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v. 17 issue 23
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HOG rally and again in 2008 to Victor Harbor for the SA State HOG rally. For a bit of extra fun, Steve also enjoys taking her out to the Drags every now and then and hes keen to keep beating his personal best time. In 2009 another of Steves dreams finally came to fruition. He had waited nearly 20 years to have a decent sized shed built at the rear of the house and was keen to put something else in there with the bikes. Then in January of this year, an opportunity arose to buy a rat rod from a bloke in Broken Hill. Once hed seen a complete set of photos another love affair commenced, and we decided to buy. This time it was a 1928 Dodge Roadster Pickup which had already been chopped, dropped and fitted out, which hes named Bruiser. The vehicle had never been registered before and so it was with a bit of hesitation after hearing some horror stories about government departments, that the process commenced to get her roadworthy and registered. Peter Hondow from Custom Automotive gave the vehicle a once-over and Ken Callanan checked the electrics before Steve started the paperwork and from there everything seemed to fall into place. Hed expected delays and a lot of red tape but was both surprised and happy to have the car fully roadworthy and registered within a few weeks. These days, when hes not working, Steve is often found in the shed with his other girls or out on the road enjoying them. I have my own bike, so missing a ride with him doesnt bother too much, although Im still waiting to have a drive of this newest toy! I believe the competitive streak will always be a part of him, along with his great love of all things fast, loud and reeking of fumes. He assures me that his collection is almost complete now but mind you, hed love to add a couple of old planes, maybe a sports car and perhaps a boat or two! NANCARROW ARROW: Alice winter wonderland the camels. Sticking to the theme of whats on in Alice Springs (for another week), there is some funny stuff and some not so much. Nah not true, I think its funny, even if it is a bit sad at the same time. That is the definition of humour isnt it, its funny when it happens to someone else? Like the first time I ever rode a camel. For an observer it was hysterical, for me it was terrifying mainly because everything was going so well before the incident occurred. My dad took me to the Boy Scout Jamboree at Thebarton Oval which was a fair hike for us we lived down south of the city and it was a fair commitment to go that far for a fun fair. We parked, went in and it was cool, not the usual rides and stuff but Scouty things, abseiling, archery and a camel ride. Camels werent that common in Adelaide in those days so this was an opportunity not to be missed. Dad coughed up the cash and I got on my first camel. As a young man I was the sporty gung ho type but not terribly observant. If I had been, I would have paid more attention to how the camel went from the sitting to standing position and not started the ride by head butting the saddle as it stood up, violently I thought and with more than a hint of petulant strop. Blinking back the tears we started off around the designated circuit, three camels and six kids. In and out of the tents and stalls, very proud to be so high above the pointing fingers and admiring glances from other kiddies. We rocked. On our return leg we passed the area where the knock em down gallery was set up. For a dollar you got three bean bags to knock down a pyramid of cans if you succeeded you got a prize-simple. A piece of hessian at the back stopped any stray bags from causing mayhem in the world outside. Or did it? From what I have seen of camel behaviour before and since, when they get cross they groan, spit, swing their heads from side to side and smell like wet blankets. They are not supposed to spring up and down like a bucking bronco whilst making noises like a rhino with a peg in its bottom.
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