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Blowering Dam

Posted on Nov 28 by

On the 40th anniversary of Ken Warby breaking the World Water Speed Record, his son David was out testing...



Posted on Nov 28 by

The other day I was lucky enough to pay an interesting and informative visit to Crashlab to watch an...


New and Blue!

Posted on Nov 12 by

The Hong Kong Gold Coast Motor Festival showcased some 90 cars, from the prized classic and collectors’ cars in...


Signature Luxury Travel

Posted on Oct 26 by

I am really excited about working with Signature Luxury Travel Magazine and hope to be doing lots more with...



Posted on Oct 20 by

  Every now and then I offer something special by Private Treaty . This 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand...



Posted on Oct 20 by

The eight edition of Motorclassica, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance & Classic Motor Show was a great success with...


Ferraris everywhere

Posted on Sep 25 by

Just two weeks after being a member of the jury for the Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy to celebrate the...


1947 – 2017

Posted on Sep 13 by

To be invited to the celebrations for Ferrari’s 70th anniversary in Maranello was one thing, but then to be...


Hampton Court

Posted on Sep 8 by

Henry VIII’s appetites were said to be large in many areas of his life. He would certainly have been...


Il Sereno

Posted on Jul 31 by

Whilst in Italy recently I had to make time for luncheon at what is one of Europe’s hottest new...


Happy Birthday

Posted on Jul 31 by

They came from far and wide to celebrate ASDEC’s 30th anniversary. Entrants from Monaco, France, England, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland,...


Red, White and Blue Off-road

Posted on Jun 23 by

Whoever says that Bentley cannot do off-road does not know what they are talking about. I have just been...


New Record

Posted on Jun 12 by

And here is the 1977 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback leaving the building after being sold for a staggering Aus$715,000!...


Roll up, Roll up!

Posted on May 10 by

This car has certainly been causing a stir, having made an appearance on Channel 7, ABC radio (http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/breakfast/torana/8505814), and...


Requiescat In Pace

Posted on Apr 13 by

The term legend is used too loosely these days. On April 10th, however, we lost a legend when the...


Boys just wanna have fun!

Posted on Apr 13 by

With apologies to the lyrics of Cyndi Lauper, sometimes my job really is fun. What more do I really...


India Rubber

Posted on Mar 10 by

Highway Masala! Being a Judge at the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show in Delhi,...



Posted on Feb 11 by

This week I am off to Delhi for the seventh edition of The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car...


Sydney Concours d’Elegance

Posted on Feb 10 by

I was the Chief Honorary Judge at the 2017 Sydney Concours d’Elegance which took place recently at Darling Harbour...



Posted on Jan 10 by

It has been a great Christmas and New Year period and I have been taking things pretty easily in...


Up, up and away!

Posted on Dec 12 by

I say it every year, but right about now, Sydney Harbour is a difficult place to beat if you...


Overdrive Video EP3

Posted on Dec 12 by

Welcome to Episode Three of Overdrive. It has taken us a while to do another episode, what with one...


Auction Result

Posted on Nov 30 by

Mossgreen’s important Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia Auction, held on Sunday 27 November at Lorbek Luxury Cars showroom in...


Important Cars at Auction

Posted on Nov 15 by

I am very excited about the prospect of being involved in the first auction with Mossgreen to which I...


The Common Pursuit

Posted on Nov 10 by

Those of you not lucky enough to live in Australia, and even some of those of you who do,...


Beaux Arts

Posted on Oct 13 by

Motor car design and designers are fascinating topics. I just love those wonderful coach-built vehicles from the French and...


Good Fun at Goodwood Revival

Posted on Sep 14 by

A visit to the Goodwood Revival has to be on everyone’s motoring ‘bucket list’. A three day extravaganza of...


High Society

Posted on Sep 12 by

It has been a busy week for the aristocracy in England. First it was to Blenheim Palace, where Sir...


Perfect Day

Posted on Aug 10 by

A perfect day with a perfect 40 degree wake at the back of Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is the first Fairey/Campbell...


