30th July

The rain kept falling all night, the temperature dropped, it feels so cold and it is. Went down to the Museum to borrow their computer and internet service this morning – and the rain kept falling. The people at the Museum are absolutely wonderful but they are making me work. A TV interview and test drive another interview with a local newspaper is on the programme for tomorrow.
This afternoon I went out to Collingrove HillClimb. It’s about 25 miles away from Birdwood and being in the area I just had to go and visit the venue. When I was a child my father’s new Cooper had just arrived from England –he had a Manx Norton engine ready to mount into the new stead and then he was off to Port Wakefield to drive in the Australian Grand Prix followed the next weekend with competing at Collingrove HillClimb. For some reason I wasn’t allowed to go and I was sent to stay with my grandparents for the week. I was used to going everywhere when my father competed and I was completed gutted when I was taken to my grandparent’s house. I can’t remember how long I was there but I do remember sulking for the duration. My poor grandmother!
I saw the movie of my father driving at Collingrove all those years back and in my memory it is just like it happened recently so I just had to go and see the venue.
The South Australian Sporting Car Club gave me permission to visit and we arrived to see four kangaroos meandering near the course. What a lovely surprise for my two other team members to see our Aussie wild-life in full flight.
I sort of felt rather emotional when we set off up the hill. I’m so impressed with the hill. It is so challenging – I wouldn’t mind the opportunity to drive a competition car there. Mark was so impressed he was almost ready to ship his Cooper 500 out for the next event.
Snow is predicted for Friday in this area. That news is hard to believe and I hope the forecasters are wrong but whether it snows or not it really feels cold. Fancy leaving a hot Britain to come to cold weather!
Well………I must get my beauty sleep in time for the TV stuff tomorrow. The jet-lag symptoms are still raging but hope they have disappeared by Sunday and the start of the event.

2 Responses to “30th July”

  1. Denise says:

    Hi Joy sorry to hear the weather is awful, its HOT and sunny here,wrap up warm keep dry !!! Good luck for the trip, enjoy !!

  2. Steve Kirk says:

    Hi everyone hope all is well I now have the boxes ready for the cooper lol. I just need the address where to send it.

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