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« on: November 13, 2017, 07:41:17 PM »

Went for a road trip into the Victorian Alpine region over the weekend and finally got to open the taps in the AMG.

Over the two days I had the chance to run 6 different sets of twisties and could not believe my luck when I got 5 of those completely to myself!   Crazy Funny

There's a big difference between NSW twisties and Victorian ones and that's the signposted speed limits. On the Victorian side the speeds are 100kmh, even on roads you have a snowball's chance in hell of making it to the limit.  An example is the Eildon-Jamieson Rd.  Imagine Macquarie Pass in NSW, only 50km long, not 8km... and the limit is 100kmh where as Mac Pass is 60kmh.

If you ever get a chance to run the following roads, you'll not be disappointed.  Tawonga Gap Rd between Mt Beauty & Bright.  Mansfield-Whitfield Rd between Whitfield and Tolmie and the same road again between Tolmie and Bridge Creek.  Eildon-Jamieson Rd between Eildon and Jamieson. Skyline Rd between Eildon and Devils River and a side road that comes off Skyline Rd called Fraser Park Rd. All top quality twisty roads of varying length and technical difficulty.

Of all those roads, I only encountered traffic on the Whitfield-Tolmie section and that was only for a couple of minutes.  On the Eildon-Jamieson Rd, I kept giggling to myself like a 15yo school boy that had found his dads pr0n magazine stash.  Several times i considered turning around to have a run over certain sections again, then one whiff of the brakes told me to just keep going and not overdo it.

Now to the car itself. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after the first few corners I had the confidence to go at a pretty decent pace. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the car was to throw into a corner. The handling reminded me of my old Mondy. I left traction control on and I think that was a good idea as i could feel the car wanting to spin up the rears as i got on the power out of the slow corners. TBH it wasn't that intrusive anyway. The thing is just so rapid between corners though, really responsive with no hint of lag.  Only later on the final twisty run of the day where i was making a video did it finally suffer from a bit of heat soak and i felt the ECU pull back...

another highlight was when i hit Bright for lunch on Friday. I was still buzzing after the Tawonga Gap Rd when i rolled into town and found that there was a Street Machine/Hot Rod event on. Over 200 classic cars were parked up around the central part of town with people everywhere sharing a bbq lunch or a beer or two.  grabbed a bite, took a few photos then got on my way. If i didn't see at least another 200 classic cars headed there i'll stand rooted!  would have been a massive weekend and one i might look to heading down for next year.  

On Saturday after spending the morning in the twisties, I spent the afternoon taking in the Mansfield Street Stage of the Targa High Country. I had a few mates running in the event (at least one is a member here) plus there were a couple of other cars i knew of that i wanted to see too.

All in all, an amazing weekend which has left me keen to do it again soon.

Some pics from the weekend:

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 04:38:53 PM »

The Eildon-Jamieson road is a damn masterpiece. About 2 hours from Melbourne but worth the trip.
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