Archived Event Reports for 2015

C - Region Christmas Picnic Day

Sat 05 December 2015 - Sat 05 December 2015
Story by: Margaret Bensley

On December 5th we couldn’t have picked a better day for the picnic. The sun was shining, the sky was as blue as could be and the temperature was perfect.

After everyone had arrived and dealt with the formalities of duty of care, we all tucked into the many slices and other goodies provided by Pam and many others. As I have said before, I’m sounding like a broken record, “we never, never go hungry ”.

The men couldn’t inspect the cars as they usually do, because they were parked about 200 metres away. It didn’t stop them talking CARS nonetheless. Boys will be boys! The girls of course always find something to talk about and catch up on family and friends, especially those who couldn’t make that day, health and maybe a recipe or two.

When 12 o’clock came we were all boarded on the ferry, catamaran this year. The lovely Codock II was deemed too small and was undergoing repairs from a previous hailstorm. The ferry was spacious and everyone settled up the back or front and we were on our way on the sparkling waters of Brisbane Waters.

While everyone was relaxing out came a BIG box of Celebration chocolates and accompanying that was a big basket of soft lollies. This seemed to be very popular because by the end of the day there was not much left. We have a few ‘sweet tooths” in the club.

We were enjoying the view with a few locals on surf boards being paddled with long oars. One such board carried a small Jack Russell and it was obvious that he was a natural and thoroughly enjoying the experience. We encountered a few other dogs on boards but not as animated as this little terrier. He just kept going up and down the board between his owner’s legs. Very entertaining.

Brisbane Waters is home to many oyster farms and much bird life. Several cormorants were sunning themselves and pelicans glided here and there with cockatoos squawking in the distance. Little swallows darted above and around the ferry as we moved along. Must not forget the many seagulls. Environmentally it seems to be quite healthy as well as beautiful.

Vic had a hand at driving the ferry, unbeknown to the people up the back half of the ferry. He was quite capable because George and Betts were nowhere to be seen at times while this took place. We ventured near the heads and came into Broken Bay and passed Pittwater where a yacht race was in progress. Delightful sight to see so many sails racing past in the ocean.

Getting close to the heads the water was slightly chopping but nothing to concern anyone about. After a good hour or so George to the helm and anchored in calm waters where we enjoyed the lunches we brought. George and Betts provided prawns and oysters (supplied by Al Ferguson (Ferg) a local oyster farmer) and a lovely cheese platter. No better way to enjoy good company and yummy food. Vic and Pam brought out the bubbly and many were getting merrier.

Before too long it was time to return and so we took the long way round the shores taking in the real estate views of the rich and maybe famous. There are some seriously beautiful homes along the waterways. One feature which was very prominent are the many sandbars, which are causing a nightmare for many water vessels. Action has been sought to have them dredged.

When the ferry started to slow we realised that we had reached our final destination and it was time to disembark and bid everyone a fond farewell and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope to see them in the coming year. Before we left Vic thanked George and Betts for their generosity and for allowing us the pleasure of the ferry experience and presented them with a gift of appreciation. No one likes this part of the day – I know I don’t. Everyone was so relaxed that we didn’t want to leave. Sign of a good time had with people we love and care for. New members and old.

  • We never, never go hungry...
    We never, never go hungry...
  • Vic had a hand at driving the ferry...
    Vic had a hand at driving the ferry...
  • Our cars seen from the ferry...
    Our cars seen from the ferry...
 

Southern Tablelands Vintage Farm Field Day At Taralga

Sat 21 November 2015 - Sat 21 November 2015
Story By: John Shepherd

We met Alan and Sue at a crossroads just south of Taralga. Everything was set up on our arrival and we found our way to a paddock behind the main displays and parked next to a Holden and some Land Rovers. There was our estate car, Sue’s 6 cylinder saloon, and Alan’s Phase I utility. There were a number of other notable makes of cars on the paddock, including a Ford Cortina GT which was the same model that Alan and Sue courted in a few years ago!

The tractor displays were really good, with umpteen grey Fergies, mainly restored, and many other makes. We watched the tractor parade and then in the early afternoon there was a tractor pull up a slight grassy slope, pulling several amazing heavy loads. In the middle of the paddock there were two rows of stationary engines, all set up and running, with a large variety of makers. Of special interest to me was a Buzacott single cylinder engine chugging away. Mr Buzacott’s daughter Mildred had a Triumph Super 7 coupe bought new from Buckle Motors c.1929. All in all it was a top day and maybe should be made into a Club event this year.

  • Buzacott stationary engine...
    Buzacott stationary engine...
  • Grey Fergie...
    Grey Fergie...
  • Our three Club Vanguards...
    Our three Club Vanguards...
 

12th Annual Rally - A Region, Toowoomba

Sat 24 October 2015 - Mon 26 October 2015
Saturday of the Toowoomba Rally - by Gail Parsons

When I was asked to write about the Saturday of the rally, I immediately decided that the rally commenced on the Friday for us, as sometimes it is all about the journey and then the destination, and I must say the 10 hours on the road was surprisingly comfortable in the newly fitted seats and the scenery interesting as I had not previously visited any of the towns between Uralla and Toowoomba. We were unexpected arrivals at Toowoomba and surprisingly found that at least 35 others had already arrived and were having pre-dinner drinks before partaking in the onsite restaurant for dinner.

Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and our short drive to the meeting place for the Rally at Queens Park Gardens was interesting in that we needed to make our own way to the gardens and besides one U turn, nobody got lost along the way. This park was beautifully set up with an abundance of large trees and many garden beds, though some of the beds had been emptied following the September Flower Festival, the remaining were displays of an array of colour. My favourite was the rose walk as the perfume was remarkable on the variegated pink and the riot of colour from the reds, whites, yellows were amazing.

Morning tea and the ‘meet and greet’ to new and old friends included a large selection of delicious cakes, biscuits and slices. Hours catching up on news passed very quickly and the cars on display on the road caught a lot of attention from the locals. Lunch in the park consisted of a delicious abundance of salads, cold meats, fresh bread rolls and breads and fresh fruit, and the hard work by the organisers was really appreciated. The customary annual general meeting followed lunch which was good as everyone was in that food coma stage and giving attention to what was being said was about all I could do.

We then were given a guided a tour of the Cobb & Co Museum located opposite the park. This housed many coaches of various styles and eras and other cultural artefacts, and the ancient environment included the largest geological collection of minerals, rocks and fossils. It was an interesting Museum and the tour was well received.

I had planned to do some serious shopping in the free time before dinner, but when I went to the shopping centre near our Motel, found that the shops closed at 4pm and I had arrived at 3.55pm, this then gave me more time to prepare for the fancy dress diner at the onsite restaurant Chrysdals.

There were some very fine and some well thought out costumes at the dinner including Judi Wills as a lady bug, Wendy Hardman as batman, and John Snape had Alan McMillan and others guessing all night until the very end when he put on his badge declaring himself to be Sir John Black.

The fancy dress was won by Jenny Shepherd dressed as Dame Edna Everage, Ron Marsh as King Alfred (including his burnt bun) and John Shepherd as Charles Darwin. Dinner consisted of a baked dinner and dessert with an abundance of chocolate prizes throughout the night.

Then the annual raffle followed which was compered by Michael Marsh and Michelle O’Connell dressed as Gomez and Morticia Adams.

The raffle included some wonderful prizes donated and purchased.

Meredith Budd explained the process that evolved 2 beautifully made quilts featuring various Standards, Triumphs and Vanguards that had been embroidered by members and Meredith had sewn the panels into the quilts which were in the raffle and excitedly won by Michelle O’Connell and Judi Wills. Everyone was pleased with their winnings, and a good fun night was had by all so we all headed off to bed in anticipation of an exciting Sunday.

P.S. I must write about Alan’s widget that received a lot of attention on both Saturday and Sunday. A few of us ladies had not had any experience with widgets so received an explanation and demonstration on how this ingenious widget (small white ball containing carbon dioxide) automatically aerated the Guinness beer cans when opened, that were being enjoyed by Alan McMillan and Steve Wills over the weekend.


Sunday of the Toowoomba Rally - by Diane Palmer

Sunday the 25th October and we woke reasonably well rested. We checked to see how the Vanguard 6 ('Jeannie') had fared during the night. Apart from a little dampness around the rear-end she appeared fine. Breakfast was a generous 3-course meal (cereal, main and fruit) for those who were capable of taking advantage of what was offered. No sooner back to the room when the inherited whistle was blown - this time by Michael Marsh to give us final preparations for the day ahead. It was to be a trip to Jondaryan to 'check-out' the woolshed (which we later discovered was much more than a woolshed!).

As it was a long distance, some of it in high traffic area, there was no attempt to move in convoy and everyone pretty much left when ready (although a suggestion to 'clock out' at 2min intervals was vaguely heard by some). There was no chance of getting lost however - as long as we kept between the Marshes. Tom led at the front and Michael and Ron to the rear. Somewhere in between we would find a close companion to the Marsh family in the form of an O'Connell who would 'pop' out with camera to record our trip for posterity. There was no avoiding the 'happy snap' as we had to stop at a stop sign. Well placed Michelle, the paparazzi would be proud!

It was a long but pleasant trip out to Jondaryan. Once out of the rolling hills of Toowoomba the scenery became more akin to the American prairies - there was even a 'little house' called 'The Prairie' and a West Prairie Road. I believe us Aussies (Oi! oi! oi!) call it the Darling Downs - has a nice ring to it. Lots of fields in various stages between ploughed up and ready to harvest. Mostly brown and not much green. One giant irrigator reminded us how dependant the crops are on water. We passed by huge grain silos and a place called 'Beef City' which I believe is where many beef cows come to spend their final days before being transformed.

A few turns in the road later and we drove past Jondaryan Woolshed, which didn't look all that impressive to me from the road, and onto Duke Street for another great morning tea. Some of us enjoyed the playground equipment but of course only as a vantage point for some photos. The cars were a little cramped and getting out of the park needed some negotiation but with not too much trouble we all set off for the Woolshed. I'm sure driving in the main entrance was just an excuse to allow me to get some snaps of the cars driving in under the arch, because everyone just came out again and went down to the next entrance. Eventually we could get the cars all lined up comfortably and move on.

