Mildura Weekly : Friday June 19 2015 Vol 9 No 32
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 • From Page 10 New types of fog lamp have also been evolved from prototypes used in road trials. Owing to the severity of trials, one mile in this form of competi- tion could be equivalent to many miles of normal everyday driving in so far as a vehicle test is con- cerned. The constant working of moving parts over long periods and the extra work done by a com- peting car as a whole are bound to generate abnormal heat; and the metals used must be able to stand up to this heat. Consequently, tri- als are a very good testing ground for the metallurgist.” About the event’s founder, Reg Shepheard, RIGHT, the official program says: “One August day in 1914, a 13-year-old boy walked into his classroom, and bluntly told the teacher he wasn’t coming back to school anymore. “I’ve decided to enter the motor trade,” he declared. “And nothing will make me change my mind.” “Reg Shepheard had made the first important decision of his life. It was not to be the last. And as things turned out, it was one of the few decisions that Reg ever regretted. (He later had to toil at Nottingham University for three years to catch up on his educa- tion.) Most of Shepheard’s decisions have proved successful. And, like those of so many business big- bugs, most of them are made on the spur of the moment. For example, the Redex Trial. The idea for an around-Australia reliability contest came to Shep- heard in a London bomb-shelter, during one of Jerry’s most vicious blitzes. In an effort to divert his attention from the surrounding blasts, Shepheard studied a map of Australia, a land he had long decided to make his home. As his eyes travelled over the vast continent, he was impressed by the fact that Australia was the only country in the world where a single trial could take drivers through a wide variety of climates. He observed that you could run a trial from a city at normal temperature (such as Sydney) to a tropical town (such as Darwin) and return south by snow country. Contestants would have to contend not only with changing climatic condition, but also with all types of road surfaces. Shepheard estimated that an around-Australia trial could become second-to-none in the world. The first Redex Round Austra- lia Trial, in 1953, showed he was right and last year’s trial (1954), longer and tougher still, won world-wide publicity for Austra- lian motor sport. • NEXT: The ride in a dilapidat- ed car that provided the spark for an around Australia rally, and photographs that prove the 1955 trial passed through Mil- dura. Ask and you shall receive THE REDEX FILES • From The Argus, Melbourne, Wednesday, August 17, 1955 Page 6. “Mildura dried fruit farmers will enter the ‘Raisin Joe’ car in this year’s redex Trial, despite a refusal by the Australian Dried Fruits Association to finance it. “Mr Graeme Hume, a Mildura grower, said last night the association had given the farmers Raisin Joe masks to distribute to children throughout Australia, but had insisted that they pay cost price for them. Mr Hume and another farmer, Mr Frank Headland, will drive another car during the trial to distribute samples in towns not included in the trial route.” • The Australian Women’s Weekly, Wednesday, August 31, 1955 Page 30. “‘Raisin Joe,’ the cream Holden decorated with green and gold grapes, is one of the personality cars in the cur- rent Redex Trial,” the story said. “Sponsored by the Vine Fruit Grow- ers’ Association of the Sunraysia dis- trict, ‘Raisin Joe’ unloads a cargo of ‘nibble bags’ and ‘Raisin Joe’ masks among spectators at each control point. “The nibble bags, air-freighted ahead to each checking point, contain raisins and sultanas and a book of reci- pes for dried fruit. “This travelling advertisement is manned by horticulturists Miff Johnson and Bob Williams of Merbein, Victoria, and Ian Roberston from Melbourne. The three owners of the car wear red berets and grinning ‘Raisin Joes’ on the pockets of their overalls. “Before the car left Mildura for the starting line, in Sydney, Mildura women formed working bees to pack the boxes of raisins and sultanas and the piles of ‘Raisin Joe’ masks ready for dispatch to points along the Redex route.” 1955 Trial in the news • FOR THE RECORD: Two pages from the 1955 Trial guide, one showcasing one of the distinctive advertisements from the period, and the other a list of competing cars and their crews. JGK15446-Ad-MildWeek-260x161-v1 *Pricing applicable to Mildura Region only. Every endeavour has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, all images are for illustration purposes only and may depict fixtures, finishes and features either not supplied or are upgrade options by JG King Homes. 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