Post by bobandjacqui on May 18, 2014 12:59:12 GMT 10
Backtracking a bit to Lightning Ridge where we caught up with Brendo and Stacey and Clyde and Barb who were travelling down to catch up with Reddos Alps tour.
Parted company with them in Bourke, then it was onto Broken Hill for the rest of us.
Girls will be girls.
Another happy hour
Bells milk bar
Went out to Silverton for the day.
Cobber and Yvonne enjoying lunch at the Silverton pub.
This was the noisy table
We had a great day out in Silverton, very interesting place. Thursday night was the Nationals dinner. Great night with lots of laughs .
Good to catch up Case and Louise again.
Great trip with great company . Good to catch up with so many people that we have met over the last few years . Thanks to the moderators for organizing such a wonderful event you blokes do an amazing job.
Thanks also to the happy band of travellers who travelled down with us to make it a trip to remember.
We left Temora early and then headed towards West Wylong. Where we stopped for our morning cuppa tea. In the Paragon Cafe Then on to Forbes where we booked into our cousin's place where we spent an lovely evening catching up, Late BBQ breakfast then home to Canberra.
To Anne and I this trip was in three parts. Part 1 - travel with friends to Broken Hill Part 2 - Caravan Nationals Part 3 - Wander home by ourselves as our Canberra travelling colleagues had either bolted home, or gone further west.
All three were different, but one thing remained the same. If you have a vintage caravan, or an old car, or both. All sorts of people want to have a chat. And that's the part about caravanning that we love.
Until next event.
Thanks to all the organizers who made an effort in getting the event organized
I would like to add Anne and my congratulations to the organisers who have done a wonderful job in managing the nationals event.
And we look forward to the next one, and many more get-togethers in between.
It has been a pleasure putting faces to names, and the only one regret that I have is that I did not get around to see more people. Perhaps on future events.
So, why has this taken so long to write.
When we made it home safely my daughter, who was house and dog sitting said to me "your internet is not working". and she was right. Nothing.. A quick phone call to Optus, a week wait and then the new flash modem arrived.
Only problem, in the meantime my PC also decided that it had enough and started to muck up. It was only 10 years old.
So I now have a new flash Laptop in my office and am now tediously sorting out software issues.
but I am back on the interweb,
Thanks once again
Mike and Anne
Last Edit: May 21, 2014 23:27:04 GMT 10 by tooleyau
Post by Don Ricardo on May 22, 2014 0:12:45 GMT 10
Some great photos of the Nationals (and the journey there and back) posted by Bobandjacqui.
Picking up from my last post on the Nationals, here are some more photos from the auction on Monday night, beginning with super-auctioneer Errolb and assistants:
Some of the eager bidders studying their auction catalogues...
The umbrella was one of the items which produced some of the most spirited bidding and one of the highest prices of the night:
MarkT with Rod (L) and Phil (R) from "Time to Roam" magazine:
And Dona Ricardo made great friends with Wayfarer56's miniature dachshund Polly:
Tuesday in Broken Hill for Dona Ricardo, I and quite a few others meant an early morning visit to the School of the Air. It was the second of our inspiring experiences at the Nationals.
Our group waiting in the foyer to enter the classroom/studio:
Sitting in the classroom observing the lesson, which in our case was actually a session providing some training for the parents and governesses who supervise the children in their classroom wherever they are:
The School of the Air teachers at their desk and their microphone:
What the children see on their computer screens:
One of the changes which has occurred with the move from school over the radio (originally pedal radio) to school over the internet is that teachers can now turn the children's cameras on to make sure that the kids haven't quietly disappeared from their classroom or aren't mucking around! Takes all the fun out of school if you can't play hookey, eh?
