Post by cruisindoug on Jan 10, 2013 21:01:20 GMT 10
Our Nationals Trip
We set out from home early on Boxing Day – it was bucketing down and it wasn’t long before the Ute had a problem; before we even got to the meeting point in Nudgee! The blinker indicator light decided it would be good to flash even when the blinkers weren’t on. Whipped the bulb out and problem solved … the real problem behind this was the sealing of the wiper arms, they were leaking and water got under the blinker flash can. Not a big drama and I figured if that’s the biggest problem we have on the trip then it will be a good one! We soon cleared the Brisbane traffic which was light but a bit slow due to the weather, and by the time we got to Aratula the rain was clearing – this was to be the last of the rain until our last night on the road – we were blessed with some glorious fine days if not a little (or a lot!) hot.
The first of many “wee” breaks along the way and the first chance to grab a photo of our convoy … well the early Holden components anyway. That’s Willie and Donna’s green FX and 70’s Millard, and Daryl and Bea’s red Ute.
As the weather cleared up we enjoyed a leisurely cruise down the New England highway, stopping again at Tenterfield for some lunch. While we were here a lady came up and said she had an old van for sale … I have her contact details and will follow up on it soon, you never know aye.
Everywhere we stopped it seemed someone had a story to tell, wanted to take photos and so on; all in a days work when your out and about in the humpies as we all know but still some of the characters you meet along the way can be very entertaining. This fuel stop had a few people running around with cameras flashing so I figured I might as well join them, not a bad scene should be more of it.
After a long day we pulled into Tamworth for some R & R; we did about 600km in about 9 hours – not too bad for a convoy of humpies especially towing the vans. Trouble free day with a shorter 450 km day into Bathurst should see us arrive in time for lunch … we thought! No one could be bothered cooking so after a few refreshing ales we headed over to Hungry Jacks where as some might say “the burgers might be better at Hungry Jacks but they ain’t faster!!” Not mentioning any names but after some slow service we all ended up with a free coffee …. Err make that an upgrade to free ice creams!!!
The rigs at Tamworth:
Next day we set off bright and early but missed a turn so ended up doing a bit of a detour via Scone, no problems we’re on holiday so it’s all good. We made Merriwa for morning tea, found a lovely shady park and had a good break.
As we were leaving town, Willie and Donna’s FX spat its front uni – it was very thoughtful though it did it in town and Willie pulled over next to a nice shady tree … We had all the necessary tools and equipment to change over the uni, but unfortunately no one was carrying a spare – nothing for it but a mercy dash into Muswellbrook for a new one. I was kicking myself because I have a couple of spares in my shed which I actually contemplated throwing in the toolbox for the trip but decided as mine were nearly brand new it wasn’t necessary. Oh well, we had a good lunch while waiting for the parts run.
Don’t you hate it when you drop one of the cups off the rear uni and a needle falls out!
Wake up Willie!
We got back on the road after some kind locals allowed us to use their vice to put the uni in properly rather than bash it in, a very nice HK Ute they were driving too. After an unplanned stop for us to put some more fuel in from the jerry can we made Mudgee, then on to Bathurst in the mid afternoon, and set up camp next to Reddo.
Scrutineering, we made it!
The pilgrimage to Mt Panorama was one of the first items on the agenda:
The welcome BBQ in McPhilamy Park was well attended, and gave us our first glimpse of some of the cars in attendance; the standard of the cars was simply awesome!
Just to show it was in the show and shine!!
The show and shine has been pretty well covered by now so I won’t go through my couple of hundred photos here!
The film night was capped off with the appearance of Ray Eldershaw and Max Stahl, who entertained with their recollections of building racing grey motors and racing humpies:
The observation run was a nice drive out to Canowindra taking in Carcoar, both towns look like time ahs passed them by with their lovely old historic buildings. They make a perfect backdrop for the cars, especially if the “plastics” can be edited out of the picture! Some pics from the observation run:
All too soon, the nationals were all over, the presentation dinner was a big event in itself with the auctioning off of the placards and presentation of the awards; congratulations to all those that won or placed in their class.
So after the nationals, we went on to Dubbo to check out the zoo, and was it hot! The trip out to Dubbo was the only time in the whole trip I had to slow down slightly due to the car getting hot – it normally cruises no problems at 95 – 100 km/h but I had to back it off to more like 90 km/h to keep the temps in check. The hot temp of the day combined with a strong, hot headwind to make for sweltering conditions – it was park the van, and into the pool when we arrived at the caravan park!
If your contemplating going to Dubbo Zoo, its well worth while to cough up the extra $15 to do the morning tour, you get much more up close and personal with the animals:
We had a bit of fun with the carts … but what happens on tour stays on tour sometimes!
It was so hot, that at the end of the day when I got back in the Ute, the temp gauge was reading 50 degrees before I even started it!
