My dream car arrived

Well its not really big enough for me to fit into it but I cant really afford the real size one. Its a 1/18 scale model of the Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS from 2007.

I had a $5k deposit on one with Porsche back in 2007. I chickened out taking out the finance when Porsche asked me to come in and spec the car.


I should have gone for it, back then the car cost $300k approx aussie $ but now they are worth nearly double that, being such a award winning and limited production run Porsche. It would have been an investment, even if I only owned it for 6 months. I kicked myself when I saw how much they went up in value.


The model is from Welly who makes some pretty decent models with a lot of detail as you can see. All the doors open, boot, bonnet and the steering wheel turns wheels.


The paintwork has been painted and glossed really well. The colour might offend some, but the kermit Green and bright Orange were the 2 colours this GT3 RS model was famous for.



You can even see a bit of a map on the sat nav.

St Albans and Wisemans ferry with Mum and Dad

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Dispite our super busy work schedule, we managed to find a sunday to make a trip north to dads favouite place, St Albans via Wisemans ferry.

Visiting the old Settlers Arms pub for the 2nd time, dad was in a very happy place.

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There were some re-enactments of old convict life and an old convict camp on the Great Northern Road we walked up.

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Here are some actors playing as convicts resting between cutting out rock to build the great northern road.

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Mum and dad talking to a soldier overseeing the convicts. He knew of Chichester and called it ‘chi’ which dad couldn’t believe how he knew thats the locals name for it.

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Dad drove the Lotus with mum all the way home back to Sydney.

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Convict 100 MTB race 2016

Photos from my latest Mountain Bike race, the Convict 100, so called as its along the old convict trails carved out and made by the old convicts. I raced with mate Ian, we camped right next to the river in St Albans.image

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I didn’t take my phone on the race but here my notes:

  • Long uphill at the beginning was a killer. Ian struggled due to him getting over a Flu 3 days before the race. Was so steep had to walk up several parts.
  • The Kayak river crossing wasn’t as scary as I thought.
  • Middle section had a great rocky (rock garden) long section across high ridges with lots of fog either side looking into the valleys, was beautiful.
  • Long downhill towards the end gave the bikes a real hard pounding before finishing on a long fast tarmac section. Ian drafted me to keep up the high speed despite battling leg cramps.

Course map:Convict68km-Course-Map_LR

Course profile:68km-profile_FinalThe kayak bridge:convict 100 kayack bridge

We finished the 68km offroad loop in 3:32. We placed 15th in our age category and 45th in the whole race. I think if it wasn’t for Ian’s Flu symptoms we would have done about 20 mins faster and finished in top 10 overall and maybe top in our age category.

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After the race at the St Albans Settlers Arms pub for a well earned beer and some hearty hot vegetable soup.

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Ibis Mojo SL still going strong

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Ibis Mojo SL in 2011

2016, can you spot the differences?Ibis Mojo SL in 2016

My Ibis Mojo Mountain Bike is 5 years old this April. Still going strong. Although its got 26″ wheels and the standard for mountain bikes is 27.5″ or 29″ now its still an incredible all terrain bike that takes all the punishment I can throw at it.

Put it this way the bike is a lot more robust than me, I always come off worse in a crash :)

Its had a few upgrades over the 5 years, swapping all the gears and pedals from Shimano XT to the top of the line XTR range to make it lighter and stronger, swapping the saddle for a super light (and uncomfortable at first) one and adding some lights for the commute to work and back. A MASSIVE improvement was a brake upgrade from the original Avid Juicy carbons to Shimano XTR, this was Ian’s advice. Wow, such an improvement in strength and feel. It feels like I have the accuracy to stop on a 50c piece now.

The best thing about owning an Ibis is as they are a low volume hand made bike by a bunch of mountain biking dudes in the US, is just how rare they are. A couple of times a month fellow riders who know how rare and high-end they are, stop me to ask what its like to ride and generally ask about the bike and say they never see them, I have to agree.

I myself have only seen, I think I could count 5 in the the 5 years I’ve owned one, 1 a year. Its nice owning something so rare and respected by fellow riders and something not costing the earth like a very fancy watch.

I hope to keep hold of this little gem of a bike for at least another couple of years.

Easter at Lake Conjola

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and got some chocolate. Here are all the kids in our family looking for chocolate.
All the kids at Lake Conjola

We went to Sannas mums holiday house at Lake Conjola for 3 days. Here is baby Zara’s first time at a beach, catching some sun on her tongue.
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We found a dead dolphin at the beach that looked to be covered in black oil.
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We spotted lots of kangeroos around the house.
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Everyone loves cooing over baby Zara, she has a lot of fans.
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Basma is good at multi tasking looking after the kids.
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All the kids had a lot of fun all the weekend.
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Lots of kayacking and playing ‘piggy in the middle’ in the shalow lake, its only knee deep.
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March 2016 Lotus club drive to Thredbo

March 2016 Lotus club drive to Thredbo – mountainous driving at its best. The Sydneysiders meet up for the journey down.

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Lunch at Brumbys schnapps restaurant.

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Arrived at Thredbo with the beautiful mountains all around.

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The main day of alpine driving starts with a photo of all the cars at Dead Horse Gap.

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All the guys taking photos of the Lotus spectacle

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Driver briefing before we head off on our days alpine drive.

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I didn’t get any other photos of the day, but it was around 500km’s of very fast and the best fun driving I think I’ve ever had. A loop through all the Alpine regions best roads. I do have some videos though, here’s though the tighter twisty mountains:

Stopping at the top of one of the mountains, note the Black Elise got a bad puncture, we were all looking to help.

Driving across the higher ridges with all the dead tree’s

After a good night out at the Black Bear German restaurant and a good night’s sleep, we’re all off again.

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My co driver Ian with my Lotus club nickname on the roof.

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On the way home we stopped at the same old wooden bridge I took the photo of my RS4 4 years ago.

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Porsche 911 (991) gen 2 launch party

I was invited by friend Courtney on 3rd March to the Australian launch of the new Porsche 911 (991) generation 2 launch party. Interesting technically as now Porsche has switched ALL their 911 models to use turbocharging, something the purists are not so happy with.Porsche 911(991) gen2 under cover

After some videos about innovation and building on the past and some puffs of smoke, the new car was unveiled, and I was impressed.

Porsche 911(991) gen2 Mark impressed

Group shot with Big Cam, Courtney and Brad, the guy on the far left was Courtney’s friend which i cant remember his name.Porsche 911(991) gen2 group shot

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