Monday, October 28, 2013

Mrs C & 1973

Do you Remember 1973?

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Mr Whitlam was the Prime Minister.

Manly beat Cronulla in the Grand final,

and of course, the Sydney Opera House was opened.

‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon round the ole oak tree’ was the number one hit single.

Yet, it was a great year for classic hits, Elton John, Wings, David Bowie,

Deep Purple, Billy Joel and Pink Floyd all had memorable big hits.

The top movie was ‘Live and Let Die’

Tony Barber won the Gold Logie and ‘Number 96’ won the best new drama.

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I wasn’t allowed to watch ‘Number 96’ as it was titillating and I was only 10….

The Tale of Mrs C

40 years ago, in 1973, a 54 year old lady called Mrs Cusick travelled from Canberra to Wollongong to purchase a brand new Ford Cortina. She took it home to Downer in Canberra and put the new car in her garage.

She loved her little car and kept it regularly serviced, but as she got older she drove it less and less.

In 2013, Mrs Cusick had her 94th birthday. But the time came, as it does to most of us, where decisions had to be made on her behalf. She went to reside at a  Nursing Home and her son was left to tidy up her affairs.

Mrs Cusicks son decided to sell his mothers 40 year old , but much loved car, to another Canberra man named Luke.

Luke spent a lot of time with the old car, fixed many of its mechanical faults and got it up and running in tip top condition.  However, he decided that he wanted a different sort of car and so after only a few months he decided to sell it on……………..

Enter Kim and Graham into the tale,,,,

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This is our new purchase a 1973 Ford Cortina that I have named ‘Mrs C’…!

We flew to Canberra this last weekend to decide if she was the car for us. AND yes she is!!!

She’s not perfect, a few little dings, chips and part of the upholstery needs lots of attention.

But for a 40 year old girl I think she's in great shape.

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We flew down to Canberra last weekend then drove

her home over 2 days and she hardly missed a beat.

I took a turn driving. She’s a 3 speed auto a bit hard to brake and slow on steep hills but otherwise great to drive.

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Here she is at the top of Mount Panorama! (I had to take her around the mountain)!

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This was probably the longest trip she’s done for years – maybe ever!

IMG_3473The front of our house is now a Ford car lot!

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