A full two weeks ahead of schedule, our son Arrun attempted to make an escape from his place of residence for the past 38 weeks. We were partly unprepared for his arrival, but made it to the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in time to have our Obs catch him upon his exit.
After a year off, Dino Day was on again and the VW Drivers Club rocked up in force to see how much power their cars had at the wheels.
It was bound to happen. With Noel and Yucel having birthdays 2 days apart, we had to start consolidating the celebrations. We rounded up the gang for a night of Turkish food and drink at Mado.
After having missed last year’s MDC due to the Mr. and Mrs. Danger wedding, I was signed up to run the race once again... I just ran out of time to train for it in the weeks leading up.
After his initial Chinese New Year plans didn’t pan out, Jwoyee had us hooked with Plan B- yum cha!
After many attempts, we finally got the Mazdaratti and Friends Cruise rolling.
Orright, now that we’ve dealt with the social programme, it was time to get on with the racing.
It all happened pretty quickly. The call came in from Hughie that he had a spot on his team for the 2013 LiquiMoly Bathurst 12 Hour sports car race. All I can say is that that was about all the arm twisting I could resist...
Danger had crept up to the final year of his fourth decade of existence and we thought that it was only prudent that the occasion was marked with the consumption of some comfort food.
Michael and Camae’s wedding was a study in improvisation as the weather on the Australia Day long weekend blew carefully laid plans about. We managed to gather ourselves to the shelter of the Twin Waters Resort to see the two say, “I do”.
With everyone already having grand plans for New Year’s Eve, we had to get in a day early to see off 2012.
Dom had been very sneakily hoarding up years... So successful was the scam, that he’s how racked up 40 of them!
Jackie and I could hardly believe that it had been 4 years since the last time we scraped together a crew to pull off a private Bond show. With a Quantum of Solace being a long distant memory, we decided to celebrate a bit of the best of the British with the 50th anniversary 007 movie.
Danger acquired his 1964 Cortina after a long period of hunting and the time had come to give it a proper clean.
It was the end of October and it was time for Noel to get his plan together to throw a party for the missus. We all got a trip to Kingsley’s on the river to celebrate Karen’s birthday.
Andy and Ashley were all set to tie the knot and we had a drive down to Ballina on Bathurst weekend to check it all out.
Ormiston House was once again open to an automotive concourse. This time around, it was the turn of the Porsche Club of Queensland to put on a show.
It was the post-40th birthday bash like no other. The cake and candles were missing, but the presence of a bunch of serious Porsches more than made up for it at the Porsche Club of Queensland’s motorsport meet at Mt Cotton.
Spring was a very busy period for automotive activities and the Spring Cruise ensured that we kicked off the season with a large carbon footprint.
Having been a VW driver for over 2 years, I finally got around to checking out the Volkswagen Drivers Club of Queensland’s Action Day at Manly.
Having celebrated my last two birthdays in Brisbane, it was time again to do an interstater!
Having done the Progressions Volkswagen Driving Experience day last year, I jumped at the chance to do the Evolutions day this year. One of my disappointments last year was that the event was held at a very small track. Not this year! I was set to roll in a pair of R-badged Golf derivatives on Phillip Island!
It’s amazing how quickly the last 3 years have gone by. It felt like yesterday when the left over crew from the North South Bypass Tunnel moved over to Airport Link but the tunnel was finally open for its first public display and we were there!
The 2012 Winter Cruise saw a modified re-run of the first cruise. 4 cars fronted up to maximise the cold start.
We managed to get around a few of Brisbane Gang to force Renu into a surprise birthday party at the Chinese joint at the end of our street.
It came as a bit of a shock that a year had passed since the last time we celebrated Yucel’s birthday. As always Oz has chosen an interesting spot to ponder the pervious 12 months.
After a quick sweep of the office, we managed to get four cars to tag along on the recce of the roads leading up to Midginbil Hill- the scene for the upcoming Danger Wedding.
Can y’all believe it, Abu had been in the country long enough to have a birthday! We had the gang over to bring to a close the festivities which had started much earlier!
Three weeks late we were in getting the celebration under way, but so big was the number that a bit of rounding error was more than tolerable. The Williams boys had hit 30!
F1 Sunday had a weird feel to it- the twilight race somehow didn’t feel right but we were there anyway to see the fugly new 2012 cars.
Not even a week had gone by since I had driven my first V8 that the opportunity came up to give Yogen’s worked R8 a bash. It was an F1 weekend, and I was up early on Saturday morning in Melbourne about to dump the clutch on the HSV.
It’s March and time once again to rack up FBT kilometres. Mr T and I were under-kayed this year and had to start putting in some hours behind the wheel to get to the end of the month without being taxed.
2012 is the year that Sally and Ramesh have decided to become man and wife and we were on hand to kick off the year-long series of events with the civil registration in Hong Kong.
It’s been almost exactly 6 years since my last trip to Hong Kong and I was looking forward to a less touristy experience.
I’ve never driven on Lakeside, but when a bunch of VW guys organised a Happy Laps session at the track, I jumped at the chance to see how the Golf would go in its natural habitat.
