Waterfall to Bulli night drive

Last night was the February 20201 MBCNSW Night Drive.   This month’s route was Waterfall to Bulli.   The rain all through the week in Sydney had been raining, but it finished just before the start of the drive and the weather was actually good the whole time.   It probably kept a few people away though.

As usual there was a good mix of cars  – the expected bad weather did skew it more towards moderns than normal.   I took my 300SE along for this drive.   It was the first lone drive in the car since the new oil pump was fitted.  […]

MBCNSW Mystery Drive to Berry

Today I joined MBCNSW members for a drive through the Southern Highlands to Berry. The drive was billed as a mystery drive, with the route only being revealed the night before. The drive started at Pheasants Nest, a service station just south of Sydney. The weather was quite rainy, so I bought my 560SEL. Its my most modern car and I like having ABS brakes for drives in this sort of weather. The W126 is very stable in the wet too.

Due to the weather, the cars on the drive tended more to the newer models, but a few […]

Bathurst via Goulburn and Oberon

The Mercedes Club have been running regular ‘pop up’ drives mid week. These are informal drives at a couple of days notice. I’ve been able to get to a few over the last couple of months. Today was a really big one. We started early at our meeting point in Pheasants Nest, just south of Sydney. The plan was to drive down to Goulburn and take the back roads up to Oberon. I’ve done this drive a few times recently and am never tired of it.

While it was a Mercedes Club event, I took my Jaguar E-Type. I would […]

Sydney scenic drives

Most of the articles on Sydney Scenic drives list the same old drives everyone knows. I’ve had a free day once a week for the last couple of months. Its given me the opportunity to explore different roads a day trip away from Sydney. I don’t normally get the chance to go long drives, to it was also a good opportunity to give all the cars a good run. The idea was to leave about 7:30AM, and return by 6PM, leaving time for a few breaks.

The idea was to find some good roads for the classic car driver who […]

November 2020 Night drive to Bilpin

The monthly late night drives are really starting to gain momentum. This month was a bit different. It started out as a Night drive to Bilpin. As well as a drive, we had late night dessert and coffee. Summer in Sydney is a great time for night drives. The weather is pleasant and its a great time for convertibles or sunroofs to be open.

The drive started from the McDonalds car park in Windsor. From there, the drive took us up Bells Line of Road to the Apple Pie Cottage in Bilpin. The Apple Pie Cottage is run by a […]

Youngtimer Sacco Day 2020

The Mercedes Benz club NSW ran an event today to commemorate the cars of Bruno Sacco. Sacco was head of design at Mercedes-Benz from 1975-1999. The event was called Youngtimer Sacco day and I understand the intention is to make it an annual event. Given the success of today’s event, I can easily see why.

The event started out at Tynan’s Mercedes-Benz dealership in Southern Sydney. They were also the sponsors of the event. Tynan’s is a large dealership, but their forecourt was soon overwhelmed by Saccomobiles as event attendees started to roll in. The event was capped at just […]

Fuel leak damage repaired

I recently changed the fuel pump and rear fuel hoses on my Jaguar E-Type. In doing this change I learned a few things. Firstly, the old pump had not been delivering enough fuel, as the car was significantly more responsive. Secondly, fuel had obviously been leaking for a while as the paint had been eaten away in the spare tyre well.

For both these reasons I wanted to take the car in to be checked my by mechanic. Now the engine was getting enough fuel I wanted to make sure the tune was right. I also wanted to repair the […]

MBCNSW Dam Drive

Today I went on a drive with the MBCNSW to visit some historic dams to the South of Sydney. The idea was to supposed to be to go to each dam and check it out and then have a picnic lunch at one of them. Unfortunately the Sydney weather did not play ball and it was a rather wet and wild day. I brought a couple of my kids to the dam drive as they liked the idea of a picnic at the dams.

The meeting point was at a carpark in the Sutherland Shire. The weather had been […]

October night drive to Palm Beach

Over the last couple of months I have been doing a monthly night drive with a few friends in the Mercedes Club. This month was the first time it was an official event. When they were unofficial we did drives such as the Old Pacific Highway, the Old Northern Road and down to Bulli. This time we did a night drive to Palm Beach. Turn out was pretty good given it had been pouring with rain for the last week. We had 9 cars show up to the drive.

I took my 560SEC this time. As well as my […]

September 2020 night drive

A few friends in the Mercedes Club and I have been trying to get a monthly night drive going. Last night was the third one and yet again we had a great drive. This time we met up in Kirrawee and the drive was through the national park to Bulli.

We started out with 5 cars and based on the cars that participated, it was a celebration of the Mercedes M116 and M117 V8. There was at least one of every generation represented. We had a 280SE 3.5 with the original iteration of the M116 – in 3.5 liter form […]