LIFTING COVID’S VEIL : Ian Cummin
Boxster/Cayman Run to Apollo Bay with Optional Overnight
We thought we might be out of the drive before it started. Susan's Cayman developed a loud grinding noise in the left side rear wheel just as we reached the rendezvous point near Rockbank. We consulted the Club's resident expert on wheels (Richard, who specialises in flat tyres) who suggested that Susan try reversing the car while refraining from her usual technique of simultaneous brake peddling. It worked - the stone was expelled from under the brake shoe and we were back in the rally!
New members Manny Ciantor (blue GT4) and Peter Mitchell (black Boxter) were welcomed by drive steward Ken Anson, who with his volunteer support team did the heavy lifting to organise the event. After Ken’s official safety briefing, we departed in the tradition of a Le Mans start. We now realise why everyone else reverse parked their cars!
As a former Hoppers Crossing boy, it always helps to have a place like Rockbank nearby, to help you feel a bit privileged. The good news for Hoppers Crossing is that things haven't changed much. But competitive threats are ever-present. We passed a new residential land development at the back of Rockbank. To the great relief of this ex-Hoppers Crossing boy, some marketing genius named it "Millstone Estate". Unsurprisingly, not much happening there, sales wise.
We powered on. Comforted in the knowledge that one of the rally route architects was in sight. Adopting their Boxter as our rally guide, Susan dumped our instructions in the bin around her feet and turned her attention to the scenic side of the drive. And the changing vistas dished up a veritable feast of aesthetic variation.
I need to disclose that I've seen sheep and wagyu cattle paddocks and gum tree forests before. So the experience of coming over a crest with the threat of being speared straight through the turning blades of a giant wind turbine - that was as good as it gets on any television games show! We were travelling about 300kms per hour too slow to get the full ski jump effect, consequently missing out on the thrill of being shredded by the turbine blades. But the reveal of a cyclops army encamped on the otherwise virgin pasture was a sight to behold. The bloody things were everywhere. Don't get me started. But each wind turbine comprises about 300 tonnes of steel and I still own enough shares in BlueScope to know when to keep my mouth shut.
Onwards to Buninyong. We pressed forwards in the slipstream of our unofficial (and unaware) rally guide. Until that damn 4wd ute with its bloody trailer boat got between us. I decided to be patient, hoping to reconnect with our rally guide, with the comfort of knowing that Richard and Marian were right behind in their Boxter. My loyal rear guards.
Finally, on the other side of Buninyong the ute and the boat trailer turned to reveal..... nothing. No rally guide. No Porsches at all. Nothing. Ah, luckily I still had Rearguard Richard - but no, he’s disappeared! It turned out that Richard had at least considered phoning us to advise that we had missed the turn, but navigator Marian said “nup”.
"Where have they all gone?" cried Susan. "I think Richard has had another flat tyre" was the only explanation I could offer. With pages from the Australian being tossed into the air as Susan searched for the route instructions, I saw the road sign to Colac. Susan's from Colac, born and raised. Finally, my navigator awakens! "I know this road - Beeac's down this way!"
Knowing that all roads to Colac are almost always deserted, I took the chance to recover lost ground by safely observing the speed signs as they flashed past. Catching up with Richard and Marian, we entered the Beeac pub with all the mutual comradery of a Red Bull racing team, without having to confess my navigator’s unplanned detour. The chef did really well to get the generous servings out efficiently, with the quality of the meals underscored by the empty plates, leaving enough time for a tour of Ean’s (the publican) classic car collection. My picks? The 1935 Riley Imp, followed by the 1959 ASA “baby” Ferrari.
Next stop – Apollo Bay via Colac. Over the years, I have learnt how to avoid Susan’s home town, Colac. But there’s no choice when it’s on the route instructions. Best dealt with in a similar way to removing a band aid. Decisive and fast. We took the unofficial, direct route giving me time to enjoy a leisurely cup of tea while Susan’s mum updated us on all the new developments in town. After that very short conversation I left dear Mother-in-Law with the washing up, and we scooted out on the more direct route to Apollo Bay, via Forrest.
The Apollo Bay pub turned on the VIP treatment, opening a second exclusive till to take our orders, while the long queue of locals considered pelting us with stale buns. Not to worry, our contribution to their Covid ravaged economy was sufficient to purge us of any misplaced feelings of guilt.
