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June to Aug 2008

Container ready to swim
Container ready to swim


The bike rev's and the crowd didn't stay still for long
The bike rev's and the crowd didn't stay still for long

Between winning the Winternationals in June and the end of August, we have managed to completely strip our container and refit it all out again into what we hope is a more managable and user friendly workspace.  Unlike other teams we do not have a truck with separate compartments for the various functions of the team, e.g. bike compartment, spares compartment, mechanical and tool department, sleeping quarters and kitchen.....for us its just one room 40ft long and 8ft wide.  

Bear in mind that we also have to do all our servicing at the track and from the container, we don't have the privilege of a home town workshop in Australia to take our race machine for maintenance between meetings.  OUR container is it, so storage and functionality had to be dramatically improved.  We think we have done it (after many, many long hours every day of the week for seven or eight weeks non stop).

We have to thank Greg of APS Tooling, and Lista for providing us with such wonderful toolbox cabinets, also Jackson Electrical for all the wiring and hours put into the electrical reticulation and lifeguard unit, as well as Ian Wilkins for repairing and moving our air conditioning, Lez Hurst for the time he contributed in sorting and packing items into crates and drawers, and all the families of our dedicated crew members who consistantly give so willingly of their time.  Thank you all.

Today is the 1st September and our racing machine and track home has finally taken to the water again and is now crossing the Tasman as I type.  Crossing our fingers that it arrives and disembarks safely for the first meeting in Sydney in two weeks. WATCH THIS SPACE.

While we were getting the container revamped, we held an open afternoon on the 11th July to demonstrate the sound and nasal effects of the big beast to our supporters, sponsors and interested parties.  Everyone was very impressed and of course those who had never experienced the involuntary crying effect that nitro brings on, were somewhat overwhelmed, gobsmacked, blown away, so to speak.  All in all a fun afternoon that was highly enjoyed by both crew and guests.