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    Default Tassie in the autumn

    Lovely sunny day, @#$&*! wind blowing a &^$& gale, but who cares when you get to drive from Lonny to Swansea in your GTi-6, with the Alpine blaring, family on board, chewing up the corners at twice the recommended speed (and still legal ), buy some local wine, lunch with friends looking over one of the best views in Oz, and then DO IT ALL AGAIN ON THE WAY HOME.

    Life can be good, sometimes, and better with the right car, of course.

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    Drove around Tassie in Hire car and can only imagine how good in a Pug.
    God must have designed Tassie for them.

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    going to spend 10 days next month driving around Tassie in a 307
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    Simon,

    Yep those roads on the east and north east are damn good in a pug, i've given the Mi16 a go through there more then once !

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    We did Tassie last November in our new 307CC. Apart from fairly boring drive staight down from Launceston to Hobart, it was great driving. Was there for 10 days and still needed more time. Didn't make the west coast.

    Worth doing, absolutely, have to do it again.
    Indecision is the key to flexibility.....I think.

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    I know what you mean about the middlands!

    I am running up and down there twice a week at the mo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wombat
    going to spend 10 days next month driving around Tassie in a 307
    Wombat... Drop in and see us http://www.mathomfarm.com.au NW Tassie near Ulverstone. Look at http://www.cavestocanyon.org to get a taster.
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    [QUOTE}Originally posted by maddia
    We did Tassie last November in our new 307CC. Apart from fairly boring drive staight down from Launceston to Hobart, it was great driving. Was there for 10 days and still needed more time. Didn't make the west coast.....[/QUOTE]

    Your mistake was in your itinerary...

    The West Coast has to be first priority, then work whatever you can in after that. Of course, along the way, plan to pass Mt Wellington on as many days as possible so you're bound to get one good one on which it'll repay the drive up there a millionfold.

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    mum lives in burnie and when i go see her i usually grab her laser and go for a drive.
    im doing it next year and taking the 205 gti.great place to drive but for god sake watch your speed in tassie,the cops are relentless.
    they seem to pull you over for the slightest thing or is that just on burnie?
    we got pulled over three times in two weeks for licence and car checks and they were going over the car with a fine tooth comb.
    apart from that the roads can be treatcharous[spelling?}with black ice,off camber,narrow and bumpy sons of bitches being the norm for the back roads.look how many offs in the targa on these sorts of roads.
    but if your carefull can be a hell of a lot of fun.
    im looking forward to getting the 205 out there.-BAZZ

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    Originally posted by bazgti
    .....they were going over the car with a fine tooth comb.
    apart from that the roads can be treatcharous[spelling?}.....
    On the spelling kick... 'treacherous' will do there, and 'finetooth' or 'fine-tooth' for the type of comb.

    .....with black ice,off camber,narrow and bumpy sons of bitches being the norm for the back roads.....
    The reason the average driver in Tassie is better than elsewhere... they learn to cope with these things because they have to.

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    Just spent nearly a month in Tassie in Nissan Urvan camper.

    Roads are very good for a State with just over 400,000 people.
    Saw very few police cars and only problems are log trucks on every road in Tassie.

    Campbelltown to Bechina will sort out the men from the boys.

    Going back next year in proper car.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I've got some rellies that live about half way up the east coast of Tassie, and I was thinking of taking the 505 over on the boat at some stage. Last time I was in tassie I would have been about 17 and I went with dad who rented a Hyundai Excel (thinking we were getting a "Pulsar or equivilent"). Definitely a place for a Pug.
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    Just come back from Tassie last week. Walked the overland track and had to do a good car shuffle 2.5 hrs past the great lakes and Marlorough Highway, dirt roads with lots of critters running around including big trucks. My 307 Touring HDI performed well (let down only by the not sticky enough new tyres). Drove back the next moring with snow blowing straight over the windscreen with no need for wipers over 70km, such a loverly experience outside temp indicated at 0 degrees C. I did get asked by a Pug owner on the ferry how I got my car so dirty (must wash it one day).
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    Campbelltown to Bicheno... I think I took that road in 1965...

    But more recently I took the Campbelltown to Swansea (via Mt Hobgoblin) road... that was real fun!

    I was in a convoy of road test cars, Toranas and Sunbirds... I was in a Sunbird on this stretch, each journo had a GM rep in the car with him, I had an engineer with me. I told him I'd like to attack this stretch with some gusto and we stopped for about twenty minutes to let the others all get away from us... by Hobart I'd passed the lot of them.

