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!
Boxster / Cayman / Modern 911 Run
Sunday July 24th 2016
Run to Tooborac
Story by Shaun Malzard Photos by Lindsay St Baker & Kane Wilson
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“.... the weather forecast for this weekend is looking bleak, with high winds, rain and the possibility of hail’ ….”,
These were the words that I remember hearing a week out from our Boxster / Cayman / Modern 911 run to the famous Tooborac Hotel. ‘High winds’ I could live with … hey I’ve felt high winds! Like at Sandown, when one of the Cup Cars went past so fast it created a Wind-Vortex, that was so strong that Tasmania was pulled 3cm closer to The Mainland!
However, the thought of rain, not to mention the possibility of hail was enough to get my left eye twitching. Luckily though, as the weekend drew closer the forecast became less formidable; and with it my Hail Anxiety dropped, and so to “my donations to The Swear Jar”.
In fact, on the morning of our Run; remarkably, the weather Gods had blessed us with sunshine and happiness! Well; like any Boxster driver when faced with the prospect ‘driving and sunshine’, I reached out to remove my roof. Sadly, my finger was quickly slapped away by my loving wife, (and navigator). She explained that “on behalf of ALL navigators everywhere’ that “it was much too cold to even THINK about taking the roof down” and that she; DIDN’T CARE how sunny it is, or how good the heater is … the roof stays on.” I could feel my ‘eye twitch’ returning.
We arrived at our meetup point at Ringwood Shopping Centre Car Park; and after the obligatory McDonald's Coffee (from across the road), and quick catch up, we went outside for our briefing.
BRRrRrrrrr – geezz it was chilly!! Who on earth would be crazy enough to want to have the roof off on a day like this!??! *ahem* …
Ken Anson set the stage, and introduced our new Boxster / Cayman Chief Kane Wilson, who went through the days plan. Special acknowledgment at this stage to Lindsay St. Baker who has been one of the two Boxster/Cayman Register Captains for eight years and who has done a fantastic job. The briefing done, early morning customers at Ringwood Shopping Centre were then treated to the impressive sight (and sounds) of almost 30 of our cars snaking their way out of the car park.
1ST STOP a bakery in Kinglake West (just over an hour away, thru the wonderful leafy back roads of Warrandyte , Healesville, up into Yea, and Kingslake. My trip was made a little extra special, since I got to admire the shapely backside of Jake and Jade Gedye beautiful new red GTS for most of the trip. MMmMmmmmm shapely currrrves.
When we arrived at The Flying Tart Bakery, things were already in full swing from the earlier arrival of The Triumph Club, it was nice of them to pop the kettle on for us J How very English!
Granted The Flying Tart did feel a little ‘snug ‘and at times chaotic (so much so that male author or this story inadvertently found himself in the LADIES bathroom at one point - ahem - but that's another story)
Nevertheless the food, drinks, and hospitality were lovely.
Our morning tea done .... we climbed back in our cars … next stop The Tooborac Hotel, a pub made famous for its Ghost, its Beer, and its Chicken and Leek pies! For those wondering, not only was the Boxster roof still on at this point, but even more annoying was that now the wipers were too! DAMN YOU RAIN!!!
Anyway … there was LOTS of beautiful countryside, fun twistys … and even a lonely looking speed camera (that I can safely report that we all drove past doing no more than 80kmph). I found myself simply enjoying the moment, driving in the middle of ‘The Pack’ (where I enjoy being) … no pressure …
when suddenly my Navigator says ‘take a right here, and then a sharp left!’!
I do what I'm told, but the others all missed the turn …
Mrs Navigator is on point with her directions … but OH NO, we now find ourselves with THE LEAD!!
I glance in my mirrors, and see the other cars quickly closing the gap like a swarm of angry bees!!! Yikes! … needless to say … like a thoughtful driver (Big Baby) I pull over ….
…. ZZOOMM!! … OOoM!!! … OOMm!!
– half a dozen beautiful cars fly past, and I am happily back in the middle of the pack.
This time, following the sleek lines of Nigel and Rosemary Watson’s Black Cabriolet 3.8 Carrera S… and Wow, what a car! Inner voice ‘maybe you could ask them to think about taking the roof off…?...’
