Media Release: DAD formalises partnership with WD Motorsport

Australian registered mental health charity Drive Against Depression formalises partnership with WD Motorsport to deliver bespoke ‘Touring Super Sprint’ tarmac rally events in 2019 Events are run in conjunction with the Mountain Motorsports-promoted Australian Tarmac Rally Championship and are proudly supported by RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport and the Australian Auto Sports Alliance The WD Motorsport Touring Super Sprint offers four opportunities per…

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Journaling: Cathartic, or a crock?

For someone who grew up with the thought that writing about cars for a living was, well, life, the suggestion that I take to ‘journaling’ as an emotional release should have been a natural extension. Right? When my awesome psychologist (he’s let me name him: Phil Milligan from JPM Life Innovations in Mornington) initially suggested the concept, for some reason…

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Rallying, driving and empathy

I recently had cause to pause for thought. My great mate Scotty Newman had asked me to co-drive with him throughout 2018, in the Victorian Rally Championship. John Carney, a well-known figure in rallying circles, had offered the opportunity to try out his freshly-built Ford Fiesta R1 with a view to getting a one-model rally series off the ground.  Being…

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Treasure Hunt Drive, 18 November 2017

My insides filled with trepidation as I left work, surrounded by fat water droplets hitting the Clio’s windscreen. ‘Let’s hope it’s over quickly,’ I thought to myself as vicious thunder engulfed the cabin. Although those droplets remained on the car the next morning, the skies were thankfully clear, returning to the dazzling blue of earlier in the week, the fluffy…

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Five cars to make you feel

The whole premise of Drive Against Depression came about while escaping the clogged city freeways in favour of a drive in the countryside. And while it is wonderful to share such moments of freedom with like-minded friends, there are times when all you are craving is to feel interaction with the car you are driving. I’ve been fortunate to drive…

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Remembering a mate… and why it’s so important to talk

“Hey bloke.”  For seven years – where did that time go? – this was standard greeting talk between myself and another Adam. Adam Cottle. You may notice this blog is in the past tense. That’s because Ads left us recently. We came into each others’ lives thanks to a series of shared desks, in a few different locations, as the small retail super and investment…

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One Pathway, Many Turning Points

This slightly battered, but otherwise non-descript, box has travelled with me since February this year. It’s Sertraline, a medicine that falls under the category ‘Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor’. The keyword to that category is serotonin, which is a naturally-created chemical that carries signals between nerves. It’s essentially a neuro-transmitter largely present in the brain (but also blood platelets, intestines and…

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Winter Steer – 22 July, 2017

After being humbled by the support, interest and donations flowing from our April event, the follow-up Drive Against Depression took on a more intentionally charitable feel. Sarah worked her administrative wonders as we designed a drive route that would entertain participants, while offering several chances to slow down and connect with each other; whether talking cars or the pressures of…

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