After stopping to admire the pioneering spirit of a not-so-young gentleman single-handedly manoeuvring some largish rocks, we took a look at the woolshed. We were joined there by our host who filled us in on a lot of interesting historical information about Jondaryan and its importance in early settlement. We learnt about a young man with great foresight (William Kent) who was instrumental in its growth and in the Woolshed construction. After seeing the shearing of some sheep we moved on to lunch. Lunch was an interesting selection of rolls and wraps, cheeses and pastries, fruit and cake. Some of the spices were, I believe, a little fiery but the cool lemon water was certainly refreshing.

Afterwards we wandered around looking at many and varied displays connected with early pioneering days - the shearing equipment, the farming tools and machinery. The pioneering women were not neglected and there were many displays showing how invaluable and resourceful they were. Perhaps the most lavish building on site was the old Bank of New South Wales which now houses an office, historical photos and a souvenir shop. Everyone left when ready, some returning the way we came and others via the highway. We thought we were the last to leave but we spotted Lou and Lyn in the restaurant making the most of the day, and a few cars. As drivers and passengers we tend to do a lot of sitting - I think we more than made up for it as we walked the grounds of Jondaryan Woolshed Museum. We gained a wealth of information and some beneficial exercise as well. Thanks to the planners!

Many thanks to Sue and Alan, Judi and Steve, Michelle, Michael and Tom, and Lyn and Lou for a terrific Rally enjoyed by everyone!

  • Arrival at the Comfort Inn Motel - Friday 23rd
    Arrival at the Comfort Inn Motel - Friday 23rd
  • Arrival at the Comfort Inn Motel - Friday 23rd
    Arrival at the Comfort Inn Motel - Friday 23rd
  • Arrival at the Comfort Inn Motel - Friday 23rd
    Arrival at the Comfort Inn Motel - Friday 23rd
  • Arrival at the Comfort Inn Motel - Friday 23rd
    Arrival at the Comfort Inn Motel - Friday 23rd
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
    Queens Park - Registration, morning tea & lunch - Saturday 24th
  • Cobb & Co Museum - Afternoon Saturday 24th
    Cobb & Co Museum - Afternoon Saturday 24th
  • Cobb & Co Museum - Afternoon Saturday 24th
    Cobb & Co Museum - Afternoon Saturday 24th
  • Cobb & Co Museum - Afternoon Saturday 24th
    Cobb & Co Museum - Afternoon Saturday 24th
  • Cobb & Co Museum - Afternoon Saturday 24th
    Cobb & Co Museum - Afternoon Saturday 24th
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
    Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant
  • Morning tea on way to Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Morning tea on way to Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
    Jondaryan Woolshed - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
    Presentation Dinner - Chrysdals Restaurant - Sunday 24th
  • Wingham Autocare Most Popular Saloon/Estate 1948-1963 - Winner, Bruce & Christine Beresford - Phase 1 Vanguard, 1949 Model.
    Wingham Autocare Most Popular Saloon/Estate 1948-1963 - Winner, Bruce & Christine Beresford - Phase 1 Vanguard, 1949 Model.
  • Wingham Autocare Most Popular Saloon/Estate 1948-1963 - Runner Up, John & Nola Harvey - Vanguard 6 Estate.
    Wingham Autocare Most Popular Saloon/Estate 1948-1963 - Runner Up, John & Nola Harvey - Vanguard 6 Estate.
  • Wingham Autocar Most Popular Saloon/Estate 1964 onwards -Winner, Arthur Broadley & Barbara Livermore - Triumph 2000 Mk 2.
    Wingham Autocar Most Popular Saloon/Estate 1964 onwards -Winner, Arthur Broadley & Barbara Livermore - Triumph 2000 Mk 2.
  • Wingham Autocare Most Popular Saloon/Estate 1964 onwards - Runner Up, Lou & Lyn Molenaar - Triumph Mk 2, 2.5 PI.
    Wingham Autocare Most Popular Saloon/Estate 1964 onwards - Runner Up, Lou & Lyn Molenaar - Triumph Mk 2, 2.5 PI.
  • Wingham Autocare Most Popular Sports Car - Rob & Margaret Norris - Triumph TR4.
    Wingham Autocare Most Popular Sports Car - Rob & Margaret Norris - Triumph TR4.
  • Wingham Autocare Most Popular Sports Car - Frank Newman - Triumph 1500 Spitfire.
    Wingham Autocare Most Popular Sports Car - Frank Newman - Triumph 1500 Spitfire.
  • Wingham Autocare Most Popular Commercial - Steve and Judi Wills - 1961 6 cyl. Vanguard Ute.
    Wingham Autocare Most Popular Commercial - Steve and Judi Wills - 1961 6 cyl. Vanguard Ute.
  • Wingham Autocare Most Popular Commercial - Alan and Sue McMillan - 1962 6 cylinder Vanguard Ute
    Wingham Autocare Most Popular Commercial - Alan and Sue McMillan - 1962 6 cylinder Vanguard Ute
  • Goulburn Trophies and Sportswear Centre - President’s Choice - Warwick & Meredith Budd - Standard 10.
    Goulburn Trophies and Sportswear Centre - President’s Choice - Warwick & Meredith Budd - Standard 10.
  • The RACA Buckle Trophy - Winner – Steve and Judi Wills - for the person who has attended the most events in the year.
    The RACA Buckle Trophy - Winner – Steve and Judi Wills - for the person who has attended the most events in the year.
  • B & MC Buckle Trophy (For endurance (calculated on the age of the vehicle x the distance travelled per year to club events. Only one club covered vehicle is eligible) - Winner, Vanguard Phase III Ute
    B & MC Buckle Trophy (For endurance (calculated on the age of the vehicle x the distance travelled per year to club events. Only one club covered vehicle is eligible) - Winner, Vanguard Phase III Ute
  • The Buckle Trophy Editor’s Award - Winner  Mark & Gail Parsons - Jenny (Editor) presents the award to Mark.
    The Buckle Trophy Editor’s Award - Winner Mark & Gail Parsons - Jenny (Editor) presents the award to Mark.
 

