We Drove the Hume

In ’76 we drove the Hume
at a hundred miles an hour
The third lane on a two lane road
and we were heading north

Young and invincible at the wheel
we drove with the skills of James Hunt
Cardboard beer cartons on the back seat
empty stubbies rolling the floor

Sitting three across, no seat belts to buckle
wind blowing through open windows, elbows out
Cigarette ends glowed red in the dark
matching eerie shadows from dashboard lights

Wild music blared from the eight track stereo
three of us and 320 miles to travel
This was our first road trip, without thinking
we’d go anywhere for a drink in those days

On the stretches of the road where we drove alone
the shadows of giants lined the black top
One mistake at speed would call the reaper
and death not necessarily quick or painless

We drank and drove, told bullshit stories
and dreamed of futures yet to be lived
320 miles we made in a bit under four hours
speed a demon to be lived at the limit

The bar was still open when we arrived
with the beer cold and the women hot
It was a blur for the next two days
drinking, driving and talking shit

In ’76 we drove the Hume when it was infamous
death scared no one yet many never survived
Today I look back in horror we could have died
or worse, we could have killed someone

We drove the Hume, but only once


We Drove the Hume

Tony Mutton

Brisbane, Australia

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