There are some things you just do without question; acts that are almost mandatory given another related occurrence. You never change oil without also changing the filter, and you never get behind the wheel without first belting up. In what’s becoming somewhat of a similar ritual, you never make a visit to Sydney without also stopping in at Classic Throttle Shop.
In the 21st century we are connected to the world in an unprecedented way – I’ll bet at least some of you are even reading this from the bathroom. The impact of technology is changing the world forever and can be felt everywhere in our society; even frontiers seemingly unrelated are being forced to adapt or die. For example, the internet is replacing newspapers as a primary method of news delivery which leaves the door open for magazines to deliver a material experience, and online shopping is apparently devastating the retail industry. Adapt or die, right?
Any smart business person will tell you that a threat is often opportunity in disguise, and what we’re learning is that technology can’t deliver an experience. Industry leader Deus ex Machina is brilliant at delivering an experience, and new players like Zen Garage are fast catching up. I’m sure the Peel Microcar sitting on the shelf in this image is a hint at where I’m going with this, which is why Classic Throttle Shop has quickly become an essential Sydney destination. I wonder how many people with the necessary means stop by for a relaxing Saturday morning coffee only to spot a lithe Porsche 911 in the corner, stew over it for the weekend and then return during the week to make a purchase.
Case in point – this track inspired but oh-so-clean E30 M3. It made me weak at the knees on first sight, and had I the means it would be eating away at me right now. And the fact that it was converted to right-hand drive at brand new in the UK by the dealer just sweetens it further. Continue reading →
Any Given Reason was recently in Sydney on a flying weekend trip for decidedly non automotive purposes. However, with Sydney being the hotspot of Australian automotive culture it is, there were two iconic premises on the must visit list – Deus ex Machina and Classic Throttle Shop. I’ve already posted about Deus here, however I decided to save the best for last.
Classic Throttle Shop is quite simply the first and last word in premium classic cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Spanning over two levels, CTS is the largest classic car showroom in Australasia. But it’s not just the size that sets CTS apart – it’s the sheer quality of their stock. Quite simply, every car for sale, be it original or restored, is a concourse winner. There’s no shaggy dog stories attached to any of these cars, they are the best of their respective types.
The other thing that sets CTS apart is the location. The showroom is actually in the Sydney Harbour Bridge structure in North Sydney.
This is the view from just a hundred meters up the road from the showroom. The location means CTS is easy to get to from the city – just catch a train from Circular Quay to the Milsons Point station, and walk a few minutes north.
One of the more impressive cars for sale was this Ferrari 212 Barchetta from 1951. Continue reading →
Pretty much everyone who’s into cool stuff is aware of Deus Ex Machina, the guys who started off building ridiculously fresh motorcycles and have since branched out into clothing, fixie bicycles, surfboards, skateboards and pretty much anything that takes their fancy. Whilst Deus haven’t branched out into sports cars (yet) and despite Any Given Reason not being a motorcycle (or bicycle… or surfing etc) blog, I think this is definitely going to be of interest to our readers.
“Deus ex Machina (god from the machine) roared into Australia’s cultural consciousness in 2006, with some neatly customised motorcycles and a quaint notion that doing something is more fun that just owning something. The Deus philosophy recalls an era before the various pursuits were marketed into fundamentalist factions. All are welcomed under the Deus roof, where there’s simply respect for the honesty and enjoyment of the machine. Deus ex Machina says simply there’s no ‘right way’ to do individualism, its all the same juice”.
Deus’ own words, and I couldn’t agree more. Without knowing it, that’s really the philosophy that guides anyone who’s into old cars and building things, and I think why a lot people feel a natural attraction to the Deus brand.
The House of Simple Pleasures is pretty easy to get to. Located in inner suburban Camperdown in Sydney, it’s a quick 10 minute bus ride from the CBD Central Station, and situated right on the Great Western Highway. The huge motorcycle on the wall gives the game away. Continue reading →