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A visit to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 11:57

It's now two years since I achieved one of my longest held bucket-list items. On a warm January day my wife and I visited the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida. And while that entire holiday was fantastic; Christmas with my wife's family, being a part of the road to the Superbowl for the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin, the jazz clubs of Chicago, the thing that always raises the most questions is the trip down drag racing memory lane. And what better way to remember it than share some of the photos?

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Brash on Caravans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 10:13

I've mentioned before how the road is the best way to see Australia. Sure, from the air you get some spectacular views between clouds but you miss too much. However the road isn't without its flaws either. Our interstate highways are probably the worst kept in the developed world. They are patrolled twenty four hours a day by cameras and overzealous traffic cops. The speed limits are archaic and in the half a century since the FJ Holden was the car of choice for a road trip have only been reduced, if revised if at all.

Rest stop (and as a result toilet) quality in the middle of nowhere varies wildly, as does food availability and quality. Mobile phone coverage is average to say the least (especially if you, like me was conned into a contract with Vodafone) so if something does go wrong you're at the mercy of a passing motorist to stop and help. Maybe their phone has coverage.

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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 21:30

Now, because I'm not unhealthy enough tonight I decided to go for a cruise down the road for an ice cream. (Seriously, it took me five minutes; I should've gone for a run down there instead) I could tell you that my chosen beachside strip is Semaphore Road because it lacks the mindless tourists, the beachgoers who need to be seen with their perfect gym-toned bodies or because of the particular traders, but in all seriousness I went there mainly because of its close proximity.

Semaphore, if you've never been there is a nice little seaside suburb to the north of Adelaide. It's a half hour drive from the CBD, has a good selection of cafes and retailers and as I said above, a little quieter than similar beachside strips. Semaphore is also reportedly both the lesbian capital and hippy capital of the state - both things I didn't know before moving to the area, nor have I seen much evidence of since.

 
The Road Trip PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:02

The road trip is an intrinsic part of being an Australian. The sheer vastness of our country, coupled with the fact that over 60% of our population lives in the major centres of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane means that the road is always going to be the primary option for travel, especially if you want to go somewhere other than those five cities. Sure most of the larger regional centres have airports, but they’re only served by a couple of relatively small airlines and many of the smaller airlines only serve mining towns.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. There is so much to see when you take the road across this wide brown land. For example the drive between Adelaide and Darwin is 3000km right up the guts of this country, and you see some amazing things. Though you also see nothing but red dirt for about 2400 of those 3000km. Either way, that is a drive that I think everybody should do at least once. (I’ve done up and back twice!) You also get the opportunity to take pictures of your car in interesting places.

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Brash finds out just what is so special about the 86 and BRZ twins PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 21:24

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This is an article I’ve been thinking about for a while. Indeed the initial drive of the 86 (and subsequent drive of the BRZ) and the desire…no the need to tell the world about the experience are in part responsible for this blog. Now that the furore has died down a little, and you can pick up a car magazine without either of these two on the cover, I think it’s the perfect time to post it. This is an article I’ve written and re-written a number of times, both physically and in my mind. But do I need to? What can I add to the story of the 86/BRZ twins that hasn’t already been said? Well, aside from my usual sarcasm and passion, I probably can’t add anything significant, but that’s never stopped me before, so here goes.

 
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