With the band in the bar setting up, there was the real prospect of a big night ahead. That was until it became clear that the boys in the band had been kicked out of Dad’s garage by their Mum, after receiving a petition from their neighbours. I’m not sure that the pub knew who they were. So a convivial evening in the dining room was the chosen option. The pub kept the lights on over our tables long after the locals had gone (but Apollo Bay residents do retire earlier than most).
The Sunday drive home was an independent choice. We opted for the Anakie route, arriving at the del Rios winery and restaurant in time for a tapas lunch. Excellent food. Excellent estate grown wine. Excellent views to the You Yangs. Great table conversation with the son of the Spanish owner as he and Richard swapped their viticultural insights. Another bottle of red Richard? Why not? The navigators can drive their own cars from here!
Boxster/ Cayman Run to Black Spur Inn Narbethong.
By Bryan G Langton
2011 Boxster S.
Well what a great run and a great day to finally get on the road and blow away the ‘Covid 19 cobwebs’.
I think I speak for all the attendees that it was a great day. Our meeting place in the open at the Olinda Creek hotel in Lilydale was a little different from past runs in that due to Covid 19 we were not able to initially gather inside a venue.
However, the morning was clear and bright, and the usual pre-chat and introductions were done with the required coffee etc available from a nearby café.
It great of course to see the various ‘renditions’ of the Boxster / Cayman family with the White 2011 Spyder of Travis Carlin looking very ‘sharp’. The newest car in attendance was the 2019 718 Cayman of Susan and Ian Cummin looking very ‘menacing’ in its grey metallic livery.
It was also great to see so many new members (or members on their first run attending.)
Stuart and Pernilla Allan
Susan and Ian Cummin
Julia and Vincent Fodera
Andrew Holdsworth with Greg Rohde
Plus my navigator and friend Colin a past president of the Dromana based car club the SPC&HCC (he also lusts after my Boxster S !!)
These members certainly (in my view) picked a great run for their first outing.
After the usual briefing from Carlo (plus myself volunteering to be the scribe (Carlo advising “no scribe no run”) we were on our way.
As is often the case the requirement to read the route notes if ESPECIALLY important as if the notes say sharp left it, means sharp left. I counted 4 cars (myself included) which had to do a 360 to return to the route. From then on it was a great route that Carlo had planned. Being reasonably early in the morning, we pretty much had the route to ourselves and were able to experience the real capability and character of our cars.
For those of us that have driven the “Reefton Spur” it is a great run not only for the Spur itself but the style of roads leading into it. The Spur is all about the joy of realising that we own a car that enables us to understand how well balanced our cars are on a road that tests all the capabilities of the car we are lucky to drive, while making the journey fun. I for one ended the first part of the run upon arrival at the Black Spur Inn with a huge ‘smile on the dial’. What was even more enjoyable was the ability to drive with top down and hear the ‘tune’ exiting from the engine behind our seats.
Lunch was taken at the Black Spur Inn and as usual this gave us all another opportunity to get to know our fellow Boxster / Cayman members a little better and say hi to our new members the quality of the food was first class. The run ended with the usual raffle. Please forgive me for not listing the winners of the fine wines on offer but I have lost the list I made !!!.
All in all, a great day a great drive, great conversation, and a great run home via the “Reefton Spur” again if you just had to do it again (I did).
Thanks to Carlo for a great run.
Boxster Cayman Run to Dalyston
Saturday 15th February 2020
Story by Anna Cook Photos by Ken Anson
Twenty four cars from all registers turned out for the Run including one Audi: that of Carlo Fasolino whose Porsche Cayman had a little breakdown the day before!
That the weather was overcast didn’t dampen the spirits. Among those revved up and eager to go were Rada and Rod Popovic, Maureen and Rodney Mackenzie, and Omnia Holland (with friend Litsa). Omnia, on her second club run because her first love (sailing), takes up most of her time.
Elena Schwob’s 2020 Carrera Coupe 992 Carmine Red was a stand out for its swank Carmine (lipstick red) duco; and Richard Paul-Andrew’s black 911 GTS with its Sunshine Coast number was a reminder that we may not in fact have any sun on the coast where we were headed!
Before departing McDonald’s Mulgrave, Run Organiser Carlo Fasolino updated the road alerts as the previous day Cardinia Road (nr Pakenham) was partly closed for road works.
The first stage from Mulgrave via Emerald to Gembrook, was windy with intermittent rain, and light mists. Clearly this was to be a wipers on/wipers off day. However, the misty landscape looked serene and John Gedye’s red Boxster GTS stood out providing a beacon to follow.
