Territory Stories

Alice Springs news

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Title

Alice Springs news

Collection

Alice Springs news; NewspaperNT

Date

2010-07-08

Description

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Notes

This publication contains many links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

Publisher name

Erwin Chlanda

Place of publication

Alice Springs

Volume

v. 17 issue 23

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Erwin Chlanda

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/232913

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/659700

Page content

strength, reflected by the increase in their selection. Of other desert entries, Ms Podger says there are a number of beautifully sensitive watercolours from Ngurratjuta Artists and a very strong contingent of South Australian artists from the APY Lands. They have benefited a lot from input from people like Wayne Eager. The size of their paintings is increasing, their confidence is building, theyre really moving along. There are also impressive works from Papunya Tula and Utopia and all sorts of little surprises, including some strong textile sculptures from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. There is no entry from the desert regions in the new media category of the award but there are a number of new media entries from other regions, including one from the Top End a very beautiful, sensitive work combining 3D sculpture with a projected image, and a Second Life interactive work from a NSW artist. The award has a top prize of $40,000 and will be announced on August 13 when the exhibition opens at MAGNT in Darwin. My life with a (motor) addict. By CHRISANNE WALSH. In 1982 I was working here in town as a graphic designer and Steve Walsh arrived from Adelaide to take a printing job. He stayed until 1986, went back to Adelaide for 12 months and then returned to Alice permanently in 1987. Little did we know when we first met in 82, that in the not too distant future we would not only become best friends but also partners in life. Steves passion for bikes and all things custom, chopped and hot-rodded, began during the school holidays in 1969, when at the age of 14 he pestered his parents for pocket money to go and see the latest movie. His parents would never have guessed that by giving in on that fateful day, they would be encouraging a lifetime addiction! The movie had the obscure title of Easy Rider and starred two equally obscure actors by the names of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. At the time, nobody (including Steve) realised how this movie and those two names would create such a massive impact on future generations. To this day he cant recall too much of the story line but he does recall that from that moment he was hooked! To him, those two bikes were works of art rolling along the highway their crazy high handle bars and extended forks with wheels glistening in the sun. He had found his nirvana, his holy grail. While still a high school student, he spent the next couple of years chopping up and customizing push bikes along with skate boarding. By 1972 Steve had left school and commenced an apprenticeship in the print trade. Although on a meagre wage, he soon saved enough money to buy his grandfathers 1950-something Austin A30. After about 12 months he moved the Austin on and replaced it with an EJ Holden. From here on (and sometimes to his mothers bewilderment), there was a string of cars, boats and bikes. He gives me a quick run-down on some of them: Datsun 1600 great little car, went like stink; short wheel based Land Rover heap of s...t; Zephyr Mark III beautiful car; and in between these, an EH Holden, an XT Ford wagon, an FJ45 Toyota, a HQ ute and a Nissan 4WD. During some of these years, Steve spent weekends fishing and surfing along the South Australian coastline and naturally, at the same time was the proud owner of a Volkswagen Kombivan. Typically, it had a six volt battery which allowed the headlights to retain their dull, golden glow even on high beam and a motor that chugged doggedly up hill at walking pace before clattering down hill at double the speed. As you can imagine, a lot of great times were had and many miles travelled in this one. Several boats were also purchased and sold, along with a beautiful Z1A 900 when Kawasaki first introduced them onto the market. At around the same time as the Z1900, Steve also purchased a Suzuki GS400. He had this bike for 13 years before moving it on and it accompanied him to Alice Springs in 82. In 1987 when Steve returned to Alice to become a permanent resident, he arrived on a Kawasaki GPZ1100. We got together soon after and so our journey began a journey of bikes, cars, speed and adventure! That same year, Steve and his mate Brian Jennings went fifty-fifty in their first speedway sidecar (outfit). Another


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