So as if the weekend couldn’t get any better, spending the day watching warbirds & F16’s fly around beautiful Wanaka, my brother Steve rang me to tell me that him and his long time girlfriend Jess got engaged…! How cool! I’m looking forward to the wedding already, and having another sister! As their official self proclaimed third wheel in their relationship I couldn’t be happier.
After that news, I drove down to Queenstown to meet them for dinner and a few much needed celebratory drinks! Certainly a weekend to remember, congrats again guys 😀
So after an absolutely crazy busy 10 days in Melbourne for the Grand Prix, I got back home and instead of having a much needed quiet weekend to catch up on sleep and rest, I decided to head down to Wanaka in Rupert (King Rupert the M5) to go see Warbirds over Wanaka – an Air show that’s been running here in New Zealand for 15 years now!
The last time I had been was with my dad when I was about 14 or so… so it was pretty epic to go down for it again, this time as a “grown up”. Due to my fixation with speed & adventure, I absolutely love planes they represent a whole new level to me in terms of freedom and being independent. It’s one of the reasons I love cars so much, the ability to get in my car and go for a drive when ever I want, is a great feeling – to be able to just get in and drive, to be able to switch off all other thoughts or clear your head, just you, machine and the open road…. It doesn’t get much better than that…. Although maybe it does…! With planes I feel you have an added factor to this luxury, of being able to just fly away… it’s pretty cool to me.
Besides all the badass warbirds from WW2, and this epic NZ Air Force Landy I saw, you just cannot beat the experience of an F16 doing a supersonic low pass…. That’s something you just cannot capture, and needs to be experienced in person!
Until next time Warbirds over Wanaka… see you in 2 years!
Man, what a weekend… it was so incredibly cool to finally be inside the F1 paddock, and get to see my ultimate goal from behind the scenes, right amongst it all.
The week leading up to it, the GP weekend itself, and the 4 days after have been some of the busiest days I think I’ve ever had, between my role with Acronis, our F1 partnerships, and our partnerships outside of F1… not to mention networking, presenting at our guests brunch, and ultimately enjoying myself!
One of my highlights of the weekend was being able to catch up with some of my old engineers & mechanics from my F3 days, who are now all working in F1… so it was super cool to catch up with them and see them in their element.
I’ve finally got some down time now on my flight home, so I’m catching up on admin, my blog + other projects I’ve got going on right now…! Looking forward to getting home and seeing Einstein and my family & friends… not so sure about coming home to colder weather though haha….
So for the last 3 days me and my mate Brad have been road tripping down from Auckland in his Gallardo for the annual Lamborghini Bull run NZ. We’ve had a pretty fun trip down, we had to drive a car down for his sister at the same time, so we had a pretty crack up convoy going on with a bright yellow Gallardo being ghosted by a little bright blue Mitsubishi Mirage, so it made for quite a funny pair haha.
About an hour outside Taupo we had to deal with an accident that unfolded right in front of us which really sucked and put a huge damper on the mood for the day. It was actually so lucky, because it almost took out the Gallardo !!! We were following a big truck & trailer, so it was the truck, then Brad in the Gallardo, then me in the Mirage, and all of a sudden, this SUV coming toward us just drifted over to our side of the road, and clipped the back of the truck & trailer, which pulled it straight in front of the Gallardo missing it by probably 5 or so meters before hitting a bank on the side of the road… was pretty full on to say the least.
These sorts of things really make me appreciate and applaud emergency workers who have to deal with these sorts of things on a daily basis… I can’t imagine having to see that sort of stuff all the time! So my hats off to them.
The rest of the trip was a blast though, it was great to take South Highway 1 north of Kaikoura which has only just re-opened recently after the Kaikoura quake at the end of 2016! At this point it was 3 Gallardo’s and the Mirage as we caught up with two other cars doing the bull run in Wellington, so it was pretty awesome taking this convoy down such a rough road, and the sight of 3 (4 including the Mirage 😉 ) supercars taking this route full of road works certainly turned a few heads.
The last day of the run we spent at the private race track near my family farm which I’ve mentioned in some of my old posts, so we cut some laps there, and we were then meant to go back up to Kaikoura to check out a private car collection, but me and Brad opted for an early exit, as the last 3 days of driving, the roof down, and the NZ sun absolutely roasting us the whole time, we were well and truly ready for some chill time! All and all an epic trip, and I can’t wait doing it in my LP640 next year 😛
So after a quick trip to Grand Prix Racewear to pick up some new gloves before the weekend, we arrived at the Paris Motor Show. I think it’s still pretty early days of the show so it wasn’t overly busy, but at the same time, there were quite a few people there, and definitely lots to see, which was great.
I’ve never attended a massive show like this, so it was great to see one of such high level first hand. We started off at BMW, before making our way around the show to see the various new cars & concept cars on display, as well as all the motorsport section which was pretty cool to show my Brother as he hasn’t seen as much of the top level motorsport stuff in person before.
Of course… as any car nut does when presented the opportunity… we dabbled in every simulator we came across during the day… mainly for me to try and embarrass everyone else giving them a go by smashing their lap times by a few seconds, and for my brother to try and beat me…. good old brotherly competition 😉
I have to say I’m really enjoying my time here in Paris… It’s such a great city! And to be seeing it from a locals point of view is super epic too. Of course we have gone and seen most of the touristy stuff too haha, but we’ve been eating out and enjoying the night life in some really great spots that only the locals know 😉 We’ve been averaging 13km’s of walking a day, so it’s been great exercise at the same time… maybe enough to excuse me from not having trained these last few days 😉 We’ve just got back to our Airbnb after a pretty massive day out walking around Champs-Élysées followed by one of the best meals I’ve had for a long time, and we’ve just realized it’s Paris Motor Show right now… so I’m busy organizing for us to go tomorrow and see that with some of my friends at BMW 😀