Christmas Eve at Karen and Noel’s is becoming a bit of a tradition and this year, we got a whole lot more of it with an early afternoon start!
After kicking about in Brisbane for more than 2 years, Gabor lined himself up a new gig in Adelaide and bid us farewell…
Salmon, salmon, everywhere! Jazz got us all around her place to show off her new Japanese cooking skills and help us while away a Sunday afternoon.
He had been threatening this since the day he re-joined, but it actually happened- the Duchess was leaving KBR.
I had managed to hijack Noel and Karen’s plans of checking out the Santos LASER Show, but they were a no show! So this is what you lot missed out on…
Spring was in full bloom and we formed a cruise-line to the west!
There might have been a grand total of about 6km run by me since the month of August, but a lack of fitness wasn’t about to stop me from giving the Bridge to Brisbane another crack.
Dingo’s turned 25… This was rather suspicious as we’ve never been to one of his parties before, so we got a hold of his driver’s license just be sure before joining in on his South Bank dinner.
‘Ninja’bread men, Ferraris, Williamses and an awesome song… That’s how trying to catch up to your age should be done!
The weather was just about perfect to once again commission up and get our balcony running again. The Anthony’s were on hand to give us a hand in the process.
Sparklers in the air, sprinkles on the cake, colour coding of the guests… I can only mean one thing- Tammy’s having a birthday party.
The 21st of June is a day that I look forward to every year as it signals the start to longer days and this year was no different. The occasion was marked with a BBQ at the Bellbird Grove Park.
I heard about VW’s track days a few years ago whilst shopping for a VW, but this was the first time I was able to get a spot at a session. VW brought out 10 instructors and go-fast Golfs to the High Performance Driving Centre at Norwell on Tuesday for us to cut laps with.
It was the Darwin round of the V8s and we decided to combine the best bits of motorsport and Masterchef for a very (very) late lunch that day.
A rainy day can sometimes be the best sort of day to hit the road as it tends to keep the tourists off the road.
His parents may be Mexicans, but he knew that he’d have to be back north of the border to celebrate his first birthday!
Davo was gonna blow out some candles, but the recount is still going on. Anyway, here’s what we did whilst waiting to figure out how old he was…
It was Yucel’s first birthday as a mum and Oz had us for a very special dinner at Gianni’s.
I headed down to Derek's place before sunrise to start my biggest paint renovation project to date. His 42-year old 911 was about to be blinged up into 2011!
Easter was about the time to catch up with a few lost folk from different towns (like Sydney, Daisy Hill and the Western Suburbs). We had planned a fantastic looking day to eat out on the balcony, but the dinner was full of action as everyone had to relocate indoors when the storm hit.
Well, now that the Golf has turned one, I thought it was time I got around to putting up some photos. And seeing that Jackie’s got one too, we decided to do a double header.
For their second boy’s first birthday, Kylie and Perci decided to take over a park way down south on the Qld-NSW border on a lovely Sunday afternoon. We headed down to chow down on the BBQ and the cake.
Derek and Sunel had helped us get our first BBQ and we decided to give it some gas. On hand were other Weber Baby Q experts, Karen and Noel.
After 6 long years of slogging away as a diligent CRC-er, geo-political forces had conspired to force Danger out into the big wide world out of the Farm. We all thought that the new beginning was best marked with some drinks at non-wet bits of the Regatta.
The RAAF has now pensioned off its collection of F-111s after 37 years of service so Danger and I decided to visit the ‘Swich to check out the jet’s farewell exhibition.
The Brisbane River was on the way up and was heading towards the famed 1974 high water mark and we ventured out to have a peep at the river at its most swollen in my 20 years of being in Brisbane.
Jo and Caz had chosen a beautiful place in the Mornington Peninsular and we were on hand to help them celebrate.
It was new year’s eve and what better way to spend the day than to cruise out west to watch water at its furious best?
Christmas 2010 might have been wet, but we had the driest patio to spend it in…
It was all Jackie's idea but we eventually caught up over a BBQ at Scott's and Alicia's...
The eve of the wedding saw the second nalangu ceremony take place. This one counted that little bit more and we made sure that the night was sent off in the best possible way.
We rolled right into the first nalangu ceremony once breakfast was over and everyone had a chance to catch their breath after the panthal kaal was planted.
On the Saturday after Dad’s arrival, we kicked off the next two ceremonies. This one covers the planting of the panthal kaal.
The next ceremony that had to occur was the melting of the gold to be used to make Renu's thali. We did this in the wee hours of the 11th at Uncle Lings' house.
Having set the date with the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara waaay back in August, we were on course for a mid-morning civil registration. It was the first ceremony in the fortnight that it was going take Renukha and I to get married.
Project manager extraordinaire Fergy-Ferg was put in charge of organising 24 hours of non-stop action to send me on my way to Malaysia… It eventually wind up taking up the better part of 48 hours and perhaps a little over budget, but this is how it all started off…
Hayley and Allan were finally getting married after doing the whole "engaged" thing for a while and we were all gathered about Victoria Park to see them get hitched.
Phil was moving to Sydney and I thought I would jump in on the chance to check out the drive down the Pacific Highway.
