My Alfa GTV6 in Hemmings S&E magazine

Hemmings Magazine Alfa Romeo

I feel like a proud Dad! The guys at the Hemmings group of magazines are long-time Saab fans so it’s no big surprise that I’ve got to know a couple of them over the years. When I wrote about acquiring my Alfa Romeo GTV6 recently, I got an email from Mark McCourt asking if I’d mind if they did a little article on it in one of their coming editions? Would I mind? 🙂 It was with great pleasure that I checked our PO Box today and found my copy of Hemmings Sport and Exotic Car for June 2012. And […]

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ANZAC Day 2012


April 25 is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. It is the anniversary of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops (ANZACs) landing on a beach at Gallipoli, Turkey, on April 25, 1915. Australia became a nation on January 1, 1901. Prior to that we were six self-governing colonies of the British realm, even if we acted like a nation in many respects. The Gallipoli landing in 1915 was the first military action by ANZAC troops during the first world war and is generally regarded here in Australia as the point in time that we ‘grew up’ as a […]

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Just how popular is Jeep?

Jeep Wrangler

I like the Jeep Wrangler. In fact, when I first visited my wife’s family in Canada back in 2004, I wanted to move to Vancouver and buy a Jeep. They were everywhere. They’re a cool looking vehicle, styled to look as tough and capable as they’re reputed to be. When Chrysler was poised for closure in the height of the global financial crisis, it was the Jeep brand that was regarded as the jewel in the Chrysler crown. I was surprised a few weeks ago, whilst walking around a shopping mall in Melbourne, to see a Jeep clothing store. Not […]

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Australian soccer will wither with divas diving like this


Fans of the round-ball game – you can keep it. Australia is not a traditional soccer nation. We are sports crazy, however, so we’ll watch absolutely anything. It’s been said that in Melbourne, you can get a crowd to watch two flies crawling up a wall. Personally speaking, I had quite a few 1AM and 3AM alarm calls back in 2010 so I could watch the world’s best actors footballers play for the World Cup. And that was despite the most annoying sports soundtrack in history – the vuvuzela. I’ll most likely watch a lot of the European Championships this […]

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A new love: Cervelo

new S5

After months of deliberation and literal/metaphorical tyre-kicking, I’ve finally bought a new bicycle.  Unusually for me, I resisted all manner of used bike deals and temptations (both online and off) and actually bought a new one. From a proper, bricks & mortar shop. Unheard-of for me, but there you go. Time reveals all sides to a coin.  Ok, I did pick up a slighly used SRAM Force groupset on-line to switch out for the bike’s standard Rival one but essentially, I bought a complete new bike, fresh out of the box. Why a Cervelo?  Well, mostly just because I like them.  I like […]

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Weekend Snippets

In today’s snippets entry – How do you know what tyres are good at what things? Sniff Petrol does Anders Breivik. Don’t eat the mother-cake! And how small an accident does it take to write off a Saab Turbo X? —— Pierre, over at the CRS Blog, has just fitted some new tyres to his 1992 Saab 900, choosing to go for comfort instead of his usual search for all-out grip. The improved ride has given him a renewed appreciation for his classic Swede. A question that I’ve always had but never researched: How does one know which tyres are […]

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Targa Tasmania 2012 – so far….

Targa Tasmania Display

Targa Tasmania is the state’s premier motor racing event. It’s 5 days or so of tarmac racing, giving entrants the chance to see the state at high speed on closed public roads. Here are a few videos of the fun that’s been had so far. The white Lamborghini in the videos, driven by Jason White, is currently leading the modern category. Day 0 — Day 1 — Day 2 —

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Has anyone tried an e-cigarette?

Marlboro Ad

I just thought I’d throw this one out there….. My health is slowly deteriorating. I can feel it. I’ve been able to feel it for a while now. Things took a turn for the better when I was in Sweden as I was enjoying my work and had a flat landscape which made it easier for my lazy arse to get some exercise. Here in hilly Hobart, that’s a much less attractive proposition, no matter how bad I’m feeling. Of course, the big health hazard in my life continues to be smoking. I’ve never been a truly heavy smoker – […]

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A small ray of hope for Saab, thanks to Brightwell

For months now, we’ve heard GM spokesman James Cain come out and say things like this: TT: Why did you not agree to meet them? – We stand by our policy not to sell technology licenses to a new owner for Saab. TT: Not in any way? – No. TT: Typically in business, everything has a price tag. – Not in this case, says James Cain. So…… They stand by this policy and from earlier in the original article at e24, they responded to Brightwell’s requests for discussions with a big, fat “not interested”. Not according to Brightwell’s President, Alphan […]

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