Along with the day, there is also an accomplished photographer that spends the day taking amazing photos for your memories, his name is Erik Rosenberg and can be found below; Erik Rosenberg Photography
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 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
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.
The SUV market worldwide is possibly the most contested car market out there. The SUV is such a versatile vehicle that It can appeal to almost anyone, of any age with a car license.
Toyota has brought excitement to the SUV market with the launch of its radically styled C-HR, or Coupe High Rider.
The C-HR car stands out in the Toyota range and its segment with a coupe-like upper body, powerful underpinnings and a punchy 1.2 litre Turbo Charged petrol engine and advanced cabin quality.
A high level of standard features and competitive pricing add to the appeal with every C-HR equipped with a suite of advanced safety technologies and in-demand features such as satellite navigation, alloy wheels and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning.
Toyota has created a simple pricing structure that starts at $26,990* for the six-speed manual front-drive C-HR , and also offer a CVT version and an all-wheel drive option.
Top-of-the-range Koba adds luxury features including leather-accented seats, keyless entry and ignition, bigger (18-inch) alloy wheels, LED lamps and innovative technology that moisturises cabin air – all for an additional competitive $4,300.
Customisation or Personalisation is a by-word for the newest Toyota with more than 60 available Genuine Toyota accessories – second only to HiLux in the Toyota range in number – encouraging owners to truly make this their own.
C-HR is the first Toyota to offer five years of Toyota Service Advantage# with annual services capped at just $195 each.
Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said C-HR’s stunning design brings together the best aspects of a hatchback, a coupe and an SUV.
Low-end torque, quick response and high efficiency are characteristics of the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is offered for the first time in a Toyota model in Australia and the quiet and smooth engine delivers peak torque from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm and maximum power of 85kW.
The manual gearbox, standard on the 2WD C-HR, is engineered with an “intelligent” system that promotes smooth gear changes by automatically adjusting engine revs.
On all other variants, the CVT also offers M-mode for manual access to seven simulated gears, giving a sense of response and control similar to a traditional transmission. I’m not sure why this would be but I’m willing to stay open minded about this until I actually get behind the wheel to test drive.
All C-HR variants offer two drive modes, in Eco mode it is favouring fuel economy and in Sport mode driving performance.
A strong focus on fuel consumption has resulted in a promised combined-cycle economy from 6.3 litres/100km and CO2 emissions from 141 grams/km^.
Interior space is similar to Corolla, comfortably accommodating four adults and offering 377 litres of luggage space along with a 60/40 split-fold rear seat.
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
C-HR offers a high level of standard safety features including a pre-collision safety system, active cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assist and reversing camera.
All models are equipped with seven airbags, stability and traction control, auto high beam, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors and hill-start assist control.
Satellite navigation is paired with Toyota Link** connected mobility and a six-speaker sound system while other C-HR features include dual-zone auto air conditioning, 4.2-inch multi-information display, electronic park brake, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 17-inch wheels.
In August this year we picked up our brand new Mazda CX5 2017 model. We had been waiting for the mid model upgrade and when it happened we jumped at the chancento buy one.
Once the order was placed it took about a month for delivery, and in this case we also ordered paint protection.
Upon picking up the new car, Sutherland Mazda had the car ready to go with a big red bow on it. The dealer spent almost an hour with my wife and I teaching us all about the car, all of its systems and setting up all the electronic functions that these modern vehicles have.
Once driving away in our brand new CX5, we noticed a strong burning smell, much like burning brakes, but we were asurred that everything was normal.
A month into owning this car, we are still super happy. It has ticked all the boxes that we wanted. Comfort. Luxury. Height. Gadgets.
If you are thinking about the Mazda CX5 GT, be su re to head down to your local Mazda dealer and take one for a test drive.
Just south of Sydney is one of the best driving road around, The Royal National Park starts just south of Sutherland and snakes it’s was through the forest along the coast heading through Audley, Bundeena, Lilyvale, Otford to a lookout at Stanwell Tops called Bald Hill lookout. It’s here at Bald Hill that you can grab a coffee, snack or ice cream whilst looking over the ocean.
As we head further south we wind our way down to Stanwell Park along the coast, across the Sea Cliff Bridge to the Scarborough Hotel for breakfast.
This drive is short enough to not take up too much time, but long enough to feel like you had an amazing drive and got to get out of the city for a break.
The Royal National Park drive (Nasho) is very popular, and as such it’s so important to keep an eye out motorcyclists and bicycles as well.
Once you have done the drive shoot me a message, I’d love to see what you think.
Check out the video below to enjoy the drive with me.