The convoy continued to Cockatoo at a good (and safe) pace then slowed dramatically to a crawl behind a large, loaded semi-trailer. At this stage the wipers were moving faster than the cars!
Soon we arrived in Pakenham and enjoyed cruising on a wider road that crossed a flat plain of dark, rich soil with vast hectares of asparagus and corn. Along the Cardinia and Dalmore roads huge cold stores were visible.
Finally, we turned onto the Gippsland Highway and within a short distance we arrived at Caldermeade Farm and Café for a coffee and morning tea.
The second part of the run took us through Poowong, along quiet country roads to Loch. We drove over hills and along winding roads that required navigation as there was heavy fog. There was a welcome break in the weather just before arriving at our lunch venue at Dalyston.
Located in the Old Daylston Church we enjoyed delicious food that included a main course of chicken and fish followed by a delicious dessert of petits fours. The service was warm and efficient with the owners and hosts Sharon and Brett in attendance.
Winners of the raffle were:
Brian Langton, Jim Morey, Nick Yates and Anh Paul-Andrew.
With thanks to Immerse in the Yarra Valley for providing the wines.
At three o’clock, long, long after lunch had finished everyone was still happily chatting and reluctant to leave.
So, a big thanks to you Carlo for organizing such a fun social day!
Dalyston Church Restaurant
Boxster/Cayman Run to Apolloy Bay with Optional Overnight
Saturday 14th September 2019
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Boxster Cayman Run to Chrismont Winery and Optional Overnight in Bright
Saturday 6th April 2019
Story by Rada Popovic Photos by Ken Anson
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What a great run with both Drivers & Navigators all enjoying the day/night!
Meeting point was Croydon Hotel where 34 attendees in 24 cars headed off to our first checkpoint of Alexandra led by John Gedye and his son Jake in their red and blue Boxsters. Weather was stunning with all the cars following each other at a leisurely pace enjoying the bends and views along the Black Spur. Garry was seen really enjoying the bends in his new Cayman GTS.
A relaxing stop for Morning Tea at Alexandra was enjoyed by all. Phillip Leslie didn’t have time to clean the bugs from his windows from the previous run to Geelong the week before so he was spotted washing his windscreen so he could really enjoy the view for the last leg of the Run.
Our final destination of Chrismont Winery here we come. Crossing the Bonnie Doon Bridge, we couldn’t all help but notice how very low it was for this time of the year with barely any water on the right hand side. Mansfield Whitfield Road led by Ken & Harriet took us around some windy bends allowing us all to enjoy the power of our cars, however 3 of the navigators, Helen, Barbara & Nadeeka in their own said don’t forget to say there were some interesting corners!! Our senses were alight with the smell of the pine forests around us as we drove into Chrismont Winery.
Lunch and the local wines were extremely enjoyed by all with a beautiful view over the whole valley. New Members Theo & Judith Hass plus potential members Darren & Leila Sturt, Brendan & Barbara Keenan were all welcomed into the club. Raffles was drawn with Peter Hemphill, Yen Woo, Theo Hass, Philip Leslie & Garry Saber all walking away with a bottle of wine.
We had the option after lunch to stay the night in Bright after the run so 18 of us all headed for another stunning drive through wine country to Bright for the night. Bright this time of the year is beautiful with all the Maple Leaves just starting to drop and the colours of the countryside simply breathtaking. We had our roof down along with a number of other cars enjoying the last of the good weather.
The Star Hotel Bright was our dinner destination where we all enjoyed a nice meal and got to know each other over a few drinks. Talk always started and ended up about our cars and how much we all enjoyed the day. It was a great way to unwind after a long day with a group of kindred spirits.
Discussions were made about what the plan for the next morning was with some opting for an early start and heading over Mt Hotham through Dinner Plain and homeward, while others had arranged to meet for breakfast and discuss options on which scenic way to return to Melbourne, and others were staying another night. Ken & Harriet were heading off to Harvey Bay from Bright for an extended break (lucky them).
We would all like to thank Ken, Harriet & Kane for organising such a wonderful run and a great overnighter. Please organise some more Saturday overnighters as it was a pleasure to share a weekend with you all.
Combined Boxster/Cayman and Torque Tube Run to Flinders Ranges
Sunday 18th November 2018
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BOXSTER & CAYMAN REGISTER RUN TO INVERLOCH
Sunday 4th March
Story by Stephen Lofthouse Photos by Ken Anson
Today’s run to Inverloch would begin at what has come to be one of the club’s favourite meeting locations, McDonald’s corner Springvale and Wellington Roads Mulgrave.
