Welcome to Have Car, Will Drive. I am a young motoring enthusiast and uni student living in Melbourne, Australia and I have decided to share my thoughts, experiences and opinions on this blog. HCWD will document my driving experiences, and thoughts all all things automotive, as well as share interesting vehicles I see and anything else that is vaguely relevant. Car love for me is not just about exotic vehicles that are out of reach for most of us, but about finding enjoyment in any vehicle. This enjoyment for me is two-pronged, and stems from both driving enjoyment and a less tangible, emotional attachment that I seem to have to anything with four wheels.
Pictured above is my '08 build Ford Focus, my first new car purchase. Two weeks ago I piloted it on a four-day, 1000km round trip laced with twisty bitumen and a good helping of gravel back-roads. It is not amazingly fast, not is it particularly luxurious. And yet with its two-litre four and five-speed manual transmission, mounted on a (relatively) taut chassis and reasonably competent (if a little soft) suspension set-up, it can be quite a bit of fun on a good twisty road.
I hope to write up my recent adventures in my Focus at some point, but the catalyst for starting this blog is my forthcoming trip to New Zealand. Over a period of sixteen days I plan to drive the length of the North Island, see the sights and enjoy the driving along the way. I will post my experiences here, with an emphasis on the driving, and the occasional side note on my other experiences.