A very BIG thanks for Will and Lin for bringing there Kareoke Machine and all the stuff all the way from WA. The night at the pub that they did for everybody was FANTASTIC ;D ;D Everybody had a great night and I do want to say sorry for my singing and I'll stick to caravan repairs from now on
Geez i forgot that there was cameras at the pub that night Thank god there was no sound recording gear eh ;D Can barely remember doing a version of Monty Pythons " I like Chinese" + " He's a Lumberjack". ;D ;D ;D
Can remember the publican sayin " Free Drinks" and me ordering my first can of bundy after about 6 or 7 Victorian Points of VB. Can remember riding home to the park on the running boards of Wills Effie and looking across at the speedo reading about 60mph. Quite brisk at 2.30am in the morning.
Fortunately i was invited into will and Lyns van for "after party drinks" . A middy of scotch warmed me up and it was time for bed. I was attacked by 3 ringtail possums on the way back to my van. The Furry little buggers where more savage than Humptys 4 legged piranha By this time it was way past 3.00am and that explains retros picture taken about 8.30am the next morning.
Joel and i turned left at Mildura on the way home and went up to Broken Hill to look at a restored '47 Studebaker pickup truck. Thinkin it would make a good tow vehicle for Matilda. Took the truck for a drive... 45MPH max..... No thanks.
Bloody long drive up there and a long run back across through Wilcannia, Cobar, Nygan . Saw dozens of old vans , but thats another story and another trip for another time.
I will try and load photos tonight and post a few happy snaps. Cheers Reddo
Post by will and Lyn on Apr 24, 2006 10:04:30 GMT 10
Hi Vin Vanners
Lyn and I got home sunday night at 12.00 pm stuck with Mark and ditz until we knew that there car would get them home we entered W.A. spent the night at Madura had a few beers and a great dinner with them then we had to skidaddle drove 1400 ks on sunday ready for work today its now 6am monday and going to work soon Thanks Jim for your kind offer and your phone numbers and help but that was the spirit of the whole show congratulations to every one that went to Morgan I have to say what we crammed into 3 days was fantastic worth every kilometre spent on the road the Murray river trips the magnificent country side the fantastic people who make up this unique group of people there are lots of photos and fun things that will be forthcoming over the next week or two a big congratulations to Tucky for scooping the pool in the trophy stakes both at Morgan and Barmera congratulations mate Not forgetting Noeline the better half
Both Lyn and I have to to thank Sue and Jailbar Reddo and Joel Cobber and Yvonne For readily accepting lyn and I into there travelling group and making us feel so welcome when we first met up Sue made the Remark when reached Cowra at the japanese gardens it seems like we have all known each other for years We then picked up with Colin and Chris from Victoria at Robinvale two of the most delightfull people you would ever want to meet there is to much for one posting however A great big thankyou to Lorraine from Morgan Caravan park and captain John for their hospitality and there full on effort in arranging trips and tours of there magnificent town all outside there line of duty we will all remain sincerely thankfull and a great big thankyou to Dianne and John from the Terminus hotel at Morgan for there hospitality and friendly staff the food and service was impeccable john had a great voice and would like to thank him for entertaining us between 12pm and 2 am all the free drinks for all that stayed back oh yeah and Reddos Hangover (I know Reddos into motorbikes because when we drove him home he thought he was in a sidecar at the scrambles )hanging of the side of my truck To the South Aussies Retro ands his group were unreal full of fun and life plenty of pics to prove it 4 great guys and girls and to all the west aussies from Mark and ditzy down the same as usual lots of fun and great mates Reddo is a very entertaining and funny guy and a mate forever to Joel great kid (keep an eye on dad son ) to all that attended including craig and Debbie there little girls Millie and Ceareze (Singing stars from the future)from the eyre penninsula Jim and wife and Ken and his lovely wife To Chris and Colin from Victoria to Cobber and his lovely wife Yvonne for ther friendship and great company the new members that arrived from Broadway caravans last not least two of the most beautiful people you could ever meet Sue and Jailbar and to anyone i unintentionly missed The Biggest thankyou for the best time and making our first National event a total success from Will and Lyn
Heres a few piccies from the Morgan trip. I figure there will be plenty of shots of the vans in the park etc being posted by others so I have picked a few out from the trip over and the happenings while we “on Tour”.
