As the alarm went off at about 6am on Sunday morning, I awoke to a really odd sound. A constant, almost comforting patter. What was it? Ah yes, rain. And lots of of it. In my early morning stupor I came to the conclusion that I should just go back to sleep, and it probably will stop by the time I need to get up. 7am and the alarm buzzed again, and for some damned reason it was still raining. At least I wouldn’t need to wash the car I concluded, and promptly fell back asleep. Wintery mornings do not welcome the early bird.
Rewind a couple of weeks. After receiving some feedback from the first Burger Meet held on a Friday evening at Fancy Burger in Blackwood, I decided to try something a little different for the second Burger Meet. The main suggestions were that the location was less than inspiring, and that people wanted to go for a bit of a drive as well. So with sunny late summer hills mornings in mind the decision was made to hold the second Burger Meet on a Sunday morning in Mylor, with the burgers served up from the picturesque Harvest Cafe.
Gourmet breakfast burgers? Check. Picture-perfect surroundings? Check. Twisty driving roads to arrive at the venue? Check. Constant rain and freezing cold temperatures? Check. Damn. With this in mind I didn’t really expect a huge turnout, and I couldn’t really blame people for not coming. It takes a strong passion for cars to get out of a nice warm bed on such an awful Sunday morning.
Stewart brought his Maloo ute, which I think looks the absolute business on those wheels. Stu drifts the Maloo and doesn’t usually run these wheels on the road, but for my money, that’s where it’s at.
The whole point of Burger Meet is that it’s a chance for a whole group of car nuts to hang out for a while, irrespective of what types of cars they drive. It’s all about mutual appreciation, and the variety was already beginning to show early on. Alfa’s old and new…
The gravel rally crowd was represented by Stephen Mee in his fanatically prepared 323 Familia, which incidentally is for sale. I know a lot of the gravel guys were keen to come and bring their cars but next weekend is the first round of the state rally championship, and efforts were understandably being put into preparing their cars, rather than drinking coffee and looking at them!
Tarmac rally was represented by Jai Raymond in his 1979 Rover SD-1 Targa car. This thing hands down wins the award for best sounding car of the meet. Jai literally stopped everyone mid sentence when he fired the big V8 up to leave, causing a few people to even break out in applause.
The stance guys crawled into the entrance, and I felt a little tinge of guilt as they specifically requested a ‘low-life friendly’ venue. I tried and I figured that Mylor wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t perfect. Next time will be friendlier!
One of my favorite cars of the event was Andrew’s E46 M3, riding on classic BBS LM rims. I want to extend a huge thanks to these guys for coming out, as I know how fanatically clean they keep their cars, and I’m sure driving them up into the hills on such a torrid day was not an easy decision to make.
The B7 Audi RS4 Avant is easily my favorite of Audi’s RS line. How can you go wrong with such an aggressive yet tasteful bodykit and a stratospherically high revving naturally aspirated V8 in a package that can be passed as a family car? Genius.
We were actually reasonably lucky with the weather in the end. Whilst it was freezing cold and drizzling for most of the morning in a way that only Mylor can, there was never really any solid rain. It still wasn’t particularly pleasant though, so it was only the hardened enthusiasts who stayed with the cars…
The term ‘dream car’ is often thrown about nonchalantly these days, but for me the 997 GT3 RS is it. You could race it, you could tarmac rally it, you could drive it to work every day, you could take it on a nice, relaxing drive to a Burger Meet. From what I understand they are one of the most involving and satisfying cars to drive, not to mention the speed, and you could put 100,000km on a GT3 RS and it would come back for more. One car to do it all. One car that does it all better than almost anything else. One car you could keep forever.
We thought we were pretty tough simply standing in the rain looking at cars, but some of the Austin Healey drivers were actually driving roofless in this weather! It takes a strong commitment to even contemplate taking a Healey out in the rain, but I guess they had no other option.
Scott put in a simply huge effort to get both of his MkII Escort’s to Burger Meet, and this was the first time that they had both been running at the same time. The green coupe is set up as a track car and features a full cage, huge AP brakes and a 2.0 motor breathing through a throaty pair of Weber’s.
Our Alfa Sprint was my wheels for the meet, on its first proper run since fitting a Quaife LSD. The wet and greasy roads provided ample opportunity to test it out, and I can honestly say that if you don’t have an LSD in your front wheel drive car…. do it. Do it now. It has completely transformed the car, and I arrived at the meet grinning like a Cheshire cat.
My award for Car of the Meet goes to the simply stunning Citroen Traction Avant of Troy Ryan. This was by far the coolest car of Burger Meet. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this is one of the coolest cars, period.
The Traction Avant, literally French for front wheel drive, was one of the most advanced cars of its time. It was the first ever front wheel drive monocoque car, and it paved the way for almost every front drive car car since. It differs in that it has a transaxle gearbox that sits in front of the engine, just behind the bumper. And believe it or not, but the Traction Avant was launched in 1934. Just think what the rest of the automotive world was building in 1934. Nothing was as advanced as the little Citroen.
And I think this photo highlights exactly what we’re aiming for with the Burger Meets – a Citroen Traction Avant parked next to Andy’s flame spitting Evo 5. Two equally impressive cars which I both covet for entirely different reasons. Two vehicles from completely opposite ends of the automotive sphere, yet two vehicles that are actually more alike that one would think.
So I’d like to finish with a huge thanks to each and every one of you who came out and made the second Burger Meet a success. Despite the weather we had over 60 cars, which completely blew my expectations. It’s great to have these ideas, but it’s even greater to have the support of you, the reader. So thanks for making Burger Meet a reality, and I look forward to seeing you all at the next one!
Words and photos by Andrew Coles
Did you come to Burger Meet? Or did you give it a miss? How was the new timeslot? Hit up the comment section with any feedback and your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve the concept for next time!