The Next Chapter in the Capricorn Aug 26, 2009 21:46:35 GMT 10
Post by halps on Aug 26, 2009 21:46:35 GMT 10
Many of you would have followed this story in Jan/Feb and March of this year. The Halpsies were on the hunt for a vintage van. We even traveled to Melbourne on a 3000km (plus) road trip to look at a "goodie", but didn't buy it. Then Reddo remembered one that he had looked at some time back and decided to give us novices a helping hand. I have been given permission to use some of his photos to jog your memories.
The Capricorn was in a shed. Reddo had been given the tip from the other Reddo (his brother). The story went like this...Hartley around 9.00am today . I swung down the lane where the Capricorn van is.
The lane is called Baanes Ln... no spelling mistake thats the name. I found the property and walked up the drive. I was challenged by the lady on the adjoining property. She mellowed out when i told her why i was there.
The owner of the van is Lissie Cornicopher.. Kornicoffa or something similar. Blokes name is Jeff Sutton. The live near Frenches forest on Sydney's north shore. I left the neighbour my business card and asked that Lissie contact me next time she is at the farm.
I also asked the neighbour if it was OK to look through the window of the shed to confirm the van is still there.... It is ;D ;D ;D ;D
This lead to PM's and phone calls and trusting in Reddo's good judgment. It turned out to be well placed trust as dollars changed hands with the Capricorn's old owners. Reddo then kindly drove the van all the way up to the Sunshine Coast for us. WOW! He was a real champion and lived in the lap of luxury.
The next thing we knew we had an official hand over ceremony in the caravan park.
I had to get my priorities right. I had never towed a van before. I had towed camper trailers...surely it would be the same (you add "It's not...and don't call me Shirley" ;D). I needed to do some strong thinking...
we went for a surf...we were on the beach anyway.
After clearing our thoughts and tuning into the task we proceeded with caution. There was silence in the car. Two of the three kids could sense the tension. The other was asleep from too much fun. The tension was written all over their faces...
The family car chugged along down the highway. Bringing the Capricorn to it's new home in Brisvagas.
The kids thought it would make a fantastic doll's house, animal hospital, cubby even an orphanage (they were watching the movie "Annie" extensively during this period). Everyone was excited to get it home. There was just one problem...we live nearly in the inner city...where were we going to put it?
And my wife had an hour and a half in the car to start a list of the things she wanted done to her Capricorn...
(more to come)