King of The Mountain

Mount Panorama is Australia’s premiere International racetrack. It is (was) FIA sanctioned and has  hosted just about every discipline of racing including Touring cars GT, club level GT3, Hillclimb, MotoGP and some entry level openwheeler classes. In the past it’s also hosted (essentially) LM class racing (Bathurst 24 winners were re-bodied Corvette C5 Le Mans cars). The outright lap record is held by a Formula One car, but you’ll never see F1 take place there as the track is far too undulating for Formula cars.

It’s also a public road. Because Australia.

The most well-known racing series that runs on Mount Panorama is the V8Supercars series. In the current calendar it’s a race weekend in the season – the Bathurst 1000, which is 161 laps, takes a whole day and is an annual pilgrimage for Australia’s Munters, Pissheads, Bogans and women named Shazza.

Although I do have a tendency towards beer and yobbo-ism I don’t identify as a Bogan myself, but the Supercars series is one of my favourites.

The cars themselves I never really liked – well, the cars they’re based off at least (domestic built Holden’s and Fords) but the racing is great. It’s not as clinical as Formula and not as calculated as LM. It’s just good, honest, blue-collar racing on a fun track.

“The V8’s” as they’re known colloquially used to be factory cars, straight off the showroom floor (run by works teams even). Around the mid 2000’s the series went to a format of silhouette racing (90% shared parts between all cars and teams). The long standing rivalry between the two marques continued, but much to the annoyance of many Internet Forum Keyboard Warrior, the arguments over who made the better car was always pointless because really It came down to who’s wing mirrors and boot lid was faster – that was about all that was carried over from a road car once the rules changed.

(As a last say in the aforementioned argument though it was Ford. Because they made the 2005 Ford GT and a Ford is a Ford. So shut the fuck up).

Cars aside the reason I enjoy Bathurst is because it’ pretty savage. It starts off as technical car racing and there’s energy and focus, but by the end of the day it’s devolved into bashing each other for pole and has gone from a section-by-section race to a brutal war of attrition.

It really embraces its own identity, like a lot of things Australian, it unashamedly knows what it is.  A comparison is the Melbourne Cup horse race. The day starts off with hair and makeup done, sophistication and canapes, but quickly devolves into larrikinism and drunken fighting in cheap polyester suits.  This Google Image search sums it up nicely.

You do you girls

Driving at Bathurst

Bathurst is also a public road, and this means you can drive your own car on it anytime there isn’t a race on. Don’t be fooled though, this isn’t a Nurburgring where you pay 20 Euro’s to drive as fast as you want. The track is two way traffic and strictly 60 kilometres an hour (it is free though). vineyard, where you can stay when you visit

I have driven it privately at speed for a couple of laps in the middle of the night. That was thanks to the generosity of, so you should buy a bottle of their Port, it’s great.

This is never coming off the car.

(No it genuinely is, it’s a really smooth and the spirit doesn’t overpower the wine.)

You can go there anytime there isn’t a race on, but I’m told it’s a licence to print money by the police who hang out there on a daily basis to hand tickets to would be racers.

Next: Driving fast at Bathurst.

Classic Throttle Shop – North Sydney

If you’re planning a visit to Sydney any time soon and you want to check out some exotic metal, the best place you can go in Sydney is The Classic Throttle Shop in North Sydney.

I’ve been visiting this place for years and there’s usually always something interesting there to see. They don’t deal in brand new or prewar (usually) but you’ll see everything in between from late model Mclarens to Pre-A 356’s. I think it’s a staging area for some of the cars in and out of the Gosford collection too because it’s hard to imagine seeing more than one La Ferrari and Carrera GT in the state of NSW but they’ve had both of those there this year.

Getting there

Getting to the place is easy, either get a train to North Sydney and walk 2 minutes down the hill (if you think you’re about to get hit by a car coming off the freeway from the harbour bridge you’re getting close) or take a ferry from Circular quay and hop off at Lunar Park and walk up through the park.

The Classic Throttle Shop: 50/64 Pacific Hwy, North Sydney NSW 2060

To prove I’m not a paid shill for these guys I’m going to state for the record there is some ludicrously overpriced shit there some times, but if you’re looking for exotics that can’t even be driven on the countries roads then you’ll find those too.

