Posted on February 26, 2009
Arrived in Melbourne at noon. The flight was pretty rough; with the pilot being caught out by a sudden 200km/h head wind that knocked everyone around. The lady next to me had a nice warm lap courtesy of the cup of tea she was holding. Also flew over the tragic areas affected by the bushfires. It was still smouldering, blanketing the area in thick, white smoke. Weather-wise its a lot hotter than Sydney, and tomorrow’s forecast of high-30s is going to be a bit painful considering I have to do the whole suit and tie thing!
Staying at the Grand Hotel on Spencer St, just a hundred metres or so from the venue. Although the room is split-level and the size of an apartment, there’s nothing grand about this place. ’60s fiery red carpet, the world’s slowest elevator, bad TV reception and a view overlooking railway lines.
After spending the day at the Melbourne International Motor Show to make sure our cars weren’t damaged while being moved into position, William and I headed to dinner with Vincent from Motorware. This has to go down as the biggest curry puff I’ve ever seen in my life.
Spotted this familiar S2000 (a former ASM feature car) lurking out in the ‘burbs.