Article by Scott Woodbridge
Hello all, I hope all is well.!
I have been chosen to do my first run report for the 43rd Winton Historic’s Event so here goes.
Up at 3am bleary eyed and out the door by 3:20 to head to Neville Mawers place in Altona from Dandenong arriving at 4am. Nev is waiting in his FX with trailer hitched and he takes off instantly with me following wondering what the plan is! A quick drive to Sydney Rd for petrol fill up and we are set for the trip now knowing what’s going on. Onto the Hume FWY for the 2 hr trip keeping the pace below 100 following Nev, most of the way sitting comfortably behind while he set the pace. We stop about 40km short at a rest stop where he tells me he has forgotten the tickets on the kitchen table! Pushing on to a 7:15am arrival at Winton on Saturday morning. Nev approaches the entry explaining the ticket fiasco but we are let in without any drama, followed by me asking if he gave him a clip over the ear for me!
We are set up in last years spot and within 5 minutes he has the rag and polish out setting up his FX & trailer display and myself getting stuck into getting the bugs off the FJ. Beautiful weather has blessed us for both days and we are off for a coffee to get settled in. The atmosphere is electric as the first of the heats starts early with sidecars and the patron roll in. Bob arrives a little later in his white FJ ute making us 3 strong for area with Ray Eaton parked close by. The buzz around the earlies keeps us busy all day with many chats and admirers chewing at our ears and taking pics. Having not booked any accommodation we park outside the track off to the side and nev settles in to his trailer whilst I’m cramped in the back seat of my FJ with a sleeping and cramped legs till about 3am where I kick the door open and sleep with my legs hanging out the door.!
Up at 5am and first in the gate we do it all again for Sunday with the parade laps to do later mixing up the day and adding some more excitement but at a slow pace. Richard Fox arrives in his van with Peter Corrigan driving his daily and Bob is back in his spot behind us and we all have a quick chat then off to watch some racing. Before long it’s time for parade laps so Nev , Bob and I head out onto the track for 3 laps and it’s over so quickly. Back to the display area to drop off some passengers in my FJ then it’s time to head back as to make it home before dark.
In all it was a great event as usual but with a twist, it’s my longest trip so far in mine and apart from 3rd jumping out of gear now and then we make it back to Nevs place and I’m heading home within 5 minutes with the dreaded early driving bung hip effect on the lower half. Although way down on numbers from last years run it was fun had by all who attended over the both days. Certainly memorable for me as I have never done that many miles on a run or walking/talking while at an event but looking forward to going back for sure!
Members with Earlies.
Ray & Diane Eaton
Bob & Dot Stone