Well, my 22-year-old son James is mad keen on cars so why not do a father-son thing and get a sports car?
By Tony Smith.
Perfectly logical right! We could both get involved in motorsport! What a decision, my passion has always been sailing.
So, I made a choice to stay in the workforce a few more years and James and I went testing some beautiful cars.
An F-Type, what a roar, maybe… a Porsche, a Nissan, a Morgan, Mazda anyone, what about a Lotus? Now there’s a thing, and that new Lotus dealership has recently been established just around the corner.
Sandy and I went to meet the Lotus Club crew at Ormiston and just loved the passion and enthusiasm of the owners. The comraderie wasn’t just a marketing pitch, it was the real deal. Lotus people just loved their cars and more importantly, it seemed a very inclusive club.
Soon after James and I did the Bathurst 12 hour and it was just a fantastic weekend. The atmosphere was intoxicating! On the way home, after a last-minute change of flights, we dropped into Simply Sports Cars in Sydney and test drove the Evora. Nothing else we had driven compared. I had a Mazda RX8 for three years but this just blew me away.
With my lovely wife, Sandy assuming the role as chief navigator we are ready to hit the high road, maybe Targa High Country or Targa Tasmania.
God, I love it! You only live once.