29 October 2006

Airshow/Motorshow

Two of my greatest passions over two weekends!

Defence Force Air Show

The Roulettes, Puma, Globemaster III, B707Last weekend on the 22nd Dad and I went up to Richmond Air Force Base to experience our first airshow since our trip to the UK in '97! The RAAF was celebrating 85 years and this was put on display for the weekend with flight and static displays which kept us occupied and out of trouble. It also helped Dad become slightly more reacquainted and interested in flying once again, whilst opening my eyes to perhaps another (expensive) hobby and the opportunity to get up close and personal with planes in action.

The standout act for me was definitely the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. With my fascination in commercial airliners, this military transport goes right up there. Demonstrating its high maneuverability over our heads and just the shear size of it was awesome to see. Other displays from vintage planes such as the Spitfire, Mustang and Vampire were excellent, and the formation displays of the Roulette's and Hornet's turned up the tempo. All up, an excellent day with value for money hard to dispute at $20 including return train fare!

Australian International Motor Show

Saab, Volvo, Audi & Mazda on DisplayAlan invited me out for a day of motoring appreciation this most recent weekend at the Sydney Motor Show. I must admit, I never really intended to go on an annual basis, but this is the third year in a row! Compared to previous years there was probably not as much "Wow" factor. Marques such as Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin notably missing, Holden and Ford not presenting a concept car of any kind this year... it was left up to the other manufacturers to bring something to the table. Saab delivered with their beaut Aero-X concept which just screams 'aeroplane for the road'. Huge rims like the fanblades from a jet engine, a true cockpit and the way this car opens is just something to behold. The Audi R8 was another machine worthy of mention, and yes, I will actually say that the Mitsubishi 380 Ralliart is a 380 worth looking at! Chrysler's pimpin' SRT series of cars looked quality while Proton brought in a piece of AutoSalon with their very own 'Project Pimp' car. The designers at Ssangyong proved once again that they need to be shot before they develop another car while the Bentley and Ferrari stands are always guaranteed to draw crowds.

Certainly worth a look if you've got the motivation and the time... I guess I'll see what next year has in store!

Until next time...

17 October 2006

A Time For Celebration

The past week has just been filled with different reasons and occassions to celebrate and just be out and about doing stuff...

October 8th
First and foremost, it was my Mum's 50th Birthday. So, the evening before, we celebrated with the family at the nearby revolving restaurant. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the view and the food.

The actual day was a bit quieter, except that it was Bathurst weekend, so we spent most of it in front of the TV watching the V8 race unfold. We had invited some guests over for a BBQ, but only one out of five turned up... more food for all of us! Mum seemed to have enjoyed her day of celebration, though we weren't baring expensive (or any) gifts for her.

Oh yes, the race! Well, you'd have to be hiding under a rock, or in another country not to know that Craig Lowndes and Ford won at Bathurst. Lowndes' first time in ten years, and Ford's first in eight years - well done to Triple 8 racing, Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and everyone involved.

October 14th
Alan had already told me to keep this day free, but hadn't actually mentioned what was going to be involved. So I headed on over to his place and was whisked away to the north coast where both of us took on the EXTREME challenge of Quadbiking! This was a birthday present for him and a friend, but he picked me to go with him instead. Oh what fun we had cruisin' the sand dunes of Stockton Beach, even after the lengthy introduction where we were continuously warned that doing something wrong could result in the quadbike rolling over and crushing us. Alan managed to max his bike out at 73kph along the dunes - mine was restricted to 71... Rorted! But we had a great deal of fun in the sweltering heat. We were told if we go again in the future, we'd be on a more 'advanced' level because of our experience this time around. We only now need to figure out what our next "extreme" challenge will be!

October 17th
Continuing the celebrations, we decided to have dinner at Pink Salt in Double Bay. A restaurant made famous by the television show "My Restaurant Rules" a few years ago when they opened in Manly. It was good to contrast the two restaurants and see that Evan and Bella are still running the place. Unfortunately for us, Bella had left before our booking was to take place, but Evan was a great host (as were the other waiters) and very talkative. The new joint is much more spacious than Manly, and the food was just as good as memory served. Will need to take Eleonor there when she gets back :)

06 October 2006

October: The Month of the Birthday

I got my car back! Though, on her first day out on the weekend someone decided to put a scratch in a freshly painted panel - talk about annoyed! So she's gone back to the workshop, and I'm rockin' and rollin' in a blue Festiva with a wing, mags and blue dials! Talk about Sporting Credentials! What I can positively say though, is that the guys who are looking after my car are absolute legends!



Onto October - titled here "The Month of the Birthday" because it seems everyone thought it would be a good idea to consolidate all the birthdays into one month. Hey, I'm all for efficiency and everything, but when you get one cake to cover 6 or so birthday's, that's a bit unfair!

This month sees, umm... well, most of my aunts, uncles, cousins etc celebrating a birthday of some sort... but they all pale in comparison to my Mum's 50th. Sorry, everything else has to take second place - except the Bathurst 1000 - which clashes with Mum's birthday... what a dilemma!

The Family BUK BARK!!!

Anyway, we spent last weekend celebrating as our relatives came over from Hong Kong. We all ate at everyone's favourite Chinese Restaurant: Greenwood in North Sydney. Lobster, Chicken (pictured), Beef, Pork and "have some more" were the regulars for the evening. On holiday Monday we all then went to one of my cousins places where we had a barbecue, played miniature mah-jong, and some even got sporting and played soccer and basketball (not at the same time!)



The celebrations are set to continue this weekend with all the relatives visiting our place, and a barbecue lunch for Mum on Sunday.

Happy Birthday Mum! Congratulations on your 50th!