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Journeys : Apr May 2012
Life on the move April / May 2012 37 Pickles Auctions For real peace of mind, purchase an RACT roadworthy inspected vehicle. For a detailed listing and photographs of vehicles 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 W hile Franklin MHR Bruce Goodluck was donning his chicken suit in Federal Parliament, and while Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Tasmanian Premier Robin Gray were exchanging barbs across Bass Strait, something altogether more long-lasting was happening at the R ACT. It was 1985, and the decision was taken to make this magazine a true colour publication, after years appearing in somewhat drab tabloid newsprint. The last of the newsprint editions of Motor News – now Journeys – appeared in June 1985. Petrol prices were rising, and Tasmanians were paying up to 59.9 cents per litre at the pump. Unleaded petrol was also being introduced: Recently much has been written and said about unleaded petrol (ULP), but still many motorists are ‘in the dark’ about its suitability for their car, lawn mower, outboard motor or other petrol-driven appliances, Motor News reported. In response to the introduction of ULP, the R ACT published a booklet containing details of vehicles able to use it and answers to the most often asked questions about ULP. The maga zine also welcomed the new Bass Strait ferry, the Abel Tasman, which it described as Tasmania’s interstate highway made for cruising. The new ferr y would be run by the MTT Line – the marine arm of the Transport Commission of Tasmania. Motor News reported the retirement of Abel Tasman’s predecessor this way: Sunday evening, June 2, 1985 was a sad time for many Devonport residents. Bass Strait’s Grand Old Lady – the Empress of Australia – steamed out of Devonport for the final time with a send off fit for royalty. 15,000 people crammed the waterfront and foreshore for the final farewell. In August 1985 an interim Motor News appeared as an eight-page, two-colour newsletter: It told the R ACT’s then 79,296 members “...the familiar newspaper style journal has been retired, but in November you’ll see a new, brighter COLOUR ‘Motor News’. Colourful times in 1985 Stuart Bridges burrows through our magazine’s archives The first colour Motor News appeared towards the end of 1985. The front cover colour picture was captioned thus: Even Mercedes drivers lose their way! Attractive Kelly Davis dropped into the Mangalore Service Station for some friendly advice from RACT Service Agent Kevin Clark. The first colour addition also featured a competition: Two lucky R ACT members will fly Ansett to Sydney to join the fabulous Fairstar for the cruise of a lifetime. While the Fairstar and Ansett are now histor y, Motor News lives on as Journeys and because magazine design evolves and improves much like every thing else, the 1985 colour edition looks somewhat dated to our eyes. Still, it represented a big investment for the RACT, and a vision of what would come later. WIN $30 vouchers from Fullers Bookshop, Myer and The Body Shop. Find our Prize Pot, write the page number and your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Prize Pot, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Closing date 7 May. Last issue the Prize Pot was on page 42.
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