We were up bright and early for the two and a half hour journey to the regional city of Bendigo one sunny Easter Saturday in 2012. Armed with my favourite pair of VW Kombi socks and B1 tshirt, and the trusty camera, we'd given Frank a service the day before, checked the tyres and the air horn tank, changed fluids, loaded up the boot with the Esky full of soft drinks, water and lunch, and off we went.
This was Frank's second big road trip, and the farthest we've been with him. The trip to Bendigo is about 180km each way, mostly on highways with speeds of 100-110kph. He hummed along quite happily until about 50km out of Bendigo, when he developed a bit of a stutter and occasional backfire out the Dellorto. We stopped off to fuel up in Bendigo's suburbs, then headed into the heart of the city to find the show. We hadn't been to this show before so it was all a mystery as to what to expect. And it turns out the Bendigo show is pretty well amazing stuff. Lots of other community things were going on around us, with the local Holden club showing off their FX and FJ collection, plus lots of fair rides and food vendors, entertainers and more. It was a fabulous day!
Frank even found a pal: Terry's 1976 B1! We've met up with Terry before, at the VW Club of Victoria's swap meet some time ago.
One Esky covered in Dub stickers. I love the massive boot in this car; just perfect for grocery shopping and carting home stuff from the wreckers. Toot tank powers the air horns.
We were situated next to a gorgeous park that has a beautiful array of trees and plants, plus a well laid out path system big enough for vintage firetrucks to roll around, taking kids on joyrides.
It was a wonderful day, and a great fundraiser for the local health services. We'll be back!