Happy New Year! - Welcome to 2021!
We are planning on making 2021 bigger and better then 2020 was! This year with the lessening of restrictions, we are hopeful to be able to get to more automotive events and share our fun little products and exciting new releases and features.
On the first weekend of Y2021 we made it out to the The All Japanese Cars and Coffee in Brisbane, Queensland. Danny of @allthingsmazda captured the mighty little Mazda RX-3 in all its glory and I'd like to thank him for his other pictures too.
The RX-3 is now sporting a new 12A Bridgeport Rotary motor which was built by Automotive Plus so I have been trying to put some mileage on it. The change has made the Mazda RX-3 so much more fun to drive. I find myself trying to put kilometre's on it now rather than just looking at it.
I believe that this event is still in its very infant stage and it is the first time I have even attended and I believe it will continue to grow. I heard someone say that it is on every month however so keep an eye on this page, they are usually posted here.
I noticed that the event was mainly dominated by Mazda's however there were some nice Datsun 240Z's and Skylines that I got to take a closer look at.
One car that I was super impressed with was Adrian's brand new Yaris GR-Four! This car is completely factory and had me in total shock of the size of the brake setup. The front and rear brakes are actually larger than that of a Porsche Cayman S! I was a bit reserved to pull the trigger on one because I was initially worried the interior would feel cheap, boy am I wrong! Lots of cool little details all over the place that kept me glued to it for a while.
I look forward to seeing many of you at car events this year, I promise I will start using my own photos in future post's.
Thanks for reading and supporting PlateGame.
The Story of a man and a passion for Ferrari's
I first met Matt about 5 years ago at a lunch that I was extended an invitation to with the Lamborghini Group in Brisbane.
Obviously we became friends shortly after due to our passion for all types of cars including classics, all of a sudden my attention was drawn to a classic Ferrari 328 GTB that passed by us on James street in Newstead. He noticed my appreciation for it when he glanced over and quietly responded with wow, Ferrari 328! Dan, I happen to have one of those with a smile on his face. I guess you would say that this is the moment is where our discussions of the Ferrari brand began.
I would say Matt is a very humble and kind person, it is no surprise to me that his personal drive has led him to own this amazing collection. I would like to personally Thank Matt for the insight into his Garage and sharing his passion with PlateGamers.
Go and give his Instagram page a follow!
Name: Matt Latimore
Profession: Steelmaking raw materials marketing, trading and investment, mining.
Question 1. At what age did your love of cars begin?
Answer: At 15 years of age when we had an Italian exchange student come to stay at our house for a year. He was from Modena, the home of Ferrari – he bought a poster of F40 and a Ferrari singlet and cap (which I still own)
Question 2. What is your favourite automotive manufacture and why?
A: Ferrari. Great history with racing and car manufacturing. There are plenty of good people around them with a passion for the brand. Everyone within Ferrari is working and involved within the brand success, this is what makes it such a great company.
Question 3. Out of all the cars you have ever owned, what was your most memorable and why?
A: I would have to say it is the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Nothing compares to the emotion and driving experience from this car so far. It is the last of the naturally aspired V8 Ferrari's ever made and makes the perfect mix of noise, fizz with matching speed, and handling. An amazing car to drive.
Question 4. What is your most memorable automotive moment?
A: The Ferrari F40 on track – while it looks fantastic you only really get an appreciation for the car when in its natural home, on the track shifting between 2nd and 3rd gear.
Question 5. What is your most prized current vehicle and why?
A: Owning the last car Enzo Ferrari signed off on, the Ferrari F40 is very memorable, as is his tribute car the Enzo Ferrari itself.
Question 6. Dream Vehicle if you don’t already own it.
A: I would say I have to divide this answer into three categories.
Vintage - Ferrari 250 California Spider. V12 open-top classic car.
Modern vintage - Ferrari 288 GTO, gated shift drivers car and
Modern - The Ferrari Laferrari Aperta.
Question 7. The inspirational quote you live by:
A: You only get out of anything of what you put into it. There is no substitute for hard work and having a passion for what you are doing makes is essential.
Special mentions or people you would like to thank:
I owe everything in my life to my parent's dedication to me as a child growing up in a small country town.
Please Enjoy the Photos.
The Ferrari F40.
Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Ferrari's 488 GTB 70th-anniversary edition and Ferrari 328GTS.
Ferrari F430 Scuderia.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari 488 GTB 70th-anniversary edition.
My name is Dan and I am the creator of PlateGame. PlateGame has seen massive growth over the last few years since we launched in DATE. We absolutely love being a part of this car-loving community, and we want to use our platform to share stories from car lovers and feature garages from our PlateGamers across the globe (or across Australia?). You’ll still be able to find all of our usual fun products (with lots of new things to be added to the store soon!), but we’ll also be sharing a new and improved blog and newsletter.
Each month we will feature an amazing garage, and introduce you to the people behind the cars and the collections. Do you have a collection or car-related story to tell? Do you have a topic you’d like us to cover? Please email us at hello@PlateGame.com.au.
If you have not subscribed to our emails, we invite you to do so, as we will be sending out links to the blog features and photos (including phone wallpapers). We will also be sharing the stories via our social media pages, on Instagram (link) and Facebook (link), so make sure to follow!
Thank you for your continued support of our PlateGame community. We hope you enjoy this new addition to PlateGame.com.au
Dan | Creator