About

A Wheel Thing is the car news and reviews arm of Torque It Up Communications and PR, a Blue Mountains (New South Wales) based operation, run by Dave Conole.

Dave is the current long term commentator at Sydney Motorsport Park, having been in that role since March of 2004. This comes after a move to Sydney from Perth, where Dave worked at Barbagallo Raceway as part of the circuit’s commentary team plus was heavily involved in Rally Australia’s Rally FM.

These came about thanks to Dave’s role as a radio program co-host, presenting a weekly one hour program covering the automotive and motorsports areas, for over 5 1/2 years, which kickstarted his car review history.

Dave also wrote for Motorsport News during that time. Along the way, Dave gained experience in public speaking, speechwriting, theatre, film and tv, proving himself able in front of both a live audience and a camera.

Since moving to Sydney, Dave has become entrenched in the fabric of motorsport in NSW, having called hundreds of races at Eastern Creek Raceway, (now Sydney Motorsport Park), Oran Park, Wakefield Park and Bathurst, including the 1000 km events and the 12 Hour races.

Dave is also a freelance journalist, being published by Wheels, Motor, V8 Action magazine and Behind the Wheel, plus is the series commentator and media officer for the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix.

Dave has also worked as a commentator on SBS’s iconic Speedweek program and has forged strong working relationships with the elite of Australia’s automotive and motorsport areas, including hosting the launch of the Holden Dealer Teams Special Vehicles (HDT-SV) VE Retro VL Commodore.

Dave has interviewed some of Australia’s best known motorsport drivers, including Craig Lowndes, Russell Ingall, Paul Morris and the Fiore Brothers and with his innate sense of technical and engineering brings to his reviews a clearly understandable and sometimes tongue in cheek look at the world of cars.

2 Comments on "About"

  1. Craig Terrett | June 3, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Reply

    Thanks very much for your review – very helpful. I have noticed the hesitation off the line with the Ignis and it is annoying. Is this something that Suzuki may be able to adjust? When I took the car for its 3-month complimentary service, the guy told me the car is behaving normally and nothing wrong with it. I noticed that your review of the 2017 swift (GL Navigator) suggests that a different CVT unit is in the Swift and that it behaved much better off the line (no hesitation). Do you know what may cause this hesitation with the Ignis?
    Many thanks, Craig Terrett

    • Hi Craig. My best guess, without referring directly to Suzuki, is the difference would be due to the programming on the CVTs in each vehicle. As the engine in the Swift and Ignis is, theoretically, the same, the feeling of difference would have to be how the transmission is calibrated OR the interaction between the throttle input and transmission. Apart from that, I regret I can’t offer anything further. Suzuki’s technical department would be the best option from here on in. Thanks for getting in touch. Dave.

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