As promised here are the words from Dan (who was unable to attend) and the Hindsight Award 2022
Being lorded with such an auspicious responsibility as the hindsight award weighs a heavy toll on the mind! Right from the get go you find yourself looking at the world with a different view, eagally watching your peers to see who's the first to drop their guard! This year I even abused my role in the newsletter to offer a box of beers for someone to dob in their mate, but as the months rolled by, still a little boy waits! I began to think of ways to engineer a situation which might lend itself to a likely candidate, all the time becoming further from my target. This was definitely one of those times when I was evidently trying too hard, because on reflection, the answer was right in front of me the whole time!
Now let me take you through a scenario that I know many of you have been through before, so I think you will all be able to recognize. It's that excited feeling you get when you buy a new car! It starts as a simple curiosity, maybe a few searches on trademe, watching a few videos on youtube, all the while feeding the desire to commit to buying something. Then you move on to the justification stage. This is a tricky one. Not only do you need to justify it to yourself but you also need to broach the subject with your better half! Now let's just say you get a pass from the financial advisor, you can then move on to actually looking for a suitable car. Now we are not just talking about a simple, run of the mill Toyota or a family friendly Hyundai, you want something bespoke, modified and individual. Something that sets you apart from everything else on the road. This year's recipient keeps his ear to the ground and if the right car were to pop up for sale, he would definitely be the first to know.
So the scene is set! And through a stroke of coincidence someone they know through their work just happens to have the right car up for sale and the obligatory viewing and test drive is organised. Now it's hard not to be overly optimistic when viewing a car that you have already fallen in love with and I suspect that this may have had an impact in this case. There were a couple of things that needed to be sorted out but for a man of his abilities, this should be a walk in the park. Deal done, payment made, nothing left but to bask in that new car euphoria............ and this is where the dream ends!
The car arrives on a tow truck which should have sent the flags up early on, the driveshaft hanger bearing is flapping in the breeze! No sweat, and an easy fix! Not long after - aka the next drive, that dirty old blown head gasket feeling began to arise - buggar, that's unlucky but pull them off and sort it out..... only the heads and cracked and the valve gear is all rooted and the whole lot needs replacing! Being an older car these things are not easy to find but finally some are located and the whole lot goes back together knowing that shouldn't cause a problem in the future. Now there was a small amount of rust in the floor that needed to be dealt with and hey, he owns a welder so may as well punch that out now and aim for trouble free motoring for the next 100000 miles! How wrong he was! The little bit of floor rust kept growing the further you looked but let's not be negative about this so patches began to be made up and fitted. At about this point our prize winner was starting to cop a bit of flack from his mates and the decision was made to quickly remove the windscreen to treat a tiny rust spot on the otherwise rust free windscreen frame before refitting and getting the car on the road and used. Now I'm no scientist, but what I do know is that it is impossible for bog to rust, which is why the windscreen frame appeared rust free! Whoever sculpted the entire frame out of bog really missed their calling in life and would have been able to secure a full time job at Gibbs Farm crafting beautiful pieces of art out of Newtech!
Still our fearless recipient didn't flinch, even when his mates were rolling on the floor in laughter at his expense. Onwards and upwards is the order of the day and a new windscreen frame is made up to replace the, well, the void that was previously referred to as a windscreen frame. By this stage the body and chassis had parted company and what do you know, more rust kept appearing. New floors, sills, the list goes on. This whole project has now shifted gears from a new daily driver that stands out from the crowd to a full blown restoration and it's just as well he didn't have any other projects on the go at the same time. Oh wait, I forgot about the Fiat, the two Mini race cars, the BMW motorcycle, the Triumph Scooter, his son's Mini and now the Chevy C10! Now although I take the piss, I must commend him for his perseverance as I would have given up long ago and it is my pleasure, and I really mean my pleasure to award the Hindsight Award 2022 to Scott Tristram!
-- Dan Eriksen Crew Chief +64 9 4820071
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