By Scott McGregor
All around the state, in sheds, hangers, and harbors, a silent military of devoted wives has been tinkering away restoring struggle horses and paintings horses, excitement craft and suggest machines to their glowing and gargantuan former glory. ultimately, in significant Boys Toys, those blokes step out into the sunlight to count, to face up for what is immense and noisy and leaking oil in every single place. Centurion tanks, tug boats, paddle steamers, large tractors, top-fuelers, flying tricycles: you identify it, they are solving it, or portray it, tuning it or changing the brake pads—once back. filled with images and important information, enormous Boys Toys lifts the airborne dirt and dust sheet and scrapes again the paint to discover the whos, the hows and, so much mysteriously, the whys, of outsized boys and their excellent toys.
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The jet units have a water throughput of up to 28,000 litres (the size of an average swimming pool) per minute, which makes them incredibly manoeuvrable. Unlike many of the other toys in this book, Brooke’s boat Our Toy was quick to build—only eight days. When he’s into something he’s clearly a motivated individual! ‘We’d come back from a race meeting, we’d blown the motor up in the one we’d had, the other one was sitting there in pieces, so we decided that we’d put it back together and get it ready to race and it just went from there—the three of us (Brooke, his wife Kim and good buddy Adam) spent a lot of the next eight days getting it done.
It’s only the drive to catch him that keeps me going’. Brooke reckons he might hand over driving to Kim completely soon—after all, she also finished in the Top Ten in the 2007 Australian Championship points round. If Brooke does take his pedal off the metal though, you can’t help wondering what will be the next fix that ‘floats his boat’. 2 m First run: 2004 Value: ‘$35,000 plus labour to build, so worth about $60–$70,000’ First toy: ‘Small plywood pedal car with a roof, steering wheel and hand brake that Granddad Stanley built for me.
In 2003 Bill decided he’d had enough of chasing records and rang Paul to tell him that if he wanted Vindicator he had to come and get it. It meant a trip across the Nullarbor, but Paul was overwhelmed at the thought of owning an Australian land sailing legend. 4 kph, but he feels he’s been faster on some earlier runs. He’s all fired up because there’s a racer from England who reckons he’s going to have a tilt at the record. In recent trials Paul has been able to keep pace with him. You’d imagine with all his local knowledge and Vindicator’s proven design, that Paul will soon have his day.