Region D Spring Picnic Day - Cootamundra

Sat 05 September 2015 - Sat 05 September 2015
Story by: Sue McCathy, photos from John Shepherd
We departed home (Harden) just before 9.00am. Peter drove our 1965 Morris Mini Deluxe, so he could add another British car, and I drove our 1975 Dolomite Sprint. It was very foggy and we didn’t see the sun until we were almost at Cootamundra. It was a cool, crisp morning. We arrived at the Cootamundra Airport Complex, found the Standard and Triumph display area, which was all organised by Paul and Janet Ballard, parked the Triumph and started to catch up with our fellow members as they arrived.

We all enjoyed morning tea with our friends and were spoilt once again with the great selection of cakes and slices provided.

The Picnic Day was held in conjunction with the Cootamundra “Rule Britannia” British Car Day and the Vintage Sports Car Club of NSW Sprint Meeting. Altogether, in the Rule Britannia section, there were 93 cars, 8 motorbikes and 1 truck on display. We looked at all the vehicles that were on display. There were many interesting and varied British cars to view.

There were about 60 cars taking part in the sprint races along the airstrip. The races were a lot of fun to watch and trying to pick the winner in each sprint was a challenge.

For lunch, most of us supported the Apex food van. After lunch, a number of us sat around talking and relaxing during the sunny afternoon whilst others watched the sprint races. Then it was time for some to leave as they had a fair distance to travel. After packing up, the last of us left about 4.00 pm. Altogether it was another fun Picnic Day.

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    Region-D-Cootamundra_02.jpg
  • Some Club cars: Ballard's 2000 Mk2,  McMillan's Phase 1A Vanguard, Fazzari's Standard 10
    Some Club cars: Ballard's 2000 Mk2, McMillan's Phase 1A Vanguard, Fazzari's Standard 10
  • Meredith, Irene, Tim and Brian enjoying a chat
    Meredith, Irene, Tim and Brian enjoying a chat
  • Paul Ballard’s Morris 25
    Paul Ballard’s Morris 25
  • A line up of mostly Club cars
    A line up of mostly Club cars
 

Region C Get Together - Forster – Tuncurry

Sat 29 August 2015 - Sun 30 August 2015
Story by: Michael Marsh & Michelle O'Connell, Photos by Pam Lewis
Sun, sand and superb company made for a terrific weekend in Forster-Tuncurry. We met at Black Head Beach where everyone had arrived without incident and we indulged in the traditional morning tea feast.

After catching up with old friends and new and admiring the fine STANDARD of the vehicles present we TRIUMPHANTLY proceeded to the Black Head Beach Bowling Club for lunch.

After lunch we took a short scenic drive to visit the Great Lakes History Museum in Tuncurry.

After exploring the many interesting exhibits in the Pioneer Cottage and Old School House we travelled across the bridge to Forster to the Island Palms Motor Inn for our overnight accommodation.

We had time for a rest, shopping, car tinkering or oyster feasting, which is a must in Michelle’s opinion when visiting this beautiful part of the world, before our 4pm committee meeting.

A delicious dinner was served in the motel’s Seafarer Restaurant where David Kelvin bravely recited a Pam Ayres poem (Sat Nav or GPS to some) to his lovely wife Denise.

Following Sunday breakfast we were joined by members of the Great Lakes HCC and travelled to a private car museum owned by Kevin Hickling. Kevin has an extensive collection of beautifully restored Hudsons along with a number of other interesting vehicles such as Packards, Borgwards, Ramblers and even an Austin A30. The centerpiece of Kevin’s display was his jet boat, in which he unsuccessfully attempted to set the world water speed record in 1989.

We then travelled to the Nabiac Hotel for lunch and our farewells. New members Tony and Robyn Matko from Wingham met us at the hotel for lunch.

Overall Michelle and I had a trouble free motoring trip from Brisbane to Forster taking us 7 hours 30 minutes and the same for the return journey, for the weekend we covered a total of 955 miles averaging 24.5 mpg. It looks as though we may have finally sorted out all of the Triumph’s reliability issues.

Thanks to Vic & Pam and David & Denise for a great weekend.

