Up early (even the kids) and off to the front of Ford HQ
to meet the rest of the Victorian Sharksters that were able to make it.
(I'm sure I saw a couple of Ford senior execs looking enviously out of
I had asked a couple of the others if this was to be a speed limit
run and they said 'Of Course' and then backed away slowly with this
really weird look on their faces :-). Being the sedate drivers
that we all are we of course kept to the assigned speed limits right
across the whole weekend didn't we guys? Guys .. where are you
Many photo's and much chat later we were off up the Hume Freeway with
stop off at the "Thongophone" (No Skinny Craig, that's not
what Commissioner Gordon calls ThongMan on) and then off to Wangaratta.
As has been said by others, the sight of all those 928's was
truly breathtaking. Whether lined up on the Freeways and
highways, flowing around bends, driving through the main streets or
being washed in the car park they just looked great.
The winery, air museum and dinner were all excellent - although
the winery really should have pizza on the menu :-)
One interesting point was when we were travelling along at Shark
Speed in a pack with me last in line when something looms large in the
rear mirror. Lo and behold it was an orange and white 911 station wagon
(Kombi Camper) and I don't think it was exactly as it came out of the
factory. It even handled the sweeping bends well. Very
impressive indeed! Can't say the same for the 7 series BMW driver (not
'Lightning Bob' in his awesome M5) who wanted to either upstage us or
break up our running pack by putting his foot flat whilst being
overtaken. He achieved neither!
Beautiful countryside all the way through the area around Bright. It
didn't take long for the topic of running a little Bed and Breakfast
place to come up as it tends to do when we journey to such a gorgeous
As mentioned, the dinner at Poplars restaurant was tremendous.
Excellent service, great food and nice wine - especially the Mt Pleasant -
and of course, the best of company to share it all with.
The next morning, Des and I took a leisurely drive :-) up and down Mt
Buffalo with Roger and Steven as passengers. Thanks for the tip
about locking it in second down the mountain Steve. I was amazed at how
'chuckable' the car became, how little I had to use the brakes and how
ferociously it stormed out of the bends. All at a maximum of 60 km/h
By the time we got to the bottom again you couldn't have wipe the
smile off my face with an axe.
After breakfast we took a walk along the river and skipped rocks in
the crystal clear water. The kids found a few frogs there too. Back
across a swaying suspension bridge to the motel and it was time to get
Our daughter Jordan remarked as we were cruising through the main
street of Bright "This will be a real thrill for the people of this
town won't it Dad?" That's my Girl!
Off to Mt Beauty through some magnificent windy road with a well
timed stop (a couple of wonky tummies) at a scenic look out for some
photos then I took the lead and did think that I went a bit slower than
before (Des) down to the fuel stop at Mt Beauty.
Thank you to the two very courteous Falcon wagon drivers (ten
minutes apart) who both pulled across to the side of the road to let
the line of 928's past - excellent road manners.
A spirited run (as Tracey described it very well) across to
Beechworth for a lunch before having to head off early to get home by
five for some stuff we had to do.
Easy run down the Hume and home by 5:15 p.m. The beautiful weather
has prompted me to get the air-conditioning serviced immediately.
For Interest - Avg. fuel consumption. Seymour - Mt Beauty (including
Mt Buffalo) 13.6 litres/100km. Mt Beauty - home 12.2 litres/100km
including the spirited running to Beechworth.
Thank you again Des for organising the Frenzy and to everybody for
making it a fantastic weekend to remember. Roll on Frenzy 11.
'86 S Meteor Metallic Auto.