There is nothing like a spot of “Tai Chia” in amongst the white pebbles at the Japanese Memorial Gardens. Shortly after this shot was taken I was engaged in a bit of kick boxing and kung fu with the gardens security blokes. Mumbling something about upsetting the emperor and being disrespectful. I reminded them that their grandpa shot shit out of my grandpa at kakoda and they where bloody lucky I didn’t let loose with a coupla hi thong double plugger kicks to the throat.
Saturday night was spent at Grenfell. Then back on the road next morning
We had hardly found top gear before we went through a little town east of Wyalong. I spotted an old van and we all pulled up for a gecko at it. We made so much noise that we got the local copper out of bed . He released his attack dogs which promptly ran out on the front lawn barking. One pulled up for a No2 and the other stood there yappin at the gate. We took a walk around the town and found a shed with an EK sedan, FC Ute and a ’48 Ford pilot stashed away inside.
On the way to Robinvale we noticed oil drippin’ from the Juicemobile, so repairs where carried out on Sunday night.
“So….. This is where the Jailbar Juce is kept Dennis!!!!!”
An uneventfull run to Morgan except for 2 or 3 goes on the breathilyser at Paringa then Renmark. Cobber and Yvonne plus me and Joel left the others scrounging around a few antique shops and headed for Morgan . we rolled up to the caretakers office just in time to see the W.A mob come rollin in from the North. Incredible, we had been travelling for 3 days and they had been travelling for 4 and we arrived within 2 minutes of each other.
One of the highlights of the trip was an organised run down to a blokes place near Blanchetown about 60k south of Morgan . We went to a blokes place to have a look at this…….
Totally blown away……. Full restored fifth wheeler. I didn’t get into the camper until about the third group. So I cant give the exact history. But I can tell you this thing is like a palace inside. A full sized bath recessed into the floor , a magnificent club lounge area with cathedral ceiling in cherry or rosewood. Even the glass sliding doors on the kitchen cupboards has etchings of the rig on them …. So do the dinner plates. We where totally dumbstruck by this thing. After finished climbing all over it the owner took us for a wander through his sheds. A restored Fargo 1 ton pickup, a 1919 dodge part restored. A 1952 Triumph Bonneville with sidecar ( Im still workin on him with this one… it might come home to my place yet) Further down the yard was a rewal early version of a hinge up pop top van from the late 40s or early 50s.
Before we left we ratted through his scrap metal graveyard and Loveshack score 2 pedal car frames with running gear. We headed down to Blanchetown and had a cruise around town spottin old vans. Had a look at “Lock One” which holds the Murrays water back before it finds its way to Murray Bridge and the ocean, Still got me buggered how those Pelicans can stay in the one spot paddlibng in a current of at least 10 or 15 knots.
Wednesday was full on with the vanites splittin into 2 groups Joel, Me, The JBJs, Will and Lyn, Col and Kris , and the Osbournes elected for the river cruise on the Houseboat “Moonshine”. We all got a shot at steering this beautifully equipped boat up the river
“Ahoy ya scurvy bilge rats, bring me my rum….ar, ar, ar.!!!” The Captain pointed out all the points of interest. Sunken paddlewheelers, barges, Aboriginal “Canoe trees”, The Morgan pumping station which supplies water to places like gawler and port augusta and the Barossa valley. Morgan Wharf, We spotted dozens of old vans from the water.
Massive cliffs just seem to spring up along the way. We sailed within a metre of two of these walls in 40ft of water. 4 hours on the water and we finished the day off with a guided tour of Johns house he has almost completed on the banks of the Murray directly opposite Morgan Wharf. The whole 4 hours for $10 a head…… Bloody brilliant. The other half of the gang took a bus trip to a working station called Brenda Farm. Perhaps someone that went down there will chuck a few piccies on here shortly.
