Why track days are a thing of the past
Why track days are a thing of the past

by Paul Maric I remember watching Targa Tasmania one year and thinking how cool it would be to get a race car and have a crack. It wasn’t long before I realised it’s much harder than it looks, it’s much more expensive than it looks, and I’d likely run out of skill shortly before spearing off the road into a…

EVENT REVIEW: Age-old STi v Evo battle adds another chapter at Snowy River Sprint
EVENT REVIEW: Age-old STi v Evo battle adds another chapter at Snowy River Sprint

Age-old STi v Evo battle adds another chapter at Snowy River Sprint         Hiding behind the fanfare of AFL preliminary finals weekend, the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship kicked off its 2018-19 campaign with the Snowy River Sprint, held over 22-23 September. Based in the Gippsland region of Victoria, the Snowy River Sprint tests crews over 19 stages…

Leading the ATRC Tour Category – What’s it all about?
Leading the ATRC Tour Category – What’s it all about?

What’s it all about to participate in the ATRC Tour category and also lead the group? DAD friend and guest blogger Andrew Clayton shares his insights and experiences with us.  First of all, let me say I’m not a professional racing driver and I’m not a driver trainer. I’m actually a consultant, clinical pharmacist who just happens to have a…

Five reasons to love the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship
Five reasons to love the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship

With the first round of the season done and dusted at the Snowy River Sprint here are five reasons to love the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship. The vehicular variety puts Supercars to shame Since 1993, top-line Touring Car (later Supercar) racing has been about one thing: 5.0-litre V8 engine, rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s a wonderful formula,…

Snowy River Sprint and Drive Against Depression – get excited!
Snowy River Sprint and Drive Against Depression – get excited!

Register for the Snowy River Sprint (touring category) HERE. As you can probably guess, Drive Against Depression is pretty excited to be partnering with the AASA and the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship Super Sprint series. With the Snowy River Sprint round running over 22-23 September, here’s what you need to know about DAD’s involvement. Use your road car! DAD has…

Winter Charity Drive, August 19 2018
Winter Charity Drive, August 19 2018

Wow. As I stood on a rock in the freezing sleet, that was the word that came to mind as we assembled our DAD Winter Charity Drive participants for our welcome. I was standing next to DJ, and my baby girls were alongside me. I couldn’t see Sarah, thanks to the enormity of the crowd that braved Victorian winter to…

Past blast: Lotus Elan v Mazda MX-5
Past blast: Lotus Elan v Mazda MX-5

I found this Lotus Elan v Mazda MX-5 draft in my archives, back from when I was first being published in car magazines. It was first on a website I created with great mate, Brendon. It was also the catalyst for meeting David James, now a DAD director alongside me. What a ride. – AD After thriving during the sixties,…

Rallying, driving and empathy
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…

Gearing up for the Noosa Hill Climb
Gearing up for the Noosa Hill Climb

With the Noosa Hill Climb just a month away (9th and 10th June) we’re getting ready for our winter escape and gearing up for a sensational event… and in breaking news we’re thrilled to welcome Luke Youlden to the event with Drive Against Depression! Luke’s motoring bio reads like a dream journal for many of us, with his latest accolade…

Being True to Where it Started
Being True to Where it Started

We have humble beginnings and a humble mission, and between our grand plans for the services we can provide that’s really what we come back to. It’s what keeps us focused and inspired and it’s what keeps us pushing forward on what is proving to be a very interesting learning curve. It’s what keeps us going when the days are…

Drive Days – One mum’s mental health survival strategy
Drive Days – One mum’s mental health survival strategy

Helen, the Founder and Editor of Driven Women Magazine, talks about what cars and driving mean for her mental health wellbeing. Being a mum can be really stressful at times, especially in those early years when your children are completely dependent on you. Trying to juggle a million things at once, always thinking hours or even days ahead, all while…

Mornington Peninsula Drive, 4 March 2018
Mornington Peninsula Drive, 4 March 2018

With Christmas a distant memory and the new year well and truly marching past we were eager to bring the Drive Against Depression community back together for another day out. Autumn is perfect on the Mornington Peninsula, so we took advantage of the stunning views and engaging roads to welcome everyone back on Sunday 4th March for a leisurely cruise…

Brain Fog Busting Chocolate Smoothie
Brain Fog Busting Chocolate Smoothie

As I learn more about the connection between what we eat and our moods and brain function I’ve become more aware of how what I eat makes me feel. Typically when I’m feeling low I want foods that make me feel good quickly and I go for what most of us have long regarded as “treats”. Chocolate is first on…

Why Ambassador Paul Maric Aligns with Drive Against Depression
Why Ambassador Paul Maric Aligns with Drive Against Depression

On average a man commits suicide every minute and three out of every four suicides are men. When I first heard this, I remember Googling the statistics because they didn’t sound right. I didn’t believe that so many people could be struggling with an aspect of their life great enough to consider taking their own life. Speaking about your problems…

The Distracted Man’s Guide to Meditation
The Distracted Man’s Guide to Meditation

We saw this article in Men’s Journal and it resonated so strongly we’d like to share it with our community. 19 seconds is all you need to start with. “Face it, if meditation were a pill, you’d want it. If it was a workout, you’d probably be doing it already. You’ve heard all about its much-lauded de-stressing capabilities; you’ve read…

Treasure Hunt Drive, 18 November 2017
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…

Five cars to make you feel
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…

Driving Opinion: Why Joy is not Only a BMW Slogan…
Driving Opinion: Why Joy is not Only a BMW Slogan…

By Damion Smy Your opinion on shoes is not valid. Your opinion on washing machines hardly respected. Your political views silently opposed as smiling faces around you superficially agree. Yet everyone has an opinion on cars – for better or for worse – and while this can cause arguments, fractious relationships and clandestine societies, we can all rejoice in one…

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

One Pathway, Many Turning Points
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…

A Partner’s Perspective
A Partner’s Perspective

Being the partner or support person of someone with mental illness can be a tough gig. It can occasionally bring on many of the same feelings experienced by someone with depression as well as a deep sense of wanting, needing even, to help. What has made all the difference for us is finding opportunities to let the positive in, starting…

Winter Steer – 22 July, 2017
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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