AGR Readers’ Rides – The Virtual Burger Meet

DSC_0052The theory that the people who read Any Given Reason typically drive the kinds of cars that we’re all interested in is the thinking that initially lead to the first Any Given Reason Burger Meet. Unfortunately it’s not possible to hold Burger Meet’s all the time, so why not a virtual Burger Meet?* A few weeks ago the word was put out, and since then I’ve received a huge variety of readers’ rides to post. So here we go!

If you missed out this time, email me a shot of your ride for next time – andrew@anygivenreason.com

*Actual burgers not available at the Virtual Burger Meet

Brady_AldousBrady – 2006 Mazda MX-5 NC. I’m turning 40 next month and my beautiful wife allowed me to purchase a 2006 NC MX-5. She and I love it and the lifestyle it has given us. My plans for it are to eventually do some track work, some hillclimbs and maybe a tarmac rally (regularity) in the future.

Hamish_ScottHamish – Subaru WRX Hatch. To the average person it’s a stock looking car.

Steve_SchmidtSteve – Fiat 124 Spider. The Fiat 124 Spider, decluttered of its USA legislated bumpers and sidelights the purity of this Pininfarina design is allowed to shine through. Continue reading

Any Given Reason Burger Meet 3

BurgerMeet3 627The concept of Burger Meet is simple – a car park meet to get as many readers of Any Given Reason and their cars in the same place as possible. The emphasis is on diversity and informality, and the vague idea of standing around a car park eating burgers is about as far as the planning goes.

BurgerMeet3 525On the evening of Saturday 28th December, the readers of Any Given Reason descended on the Hagen Arms Hotel at Echunga in the Adelaide Hills to watch the sun set with burgers, beers, and of course, cars. And what a spectacular array of cars it was – but more on that later.

BurgerMeet3 518The thing that makes organising Burger Meet such an exciting, rewarding and completely terrifying experience is that I have absolutely no idea who actually reads and follows this blog. I get traffic statistics but they’re just abstract numbers and graphs, so when I put the word out that Burger Meet 3 was happening I had exactly zero idea who and how many people would actually come. I guessed about 80 cars and thought it would be pretty cool if we could fill the car park, but when streams of cars started pouring in and it wasn’t even the 6pm start-time yet, I started to get a little nervous/overjoyed. Continue reading

Burger Meet 3 is on!

Burger Meet flyer

It’s time to do it again – the third Any Given Reason Burger Meet is happening on Saturday 28 December at 6pm! The meet will be held in the large carpark across the road from the Hagen Arms Hotel in Echunga, next to the workshop of Cortina and Escort race engine specialists Pitstop Service Centre. The Hagen Arms Hotel is doing a special $14 takeaway beef or chicken schnitzel burger with chips for us and it’s shaping up to be a top summers night spent relaxing with good friends and good cars… providing it’s not raining sideways like it was last time!

dsc_0291For those unaware, Burger Meet is an informal gathering of car enthusiasts held about twice a year at various locations in the Adelaide Hills.

dsc_0026If standing around a carpark eating burgers and talking about cars sounds like an ideal way to spend a warm Saturday evening, then Burger Meet is definitely for you.

dsc_00561And it really doesn’t matter what you drive – Burger Meet is all about a mutual appreciation of anything on four wheels (or even two). We’ve had around 70-90 cars at the previous two Burger Meets which have included everything from a 50’s Citroen through a range of classic, muscle, European, Japanese, time attack, drift, gravel rally, tarmac rally and circuit cars through old Alfa’s, cruisers to modern Porsche’s and Ferrari’s. If you can drive it and it’s a tiny bit interesting, it’s welcome!

dsc_0288If you’ve got any questions, fire away in the comments box below or email andrew@anygivenreason.com. As they say, be there or be square!

Event report on Burger Meet 1

Event report on Burger Meet 2

The second Any Given Reason Burger Meet

DSC_0291As the alarm went off at about 6am on Sunday morning, I awoke to a really odd sound. A constant, almost comforting patter. What was it? Ah yes, rain. And lots of of it. In my early morning stupor I came to the conclusion that I should just go back to sleep, and it probably will stop by the time I need to get up. 7am and the alarm buzzed again, and for some damned reason it was still raining. At least I wouldn’t need to wash the car I concluded, and promptly fell back asleep. Wintery mornings do not welcome the early bird.

