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2009 GPA Swim in and Military Vehicle Rally

2009 marked 3 GPA Swim in's for REMLR member Richard G, this time was sa little different because of a few things. In marticular his young son and wife were coming with him, but also because the 2009 year was marked by heavy rain, something almost foreign in this drought ravaged part of the country.

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Tuesday was the day that we were heading off to corowa, and this time it really was we, with my wife Rebecca, and son Callum (1.5 years old) coming on the trip. Rebecca had come with me in 2007, and Callum sort of came with us as Rebecca was pregnant at the time. Traveling in our group would be Geoff with his jeep on a trailer behind his Ford LTD, Allan and Lynn in their commodore this year. Tomorrow Greg in his Sabre Tank on the back of his inter (not an army one, but painted up in black and green cam and fitted with an isuzu TD motor). Glen in his Blitz would join our group the next day as well. This year was also the first year that I would be undertaking the trip with a Land Rover motor installed in my series 3. The previous 2 years had seen the trip made with a holden motor in the engine bay, and the 2.6L Land Rover motor had only been in place about a month before this trip took place.

Wednesday dawned and we unloaded. We met up at the shell at the bottom of the west gate bridge to wait for Greg with the tank who was coming over on the Toll boat. We recieved a call from Greg to say he was at least 1/2 an hour away, and to head off and he would meet us at our breakfast stop. We were going to stop at a nice place called the coolabah cafe or somewhere like that at a truck stop, but since our visit last yeat it had been closed and partly pulled down . So we headed on to one of those twin super service stations further along the road. Greg caught us as we were leaving that truck stop pretty much, so some of us headed off to puckapunyal to the tank museum leaging Greg to catch up as he could move a little faster than us. Ironically we arrived at the tank museum when Greg hit the gates of the base as it caused a bit of a stir bringing a tank into the base. Fortunately he had taken my advice and called ahead a couple of days earlier to make sure everything was ok etc etc. I could imagine things could be quite tense at the gate otherwise.

After a visit here the next scheduled stop was corowa itself. The convoy splintered a little as some headed off to corowa while others stayed at the tank museum a little longer. We ended up stopping at the northbound Glenrowan super servo for some lunch and a chat with a family in their dodge weapons carrier and jeep that were stopped there as well. Corowa was just a short hop from there, and we all arrived at roughly the same time to camp at Ball Park. We set up camp, said G'day to a number of REMLR members that stopped in to visit as we were encamping, including Robert F and Glen H. A short stop at the airport to collect Greg resulted in a very quick chat with Bill R and Justin P before we headed to the RSL for tea.

Thursday we were slated to do not much. We hung out at the caravan park and the airport all day catching up with people and chilling out. the weather was reasonably cool, nothing like the hot temps I had encounterd at corowa at the previous 2 GPA swim in's. Andrew CS caught up with us by the river watching John Belfield's Buffalo taking some test swims, Dennis M appeared a few times, and we had the 3 ambulance lineup with the Gruber bro's, Denis M and Andrew CS. And then the rain came down.

Friday was a day I was looking forward to. Tooles Warehouse and Bandiana. First stop for everybody was the Tooles warehouse. Denis M and Ian P were going to go there with us, but we lost them. But it was ok, we found them when they arrived not long after us. I managed not to buy anything at tooles or the warehouse somehow this year. Bandiana was next and Ian P, Dennis M and myself met with WO Rockliff to go through some of the ledgers that we found last year. She had a list of the vehicle's collection to give me as well as she had been researching all of their vehicles and their histories. It was heartening to see 'Check REMLR' noted in a couple of places on the page, and she acknowledged that REMLR was very usefull which is nice to hear I must say. The plan had been to photograph some of the pages that I had missed last year in the census codes book and ARN books. They were now over in the workshop shed so we headed over there where Denis M was coveting their 101 that is in storage. Around this point the warant officer realised that all of the ledgers (about 3 feet of paper stacked vertically) had ben photographed, and did we want her to find out if she was allowed to burn us a copy ! The Disc was burnt and a lot of time was saved by the three of us. Overall we came away with far more information than we had dreamed of. Meantime Callum had falen asleep back in the museum so I actually had time to enjoy the museum for once. I must say that their new 6x6 Perentie LRPV is a nice piece of kit !

Saturday was the big parade day!! The landies were lined up together which was very nice in all there were 22 there this year, similar to last year, but more were in the parade than last year with a record number of REMLR members in attendance. I forgot my antennas but didn't worry about them as I was the only vehicle with antennas the previous year. Rebecca even asked if I was sure. Well, what a forrest of antennas was ararnged on the land rovers waiting in the carpark!! So I was forced to run back and collect my antennas from camp and bring them back. The parade was simple enough, but there was some long delays at the airport end, don't know what was going on, but lack of space seemed to be an issue. There was some nice gear at the swapmeet. Particullary a VRS gasket set at Warwick Lords stall. I didn't have enough cash on me at the time, but with any luck I can get one soon. Andrew CS seemed to be trying to buy everything! However when we were ready to leave we realised that we were parked in. So with the help of Diana A and Ian P I completed a 50 point turn to escape the lineup at the airport and head back to town. That night was the awards presentation and auction, but I didn't last long. Fatuige took over and I went to bed.

Sunday was time to pack up and head home. fortunately it had stayed dry and we were able to pack up and head off. We stopped at Glenrowan for some lunch and a look around (the town, not the service stations), and a stop at seymour broke up the trip nicely. we caught some rain coming into melbourne, but we made the boat. The forecast wasn't good, and it was the roughest trip I have ever made across bass straight. Monday morning greeted us with an overcast devonport. Glad to be off the boat we headed home only to soon encounter torrential rain. Speeds were down to 60 at times because of visibility, but we made it there in one piece.

 

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Richard and Callum at Puckapunyal
Copyright: Richard Green

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John Belfield's Buffalo after unloading, and preparing to do swiming trials.
Copyright: Richard Green

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the same Buffalo part way through it's swiming trials, unfortunately having engine problems.
Copyright: Richard Green

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3 REMLR members ambulances in the rain at Ball Park. from L-R, Dennis M's Series 2a, Andrew CS's series 2a, and the Gruber brothers series 2.
Copyright: Richard Green

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More REMLR members vehicle's at the airport on saturday.
Copyright: Richard Green

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a Nice Acco 510A at the airport.
Copyright: Richard Green

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A GPA swiming in the river by Ball Park
Copyright: Richard Green

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A GPA swiming in the river by Ball Park
Copyright: Richard Green

 

 

 

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