Perfect weather to go for a drive.
It is hot on this January afternoon, a few weeks before Canberra’s 100th anniversary. Around 40 degrees. One of the hottest days ever recorded in this Australian Capital Territory. “Warm and dry – perfect weather!”, says Ken Edwards. As far as he is concerned, it could well be a couple of degrees cooler, but he’s thinking of his car, a strawberry-red Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet, built in 1964. “For classic cars the conditions could hardly be better.” Ken and his wife Alida are sharing a Cola on the terrace of the Café “Pork Barrel”, with a view of the blindingly white Old Parliament House. Once or twice a week they go for a drive in their cabrio through the Australian capital city – a city that does not look too urban with its green tree-lined skyline and only a tall building here and there.
Its most dominant “construction” is Lake Burley Griffin, an artificial lake. “Regular excursions are good for the car, you know,” says Ken. And this time he is also talking about himself: nothing could suit him better, either.