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

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Rally Rides for a Reason

DSC_0563Co-driving in a proper gravel rally car is a whole lot of fun but it’s not always the easiest seat in the house to get. There’s plenty of rides to be had if you’re good enough but you’ve gotta work your way up from the bottom over many seasons, and a lot of the hire cars out there tend to be fairly well used up.

DSC_0104As a result a lot of rally fans and the friends and family of competitors don’t actually know what it feels like to be strapped in and sliding through a gravel corner sideways at speed. James Rodda of Rallypower Motorsport and Lewis & Sarah Parin of Cupcake Crumbz/ Velocity Racing are well aware of this so decided to organise a rides day to raise money for two charities that sit close to their hearts.

DSC_0349The formula was simple. They chose a venue (Lanac Park, close to Mount Compass in the state’s South) where the cars could get some speed up and be flung around without risk of hitting anything too solid. They convinced a couple of other drivers to come down and give rides too, and asked a bunch of officials to volunteer their time to run the day. They found some generous sponsors to cover the costs of putting the day on, and they organised and marketed the event themselves. Continue reading

Grote Street – Lancer Evolution 5

I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise for the lack of new posts lately. I’ve had a couple of major events on consecutive weekends, so when you factor in the time to travel to and from, edit photos, write stories, catch up on sleep and of course go to work every day, new posts are few and far between. But the plus side is that I’ve got some genuinely interesting content coming up over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Despite being a dedicated classic car and euro nut I’ve written about my obscure love of Evo’s before on this blog, so you can see how I was a little excited to find this Evo 5 this afternoon. It’s so clean and smooth, and is definitely chanelling it’s bigger brother the 6.5 Makinen for inspiration.

For my tastes this is exactly how a car should be modified. Not over the top, not eccesively seeking attention. It looks like a factory version, where the volume’s just been turned up a little. It’s only when you look at it a little closer that you notice the big Brembo brakes, the chunky slotted rotors, the engine air intake where a driving light should be and the little details like the wheel lug nuts. I’d love to find out what resides under that louvered bonnet. Continue reading