DSC_0075Rewind a couple of weeks. After receiving some feedback from the first Burger Meet held on a Friday evening at Fancy Burger in Blackwood, I decided to try something a little different for the second Burger Meet. The main suggestions were that the location was less than inspiring, and that people wanted to go for a bit of a drive as well. So with sunny late summer hills mornings in mind the decision was made to hold the second Burger Meet on a Sunday morning in Mylor, with the burgers served up from the picturesque Harvest Cafe.

DSC_0370Gourmet breakfast burgers? Check. Picture-perfect surroundings? Check. Twisty driving roads to arrive at the venue? Check. Constant rain and freezing cold temperatures? Check. Damn. With this in mind I didn’t really expect a huge turnout, and I couldn’t really blame people for not coming. It takes a strong passion for cars to get out of a nice warm bed on such an awful Sunday morning.

DSC_0025But then one by one, people started arriving in all sorts of interesting cars. Continue reading

The second AGR Burger Meet, to be held at Harvest Cafe Mylor

32Sunday April 21, 9.00am, Harvest Cafe, Mylor

The second Any Given Reason Burger Meet will be held in the picturesque township of Mylor in the Adelaide Hills from 9am on Sunday April 21. With a huge choice of some of the best driving roads in the state to get there and a special breakfast burger served by the lovely folks at the charming Harvest Cafe, it is shaping up to be a relaxing morning of all things automotive.

BM_2You’ll find Harvest Cafe at 240 Strathalbyn Road, on your right coming from Adelaide. Burger Meet will be utilizing the Mylor playground carpark, which is on your left a little further on from Harvest Cafe. Note – don’t go into the main oval entry; the playground entry is another hundred meters down the road. Look for the Skate Ramp sign.

BM-01The second Burger Meet will follow the same formula as the first – a whole bunch of car people standing around a carpark talking about cars, to the accompaniment of good burgers and coffee. And like last time, it doesn’t matter what you bring. Sports, modern, rally, race, Euro, Jap, American, stance, classic, vintage, motorbikes, hot rods, insane off-roaders – it’s all welcome so long as it’s just a little bit interesting.

BM_03You can read about the first Burger Meet here, and ask in the comments section if you’ve got any questions about the day. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Andrew

The Any Given Reason Burger Meet

DSC_0288As all good things seem to be, the first Any Given Reason Burger Meet was born from a simple, almost flippant idea. Over conversation a couple of weeks ago, the point was raised to me that AGR has a really wide spectrum of readers – dedicated rally folk, hardened circuit racers, Euro car fanboys and Stance fanatics just to name a few. So why not get them all together, and attempt to create a melting pot of different styles for a little while?

DSC_0178A quick email to some close friends confirmed that people would probably be keen, and just like that, Burger Meet was on. We created a Facebook event and a whole bunch of people expressed their interest. It was a little concerning at the start – I didn’t even know if people would actually want to come, and within 24 hours it was looking bigger than we ever expected.

DSC_0121The premise for Burger Meet was pretty simple. We all met at a carpark in Blackwood within close proximity to a gourmet burger shop, and stood around talking about cars and eating burgers for a couple of hours. I was completely awestruck by how many people trusted the idea and came – we had over 60 cars and easily more than 100 people! And it wasn’t just the number of cars that surprised me; it was the diversity and quality that really blew me away.

DSC_0016When was the last time you went to a gathering and saw a Ferrari 575M parked next to a hardcore gravel rally WRX? Continue reading

The AGR Burger Meet – now at the Coles carpark

We’ve had a lot of really positive interest in the first Any Given Reason Burger Meet, so to make sure we’ve got enough space we’ve moved Burger Meet to a slightly bigger carpark just down the road. It’s still within easy walking distance of Fancy Burger, and the bushes and shrubs will make the meet a little less obvious to passing traffic.

The meet will still be on Friday November 30, 7pm, now at the Coles carpark, just down from Fancy Burger, 237 Main Road, Blackwood.  See you there!