10th August 2002
Three guys, three sharks and an open road. What a combination!
Creagh in his '91, Len in his '85
and Frank in his '83. We met at the
Crossroads Hotel carpark on to the Hume Highway for a quick trip down the
Hume highway to Goulburn. Stop because Frank is starving and Len had to
spend a penny. Back road to Braidwood to visit Stuart Mollart (a very
enthusiastic Stuart) a brave man ripping his motor out, repairing and
putting it back in.
Viewed various components including pistons which had chunks broken off
them. Learned that Stuart is making a photographic record of his odyssey
for later compilation to be posted on the site.
Lunch at a pub in Braidwood. Boy! They know how to feed you down there.
Back in the cars and off to Bateman's Bay and up the Princes Highway to
Berry where we stopped to see long time Landshark and frenzy members Peter
and Robyn Mathew's. All too soon we were off again back on the road to
600 kms plus at (ahem) cruising speed. I think we should all buy a
Lotto ticket as in the whole day we must have only stopped at traffic
lights around a dozen times.
Not bad for that distance. We left
Sydney at approx 9.30am and made it back home by 8.34pm. All cars behaved.
At one stage we were three abreast at a set of traffic lights. A spirited
departure from the lights ensued and it went by years 1 the '91, 2 the
'85, 3 the '83.
I would have to say that the work I have done on my '83 has turned
it from a good car to a dream to drive. Nothing like sitting at 3000 rpm
at night with the soft glow of instrument lights, open road and the
almost indiscernible purr of the V8 doing what it does best.
All in all a terrific day. Thanks to the other guys for making it a great cruising day.
Frank Nieuwenhuis '83 928S