The Macca’s car park made for a mighty fine mix of models of the marque. Any threat of rain was gone and a fine day ensued with a great turn out of Boxsters and Caymans, plus a 944 and GT3. Of particular note were a very well-presented red Cayman and the one blue GT3 which later became a real head turner.
In the absence of Kane, who had organised this great run, Ken stepped in as El Capitan vacating his role with the Mid 911 Register being run on same day. As there were no new members to initiate only introductions were for prospective member Natalie and, her prospective husband Lance.
Ken called the troops to attention, issued to the attentive group the lessons in etiquette when passing/being passed. He then first released the movers and shakers with a flash and then dispatched the remainder to the sound, sight and smell of automotive excellence, Porsches everywhere up, up and away we went…..
Those with the need for speed may not have noticed but as we proceeded down the highway, this saw us pass by the Cardinia Reservoir with views towards the wall. Back of Beaconsfield gave the first opportunity, with clean air with little or no traffic, to open the intakes wide and the drivers to get into their stride.
Some highway driving briefly then some enjoyable but bumpy backroads opened up heading towards Lang Lang. A quick U-Turn on the highway and we were at our morning tea destination, Caldermeade Farm and Café, where plenty of coffee and cake was consumed. We may have missed the daily milking but there were still plenty to see and talk about.
12:03 and the call to action was enacted by Mon Commandant and we hit the road again back down the bumpy café driveway.
As we again turned off the highway, the uphill winding road offered up a picturesque and exhilarating drive with cows literally perched each side of the road watching the procession of Porsches passing by, traversing the distinctive straw coloured rounded and groomed hills, passing through the quaint village of Loch…. Luckily none wanted to go to the udder side!
At the 34.2km mark the back roads of Bass Coast unveiled themselves in all their glory opening up with twists, turns and minimal traffic with the Loch-Wonthaggi Road, Krowera of particular note. Ah the sound and the spirit of the marque’s metal in motion!
A sharp left onto Glen Alvie Road led us onto some more Porsche friendly roads with spectacular views left, right, valleys which, according to my navigator, we passed through too quickly than they deserved to appreciate them fully.
Some got to experience more than in local travel book guides, others got to see the same roads from both sides. This was demonstrated by the one instance when five Porsches arrived at the same T-intersection from the three directions.
As we approached our coastal lunch rendezvous we saw yet again another change in vegetation, now to white sand and tea tree fringing the roadside leading us into Inverloch.
Our buffet lunch at the RACV Resort was masterfully presented with plenty of choice and complemented by a fine wine list and a perfect view of Bass Strait.
Congratulations to raffle winners Margaret Bath, Gillian Jellard, Neil Wrigley and my wife Tracey and a big thankyou to Kane and Ken, the organisers.
Boxster/Cayman Run to Healesville
Sunday 29th October
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Story by Richard Kempster Photos by Richard Kempster & Sheryl Luxon
With a forecast perfectly suited to open air motoring and a near full attendee list of mid engined pleasure, it was with eager anticipation that club members and guests assembled for the October Register run. With over 24 vehicles showcasing the marque, and a few rear engined friends along for the journey, this was a run not to be missed.
Early carpark conversations were varied, with some brave enough to discuss IMS failure potential - however with the sun warming the air such talk was never in order.
After the mandatory briefing outlining club and driver expectations the air was soon filled with the symphony that is a well tuned flat six.
Heading east onto the Maroondah Highway towards Lilydale the soundtrack continued with the keen onlooker spotting GTS versions of Cayman and Boxster, 991 GT3 and Turbo 911, with the cohort turning onto the Warburton Highway, with the first stop of the day in the town of the same name.
With the temperature rising, the opportunity was taken to enjoy the sunshine and true open air motoring that a Boxster, or any convertible can provide. Interestingly, the term Boxster is derived from combining Boxer (engine) with Roadster (convertible). The real treat however was the road ahead.
Heading out of Warburton, keeping right towards Woods Point lies one of Victoria's finest driving roads, the Reefton Spur. Countless corners test both PSM and adhesion, with caution also required as the road is frequented by Motorbike riders at sometimes high velocity. Patchy sun covering and leaf litter also add to the varied conditions, hence adherence to both the tarmac and posted road speed will provide greatest joy.
Turning left onto the Marysville, Lake Mountain Road, the opportunity is provided to clear any residual carbon deposits from exhaust valves before a picturesque drive through the small town that has undergone regeneration after recent fires. Heading out towards Healesville, the Black Spur provided the group with a second opportunity to enjoy the magnificent flowing drive experience that this road provides.