Koshi and Raj had planned their wedding for the end of August and due to good timing, we managed to be there...
The day of the engagement saw us whip out all the bits and bobs that we had been acquiring over the week leading up. All these shots are from my camera in a sneak peek before the official shots.
Lena had come of age and all her aunts got around to celebrate.
It was Nigel Mansell’s birthday and Derek and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it than to spend a day at the track checking out old cars.
It might have felt like it was just a month or two ago that B1 was being Christened, but in the two years since, Kylie and Jimmy had B2 popped out, plumped up and ready for his christening dip at the Southport School.
Less than 24 hours on from the Hindu wedding ceremony, an intimate crowd had reconvened for the final leg of NV 2010, the Reception Dinner.
After the Sangeeth was the big event, the Hindu wedding ceremony.
The second part of Shifty and Vibs’ wedding was the sangeeth.
It was a beautifully clear Saturday afternoon and the first wedding of Shifty and Vibs was all set to go at the Albert Street Uniting Church.
It was a day shy of Noel's big birthday, so Karen rounded up enough of his mates with good hand-eye coordination for a night out around a tepanyaki hot plate. Kabuki was the set...
2010 has been a year of generally bad fitness, but I wasn't going to miss out on my 5th straight year of running the Mothers' Day Classic.
We've had the wedding, now onwards and upwards for the reception!
It was back to the equator again for Renu and I as we had been invited to attend the wedding of Hema and Subha.
It was 5 years in the making, ummm, or was that 6, but Pete'n'Jo were ready to get hitched.
Having hit the car yards looking for a decent small car, I stumbled upon this offering from Volkswagen- the MkVI 118TSI.
Sunday was what we were all waiting for...
If Friday was a short day at the track, Saturday more than made up for it...
After an absence of four years, I was back to check out the Australian GP. This time, I had company too!
Dazza and Luke recently bought Mel a rolling pin for her birthday and she figured that the best way to break it in was by throwing a pizza party.
The tunnels under Brisbane are complete and to celebrate, BCC held a 10km run for a lucky 5000 Brisbanites to get the first thorough look in.
Jimmy's party in the park for his missus' birthday.
It was a combined effort for Scotty and Danger this year. We were all invited to The Fox to see them hit, collectively, 73!
I thought I'd give Jo-Jo and Keish a surprise Christmas visit this year... How was I to know that there was going to be massive all in bash.
After an 18-month absence, I was back up at the equator. It was two weeks of flat out eating...
It was the start of Summer and Karen decided it deserved a bash...
When Fergy got his set of wheels last Friday, I knew I was going to be up until the wee hours of the morning taking it for a fang. It gave me an opportunity to do something I had never done before- a night time photo shoot.
Doosh and Shilps had been in their townhouse for a while now so I figured that it was about time that we threw them a house warming party. As with the party two years ago, we again went for a Halloween house warming. This one had an Indian bent- thosai, trick or treat!
It was a school night, but nevertheless, a sizeable crowd gathered to wish Miss Lee a very happy birthday in Springwood.
For my 29th, Fergy and Miss Karen got me a Sunday ticket to the SuperGP. For the first time in the event’s 19-year history, I was going to the Indy. This was also going to be the first time the race was to be run for A1-GP cars, but they were confirmed to be a no-show at the last minute.
I first built the F40 back in 1993. I picked up the kit again just over ten years ago and I’ve finally gotten around to finishing it.
It was a full on Filipino do at Jimmy’s cousin’s joint down the Gold Coast. It had been a year since Jimmy Jnr’s arrival and the crowds rolled in to mark the anniversary with a feast.
It was amazing, something I had tentatively agreed to waaay back at the start of the year was actually happening. I was going camping for first time in fourteen years!
Wow, is it August already? I had big plans to spend winter training for the 2009 Bridge to Brisbane 10km race, but all that was pushed aside due to my Sydney gig. But as poorly prepared as I was, it was time to tackle my first race.
Race day always produces more pics, so here are the lot left over from the Queensland Raceway round of the V8Supercars.
I made the trip again this year to Queensland Raceway for our round of the V8 Supercar championship. It was the first time I got to see the FG-shelled Falcons and it would also be the last year I could cheer on a Triple Eight win.
It was time to tick off another year. It was a significant number this time around. It was the beginning of the end of my twenties and I was going to give it the send off that it deserved.
Well, seeing that it’s been nearly a month since my Sydney gig ended it’s about time that I got some of the photos up. The second stint had longer hours and went on for about two weeks longer that I wanted. As you will note from some of the photos, I got to get to know Sydney Airport pretty well...
Ormiston House was again the backdrop for the annual Mercedes Benz Club of Queensland’s concourse. Shifty, Mudge and I headed to the bay early on in Sunday morning to check out some old Benzes.
It was a mini reunion at our place on Sunday as cousins from the other side of the world dropped by to find out that they are already uncles and aunts...
After much debate, Renu finally decided upon throwing a party to mark her birthday and newly acquired status as a mortgagee.
The 2009 cruise didn't quite go to plan. Rain washed away the morning and a disappearing road meant that we had to look for an alternative path...
Check out some of the photos from Pete and Jo's housewarming slash engagement party.
