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Hi guys, picked up a new rs265 just before christmas. Thanks to Damien from Main North Renault who has told me that he lurks around here from time to time. After 6 or so weeks and 6000 km's loving the car, easily the best car i have owned or driven and so much fun to drive and surprise most people who have no idea what a renaultsport is. Being a newcomer to Radelaide could any of the guys from around these parts give me some advice on some good roads to make the most of the meg?

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Welcome mate! Good to hear Dame got you into a 265. Nice…

 

Re roads. Head up to Cudlee creek and Chain of ponds, or do the mad mile, aka Gorge road ( watch for cyclists, motorbikes and cops) or fox creek rd.

 

Alternatively see the social section where we organise drive days

Enjoy!!

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Welcome! As you mentioned in the sightings thread, pretty sure that would have been your 265 I've spotted at Klemzig a few times :)

 

Roads... roads!!

 

Athelstone to Crafers - awesome run, mostly tight to very tight corners/road. Pretty good condition. Cyclists to watch on weekends. Generally quite light traffic. Almost nowhere to overtake. Mt Lofty lookout is close to Crafers. 2 minutes from Crafers is the http://www.stirlinghotel.com.au/ - worth a visit. Also think I got a $2.70 schooner of Sparkling Ale last time I was there, so that was just awesome.

 

Burnside-Balhannah - not bad. A lot of it is in bad condition IMO, one of the more heavily trafficked roads in the hills, problems with cyclists uphill and a lot of blind corners uphill too. And because it's relatively popular, tourists to contend with trying to get Mt Lofty, plus local f***wit drivers who cross into the oncoming lane on blind corners because their Camry is unpleasant to drive. Opens up a lot towards the Balhannah end, but the speed limit stays at 80. Visit http://www.cocolat.com.au/ in Balhannah too. Or Mrs Wong's Chinese restaurant - if you have a lot of time. One of the best Chinese restauarants I've been too, but can't be rushed (and she was looking to sell it last time I was there). More opportunities to overtake in some sections, but mind the openness and the cops hiding in bushes for that.

 

Magill-Lobethal - crazy, crazy fun road. Extremely tight to open in parts, rare massively cambered corners, hairpins, left-right-left-right volleys, you name it. Condition mostly good. Most of it is too tight and twisty for any overtaking. Visit http://www.bierhaus.com.au/ in Lobethal.

 

Vista-Athelstone via Chain of Ponds and Gorge Road - another great run, did this at 1am the other day as it's close to home and I was showing a Melbournian through. North East Road (after Kersbrook) and Tippett Road sections are really well surfaced. Gorge road is mostly poor. North East Road flows nicely, but there's a lot of blind corners. DON'T make any assumptions about what you can't see on Tippett road, there's a couple of big crests on its short run that make things feel very flighty. Gorge Road is a mix of open in the middle and very tight and technical at either end with looming rock walls close by - road is absolutely dictated by the rock and doesn't flow very well but can be fun. Popular with cops. Overtaking lanes (if people will let you use them) on North East Road and the middle section of Gorge Road, nowhere else. Back in Athelstone, http://campbelltown.assaggio.com.au/ is quite good.

 

Glen Osmond-Mclaren Vale via old highway, Stirling and Kangarilla - good way to get to the vineyards, but easy to get held up on this run. Old highway is a 60 zone but there's miles of space and the cyclists have their own dedicated lane - I haven't heard of anyone getting pinged on it but I'm always wary, which is a shame because it would be great fun if the limit was 100. The run south from Stirling is a mix of very open roads and fairly tight. Overtaking opportunities are slim even in the more open sections. Road surfaces are good to average. Heaps of wineries/cellar doors to visit in Mclaren Vale, I really liked http://www.thebarnbistro.com.au/ last time I was there.

 

(I spent half an hour writing this, now you have to do all of them :lol: ) /sobstory

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You are definitely spoilt for choice, but this;

 

Magill-Lobethal - crazy, crazy fun road. Extremely tight to open in parts, rare massively cambered corners, hairpins, left-right-left-right volleys, you name it. Condition mostly good. Most of it is too tight and twisty for any overtaking. Visit http://www.bierhaus.com.au/ in Lobethal.

 

Just Epic, a big portion of this run was used to be a stage in the Classic Adelaide Rally which I did a few times.

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You are definitely spoilt for choice, but this;

 

Magill-Lobethal - crazy, crazy fun road. Extremely tight to open in parts, rare massively cambered corners, hairpins, left-right-left-right volleys, you name it. Condition mostly good. Most of it is too tight and twisty for any overtaking. Visit http://www.bierhaus.com.au/ in Lobethal.

 

Just Epic, a big portion of this run was used to be a stage in the Classic Adelaide Rally which I did a few times.

 

Plus Lobethal held an Australian Grand Prix!

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You are definitely spoilt for choice, but this;

 

Magill-Lobethal - crazy, crazy fun road. Extremely tight to open in parts, rare massively cambered corners, hairpins, left-right-left-right volleys, you name it. Condition mostly good. Most of it is too tight and twisty for any overtaking. Visit http://www.bierhaus.com.au/ in Lobethal.

 

Just Epic, a big portion of this run was used to be a stage in the Classic Adelaide Rally which I did a few times.

 

Plus Lobethal held an Australian Grand Prix!

 

I grew up driving that road every day :)

 

Still a good excuse to visit the folks and go for a "drive" ...

 

ED:

This is also a great route:

https://www.google.com/maps?saddr=Darle ... 6&t=m&z=11

 

(sorry - short URL not working!!!)

 

Anyway - Stop off at the Scenic Hotel in Norton Summit. Heritage spot, and the only place I know of you can get a skippy Schnitzel (Kangaroo!) - which goes down well with a pint of Coopers stout :)

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Thanks for the replies on some roads to check out, I have been up to chain of ponds and gorge rd and found a nice diversion up corkscrew rd then onto basket ranges rd which is tight and a little rough but still good. I will have to get out a little more and check out the rest of the list. I would feel guilty if I didn't after SupremeMoFo put in all that effort.

Walkie I went for a white one

250rs I'm coming out of a skoda octavia which wasn't a bad car but lacking in the excitement department and I really didn't like the dsg.

I'll keep an eye on the social pages and get out and about on some drive days, It would be nice to go for a drive and not be frustrated at how slow everybody else goes around corners.....

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