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Celebrating AANT's Loyal Members

The AANT has been around since 1963 and has more than 20,000 members. Some of those members have been with us almost as long as we’ve been around. This edition of NTmotor, we want to celebrate a couple of AANT members who’ve been with us for more than 50 years.

Margaret Scholes

How long have you been a member?
I was a member of the NRMA in New South Wales, and then joined AANT when I moved to the Northern Territory in 1970.

Why are you an AANT member?
I think it’s necessary so that I can get help on the road.

What do you think of when you hear AANT?
The saviours of the road.

What’s your most memorable experience with AANT?
I’ve been calling AANT recently. The transmission cable came off my gear stick and I was stuck in one gear. AANT came out and temporarily mended it for me. It’s going to take about a month to get the part from Toyota in Japan.

What’s your favourite thing about the NT?
It’s the only place to live. I lived in Canberra and went travelling around Australia. We got to the NT and didn’t leave.

John Knight. 

How long have you been a member?
Ever since I came to Australia in the 1960s.

Why are you an AANT member?
Mostly due to safety, particularly with the Territory being such a remote sort of place.

What do you think of when you hear AANT?
Well, I think of the same things I was accustomed to when I was overseas. I always belonged to a motoring organisation when I was in England, so I switched allegiances when I came here.

What’s your most memorable experience with AANT?
I think I’ve only made use of them a couple of times in emergencies when I’ve needed help.

What’s your favourite thing about the NT?
I’ve been here so long I’m part of the furniture. We came here as teachers and we’ve been here ever since.

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