Mist on Tuesday night provided a ghostly landscape:
Some more pics of the vans at the Nationals, starting with Austin125's Paramount and tow vehicle:
Another one of the Olympics, this one a tandem:
Another of the Sunliners:
One of the Wayfarers, this one owned by Wayfarer63 I think:
Buggsy's Globetrotter and handsome Surfwagon:
Case's Quest with some of the fibreglass fans gathered together for a chat:
Frances' early Vacation with admirers:
Melanco's Carapark Zestliner:
Another of the Sunliners:
Stan's Safetee Minor:
Toffeeman's (Wartz) Expandavan:
The Viscount owned by Donald80's brother (I think!):
Moparman's Viscount Ambassador:
Lester & Yvette's van:
Again apologies for those members who I haven't been able to match up with their vans!
A big thank you to all that have posted photos of the 2014 Nats so far.. Love the shot of the vans heading into Broken Hill with all the mining equipment in the background. Great shots at Silverton Pub....You don't get much more Ocker than that place aye !!!
Also like to thank Don Ricardo for posting his pix as well. You always manage to take good shots Richard... and it is difficult matching owners with vans .. You have done well mate. Reddo
Post by Surf Tragic on May 22, 2014 9:58:23 GMT 10
Truly a great lot of photos, I felt like I had gone back to yester-year, reminded me of my childhood & even after we were married, what a great atmosphere that you all enjoyed..... I did feel part of it all..
Thanks Don Ricardo & Cobber, & others who have posted different aspects of the event. You have put Broken Hill on the map for us here, didn't know much about the place before but am intrigued with
School of the air & the RFDS. Of course we have heard of those organizations, but to be right there & almost part of it would leave a lasting impression.
The photo at night with lights on inside the vans is a great photo DR.
Post by shesgotthelook on May 22, 2014 10:04:28 GMT 10
Bob & Jacqui, one of your photo's has me mystified. The one of the light horse soldier saluting the memorial, if you look at the horse, there is a boot in the stirrup backwards (or as if someone is about to mount the horse?) but nobody in the boot!
Post by bobandjacqui on May 22, 2014 13:25:55 GMT 10
G'day sgtl, The horseman in question actually lead the riderless horse beside his mount in the Anzac service then dismounted his horse to lay a wreath at the memorial while another rider held his mount.
Post by Don Ricardo on May 26, 2014 22:31:56 GMT 10
Some more amazing photos a couple of day ago from Bobandjacqui from their trip to and from Broken Hill. I can only assume that they will be returning with a car carrier or a low loader to pick up all those vans they saw just crying out to be saved.
Some more pics from the Nationals...
On Wednesday, like a lot of others, Don Ricardo and I headed off for Silverton which turned out to be a fascinating place, and quite inspiring in its own way. Most of the town has gone, and most of the streets are desolate, but the buildings that remain reflect Silverton's previous glory:
The Catholic church:
The former Methodist church:
Looking north over the SCG - the Silverton Cricket Ground:
Saw this nice little Vauxhall Victor happily grazing in a paddock:
Meanwhile it's cousin, Griffin's Cresta, headed off to the pub...
...and tried not to pick a fight with a local which was packing some serious rubber:
After checking out Silverton we headed the nine kilometres out west to the Umberumberka Reservoir which provides the water for Broken Hill...
...then headed back to the Mundi Mundi lookout where it seemed as if you could see for ever:
The sunset was a bit underwhelming when we were there...
...but the Silverton Council Chambers glowed in the dusk light (and the street light!):
Back at the caravan park, the park people had set up an inflatable picture screen (seriously, inflatable!) for our 'walk-in' (bring your own chair) film night:
The film "The Long, Long Trailer" made us wince as much as laugh as we imagined our own caravans in the predicaments Desi and Lucy managed to get their trailer into:
MarkT and Woowoo enjoying the film:
Some more photos of the vans attending the Nationals (with their owners), commencing with a South African Jurgen with its tow vehicle:
Graham & Chris G's Propert:
1956 Carapark Superb:
Ralphandi's home built 'Looz-a-Bago'
Classic era Millard:
Humpty2's new (to him) home built van which he very carefully kept under wraps until he arrived at the Nationals to achieve maximum wow-value (and succeeded):
Another classic era Millard:
Another one of the Olympics:
Yellowspinner's Viscount Valiant:
Bob F's Adelma:
And this Olympic wasn't as long as Lucille Ball's 40 ft trailer, but definitely got the tick for being the longest van at the Nationals:
It's a few weeks since the Nationals ended, but hopefully people are still interested in seeing some pics. And apologies once again for those vans for whom I can't identify the forum members to which they belong.
