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August 30th, 2010 by admin

Just got back from Auto Salon in Melbourne, it was a huge event. Massive crowds and a great selection of cars.

Melbourne Auto Salon S13

This was one of my faves.
I’m working everyday at a corporate event until next week, so won’t have anytime for blogging. But I’m sure I will get some great content. Back in a week and a bit.

From the archives: Mad Mike

August 22nd, 2010 by admin

Mike is a Kiwi who is known the world over. In 2007 on our trip with the Auto Salon Industrie S15 to D1 in L.A., I shot his car for Auto Salon Magazine.
Mad Mike RX-7

It’s car that made a lasting impression on me, and I think it looked it’s best in the Digital Camo Mike designed for it.

Mad Mike RX-7 Front
Mike now competes with an RX-8 in the U.S. based Formula D series, and his RX-7 wears Redbull livery.

Mad Mike RX-7 Engine
The car made a big impression at the World All Star event, with it’s open exhaust and crazy three rotor setup, the engine note was insane.

Mad Mike RX-7 Engine close
Most of this is custom made.

Mad Mike RX-7 Rear
FD RX-7′s are always a good looking car, but when its about impact nothing beats a wide body.

Mad Mike RX-7

Penthouse J.O.B.

August 17th, 2010 by admin

I was covering a launch at the IVY penthouse the other night, it’s a pretty swish place. Check out one of the bathrooms:

I’ve been to a few events here previously, but never had an opportunity to do the J.O.B. This time, I managed to sneak one in.

Jumping on Beds

Thanks to DA for the pic.


August 17th, 2010 by admin

to Mark and Alisa.

wedding photo

The panorama above really needs to be seen big, so click here.

Uluru Flora

August 13th, 2010 by admin

I don’t often take photos of flowers. However when I was at Uluru last month, the uniqueness of the local flora needed to be captured. Some of these were at the resort, so were most likely planted there, while others were in their natural environment and right next to the rock.

The Sturt Desert Pea is a flower I never thought I would actually see. It’s quite striking and is the floral emblem for South Australia.

Sturt Desert Pea

Sturt Desert Pea

Sturt Desert Pea Close

Yellow Flowers Uluru

Golf R

August 10th, 2010 by admin

VW Golf R
Finally back home after the following trips; Perth, Uluru, Melbourne and Adelaide in the space of 2 weeks. In between those trips I had a few jobs on, one of which was test driving the new Golf R. I was quite impressed with this car, it’s a real competitor to the WRX STi and Evo X, and comes in significantly cheaper than either option.

VW Golf R
When the car was first announced I was a little sad to see the V6 disappear, however a turbocharged 4-cylinder can often result in better performance.

VW Golf R Headlight
I wasn’t too excited about the looks, until I saw it in the flesh. The details are impressive.

VW Golf R track
The venue for this test drive was Camden Airport, and we used basically the same track layout as Top Gear Australia. I was pretty impressed with the track, it wasn’t all dead flat as I thought it would be, and it was actually quite fun having all that space marked by witches hats.

The brakes were up to par also. Surviving several punishing laps.

VW Golf R exhaust
One this I did like about the new Golf R was that they kept the twin central exhaust, similar to the Mark V R32.

VW Golf R engine
Under the bonnet isn’t that impressive to look at, but the 188kW is plenty to get the car moving. On the runway straight I did glance at the speedo on one of my laps, to see it nudging 180km/h. It certainly didn’t feel like it.

VW Golf R Annette Melton
Joining me on this test drive was NineMSN presenter Annette Melton. She loved the car too.

VW Golf R Annette Melton
We both had a chance to take the Golf R out on the track, and for some reason the brakes on my car were a little hotter than Annettes. I drove a manual, while Annette’s Golf was equipped with a dual-clutch DSG.

VW Golf R
It was pretty cool to play Stig for a day.