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10-24 November 2001 Tasmania

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Datsun Sports Owners Australia

THE RaTTAToT TOUR
(Ramsay's Terrific Tag-a-long Adventure Tour of Tasmania)


For 16 November 2001


Report by Michael and Sylvia

Breakfast at the hotel saw various members extolling the virtues of strategically positioned mirrors in their rooms. Most were alongside the beds but Steve and Jan's room has them on the ceiling ! The small shaving mirror was interestingly positioned in the bath, and the hand basin was hidden in the wardrobe, with mirrors on 3 sides. This gave you the ability to see yourself multiple times shrinking into infinity (one of me is enough I thought) and also see your face and the back of your head simultaneously.

A short walk to the Brooke St Pier, in bright sunshine lead us to our Cadbury cruise vessel where we were highly entertained with a truly sardonic narrative along the beautiful Derwent Harbour and River in splendid calm conditions. Many interesting and inexpensive locations were pointed out. Arriving at the wharf showed that old ferries can be like old Sporties as the gear linkage jammed on the approach and had the skipper conjuring up thoughts of all of us wading off a mud bank. However, some tricky manoeuvring had us alongside and disembarked for a short walk to the chocolate heaven.

A briefing had us replacing conventional hats with gorgeous millinery - you know the ones - just like in hospital. But wearing a paper hat around your beard had Jim and Syd looking just gorgeous. No cameras or watches on the 1st floor as chocolate covered watches and lens covers are not easy to market.

The chocolate sampling was a delight with Bev and Des deciding that they needed to further purchase a 5 kgs box - for the grand children we were told. All too soon back to the boat with an improvised gear linkage repair and a pleasant return and a pleasant return to our accommodation

Some quick snacks were followed by a delightful drive up to Mount Wellington to see a magnificent panorama of Hobart. It was an ideal day for this and surprisingly warm up there. On the run up, Paul and Diann noticed Bob and Sue's gearbox support housing hanging precariously low. A quick jack up and some tightening at the summit showed a stripped thread. Whilst this was being attended to on the way back to Hobart, Norm and Steve both discovered some bodgey welding had been done on exhaust systems in Canberra causing rattles and exhaust leaks - - things will be said on their return no doubt.

Throughout all this, the Tasmanian contingent of 3 cars lead by Geoff and Wendy Richardson had been awaiting our arrival at his home in Sandy Bay. Geoff had offered his home for necessary car washing and cleaning for Saturday's Christmas parade. Geoff and Wendy are the proud owners of a 2000 powered 1500. John and Elga Dagwell had just finished off their white 2000 - having had it registered that week in anticipation of our arrival. Geoff Duggan had not brought has 2000 which had competed in the Targa Tasmania Rally 7 years running.

Our host had invited us to the Derwent Yacht Club for drinks and to show off our Sporties to his comrades. That evening we dispersed to the various seafood restaurants for cocktails and hearty meals. One particular place on the front called 'Muirs' was highly enjoyed.


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