Posts Tagged ‘Motorinas’

Mustang Hearts

Happy Monday readers! This week we’re talking to Emma from the gorgeous jewellery label Heart of Bone about her stunning Mustang ’66 Fastback. Stay tuned!

Emma, founder of Heart of Bone, at the wheel of her '66 Mustang Fastback

Emma, founder of Heart of Bone, at the wheel of her ’66 Mustang Fastback

The BMW 523i and her obsessed owner

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I want to introduce you to my good mate and guest blogger, Bella from Squee. I asked her to write for Lipstick and Gearsticks because she’s obsessed with her BMW 523i. When she goes back to New Zealand, she usually doesn’t book a return ticket, because she’s disappeared into the ether in her car, roaring around the north island and generally going missing. Her car is her down time and her obsession. She loves how it drives. She loves how it sounds. She loves the freedom. She loves having a beautifully maintained, fine-tuned beast to roar around in. So readers, meet Bella.

BMW 523i

Some drop kick backed into me on Ponsonby Road – parked at the beach house

“From the first moment I test drove this car I fell in love. My BMW is like an expensive mistress. She looks the part though – smooth, sleek and expensive.

Expensive – in many ways yes, but the driving experience makes it all worth while. So when I go back to my country of origin, this is what I drive.

The 523i has elegant styling and looks great from any angle.  Inside, the grey leather seats are more like armchairs, with far above average comfort.  Being able to activate the sun shade on the back window from the drivers seat has come in handy many time for the comfort of back seat passengers. Road noise is little to none, although there is a weird acoustic effect if either of the back windows are down … the interior is roomy and comfortable. For part of this trip I drove with three adults, including their luggage (upwards of 80 kilos) and noticed little to no inconvenience.  I had many compliments on how easy the long trips were for for the passengers involved, and how rested they felt.  Not something that can be said about every car!

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Hikuia Ranges at sunset

For the audiophile, a factory standard radio/stereo comes complete with a six-cd stacker in the boot, and ten speakers in the interior. You read that correctly. Ten speakers.

There are a total of five computers on board, but the one I’m most interested in is on the indicator stick. This updates me on fuel consumption, cruising range, etc.

Volume can be adjusted on the steering wheel (additional to cruise control etc) and illuminated vanity mirrors are provided for both front seats. The external wing mirrors are electric, with auto reverse. Double interior lighting completes the picture, along with lightly tinted windows.

The boot is incredibly roomy, with BMW accredited tools kept safely in a tray that drops down from the inside of the boot when it is lifted. No amount of travel or shopping bags can defeat this space. Believe me, I’ve tried!

The six airbags give peace of mind, especially as it is very easy to put your foot down in this car. Handling is smooth as silk, and the 523i sticks to the road as if on rails.

Pickup is a bit slow (especially when loaded to this degree) but the 523i performs like a star on the open road. Fillup is a bit of a smack to the wallet as the 523i boasts a 70l tank, making pricing approximately $157:00 each time. However with 11.0L/100k’s, I wasn’t too unhappy – the payoff in power available and long distance comfort was fair enough.

Points to remember if you’re thinking of taking on a 5-Series BMW:

These cars absolutely must be maintained on schedule. You will see green lights that activate on the dashboard on ignition; lessening in number as you get closer to the preferred time of service. A service costs around $500:00 a time in New Zealand. I use an accredited BMW dealer.
In the first year or so after purchase, I replaced the suspension all round, and the transmission. The suspension could have waited (but I am picky) and the transmission (5 speed Steptronic) unfortunately spat tacks at me and had to be done urgently. I will not tell you how much this cost me.

But it was worth it.


Torah Bright is a Porsche Girl

The Porsche Cayenne. Images thanks to Porsche.

You’ve got to admire someone who loves going fast and has such a passion for life. Torah Bright, the Australian snowboarder who is about to represent Australia at the Sochi Winter Olympics, is a keen motorista and spoke recently about her passion for Porsches.


The Porsche Cayenne. Images thanks to Porsche.

The Porsche Cayenne. Images thanks to Porsche.


Watch Torah win Gold at the Vancouver games in 2010.

Torah, we wish you all the luck in the world for the Sochi Olympics.

Readers can follow Torah on Twitter here.

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Naming the glove compartment

Dorothy Levitt Lipstick and Gearsticks Amazing women drivers

The glove compartment was named by Dorothy Levitt, a racing driver, total motorina and water speed record holder. Described on Wikipedia as a “scorcher”, the well-known motoring writer and journalist was the second documented female race driver (the first was Frenchwoman Camille du Gast).

She started breaking records in 1903 and among her gems of advice were that women should keep a revolver handy in their cars, and to have a small mirror to hand while driving “to hold aloft from time to time in order to see behind”. I must say I’m rather pleased this feature became standard in all cars pretty quickly. This advice is to be found in her book The Woman and the Car: A chatty little handbook for all women who motor or who want to motor (nifty title huh?!?) which you can still get in paperback.

I never think of the danger. That sort of thing won’t do. But I know it is omnipresent. The slightest touch of the hand and the car swerves, and swerves are usually fatal. But I am a good gambler, and always willing to take a chance.

Dorothy Levitt Lipstick and Gearsticks Amazing women drivers

Dorothy Levitt

I’ll leave you with this little nugget, which echos my view that there’s no value in being unnecessarily un-educated about your car. Yes, learn to change a tyre ladies. Let me know if you want me to make a ‘how to’ video.

I am constantly asked by some astonished people “Do you really understand all the horrid machinery of a motor, and could you mend it if it broke down? … the details of an engine may sound complicated and look “horrid”, but an engine is easily mastered.