Tripping around by car

2013.12W.16Our Sepia Saturday theme for this week shows a charabanc with a string of private vehicles behind it, presumably tripping around the countryside for a day’s outing.

My family’s album shows a variety of cars used for getting from one place to another, for going visiting and going on holidays.

c1936 group  at Adelphi CastlemaineBandmaster Tom Tansey had left Castlemaine to live in Beechworth in 1929 but here he is with his wife  back visiting his daughter and family in 1936. They now had a trip home of 281 km (184 miles).  I wonder what the top speed was in this 1920s car on roads of variable quality.  They are standing in front of the house “Adelphi”

Kyneton Norm's car all night fox shooting c1950On to 1950, visiting Kyneton and going bush  in their 1920s car.  I love the running boards and wouldn’t mind if cars still had them,  Later on I had my first driving lesson in this car. Meanwhile down in a back shed there was a bull-nosed Morris Cowley, having a back-yard makeover and being honed and oversize rings fitted to the pistons.  Unfortunately There is no photo of that one.

Marmon Barbara Apollo Bay 1951 carIn 1950 it was a 1930 Marmon for a trip to Apollo Bay.

Fishing on Rocls Apollo Bay 1951And of course to go fishing off the rocks nearby.

Fishing group Apollo Bay 1951But if you look closely you’ll see that there are no flash fishing rods and reels but simply some sticks to which were attached string and hooks.  No record has been kept of any catches.

Macedon Barbara 1938 Nash car 1953In 1953 it was a Nash for a trip to Mount Macedon.

Rolls Royce 1954 -4In 1957 it was time for one of the boy’s toys and a girl’s best accessory,  a 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom I for a trip to Castlemaine.

MG Lachlan Bendigo 1965 cThen there was the MG. This young fellow, shown here in 1965, later managed to take the cap off the radiator and stuff some Matchbox cars into the radiator.  At another time he was left in the passenger seat while his father went into a shop.  He let the handbrake off and the car rolled backward across the street,  Fortunately no damage done.

After this dalliance with an MG , it was on to safe, sensible family cars.

More tripping around, whether by charabanc or private cars, can be seen through  the links on Sepia Saturday.

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12 thoughts on “Tripping around by car

  1. Those cars back then seemed to hold together better & longer than the ones we have now. That might be because they were a little less complicated & the owners could look after them better themselves rather than take them to a service department & pay for overpriced help while spending hours sitting in a waiting room.

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  2. A nice set of auto photos. In our family a photo nearly always includes a car because it is always on departure that anyone remembers to bring out a camera, hence everyone poses next to a car.

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  3. Such interesting cars — love ‘em all! And the stories about the little boy – oh my! I bet those stories got told around the dining table all the time.

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