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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Life on the move Gems of motoring abound at RACT 50 year commemorations Recent functions in L aunceston and Hobart to honour Tasmanians who have retained their RACT membership for 50 years or more sparked lively reminiscences and friendly debates . At one table, invitees agreed that Tasmanian roads were actually in better shape 50 years ago than today. At another table, it was agreed the best car of the last 50 years was probably the Leyland P76. Why? Because of the enormous size of its boot, insisted one former tradesman. The 50 year plaque presentations in the two cities honoured more than 140 Tasmanians who have retained their R ACT membership from a time when the Tasman Bridge was in its early constr uction, and the Batman Br idge was just an ar tist’s impression. At one table at the Hobart event, sisters June Pfister and Doreen Barnett related their first dr iving experiences as nurses in the bush of South Africa and Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe – in the late 1950s. African main roads of the late 1950s were very good, they told Journeys, and compared well with roads they first experienced in Tasmania. “Of course in South Africa and Rhodesia, you always had to keep in mind that around the next bend you might encounter an elephant on the road,” said Doreen. In 1960, June and her mother purchased a Renault Dauphine in Paris and toured Europe. The much-travelled Renault was then placed on a freighter and shipped to Australia, where it did sterling service for June in her new life. Her sister Doreen and husband owned a Morris Minor and an MG in South Africa. When they moved to Australia they took the Morris and left the MG behind. She says her ex-sailor husband still keeps pictures of his beloved MG and looks at the photos wistfully from time to time. The R ACT membership is, as one guest attending the events noted, a ver y broad church indeed. Recipients of plaques at the Launceston and Hobart functions included retired CEOs and Hydro trades assistants. What they all share in common is an insight, r ich in experience and knowledge, into the earlier days of motoring – not just in Tasmania – but even the back roads of Zimbabwe. Were any of our 50-year members driving this car? To enter the draw to win this model, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to EK Holden, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271 Hobart 7001. Entries close on 3 November They may well have been! Because like their RACT membership, the EK Holden celebrates its 50th anniversar y this year. Trax has marked the date by producing this intr icately-detailed 1:43 scale model of the Holden EK Premier, a vehicle that was never officially made for sale, but was built to trial much of the running gear and interiors that were to become par t of the upcoming EJ luxur y range. October / November 2011 37 To apply call RACT on 13 27 22, drop into your local branch or visit www.ract.com.au Terms and conditions, including fees & charges apply. Full details of this offer are available on application. B&E Ltd. ABN 32 087 652 088 AFS licence No. 236870 RACT has partnered with Tasmanian financial institution B&E Personal Banking to deliver you a great home loan deal. As an RACT member you will pay no application fee on any B&E home loan, saving you up to $650! So let RACT and B&E help you get a home loan that really rewards you... let’s get together. Home loans that really reward you Home Loan application fee
MNJ Aug Sep 2011