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Coast Challenge?

By La_Tour_Maubourg - 4 June 2013 36

Hello

After speaking with some people born in Canberra who are now 30+, a discussion I had involved past times the then teens had in the 80s-90s. Nightly Air Disaster Memorial visits, “bin bowling” all arose, however one struck me as insane and doubtful.

Has anybody here heard of the “Coast Challenge?”

It apparently involves/ed driving to Batemans Bay as quickly as possible (obviously extremely dangerous and involving risks of all types)

People who have allegedly participated in this claim they’ve cleared the distance in around 50mins

Does anybody else have stories similar to this? Thought it might be interesting.

What’s Your opinion?


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Coast Challenge?
p1 12:11 pm 04 Jun 13

I have certainly heard of this and similar challenged. Pretty much any regular destination of young people in cars will sooner or later result in a “how quick have you done it” conversation – followed by bragging, lies and attempts to beat PBs. Mostly amongst my friends this translated to WRC action on various dirt roads to nearby camping destinations.

Lunch in Braidwood without being gone so long the boss complains used to be one though. Could be done ridiculously fast by those with turbo 4WDs, but not so quick I could believe to the coast in 45mins.

Thumper 11:59 am 04 Jun 13

Solidarity said :

Much faster in a straight line, which is where it counts.

Not to mention that speed trials and motorcycling in general was a big, big thing at the end of the 60’s/early 70’….

plus acceleration and braking distances.

m00nee 11:57 am 04 Jun 13

I can confirm that 60 minutes from Queanbeyan to BB is possible. A friend did it in the mid 80’s. We did the trip at least once a fortnight usually in about 1 1/4 hours.

As for the Sydney run Liverpool to Queanbeyan was 2 hours neat. By the mid 80’s most of the road was divided, and you were able to cruise at 125 without drawing the ire of highway patrol.

Today you would be hung drawn and queartered for even thinking about exceeding 101km/h. on the Kings Highway

Solidarity 11:44 am 04 Jun 13

Much faster in a straight line, which is where it counts.

Not to mention that speed trials and motorcycling in general was a big, big thing at the end of the 60’s/early 70’….

poetix 11:38 am 04 Jun 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Yeah, nah, I used to live in Yass. We had our own challenge. 😛

Was that learning how to spell ‘Yass’? (-:

Mysteryman 11:31 am 04 Jun 13

johnboy said :

Motorbikes aren’t *that* quick on windy roads and downhill reverse cambers are hell.

There are only about 5 corners on that whole road that aren’t great on a motorbike. The rest of them are a piece of cake and a lot of fun! 🙂 And you can take them pretty quickly if you know how.

Diggety 11:21 am 04 Jun 13

Unless the Ariel Atom went back in time to the 70’s, I doubt the 45 min claim.

Felix the Cat 11:21 am 04 Jun 13
watto23 11:20 am 04 Jun 13

Solidarity said :

There are stories of people getting to Sydney in 2 hours etc, running powerful cars.

I wouldn’t call it completely BS – Back then driving like that wasn’t unheard of. You could get all the way to Sydney without seeing a cop car etc.

Is it true? I guess we’ll never know.

I can see Queanbeyan to Batemans happening in 45 minutes on a motorbike.

I remember going to Sydney with my dad, when it was a single lane road and we managed it in 3hrs and that was without speeding and thought it was good time we left early and no traffic. I think someone speeding could easily do it now in under 2 hours. as its about 240 km of dual carriageway 110 km/h road. Someone not speeding should be able to manage a sub 3 hr time. I’ve definitely got from Tuggeranong to the Sydney CBD in ~ 3 hours with no speeding, but also no traffic either in the sydney section

ezy10z 11:20 am 04 Jun 13

I think 45min could be done. i”ve heard stories of people doing it in some quick 4wd’s (nissan gtr, wrx, evo etc). It would be pretty tough on those windy roads otherwise

johnboy 11:01 am 04 Jun 13

Motorbikes aren’t *that* quick on windy roads and downhill reverse cambers are hell.

Solidarity 10:59 am 04 Jun 13

There are stories of people getting to Sydney in 2 hours etc, running powerful cars.

I wouldn’t call it completely BS – Back then driving like that wasn’t unheard of. You could get all the way to Sydney without seeing a cop car etc.

Is it true? I guess we’ll never know.

I can see Queanbeyan to Batemans happening in 45 minutes on a motorbike.

Holden Caulfield 10:04 am 04 Jun 13

Yeah, nah, I used to live in Yass. We had our own challenge. 😛

bundah 10:00 am 04 Jun 13

I call BS on 45 mins.One would have to be ‘averaging’ over 200 km/h on the Queanbeyan to Braidwood stretch to come even close to doing it in 50 mins.

By my calculations it would take someone like John McGuiness or Joey Dunlop( Isle of Man TT fame) to do it in 45 mins and that’s on a closed road scenario.

Growling Ferret 9:35 am 04 Jun 13

45 minutes from Queanbeyan to the t-intersection at the Bay was the fastest I had heard of. That was achieved in the 70’s when the road was significantly worse but quieter.

Anyone trying that now is an even bigger bloody idiot.

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