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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
glassware and supplied hampers filled with all sorts of stylish nosh such as sweetmeats, cheeses and champagne -- even whole roasts. These often lavish affairs were the forer unners of the ever- popular family motoring picnic. Motoring as a leisure pursuit in the 1950s led to innovations such as power steering and wrap-around windscreens -- things that are taken for granted in today's vehicles. With the increased popularity of road trips, petrol stations and fast food outlets began to spring up along the highways. As recently as the 50s and 60s the inter nal attributes of an automobile might have been listed as little more than a heater, radio and cigarette lighter. But motoring back then was for the purist. There was a greater empathy of driver to car, with the wind, the bumps, the rattles and the sound all adding to the experience, which was more about the journey than the destination. Today more than ever, the automobile is used for necessity rather than pleasure. For many car ow ners, motoring as a leisure pursuit has become a vanishing pastime, overtaken by the advent of cheap airfares and package holidays to faraway places. Throughout its history the automobile has been an amalgam of form and practicality. But over the decades we seem to have lost some of the appreciation of fine form and the desire to drive for driving's sake. If there is a common complaint to be levelled at the physical appeal of the modern motorcar it might be their almost unifor m blandness of design. In the manufacturers' endless quest for economy, and with government concer ns regarding safety and emission s, much of the character has been engineered out of today's vehicles. There was an elegance about many of the automobiles of generations past. Gone are those automotive extravagances such as sweeping contours and con spicuous front and rear lights. Gone too is the fabulous abundance of chrome and the ornate grille, the face and character of any car. Motoring still is a pleasurable pastime and there can be no finer place to enjoy the experience than the Tasmanian countryside -- it's peaceful, safe and scenic. But on your next foray on the open road, perhaps you might abandon for a while the convenience and distractions of CD player, hands-free phone and GPS. Lower the window, fill your car with the sounds and smells of the Tasmanian outdoors -- and recapture a time when a Sunday drive was something to look for ward to all week long! A 1933 Vauxhall Tourer complete with family-sized picnic hamper A split-screen VW Kombi -- ideal family motoring 6446 29 December 09 / January 10
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