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Brash drives the 2012 Toyota Camry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 17:26


On a recent working trip we scored a brand spankers Camry hire car. And by that, I mean properly brand new – 51km on the dial of our graphite coloured Altise when we picked it up at the airport. So naturally I spent the next week working out what to write about it. Every time Toyota release a new Camry, they promise that the "whitegoods on wheels" reputation will be left behind; and usually they bring it with them regardless. Here was an opporutnity to see if they were right this time, and it came just at the time I decided to start a blog!

Now keep in mind that road tests will be a bit of a rare thing here – remember I’m not some latte sipping motoring journalist; I much prefer a short black or cappuccino for starters. If you want to know what an actual motoring journo thinks about the car then buy Wheels.

The new Camry looks…well there’s no getting around it, it looks kinda cool. Though in saying that, the front is all sharp angles, sorta like the 86 (which is no bad thing) and the back is quite squared off. To be honest, it almost looks like the front and rear profiles were designed by different people. I like it, it's the best looking Camry since ever, but some hate it. Make your own mind up.

Brash on Parking in the City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 24 September 2012 21:38

Named after William IV’s chosen Queen, Adelaide is the capital city of the unimaginatively named state South Australia.  Established in 1836 the city has around one million residents. And about as many churches. Known as the twenty minute city, Adelaide is a fantastic place to live and work. Sister city to Austin Texas, Adelaide is the birthplace of the Holden Commodore (and the locally delivered Cruzes), the Collins class submarines and hip hop group the Hilltop Hoods.

Adelaide is a great place to drive around, and the Adelaide Hills that surround the city have some of the greatest driving roads in the southern hemisphere…even if they're also some of the worst maintained roads in the southern hemisphere. Though for all the great things Adelaide has going for it – things like the airport being right next to the city (you see, nobody told us that you were meant to build airports hundreds of kilometres from the CBD) there are some aspects of driving around Adelaide that make life incredibly difficult. Adelaide has on average, a set of traffic lights every 200metres. Adelaide has spent generations breeding seemingly suicidal pedestrians who spend their days happily walking about the city without a care in the world for the drivers that might also be trying to navigate the city. And in the ongoing struggle between objects made from various alloys, plastics and composites weighing several hundred kilograms verses people, the people rarely win.

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