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.