Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Saturday, 16 May 2009


Staying with the vintage/veteran motoring theme, I’m posting some shots that I took at Glenmorgan last week.

Click on the images to get a good look.

Glenmorgan isn’t really on the way to anywhere in particular, but it can be an interesting destination in itself. A local bloke with the time and resources necessary has set up a museum to things automotive on the road through the township.

It features vehicles from the forties (mostly military) through to the early sixties. What makes it unique is that they are presented as if they’re on sale in a used car lot.

The Ford V8 Ute shown was one of a batch that was requisitioned. They were sedans when taken over by the military, but were smartly converted to Utes. The one displayed was used in Darwin and New Guinea. I remember my dad who served in the RAAF in New Guinea talking about these Utes. He was mightily impressed.

It is possible to imagine that you’ve slept through the last fifty
years or so when you look at the display. It’s also completely surprising, as there is nothing to suggest that it’s there until you turn the corner into the township.

There never seems to be anyone about – it reminds me of Canberra in that sense.

I’m usually on my way to Surat, itself an interesting spot.

1 comment:

Boy on a bike said...

It's nice to have the time to poke around these little places - you can find the oddest things in some of them. We always make a habit wherever possible of getting off the highway and taking the back route to our destination (time permitting) and stopping in every two-bit place along the way. Some of our discoveries have been amazing, and we keep going back to those places for more.

Highways like the Hume have taken all the fun out of long distance travel.

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