News from the Field Artillery Tractor Detachment
Great news – The Fat and gun stayed at the Hawthorne/Watkins compound near the Abbotsford Airport over the summer while it went from event to event, finishing at the Airshow the weekend before last. While it was there John Hawthorne did some basic maintenance. Changed the oil, lubed the chassis, minor tune up, adjusted the parking brake AND installed permanent turn signals on the FAT and got the brake lights and turns signals working on the gun lighting kit. The signal controller is manual, of course, and the driver has to remember to switch it off after turning, not easy when you are manhandling the steering wheel, shifting gears and watching traffic. It is also very noisy in the cab (not that most of us notice, being Gunners) and it is suggested that we employ a young ‘powder boy’ to ride behind the driver and rap him on the head with a rubber mallet to remind him to turn off the signal after a turn if he does not do so in a timely manner.
The FAT and gun returned to the Armoury on Saturday 18 August via the ’All Aboard’ event in Richmond. Another good event, great crowd, lots of interest and pictures. The drive in went well as did the return to the Armoury
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