A weekend escape just down the road

I am sorry to have neglected this blog but life has been very busy and after many months of not being on here it is about time I did something!  I will continue with the series of Race Tracks I Have Driven, more from the different places we go and things we do, also from Spyder Automobiles which has been keeping me away from here in recent times.

A couple of weeks ago Lorena and I went for a camping weekend to Yarra Junction after it was postponed from the first week in March due to Bush fires blocking roads and causing much destruction along their path. Many of you who have read this before would know of Jinks Creek Winery, it was a casualty of these fires but that is subject for another post!

Yarra Junction is just 1 hour West of Warragul and a quiet and wonderful little place nestled on the edge of the Yarra Valley! Mostly it is one of those places you pass through to get somewhere. There is however an absolute must see just out of Yarra Junction on the way to Warburton and that is the Blue Lotus gardens it  is a very well thought and laid with picnic tables and cafes, well maintained grounds and path It was such a surprise after initially seeing the nursery on the outside walking into the gardens was like stepping into another world almost!


The other place of interest well worth a visit is the American Redwood Forest at East Warburton it was planted in the 1930’s as an experiment to see how these trees would adapt and from what I saw I would say very well!


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Buchan, Caves and Hot Rods


The Sunday of the Queens Birthday weekend was spent at Buchan, primarily to see the caves. I hadn’t been there since the mid 1990’s I was not disappointed by my memory the tiny little town is just as I remembered except the Pub was bigger and newer after it had been burnt down in a fire! The town it self is set in a stunning location with incredible views!

The Hot Rods were from the display at Lakes Entrance on the Saturday and it was a treat to find them along the way to Buchan, then to be able to have a close look at the cars from across Victoria, NSW and ACT!

The Caves were fantastic to see and explore again and the wonder of them is always something very special to witness! I will let the pics speak for them selves!


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Lakes Entrance in June.


After a few busy weeks it was really great to get away and relax somewhere different! I hadn’t been to Lakes Entrance for a long time and Lorena had never gone any further East than Morwell. So she was in for an adventure as we were staying at Lake Tyres and camping on Queens Birthday long weekend. The forecast was good with little chance of rain and mid to high teens for top temperatures.

We arrived Saturday afternoon and set up camp then looked around Lakes Entrance having dinner and walking along the foreshore. There had been a Hot Rod display before we arrived and many of them were parked in the street and in the area for the weekend! More on them later!


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The intention was to do a lakes cruise on the Monday after going to Buchan Caves on Sunday but we missed on the cruise so that will need to wait. The trip home was punctuated with a picnic at the Port of Sale, which was very nice and relaxing!



Sal’s Safari and more!

The 20th May was to be the inaugural drive for a Porsche group we are members of! Instead of leaving at a silly time in the very early morning the decision was taken to go to  Hanging Rock, Woodend and Lancefield the day before to show Lorena the area. I hadn’t been to Hanging Rock for such a long time in any case. We had found a great Airbnb place just over the road from Hanging Rock reserve. We had a look around Woodend and the rock on the Saturday which was such a good adventure to explore the infamous rock!


The real surprise came Saturday night which was so clear and gave an amazing view of the sky and Milky Way it was so spectacular! I had never seen it so clearly before, it was a shame the camera struggled to get a good picture of it!

Sunday was a great day touring from Woodend to Pyalong and back to Lancefield through some really good driving roads, dirt roads and almost farmers tracks! Given all this the roads were all smooth with some minor exceptions. The fun levels was huge though and we are all looking forward to the next one!




May 2018 Breakfast Club


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The morning welcomed visitors with a cool damp and foggy day which quickly cleared to be a fine but overcast morning. The attendance numbers were lower than normal being Mothers Day and less than ideal conditions. Regardless, there were still a good number of people and cars across the 2 hours of the gathering, the usual variety was there and some very interesting cars and characters. The variety of cars was really diverse from a Ferrari to Leyland Minis and almost everything in between, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Ford, GM, Mazda, Fiat, Bugatti and more! The variety never ceases to amaze me along with the people, of all ages and backgrounds, that creates the atmosphere and great conversation!

      June 10 is the next Breakfast Club hopefully we will see you there!


Weekend at Point Lonsdale

Originally it was to be a Saturday with my Aunt and then a concert at Geelong featuring some of the stars of the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s! Featured artists were The Black Sorrows, Richard Clapton, Daryl Braithwaite, and John Farnham. As the weekend got closer the weather was changing and by Sunday the wind blew up to the point of the show being cancelled due to the very high winds and safety concerns!

After a great night spent with Beth, Lorena and I actually managed to sleep in, to discover the show was cancelled. This left us with an afternoon of me showing Lorena Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, I hadn’t been there for a few years but knew my way around there well!

While both Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale have change they have retained their character and charm, particularly Queenscliff which has so many historic buildings. The point Lonsdale lighthouse was a favourite as a kid and is still a great place to visit!


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This was the first time Lorena had seen this area and she was very keen to revisit soon, I must admit I really enjoyed looking around here again and spending time with Aunt Beth Saturday and Sue and Roger Sunday! It was a very nice change to have consecutive weekends not working! I’m looking forward to having weekends away exploring different areas and camping when possible!



Philip Island Historic Races 2018

Well the 2018 Philip Island Historic race meeting has been and gone! The year of 2018 is marching on and has started running! PhotoGrid_1520992308310.jpg

This was as usual a fabulous weekend with great racing, amazing cars, and old friends!  This also marked the arrival of Lorena from Brazil and her first race meeting, she had attended, what a start to motorsport! The bug has really bitten her more than it already had now! This was also the first public appearance of the Spyder Automobiles polo shirts, which were well accepted!

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The feature category was F5000 which was celebrating 50 years quite a feat for a class which has been almost unchanged in that time and has faced extinction many times during those years! It is such a great thing they have survived the test of time


These were just a couple of the significant cars racing, the Elfin James Hunt drove at the Rose City meeting at Winton and the Lotus F5000 one of only 8 built!


Lorena took most of these pics, she is so good at that! I must thank her for that! As usual it was a time of catching up with old friends they were many and varied but all as important in one way or another!

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