Archived Event Reports for 2016

C - Region Christmas Picnic Day

Sat 03 December 2016 - Sat 03 December 2016
Story by: Malcolm Gow. Photos by: Pam Lewis, Sue McMillan and Greg Norris

Firstly I’d like to thank the weather gods, what a beautiful day for our event.

The day started for me by meeting up in Toronto, with Vic & Pam (The Frog) Alan & Sue (TR7) and myself (Blue Ute). On the trip I soon realised Vic & Pam had the most creative name for their car but we followed them anyway.

We had a relaxing trip down with Vic avoiding most of the freeway component. After our relaxed trip we arrived at the park in Davistown. Pam and Vic then unloaded the Frog of its goodies and set up a spread on one of the picnic tables. Pam must have had a bit of a bakeoff judging by the number and scrumptiousness of the goodies on offer. Thank you Pam for making this such a good morning tea.

By 10:30 everybody was there from near and far such is the popularity of this event. It was good to see Bill Stewart again who’d turned up in a 60’s Ford Fairlane. What was his excuse? It was the easiest of his 9 cars to get out. Reason accepted and it was a nice looking beast. After we had all caught up and eaten our fill of goodies we packed up and boarded the catamaran owned by George and Bets. Thank you very much to them both. They provide the ferry at no cost to us and it is very enjoyable trip.

We set off from the Davistown dock bound for our first stop, Woy Woy. Along the way I would describe the trip as interesting, calming, relaxing, peaceful etc . Pam wanted me to add exciting but I pointed out Vic wasn’t supporting this idea as he had fallen asleep.

It is always interesting to see how attendances at Get Togethers and Rallys trend. Once again we can see that these numbers hold up well. Normal fluctuations can be seen throughout the years.

We arrived at Woy Woy and docked. George told us it was a short stop to buy lunch and look through the shops. Anybody that knows Woy Woy village shops knows this isn’t enough time to gain retail therapy. There are a number of shops that trade under the Gnostic banner such as Gnostic Rocks, Village wear etc. http://www.gnosticcorner.com.au/ . There is also a wonderful seafood restaurant. Woy Woy is worth a visit.

All aboard again and George announced, that if you weren’t there to let him know. George and Bets had also provided some lunch. Oysters and prawns. Very nice and very fresh. This was followed by ice-cream for all. I saved the food I took for Sunday lunch. Nothing like well travelled egg & bacon pie.

The ferry headed for Broken Bay. I guess we should have sung;
Singing toorali-orali-addity
Singing toorali-oolari-ai
Singing toorali-ollari-addity
We're bound for Broken Bay

Along the way George kept us informed by narrating the history of the area. Hence my use of word interesting to describe the trip. All too soon we arrived at our turning point and head back to the Davistown dock.

Many still had some talking to do. When that was done, one by one we said our goodbyes and headed for home. I had an enjoyable time and I’m sure everyone else did too.

Thank you Vic and Pam for organizing and the spread. Thank you George and Bets for the exciting ferry ride/tour.

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    The festive morning tea
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    Pam with some of her goodies
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    Our Standards and Triumphs
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  • Maria Kerr and Bill Stewart enjoy a chat at Woy Woy
    Maria Kerr and Bill Stewart enjoy a chat at Woy Woy
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    Margaret, Rob and Greg Norris
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Kiama Car And Bike Spectacular

Sun 13 November 2016 - Sun 13 November 2016
Story and Photos: Elwyn Jordan

No, this was not an official STCC event, but some of us were there, proudly flying the club’s colours! (Well, wearing our club shirts anyway!).

This was the first time I’d been to this annual event, which was held in the Kiama showground. What a beautiful spot for a car show! Beyond the line of Norfolk Pines that framed the far side of the area was a beautiful view out over the ocean and the headland; the waves crashing against the rocks in explosions of foamy white. Very pretty!

Within the showground, accompanying the car show, was a jumping castle and face-painting for the kids, quite a few market-type stalls, some musical entertainment, and remote-control model cars racing. Fun for everyone!

The variety of cars on display was most impressive, and included club displays of Holdens, Falcons, Z-series Nissan / Datsuns, and many more – including Triumphs! Ah, yes, let me tell you about the Triumphs! In my local club, Triumphs are very rare: there are a couple of others in the club but you rarely see them. On almost all of our club runs mine is the only Triumph. And even at display days with other clubs involved there aren’t usually many Triumphs. (And even fewer Vanguards, it must be said!). But here there was a long line of Triumphs! This impressive turn-out was thanks to the Triumph Sports Owner’s Association (Sydney based) who brought down a good collection of their cars. Lots of TRs, Stags and a couple of Spitfires. Great to see!

I arrived late, and there weren’t any parking attendants to direct me to where my club was parked, so I just drove in … and then I spotted the Triumphs! That’ll do me: I’m parking there! At the closest end of the line was a Jaguar XK120 that I was pretty sure was from my local club, so I didn’t feel I was infiltrating the TSOA too much. Still, I went up to one of the TSOA people and asked if they minded me parking at the end of their row. Of course they didn’t. The guy I was talking to (he drove a green Stag) saw my STCC shirt and said he was a member of the club too. Not thinking I’d be writing a story about it, I didn’t get his name. (Sorry! You’ll know who you are when you read this!).

