Post by sidedraught on May 2, 2012 18:47:00 GMT 10
Great to see that the little aluminium van with the red wheels towed by the old pickup came along, the van was originally owned by Gertie Brook one of Australia's most accomplished horsewomen. In 1951 Gertie won the Warwick Gold cup Australia's most prestigious campdrafting event which at the time was an open competition, after Gertie won they made it a men only event. Gertie towed that little van behind her truck to all the major shows and horse events throughout the fifties and sixties.
Hi all, My apologies to firefighter for claiming he was the stunt driver on Sunday. Maybe i need to have my eyes tested. It was still exciting though. Hope everyone is enjoying themselves. Cheers Sharpie.
Thank you to those who have posted pictures of the event. It certainly looks as if you got picture perfect weather, and lovely autumn colour to boot!
It has been lovely to see the spectacle of all the vans together, even at a distance. I'm waiting with anticipation to see more snaps as people make their way home and back to broadband!
Special thanks to Firefighter and Don and their lovely wives and others that made my in-laws very welcome during the Nationals. Anne and Graham have been so complimentary about how lovely and friendly everyone has been to them - but what else would you expect from our forum members?
Happy and safe trails home - Seeshell
Last Edit: May 3, 2012 20:20:56 GMT 10 by seeshell
The Blue Flyer - 1951 Homemade Bondwood
Chryssi - 1966 VC Valiant Safari
The Seeshell - 1969 Olympic Riviera (deceased)
Greeting again fans!! Mum and Dad are out at some fancy County and Western shindig thingo, so I am going to post some photos of my new buddies for you all to have a look at. Hope I have found some in Mum's camera that others have not already posted.
Sorry if I have doubled up - it is hard when I only have a draw bar to work with!!
Can you see me in the next photo??
Well guys that is it for me at the Nats. Mum and Dad (and I) are starting the long drive back home tomorrow. It has been great fan and I have really enjoyed meeting all the other vintage vans. They are all so friendly - like their owners!!
Lots of love
OH - Just found this photo. Thanks guys for putting in the hard yards so we vintage vans had such a nice place to go!! ;D ;D ;D
Home and hosed and sorry to see it end. Wonderfull time and a huge congratulations to the mods for all their work to put on a premier event. Craig the van park manager summed it all up this morning with his down to earth comment......" I can't believe it, 250 people staying in my park for a week and not a single arsehole" ;D jenno ....Actually I do have one complaint .....Cowra 4WD owners need to stick to angle parking....the only time I parked in a parralell parking area in town all week on thursday morning resulted in about 3 grand damage to the front of my WB statesman
Last Edit: May 5, 2012 15:45:27 GMT 10 by Jennison
Post by stephen&Julie on May 5, 2012 17:08:35 GMT 10
Home sweet home. Had the great pleasure of putting faces to forum names and checking out some of the best restored vintage caravans in Australia a truly fabulous week. Thank you to all the hard working people involved to make this a trip to remember, from $5 dollar counter meals just across the road to raising money for cancer and of course gathering info on how to restore the next project. Thank-you Cheers Stephen&Julie
Thanks for the pics G and J. That has to have been the first pic of the Ritz without an annexe full of boozers - what's happening there guys!
Am VERY disappointed that no-one took a pic of Fugly's artwork this year/ C'mon sutcac, show and tell!!!
I see Morticia is there in her new livery. So larrythelarrikin, why hadn't you updated your thread since you left WA for the "show and tell" to us all. Would love to see more pics of what you guys have done with her. And here I was thinking you were merely swanning around the Block in that "OTHER" van
I feel a real fool actually - mistook the wrong van for the Ritz
No I wasn't aware you had bought the Aerolite, congrats! Hope you kissed and made up with JBJ! Any chance of now putting up more pics of it in the member's photo's section? Would be great to see what you've done to it. It IS a very lovely van!
Hi all, well we made it home from Cowra just after lunch today. The motor held up, just a few stops along the way to let it stop its rattling, and off we'd go again. Did have one hiccup along the way though.
A truck travelling the other way threw up a rock, which our windscreen copped - unfortunately. Had to get the gladwrap out of Jellybean and tape up the window. This happened about 750 km from home, so it made for an interesting trip home. We kept getting Gladwrap "blowouts" when trucks went by the other way, so we had to stop and do plenty of repairs. Thanks to Linda & Peter for stopping to offer assistance.
Anyway, it was all worthwhile. We had a great time in Cowra - thanks to the organisers. The highlight for us was the roadtrip down, travelling with a great group of friends, and going to Bathurst and doing a couple of laps was awesome.
Heres a few more piccies from our week.
Lunch stop on the way down to Cowra
The barn find
This was a bit "different"
Well, can't wait for the next trip now - just have to find a replacement windscreen first.
Cheers Dianne & John
1950ish Homebuilt "Jellybean" Caravan 1971 Olympic Debonair 1955 Chevrolet Sedan 1951 Chevrolet Coupe Ute