Post by Don Ricardo on May 31, 2014 21:19:06 GMT 10
A few more photos from the Nationals at Broken Hill (remember that event, way back when? ). Sorry it's taken me so long to post my photos with days between posts - I've been flat out at work and at home since we got back.
Thursday at the Nationals began with a pancake breakfast put on for us by the staff of the Tourist Park:
During breakfast, the Park manager told us a bit about the history of Broken Hill, including why the streets and laneways had been built to act as the city's drainage system, which was very interesting:
Enjoying the pancakes:
On Thursday morning, quite a number of us headed off to see a car collection belonging to one of the Broken Hill locals. On the way and living large in the back of Raymar's Pontiac, with Marjie2 riding shotgun beside Raymar:
There have been a number of photos shown from this outing, so I'll try and not duplicate... We were allowed into the inner sanctum of the collection in groups of 8, so while our group was waiting for our turn, we had a look around the yard which was full of wonderful treasures:
Griffin looking for signs of a Vauxhall (there were none), with Raymar in the background...
...but there were some signs of a couple of Buicks...
...and a variety of other makes and models:
The little Fergy workhorse was looking pretty schmick:
Two of the cars under restoration - a Chrylser Town & Country and a De La Salle:
Our host telling us about the De La Salle:
Admiring some of the restored vehicles...
...and some others in storage:
An elegant Packhard 'Goddess of Speed' bonnet mascot:
Other people have shown pics of this 1935 Chrysler Airflow, but it's the tow car of my dreams for the Don, so please excuse the indulgence:
And now for the last series of photos of the caravans attending the Nationals, beginning with Paul & Allie's 1948 bondy:
Terry & Vicky's Olympic:
Koala's Franklin Freeway:
Raymar's Don 120 and Pontiac:
Frank's 1979 Spaceline "Dimples":
...with its flash new flash down the side:
Colinandsue's Don 140:
Wartz82's Foldvan Hi-Lite:
Don257's newest van:
Aquamum's Gypsy Super Gem:
Ian & Annette's Carapark:
...showing the two sides of its personality:
Sometimes the plan to prepare your van for an event doesn't go to plan, so you go anyway "as is". Good on you Griffin - you're an example to us all!
And finally a NSW Clipper:
There were a couple of vans that I didn't get photos of because they were only there for a couple of days. Apologies to them, but I'm sure that Lillian got some pics of them an they'll be on the forthcoming DVD. However, from what I've posted, you can can see there was quite a diverse range of vintage caravans represented..
Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 1, 2014 19:18:25 GMT 10
Following is the final instalment of my photos from the Nationals, starting with some pics of a couple of vans I missed previously. First up is the little bondwood Noblesgarage picked up from Tamworth and towed to Broken Hill before heading off home with it to WA. The van started off white, but Noblesgarage - wanting to share some of his skills - decided to give a workshop on how to paint a caravan in a single afternoon:
Lots of people stood by learning the finer points of his technique:
Holding your left hand in exactly the right position is critical to the whole exercise:
All of which raises the question: How many vintage vanners does it take to paint a caravan? The answer is around 10 apparently, based on the above pics.
