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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
28 October / November 2010 Pickles Auctions For real peace of mind, purchase an RACT roadworthy inspected vehicle. See your local paper every Saturday for over 80 vehicles. Or for a detailed listing and photographs of vehi- cles visit our website. www.pickles.com.au Government & Fleet vehicle auction Fixed Price Sales Saturday 9am to 2pm and Monday 8am to 4.30pm 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent ParK 7009 Ph: (03) 6108 8444 Ron Jones of Launceston has sent in this 50-year-old photo of an RACT patrol van. Ron was a Launceston patrolman for the RACT for ten years in the 1960s. His brother Charlie spent 20 years as an RACT patrolman. Ron’s beat covered the whole of norther n Tasmania, and he virtually worked from home. Ron says he loved the job, but it was difficult juggling time to fit in a busy workload and a family of five children. He began his working life as an apprentice mechanic with Moder n Cars in Brisbane Street L aunceston, specialising in Jaguars and Citroens. This stood him in good stead as a patrolman when he was called to a job in Launceston. The locking mechanism had frozen on a Citroen, and locksmiths and Citroen representatives were standing around in puzzlement when Ron arr ived. His intimate knowledge of the Citroen came to the rescue. He ordered the removal of the car’s rear mudguard. This exposed part of the locking mechanism, and with a twist or two of a screwdriver Ron had the vehicle unlocked, while locksmiths and Citroen staff looked on in amazement. On another occasion, Ron was called to the Great Lakes after a Holden hit a bump. The jolt caused part of the engine to drop to the ground. “Tow trucks were very expensive, so I used some wiring that was attached to a nearby fence, strapped up the engine, and the member was able to drive to Deloraine for more extensive repairs,” Ron told us. His most unusual rescue involved a woman who had driven from NSW. She phoned from the outskirts of Launceston on the Bass Highway to say that her ignition system wouldn’t work. Yet when Ron When fencing wire saved a member a small fortune Life on the move These practical and convenient ratchet spanners from Bahco are well worth a place in any mechanic’s or handyperson’s workshop or toolbox. The Bahco S4RM3T ratcheting spanner set covers 12 different metric sizes up to 19 mm and has been chrome-plated in a matt-finish for a smooth and secure grip. Look for them at auto suppliers and hardware stores. We have two sets to give away, each valued at $75. To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Bahco spanners, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobar t 7001. Entries close 5 November. WIN inserted the key, the engine started immediately. It turned out that the driver was trying to insert the key into the ignition upside dow n. She had travelled all the way from Sydney to Launceston without once removing the key from the ignition. When she finally did so, she was convinced it had to go back in the wrong way. Ron’s busy days as a patrolman obviously impressed his sons – two of them are now mechanics!
Aug Sep 2010