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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Inaugural Good Friday Royal National Park drive

On Good Friday this year we ran our first SCAR (Sydney Coupes and Roadsters) drive through the Royal National Park.

I set up the SCAR social driving group to allow many people with similar passions and similar cars to get together for drives, a laugh and coffee or drinks.

This run, it was just myself in my 2003  Madza MX-5 roadster and Daz in his BMW Z4M coupe.

Heading south through the park was quite a slow trip being a public holiday, loads of cyclists and learner drivers and the odd Highway Patrol….but after a coffee and a bite to eat at the Bald Hill lookout, heading north was a relatively clear run carving through the twisties driving our cars the way they were designed to be driven.

This was the first of many drives so keep in touch with us for more information.

There is no fee to be a part of SCAR, the only requirement is to have a car passion, a good attitude and not be a dickhead when driving. We love spirited driving but it’s not cool to put others safety at risk.

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