Having wandered around looking at the cars for a while, when I came back to where my car was parked, another Triumph had joined the queue – Arthur Moorhouse’s lovely 1949 Roadster. Arthur had his STCC shirt on too, so of course we had to get a photo. So with Arthur and me there, both in our club shirts, and at least one other member present, I reckon that was enough to make it a (unofficial!) club event! STCC was there!

If you would like to see more photos, if you’re on Facebook, have a look on my “Elwyn’s World Of Classic Cars” page – there are lots of photos (including several of the Triumphs!) on there.

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    Elwyn’s Mk 2 2500 and Arthur’s 1949 Roadster
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    Lineup of TSOA Triumphs
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    Elwyn and Arthur with Arthur’s 1949 Roadster
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Thirteenth Annual Rally - Region B - Armidale

Sat 22 October 2016 - Mon 24 October 2016

Day 1 Saturday

Story by: Norman Kerr

Maria and I departed Penrith on Friday morning looking forward to our first Annual Rally since joining the Standard and Triumph Car Club of NSW. We took our older car, a 1970 Triumph sedan, and had a pleasant and uneventful drive up the Putty Road and then New England Highway, arriving that same afternoon.

The welcome at the motel was very friendly, with our room very clean, tidy and more than adequate All of us early arrivals enjoyed a very pleasant meal in the motel restaurant that night, which proved a pre-curser to the wonderful food we were going to share during the event proper. We really enjoyed re-establishing friendships already made at other events, and making new acquaintances from other regions.

The event formally started at Saumarez Homestead, not far from Armidale Airport, at 10am the next morning. The club committee had already set up for morning tea and registration, making the process a simple and most pleasant one – especially the excellent morning tea. We arrived about 10:05 to find plenty of cars already there, lined up with bonnets mostly raised in what we have come
to recognize as the club salute.

As more cars arrived, the car inspections began, as did the exchange of technical information. I personally had very interesting discussions on oil dip sticks and SU versus Stromberg carbies with the owner of another Mark II Triumph Sedan that had been also upgraded from the 2000 to a 2500 engine.

While all vehicles were appreciated, we were particularly drawn to two vehicles. The 1928 Triumph Super 7 was the first pre-WWII car that we had seen at a club event. For it to be in immaculate condition was really a thrill. Also, when we were checking the STCC website while thinking of joining, Maria and I were particularly drawn to a photograph of a two-tone green Triumph Renown. To find this vehicle already there, and to talk to John the owner about it, was a highlight.

While I was pre-occupied with cars, Maria was wanting to go on a tour of the homestead. By the time I was convinced to leave the cars behind, all tours were full. However, the committee organised a special tour for those who missed out for the spare time the next afternoon. Thanks for saving me from a deserved wrath.

Approaching lunch time, the cold weather moved in and rain threatened. Lunch was moved from the grounds of the homestead to the restaurant at the motel.

Again, the efforts of the committee in achieving this significant change with no delay to lunch and little inconvenience to the members was absolutely amazing. The cold meats and salad lunch was excellent, especially noting the farm fresh boiled eggs provided by the Campbell’s. After lunch, the Open Committee and then the Annual General Meetings were held. At 6:00pm, we all gathered for a very pleasant evening meal and a night of frivolity.

The costumes were many and varied, and exhibited the vivid imagination of the members. The array of prizes in the raffle was spectacular, as winners selected their prize from those remaining I certainly appreciated that the hydraulic jack was
still available when my turn came.

In contrast, the draw for the $5 gifts effectively provided the reverse, with the last ticket drawn being able to elect to swap with any other member if they preferred their gift.

The event started off with little swapping, but soon accelerated. The model cars proved quite mobile as did a chrome fruit bowl, but the most coveted gift proved to be a porcelain dog bowl – at least that it what everyone called it. It must have changed hands half a dozen times or more. Gail had the last choice. As nervous others waited with baited breath, she eventually swapped her gift for the dog bowl, and those holding model cars, the fruit bowl or other valued gifts were almost shocked that they had actually finished with their gift.

Even though the weather had turned poor just before lunch, the day had been little effected by the cold and rain as the remaining events were indoors. With the events over for the day, members retired to their rooms for a good night’s sleep full of anticipation for a good day and better weather in the morning.

Day 2 Sunday

Story by: Lou and Lyn Molenaar

What a change from yesterday's dull and dreary weather. This morning dawned with bright sunshine and blue skies, although you could tell by the layer of ice on the cars that had been parked outside that it was still a tad chilly! One brave soul (Ron Marsh) was removing the ice with his bare hands! At 7.30am we all filed down to the dining room to be fuelled up ready for the days activities, and as usual, there was a plentiful supply of food.

