The man of the house is restoring an early seventies era Ford. That means he is forever searching for new shiny bits to replace old broken ones. This weekend was the Bendigo Swap meet where car lovers from around the state flock to look for that elusive part that their two or four-wheeled baby needs. We live quite a way from Bendigo and love a weekend sleep-in so the kids and I were still a little asleep as he stuffed us all into the car for the long drive there.
I love watching the crowd at an event like that. You can see the die-hard swap-meet attendees, blokes that have home-made trolleys to carry all their treasures back to the car, old wooden soft-drink crates on wheels, battered nanna trolleys or mini-trailers large enough to fit the treasures and a whiny child. The stalls are just as interesting to see. Many make it a family affair and most people sleep on their site for the few nights they are there, so there is quite a diversity of vehicles. Some have tents, or an old caravan, others a small truck stuffed with mattresses and doonas.
It was quite hot and sunny, so hats were the one accessory worn almost universally, and the drink and icy-pole vendors were doing a roaring trade. Each time the water truck trundled by, spraying the dirt roads to keep the dust down, the crowd was quick to get in behind it and cool down.
As usual, the list of things we went all that way hoping to find was far beyond what our budget could handle and, really, the man of the house just wanted to go for a look more than to actually spend. That was just as well. We found the front grille mounts he has been chasing, but at $200 for two small bits of metal that live somewhere no-one can see them, he is willing to fix the slightly damaged one he already has! We did find some plastic clips he was in need of, and came home with a bag of them.
So, it would appear that we did a 450km round trip to buy the kids icy poles and $5 worth of plastic bits we could have got from a shop that is only 40kms from home. It kept the kids off the Wii for the day though, so I consider it time well spent!
Oh, the things we do for love of old cars….
PS: if you know where I can get him some cheaper XW grille mounts please let me know!! 🙂