The day after my RDO, I was back at the airport. We were on our way down to Melbourne and we were about to go to Avalon for the first time.
I guess it’s probably time for an update from my time in Sydney. I was originally due back in Brisbane at the end of May, but I will be here for all of June and a bit of July too. Here are some shots from the first month.
We're 3!!! Gunny Central has been around for more than a thousand days!
It was Mothers’ Day and we got out of bed in the week hours of Sunday to be amongst the 10,000 other folk taking part in the 12th annual Mothers’ Day Classic fun run.
Chaddy had clocked up another year on the 6th of May and his entourage decided that Saturday was the perfect time to mark the occasion.
I got bored on the 12th of March and when window shopping at Hobbyone down the road from the house, I managed to return with a 1:24 plastic kit of a Ferrari F50 made by Tamiya. I had not built a kit since 1995 and I was determined to ensure that #14 was going to be the best one yet!
13 days earlier Vibs had succumbed to Shifty’s wily ways and agreed to his proposal. The pair threw a little party for the two families that were to be brought together. And it was all very purple.
The prayer had already started in the wee hours of Thursday morning. I managed to get myself to the ’Swich suburb of Springfield time, but the windy roads had me going in circles.
My first 10km for the year! Damn the legs are tight...
The stars finally aligned and the long talked about steamboat session became a reality thanks to the efforts of a certain Ms Lee!
Even though she’d been around for nearly a year and I had a vague idea that she was born around this time, I didn’t actually think that Nick’s housewarming will also be his daughter’s birthday…
After having caught up on Facebook, then bumping into each other out of the blue at Garden City, Renu and I got an invite to Sabrina’s wedding reception.
Evenyone’s always on time for Indian! Fergy’s 29th birthday bash got off to a punctual start- that was my bit done… And this is what happened.
Well, it nearly didn’t happen, but the stars aligned for Shifty to be properly farewelled from the realm of those in their twenties at a little do at the Chalk.
It was all planned in a flash, but I figured that a trip out west was a good way to catch up with two mates who’d slipped under the radar over the Christmas period.
Happy 2009, Y'all!
Christmas Eve, the plan was coming alive. What had been a pipe dream the week before was finally a reality as Soo, Karen, Martin and I hit the road for our Christmas by the beach holiday.
The signs were ominous, just the day before, Daktarr Saar munched into a fortune cookie and the papery taste told him he had to go for it… Daktarr Saar knew he had to secure the girl before the year was out and he didn’t have much time left given his travel schedule…
It was a bright and beautiful Sunday morning. I had a blast down the M1 to get to the Southport School down in the Gold Coast. Perci had teed up a christening for his 3-month old boy.
Can y’all believe it, I’m an uncle for the 12th time?! Whilst I was away in Sydney two weekends ago, little Marley Quin-Geoffrey Colnan popped into the world four days ahead of schedule.
Orright, now where did we leave off? Oh!, that’s right, it was Sunday and it was time to hit the track again.
It was the start to a bittersweet day. I was on a 0500 flight to Sydney to see the final round of the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship. This was going to be the round that would decide the year’s champions in the Formula Ford, V8 Brutes, Fujitsu Series as well as the V8 Supercars. It was also going to be the final time Oran Park was going to host a round of the V8 Supercars/Australian Touring Car series after 38 consecutive years.
The annual Impact sailing day saw nearly 40 members of staff (and a few ring-ins) rock up early on the morning of the 30th of November to mess about on four yachts in Moreton Bay
After a massive Christmas party effort from 2007 with the gokarts and all, the 2008 party was always going to be a much lower key affair. The gang from the west again congregated in the now familiar hunting ground of New Farm for a round bowls to bring to a close yet another year.
The 2008 Surebridge Corporate Regatta was held on the morning of the 23rd of November 2008 at the Toowong Rowing Club. A month-and-a-half of training at the crack of dawn was about to be tested in competition.
Can you believe it, little Vinny is now 21?! To mark the event, we all submitted ourselves to the realm of the fictional…
On Sunday, AT and DK finally got around to celebrating their engagement. We were instructed to get into our “cocktail” outfits in the evening and party on into the night at the Stamford Plaza.
Friday was my last day at CRC Mining. After designing odds and sods for the past 6 years, I finally threw in my CAD-monkey towel. As per tradition, I rounded up as many as possible to celebrate my future ventures with drinks at the Regatta.
It had been a while since we all did some four-wheeled exploration, so the start of spring was perfect reason to go on a cruise.
Ah, 28. A number in no man’s land. No longer in the mid-20s and not as significant as 29. It’s still a reason to round up all my mates and go racing though.
The German charity Gute Bücher für Alle (Good Books for All) brought in their ship, the MV Doulos, into Brisbane in early August. The ship is the oldest ocean-going vessel still in operation and was built 2 years after the Titanic. Engineers Australia had set up a tour of the vessel as well as organised for the chief engineer of the ship to give a brief talk on the technical aspects of keeping the old girl going.
August the 10th- a very significant day in the lives of Jeeps and Mohana. It had been for exactly one year that they have been parents. To mark the occasion, we all went out for Indian food.
