• Another trip in the life of a classic Holden

    ROAD TRIP: Robin Tripp with his faithful FB Holden.

    A 4000-kilometre road trip from Darwin, just to enter his faithful FB Holden in the nationals at Wangaratta over the weekend, was just a casual drive for Territorian Robin Tripp.

    “She did it easy, travelling 1000 kms a day,” the auto glassing professional said, basking in the midday sun as his 1959 wagon ‘shined’ with another 100 entries from across Australia.

    “In the Territory our speed limit is 130km/h and she cruises on it, and the fact I have no power steering helps keep me awake on these long drives.”

    Mr Tripp has owned his beloved Holden for 35 years, and even took it on a world trip, travelling over 48,000km in six months in 1989/90.

    “We got to see the Berlin Wall come down, and even got shot at,” he said.

    “Travelling in the Arctic Circle was really challenging.

    “I had to keep a lantern going all night in the sump of the car to stop the oil freezing as the temperature got down to -35 dgrees.”

    Organisers of annual championships praised Wangaratta as a venue and indicated that a return could be on in future years.

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