All this made for a memorable day out , Only to be Topped off by the “Grand Finale Dinner and Karaoke “at the pub with Will and Lyn pumpin out the tunes with their gear ( did I mention they had to lug the gear over on the plane with them then go and buy speakers to use on the night??) plus a cast of dozens getting up and making complete fools of ourselves tryin to sing. The Publican had a ball. I didn’t think we where gunna get out before daylight. Free drinks, stubby holders and a barrel of laughs for everyone.
It all ended too soon and the next day saw everyone having a group hug and photo session before sayin goodbye. It never ceases to amaze me how we can throw a heap of people together that have never met before and within half an hour ya feel as though you have known them all your life…. No Bad attitudes…. No inflated egos…..No “One upmanship”…… No Clicky splitter groups…..No rivalry……No competition..... Just around 40 people in 14 old caravans ( Old farts in caravan parks???) having a bloody good time and enjoying each others company and our hobby that is …. Vintage caravans.
Thanks heaps to The Cobbers, The JBJs, Will and Lyn, The Kaybees for your company on the way over.
Thanks also goes to everyone else that turned up for a few days from S.A, Vic, and especially W.A . Great effort.
To those that won one of my “Homespun trophies” I am sorry that was the best I could come up with and you will admitt you can see the lack of quality in their production…. He,he,he.
To those that didnt make it. Dont feel left out there is plenty of runs and get togethers comin up in your state in the very near future. Get along to these outings and party, party, party.
Anywho ... thats enough from me.
To Mark, Ditzy and MitsubishiDitzyshitzu hound.... (No wander we nick named him "Enyo" ) Thanks for a great forum ... without you i wouldnt have the hangover i have today. Hope the HD gets well soon!!!
It’s good to read you’re back home ok Will And you too reddo – car problems when you’re on the road away from home aren’t nice. You’ve got a great young fella in your son Joel reddo.. He’ll keep an eye on his dad and keep him out of too much trouble
What’s the progress report with Mark and Ditzy Will? Slowly.. slowly.. back when ?
Post by marktaylor on Apr 24, 2006 22:35:43 GMT 10
Hi Folks .....we're home at last .....twas a long drive.
The HD lost all its oil between Port Augusta and Ceduna, the oil light went on just as we turned into the servo .... A steam clean and a checkover on the hoist at the local Holden dealer in Ceduna didn't reveal anything obvious, so we concluded internal problems, a broken ring maybe
So we nursed the HD home at 80 kph, and in true old Holden style the car made it home ......we added 5 litres of oil between Ceduna & home ......didn't think it was going to make it 90km's out of Perth when we had to climb through the ranges. Thanx heaps to Will & Lyn for sticking with us most of the way, and Will's help in Ceduna.
Ditz, Mitz & I had a ball in Morgan and it was great to meet so many people ......the costs of the Morgan trip & resultant stuffed engine were well worth it
Post by will and Lyn on Apr 27, 2006 0:10:59 GMT 10
;D OK here are some of the site members at their very best firstly our youngest members who incidently sang brilliantly and I was first to get their autographs because they are stars of the future this is a photo taken by Lyn on our River cruise
Millie and cearize from the Eyre Penninsula these beautiful kids travel 50 ks to school and 50 ks home there dad and mum Craig and Deb attended our 1st national with there fibreglass Olympic riviera
Who else but the inimitable REDDO(Capper)no not crapper Warwick Capper look alike strutting his stuff trying to tell the world he was only nineteen (by Redgum)
next is our own Wizard of Oz or should I say Morgan Jailbair Juiceless just shows you how good the Morgan water is to wash your hair in
hey jailbar tell us who your barber is and we will have him beat up
now we have two religous freaks facing west and bowing to the Grand -Pooh Bah the one on the left is named Fatima ditzarella and Reddo-Bin-Lager
Guess who Retro 1 and his newly aquired Mum for the night Louise Filer sharing a song Retro for a bloke that hates Karaoke you did a bloody good job hating it
OK guys enough for tonight I would like to thank Tim Dean for his input getting my Kennedy van up to scratch picking it up and towing it to the auto elecs thanks a lot Tim we appreciate the effort every thing went according to plan from the shipping of my F100 to picking up the van from you and our trip all the way home your a great bloke and I hope we can see more of you in the future Will and Lyn ;D ;D
Early morning at The Weir Caravan Park – Robinvale – Col ‘n’ Kris’s van they nick named “Alison” and our van “matilda” . Cols neat F1 can be seen in between in the background.
