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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
RACT Ultimate member Annette Lord writes: The R ACT rescue article by Robert Scanlon (October-November Motor News Journeys) reminded us of a similar adventure that my husband John and I had a few years ago, also crossing the Nulla rbor. We were about half an hour east of Cocklebiddy when our Nissan Patrol slowed to an inexplicable halt. John hitched a ride back into Cocklebiddy and rang the R ACT, leaving me abandoned with car and caravan on the roadside. A few hours later, Shirley Fowler, wife of Rod, Wester n Australia's R AC authorised towing ser viceman, ar rived with a low- loader. First she towed the caravan back to Cocklebiddy for safe storage, then came back to load our car and drive some 400 kilometres further to Eucla. Darkness had fallen by this time and giant kangaroos lined the roadside, ready to leap in front of us, causing Shirl many long, draw n-out exclamations of horror. We arrived in Eucla in the dead of night and as Shirl had phoned ahead we were given a bed at the Eucla Hotel, covered by the RACT. Saved (again) by Rod and the RACTNext day, Rod Fowler arrived from Perth, having collected our caravan on the way. We spent the next week in the van (which we'd fortunately fully-victualled at Norseman) alongside Rod and Shirley's home in Eucla, while our car was towed another 400 kilometres east to Nundroo for repair. This involved a new clutch plate. The problem then was to reunite us with our car. Rod arranged this courtesy of two road-train drivers, from whom we lear ned much of interest about the Nullabor. We then collected our car, drove back to Cocklebiddy and continued eastward again. Our forced weeks' stay in Eucla was memorable. Shirl took us golfing on the local links and explained its special rules, including teeing off with the ball perched on a grass tussock; and yelling frantically at certain holes to scare off the ball- stealing crows. We also visited the old jetty, r uined communications station and weather obser vatory. Thank goodness for the R ACT, who tur ned what could have been a nightmare into a big adventure -- but we haven't been game to face the Nullabor since! Buying a new or used car has never been easier. autoSEARCH Tasmania will: • Find the type of vehicle you require • Arrange a discounted RACT Vehicle Inspection, if required • Negotiate a special ROADSIDE cardholder's price, including your trade-in • Arrange a manufacturer's or dealer's warranty on most vehicles sold. This independent service is free to RACT ROADSIDE cardholders. Statewide 0418123 060 Hobart 6231 9992 • Launceston 6334 3965 autoSEARCH autoSEARCH If you find a car, we can make it move quicker. You can get the loan you want quicker with an RACT CAR Loan. Most approvals come through within 24 hours and there are no ongoing fees. Ask about competitive rates and further discounts for members. This exquisite Trax 1:43 scale model of the rare Ford Falcon XY four-wheel drive ute is beautifully detailed and finished in blazing orange Vermilion Fire paintwork. Only 432 of these vehicles were produced in Ford's Brisbane factory. To enter, first answer the question: 'In which decade was the Ford Falcon XY four wheel- drive ute released?' Write the answer and your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Ford 4WD ute, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close 4 January 2010. Win! Life on the move 27 December 09 / January 10
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