Forsyth ENQUIRIES, CLASSIFIED ADS Jenie Maloney 07 3872 8653 DISPLAY ADVERTISING Kelley Wiseman 07 3872 8640 ADDRESS PO BOX 4, Springwood Queensland 4127 FAX 07 3257 1863 EMAIL email@example.com PUBLISHER The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd (ABN 72 009 716 465) CIRCULATION (CAB) 899,570 Plus 160,000 digital. COPYRIGHT No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the publisher's written permission. CONTRIBUTORS The views expressed in The Road Ahead by external contributors and advertisers are not necessarily those of the RACQ. Additional magazine photos from Thinkstock, Tourism Queensland. ADVERTISING: All advertisements in The Road Ahead are the responsibility of advertisers. Advertising is accepted on the understanding that it does not contravene the Trade Practices Act. Responsibility is not accepted by The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd or the RACQ for statements made or the failure of any product or service to give satisfaction. Inclusion of an advertisement should not be construed as an endorsement by The Road Ahead or the RACQ. For the latest lifestyle, travel and motoring news, visit our website, www.roadahead.com.au. THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2011/JAN 2012 Cover: Mercedes- Benz C250, an Australia's Best Cars winner. Source: Autonews. FEATURES contents 26 the great south-west Journey through the USA's seminal desert landscape. FREE TO RACQ MEMBERS road ahead THE COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE TRAVEL MOTORING RACQ MEMBER ESSENTIALS + MORE summ er DEC 20 11/ JAN 2012 rac q.com WE NAME AUSTRALIA'S BEST CARS TOPS BY A COUNTRY MILE WISHING ON A STARLIGHT RACQI SUPPORTS A GREAT CAUSE WIN A $5000+ HILTON HOLIDAY IRONMAN ON HIS METTLE ZANE HOLMES INTERVIEW THE GREAT SOUTH-WEST JOURNEY THROUGH USA'S DESERT LANDSCAPE 8 a playful recovery RACQ Foundation helps brighten up kindy at Emerald. 21 ironman on his mettle We interview champion Queenslander Zane Holmes. 22 better night's sleep The key to restful shuteye lies in your mattress. 30 through the past darkly On Norfolk Island, history is everywhere. 32 on your door step Climb a 'pyramid' close to home. Here's how ... 38 rallying to the cause The RACQ is getting behind a host of car rallies in 2012. 40 star quality lacking New vehicle safety under scrutiny. 41 and the winners are ... We profile all 15 of Australia's Best Cars for 2011. 60 racq introduces responsive maps Quick Response (QR) Codes are here and now. 66 connecting the community RACQ Insurance is helping not-for-profit groups spread their word. 67 drivers behaving badly Queensland motorists come under the spotlight. 68 wishing on a starlight Proving that laughter really is the best medicine.
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