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TUMUT POWER

Just catching up on edition 431 of Unique Cars when I came across the photo of the Commodore in front of Tumut 3 power station, so I thought Iíd send in a similar pic from a trip I did last year. It was the Vintage Sports Car Club (Vic) Alpine Trial where we skirted Baw Baw, traversed Mckillops Bridge and the Barry Way to Jindabyne, over Kosciusko to Omeo and over Hotham to Mansfield. My trip totalled 1800km over six days. The car is a 1937 Lagonda LG6 drophead coupe. In case youíre wondering, itís production car number one of the model and part of my family since 1966.

Mike Southgate

ED: Gee Mike, putting the lovely old Lagonda through its paces along that route, youíre certainly not a kid gloves man. Well done.

NO ELECTRICKERY

It will be a sad day when the electric cars rule the roost because motoring as we know it will be gone

Driving will be a chore and electric cars will become just more disposable white goods. Our generation and the last few generations have experienced the pleasure of an eclectic array of machines and driving experiences.

A time will come when these pleasures will be lost to future generations.

Last year I spoke to a man in his 80s who was driving around Australia in his 1950s Rover. It was packed to the brim. Of course I had to speak to him. He told me the romance of the motor car has passed. I wonít forget him and his car.

I wonder what will have happened to all the petrol cars in, say, about 10 years?.

Fuel will be an expensive luxury. Obviously cars like GT-HO Falcons and GTS Monaros will be enshrined. But what of all those not so historically important cars, the basic Commodores and those ordinary cars that are not particularly exotic?

I wonder what will happen to cars like my old BMW 1975 E12, which is exotic to me only.

The time when we named our cars, Bertha,

We need to go out and enjoy our babies while we can.

James Heaney

ED: James, you can rely on Unique Cars to do its best to keep the classic car dream alive.

And it was good to hear from you again. And donít sell your lovely Beemer short Ė nice E12s have a lot of fans.

(For readers wanting to know more about James and his 1975 528 BMW E12 check out: tradeuniquecars.com.au/readersrides)

CLUB PLATE RORTS

(Re Faineís Permission to Drive column in issue 430, on people rorting the club permit system.)

I donít totally agree with all that is written in your article. For every one person doing the wrong there are many more doing the right.

Letís focus on one point you raise in your article, If I bring my car into work itís because during the cold wet winter periods we donít get a chance to take our cars out that often so my vehicles sit around for months on end without being started.

ďFOR THOSE THAT DONíT OBEY THE RULES, LET THE AUTHORITIES FINE THEM $1200Ē

So if during the week the weather is fine why wouldnít I take my classic into work. My car is not being used for work purposes apart from the drive in to work and back home. Iím not a tradie and even if I was why would that matter, I use my car with caution as itís my pride and joy so whilst the vehicle remains at work it is being parked in an underground car park.

The frequency of this is obviously limited and in my entire time I have been on this system I have never completed an entire 45 day book in any one year. The system allows me to rotate my cars around in between car events to ensure they remain in roadworthy condition.

So, my theory is promote the great cause this system allows and for those that donít obey by the rules, let the authorities fine them $1200.

Joe Galea

ED: Iím pretty much with you on this one, Joe. The club permit schemes deserve our full support.

The rules for using our vehicles on club permits are well understood and the authorities have the resources to deal with the few who choose to break the rules.

BALI SPOTTO

Spotted this neat HX Statesman in Bali recently.

V8s arenít common in Indonesia, but this one had a 4.2 litre badge. I have no idea where parts are sourced in Bali but this Stato is still alive.

Long may you run. (Apologies to Neil Young!)

Andrew Gunn

ED: Nice one Andrew. Itís like running into your next-door neighbour overseas.