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First an Airshow, now a Carshow, it's that time of year when it's good to be out and about in fair autumn weather.
There were many vintage Holden cars on display as well as some later models, they had come from all over the country.
Unfortunately I am not an aficionado on motor cars so I cannot identify the different models - they are what they are and beautiful to photograph.


AT APEX PARK









SORRY ABOUT THE SMOKE, THERE'S A BUSHFIRE RAGING SOUTH OF THE TOWN, BUT IT ADDS TO THE ATMOSPHERE




BUT THIS HAS TO BE THE MOTHER OF THEM ALL, I WAS THE PROUD OWNER OF ONE BACK IN THE 50's - WITHOUT ALL THE MODS!

Holden is Australia's iconic car, the first was built in 1948, known as the "FX"







I could live forever all around Oz in a rig like this!

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Re: Carshow

Great pics Mark. Lots of Holdens and other GM cars, but not much else that I can see. Was it a GM / GMH get-together?

I like that teardrop camper, but it just a bit too frilly for me. I am looking for something similar, but a bit more robust to take outback with me behind the Subi Forester.
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Re: Carshow

Yes Larry, it was a GM Holden get together (as the opening picture says! )

How about an ex army Bushmaster, that should take you anywhere you might want to go.
Not sure what sort of mileage you'd get out of it, though
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Re: Carshow

Mark,

This was our battle wagon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffel

It was based on a Mercedes Benz Unimog and was great for protection against landmines, but rolled over quite easily.
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Re: Carshow

Not unlike a garbage truck, Larry.
On returning to base did the CO ask, "Where's ya bin?" ... (sorry for that, tired and silly, Larry). Cerainly a tough looking vehicle. Were you ever in one when it rolled over?
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Re: Carshow

"Where's ya bin?" - Now that is a touchy one. Extract from my war diary (names have been removed, except for mine):

"Sunday 11th March 1984

Lt Griffiths, L/Cpl WH and 8 x Assault Pioneers went with Capt PP (44 Para Bat) to Beacon 16 to study the route while they did a Rat Run (Rations Run). On the way back, enemy ammunition (rifle grenades) that Capt P was taking through to Okolongo in the bin of his Buffel, exploded. Nine people were injured of whom 2 were seriously injured. - Ds (Padre) B lost his right arm & L/Cpl B (R.P.K.) lost the sight of both eyes. Genie (Sappers) + Assault Pioneers were travelling in the 5th and last vehicle in the convoy and were unharmed. Sgt CL and Cpl FP went to destroy any “dowwerts” left at the site of the explosion.

Note:- I discovered afterwards that an Infantry Officer had packed the unexploded ordnance into the bin of Capt P's buffel, without first obtaining approval from Capt P or from me, while we were removing a snake from the engine compartment of one of the buffels. The Infantry Officer was subsequently court-martialled for this act."

But no, I was never in a Buffel when it rolled. My driver, who is also a friend from civilian life and also now lives in Melbourne, told me that the "troepe" used to call me "Lieutenant Rommel", because I was always very correct, but fair.

I still haven't figured out whether that was a compliment or an insult.
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Re: Carshow

Nice set of mo photos Mark. My brother in law does many of those shows with his 1929 Roller...……..

Yes that Tear-drop camper looks fun, but not sure what happens to the crockery when it goes round a corner...………..a smashing time I would think.

And where are the wine glasses...…...
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Re: Carshow

Nice set Mark. Pushing the shadows makes for a nice dreamy look. I love the streaming sunlight of #13.
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Re: Carshow

Brilliantly colourful cars Mark. I don't think I've ever seen a Holden over here.
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Brilliantly colourful cars Mark. I don't think I've ever seen a Holden over here.
In the UK, "Holdens" are called "Vauxhalls". In Europe, they are called "Opels", whereas in North America they are called "Chevrolets".
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"Where's ya bin?" - Now that is a touchy one. Extract from my war diary (names have been removed, except for mine):

"Sunday 11th March 1984
Lt Griffiths, L/Cpl WH and 8 x Assault Pioneers went with Capt PP (44 Para Bat) to Beacon 16 to study the route while they did a Rat Run (Rations Run). On the way back, enemy ammunition (rifle grenades) that Capt P was taking through to Okolongo in the bin of his Buffel, exploded. Nine people were injured of whom 2 were seriously injured. - Ds (Padre) B lost his right arm & L/Cpl B (R.P.K.) lost the sight of both eyes. Genie (Sappers) + Assault Pioneers were travelling in the 5th and last vehicle in the convoy and were unharmed. Sgt CL and Cpl FP went to destroy any “dowwerts” left at the site of the explosion.

Note:- I discovered afterwards that an Infantry Officer had packed the unexploded ordnance into the bin of Capt P's buffel, without first obtaining approval from Capt P or from me, while we were removing a snake from the engine compartment of one of the buffels. The Infantry Officer was subsequently court-martialled for this act."

But no, I was never in a Buffel when it rolled. My driver, who is also a friend from civilian life and also now lives in Melbourne, told me that the "troepe" used to call me "Lieutenant Rommel", because I was always very correct, but fair. I still haven't figured out whether that was a compliment or an insult.
The excerpt from your war diary makes good reading, Larry; it would sit well on the back cover of your memoirs!
I would certainly take it as a compliment and run with it, mate - they may otherwise have dubbed you, The Dessert Rat and put you in charge of a rations detail! (really mixing metaphors there, but hey )
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Nice set of mo photos Mark. My brother in law does many of those shows with his 1929 Roller...……..
Yes that Tear-drop camper looks fun, but not sure what happens to the crockery when it goes round a corner...………..a smashing time I would think.
And where are the wine glasses...…...
Thanks Mark, I suspect that all that art nouveau crockery is stored away safely at home and replaced with enamel mugs, a tin billy and Tupperware storage containers. As for the wine glasses and "Chardy", those are stored in the wardrobe, silly.
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Nice set Mark. Pushing the shadows makes for a nice dreamy look. I love the streaming sunlight of #13.
Thanks Andrew, yes, and for the same reason, #13 is my fav also. A classic example of, "it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good". I since learnt that the bushfire is 150 miles southeast of Wang.
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Brilliantly colourful cars Mark. I don't think I've ever seen a Holden over here.
Thanks Phill, I see that Larry has given us the GM International equivalents to the Holden, yet none bears any resemblance to the FJ and FX vehicles that were built in Australia.

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Re: Carshow

Some opulent interiors in that lot. Nice.
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Hmm yes I think I might have seen a Vauxhall
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Re: Carshow

Nice set!
I love classic car shows, although I usually end up taking more shots of the owners than of their vehicles.
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Thanks Phill, I see that Larry has given us the GM International equivalents to the Holden, yet none bears any resemblance to the FJ and FX vehicles that were built in Australia.
The FB Holdens were built under licence in South Africa. My father had one. It was great for going up hills, but wasn't quite so good at going around corners. They kept producing them right up until the HG, after which they called them "Chevrolets" and continued producing them until the WB. The Holden Premier was sold in South Africa as the Chevrolet Constantia. My father also had one of these.
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