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FOR Bay to Birdwood veteran Phil
Luff, every year in the event brings a
The Wasleys resident has been
participating in the run for over two
decades and this year was not short of
Travelling in his vintage WWII Blitz
truck, he stumbled upon his very own
'Beverly Hillbillies' in a 1920s Chevy truck,
and, as fate would have it, he endured most
of his journey with the boisterous group
from Murray Bridge.
"At the start, we drove past this truck
with all these guys in it and I just stirred
them up and said 'what's this, the Beverly
Hillbillies?'" Phil said.
"Then I broke down on Anzac Highway
and had to get help from the RAA, and
they drove past and gave me some banter,
which set the scene, pretty well.
"Later, we got up to Inglewood and
found them on a hill and they had broken
down, but my mate and I both agreed we
would tow them to Birdwood."
What followed was a day full of laughs
in what Phil describes as one of the best
runs in the world.
"I really enjoy seeing all the vehicles on
the day," Phil said.
"Unfortunately, there wasn't as many
people in it this year, but it does cost a lot
"It would have cost me just $300 on fuel
as my truck isn't cheap to run."
With this year showcasing a number of
vehicles manufactured up until 1955, Phil
is already looking forward to next year's
'classic' run, in which he plans to travel in
one of his WWII jeeps.
"The classic, I think, is the best of the
lot, because you have got the really nice
vehicles," he said.
Phil Lu , Trish Simpson (middle) and Emma Simpson pictured with the WWII Blitz truck which made the journey in this year's Bay to
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
Phil Blitzes the
Bay to Birdwood
On the loose
PACK away loose items lying around
in the car, the the Motor Accident
Commission is urging vehicle owners.
Road safety general manager Michael
Cornish said items including laptops, toys
and drink bottles can become "an unsecure
missile" and injure someone in a crash.
He said many family cars often have extra
items to cater for each of its members' needs.
"It's a good idea to put any loose objects
in the boot of the car or behind a cargo
barrier," he said.
A cargo barrier may be installed in
vehicles such as station wagons and four-
wheel drives. Ensure it complies with the
Australian standard for cargo barriers in
WHILE tech fans are eagerly awaiting
the release of the latest smart gadget, the
RAA fears technology such as the Apple
watch will drive motorists to unsafe road
RAA road safety manager Charles
Mountain said while other technology can
be stored out of sight during the drive,
watch technology will make it harder for
motorists to resist checking incoming
Figures from the RAA show 44 per cent
of fatal crashes and more than half of serious
injury crashes across the state resulted from
To battle the bad habit, the body has
teamed up with Spastic Centres of South
Australia, driving the 'Kick It' campaign,
which encourages people to make positive
changes, while raising money for those living
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