  • Forster - Tuncurry
    Forster - Tuncurry
  • Forster - Tuncurry
    Forster - Tuncurry
  • Forster - Tuncurry
    Forster - Tuncurry
  • Forster - Tuncurry
    Forster - Tuncurry
  • Forster - Tuncurry
    Forster - Tuncurry
  • Forster - Tuncurry
    Forster - Tuncurry
  • Forster - Tuncurry
    Forster - Tuncurry
  • Gail and Barbara enjoyed the Great Lakes Museum!
    Gail and Barbara enjoyed the Great Lakes Museum!
  • Gail and Barbara enjoyed the Great Lakes Museum!
    Gail and Barbara enjoyed the Great Lakes Museum!
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Region C Winter Picnic Day Budgewoi - Central Coast

Sat 08 August 2015 - Sat 08 August 2015
Story by: Margaret Bensley - Photos by: Pam Lewis and Greg Norris

What a wonderful day was had at MacKenzie Reserve Budgewoi even though the weather was very nippy and windy.

After arrival and signing the registration form everyone tucked into a scrumptious morning tea provided by the ladies, especially Pam Lewis, where we were spoilt for choice. Again I say – we never go hungry on these outings!!!

Throughout the day everyone was seeking the sun, which eluded us many times. Everyone was donned in beanies, jackets, scarves, gloves and even rugs were brought out to keep warm while sitting under shelter.

The beauty of the lake enticed a few to have a walk around the foreshore and take in the tranquillity of the area. The lake caters for many water birds, such as pelicans, ducks, swans, cormorants, sea gulls and even pea hens. Very relaxing just watching the gentle movement of them in the water or circling in the sky.

The cars were on display for many to see, and many did take the opportunity to stop and gaze in and around the wonderful spectacle basking in the sun (when it was visible). The boys need no excuse to talk cars, whoever asks.

When lunch was on, everyone seemed to gravitate to the BBQ – mainly for the warmth. Cooking was difficult due to the wind and an uneven hotplate, but after much patience everyone was seated with their sausages, steak and onions, rissoles and bread rolls. Narelle provided dessert – strawberry sponge cake – yummmmie. Poor Rusty – the dog, had to sit in the car with all this food around.

While we were all seated having lunch and trying to keep warm Gail Parsons had a brilliant idea to hug the boiling kettle and the sheer joy on her face was priceless. She did not burn herself, if that’s what you’re thinking.

The sun finally came out and the wind dropped and we all took advantage of the warmth. Standing on the edge of the lake it became mesmerising and no one seemed eager to leave the beauty around us.

Unfortunately it was time for everyone to leave, so goodbyes were made and hopes to see each other soon.

Many thanks to Pam and Vic for arranging the venue which provided for a very relaxing and enjoyable day.

  • One of Vic’s Winter Barbecue Picnics!
    One of Vic’s Winter Barbecue Picnics!
  • MacKenzie Reserve Budgewoi even though the weather was very nippy and windy.
    MacKenzie Reserve Budgewoi even though the weather was very nippy and windy.
  • Gail Parsons had a brilliant idea to hug the boiling kettle to keep warm!
    Gail Parsons had a brilliant idea to hug the boiling kettle to keep warm!
  • The boys need no excuse to talk cars...
    The boys need no excuse to talk cars...
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    BBQ...
  • BBQ...
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  • Looks as if it was a bit cold!
    Looks as if it was a bit cold!
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    BBQ...
 

Region B - Get Together At Quirindi

Sat 18 July 2015 - Sun 19 July 2015
Our Quirindi Weekend Escape

Story by: Gail Parsons - Photos by: Pam Lewis and John Shepherd

Getting away from the city rat-race is always a pleasure so the invitation to travel to Quirindi was a welcome diversion from the daily grind, and an opportunity to catch up with good friends and meet new ones, keeps us on the road with the club.

Our trip started at 7am to meet up with Vic & Pam Lewis and Malcolm Gow for the drive to Quirindi, and a picturesque 3 hour drive it turned out to be with snow covered mountains evident after Scone on a beautiful sunny day. We arrived at Henry’s Guest House, which was once a nursing home so it conveniently had all the bedrooms off the central dining room that was maintained at a very sleepy warm temperature and with not a clock in sight, which made our stay so much more leisurely. Morning tea of slices, cakes & beverages in the dining room started the ‘meet, greet & eat’ weekend. Some fellow travellers had to contend with snow covered roads or road diversions, Michael Marsh with a broken windscreen, and others arrived less stressed. We were welcomed and greeted warmly by all and it was good to begin the catch up with fellow members.

A walk down the main street of Quirindi showed placards describing the stores that had once occupied the preserved old buildings, giving the town a quaintness you do not find in the cities these days.

A 100 metre walk down the hill from the guest house and we were shepherded into Zest Café for a delicious lunch of fresh wraps, sandwiches and fruit platters. No food coma allowed afterwards though, as we were on the road in convoy to Werris Creek to visit the Australian Railway Monument & Rail Journeys Museum. Following a talk about the Museum by a volunteer, we spent the next 2 hours looking at the exhibits, playing with the interactive train driving exhibit, (see Meredith expertly driving the train at left) reading the railway memorial walls, and examining the 4 looming steel statues depicting the primary railway occupations. It was a site to behold.

Then back to Henry’s and the overly warm dining room for the obligatory general meeting, with free time until dinner at Zest Café. They provided a sumptuous roast dinner followed by a choice of desert with icecream which was all delicious and freshly made on the premises. A very slow walk back up the hill sent everyone to their rooms to be fresh for Sunday’s activities.