Happy Sailor

Posted on Jul 9 by

Some things never change and whilst holidaying visiting the islands of Hydra and Capri, I can gladly say that...


The Four Graces?

Posted on May 26 by

Surely there can be no other car event as glamorous and aristocratic as the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. Set...


Monaco Historic Grand Prix

Posted on May 26 by

What a fantastic event the Historic Grand Prix held every two years in the Principality of Monaco is. I...


1,000 miles to go!

Posted on May 26 by

They say that if it rains for the start of the Mille Miglia, as it certainly did again this...


Ferrari 488 GTB

Posted on May 26 by

Last week I was a guest of Ferrari and paid a visit to the factory. Of course it was...


St Tropez

Posted on May 26 by

This year it is the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Riva Junior. What better way to celebrate...


Visit from a Wallaby

Posted on May 12 by

This weekend it is the 10th Monaco Historic Grand Prix and I am very excited to be attending this...


Packing My Bags

Posted on Apr 13 by

I am getting excited about my forthcoming trip to Europe. Not only will I be covering the Grand Prix...


Best of British

Posted on Mar 12 by

The Queen Mary 2 was in Sydney Harbour this week and what better backdrop for me to photograph this...


New Novella

Posted on Mar 11 by

My new novella, “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”, has just been published by Vivid Publishing. If you live in Australia...


Coming Up in 2016

Posted on Feb 10 by

2016 is already well under way and although unfortunately I did not make it to Paris for Retromobile earlier...


Buque Escuela Guayas

Posted on Jan 9 by

It was a beautiful day on Sydney Harbour to welcome in the Ecuadorean Naval training ship, The Guayas on...


Overdrive Ep 2

Posted on Jan 8 by

As promised here is the second episode of Overdrive. In this episode we compare and contrast the Jaguar Mk...


HNY one and all

Posted on Jan 2 by

I could not be bothered taking any pretty pictures of New Year’s Eve fireworks, many more better things to...


Here Comes Summer (Down Under)!

Posted on Dec 12 by

Summer has officially started in Australia. That does not only mean soaring temperatures and lots of blue skies, nothing...


Driven not hidden

Posted on Nov 24 by

The Theodore Bruce Motorclassica Auction was the most successful classic car auction ever held outside of the USA and...


Five Days of Motoring Madness

Posted on Nov 12 by

This is how the organisers described the Dubai International Motor Show to which I was invited as a guest...



Posted on Nov 5 by

The 2015 Bund Classic in Shanghai was a great event so I thought I should share a couple of...


Record Auction Makes History

Posted on Nov 4 by

Theodore Bruce, Australia’s oldest auction house established in 1878, set a new Australian and indeed Southern Hemisphere record at...


Southern Hemisphere’s Largest

Posted on Oct 4 by

          The online catalogue for the southern hemisphere’s largest and most prestigious classic car auction...


Flick the switch

Posted on Aug 31 by

As I did not get a call from the BBC to appear on the new Top Gear, nor did...



Posted on Aug 13 by

It is always hard getting back into the swing of things after you have been travelling. Having been to...


It’s a small world…

Posted on Jul 14 by

I am busily consigning cars for the Theodore Bruce ‘Motorclassica’ Auction (www.theodorebruceauctions.com.au) taking place on October 24th at the...


The Prop Set

Posted on Jun 12 by

Whilst in Italy recently I visited the ex-Caproni aeroplane factory which has now been turned into a museum, Volandia....


The Jet Set

Posted on Jun 12 by

Attending the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as a member of the media is probably about as close to the...


La Dolce Vita in Riviera

Posted on Jun 12 by

The first weekend of the Italian summer season was spent on the Italian Riviera photographing classic Riva speedboats. It...


Living the Dream

Posted on May 11 by

It is that time of year again – early summer in Italy. The Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza is taking...


Highest Bidder

Posted on May 11 by

As a specialist consultant to Theodore Bruce, Australia’s oldest auction house, May 10th saw me involved in an exciting...