The opportunity to test drive new cars on a media launch event is in itself a great privilege - especially when the cars are memorable.
The launch of the BMW X3 diesel in Victoria, north of Mount Macedon, provided an opportunity to thread together memories, stimulating country, and sparking one’s curiosity.
The event was set in rolling countryside around Kyneton, Lancefield and Kilmore, which was very reminiscent of a 1957 movie I saw as a boy, called ‘Robbery Under Arms’.
The movie was set in this area, and also the Victorian goldfields, but in actual fact it was filmed in the Adelaide Hills, and Bourke, NSW. All interiors were done at Pinewood Studios!
As I drove through the beautiful countryside I realized two things. First, I was extremely fortunate to be getting paid for driving around one of the prettiest parts of Victoria; and second, the BMW X3 2-litre diesel is a great mid-sized SUV.
|BMW X3 in bushranger country|
The engine is very responsive, with great low-down torque, but the driveability of the X3 in any circumstance is truly a pleasure.
Australia’s wonderful spiny mammal seems certain they’re invisible if they stand still. I stopped, grabbed my camera and exited the car to capture the perfect shot. Alas, as quiet as I tried to be, the little fellow scurried off into the roadside scrub, so all we see is his rear end disappearing into a hiding place.
|Echidna on the run!|
Seven died along the way, including Burke & Wills, and only one man finished the entire journey. His name was John King.
|Burke & Wills Track|