West Australian Nationals
Club member Dick Bushell teamed up with some other NSW rodders and made the trip to Busselton for the W.A. Nationals. Dick along with Brad Goodhand left Yamba and headed for Nyngan for their first overnight stop.
The next stop was Broken Hill where they spent 2 days before meeting up with 2 Newcastle rodders (Trevor May and Steve Thompson). They were towing their hot rods behind their buses. They were also joined by Brian and Daphne Boyd from Casino and met up with Phil and Wendy McNally from Geelong Rodders at Norseman.
The group then headed off to Kimba, which is halfway across Australia, for their next overnight stop. They then went on to Streaky Bay and did the tourist bit.
The next day they headed across the Nullarbor to Eucla. Fuel prices were approx &1.85 per litre. After Eucla they drove on to Norseman where they spent the night before heading south to Esperance and then on to Albany.
When they arrived at Albany they were met by a local hot rodder who invited them to their shed night, (which was the next night).
Then off to Busselton.
It was a long trip (averaging between 500/700 kms per day) but they enjoyed the experience and were very impressed with the warm welcome they received from the W.A. rodders.
All the cars in the group were Ford powered Fords and apart from Dick having to replace a windscreen (after a truck threw a rock at him) the rods went like clockwork. The cars averaged between 18 - 24 miles per gallon and the fuel cost was about $2000 (about 1500 litres) to cover the 9000 kms.
Narrandera Rod Run
The Drag-Ens were well represented at this year's Narrandera Run with 12 members and their families making the trip down south to enjoy the hospitality provided by the Earlies Hot Rod Club.
Five members arranged to meet at Junee for lunch on Thursday, however, Peter Kurtz hit a kangaroo about 75 km from Mudgee and had to take the car back home and travel down in his ute.
For the early arrivals, registration was set up at the Narrandera Golf Club and following dinner, entrants tested their skills with a game of trivia. Unfortunately, the Drag-Ens could not retain their winning crown.
On Friday after a hearty breakfast at the Golf Club, various activities were arranged for the kids and the free water slide at Lake Talbot was very popular.
Dinner was supplied that night and Billy and the Headliners provided the music for a top evening. A show-n-shine was arranged for Saturday at the Narrandera Park Oval and well over 200 cars were on display.
On Saturday night the main street was closed off for cruising and as always, this is the highlight of the weekend. On Sunday the entrants assembled in the main street and cruised to Lockhart and although there was a mix up with the town's organisers, it was an enjoyable day. A vintage car club was also there, having travelled from Wagga Wagga as part of their Easter run.
Sunday night entrants were treated to Hot Roast Beef Rolls at the Lake Talbot complex and a live band provided music for the evening.
Monday was time to hit the road again - Narrandera Rod Run was over for another year.
A special thanks to the Earlies Hot Rod Club for organising such an enjoyable event. Here are a few photos.