Byron Bay in stills...
Soo rounded up a bunch of us at her place around about lunch time on Sunday. We al had to meet waaaay up in the sky for a birthday party that wasn’t a birthday party.
It was a beautiful winter day. I had nothing on. All my mates had deserted me. So I figured the best way to spend the day was to reconnect with my inner bogan. Yeap, I headed west for the Ipswich City 400.
26th June- day two of the Malaysian trip and the day for Shivani’s sangeet night. Her last ever party as single lass...
Having run around all morning I got hold of Nige at the Megamall by mid-afternoon. It was time for us to stroll on over across the railway lines and make in time to witness Shivanikka’s nalangu ceremony.
The end of June 2008 seemed a little like the end of June 2007. Again, a friend was getting hitched along the equator but a change in personal circumstances meant that I had to give the Jap-chix err, I mean Japan GT a miss this time around. It was more than made up for though by the best send off that I’ve ever had at the Brisbane airport.
Another weekend, and the time was right for another cruise. Daktarr Saar was going to be away for the weekend and I could not bear the thought of his baby girl being all alone. So, I volunteered to warm her up a little.
The final day of May saw the Colnan and Campbell gang (and associates) get together in the beautiful area south of Byron Bay to witness the union of Reid and Sharmila.
The last week of May turned out to be quite a busy one. Not only was there Sharmila’s wedding happening over the weekend, but we had two troops representing Malaysia and Singapore arrive just before the weekend.
Ah, nothing beats the feeling of having the sun on your back. The Rotary of the Planetarium’s 2008 fund raiser for the Kim Walters’ Choices program was set to beautiful weather.
It was a lazy Saturday afternoon. Daktarr Saar and I had overeaten Ma’s lamb curry and we needed to work off the meal. What better way to do that than to go for a blast in the Golf? So off we went on a cross border raid to New South Wales.
Much sooner than anticipated, we were again over at Daktarr Saar’s house for another cook up. This one was a more hands on affair with a more intimate crowd. We were gonna make our own pizzas!
Happy Birthday Gunny Central. It’s been a busy second year and we’ve celebrated a ton of events. We’re now going out to about 1500 visitors per month all over the globe. Thanks to everyone who uses this site to keep the memories of happy times alive!
Yeap, it was that time of the year again, when thousands of Brisbanites get together and tear around the streets of South Brisbane in the early hours of a Sunday in the Mothers’ Day Classic Fun Run.
It was the first long weekend of May. Daktaar Saar was not working, the missus was away and that was about all the impetus he needed to have his mates around for some Sub-Con tucker…
All was quiet that Sunday afternoon, initially anyway... But eventually, Kash and I got sick of waiting around so we called everyone to hurry up and join us at the Norman Hotel for the grand celebrations marking the occasion where Daktarr Saar got another year older.
“Wanna come and see the Bowden collection?” asked Dim late one Thursday arvo in March. And it had been a month-long wait full of anticipation to check out some of the greatest touring cars this country has seen.
Lucky New Year- the ticket that I was randomly assigned to by Shifty turned out to be #88. After nearly having the plans for the night scuttled by a car crash at the end of March, we managed to get our hands on some tickets to the Sri Lankan Association of Queensland’s annual New Year bash.
I saw the W113 series of Mercedes roadsters as a grade six school kid. These things are quite rare now and prices for good ones are nudging six-figures. I got a chance to live out a childhood dream to drive this car and I grabbed it with both hands.
After a few weeks of looking at route maps, the autumn cruise was set to be a dash up to Montville up in the Blackall Ranges. From the initial group of 10 cars, 6 made it on the day and we got to put on about 350km on our odometers after a 12-hour day from go to whoa.
From a series of go-fast hot hatches in the last few episodes, we change down a gear and look at hatch with the go-fast looks. Andy’s just landed the MY08 Impreza RS and I got to take it for a bash.
I’ve been reading about the Euro Type R Civic for a few months now and curiosity got the better of me. I had to take one for a fang to see if it was really all that it was cracked up to be...
In an unprecedented move for this site, I am going to begin this picture report with an apology. The R35’s Brisbane debut was originally a very important event for me. Didn’t a day go by, from the time I heard of the launch, that I could put the new baby out of my thoughts. However, from the very brief collection of pictures that I am about to present, you will be probably able to tell that I had a sudden realignment of priorities...
It was supposed to have been a morning filled with on-road exploration. However, I had overslept and totally missed my drive window. All was not lost; I was up for a big lunch! It was Uncle Les’ 50th and there is no better way to celebrate than with seafood!
It was a hurriedly slapped together plan. We were to have met at the Milton BP for a morning of turbo action. However, everyone involved was late for one reason or another and the whole thing didn’t take off until mid-morning…
Here is a Gunny Central scoop! We’ve got one more turbo car to add to the Sunnybank Gang’s set of wheels. Anan has finally grown out of his CRX and moved into one of the ballsiest cars out on the market at the moment, the Mazda 3 MPS.
It was the day after Valentine’s and four days after her actual birthday, but Friday seemed like the perfect time to round up gang to help celebrate Chui Ming’s first birthday in Brisbane!
