New South Coast car tour has drivers hooked

You couldn’t wipe the smile off Shaun Conlan’s face when he and Tony Petrokas got behind the wheel of a Cliff to Coast Sports Car Porsche owned and operated by Gavin Little, of Helensburgh.

You couldn’t wipe the smile off Shaun Conlan’s face when he and Tony Petrokas got behind the wheel of a Cliff to Coast Sports Car Porsche owned and operated by Gavin Little, of Helensburgh.

Sydneysiders Shaun Conlan and Tony Petrokas have both owned and driven sporty cars when they were younger but as is often the case, life meant that over time they needed to become more practical about what they drove.

But once they experienced the fleet of Porsches that Gavin Little operates out of Helensburgh's new business park earlier this year they were hooked and totally enjoyed the experience of reliving their youth.

So much so they have been back to do the day-long Cliff to Coast Sports Car Tours a couple of times.

During the tour days people get to experience driving four different Porsches through the Royal National Park, down over Sea Cliff Bridge, up Macquarie Pass to the Southern Highlands, back down to the quiet country roads around Jamberoo and Saddleback Mountain and then back up the coast.

The fleet of Porsches at Bald Hill. Picture: GREG ELLIS

The fleet of Porsches at Bald Hill. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Conlan said it was an experience like nothing he had done before.

"I've done it a couple of times because of the exhilaration of driving a performance car and the scenery," he said.

"It is a combination of those two factors that make it a really interesting and unique experience. They are fun and they are quite exhilarating. Every car has a personality and after the first drive, everyone was able to sit there and talk about why they like driving a particular car."

People have very different reasons for liking different cars but the Boxster is always good.

Petrokas said it was a magnificent stretch of coast to drive such vehicles on, "and the stop-offs along the way are just great".

"And you don't have to be a Porsche enthusiast to enjoy it.

"If you want the opportunity to be able to get into a sports car, this is a great way to do it. The first time we did it was such a memorable experience, the grins were on our faces the whole day and did not disappear when we went home."

Petrokas' family car is a Toyota Kluger. After sitting so low to the ground in the Porsches, the first time he turned a corner when he hopped back in his SUV he thought it was going to tip over.

Both men said none of the five cars liked to go slow and Rowan Naicker, of Smithfield, agreed when he got to experience five different Porsches in one day recently.

At present, 85 per cent of business for the Illawarra sports car tour business comes from Sydney but Gavin Little would like more locals to experience Wollongong's picturesque coastline like they have never experienced it before.

He has five models of Porsche from different eras to give enthusiasts and people seeking a driving adventure a range of driving experiences.

The full-day tour starts at 9.30am with a safety and route briefing over tea or coffee.

The 210-kilometre, six-and-a-half-hour adventure includes a cliff-top morning and afternoon tea overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Cliffhanger Cafe and a gourmet lunch.

Bookings can be made through driveporsches.com.au and there is the option of sharing the driving experience with a friend.

There is also a 115-kilometre half-day tour option that lasts just over three hours.

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