Following a leisurely continental breakfast in the overly warm dining room, on another beautiful sunny day we drove to Wallabadah to view the First Fleet Memorial Gardens. Our first thought was ‘why put such a thing here?’ and the answer was that it was a dream of a descendant of the first fleet, Ray Collins, and he had approached 10 councils over a 20 year period before Quirindi approved the establishment of the gardens at Wallabadah. He has gone to a lot of effort to record all the names of both convicts and ship’s officers, arriving in the first, second and third fleets. It has brought people to the gardens from all over Australia and the world.

Next we drove to Bob’s Shed, located halfway up the road to Who’d-A-Thought-It lookout. On arrival all the men said “wow, I want one of those” as Bob had at least 100 metres of sheds containing rooms holding his collection of authentic old time general store goods and equipment that brought a bit of nostalgia to those who remembered and recognised items, a miniature railway items room, a bar room, a mechanics garage and “Peter Brocks World” room. This commemorated all things “Brocky” including 2 replicas of his racing Holdens. The sheds also housed over 10 vehicles including a Vanguard ute.

Bob and Marralyn provided morning tea of cakes and freshly made scones with jam and cream. A BBQ sausage and salad lunch followed with ice cream to finish off the last meal away.

We all agreed that Steve and Judi Wills, with some help from others, had worked hard to provide us with a very enjoyable and relaxing weekend which we all appreciated and look forward to the next Get-Together at Forster and then the Rally at Toowoomba.

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Region A - Get Together At Esk, Qld

Sat 06 June 2015 - Sun 07 June 2015
Escape to Esk in the picturesque Brisbane Valley 6th-7th June 2015 - Story by: Nola Harvey

We set off on Friday to travel to Esk to join up with the others staying on Friday night. When we arrived at the Esk Wivenhoe Inn we found that Alan and Sue had already arrived and they travelled further than anyone else. All staying Friday night set off to the Esk Bowling Club for a home cooked meal that Michael had set up for the group. If a persistence award was to be presented it should go to John & Leonie Snape who set out from home in their Triumph and experienced a problem with the electrics. Rather than travel on further they returned home and changed cars. (I think the Triumph is in disgrace).

Saturday morning we set off to Cormorant Cove to meet up with the others arriving Saturday. The Morning tea was delicious (as usual) The park was like everything in Esk well mowed and especially tidy.

After a delicious morning tea we returned to Esk for our meeting and lunch in the CWA rooms. After the meeting, those arriving Saturday went to the motel to book in. As the rest of the afternoon was free we all investigated the town. Esk is a very clean and friendly place. Some even visited the Antique show. On Saturday night our dinner was held in a beautiful old historic home now called Nash House. This home has had an interesting history starting off as a large family home with 8 children and servants. Sunday morning started with breakfast in the park opposite the Inn at 7 AM. This was a 5 star breakfast bacon, eggs, beans,coffee & tea. (Michelle & Michael when is the next one ? ) After checking out from the Inn we set off to Ravensbourne National Park for morning tea.(Next rally we need to hold a session before on hand signals). Lovely area pity about the mist it clouded the beautiful view

We departed Ravensbourne National Park for our last stop at Hampton and the Motor Museum. The Museum was stacked with cars (no Vanguards and only 1 Triumph) Lunch was great, we had pumpkin soup and hamburgers (we do eat a lot on these trips). Before departing for home President Alan thanked Michael & Michelle for a well organised weekend. We all wish Judy Wills a speedy recovery from her injury. Those unable to attend you missed a good trip.

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Yass Special Event For Sports Cars

Sat 02 May 2015 - Sun 03 May 2015
Story by: John and Jenny Shepherd
We left the rainy Southern Highlands and arrived to find Yass bathed in sunshine. At the lovely Riverside Park the Yass Antique Car Club was serving morning tea – scones with jam and cream – yum! They has some interesting cars too – John got to sit in a Mark 3 Ford Zephyr like the one his Dad owned in the early 1960’s, and there was a Morris Minor Traveller (a Woodie) like the one Jenny’s Dad owned.

There was a lovely array of Club cars lined up across the field and the sports cars present started with a TR7, a TR5, a Stag, 2 Dolomite Sprints, a Gloria, a Spitfire, a GT6 and a TR4. (The Gloria and the Dolomite Sprints are classed as Sports Saloons). Non Sports present included a Vanguard 6 Ute and Phase I and Phase III saloons. The Gloria was the only pre-war car on the field!

Our Club members caught up with the latest news and then had lunch, either a picnic or from a local café. Some of the ladies took the opportunity to visit the Farmers’ Market and the shops in town, and there was also a local garden to enjoy. Then off to the motel; most of us stayed in the Thunderbird which was very well appointed but a bit pricey. Some of us had a walk down the street to the antique/junk shop which we last visited in 2010 – I don’t think they had sold anything since then.

Alan and Sue had organised dinner at the Soldiers’ Club, where we had a private room and a very nice meal. Next day we had a leisurely start before heading off to Cooma Cottage, a slow trip following a herd of bike riders.

Cooma Cottage was the home of Hamilton Hume, who moved there to raise sheep when his exploring days were over. The house is now owned by the National Trust and is in a parlous condition.  