***wiper blades*** ‘flip, flop’ ‘flip, flop’(pause) … Ohh yes, that’s right …DAMN YOU RAIN!!!! ***shakes his fist***
It’s not long after that we arrive at the famous Tooborac Hotel. The open fire is warm and inviting, as are the staff who all ensure that we are well looked after. Our 2 course meal is delicious (is there anything better that a hot sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce for desert in the middle of winter … or for that matter , at any time!?!
We are introduced to new members, including the four members of the Gedye family, Jake, Jade, John and Sheryl, (who drive matching GTS Boxsters) and Eddie Attard and Paul Bai in a stylish Cayman S.
After dessert Kane drew the raffle, bottles of wine and a gift pack of locally brewed beer going to Kon Gogos, Rob Rogers, Ken Marriot, and to my surprise *coff*, myself!
By any measure - It was a wonderful day.
And on a personal level it allowed me to I discovered some more of regional Victoria that I had never seen. Best of all I got to enjoy it with a great bunch of likeminded people, many of whom I now consider friends … And all, from behind the wheel of the most remarkable sports car ever produced.
Wir gehören alle zur Familie von Porsche
Modern 911 and Boxster/Cayman Register Run
Sunday 15th November 2015
Story by Spiros Karagiannidis
Photos by Geoffrey Mould and Spiros Karagiannidis
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Close your eyes and imagine that feeling you get on the first day of school… Being the ‘new kid’ you have butterflies in your stomach, yet you’re super excited to meet new people and share the same passion for Porsches that brings us all together. I have not only been a car enthusiast since I could walk but I have had a lifelong dream of owning a Porsche since I could remember. So naturally, when I purchased my first Porsche, a Cayman S, I knew I needed to enjoy my time with her alongside others who share my passion. When I discovered the Porsche Club of Victoria I knew I was in heaven.
That beautiful Sunday morning was definitely an early start to the day. Waking up at 6:30am certainly confused the body clock considering most Saturday nights I’m coming home at that time! Nevertheless, Alexandra, my fiancé and I set off to our first Porsche club meet.
As we embarked on our adventure full of excitement and anticipation, we encountered a few obstacles in what we thought would be an effortless drive. Roadworks and the Domain tunnel closure meant detours through the CBD, not knowing that roads had been closed for yet another Sunday fun run marathon. So a usually thirty-five minute drive ended up being an hour drive until we finally pulled into the Ringwood McDonalds carpark. I’ll be honest, I was pretty wound up by this stage, however seeing all of the cars parked symmetrically in the car park got the heart racing and all of a sudden that frustrating drive to get there became somewhat a distant memory – also, two oily hash browns and a Maccas coffee usually brings a smile to my face.
After meeting some of the other members and getting a quick brief from the organisers, we were ready to start up the beasts and get going with our printed maps in tow. We took off from the car park and formed a few small groups. As soon as we entered the King Lake twisties, and being sharp around the sweepers, my smile was practically ear to ear the whole way to Yea. This was the first proper drive we’ve had with the Cayman on roads outside of the busy city. Geez she handled well! Plus the scenery through the hills was absolutely breathtaking, and somewhat euphoric. I was definitely ‘in the zone’ as they say.
Yea was a quick caffeine stop and enough time to stretch the legs while getting to know a few more new faces. Then back in the cars we went for the leg through Tallarook and Pyalong up to Flynn’s winery in Heathcote. About an hour and 105 kms later, we pulled into the winery where we parked in an orderly fashion, perfect for some further photo opportunities. It was a great opportunity to get a closer look at all of the cars and chat to the fellow drivers and passengers. Sixteen cars all up were at lunch, twelve of which were either Caymans/Boxsters (ranging from the first of the late 90s Boxsters to the latest Boxster S and fiery red Cayman GTS), and a handful of 911s, consisting of a 996 cabrio and three 997s, one of which was a ‘not often seen’ Targa. Our afternoon was entertained by wine tasting, a fabulous two course meal and an opportunity to meet some other Porsche club members.
The drive home was somewhat lonely as we were one of the first cars to take off, however both Alex and I spent the drive home talking about the highlights of the day, discussing our favourite wines, the cars and pleased with the new friendships we had formed.
Thank you all who attended for making our first Porsche club meet such a fun and memorable day. We are really looking forward to next years’ social calendar.