So after visiting my family in SE Queensland, my wife and I flew to Adelaide to pick up the beast. That day we drove up to Cudlee Creek in the Adelaide hills for lunch with some biker friends. Chain of Ponds and Gorge road are two very nice roads to test a little sports coupe out
Many thanks to Tim from the Adelaide AEVA for picking up the car and storing it for me. He earned himself some WA red
So early the next morning we set off up Main North road in the dark, dreary weather. After about an hour of driving there was a break in the weather and we got to watch the sun rise... In front of us. That's not right...
I had failed to take the Port Wakefield road, and had been driving north-east along the Sturt Highway
It took about another hour to find our way back through the Clare valley and onto the main road north. In doing so, a passing 4WD kicked up a stone which smashed the RHS headlight
Lights still worked at least.
We stopped at Kimba where a giant galah landed on the car:
I continued to drive the lonely Eyre highway... Katherine couldn't share the driving - she never learned how to drive a manual
Lots of straight roads and desert views for the best part of three days:
And one very straight road:
But we made it home. Sturt is also an anagram of trust. Which kind of sums up everything about this car - trust in the seller, trust in Tim to handle my cash and pick it up, and of course, trust it would make it home OK. And trusty it sure is.
There is a lot of room behind the seats for batteries, as well as a bit up the front in the engine bay. The fuel tank on these cars were tiny - barely 40 litres. And it doesn't really earn you much extra space once you pull it out. Will take some thought, but for now I need to get it over the pits in WA so I can put a tow bar on it for hauling motorcycles