The finished project:
Nearby was Willow5075's 'Sundowner' van:
While I'm at it, I would also like to acknowledge Winterwood who got as far as Mildura on the way to Broken Hill with his Don 150 (seen below at another event), but very sadly had to return home following the tragic death of a close friend:
Friday morning at the Nationals started with a small group of us making the trip out to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to present the RFDS with the money raised by the auction on Monday night, the official 2014 V V Nationals sticker, and the raffle for the beautiful vintage caravan quilt crafted by Gay (Mrs Firefighter). We managed to kidnap the quilt from Cobber and Mrs Cobber (who won the raffle) for a few hours to show the folk at RFDS - Gay (R) with the quilt and an RFDS staff member (L):
Below is the group making the presentation of the money raised at the RFDS - (L to R) Mrs Tooleyau who with Mr T. happened to be visiting the RFDS at the same time, yours truly, Tooleyau, Gay, Firefighter, the RFDS staff member, and Ralphndi (Ralph and Di):
As previously announced, a total of $2,575 was raised at the Nationals for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which was a great effort. Special thanks to Gay for all the work she put into sewing the quilt, Ralph and Di for preparing the Nationals stickers, and Errolb for volunteering to be the auctioneer for the auction. Thanks also to those who contributed towards the total funds raised (which was probably almost everyone).
After the trip out to RFDS, Dona Ricardo and I spent some more time poking around town, visiting the Silver City Mint, and viewing Ando's Big Picture, which was pretty amazing. We also visited the Pro Hart Gallery, which was the fourth of our inspiring experiences in Broken Hill. The Gallery had a representative selection of Pro Hart's many different styles of painting which was fantastic, as well as showing some of his painting equipment including his paint canon. I didn't take any photos in the Gallery, but I did take a couple of pics of his vehicles:
A couple of good tow cars there!
Saturday saw us lowering the vintagecaravans.com flag outside Firefighter's van...
...heading out of town...
...and stopping a bit further down the road to be amazed at the wide expanse of the landscape covered by salt bush (and almost getting bogged in the wet, red soil a few metres on from the photo spot):
We stopped at the Coombah Road House to allow a few V V'ers to refuel:
Those of us driving "moderns" didn't need to refuel quite so soon, and parked on the other side of the road:
One of the classic tow cars didn't need fuel - must have had a tank big enough to match the van - but looks as if something needed to be attended to under the bonnet nevertheless:
After stopping for lunch at Wentworth, we admired the art deco Town Hall...
...and looked at a Viscount sitting in the street:
Having been trained well by Franklin1, of course I remembered to get the serial number:
From Mildura we travelled with Marjie2, uphill...
...and down dale:
By the time we were getting close to Sealake, the sun was beginning to set producing a nice sunset:
We stopped the night at Green Lake camping area near Sealake with Marjie2:
...it was pretty chilly (as you can tell by the way Dona Ricardo is standing), and we discovered that Green Lake (in the background) at that point was quite a lot of green, but not much lake:
Having just had more than a week 100% immersed in vintage caravans, it seemed particularly appropriate on the way home to see a farm shed accommodating quite a nice collection of vintage caravans:
Anyone we know???
Thanks once again to everyone who made the Nationals such a great event and get together - Firefighter who did the lion's share of the organising, Conti and Urkel1965 who assisted Firefighter, and MarkT who contributed to the V V Nationals Dinner by meeting the cost of the musical entertainment. And of course thanks to everyone who attended and made it such a successful and memorable event.
A great time was had by all. Let's do it all again in two years!!
Post by sportsman 1 on Jun 4, 2014 13:12:59 GMT 10
Great photos, much appreciated by those who could not attend.
Regards Bobandjackquis photos the tenth one down (the one above the budget B & B) is a SA Clipper if I am not mistaken. Come on guys, you cant post tasty morsels like that and then not tell me where it is! Please, Please, Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also intrigued with the ?SA Clipper pictured at the Nats. I have not seen any others with that style of Clipper writing across the front, also looks like it has been modified at the front? Anybody got anymore pictures of that one?
The Clipper at the Nationals was next to us and I had a bit of a chat, I'm pretty sure he said it was a Clipper from Sydney. Not modified that I"m aware of, pretty extensive restoration as I remember. My photos much the same view.