Post by Deleted on Oct 25, 2008 13:07:43 GMT 10
Last Sunday, I returned from the WA Spring Tour after a 410 km drive from Albany to Perth in the Holden, with the lil nameless bondy in tow .
The drive home was the longest day of the tour, I was all alone, the rest of the spring tourers made their own way home, in their own time.
I had plenty of time to reflect during the 5 hour drive, and was thinking that vintage caravanning on this day, and in fact the whole week, was all too easy .
The bog stock 49 Holden shod with modern radial tyres cruised the modern highways effortlessly ,
there was little challenge in the drive, plenty of fun , but little challenge .
Up & down the hills she went, only slowing substansially on the steepest of grades, even then...... rarely did it slow below 30 mph, and rarely did it necessitate a downchange to second gear.
Even the day before, on the tour between Denmark & Albany, the Holden kept up the same cruising pace as the V8 ZC Fairlane and V8 AP5 Val, arriving in Albany behind the two V8's.
And on the drive home to Perth, some caravanners following in their 4WD tow vehicles with thier modern Jaycos in tow didn't even bother overtaking, obviously the Holden was cruising at an adequate pace for them .
And the Holden was comfortable, too comfortable, the bench seat is the most comfortable old Holden seat I've sat in, and the ventilation via the windscreen mounted vent was excellent ,
and the weathershields did a great job keeping the breeze outta my face. The small split windscreen allowed only little sun in through the front of the car, unlike modern cars with their huge windscreens allowing the hot sun to beam down on the driver.
I arrived in Perth feeling fresh and relaxed , not feeling at all as though I'd just driven 410 kms in a 60 year old car .
Not even the stock brakes concerned me .......the brakes, well they sorta worked ;D.....good enough for me to tackle the busy Albany traffic. On the Friday, I lost the others in heavy Albany traffic, the plan was to follow the leader who had directions to the caravan park. I pulled in for fuel, went to get inside the caravan to get the directions to the caravan park, but the caravan door handle had come adrift , and wisely, my tools were stored inside the caravan, so, I couldn't get into caravan . Not knowing where to go , I headed for the busy main street of Albany, and much to the amusement of Albany people out and about everywhere, did bog laps up and down the main street whilst trying to find car and caravan parking outside the Albany pub. I learnt early in my life, when you're lost, and you can't find your direction, head for the nearest watering hole ;D ;D.
The original Holden ......were they good ....yep, too right , bloody good ;D .....its little wonder there were two year waiting lists in the early 50's for new car clients to get their hands on one of these units .......
A more challenging vinvan run for me was a couple of years ago, when I took the 39 Chev vintage vanning with the 46 Holiday Home in tow.......
now there was a challenge .....the old Chevy with its beam-axle front end and 16 inch rag tyres was a bastard to steer, especially with 900 kg of Jarrah framed masonite caravan hanging off the back, and slow .......soooo slow ......the torquey 216 ci big six pulled allright, but three on the floor coupled with a 4.2 rear drive ratio, we were never gunna go fast ....and the sloppy gear shifter .....which gear are we in ......yeah, that was true vin vannin .......littIe wonder I was stuffed that day when I finally got the rig home ......thats the way great grandad would've done it .......
So, forever up for a challenge, and thinking that caravanning in the Holden was all too easy, I'm going to have go back ........way back , to caravanning 1930's style ......and off road would be good ;D .......
I have a little prewar caravan,:
I'm just going have to find a smallish mid 1930's tow car for it, or why not late 20'ish........ and hit the dirt, lets see just how comfortable vin vannin' will be then .....great gran did it ......why can't I