It needs the assistance of a very generous benefactor. Rick Williams, a volunteer who clearly loves the cottage, told us (at length) about Hamilton Hume and the history of Cooma Cottage. There isn’t a lot to see, but one room (the drawing room) has been redecorated with period wallpaper. The NT found a scrap of the wallpaper when renovating, and also had the original order from the Humes. The wallpaper firm is still operating in England and was able to supply the same three wallpapers used in the room. So it looks as it did when Elizabeth Hume had it decorated (sadly, Hamilton died just before the paper arrived).

Rick also told us that there is a move to rehabilitate the old Hume Highway to make it a tourist route, with Cooma Cottage as the centrepiece.

After the tour most people departed for home or lunch in Yass. We enjoyed a picnic in the shade before leaving for Bundanoon and the rain again. Many thanks to Sue and Alan for organising a very enjoyable event.

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Region C - Autumn Picnic Day - Mount Sugarloaf

Sat 11 April 2015 - Sat 11 April 2015
Extract: Margaret Bensley
Waking up to drizzly rain and very overcast skies didn’t make for a very promising day for a picnic. Off we set regardless and we travelled through fog, mist and brightening skies until we reached our meeting point at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park.

We were gathering slowly and we were entertained by a tow truck collecting abandoned cars in the district. This incident concerned a van which was going above two damaged sedans and we looked in horror as the van ascended towards overhead wires – the man has done this before. With all three vehicles securely braced he was off within 30 minutes.

While this was going on Malcolm Gow was trying to get his Spitfire 1500 to go. He arrived just after we did and the car just died. Vic, Rob and others who arrived later all tried to help but by 10.15 – our departure time to travel to Sugarloaf Mountain – he was on the phone for a tow truck.

With the sun trying to smile through we travelled in convoy through the not so busy streets until we started the ascent up the steep climb to Sugarloaf Mountain. Waiting for us were Mark and Gail Parsons who recommended this spot to Vic to explore. It was worth the visit.

We parked the cars in photo formation – for Pam of course – with a view of the valley below and the ocean in the distance. Overcast conditions didn’t make for good viewing.

In the meantime Malcolm had arrived, not in Club car, and of course everyone asked about the car which he could not answer fully but that it was with the mechanic.

One regular member who was sadly missed was Rusty the dog. Being a national park he was not allowed entry and Narelle and Royden were given the cold shoulder when they left him at home, also Denise and David Kelvin were not able to bring their dog for the same reason.

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The Grey Fergie Tractor Muster At Bendemeer

Sat 21 March 2015 - Sun 22 March 2015
Story by: Warwick Budd
The muster began in 2003 when local bush poet Winston Doak made plans for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of his little tractor. He was assisted by a group of friends in his community of Bendemeer and now the fifth of these musters has just been completed.

Our participation in the muster was fairly low key but a number of our members travelled big distances to attend. For our club display in front of the tractors we had 8 Vanguards, a Triumph TR3 and a Standard 10. Greg Campbell was hoping to bring along his new Phase 1 Vanguard but ran out of time to complete some urgent brake repairs. Instead he brought along his MGB for the run and parked to one side with a group of non-Standard cars from the Armidale club.

Unfortunately two members who had planned to attend were unable to join us. Arthur Moorhouse had family commitments which prevented him from bringing his Triumph Mayflower ute and Steve Wills was having problems with an overheating Vanguard.

As it turned out, the travelling day before the event was the hottest day of the month. The official temperature in Tamworth that day was 38.8 degrees and it was not the best weather to be travelling in a car without air conditioning. Fortunately the weather improved for the Saturday with a big drop in temperature and even a threat of rain.

The hot weather may have kept the tractor numbers down too with an estimate in the local paper of 140 entries. Ten Fergies travelled from the Coffs Harbour area on a two day trek over the mountains.

On the day of the muster there was also a display of Land Rovers, both old and new, and the usual tractor treks and competitions. Bare-Co were on hand with their immaculate Vanguard panelvan to promote their tractor parts. Not forgetting the working dog demos, the sheep shearing and the Makita tool display.

As there is a shortage of motel accommodation in Bendemeer and we were arriving from different directions it was difficult to meet up before the big day. Those of us who were staying in Kootingal had dinner at the local pub that night and gathered at the motel the next morning for the 20km drive to the site. The Standard 10 had the honour of leading our small convoy up the mountain but there was no way I could lose the swarm of Vanguards on my tail.
By 3.30 that afternoon, things were beginning to wind down at the muster. We had said our farewells to those heading north and east while the remainder of us who were staying in Kootingal headed back down the mountain. Greg and Margaret Campbell had kindly invited us to join them for a barbeque at their home in Moore Creek. This took us on a small detour out from Moonbi but it well worth the effort.

Their neighbour, Ian Johnson was waiting to take us on a tour around his workshop and showroom. He demonstrated how he makes a wide variety of steel and timber products of his own design mainly for the horse industry. He has an ingenious method of making rope and the range of steel signs he makes is very impressive. Ian and his wife trade under the name of Nug Nug Ranch.

It was then back across the road for dinner. Thanks to Margaret and Greg for their hospitality and we hope to see them and their Vanguards at club events in the future.

