The Road Ahead : December 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2012/JAN 2013 10 GO DRIVE IN THIS ISSUE, we bring you the third instalment in our 'Bring back the Queensland road trip' campaign. After previously focusing on day and weekend drives, the attention is now on the longer trip, along the lines of where you might go in this great state of ours on a driving holiday. Journalist Deb Eccleston has plenty of tips to 'infotain' you in our feature starting on page 38. But that's just the start. This issue is brimming with first-hand accounts of taking the road to somewhere. RACQ president Geoff Leddy relates how he headed off to that true-blue Queensland institution, the Birdsville Races. And in Queensland Great Escape we tell of the drive along the Wheelbarrow Way, from Mareeba to Chillagoe. But to prove you don't necessarily need a modern four-wheel-drive to go bush, look no further than our stories detailing the exploits of RACQ members Don Hill and Birgit Kehr. Don's choice of mount was simply amazing -- a 1919 Model T Ford that he and mates drove from Longreach to Dar win. And Birgit joined a group that rode their BMW motorcycles along the 'roof of the world'-- Patagonia. Then there's Peggie Stafford's perspective on the Bristol Car Club's recent outback run in their British classics. The message is short and simple: if you've got wheels, go drive. Barry Green have your say editor's note COMMUNITY EDITOR'S NOTE + HAVE YOUR SAY HAVE YOUR SAY: EMAIL ROADAHEAD@RACQ.COM.AU. FAX 3257 1863. MAIL THE ROAD AHEAD, P.O. BOX 4, SPRINGWOOD, QLD 4127. PLEASE INCLUDE NAME AND ADDRESS. LETTERS WILL NOT RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL REPLY. DISTURBING THE PEACE I don't know how many times some fool on a motorcycle has roared past disturbing the peace. It's got to be one of the worst examples of ignorant and oafish self-indulgence. And it applies to silver- haired, pot-gutted and goateed middle age, life- change bikers as well. If my car made that kind of noise, I'd be slapped with an excessive noise infringement notice. P. SAXBY, INNES PARK. PLATE FOR SENIORS 'L' plates, 'P' plates, both accepted without question. As a senior driver over the age of 70, I would be happy to display an 'S' plate. At the very least, this would alert other drivers to the possibility of slower reflexes, and if they have any sense of decency, they would allow the senior driver a little more time and space. It could be introduced as an optional choice at first, and I would be one of the first to display it. B. HARRISON, ACACIA RIDGE. WHAT SAFETY CERTIFICATE? I have been looking EDITOR'S PICK WHEN TO PASS We travel with our caravan for a large part of the year, and we have noticed a disturbing trend among some fellow travellers. When we come upon a slower vehicle travelling ahead and find ourselves following for a distance, sometimes the driver indicates with their right indicator when they think it is safe to pass. Their impression of when it is safe is not always accurate, as they do not know our vehicle or its capabilities. We think it is a safer practice to pull off the road, when able, to allow vehicles behind to pass. D. & B. CHAPMAN, HERVEY BAY. EDITOR: For writing this edition's best letter, D. & B. Chapman, of Hervey Bay, will receive an RACQ 4WD and camping pack, valued at more than $300.The pack contains a 4WD First Aid Kit (RRP $119.00, member price $107.10); a copy of Camps & Snaps Aust Wide 6 (RRP $89.95, member price $75.95); a copy of Dirty Weekends in South East Qld (RRP $34.95, member price $29.95); a copy of Holidaying with Dogs 12th Ed (RRP $24.95, member price $19.95) and two Stainless Steel Water Bottles (RRP $23.95 each, member price $18.95 each). For more information about these great products, visit racq.com/shop. to purchase a second- hand vehicle. Of the five registered vehicles that I have inspected, only one (at a dealership) had a current Safety Certificate. Of the four private sales, two had expired certificates and two didn't have one at all. Is this an area that the State Government could look at improving, possibly by extending the Safety Certificate expiry date? S. SHIELDS, CAMIRA.