January is always a lousy time of year to be born cos it would probably mean that I wouldn’t be around to help you celebrate it. So this year, Shifty took that message on board and decided to celebrate his 28th birthday in February instead. Here are some shots of the crew who showed up to Bravo in the valley on Saturday night.
I rarely do this... That’s two BIMS in a row now for me. The motivation for each visit is the same- check out expensive cars that I can’t afford, but this year, there were a bunch of sub-80K cars that I could potentially buy (if I wasn’t a cheap bugger, that is…) drawing me in for a look.
In the lead up to Australia Day, our party animal mate from West End got the best news- they were gonna let him stay in the country indefinitely! And in true Abhi style, there was a massive party to mark the occasion. And in true Aussie style, it was a week late and the venue got changed in the last minute.
A new year and a new hospital to conquer; Nish was all done with her stint at the Royal and she was off to Southport. So the least we could do was put on a farewell bash…
It seemed like just yesterday that I was celebrating the birth of 2007 and it’s gone already. The end of ’07 also signalled the end for the Danger Pad. It had been sold and 008 gave us the perfect excuse to give the place a proper send off.
Tamil Nadu again! Although I was briefly in Chennai last year, this was my first real trip back to Tamil Nadu (and a few of the surrounding Dravidian states) in almost seven years! Uncle Lings had this trip on the backburner for the last six months of 007 and I’m gonna try and do the trip justice with the following pics…
Who said that pester power does not work? The fast food companies have known this for years and I am living proof that it works- even if it took two years to play out. For the first time in its history, CRC Mining finally had a gokart race for its annual Christmas party.
It was a typically flat out Sunday. But as always the timing was perfect, I had the bags packed, managed to drive out to collect the keys for the townhouse, take some empty house photos and get back to the folks’ house just as the cab to the airport pulled up. It was time to get to a field trial that has been a while in the making.
The legendary Macau GP has always been on my motorsport radar. I’ve read about the Guia circuit that is blindingly fast in places as well as being incredibly tight in others. I’ve seen amazing clips on Youtube featuring the Schnitzer BMWs of my childhood slicing through narrow the city streets. The childhood heroes are now retired or dead, but their spirit was more than alive as I finally felt the ground shake as the present crop of cars thundered by me…
Can you believe that it has been 17 years since my last Malaysian Deepavali? Well, it was time to set that record straight this year.
For as long as there have been holes, guys have been mesmerized by them. We need to know how big they are, how compliant the boundaries and are and most importantly what we can put in them. Today was no different. When the opportunity came up to see the machine that will eventually form one of the two north-south bypass tunnels under Brisbane, I could not say no
The W204 is in many ways the car that Mercedes Benz’s credibility will hinge upon in the coming years. After making rubbish for nearly 15-years, it’s a wonder how they enjoyed such support from their blind, brand-loyal band of customers who should have known better. Let’s see how the new one goes...
It has been five years in the making and a tribute to modern relationships. It started on the Internet and at times has spanned distances measured in terms of continents but finally, Marky-Mark and Andrea decided to become one.
Two months ago, Danger came up to me and told me about this great group thing he did at sun up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Upon my arrival for my first session waaay back in September, I knew I had been brought there under false pretences. I thought I was going to Booty Camp...
Garba- A Gujarati dance that coincides with Navarathiri where folk dance around lamp-lit images of Paarvathi. In the Wikipedia definition listed also were references to rhythmical swaying and clapping... I was going to be in trouble.
This one time at Boot Camp, the new kid, sends out an open invitation for a BBQ party. I was told that there’d be Brazilians about and at the time, that seemed to be reason enough to attend...
It was time to check out Perth properly. My last trip here two years ago was very short and I didn’t get to see much of the city at all. I more than made up for it with the hiking that went on the weekend before the work conference that had me in WA in the first place.
This episode of Test Drive is pretty close to my heart as I nearly had significant input into Mick’s choice of new car. Here it is, the MY07 Subaru Liberty 3.0R spec.B.
Scotty-Scott and Alicia finally tied the knot on the second Saturday of September at the St Lucia Golf Club.
Saturday night- I had just wrapped up 2nd place at Scotty-Scott’s Buck’s party go-kart race and by the time I had fought traffic and (il)legally parked at Kangaroo Point, the F-111’s rumble was beginning to be audible. Another perfectly timed entrance...
Orright, this is the bit of Scotty's buck’s party that I can show. The race at Archerfield Speedkarts...
Cripes, another year chalked up. After having celebrated the last few birthdays, I figured that this one deserved a whole week of celebration. Gunny’s birthday week celebrations started on the 12th of August. As always, there was food involved...
The Mercedes Benz Club of Queensland held its annual concourse at Ormiston House on the same day as the Brigde to Brisbane. Guess which one I went to?
It was Jazz’s idea I swear! She managed to get a set of sober folk (me and Kaylene) to drive her alcho mates for a day of lazing around on the hills of the Sirromet winery up at Mt Cotton. It was time for the 2007 Sirromet Wine & Food Festival.
Well, I guess this photo should be enough of a give away of why we all showed up to Jorge’s house on Saturday. Yeap, Jorge was finally a Bachelor!