By now, thoughts of lunch had developed with the RACV Club in Healesville the final destination for the day. The service, smorgasbord and venue were of the highest standard, befitting the engineering excellence parked out on the front apron.
Overall this event was highly enjoyable - great road selection and planning, with only a minor misfire and reported puncture to distract from an otherwise brilliant morning.
Thanks go to Kane Wilson, Register Captain and club members for making this, the final Boxster/Cayman run of 2017 a great success.
Boxster/Cayman Run to Morning Sun Vineyard
Sunday 6th August 2017
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Boxster/Cayman Register Spring Run to Djinta Djinta Winery, Kardella South
Sunday 2nd October 2016
Story by Ken Marriott Photos by Ken Anson, Wayne & Lindsay St Baker
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Well! Lindsay certainly saved the best till last! Sunday 2nd October was not only the Spring run for the Boxster/Cayman register, it was also the last under the leadership of Lindsay St Baker, ably assisted by husband and driver, Wayne. In chatting with Lindsay, we found that she has filled the role for nearly 8 years in which time she has planned and managed over 20 runs. Wayne says, "I just do the driving and tell her how it feels. She does all the planning". Lindsay doesn’t drive on the runs but clearly, clearly, she has a flair for finding such enjoyable runs and this one, as Wayne commented, is "away from the crowds on the roads to the north and west of the city". This highlights the beauty of the Porsche: a fast run to get away from the City and then a stunning piece of countryside to enjoy the cars.
Though moving into retirement has meant I haven’t had the time (!!) for as many PCV events as usual this year, I can say without doubt that this was the run that I have most enjoyed in the past 5 years!
Clearly, people know what Lindsay can put on: not only was the day booked out, but close to a quarter of the cars were other models and they certainly added to flavour of the experience: a Macan, a late 70s 930 turbo, a 944 Turbo, a 968, a gaggle of late 911s and even, an Astra twin top! And on the Boxster/ Cayman side of the ledger, early thru to late 986s, 987s, 981s and a bunch of Cayman GTSs and GT4 and Boxster GTS. Great company!
We started from Maccas in Cranbourne and by 9.30am were all pretty well on the road. To avoid the growing "problem" of big numbers on Club runs, Wayne staggered the departures so the 30 odd cars wouldn’t end up in a slow old conga line traipsing around the country. This was a good move as it let the "leadfoots" head away under full steam while the "relaxers" took their time and enjoyed the countryside. Significantly though, I suspect that it also led to a few of the group becoming traditional "Sunday drivers", happily chatting away as they drove. A few turns were thus inadvertently passed but fortunately, amends were soon made and neither morning tea nor lunch was missed.
The route from Cranbourne plotted out by Lindsay took us south toward Phillip Island but we had soon departed the Highway for Lang Lang and Nyora before we began to worm our way up the hills toward Poowong. Thence we moved on through rich, rolling dairy country and narrow, winding roads via Ranceby, Strzelecki and Tetoora Road into the south of Warragul and then westward to Luciano’s café in Drouin for morning tea.
From Drouin, we headed south again, through more rich, rolling be-cattled countryside with stunning views into deep valleys, more tight winding roads, and distant glimpses across to Wilsons Prom and Bass Strait. Back into Poowong, we headed further south, crossing the South Gippsland Highway at Bena and travelling on to Glen Alvie, Kongwak and then, in a big arc to the east then north via the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, into Korumburra. Finally, 8 km. on the road to Leongatha we reached our lunch destination, Djinta Djinta Winery. Just under 200 km. of tight, winding roads. Fantastic!
At Djinta Djinta proceedings started with a tasting of the house wines. While I’m always a little wary of wines from cool, wet climes, most of these were pleasantly surprising, the Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec and the Pinot Noir being stand-outs. My only disappointments were that I missed out on one of the six bottles won on names drawn from a hat and I then forgot to buy a stock before we left. The mixed grill or fish on offer as main courses were of a high standard and these were only matched by the deserts. The atmosphere and setting were excellent.
So good was the company –a mix of older, younger, new and long term Club members— that the crowd didn’t really thin until 4pm. Lindsay received a richly-deserved round of applause for her years of work and Kane Wilson, stepping in as the new Register Captain, realised what a task he has ahead. Here was a case of not so much having some big shoes to fill, but rather, some far smaller but very skilled ones. Thank you Lindsay for many wonderful trips and for going out on a real high!