Story by: Sue McMillan
As we were invited to participate in the Grey Fergie Tractor Muster at Bendemeer Alan and I decided that the most fitting vehicle to take was the “50 Vanguard Ute. We set off early on Friday morning to meet up with the Lewis’s and McChesney’s in Singleton. The day grew hotter and hotter and the Falcon ute really knew it had a Vanguard on the back.

We all finally arrived at Kootingal about 4.45pm ready for a lovely cool drink and a rest in the shade.

Warwick and Meredith Budd had arranged dinner at the Kootingal pub where we met up with Greg and Margaret Campbell. We then had an early night to be ready for the big day.

Fortunately the next day was quite a bit cooler and we had a lovely shady spot on the bank above the display so we could sit and watch all the proceedings easily. There were a lot of Fergies to admire including one painted pink, one in purple and one with a specially made holder for a bottle of Guiness. John and Nola Harvey had brought their Fergie to display in the muster and John gave a ploughing demonstration in the afternoon.

We left about 3.30pm to find our way to the Campbell’s who invited us for a BBQ. On the way we stopped at the anti-gravity road where cars (and anything else) appear to be rolling uphill. This is an optical illusion but quite fun to observe.

Before our BBQ Greg took us across the road to see his neighbour who has an amazing workshop making all types of signs, ropes, and decorative things for the home, yard and workshop. We spent some time inspecting his amazing array of artefacts before going back to look at Greg’s projects and eat.

Back at the motel we were entertained for a while by an admiring telco worker from Sydney who wanted some company before we turned in to get some rest for the trip home. The trip home was uneventful and long but much cooler than the trip up.

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Hill End Get-together 2015

Sat 07 February 2015 - Sun 08 February 2015
Extract of story by: Judy Fazzari
Selection of Photos by: Judy Fazzari, Shepherds, Stephen White, Sue McMillan.
Coming from Cowra it was an easy run to Bathurst on the Great Western Highway. The sun was shining and not much traffic on the road. After an hour and a bit we were in Bathurst following Paul’s instructions to Abercrombie and the Baptist Church. The Church ladies provided beaut scones and slices and cappuccinos for those inclined. A great meet and greet, then a photo opportunity in the spacious car park.

We then set off for Hill End. Due to recent rain, everything looked lovely and green. Beautiful scenery, very steep hills and deep gullies. We crossed a couple of bridges and passed through small groups of houses. A really good drive of about one hour.

Our Motel was just as you came into Hill End, so we all turned in and registered. Good spacious rooms with the usual facilities. Then it was time for lunch, make your own sandwiches with lots of salads, cold meat, curried eggs, pickles and sauces. More catching up with friends and lots of laughs, and be like Alan and finish up with a lovely cold drumstick.

A few headed up to the Beaufoy Merlin look-out, named after the photographer who photographed the whole town and buildings in the 1870’s. These photos were discovered in the 1950’s and are one of the world’s greatest collections of historic photos.

It was interesting how when the diggers came it snowballed with all the people that go to make up a community. Most people who flocked to Hill End brought their families with them and set about either working as an employee or establishing a business. Hill End developed into one of the largest towns in NSW and a major commercial centre in its own right.

After the boom it became a quieter but still active community. After the second World War the region attracted the attention of some leading artists, such as Russell Drysdale and Donald Friend in 1947. Other artists followed including Margaret Olley, David Strachan and later Jeffery Smart. And then a younger generation that included Brett Whitely, Michael Johnson, John Olsen and John Frith-Smith. And still more present day artists are exploring and reinterpreting the landscape.

One of our newer members, Elissa Webb, who is a graphic designer, took on the challenge of painting a plate for display on the Motel’s walls. The Standard and Triumph Car Club logo looked outstanding on the white plate, and we all signed the back.

It was time for most of us to say goodbye. The rest could look forward to a tour of Bald Hill Mine. Always happy people, great food and what a way to spend our 53rd wedding anniversary! Many thanks to Paul and Janet for organising a wonderful weekend.

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    Elissa Webb, took on the challenge of painting a plate for display on the Motel's wall
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    Elissa Webb, took on the challenge of painting a plate for display on the Motel's wall
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    Elissa Webb, took on the challenge of painting a plate for display on the Motel's wall
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Carnivale - Australia Day 2015

Mon 26 January 2015 - Mon 26 January 2015
Extract: Sue McMillan
Rain was forecast for Australia Day but it was extremely hot and dry as we set off on Sunday afternoon. We had an uneventful trip down the highway to our lodging near Macquarie University and met up with Steve Wills who was staying with us.

Monday morning arrived and the oppressive heat had gone to be replaced with cool drizzle and rain showers. After the customary mustering and breakfast at the Domain parking station we were led in a convoy to be parked in Macquarie Street. Once the banner was erected, morning tea beckoned so we enjoyed some time in the café catching up.

Only four cars represented our club this year but as usual there were plenty of onlookers interested in having a chat and having their photos taken with the cars. The inclement weather kept some people at home so the crowd was a little down in numbers. We found a nice, dry spot under the awning of a building across the road from the cars and spent most of the day there chatting and entertaining quite a few club members who came to visit.

Attendees
Malcolm Gow - Vanguard 6 Ute
Vic and Pam Lewis - TR4
Alan and Sue McMillan - Triumph 2.5 PI
Steve Wills - Mk 3 Spitfire

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