My friend Jack recently went hunting for his first car. Jack is not mechanically minded. He is a very fashionable chap who likes the nicer things in life. He is not a man who will enjoy getting his hands dirty. For him a car is very much about getting from A to B while looking his best. As Jack is a wise man he asked me for my advice as he hunted through the bowels of Facebook marketplace.
Join me for a tour of a tiny shed where Lucky Keizer flies under the radar and builds his crazy machines.
This is the story of my 3 current cars and how I love them.
I have to post this story now because next weekend I will be driving home a new favourite toy.
This weekend I am off to Springmount Raceway for the Far North Queensland Motorsport Club Bitumen Khanacross. A great opportunity for people aged 14 years and older to safely have fun in their car and improve their driver skills.
I love the weather. I love my little house. I love my reasonably sized shed. I love that I am within an hour of gorgeous beaches, crystal clear creeks, luscious rainforests, moist waterfalls and the Great Barrier Reef.
I don’t love that the people here think this Camry is ok. If you ask my neighbour what car she has she says the silver one. She doesn’t even know it is a Toyota. Or that the spare needs changing. Or that the front guard is suffering. Or that cars should sleep inside. Or that they need washing with something more than rainfall.
On the upside almost every house is for sale so I can hope that one day soon car loving people will move to town.
Imagine a community of automotive addicts who lobby for and get great roads. Who don’t complain about loud cars. Who stay up late visiting each other’s shed to help out on a build. Who talk cars instead of football over the back fence. Where all of the driveways are designed for low cars.
A girl can dream.
Do you live in a car loving community? If so please tell me all about it.
So disappointing to see such an iconic venue being demolished. Motorsport venues teach our children many things and support our community in many ways. Please voice your opinion
Valvoline Raceway, an iconic tourism, entertainment and sporting icon in Sydney’s West for over forty years has been rocked by a phone call today that revealed Sydney Metro will compulsory acquire the land as part of a billion-dollar rail development between the city and Sydney’s West.
“Almost 120 properties will be forcibly acquired for construction of a $20 billion-plus metro rail line from Parramatta to the central city, which is now slated to be opened by 2030, about two years later than expected,” it was reported in The Sydney Morning Herald today.
The speedway at Granville will be demolished to make way for the new Sydney Metro West's stabling & maintenance facility says the NSW Government.
Excited to see my latest article about OCD Mechanical in the Motor Trader magazine for Motor Traders Association Queensland
For the full story head to https://www.mtaq.com.au/motor-trader-magazine/
Last week I told you the story of how I came to own a Chev. This week join me as I tell you how I came to fall madly in love with my Audi A5.
Join Lara Wilde in the front seat with Megan Butterworth as we go for a drive in her GU Nissan Patrol and talk about cars.
This is the story of how I came to be the sole owner of a 1972 Chevy pickup truck and the start of our 20 plus year relationship. It all started with a horrible little man in a Daihatsu Charade.
Lara Wilde has a brief chat with Targa Great Barrier Reef official Iain about the basics of Reconnaissance in the lead up to racing this weekend.
Andrew Lister and I had a chat in the front seat of the Caddy at Springmount Raceway about Motorsport commentary.
Thank you to everyone who has trusted me with their story. Thank you to my fellow commentators for welcoming me into your world. Thank you to the events who have given me an opportunity to be on the mic.
Regular readers will know that the Chev and I have been going through a rough patch. It happens to all relationships, especially those that have endured more than 20 years of financial and emotional abuse. I had parked her to the rear of the shed where she is currently being used as a storage table for bar fridges.
But just now as I looked at her out through the kitchen window I fell in love with her all over again. Maybe she is due for a makeover.
A full rebuild. A transformation into something I can enjoy and love without any anxiety. A true relationship based on trust once more.
Now the big question... what to do???
Big block? LS? Electric?
I want fun, reliable and affordable. A truck I can jump in with a moments notice and cruise in comfort on the highway.
What are your thoughts?
I think I have tried almost every type of mobile phone mount in my car including a few home made jobs. This has been the best set up by far.
There are many brands but the basis is that it slots into the aircon vents the same as my air freshener and has a magnet on it to connect to the stick on magnet on my phone.
No more suction caps falling off the glass and no more complicated cradles that need two hands to insert the phone.
This set up quickly and easily transfers to a variety of vehicles. It fits easily in my handbag when travelling and jumping into a hire car. I can easily rotate the phone to best suit GPS apps. Best of all the air con keeps my phone nice and cool even when it is in the sun.
What set up do you use and recommend?
My Chev has the Tiffany Blue but my Audi chose a pale pink in their Wilde Drive air freshener. Toss out that tacky pine tree and get a high quality stainless steel Wilde Drive air freshener in a variety of colours accommodating your favourite perfume or essential oils at wildedrive.com