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Summing Up the Crossfire and 3000km of Empty Highway

flyingfridge

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I've just finished reading an article in MOTOR magazine about a road trip in the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6. The aim of the story was to drive the Crossfire from Adelaide to Darwin in under 24 hours.

Here are the final 2 paragraphs of the story written by industrial designer and genious writer Paul Cockburn.

Jesse calls it "one of the few world-class roads Australia has" but that's an understatement. After all, where else in the world can you drive in complete freedom 3000km across a continent, for much of it at whatever speed you choose, on an excellent and empty highway through a spectacular landscape largely undisturbed by improvement? And, as we roll into Darwin to stop the clock after 3001.4km at 23hrs:35mins, I realise that not only have we done it in perfect safety, harming nothing larger than an insect, without rousing a horn, flash or brakelight from any other road-user, without ever having to brake or swerve. Hell of a road. Hell of a drive.
And as, now wearying, we pull into our hotel, I realise I've warmed to the Crossfire SRT6. Oh, sure it's still flawed, funny-looking and deeply confused about its role, but it's got a god heart underneath. And getting out of it for the last time, and seeing the travel stains all over its unlovely nose I feel, if not affection, respect for a shared accomplishment. Only one farewell fits: "That'll do, Pig. That'll do."

I thought that last paragraph summed up the Crossfire so well. But to drive the Stuart Highway, man, I have to do that sometime. The time I was up there I was only 15 and couldn't drive, but even my old man, the safest careful driver, was happy to push our rental VT to 150km/h. The road is so good, and while most people would say the autobahns are the last great derestricted roads, the Stuart Highway it must be said is at least equal. It's just too bad it's too far away from civilisation.
 
lol I dont care about the Crossfire cos I know its shit but those roads are something else eh..
Makes me wanna go on a road trip, hell I should its in my backyard afterall.

Tassie also has some fkn great curvy roads but its too cold down there for the best part of a year. I just want long straight stretches of road where you can open the taps a bit...Adelaide-Darwin seems like the place!
 
you guys sometimes make me realy wish i lived in australia :(
 
they averaged almost 80 mph on the trip. that alone kicks ass, no matter what car you are in.
 
SL65AMG~V12~604BHP!!!!!!! said:
lol I dont care about the Crossfire cos I know its shit but those roads are something else eh..
Not a fan of the last SLK, huh?

I really want to visit Australia someday, maybe pretend to do some rally racing, drive that highway in something obscenely fast, shrimp on the barbie, etc.
 
CyberMonkey said:
bone said:
you guys sometimes make me realy wish i lived in australia :(

Indeed, if we would ride for that much kilometres, we're in another continent :)

heh, and 3000 km would almost get me to El Paso, Texas :thumbsup:
 
Speaking of great Aussie roads... The Great Ocean Road. Although some pricks decided to lower the speed limit to either 80kmh or 60kmh... and then you get stuck behind dick heads with caravans!

Being a passenger in Dad's car when the GOR was 100kmh was something else... especially when he could use the Police radar detector :evil:

I'd also love to do a road trip in Dad's car (although he won't let me take it. I can dream!!) on the Stuart Highway :thumbsup: What an awesome road.
 
Check this out. It's great.

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sandor_ said:
they averaged almost 80 mph on the trip. that alone kicks ass, no matter what car you are in.

The did the trip in the Crossfire and had a Chrysler Grand Voyager as well, so the minivan kind of dictated speed. What's even more astounding about that average speed, is that around half of the trip, the south Australia part, still has a 100km/h (60mph) speed limit
 
watto said:
Speaking of great Aussie roads... The Great Ocean Road. Although some pricks decided to lower the speed limit to either 80kmh or 60kmh... and then you get stuck behind dick heads with caravans!

They did WHAT??? When did that happen?? I'm sure last time I went down there it was a 100 zone (though that would've been a year or two ago). Was that when the roadworks were being done?
 
bihus said:
Check this out. It's great.

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That's a great article bihus, which mag did that? I'll get all the junk off my scanner tonight and put the rest of the Crossfire article on here for all to read.
 
^ It was EVO magazine - I had the stange experience of buying an English mag and opening it to find an article about the driving an Australian car in Australia.
 
fbc said:
watto said:
Speaking of great Aussie roads... The Great Ocean Road. Although some pricks decided to lower the speed limit to either 80kmh or 60kmh... and then you get stuck behind dick heads with caravans!

They did WHAT??? When did that happen?? I'm sure last time I went down there it was a 100 zone (though that would've been a year or two ago). Was that when the roadworks were being done?

It's down to 80kmh. Looks like it happened in November 2004. Anglesea to Apollo Bay, what I consider to be the most spectacular and exciting part of the GOR. Government pricks.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/ocean-road-speed-cut-pays-off/2005/07/28/1122143961522.html
 
^ Ah well - can still have fun on the twisties :D. There's not many corners you'd go above 80 on anyway (except for the inland section through the Otways)
 
^Indeed. That inland section thru the Otways is magical, hell, the whole road is magical! Great secenery, great roads, great speeds (where you can do great speeds without throwing yourself into the sea)
 
damn, i have to get down there sometime soon, still haven't done the Great Ocean Road. The Prelude would love it. *Pencils it in for a weekend soon.

Edit: FG meet, greet and drive day?
 
or how about everyone comes to ohio and drives my road i like to call the twisties??(road name will be undisclosed for my drifting and not getting caught purposes) free drift rides to anyone that shows up.
 
flyingfridge said:
damn, i have to get down there sometime soon, still haven't done the Great Ocean Road. The Prelude would love it. *Pencils it in for a weekend soon.

Edit: FG meet, greet and drive day?

:thumbsup:
 
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