Motor car arrives

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 07:54
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NT - 1908

"There was great excitement in Palmerston last Thursday when three men alighted from a motor car pulled up in front of the Victoria Hotel.

The motor car was the first to have travelled overland from south to north and it was the first which most people up here had ever seen.

The trip from Adelaide had taken 51 days when South Australian pastoralist Harry Dutton and mechanic Murray Aunger set out in a late model Clement - Talbot car. It was fitted with pneumatic tyres and auxilliary wheels which could be bolted to the standard wheels when extra traction was required. They picked up a hitchhiker in Alice Springs - telegraph operator, Fred Allchurch.

Mr Dutton acknowledged he was generously welcomed in Palmerston and stated: 'On that account alone I would repeat the trip. The crossing of the continent has demonstrated the reliability of the motor car in negotiating tracks which are possibly unequalled in difficulty anywhere in the world'

The motor car may be the conveyance of the future, but it will be many years before it supplants the horse, or even the bicycle in the Territory. Dutton and Aungers 51 day time for their crossing was, after all, much longer than that taken by cyclist Al McDonald, who rode from Darwin to Adelaide in 29 days in 1898."

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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 09:05

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 09:05
Diesel

A good read, recently came across something similar about a couple of blokes who drove to the Cape in an Austin 7.

The oil company were so impressed they reimbursed them for the few quid they spent on petrol.
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Follow Up By: Diesel 1 - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 06:16

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 06:16
G'day Rosco,

They were certainly tough back in those days - it makes you wonder if we could have achieved the same even with our 4bys and hi-tech gear.

Diesel.
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 09:06

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 09:06
Diesel 1
Good story I Originally come from Adelaide hills near the Birdwood motor museum and I am 90% sure that the car used in this expedition is on display at the museum. Anybody in or near Adelaide for a holiday and is any kind of petrol head should spend half a day at this place, it is excellent. Tom Kruse's restored Badger truck used in 1999 for mail run re-enactment is also housed there.

Cheers Steve
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Follow Up By: Diesel 1 - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 06:21

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 06:21
G'day Steve,

The next time I'm down in Adelaide I will definitely visit the museum in Birdwood. According to the article I read about the 1908 trip, the car was taken out of the museum in 1988 and did the trip in 14 days as part of a Bicentennial rally.

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Reply By: Member - Gajm (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 09:26

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 09:26
It makes you think about the amount of gear we take now. Got to get me a set of those new fang dangled pneumatic tyres too.
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Follow Up By: Diesel 1 - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 06:29

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 06:29
G'day Gajm,

It certainly does make you think about the ammount of gear we take now. Looking at the photo of the Clement-Talbot taken on the trip, it appears that they didn't carry a lot of gear considering the venture.

I recently started to itemise the gear I want to take on my next long trip and it scared the bejeebers out of me when I realised that I had accumulated so much so called 'essential' stuff - going to have to rethink about what I really do need to carry.

Diesel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Gajm (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 21:06

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 21:06
Hey there Diesel,

I have to do the same thing myself, but it's got to the point I don't know where to start, and everytime I attempt it i take things out and put them straight back in, telling myself I "might" need that sometime, I think the garage now holds less than the car does

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Follow Up By: Diesel 1 - Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 08:51

Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 08:51
G'day Glenn,

I have always been reluctant to throw anything away until I am thoroughly convinced that I have absolutely no use for the said item. I've been carrying a lump of steel plate in the truck for years (since 1992) thinking that it will be handy if I ever need to carry out a repair of some sort - I have finally decided that I will leave it behind on the next trip and sure asbleepin a cat, something will happen and I will need a piece of steel plate.

On second thoughts, I think I will keep it in the truck - you just never know..........

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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 11:52

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 11:52
Hi Diesel
Here is a link to the car
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And we complain about the roads
Ray
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Follow Up By: Diesel 1 - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 06:31

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 06:31
Thanks for the link Ray - they were an impressive looking vehicle.

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