86 Problems but a Camry Ain't 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:43

Long time readers of this blog may well remember reading a story posted in November 2012, about a certain couple of small cars I test drove a few months earlier. The word obsession comes to mind when I think of that story, and my barely relenting desire to get back behind the wheel of a Toyobaru. A 45-minuite test drive in each car simply wasn’t enough. Remember that this was a car that I have been following the progress of since the first prototype appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009. This is a car that I went and test drove as soon as it was released to the general public.

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A Little Courtesy Goes a Long Way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 16 June 2014 19:13

Ask anybody I speak to regularly where I think the worst drivers in the country are and they will all say the same thing: Adelaide. And my recent travelling escapades (both for business and pleasure) has done nothing but reinforce this opinion. But if you ask what it is about Adelaide’s drivers that bugs me the most, and the answer is less clear. But it is usually courtesy.

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My mum always talks about ‘common courtesy’, but when it comes to driving around Adelaide, common courtesy isn’t that common.

Chief among my complaints is that Adelaide is the only place where you put your indicator on to change lanes, and that gap in the traffic that you were planning on moving in to miraculously closes. And this leads to people just doing what they want without indicating. Because after all, if you don’t know that somebody wants that space in front of you, you don’t have the chance to close it on them.

 
A MINI Adventure PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 12 May 2014 21:46

I have been looking forward to this week for a while now. Those who know me know that I love being busy, and this week would certainly be busy. It started with the drag racing event at the Adelaide International Raceway, which you’ve already read about. The following Thursday I was entered in the Hyperdrive3D Interclub Challenge track day, and that was awesome. Shortly after I left the track I hopped on a plane to Sydney. (So my entire Thursday consisted of sitting down and going fast) Then once I landed in Sydney there was the little matter of the X-Champs at Sydney Dragway. Then a few days off in Sydney.

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While running around for the X-Champs, we had hired a Toyota Camry, a Nissan Tiirda and a Nissan Micra to transport our personnel to and from the track. (You can read what I thought of the Camry last time I drove one here – didn’t get the chance to drive the others) My opinion of the Camry hasn’t changed much – the steering wheel still isn’t connected to the front wheels, it’s still bordering on not having enough power, and is still the choice for people who are driving because catching public transport is too inconvenient. But after the race, I had booked a more interesting rental. I had ordered a Toyota 86. Finally, I would get the follow up test drive that I have been waiting for since I drove the thing shortly after it’s release. It’s been nearly 2 years, but it would be worth it.

But as is tradition, they didn’t have one. So instead I had a 2013 Mini Cooper S.

 
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