Hit the road - Revcounter 447

By: Guy Allen

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Really? We're allowed to go somewhere?

This may seem a little alien for some of you, depending on where you live. Up till recently, and thanks to Covid, those of us who had the mixed fortune of living in Melbourne weren’t really allowed out of our suburb, let alone city or state. A year ago, this would have seemed like some dystopian fantasy where the country is taken over by tin-pot dictators.

For some of us, one of the biggest issues was an inability to exercise our vehicles, which as you know is a slow but certain death. For the cars that is. With a fleet tin-tops and a herd of motorcycles in the shed, I swear you could hear a chorus of oil seals hardening through lack of use.

In between turning into an expert on indoor activities and going slightly mad, you of course make plans: what you’re going to do and who you’re going to visit the moment the restrictions are off and the state border blockades come down.

The list started to look like some sort of weird epic poem, running down pages and pages of somewhat disjointed desires, needs and addresses. Added to the personal stuff was a monumental menu of cars and people we needed to shoot for this fine family organ – just as soon as lockdown ends.

And now it has. Which has created an unthinkable dilemma. After giving the transport of delight a fresh drink of oil, which way do we go when we turn out of the driveway? I want to get back to Tasmania pretty urgently, there is a host of cars and people we need to catch up with in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and all points in between. And which car gets to go on which gig?

So now we’re enjoying a bout of epic dithering. Typically, I’d do several long trips across a year, at least a couple of them in the seventies toys, the mighty 1979 Kingswood and the 1976 633 Bimmer. Which car and which way first?

Maybe it will come down to a coin toss. In any case, the thought of finally getting back on the road and spending some quality time cruising through the Australian landscape makes life take on a far happier perspective. One of far horizons, chasing the sunset – seventies style...


From Unique Cars #447, December 2020

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