Deus Ex Machina (Custom Motorcycle Shop visit)

Deus Ex Machina Customs started in Australia in 2006. Started with some custom motorcycles then grew into the international retail and custom lifestyle leaders.

Camperdown in Sydney’s Inner West, is the original, custom motorcycle builders garage, along with a hugely popular Cafe/Restaurant on the same property.

After a delicious Deus Ex Machina breakfast, I walked next door to the Deus Ex machina show room to check out the amazing custom motorcycles and to buy a couple of Deus T-Shirts too.

If you are in Sydney be sure to visit, If you are from over seas definitely put this place on your list of MOTO destinations to visit.

Full of Cafe racer style bikes (Scrambler, Tracker)

Deus Customs and Cafe
98-104 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
(02) 8594 2828
http://deuscustoms.com

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V8 Supercar Racecar drive day

It’s Sunday morning, and while everyone is still sleeping off hangovers, this week I’m fuelling myself with a strong coffee and heading out to Sydney Motorsport Park to Drive some V8 Supercars.

Sydney Motorsport Park SMSP is located just off the M4 in Western Sydney, and is the some to Sydney Drag way, Eastern Creek Go Karts, 4WD training, a Skid Pan and of course the racing track.

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Once checking in, we were taken into Suite 9 to attend a complete driver briefing for our session. Essentially safety was the most important topic, along with just driving within your abilities and to totally trust your instructor that will be with us on the drive.

Once that was down it was time to suit up, and somehow get this overweight middle-aged body into the car.

This was my first time on a track and my goal for the day was to learn as much as I could from the instructor in the short 8 laps that I had. As this was my first time, I was getting overtaken by faster drivers, and during this time the instructor told me what part of the road to get on and held the wheel to make sure no mistakes were made.

Toshiba V8 racecar

The instructor encouraged me to concentrate on smooth fluid techniques rather than overall speed, and I feel that I learnt as much as I could in the small amount of time. By lap 5 through to 8 I really felt a good flow and lap times improved a lot.

Once my 8 laps were done as a driver, it was time for me to jump in “Hollywood” George’s car, and have him take me on a 3-lap sprint as a passenger. Cleary the pace was so much faster than mine, and it was great to see the small things I learnt, actually be put into practice at super high speeds.

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All in all, the day was a great experience at Fastrack V8 Racecar Experience and I would highly recommend it to others, and I would love to do it again some time soon. I was just a little disappointed at some of the in car footage being shot through a camera with a cracked lens, but other than that, a great experience.

Fastrack V8 Racecar Experience

Mount Panorama visit to Bathurst

Yesterday was a miserable rainy day in Sydney, and I happened to have a day off work and my little MX-5 hasn’t left the garage in a couple of months, so it was time to blow out the cobwebs and go for a drive.

For anyone that has owned a convertible, you’ll understand why I wanted to get out of rainy Sydney Town. So I headed west, over the Blue Mountains stopping for a quick coffee in Katoomba at my favorite coffee shop in the mountains called Cassiopeia at 79 Lurine St, Katoomba. 

Cassiopeia Coffee

Cassiopeia is truly a hidden gem in the Blue Mountains, if you’re fussy about your coffee as I am, this is the place to be. Great coffee roasted by themselves too, great food, and service with a smile. Once I had my caffeine fix I continued west down through Lithgow and out to Bathurst where I jumped straight onto the track at Mount Panorama.

The Mount panorama track is still a public road, and there are many farms and homes scattered along the whole track, and the speed limit is restricted to only 60km/h. Although it is still nice to drive this track at slow speed, I would really love to do a track day up here and really have some fun.

Check out the video below to see the track in its beauty.

After having so much fun knocking out a few laps of the Mountain, it was time to head East back to Sydney and get back to the hum drum of housework and other responsibilities, so on return I decided to take the Bell Line Road for a more picturesque drive home. Sadly due to heavy rain and fog the view was completely hidden and the drive slow.

Through the rain, however, I did see a sign saying “Home Made Apple Pie”, how could I possibly resist? Stopping at The Pines Orchard Cafe

The Pines Orchard Cafe
Apple Pies Bell Line Road

This little roadside diner was a great find, selling loads of all your favorite home made products from delicious marmalade’s, jam’s, relishes, locally grown fruit and honey, and I picked up an apple pie for dinner later that night, and had a cheeky Chicken Pie for the trip home. Well worth a visit as you are passing through.

Coming back into Sydney the weather was clearing slightly, but the MX-5 was looking worse for wear after rain, mud and road grime, but all in all it was a fantastic drive and I was still home by about 3pm.

If you enjoyed the above video check out the POV video below.

 

Kollector Cars and Coffee

On Friday I had the opportunity to finally visit a new cafe in Leichhardt that not only sells coffee and cakes, but also sell Classic Cars and Collectable cars.

At the Parramatta Road end of Norton Street in Leichhardt, there is a small laneway that goes behind the shops, this is where Kollector Cars and Coffee is located.

Upon arriving I was immediately greeted by Neil, co-owner, and as you enter you can see all the beautiful cars in the studio.

2 amazing BMWs at the  entrance, a Fiat and a Toyota Corolla, then tucked in the back was a nice big Range Rover and a convertible Ford Mustang.

Chatting  to Neil its nice  to know that this is truly the passion of him and his Father-in-law.

My main reason for the visit was to see a 1970s Porsche 911 that they have been restoring, but sadly I was a week too early……oh well…Ill just have to visot again.

I highly recommended a visit to Kollector Cars and Coffee. A great cafe. A great location. And really nice blokes too.

See Kollector Cars and Coffee in video below.

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Hussla GT’s for the Mazda MX5

So it’s taken me 6 months, I couldn’t  decide what wheels I wanted for my project MX5.

Do I go light weight  track wheel?

Maybe a nice show wheel?

Black? Chrome? So many decisions and choices.

So I came to the conclusion that when I do track days Ill use a track wheel, so for cruising around I can choose something that  I really like  to look of.

This is when I found the Hussla GT wheel at Ozzy Tyres Rockdale.

The Hussla GT had a beautiful chrome rim with a silvery/black spokes, and it really sets the car off nicely.

The team at Ozzy Tyres in Rockdale were absolutely fantastic from the start to the finish, and I’ll definitely be back to get my Isuzu D Max onto new rubber.

Not only did they install wheels and balance, but they did a full wheel alignment as well, and it certainly needed  it.

Check out the video below of the install and tell me what you think.

AC Cobra Dream Car

On a recent trip to the USA with my wife for a vacation, I was lucky enough to see many amazing motor cars. It seems that America has a great number of enthusiasts and an affordability of sports cars for the masses.

Some cars that are simply out of reach financially for Australians, are common in America.

Obviously  the American built muscle cars are a dime a dozen and many of them are also rental cars  for tourists.

The Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and the Corvette are some of these cars.

But one car stands alone to  me, and seemed  rare in the USA as well. That  is the AC Cobra.

It doesn’t  matter how many super cars I see, and modern sports cars, there is nothing like  the curves, the simplicity and the horsepower of a Cobra. Those leg pipes that emit the beautiful  rumble of the V8 motor…..I get excited just thinking about it. Haha

You can have all the drive settings in a modern car, automated  transmissions with paddle controls, and rocket ship like capabilities……put me in a Manual AC Cobra anyday and I will be the happiest man alive.

One day my dream will come true, and a AC Cobra will be in the Sydney Coupes and Roadsters garage, I’d  even settle  for a replica….until then I  will keep dreaming and admiring them as they pass.

 

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