December 2003
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)

Cruise report - Skinners Road, Carbrook - Sunday, 21st December 2003.

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
Last weekend saw a flutter of ACV activity on the eastern seaboard.
On Sunday 21st December, the Qld branch had its monthly cruise and this was held on the Logan River, south of Brisbane. In attendance were:-

Des Goss with his trusty Turbo Wedge 225,
Steven Odgaard with his Billy Baker Vehicle 2,
Phillip and Kerry Audsley with the yellow Subaru powered Turbo 225
Tony Hogben with a powerful balsawood radio controlled model ACV, and helpers
Peter Frankland and Geoff Langford.
Visitors:- Eddie Branci and his two sons.

Eddie's eldest son may not be too impressed with hovercraft, for his first introduction to this sport landed him with a smack in the nose when he followed his dad too closely behind Steven, who was starting the lift engine on the Billy Baker. The narrow distance between Des's truck and Steven's trailer meant a close encounter with an unaware pullstart back swing.
A raspberry Weis ice-cream seemed to remove any tears, but then there was a further complication. The ice-cream had been stored in an esky at -68 degrees and the poor lad got this delicious treat stuck to his tongue dispite the hot humid Queensland climate. He had to be helped with a little water poured over the embarrassing situation.
I hope we see him again on the next monthly cruise.

NSW Branch - Camp Quality:-
On Saturday, 20th December, the NSW branch gave rides for children with cancer at the annual Camp Quality event in NSW.
There were 3 craft available: 1 Viper and 2 Renegades.

It is interesting to see the use of carpet to help preserve the skirts against excessive wear on the abrasive boatramp. After giving many rides over a rippled concrete ramp, the skirt wear can be quite an expensive feature of an otherwise fun-filled charity event.

Karl and Judy Bowman sent this photo.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30 pm - Tuesday, 20th January 2004.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

A copy of Ian Haddow's latest AHF newsletter will be on display.
Subscription for this newsletter is just $20:00.
Also a copy of the latest Hover World insider from Sharolyn Herring and Chris Fitzgerald will be on the round table.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary