These great guys get together for regular mid-week runs and lunches. They usually start around Windsor and head up to the Hunter via the Putty Rd. I’ve driven with them a few times and our usual destinations in the Hunter have been Audrey Wilkinson winery or Hunter Valley Gardens. For this run they came up to Nicita Estate for an indulgent lunch of freshly hand rolled pasta made by Our Italian Table. All drivers vowed to come back next time with their wives – especially after they sent photos and videos!
A beautiful selection of Italian exotics including Ferrari, Maserati and of course the diminutive Abarth. Along with a McLaren and a few Germans.
The Eastern Valley Car Club (EVCC) is a lovely group of people with an eclectic mix of beautiful cars. I have been on many a drive with them around Sydney as well as weekends away a little further afield.
Cars that can often be seen on their drives include many Aston Martins (including DB4, DB5 and DB6!), Austin Healeys, Jaguars, Morgans, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus and Jensen to name a few.
This week the club enjoyed a lovely drive up from Sydney via Wollombi and Laguna.
Their beautiful cars were parked up against the vines with the dramatic backdrop of the Brokenback Mountains.
Our guests enjoyed a tour of the Classic Garages workshop and a relaxed lunch was setup on the lower lawn with antipasto lunch boxes from Our Italian Table.
A beautiful day was had for the 2020 Club Maserati Concourse at Nicita Estate. This event was originally scheduled last month but the storms that wreaked havoc in the area forced us to postpone the event and we were very luck wth the weather.
While some of the classics were unable to make it on the day or were unable to re-book for the new date we still had an excellent turn out of around 40 cars and 70 or so guests.
The cars were parked in line along the top lawn backing onto the vines. A merchandise tent and coffee cart were setup and lunch was picnic style with antipasto lunch boxes from Our Italian Table – our cooking school located on the vineyard.
The 2021 Concourse has already been booked in for September ’21.
Being a recent addition to the Ferrari Club of NSW I jumped at the opportunity to join them in their International Suite at this year’s F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.
I’ve been going to the Grand Prix for many years now. Usually I get a decent seat in the Brabham or Senna stands and each time a go a swear next year I’ll be in a suite – preferably a free invite! Well it wasn’t free, far from it, but it was a suite and probably the best on the track. Just at the pit lane exit we enjoyed a perfect view of the main straight, start/finish line, all the pit activity plus the exciting first corner – all from the comfort and luxury of our beautiful suite with balcony, fine finger food and endless drinks. This was luxury and decandence to the extreme.
This was my first visit to Auto Italia. I had heard good things about this display of Italian cars and bikes so was looking forward to seeing it for myself. I wasn’t disappointed. Canberra turned on glorious Autumn weather for the hundreds of gorgeous Italian classics, their owners and adoring fans.
I decided to make a weekend of it, driving down on the Friday with my wife in the Gran Turismo. With very vigilant police dotting the motorway it was definitley a leisurely drive. We took the opportunity to stop for lunch in Berrima before visting friends in Braidwood.
The Gran Turismo lived up to its name. It was beautifully comfortable, the Bose audio playing my 80’s tunes and with ample power available making overtaking a breeze.
We joined the Ferrari Club members for a lovely Italian dinner on the Saturday night. A large contingent of Ferraris had driven down in convoy from Sydney that morning.