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Offline diabloinoz

  • 300kph+ club

  • Joined: Nov 2013

  • Drives: Diablo 6.0
  • Location: Sydney
Interesting perspective on the LCA organised run - thanks for sharing.

As a point of comparison, I couldn't make it up to Sydney for the LCA run because I'd agreed to participate in a VW charity run here in Canberra on the same morning.  They had probably 100 cars in the convoy, a 40-50 minute drive loop through the city and around 14 motorcycle police to assist with traffic management along the way.

The briefing (by one of the police officers) was essentially "drive to the speed limits, we'll wave you through red lights, don't take selfies whilst driving, have fun", and the convoy left pretty much exactly when it was supposed to leave.

It's a little different because you don't expect 1963 Beetle owners to blast through tunnels over the speed limit to hear their engines echo off the tunnel walls, but it sounds like the level of organisation was a huge step above what LCA managed.

In a nutshell yes ...

To be honest, I'll probably get "flamed" by the old skool LCA members and committee people for having an opinion ... but they seem to be ignoring the general feedback and vibes ... except the feedback from their "own".  They are alienating new Lambo owners ... very few of whom have joined the club. 

They should be taking all this feedback as constructive criticism and working through them.



Offline Joel


  • Joined: Oct 2009

  • Location:
  • Drives:
In a nutshell yes ...

To be honest, I'll probably get "flamed" by the old skool LCA members and committee people for having an opinion ... but they seem to be ignoring the general feedback and vibes ... except the feedback from their "own".  They are alienating new Lambo owners ... very few of whom have joined the club. 

They should be taking all this feedback as constructive criticism and working through them.

Just stick to AE and petrolheads. Start putting some cruises together to build the numbers!!



Offline diabloinoz

  • 300kph+ club

  • Joined: Nov 2013

  • Drives: Diablo 6.0
  • Location: Sydney
Just stick to AE and petrolheads. Start putting some cruises together to build the numbers!!
Yup ... that's the plan!  I'm not too worried about big runs ... just fun runs, nice people, great venues (not necessarily always friggin' italian restaurants in the inner west) ... etc.. :-D



Offline 355Aussie


  • Joined: Jan 2010

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To be honest, I was very disappointed with the run ...

Couple of main reasons ...

Firstly meet up in Auburn ... shit at the best of times, no space and I hate driving in the inner west.

Second ... last minute change of venue with no notice from Sam's workshop ... which is a shit location to meet anyway, to an even shitter location at a McDonald's car park nearby ... seriously.   A Lambo meet in McDonalds!!

Third ... totally disorganised ... spent an hour and a half hanging around said Car Park ... waiting for the run to start ... eventually I fired up my engine as a slight hint.  If you're gonna leave at 9.30 ... then do so, not 10.30 ... if some people can't get out of bed in time and you're gonna make 100 people wait for 2 ... fuck that!

Fourth ... we proceeded to get a lecture about how to drive ... stay at 80kph ... single file ... down a 3 lane motorway ... blah blah blah.  I'm an adult who is smart enough to earn the money to buy a Lambo, I don't need a lecture on how to drive ... and the only fun I was looking forward to being squashed in some bullshit briefing.  A simple, "guys and girls, behave" is all that was needed to be said.

Fifth ... the bullshit surrounding the event ... police escorts, media and helicopters etc ... what a crock of shit I was told.  I then promote that to raise awareness for the Club and you look like an idiot.  So never again.

Sixth ... and the most criminal sin of all ... SHIT ROUTE!!  After everything we were told ... they pic the worst route to get to the restaurant ... boring and non-involving and pretty much short and direct ... to then stand around for another few hours.

As for me ... we left with the convoy, and had a short play on the 10 min drive down the freeway ... we listened well ... and a group of us blocked all 3 lanes of the M4 at 80kph ... Marcel got some awesome pics.

We made a decision to go straight on up into the mountains and have lunch at the Hydro Majestic and drive back via all the country lanes in the North West.  What an awesome lunch and drive.  I think BenC got so jack of the crap, he just left and went and back home before the run started.  It was the late departure and lecture that did it.

It's all a photographers dream ... and I'm sure Marcel had a blast ... but as an owner and driver of a Lamborghini, I thought it was shocking ... a major let down for an event I was very excited about.

For me the Lambo Club has turned into a promotion tool for El Presidente's supercar d' elegance business and a restaurant promo tool.  I'm very disappointed that pretty much no "development" has happened with the Lambo club since the new president was elected.

This is not trying to take the love away for all those LCA fanboys ... this is my personal opinion and experience, and I know as a result of Sunday's run, several would-be members have changed their mind on joining the club.

