The Hunter Experience|
It seems I've barely had time to catch my breath and I'm writing about another Sydney Drive Day. Unfortunately we had a fairly small turn out for this one, and I suspect it's due to our collective failure to market the day as well as we could have, but still we had a few cars turn out.
We met at our usual spot under somewhat forboding skies and our final tally of attendees were Troy R (and passenger), Steve J, Tony P (and passenger), Osbourne M, David, Mattew F, and myself (Simon C) of course. We were due to meet up with Scott M and his girlfriend in Branxton, but here is Sydney that left us with 4 GTi180s (2 Aegean Blue, 1 Aluminium Grey, 1 Obsidian Black), 1 GTi 138 (China Blue), Osbourne's GT-bumpered CC, and Mattew's well-trimmed Aden Red CC. It was a real surprise to see only one regular GTi in this group, and - as most of the 180 drivers had upgraded from 138s - maybe a little bit of a testament to how good we think the 180 is :-)
Anyway, we headed north west via the M2, Old Windsor Rd and then Windsor Road before we got to the start of the Putty Rd - one of the better touring roads that's not too far from Sydney. Surprisingly, we encountered very little traffic on the Putty Rd, considering it was a Sunday. I guess the dodgy-looking weather kept most people away, but it ended up being quite clear, if a little cold. At least I was confident there would be no snow this time!
We stopped a couple of times along the way for our obligatory photo shoots and to trade war stories about certain corners and their various speeds. After our second stop we said goodbye to Matthew in his red CC and headed further north to meet up with Scott and yet another GTi180.
Eventually we all arrived in sunny (but very windy) Branxton for a pub lunch and a good old chin wag. Topics for discussion were of course dodgy Japanese tyres, just how bad the GTi180 is and why would anyone want to own one, and how much better our lives are for participating in a good old AussieFrogs discussion or two.
After lunch, Scott showed us a few of his favourite backroads, and I think everyone was in agreement that the roads we went on were lots of fun, and certainly an excellent choice for the little 206. This was definitely the best part of the day for me. Having piloted the 180 around the traps quite a little bit of late I wasn't really up for a huge drive, but I ended up having a great drive anyway.
Thanks go to Scott, Troy and of course Gavin (who was definitely there in spirit!) for organising another Sydney 206 Drive Day.