Many thanks to Des for taking on the organisation of this
Frenzy. In this he has excelled and by all accounts it was a
great success. Sadly we were down on numbers from NSW but
regardless of that those that made it along highly praised the
event. Leonard Zech - Webmaster, Frenzy Coordinator
Frenzy 10 - Bright
by Des Aldridge
What a fantastic weekend it turned out
The weather forecast for the week started off looking like rain
the week continued, the forecast changed bit by bit until by Friday
night, rain was off the agenda.
Part of the Sydney contingent, Mark and Tracey, left Friday morning
and spent the night in Albury, where they were joined by Glenn on
Saturday before completing the trip to Wangaratta.
The Geelong group of Roger, Brian and Grant met Des on entry to
Melbourne, where they crossed over to the Ford Headquarters to meet the
remainder of the group, Andrew, Bob, Rick, Rudy, and Stephen (8 sharks
and 1 BMW). Running about 45 minutes late by this stage, we were joined
by another 928, a gleaming, fat wheeled, loud 928 with Jamie and Paul
(informed by Craig).
The nine sharks and the Beemer headed off to meet the other three at
Wangaratta but not before a stop in Benalla to play the
"Thongaphone". The kids really enjoyed playing tunes (?!) and
the play area, though Deb Holding's rendition of (goodness knows!) was a
bit suspect, but she was happy! After we dragged Deb away with promises
she could go back one day, we headed off for Wangaratta
The southerners were late and that one traffic light in
the middle of Wangaratta did not help. The northerners got there before
us, so we got the welcome!
Wow! All those 928's looked so magnificent,
despite being clouded in by dust from Roger's arrival. Sadly one car
didn't make it. Jamie and Paul's 928 let out clouds of black smoke
whilst going through town. After we checked that they were okay, we
didn't see them again.
After a slow cruise through Wang, we did the 10 minute trip out to
Brown Brothers for lunch and a couple of tailored glasses of wine - a
really fine meal (quality like a 928 Rudy, not quantity!) and a good
start to getting to know each other. From there it was back to Wang
airfield (an hour late) where we visited the Airworld museum (which
looks like it might be closed and sold off in the next few weeks). The
collection and the guide were very good and provided an interesting talk
- we survived despite the heat in the huge hangar. What a shame if it
Glenn, mishap No. 1
Carpark Airworld. Alternator belt gone. No sooner had the
group got together, we were split with some staying with Glenn and the
others off to Milawa Mustards (who stayed open after their closing time
for us - did I mention we were late there too?). We got together
again at the Riverbank Motel. Pleasant location, and a great area out the back where
the river flowed. From what the owners said, the sight of us cleaning
our cars was typical of such groups. But BRIAN! He must get the award
for the most pedantic cleaner - there he was actually filling in a stone
chip with paint he brought along. A photo has been taken as proof. Lots
of milling around, talking, and getting to know each other (though it
almost felt like a meeting of old friends).
In the evening, it was down to Poplars for dinner and a time to let
our hair down. I think this was the highlight of the trip for the 'group'. We managed to drink them out of "Mt. Pleasant
Shiraz" .. (though I really think it was a single person! 'T'?!) ..
of wine being complemented with good food. A great speech (because it
was short?) was given by Roger, it was a nice touch to an extremely
pleasant social evening - what a great group of people we are!
feel we made some new and interesting friends that night. The 'kids' were so well behaved, and had their own
'social' group going.
Next morning, four brave souls took a pair of sharks for a quick fang up
Cripes, I never knew the 928 could hang on so well!
'Quick' was the operative word, particularly coming back down
with the 'boxes' locked in 2nd - it must have been an awesome site to the couple
of static cars as these 'things' screamed past at 6000 rpm. Roger's voice
also changed halfway down .."have a little accident did we Roger?"
Back at the Motel, Stephen got out of Rick's passenger side and walked
off muttering ... "excuse me, I am now going for a drive"...
We all had breakfast in the dining room (the early morning drivers
being a bit late!) with a nice spread and a relaxed group of drivers,
partners and families yet again enjoying each other's company. We
delayed our departure from Bright till 11am. A 'tour' through
town, around the round-about where we backtracked past each other -
another great shark sight and lots of waving and then off across the
Towonga Gap. Just over the top, we stopped for a view and a photo shoot.
At this stage we were down to nine sharks (Andrew having stayed in Milawa
and Frank heading off to Rutherglen earlier in the day). One shark asked
if we could go a bit slower for the remaining windy road, so they went
first to set the pace - there was NO CHANGE!
I am not going to say it was hard driving, but a few cars were short
on fuel, so we called into Mt. Beauty. We arrived at the Service Station
only to find a local 928 filling up. He spent a bit of time with
the group and went away with a LandsharkOz card. Personally, I thought
another car there, the Bentley, looked rather 'bulky' (heh! heh!) and dated compared to the 928s.
Again, a short tour of Mt. Beauty (where some witnessed a glider
being winched into the air), by which time the local constabulary had packed up
the breathalyser station. A few k's out and another photo shoot at a
lookout with Mt. Bogong in the background.
A pleasant drive down the Kiewa Valley with lots of turns and hills
so those of us up the back got great views of the twisting line of
Glenn, mishap No. 2
Turn off at Dederang and Glenn pulls up with an engine
that gave a couple of misses. Fuel pump u/s. Glenn tried his best, but
just couldn't get enough fuel flowing. Olga and Judi set up an area
where they were courted by a local bull who sounded like he was
interested. Young Alan was content to play his hand held games and have
a bit of a snooze. After Mark and Olga departed, Alan, Judi and I went
into Yackandandah to get some lunch about 4pm, passing Tracey and
Theresa going back to Glenn.
I didn't make it to Beechworth, but others have commented on that.
Finally made it back to Melbourne about 9:30pm, exhausted, Judi quite
sunburnt (from hanging around the bull).
What did I get out of it?
Other than 'lets make it at least a
day longer next time'? No doubt the sharks were a highlight. I love driving my beast, but
being part of a convoy of these, it was sometimes tingling when going
around a curve or looking in the rear view at the line of 928s. Seeing
them line up two abreast, changing positions at speed! Being able to
walk around a variety of these machines was most enjoyable. The lack of
any form of snobbery - we all enjoyed and respected each other's
Being able to show Judi I was not the only one obsessed with
'sharks' in fact, there was no-one who wasn't. But the people! I first felt this with the couple of mini-frenzies
down in Geelong, but the Bright trip really brought home the joy of
mixing socially with drivers and without doubt one of the most
important aspects, their partners/families.
Good luck to our BMW driver, Bob, in his search for a 928. It must
have been hard during the driving stints to be up the back and perhaps a
bit out of it while still enjoying it, but he was certainly one of us in
the social activities.
My first Frenzy, but not the last. All the organising in the world
does not make a successful Frenzy - it is the people, and we have them -