Rant over .... I'm done with it ... I'll be sticking to drives and fun from Aussie Exotics and Petrolheads and other groups ...

P.S.  Also ... why can't they organise a run of this scale months ahead ... instead of just over a week.

Yes nice write up and this is why I don't participate in club runs. There is always a motive to meet somewhere and have lunch at some fancy restaurant instead of driving our cars. Of course the place they meet to eat is some friends/cousins place etc.

I like the runs where there are not to many cars and you go for a good drive on some great roads then stop at the greasy café for a burger or something.

Every time we do one of these runs we have the best time. I get about 8 of us and it ends up being a cracker of a day.

But everyone organises drive days now and lots of cars turn up then the chaos on the road starts amongst other things.

The start time when you have many cars always drags out which is why owners start their cars up and drive away or split from the group.

The most disappointing thing about this cruise from what I can see is that you had Lamborghini's turning up at McDonalds at Auburn.

Surely the club could have done better than that!!!!



Offline allanuber


  • Joined: Aug 2007

  • Location: Sydney
  • Name: Al

A bit of balance to the commentary, as it's the first event I've been to with this crowd.

I went as it was a chance to catch up with a few people I haven't seen in ages, including ACP and Cel, who are legends.

Lots of cars there - dwarfed any AE meet so we have to give them credit. Lots of new faces and contacts and a few interesting perspectives on the cars and ownership. There's definitely cliques, but that happens with every group of people.

Drive to the restaurant was uneventful, pre-drive ramble wasn't particularly motivating but neither was it insulting ... if it's a club event and they are covering liability they are compelled to say these things. Most of the people there were most interested in lunch/social rather than the drive, which suited me fine as a spirited drive with 50+ supercars along is just asking for trouble.

So, I wouldn't say it was a total and utter waste of time and I didn't think it was going to be gumball 3000, so no disappointment on my side. The lack of a police escort and helicopters is not surprising, did anyone really think that would happen for a group of 'rich folks'.

I got to see an awesome assortment of cars, meet some new faces, catch a client I haven't seen an ages who's now got a California (girly man :)  ) and didn't feel at any time like my license was at risk. Plenty worse ways to spend a morning.

C'mon, do it!



Offline diabloinoz

  • 300kph+ club

  • Joined: Nov 2013

  • Drives: Diablo 6.0
  • Location: Sydney
Yup, I agree from your perspective that was a great day out, Allan, and wouldn't take that away from you. But this is like every other one, so when you've done a few, they start to get boring.

Interesting point about the pre-drive brief and insurance ... we've had much bigger groups and never a word spoken in terms of briefings ... so it was unusual in itself.  In terms of insurance, my understanding is that for the insurance to be valid, everyone needs to sign a register to formally say they are on the drive. This has never happened for any of LCA drives. It would be interesting to find out if that is a requirement.

I think the two things that really annoyed me were the Auburn meet up and the 1.5hr delay getting moving.  I was time pressured at the other end of the day ... so this was just a waste ... I would much rather have got on with the drive and chatted at the restaurant, and would probably have stayed with the group.

I know you, Marcel and some others had a great day out ... and that's great news.

I assume you mean Simon with the California ... small world ... he usually joins us on our crazy monday drives :-D



Offline Brenton

  • 300kph+ club
  • DJ's like a mad ...........

  • Joined: May 2009

  • Drives: Yes
  • Location: Adelaide
Sounds like a Porsche club run MHH and I did ONCE.

when they talked about toilet stops on the way to the hill climb that was only 45min away we looked at each other and bolted for our cars and left Le Mans style.

We went the much longer way and still got there before them  :rolleyes:




P.S. Al stop being so fricken positive........  :gnasher:  .............. we want the dirt  :thumbsup:



Offline 360c

  • 300kph+ club
  • Drug Dealer

  • Joined: Apr 2006

  • Drives: Purple People Eater
Sounds like a Porsche club run MHH and I did ONCE.

when they talked about toilet stops on the way to the hill climb that was only 45min away we looked at each other and bolted for our cars and left Le Mans style.

We went the much longer way and still got there before them  :rolleyes:

That is what happens when you have events that involve wives and the latte set :)



Offline diabloinoz

  • 300kph+ club

  • Joined: Nov 2013

  • Drives: Diablo 6.0
  • Location: Sydney
That is what happens when you have events that involve wives and the latte set :)

The usual Marcel magic ... he has a bunch of others he can post ... but these were the ones he sent me with mine and Al's car! :D



Offline PA

  • One man comedy gala

  • Joined: Jan 2008

  • Location: www.club-carbon.com
Don't you hate it when you pop down to the local Macca's for breakfast and you can't get a park because the car park is full of Bull.



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