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THE VIEWS EXPRESSED HERE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF THE NRMA.
Until the mid-1930s, cars resembled a horse carriage
more than a motor vehicle. A car roof was made out
of leather, fabric or canvas pulled over a wooden
frame. To make sure the top stayed dry and in good
condition, owners would regularly paint the material
with waterproof solutions and “hooddresssing”.
According to this ad in a 1932 NRMA guidebook,
the Taylor, Williams and Halliday company supplied a
choice of 15 colours. It was easily applied and dried
in four hours. New technology later enabled steel to
be stretched over a chassis and the modern car was
born. It was cheaper and safer, but somehow lacked
the romance of the early car.
THE WAY WE WERE 1932
From a very minor side street, I often
have to enter the south-bound traffic
(going 110km/h) onto the Pacific Highway.
I wish to offer the highest accolades to
our Brisbane-Sydney truckies – 99 per
cent of whom move into the second lane
to allow my entry. Maybe smaller vehicles
could follow their lead.
H. Glenn, Wauchope
In this time of high-visibility fluoro
and reflective products, it amazes and
saddens me that the manufacturers
of mobility scooters and powered
wheelchairs still upholster their
machines with either dark grey or black
materials, which leaves them difficult
to see from the rear.
Fluoro products are widely used in
many trades today and are likely
responsible for avoiding numerous
accidents and saving lives over the
period of their use. Surely if the seat
backs of mobility scooters and powered
wheelchairs (the most visible part of
these machines from behind) were
upholstered using a fluoro product they
would be much more visible when used
on the road. This would be especially true
on cloudy days or in the late afternoon,
making them much safer for their riders.
Even retrofitted seat covers would be a
For those who say these machines
shouldn’t be ridden on the roads, reality
dictates that where there’s no suitable
footpath available – which is common in
many of our areas – owners have no
option but to do so.
Eric Collins, Coffs Harbour
While looking at my Sept/Oct issue of
Open Road, I turned to page 11 and was
amazed to see a picture [below] of
Anthony Hordern’s emporium. His motto
was “While I live I grow”.
My father, John Allen, worked for
Anthony Hordern all his working years
until he retired in about 1969. He started
at the age of 13, delivering parcels by
horse and cart. I still have a big basket
they placed in the cart to hold all the
He went to World War I by putting up
his age, which a lot of boys did, and after
the war he continued driving the horse
and cart. In 1932, he was sent to manage
a depot at Harris Park. “ While I live and
grow” was on the front of every truck.
Anthony Hordern was a big part of
our lives and Christmas time was
especially great. The company always
put on a grand party for all the staff and
families, which included a concert
and presents from Santa.
Joan Rayment, Mudgee
SPACE SAVER WARNING
I found your ‘SUV Showdown’ article in
the Sept/Oct issue rather disconcerting.
The first feature of the two SUVs I looked
for was if they had so-called ‘space saver’
spare wheels – and I was alarmed to see
the vehicle you recommended for
“regional roads and farm tracks” was the
one with the space saver.
The idea of a space saver is misleading.
When you have a puncture, put on the
space saver and then ask yourself where
to put the muddy, dusty and wet full-sized
wheel in an already full vehicle? It won’t
fit into the space saver compartment.
Secondly, imagine if you’re on holidays
with a fully laden car and have over 100
kilometres to drive over rocky, rutted,
slippery, boggy or steep dirt roads on
your space saver. Will it cope safely with
Will a ‘space saver’ cope
safely with the rugged
conditions and last the
distance? I think not
Some of these old
buildings in Haymarket
still stand today.
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