We are fighting a social disaster here in Australia with a surge in covid cases (about 30 second's worth of USA numbers per day) and state premiers are shutting borders. This has resulted in many changes for the participants trying to reach the start. Many have left home before their planned departure and in states like Victoria they only got about 12 hours notice which resulted in "Cannonball Runs" to get out the gate.
Many like us have had to take 3,000km diversions.
But as they say "Life was not meant to be easy" and as most of the participants are in the senior category it is a plus for the grumpy old men.
"Not happy unless complaining"
Here is a shot out of a Studebaker 6x6 windscreen from yesterday showing the (non) scenery along the Stuart Highway leading north to Alice Springs. The sunset shot the night before has a few more lumps in the ground.
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Lang, I am sure you will be able to identify the makes of these 2 trucks for me. The first photo was taken at Campbelltown Steam Museum and the second photo off facebook .
Thanks for posting all these photos of your trip.
Lang,your reports make it as though I am on the trip, minus the dust, heat and flies. I drove those 6 x 6 Studebakers when I did Nasho when I was 21. I have no great desire to do so again. I saw and heard the Centurion tanks as mentioned in another post as well.
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,
I know there are many people who like to dress up with their vehicles. Unfortunately most (not all) have never been in the military. You can tell from the disproportionate number of MP costumes and MP marked vehicles. Anybody who has been in the military (except ex-MP's) would select that identity as their last choice.
Formal re-enactors are great as they provide an organised glimpse of history and for the rest they can wear what they want but I think nothing looks more ridiculous than a fat, bearded, balding 60 year old wearing a young man's uniform.
I enjoy the vehicles and the history and I suppose everyone enjoys their hobby in a different way.
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