From Dubbo we bid farewell to Willie and Donna, and Daryl and Bea, to head for Sydney for a couple of days visiting family. From there we wandered back to Brisbane via the Putty Rd, doing the roadside stop for lunch of our own making. Very relaxing way to travel, this is what a lunch stop should look like!
Our first stop was Lake St Clair, about a 20 km detour from the highway at Singleton, and what a lovely spot after a hot day on the road! Only issue was the powered sites offered no shade, so we just found a nice shady spot by the lake to while away the afternoon. The beer was cold, the lake refreshing, and the times were good!
Then, as the sun went down, we plugged in to the power and took in a great sunset; what a magnificent view!
Next stop Taree, a little earlier than planned as we had a slight “fridge mishap” when we forgot to put the lock back in the fridge from our lunch stop … Had a nice run through Stroud and Gloucester on the way doing the tourist thing. Had some lunch at the top of the hill overlooking Gloucester:
Always on the lookout for old vans and cars of course wherever we go, this one looks really good but is apparently “off limits” – it seems destined to end its days here …
Found a nice park to stop over in Taree though, it doesn’t get much more waterfront than this!
From Taree, we wandered on up to Red Rock, just north of Woolgoolga on the Northern NSW beaches, the site was a good size but not as spectacular as the previous two nights so far as a view from the van goes …
But it was only a few minutes walk to this!
After a few nights at Red Rock, reality finally set in so we made for home, it was a gloomy homecoming from the fires:
Not affecting us, and I hope everyone comes through the fires unscathed, that goes to all those around the country especially in Tasmania and Victoria – we have been largely unaware while on the road of the fires as we don’t have a TV or even a radio in the van …
So, hopefully if you have read this far its been interesting enough to keep you awake!
I know we had a great time, and now I can’t wait for the next nationals!!
Post by cruisindoug on Jan 11, 2013 7:38:49 GMT 10
Well worked out that Photobucket doesn't seem to like numbers in album titles - redid the whole thing from scratch - deleted the old attempts completely and redid it exactly the same but changed the album title from "2012 Bathurst Nationals Trip" to "Bathurst Nationals Trip" and now the pictures will show .....
Anyway, they are finally there!
Sorry for the delay, it caught me by surprise I normally don't have any problems with photobucket .... but the new version keeps hanging up my browser - have to "end program" and restart the session several times to load up ... the old version did it occasionally but the new version seems to have perfected it...
The very reason I do not use the new PB, I go back to the old style every time, tried the other night to upload photos with the new version, found the album to put them in and started uploading then found all the pics had gone into my general album, ok so move them, yeah one by one as I couldn't select more than one at a time so it's the old version for me all the time.
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tins of ham then delete it, it's Spam.
Great photos and story about your trip to the Humpy Nationals, thanks for taking the trouble to put it up for us Did Willie have much trouble finding a new uni.joint in Muswellbrook?.. good that he had some good mates to help fix the problem
Re. Photobucket.... Me on me iPad opted out of the new version early...... got an email from PB just yesterday asking me to respond to questions as to why, what's wrong with it, what can they do to make it better etc.etc. so they know not everybody is happy with new version. Somehow I've finished up back on the new version but I don't try to do anything fancy with it so it's doing what I want to do ..... so far Must be some way you can let 'em know about the numbers stuff up...... aye?
Post by cruisindoug on Jan 12, 2013 8:10:50 GMT 10
Thanks for the comments, it was a great trip that had just about everything.
Cobber no problems finding the uni, the new fangled phone internet thingos found the shops and we just kept ringing until we found one. Musswelbrook wasn't exactly local though - about 150km round trip but that was better than it could have been. No offence to anyone in Merriwa, but the caravan park didn't look that appealing to us!
Mark it was a great trip and we enjoyed our "extracurricular" activities snooping around in the second hand shops ... and doing our best "spy taking pics of the secret document" impersonations, all for the good cause of the forum! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Post by Don Ricardo on Jan 13, 2013 11:31:27 GMT 10
Glad you got the PB issues sorted out. The photos were well worth seeing, and the story well worth reading. Thanks for persevering.
Until I saw that photo of your rig at Lake St Clair, it hadn't quite occurred to me how the line of the black section on your van flows so exactly into the line of the top of the ute tray. Yep, you nailed it with the livery you eventually chose for the van. Magnificent!
Post by cruisindoug on Jan 14, 2013 6:10:43 GMT 10
Thanks ST and Don I'm glad you enjoyed the post.
I'm very happy with the paint job ST and how its come back together, all the effort worth it in the end as you say.
Don, we are pretty happy with the look of the combination now - it took some time to actually see it all together. The red stripe is meant to pick up on the red in the interior of the ute, but you need to be walking around the car to notice that....
Post by John and Lynne on Jan 14, 2013 17:11:06 GMT 10
Cruisendog, that ute looks great, it would have taken a lot of work to restore it, but enjoy the car .Your mate was lucky his uni broke in town and not down the highway it could have been very nasty,cheers John.