Fig 1 Paul talks to camera
for the wind-up piece.
When channel Nine first approached
me about appearing I said "What's the gist of the show,
how to blow your life savings on a motor home?". They assured
me that it would be about the lifestyle and the fact that we
had dropped careers, houses and just about everything else to
hit the road in our mid forties.
Paul seemed impressed with the
open look of the motor home, commenting that if he was blindfolded
and lead to the lounge room he would think he was in a beach
Right from day one Chris said
that she didn't want the truck to look or feel like a normal
motor home. I guess we succeeded in that respect :-)
The crew filmed for over two
hours while we opened and closed everything and chatted with
Paul. When I said that the whole lot opens in a couple of minutes
they decided to show this but I don't think they really believed
me, saying that if I opened the shutters and raised the pop-top
they would do a time lapse to speed it up.
The pop-top went up so fast that
they said a time lapse would not be required.
We spent rest of the rally as we usually
do, catching up with old friends and making new ones. While
having a chat with Laurie (the CMCA webmistress) and others
we noticed the council was removing the porta-loos.
Someone commented that they had
better not have any occupants and before we'd finished laughing
Roger Risk was inside one with his pants at half mast pretending
to be in the aforementioned unfortunate position.
Fig 2. Roger Risk misbehaving
majority of the rally site were the usual middle-of-a-showground type
but some areas were nicer. This coaster had a lovely canal-side spot...
Fig 3. Probably the best spot
at the rally.
many rigs were parked on a small rise that afforded views over the
commoners. This was quickly named "Nob Hill".
Fig 4. One of the big rigs
on "Nob Hill".
over at the rear of the showground, among the sheds, were the three
WORTs (Weird Off Road Trucks), named Baby Bear, Moma Bear and Papa
bear by Adrian (owner of Moma Bear, in the middle).
Fig 5. Three WORTs in a row.
It was certainly great that we
three could park together and we chatted 'till the wee hours
about off-road truck things and living full-time on the road.
Baby Bear (Steve and Jill's Bedford
in the front of the above photo) was up for sale and actually
sold to Andy and Heather who had flown/driven all the way from
Carnarvon in WA. Welcome to our small WORT fraternity Andy and
Our rig (Papa Bear, aka Wothehellizat)
was parked right next to a shed and when standing on the deck
we actually looked down on its roof.
Fig 6. Chris relaxing on the
7 Apr 2001
Open day. On the Saturday
of these rallies the public is let in to view those rigs that
are open and generally talk to CMCA members about motor homing.
It was utter bedlam around
the WORTs with queues lined up outside ours and probably the
others for all I know, I was too busy.
We must have shown hundreds
of people around the rig and at 2:30 Chris closed the door so
we could have lunch. Unfortunately our open plan design worked
against us as people could see us in the lounge room and still
ask questions, so we moved across the road and sat with our
fellow WORT owners, pretending the truck wasn't ours.
For the record...