Sunday, 31 May 2015
After 4 hours driving and several short stops we all checked into a motel in Macksville, with excellent undercover parking for our cars, followed by a very lively dinner at the Star Hotel bistro/pub with the locals.
Sunday - An early 7am start for the convoy to drive 2 hours to breakfast at the New Italy Cafe & Museum at Woodburn. This fascinating Italian museum and pavilion in the middle of nowhere, but right on the highway, commemorates the Italian settlers in the local area from 1882.
Back in the car, next stop, and truly a highlight for most, was the very impressive Evans Heads Memorial Aerodrome, for a private tour of the F111. This plane is impeccably restored, and in our language is in "99.9% Concours condition".
After the tour we drove 2 hours to our destination, the RACV Royal Pines Resort, the base for the Ferrari National Rally. We all checked in and washed our cars in the underground car park. A delicious Italian dinner was held at the resort for all the Rally participants, and we stayed on to watch the Monaco F1 GP on the large TV sets throughout the restaurant.
Monday - The resort golf course green was the backdrop for the Ferrari Club Concours. A huge Ferrari club logo was painted on the grass with the Ferraris parked in a semi circle around it which was a superb spectacle. A BBQ lunch was held overlooking the greens, for which some stayed until late afternoon, while others played golf or went exploring. Dinner was delicious at the waterfront Italian restaurant at Sheraton Mirage, Surfers Paradise.
Tuesday - It was a crack of dawn 6am start, for the 80 minute drive to the Queensland Raceway, to avoid the heavy peak hour traffic between the Gold Coast and Brisbane. All the Ferraris attended, and most used the track. Lap times were recorded for each car, and a state vs state relay competition with 3 cars in each team (1 x front V8, 1 x front V12, 1 x mid engine) was held which was exciting for participants and spectators. A great day on the track, and many rested that night after a long day.
Wednesday - Today was drive day, with an observation contest along the route, to the nearby Tamborine Mountains. Morning tea at the Cheese Factory with all the cars parked on the forecourt, followed by a drive to Sanctuary Cove, to another delicious Italian restaurant on the waterfront, where all the cars were parked in the forecourt for a photograph spectacle. Evening was fancy dress at the resort and much fun for all.
Thursday - Skid pan day at Lakeside, which is north of Brisbane. Some others enjoyed drives nearer to the Gold Coast.
Friday - An early start for the southerners to drive home. Some left earlier, or stopped on the way, but most were home in time for the weekend.
Overall a fantastic rally, weather was perfect one day and beautiful the next, delicious Italian food every day, many new acquaintances, great times with old friends, an impressive range of Ferraris from a 1973 Dino to a 2015 Aperta, an outstanding venue, and lots of great Ferrari regalia gifts from the Queenslanders. It was certainly worth the drive to Queensland by the southerners.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
A mid-week evening event at Ferrari Maserati headquarters just south of the city was extremely well attended by members.
Apart from lashings of good food, coffee and chocolate, members had the benefit of learning from a skilled and experienced racing instructor on how to get the best from a car during a track day. The information covered all aspects of high speed track events including cornering, braking, accelerating and more.
We then finished off with some simple real world lessons from an experienced track day member on what to expect, why equipment like helmets, driving suits and shoes can make a huge difference to not only track times but overall enjoyment on the day.
Lots of learning and lots of good company as evidenced by the big turnout on a week night. The upcoming track day is going to be big!
Sunday, 17 May 2015
A crisp winter’s morning saw members out again at the monthly Supercar d’Elgance at Le Montage Lilyfield. By 9am it was standing room only, so if you are planning on coming in the future make sure you arrive early!
Everyone again enjoyed coffee and breakfast while feasting on the huge variety of supercars on display. Really not an event to miss. It just gets bigger and bigger every month.
We left Le Montage and headed north across the Harbour Bridge to Cowan to pick up another group of members waiting for us at our favourite truck stop.
After a brief restroom break we proceeded along the M1 freeway north to Caves Beach Hotel outside Swansea.
This excellent location had been arranged by a local club member who helped guide our posse into the special parking area that the venue had arranged for us. It was a spectacular site to eat lunch overlooking an over flowing paddock of prancing horses as well as some others that looked suspiciously like a McLaren and a Lamborghini.
It didn’t matter because the food was great, the company better and the views, amazing. All in all, not more you could ask for on a weekend drive day. Great roads, a pack of Ferrari’s, amazing venue, good food and even better company.