2012 Fiat Nationals

The annual Fiat Nationals took place at Benalla, Victoria, this past weekend (20-21 January). In what has become an annual pilgrimage for us, we made the 900km trek over in our 1987 Alfa Romeo Sprint and 1979 Fiat X1/9. Yes, that is correct. Every year we drive old Italian cars…

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A visit to Maranello Motorsport

I had a few spare hours in Melbourne the other day so I decided to head down to Maranello Motorsport in Richmond for a look around. Maranello Motorsport (MM) is just a 10 minute train ride from Flinders Street Station. From the Richmond stop it’s just a five minute walk…

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Driven – 2011 Mini Cooper S

Associating with car enthusiasts doesn’t usually present too many challenges. There are, however, a few instances that have the tendency to become a little awkward. Chief of these is the road trip. Every car enthusiast believes that they are the best driver of the group by far and should therefore…

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Henley Square – Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

This evening I was on my way home from Bikram Yoga when I found my dream (semi) attainable Ferrari parked on Seaview road – a 360 Challenge Stradale. 360’s are and have always been my favourite of the modern era Ferrari’s. The 458 is a stunning automobile but it a…

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Glen Osmond Road – Ferrari F40 (yes….)

Okay, so this is a legit F40 sighting in Adelaide – although it was back in 2006 during the Classic Adelaide rally. I was going through some of my old photos when I stumbled upon these ones. This was my first ever rally as a course car official and I…

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Top Gear Live – The Supercars

The best part of Top Gear Live was what they called ‘The Stig’s Garage’, a segment where they just parked a whole lot of desirable cars in a line and walked around talking about them for a while. It was the usual assortment of high end exotica, but there were…

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Passenger ride – Joe’s immaculate Alfa 105

Joe Cardone’s Alfa 105 embodies everything I like in a classic fast road/track car. It’s not ridiculously modified and the character of the original car hasn’t been lost. Through careful thought and tasteful modification the soul of this Italian classic is stronger than ever. I think there’s a rare romance…

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