Have you ever heard of a Haflinger?
If the answer is no, I'm not surprised. They weren't all that common.
To fill you in from Wikipedia:
"The Haflinger is a small, lightweight, four-wheel drive, high-mobility vehicle about 3.5m long and 1.5m wide, powered by a 643 cc flat twin horizontally-opposed, rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. Weighing around 600kg (1322.8 lb), the Haflinger can be lifted by four strong people and yet can carry a load of 500 kg (1102.3 lb). This truck falls into the category of the light utility vehicle. In Australian Army service, 46 Haflinger vehicles were each equipped with a dedicated trailer unit. Haflinger were often allocated to RAEME units where typically an individual craftsman, like artillery artificers, would use the vehicle to carry tools and other equipment around the field attending to technical servicing of weapons platforms and fighting vehicles."
Why am I telling you all this?
Gloucester local Bruce Yarnold has just returned from the iconic Bay to Birdwood Rally in Adelaide.
Some 1750 vehicles participate, driving from the centre of Adelaide to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills.
Vicki and I travelled with Bruce on a number of occasions.
He would trailer his little Haflinger in a purpose built box trailer.
At the rally the Haflinger would generally be an orphan.
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Well, things have changed.
Bruce attended the 2019 Bay to Birdwood and the good news is Bruce's baby now has 11 siblings.
They joined Bruce's Haflinger on the Bay to Birdwood.
Bruce's little Haflinger is lonely no more.
Can't you feel the love?
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