Barely a week back from Singapore, I find out that the next 2001 Mech Boy was getting hitched. Dr. Nick had finally managed to convince Allison that he was the one...
After a hectic two weeks, my final engagement for the KL-Singapore trip was a birthday dinner for Aunty Mala.
Waaaaaay back at the start of the year, Pang told me to keep the middle of the year free. I’ve never known Pang to plan ahead for any more than a month so I knew something serious was up... He’d bought a ring and the missus had agreed to keep it...
Singapore by foot. It’s an excellent way to work those sweat pores. Davo Mate and I covered a lot of the island during moments we were not engaged in official wedding duties.
When the Pangster chose the 1st of July to get hitched, he gave me the perfect reason to get up to the equator a week early to catch the Super GT race at Sepang...
Having been a Skyline fan for a long time, I finally got to drive one!
Brrr... After getting to bed at 0300, my body almost did not respond to the alarm clock at 0500. It had rained during the night and I was quite content to just keep on sleeping. However by 0610, I was no longer asleep and I figured the best way to keep warm was to front up to the 5km Rotary run I had signed up for at UQ.
Saturday night. The night you go out. The night that sees more celebration than any other. This one was no different. Malathi was having a massive bash to celebrate her birthday! Umm, that was according to the signs plastered all over the Eagle St Pier anyway.
Of all the owners of cars that have featured on Test Drive, I’ve known Nige the longest. Yet, it wasn’t until the imminent sale of his car that I finally got around to doing a feature on his set of wheels! Well, here she is, the MY03 WRX in metallic mica blue.
Mothers’ Day; it was time for another Mothers’ Day Classic fun run. Unlike the last minute panic of last year, I had my gear sorted this year. I must have registered early to get the #13 on the 13th! My Nova cushions were deemed to small by the running shoe chick, so I’m now pounding away on a set of R6s. What could possibly go wrong?
Guess what?! It's been a whole year, and I am still online! Gunny Central celebrates its first birthday...
Ol’ Mech mates Sam and Gav turned 27 within a fortnight of each other. Well the story varied a little as neither could remember exactly when they were born but that was not an impediment to them joining forces to slap together a birthday bash!
Got into the car; Raced over to West Lake; Re-booted the internal settings into “Indian” mode. Phil and I were right on schedule to continue our Saturday night of eating too much...
Jorge rang us up and mentioned something about a BBQ to ease him into his 24th year of existence. I didn’t quite catch what he said because I was looking for the car keys just after he had uttered the “Q” in BBQ.
It was Friday night and Daktarr Saar decided to grace us with his presence at the Bali Grill. It was his birthday after all!
Wow, had it really been ten years since high school finished?
New year is never a time to be hungry. Not if you are Indian anyway. So after getting our fill of lunch at the temple, the Sunnybank Dining Club met for a full South Indian tali meal for dinner! Happy New Year- burppp....
It was a night of laughter, pulling pranks and making a general nuisance of ourselves. OK, I tell a lie. It was a night about recollecting how we used to laugh, pull pranks and make a general nuisance of ourselves when we were younger...
Wow, this was unexpected. I mean, I’ve always wanted to get behind the wheel of a BMW, but I didn’t think it would be one of my favourite BMWs of all time...
Umm, if Phil’s 25, and he’s the youngest... Damn, I wonder what that makes the rest of gang? Anyway, we didn’t dwell on the gravity of the situation too much and decided that the show had to go on.
Nothing brings a tear to one’s eye like tasting well done nasi lemak. However, this was only the second major cook up for the Sunnybank Dining Club, so we couldn’t afford to have muck ups. We decided to recreate the effect with chili instead.
Flash back to the 2007 Brisbane Motorshow... I find out that Marky had acquired a Vietnam War era car. A big American-sourced tank of a Ford with column shift, drum brakes and no seatbelts. Yeap, it was time for Test Drive to travel back into time!
The day had come. It was time to take the MkV GTI for a bash.
Al and I came up with the idea to use Chinese New Year (with a Malaysian bent) as an excuse to test out the system capability of a newly purchased satay pit. Now, if we only had some Chinese people show up...
After a quick phone call to ol’ mate Perci, I found myself with a party to attend to after the motor show! It was Missus Perci’s birthday on Friday and there was a do organized for Saturday.
Wow, has it been two years since Lightning and I spent a Saturday harassing the konniesegg girls? Well, it was time to do some motor showing again!
What do you do when there is no motorsport on TV to cheer you up? You go for a fang, of course…
Shhh, it’s Pecs’ birthday. It’s supposed to be a surprise party so keep quiet!
Matt and Caroline did the balik kampong routine just before Christmas and I figured it was the perfect opportunity to rescue them away from their family for a class of 2001 reunion!
I’ve been making this a bad habit of late haven’t I? Yeap, it was December and I had to do something about my leftover leave. I made a few calls to see who was willing to put up with me and I got myself onto a plane ready to struggle with Malay taxi drivers with my pasar BM.
It was a clear day and I had the keys to a very black car... Zoom! Zoom! Let’s see what this SP23 is like.
