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Monday, 01 March 2004
Pix Of The Day: Australian Motoring's Golden Age
CREDIT: © Veteran Car Club of Australia (NSW) Inc/VCCANSW.org
WHERE: Jenolan Caves, NSW, Australia. WHAT: veteran 1903 22hp Daimler motorcar.
MAP: Jenolan Caves. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image.
While researching arches and natural bridges, we were directed to the Jenolan Caves and Carlotta's Arch in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. We will visit that location on another occasion, for we fear our readers may be suffering a surfeit of arches and natural bridges. In our wanderings we stumbled across this fine picture from the golden age of Australian motoring, which in turn led us to the VCCANSW [Veteran Car Club of Australia (NSW) Inc].
The club has a rich photograph archive spread across three  pages, with members photographs occupying a further three  pages. Our featured picture shows a 1903 22hp Daimler at the entrance to the Jenolan Caves. Also to be seen in the photo archives is a picture, and a copy of the sale invoice, for the first car to be imported into NSW. Among the features on the site, we particularly enjoyed the amazing history of Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost chassis No. 1958.
A couple of minor grouches probably identify us as aging curmudgeons: we are amazed that having spent thousands of dollars, and probably as many hours, lovingly restoring these vehicles, that some of the owners then have a picture taken with a pug ugly sign leaning against a wheel; we also feel that for pictures as good as these it is worth the extra effort of creating suitable  online galleries that do not require rapid fire mouse clicking of the browser BACK button to navigate among the exhibits.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)