    That was pretty much a fun day out... and GM-H paid for the show at the Wrest Point Casino, great spectacle there.

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    ooohhhh I'm so jealous!!!
    I miss driving in tassie sooooo much!
    I worked down there on & off for about 18 months & had some of the best drives!
    Simon, which road did you take to Swansea?
    Anyone visiting Tassie MUST do the west coast...the best roads, and the most spectacular scenery! (although the east coast is gorgeous too!)
    I've just gota get back there with the fuego....the only car I've driven down there that came close to being as much fun was (suprisingly) a Magna V6 exec....I had quite a bit of fun in that one
    Tassie is FWD heaven!!!
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    Yeah, right...

    My last drive down there was in a diesel Hi Lux campervan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westair
    Campbelltown to Bechina will sort out the men from the boys.
    Going back next year in proper car.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope you mean Bicheno!! That's the road I originally posted about. I get to drive it once a month in the GTi-6. And I know I'm lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Australdi
    ooohhhh I'm so jealous!!!
    I miss driving in tassie sooooo much!
    I worked down there on & off for about 18 months & had some of the best drives!
    Simon, which road did you take to Swansea?
    Anyone visiting Tassie MUST do the west coast...the best roads, and the most spectacular scenery! (although the east coast is gorgeous too!)

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    Always take Lake Leake - I go there for work and can't afford the extra time to go through St Marys and the Elephant Pass.

    I did use to have fun (in another life) when I had to go to St Helens from Launceston and I had my 1998 Leyland Mini "S" - that car is THE reason that I only like small FWDs with handling.

    Haven't had a chance to do the West Coast in the Pug yet. It might have to wait till we're empty nesting (or we can lose them for a couple of weeks to rellies?)

    Oh well, back to the grindstone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell
    Yeah, right...

    My last drive down there was in a diesel Hi Lux campervan.
    You're probably one of those fume spewers that I curse getting stuck behind, eh?

    Pity they can't make those things handle corners.
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    Originally posted by Simple Simon
    You're probably one of those fume spewers that I curse getting stuck behind, eh?

    Pity they can't make those things handle corners.
    I don't know what fumes it spewed, and I don't recall at any time having anyone behind me who had any problems getting by either, though it was a slug up some hills.

    As for the corners, yes, some circumspect driving required. Especially seeing as we were up for the first $2000 if we damaged it.

    Nobody's yet mentioned the road out to Strathgordon, I'd reckon that would be great big Pug country! I've only ever been there in a Toyota Crown, but I remember it well.

    The run down around from Kingston to Huonville via Middleton (yeah... the long way) is very pretty. And good low-trafficked Pug-country roads.

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    [QUOTE, family on board, chewing up the corners at twice the recommended speed (and still legal .[/QUOTE]


    Err, should you not reserve that kind of thing for when you're on your own?

    Oldf*rt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet
    Err, should you not reserve that kind of thing for when you're on your own?

    Oldf*rt.
    Only if they object.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simple Simon
    Only if they object.

    Sorry squire,

    There are too many bunches of flowers on the roadside to play with cars with people onboard.

    Do it on your own.

    Cars on public roads are not playthings .

    Other people (often inept) as I was, when learning to drive, are also there.

    Oh, good luck to you and yours, if you're driving, they'll need it.
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    I don't know that you're so right there catshamlet...

    There are places where doubling the speed advisory sign is easy... other places not so.

    I don't suppose Simple Simon is out to kill himself or dent his car, so what does it matter how many are in it?

    And, when it all boils down, driving at a specific level is either right or wrong. If it's right for you to drive at that level on your own, then it's obviously right to do it with passengers on board.

    If it's wrong to do it with company, it's wrong on your own.

    After all, why would somebody else's life be worth more than your own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet
    Sorry squire,

    There are too many bunches of flowers on the roadside to play with cars with people onboard.

    Do it on your own.

    Cars on public roads are not playthings .

    Other people (often inept) as I was, when learning to drive, are also there.

    Oh, good luck to you and yours, if you're driving, they'll need it.
    Provided he was within the speed limit (which he said he was) and within his and the car's limits (which he clearly was as he survived) I can't see an issue.

    Cars are meant to be driven. Drive within the limits and all is good.
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