Serpentine Dam, January 28, 2001 - Article by Richard H
|Head for the Hills!
At crack of dawn, three bleary-eyed
FTO drivers met up for breakfast at Fast Eddy's Fremantle.
Mark B had just moved back to Oz from Japan, and
brought his pristine condition Burgundy tiptronic GPX over with
him. It was probably the only FTO in Perth without any front/rear
accident damage, as all the import yards here seem to be flogging
patch-ups. Nice extras like ABS and TCL too.
Mark A turned up in a black manual GPX - largely stock,
except for the vivid red front grille. He also brought along Bill W (aka
Buzz) - a member of the UK FTO Owner's Club down here on his holidays.
And what better way to see Perth than from a speeding GPX...?
My wife and I brought along our silver
manual GPX - also stock at this time, save for a front strut brace.
As each FTO turned up, the usual cries of "not
another one - there goes my exclusivity!" could be heard. There
weren't any other patrons to annoy, as nobody else was dumb enough
to be out of bed this early on a Sunday.
Following the introductions (and some enormously unhealthy
serves of breakfast), we hit the road. Three FTOs weaved their way through
Perth's southern suburbs, at one time three-abreast down North Lake Road.
In fairly short order, we found ourselves
on the open road, headed for Serpentine Dam, near Jarrahdale. The
roads outside Perth are a marvellous place to be on a summer's morning.
Seeing a couple of sleek imports in the rear view mirror was, of
course, the icing on the cake.
We had a good stopover at Serpentine Dam (where
all the displayed photos were taken). Refreshments downed, outrageous
driving stories exchanged and tyres kicked. Then off to pastures
A meandering course was plotted back to Perth (helped
by a couple of wrong turns), with a few more stops thrown in for additional
poking at car parts. All too soon, the morning came to an end and we found
ourselves homeward bound.
Organising three FTOs getting together for a cruise was
good fun... but it turned out that this was only the beginning!