11:30am, Pinjarra Hills. The whole place was deserted. It was the first day of summer and everyone was on their way to the Methyr Bowls Club for the 2006 Christmas par-tay!
I was on the road for three hours headed south on Wednesday afternoon. The traffic out of Brisbane was a joke. It was a predictable pattern of bumper to bumper stop-start traffic at every Goddamn onramp that lead onto the M1. I was tracking 30 minutes behind schedule by the time I had hit the Gold Coast- I had to make up time, but the timid drivers around me were tracking well within the speed limit just because of a few specks of rain on their windscreens. With 30km to go to Ballina and only one hour of visiting time left, I ditched my plans to see Uncle Geoff first and headed straight to the Lismore Base Hospital. I was in by 7:30pm local time and it was time to meet baby Emelia Kalai Campbell
The budgeting process for my upcoming trip has well and truly started. This is what the Poosari help me uncover over the weekend after we tired of watching the Poms getting belted by the Aussies in the Ashes.
What do you do when you won’t be around for either Deepavali or Christmas? This was the very dilemma that Nazzism found himself in. There was only really one viable solution- having a get together involving vegetarian food and a Christmas tree smack bang in the middle of November. Happy Deepamas peoples!
Talk about insane scheduling, Saturday the 11th of November was one of those days that would not have worked had I not been the super flexible person that I am. Not content with the tennis, the V8 Supercars or “Deepamas” scheduled for later in the day, I had to catch up with Karnan and Maleeha who were in Brisbane for only the one night!
My first meeting with Natalie-girl.
It all started with a trip to the greengrocer, knowing someone American, and sowing seeds of possibility in the mind of Danger... and umm, some pagans a while ago.
Orright, Deeps this year was a bit haphazard and I didn’t get to catch up with a lot of you, but this is what a few of us that were left back in Brisbane got up to…
Happy Deepavali gang!
Up, up and away! It was time again to gather ’round and talk about mining technology! What better place to do it than in the Hunter Valley.
It was supposed to be a quiet get together with some old mates. But since when have my plans ever followed the script?! I think I had about 5 hours of sleep for the first two nights...
16th of September. It was 6am. I was up after only 2 hours of sleep. As expected the anticipation of visiting a patch of road that I had been religiously watching since the age of 11 washed away all signs of fatigue. I was off to our spiritual home of motorsport- Bathurst!
What happens when a wee, tiny, little idea gets implanted into the vacuum of my head? BUWAHAHA!!! Just push play...
It was the second day of spring and time for the River City's River Festival to be kicked off with River Fire!
Just as soon as I was done with the Springfield Fun Run, I was on the road to Indooroo! There was a marble race to attend. It wasn’t just horseplay either! We had money to raise for research into cancer…
Sleep in on a Saturday? Not a chance. The skies were forgiving and the legs were willing! I had to run for fun!
Race day Sunday. Having lost Danger after the attrition of Saturday and not being able to give away his Sunday pass to anybody else, I fronted up to the circut on my own. I stuck around for the two reverse grid races, but I did not stay for the final. Garth Tander broke Ford's five year winning streak at this circuit to win the round and maintain his lead in the championship standing.
After having done the shakedown on Friday, I was much better prepared for what Saturday had in store. The optimal photo taking zones, the hideouts of the drivers the convoluted paths of the promo girls had all been noted from the day before. I had a reluctant Danger with me for day. It was a good thing too as he brought along two of his cameras. I didn't anticipate needing to delve into the spares but my main weapon of choice was out of action for approximately 90 minutes while I waited for its battery to be juiced up again.
It was a picture perfect day for the start of the Bigpond 400 weekend. The V8 Supercar circus was in town and I was not going to miss it for anything! It was a bitter-sweet return for me. Marcos Ambros has had pole position for all of his career (2001-2005) and not having the Pirtek car around to support like I did in 2003 was difficult. I took along Praz as my camera man and we managed to walk for nearly the whole day without realing the passing of time. Who set the fastest time again?
It was that time of year again, when many a drop of Bailey's found its way to the floor. The Naz-Pad was filled to capacity on Saturday night to help ol' mate be pulled kicking and screaming into his thirties...
4000 Brisbanites came out in the wee hours of a cold Mothers' Day morning to collectively think about boobs. Oh, and we raised some money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation too. Find out how I went in the 4km run.
Wow, it has been exactly one year since we had the massive Patty piss up in ’05. Well, Pat was long gone by the time his 24th rolled on, but fortunately we still had a reason to celebrate- his twin brother Phil’s 24th!
Thaipusam commemorates the day that Murugan was given a fancy spear by his mum. How this got translated into a 20km, barefooted walk from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Jalan Bandar, KL to Batu Caves (in the next state???), I don’t know. But I was all awake at 10:00pm last night with nothing to do, so I figured I’d play Aunty Dewi’s bodyguard for the walk.
The 2005 Young Engineers Australia (Queensland), or YEAQ, gokart day has been run and won on Saturday the 26th of February. Twelve teams braved the elements to battle it out for the ultimate prize- bragging rights for the next twelve months!
Naz rounded up a few of the boys for a deep sea fishing expedition- SMACK BANG in the middle of winter. Check out the size of the fish we caught...
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