By Scott McGregor
Everywhere in the state, in sheds, hangers, and harbors, a silent military of committed wives has been tinkering away restoring conflict horses and paintings horses, excitement craft and suggest machines to their glowing and gargantuan former glory. eventually, in enormous Boys Toys, those blokes step out into the sunlight to rely, to face up for what is great and noisy and leaking oil in all places. Centurion tanks, tug boats, paddle steamers, large tractors, top-fuelers, flying tricycles: you identify it, they are solving it, or portray it, tuning it or exchanging the brake pads—once back. full of images and very important data, immense Boys Toys lifts the dirt sheet and scrapes again the paint to discover the whos, the hows and, so much mysteriously, the whys, of outsized boys and their fabulous toys.
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Penny has the last word, refuting the well-known adage: ‘It’s not a case of if you can’t beat them join them,’ she says with conviction. ’ Winning isn’t everything 31 When ‘boys’ band together When boys gather together for a common cause, their projects and passions can be like a magnet attracting others to help them move mountains. This is where the big toys get bigger and the boys, en masse, get bolder. And it’s at this point where I must acknowledge (for fear of lynching) that in these projects, many, many women have also worked hard for the common cause and ‘Boys’ becomes something of a generic term!
There is no rudder and the boat can only steer when power is applied. The jet units have a water throughput of up to 28,000 litres (the size of an average swimming pool) per minute, which makes them incredibly manoeuvrable. Unlike many of the other toys in this book, Brooke’s boat Our Toy was quick to build—only eight days. When he’s into something he’s clearly a motivated individual! ‘We’d come back from a race meeting, we’d blown the motor up in the one we’d had, the other one was sitting there in pieces, so we decided that we’d put it back together and get it ready to race and it just went from there—the three of us (Brooke, his wife Kim and good buddy Adam) spent a lot of the next eight days getting it done.
With blokes like Aaron beating the drum, offroad racing can only grow. And for him, a bit of family support makes all the difference. ‘It’d be really hard to do what I do if Penny wasn’t into it too,’ he says, remembering who actually got the ball rolling all those years ago. Penny has the last word, refuting the well-known adage: ‘It’s not a case of if you can’t beat them join them,’ she says with conviction. ’ Winning isn’t everything 31 When ‘boys’ band together When boys gather together for a common cause, their projects and passions can be like a magnet attracting others to help them move mountains.
Big Boys Toys: Blokes and Their Magnificent Obsessions by Scott McGregor