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Drive Life : January 21st 2011
1HERSA1 F005 BMW 133 BMW bmw.com.au *Offer applies to new vehicles ordered and delivered between 26th December 2010 and 31st Januar y 2011. Of fer excludes Dealer Delivery which may vary between dealers. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Only a BMW drives like a BMW and the BMW Summer Sales Drive is your opportunity to secure substantial savings across the entire new vehicle range. With incentives also available on 2010 demonstrators, now is the time to get a better deal on an Ultimate Driving Machine. Visit your participating BMW Dealer today. WHAT MAKES BMW FREE ON-ROA BETTER THAN OTHER FREE ON-R THE CAR YOU PUT ON THE ROAD. THE BMW SUMMER SALES DRIVE. COMPLIMENTARY STAMP DUT Y REGISTRATION AND CTP* . ADS ROADS? DUTY BMW11737_SMH_Z4_B ENDS JANUARY 31. EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY. BMW Sydney 65 Craigend Street, Rushcutters Bay. Ph: (02) 9334 4555 bmwsydney.com.au DL 14639 North Shore BMW 676 Pacific Highway, Chatswood. Ph: (02) 9406 0888 northshorebmw.com.au DL 26386 Canterbury BMW 376-384 Canterbury Road, Canterbury. Ph: (02) 9784 8856 canterburybmw.com.au DL 8726 Col Crawford Motors 497 Pittwater Road, Brookvale. Ph: (02) 9941 1291 colcrawford.bmw.com.au DL 6342 Sylvania BMW 101-107 Prin c e s Highway, Sylvania. Ph: (02) 8543 5459 sylvaniabmw.com.au DL 14727 Trivett Classic 40-52 Church Street, Parramatta. Ph: (02) 9841 9003 trivettclassicbmw.com.au DL 579 The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, January 21, 2011 5 DriveLIFE What are our motoring shrines? Holy roller . . . naturally, Mount Panorama is sacred ground. Photo: Getty Images TONY DAVIS Frequently Unasked Questions Let the nominations begin. Inarguably -- yeah, go on, argue -- there's the Mount Panorama track, once the site of exciting October enduro races with a multitude of brands competing for victory, as well as bike races, open wheelers and more. What about the art deco headquarters of Holden at Fishermans Bend, from whence the first humpy Holden rolled off the line in 1948? There's the Ford factory in Geelong, supposedly modelled so closely on the Michigan equivalent that the roof could cope with snow two metres deep. The beautiful, challenging, flowing Great Ocean Road is one of the most spectacular places in the world to be booked for travelling at 3km/h above the speed limit. The Nullarbor is one of the world's longest, straightest, most featureless roads. Everyone should drive it at least once, if only to see how few steering inputs it's possible to engage in per kilometre. Same for the Stuart Highway that links our continent from top to bottom. However, in 2007, the NT section of the Stuart -- slightly more than half of the highway's entire 2800-kilometre length -- lost its Unique Selling Proposition. Until then, it was one of the few roads in the world with no speed limit, a place where this writer discovered you can wind a full- house VW campervan to 186km/h -- as long as you remember to lower the pop-top sleeping area. And where some drivers, perhaps even motoring journalists, driving things less Kombian, have exceeded 320km/h. Phillip Island is thought by many to be the finest motorcycle circuit in the world and not bad for cars or seagulls, either. Less obvious sites include the Queanbeyan Whites rugby ground. There, in 1980, prop forward Alan Webber befriended up-and- coming winger David Campese. When Alan's son Mark ran out of money contesting British formula three in 1997, that friendship was good for a 50,000-quid loan that saved Mark's career. And might yet make him world champion. Perhaps. Motor sport trainspotters could look for the site of the family grocery store in which Jack Brabham worked as a boy. Or the remnants of various inner-city speedways that circled cricket pitches and showgrounds and where Black Jack was seen in his early days in motor sport. Most drew huge crowds from before World War I through to the 1970s and early '80s, at which point proto-yuppies managed to have them closed down. Fair enough, too. Why should rich people who choose to move into crowded, noisy suburbs have to put up with crowds and noise? There are the ghost circuits, such as the banked and famously deadly Maroubra Speedway in suburban Sydney. A few patches of bitumen still reputedly exist in Maroubra backyards. Bits of the Mount Druitt circuit, built around a World War II airstrip, can be found in Sydney's west. There are dozens more such circuits across the country, including the scrappy remnants of Longford in Tasmania. F1 legends achieved 290km/h there across brick viaducts, past wire fences, exposed trees and ditches. It was on this 7.2-kilometre public road circuit -- as used in the 1950s and '60s -- that double world champion Jim Clark achieved his last race finish in 1968. Someone could find what's left of the factories that produced such local cars as the Australian Six, the Summit, the Goggomobil Dart, the Bolwell Nagari (version one) and the Lightburn Zeta. And put a blue plaque on each while they're at it. There's the Leyland Australia site in Sydney, too, at present being covered with home units of a quality Leyland would be proud of. OK, in motoring shrine terms, Australia is hardly Paris, where, all within a few kilometres, you can walk the routes of early motor races, see statues of famous drivers and the sites of famous car factories. Nor is it the north of Italy, Stuttgart or Michigan. But it's ours. Your viewing time starts now.
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