The riverboat captain warned us about stowaways . but he didn’t warn us about pirates. These two snuck on board somewhere along the way.
ya gotta ask yaself . would ya stop if ya seen a bunch of vagrants like this hearded up on the side of the road…. Waiting for his highness and princess ditzy as well as Court jesters Will and Lyn in the royal HD to get off the QE2 ferry on the way to Blanchetown.
Ditzy throws her heaed back after sampling the jailbar juice …. Both her and Enyo the dog howled for at least five minutes. After she regained her composure and wiped her eyes she stated that its not a bad drop….. for cleaning your silverware and tearing the lining out of your innards!!!
On the way home at Cobar….. been there … done that.
just got home about 3pm today after a fantastic two weeks on the road around oz
thanks heaps to all the wonderful people we met at the morgan happening , it was great to finally put a face to all the names from this site
what a top bunch of people in a top place that ended a top couple of days
special thanks to lorraine from the caravan park. she put in a remarkable effort to look after all of us and show us the hospitality of this truly beautiful part of australia
after we left morgan a few of us moved onto bamera for the street rod nationals and guess what??..tucky takes out the top van/car combo trophy , a bloody good effort considering there were heaps of contenders including teardrops of all different sizes and colours, plywood slinters, ally combos and even a fifth wheeler complete with workshop in behind the rear drop down tailgate... so the vintage vanners have struck again [ tucky will need extra room shortly to bring all the trophies home with him ]
on a sad note...roger the lodgers' car detonated about 40kms east of madura pass [ about 1500 kms out from perth ] on wednesday and he has had it brought home on a tilt tray
a good samaritan in a camper bus towed his teardrop back to perth for him and he worked for his board at the roadhouse ....but.... the realy sad part was that he sent baaarbaaara back in the teardrop all alone
he dumped her just like that...after all they went through together
i think he might have a ugg boot on the side...shame, shame rodger
ps. you had to be there.
pickies will follow
once again, thanks to all of you we met at morgan and bamera for a fabulous time and many fond memories of new found friends
Hi everyone Steve and I want to thank everyone for making our time so special it will b worth all the extra chrissy and birthday cards to our very extended family. We are sure a nicer bunch of people who got on so well could not easily b found. It might have only been 3 days but it sure felt like we all new each other for ever. It is a shame every one could not have made it to Bamara as that was agreat time and we did miss those who didn't come.
Hey son thanks for letting me know you got home safe and I think that wonderful girl of yours needs a ring very soon cause you wont find another so nice ( except your mum) of course! We picked up Barbaras chariot for Roger but were not game enough to open the door incase she fancied our alpaccas after being so badly treated and left alone for 3 days !!! Love to every one and remember the saying " a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet" how true!!
When we four lots of travelers got to cowra , we decided to visit the Japanese memorial gardens. They were interesting, so Sue took a group shot. ( Reddo was outside practicing )
This ones the Hay Plains from our rod. Very flat and continuous for us coastal NSW dwellers
Sue decided to try an artistic shot.
We got to the SA border on Monday morning, & the officials took all our fruit & veggies from us
One of our trips at morgan was to look at the fargo fifth wheeler at Blanchetown This is the group as we got over the ferry
And all the people except Reddo who took the pix.
This is the rear shot of the Fargo
The interior seating area
And the bathroom
After its all over one more group shot before we left for home &/or the Big river Street Rod Nationals just down the road at Barmera.
After we left Barmera on Sunday, we drove to Melbourne for a couple of days & then home All up about 5000 Km in 2 ½ weeks. The best holiday Sue & I have ever had. Thanks to everyone that participated for their company , & to lovshack especially for kicking the original idea off. Last shot is typical of the trip, having a coffee stop at Castlemaine Victoria