Re: Australian Tour Website Page Launched
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Date: April 12, 2011 12:35PM
Yes I took a short run down to Dungog from Canberra - about 550kms - to check out the cars. Great to see the two Dobles - magnificent cars, and I managed rides in both the 20HP Model K and the 30HP Model R - the latter owned by Basil Craske. Indeed the highlight for my couple of days with the group was getting to drive Basil's Model R - what an experience!
I also met up with several Australian members - with whom I'll be keeping in touch on my return from the UK - yes I'm heading over soon to check out the museums and galleries, and hopefully find some cars to write about for the magazine too.
The Maitland Antique Steam and Agricultural Machinery Rally was one of the biggest I've seen and the steam cars attracted loads of attention.
I bade farewell as the cars steamed off towards Gloucester and returned safely to Canberra in time to get ready to depart for Northern climes.
I've attached a photo taken just as I parked the Model R - yes that will live with me for a long while - and has further whetted my appetite for a car project :-)
I'll be posting some video footage on YouTube soon, and will have some photos on my Flickr site too - but they will have to wait for a week or so.