When I say over priced what I mean is that when you’re in the company of an F40, Jag 220 and DB5 all on the same shop floor it’s probably easy to be tricked into paying 100k for an 911SC with good paint or 19.5K for a 88 Honda CRX because they’re also sitting on that same floor. Actually this place went through a bit of a rut a couple of years ago and it seemed like it was all just SC’s or replica’s of things, but I do think I’ve seen a legit 2.7 RS in there as well though and in their defense, the cars of 2018 have so far been amazing – just last week there was a Porsche 918.

Also they have to make money and a classic 911 is still a good investment, even the once hated 964 is now worth a mint, which gives me the shits because you used to be able to buy a good one for well under 30k in the mid to late 2000’s and now Singer’s are selling for 500k and those have to come from someplace.

Check out their website or stop in and take a look some time,

Why I wear driving gloves

Driving gloves on steering wheel

Everyone has something they love,

It might be a particular sport, watching a certain television show every Tuesday, smoking crack cocaine or collecting sneakers and never wearing them.

For me it’s driving. I really love driving. Not necessarily competitively or even anywhere in particular. It’s never really even mattered what the car was (mostly).

The simple act of getting in the car, putting on some music and just driving someplace destination unknown has always been something I love.

For me, a trip in the car is my hobby – And like all good hobbies you should invest in the right equipment to enjoy that hobby fully. For driving, that’s a fairly affordable short list: A nice pair of sunglasses, the right shoes and of course a pair of driving gloves.

(Also a fuck load of ludicrously expensive auto parts, an impractical sports car, soft compound tires that wear out quickly, expensive premium petrol, high insurance costs etc etc…)

Some people might tell you that there are technical reasons why you should wear driving gloves – improved grip, reduced hand fatigue over time or that you’ll look cool, but honestly in this day and age those people are probably only saying that because they sell driving gloves.

There’s really no scientific reason to wear gloves in a day and age when steering wheels are heated or you can buy alcantara steering wheel covers for pretty much any car.

Basically you don’t need them. But they do contribute to the overall experience.

I wear mine because regardless if I’m getting in the car for a 40 minute commute to the office, or a full day driving in the mountains, every time I’m behind the wheel it is a ceremony and something to be enjoyed fully.

Right now I’m just over a year into a pair of Porsche lifestyle brand – Mulholland Racer “Delaney” Driving Gloves.

Mulholland Racer Delany Driving gloves

Overall I’m fairly satisfied with them. They’re very comfortable and do feel good on the wheel. They are maybe a bit too big even after I’ve shrunk them down to fit but it’s hard to be critical of anything you buy online unseen.

My hands match the the website specs for “medium” perfectly but I think next time I’d get men’s small or even an extra large woman’s pair. I do acknowledge I have a pianists / Skeletor’s fingers but If you’re buying your first driving gloves you want them to fit nice and tight.

Mulholland Racer certainly are fairly unique in the design (which you can customise to suit) and I have taken advantage of the purposefully red coloured index and middle digits – a point on this though is that over a brief amount of time they have worn quite quickly. I’m glad I stuck with red instead of choosing white to match my car, the index finger is quite discoloured just through daily use and has basically turned black now.

Ordering clothing online is fraught with peril, but if you’re going to get yourself some driving gloves because you can’t find a pair in a store (I looked for months in Australia) then make you get leather (do not get PVC) and that they’re a tight fit in the fingers. Leather is easier to stretch (just wear them) than it is to shrink (cook them with a clothing iron or scalding hot water and dry quickly with a hair dryer).

Also, make sure also you get driving gloves and not dress gloves. The difference is that driving gloves are perforated (full of holes to let your hands breathe) and unlined, vs dress gloves that will likely be completely enclosed and have a wool lining. Depending on the climate you might also consider fingerless or stringbacks (the wheel side is leather, the top half of the glove is cotton mesh – pictured, care of

Finally, although they were over a month late in delivery Mulholland Racer did throw in one of their Tees as an apology for the mix up. I can vouch for them, and the two finger thing comes in really handy when you want to let the cyclist AND the Nissan Tiida driver you don’t have time for either of their 12 kilometres an hour shit as you pass both simultaneously on a blind corner of the B83 with a hand and a finger in the air.

Mulholland Racer gloves review


  • Took a long time for the colour to stop running with sweat
  • Design likely to fade / discolour / wear quite quickly if you use them daily
  • A bit bigger than advertised


  • Beautifully presented
  • You can pick your own design from a lot of colour combinations
  • Definitely a high quality construction regarding stitching and fabric selection
  • In my experience, company made a pretty good effort to correct an issue
  • It’s a pretty clear message when you give someone the bird and scream obscenities at them while driving.
  • Comfortable