Come 9 o'clock we were all gathered in the front of the motel with our observation sheets and rally directions and our thermos full of hot water for morning tea. Much admiring of cars and chatting till the shrill whistle called us together and we were given the order to set off for Uralla.

We enjoyed a pleasant drive through the countryside and did manage to find the answers to the first few questions on the rally sheet but then missed the rest – although we did manage to see the man on the mower that was said to be blue/grey/green! We had been too busy admiring the green pastures and had spied a mob of wallabies/kangaroos
lazing in a shaded paddock – they looked contented.

We arrived at Alma Park in Uralla and, as none of us had had anything to eat for sooo long, we had to have morning tea and fill up on all the goodies the ladies had provided us with. Then it was time to admire the cars again, this time with
bonnets and boots open for inspection. After morning tea it was time to travel the vast distance to McCrossin's Mill Museum where we were free to view the exhibits till lunch. The Mill has a wide range of interesting items on display. On
the ground floor there are paintings by Phillip Pomroy of Captain Thunderbolt's activities and his final attempt to escape the law. Also on the top floor there is a lifesize model of him laid out for viewing – not a very pretty sight. There is
also a near complete Joss House that was brought from the Rocky River Goldfields where a large number of Chinese miners dug for gold in very dangerous conditions. Life would not have been easy in those times – between 1850's and 1880's.

They also have the trophy won by Ned Trickett for the World Sculling Championship in 1876 held in England. He was the first Australian to be a world champion. They also have the personal effects of Private Cecil Stoker who was killed in WW1. A trunk was found in a boarded up chimney in a house that was being demolished and included within were letters written by his mother to him with news of home and a hope that he would soon return. It was not to be.

On the lower level of the Museum they have a collection of old farm machinery as well as an early fire engine. We were pleasantly surprised to see that an old corn husker they had was built by a firm in Ipswich – FE Barbat & Sons although we had never heard of them.

After wandering round the museum, up and down stairs, and strolling through the gardens we were all feeling hungry -again! Ann and her band of volunteers had been busy making lovely fresh sandwiches and slices, as well as some fresh fruit for us to enjoy. Whilst we were eating Kent, a volunteer with the Museum, entertained us with stories of Thunderbolt and his exploits.

Next on the agenda was the obligatory photo shoot and Ann offered to do the honours with the camera and after all had gathered the photos were done. After this we were free to either take a tour of Saumarez Homestead, visit Greg Dell's
extensive car collection, travel to Walcha Pioneer Museum or simply do whatever took your fancy.

We chose to see the Walcha Pioneer Museum with several other couples. It took about 50 minutes to drive there and when we arrived we were escorted around the various sheds by volunteers Bob, Peter and Pam. There was a collection of old farming implements, a blacksmith's shop, a Tiger Moth plane that was used for aerial spraying and a replica shearing shed. The house had some lovely old photos of people from a bygone era as well as the furniture. Nola was particularly
enthralled with an old treadle sewing machine. After thanking our hosts we set off home to the motel, l for a rest before the night's activities.

We gathered again in the dining room for dinner and then the Awards ceremony. It is amazing the number of miles that are clocked up by some members! Today was enjoyable from start to finish and this is in great part to the planning done by Steve and Judi and their many willing helpers. Many thanks to you all.

Day 3 Monday

Story by: Janet Aynsley

The heavens saved this glorious sunny morning for the last.

All members dutifully rose early to pack their bags, enjoy another leisurely full breakfast, say goodbye to our hosts at the
All Seasons Motel Armidale and then assemble in the front driveway for fond farewells to those members leaving before
the morning tea stop. Called to attention by the pip of a whistle, we received our last directions for this run from our illustrious President, Steve Wills.

Cars this time were assembled with sports cars leading the way to Armidale’s Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. It had been a full hour since breakfast so many tucked into another delicious morning tea of slices and cakes which did not seem to have been depleted from the morning teas on Saturday and Sunday. Judi’s team of hard working ladies must have seconded the Motel kitchen after midnight and worked busily into the early hours cooking and baking... A big thank you to all of these ladies.

Once again, another very successful weekend for the Standard & Triumph Car Club, with a hard working committed team, way above standard and always triumphant in their endeavours. Well done.

After attending to the Spitfire’s needs (toilet stop and feed/fill) we set off at a gallop over hill and dale towards Uralla and Walcha. The wind was with us as our trusty steed, now much recovered from his time spent in the care of trusty handlers on the previous Sunday afternoon (thanks to Greg Dell and Michael Hardman and all concerned) enjoyed the up and downhill race with scenery reminiscent of his English birth and heritage, nostrils and air filter filled with the fresh, clean scent of the country. Before we knew it we were over the top with only a few more hurdles to go. We descended towards Wauchope and here the country scents were assailed by the overpowering privet, but not to worry, we were on the last lap and nothing could hold us back. Soon the little colt was in the stable and the chattels removed. The whip, held back after Saturday nights fancy dress, never being required. Without a snort or a backfire the Spit reclined lazily in his stall. Was this all a dream?

Yes, it was a dream weekend. But these weekends do not take place without a lot of planning and checking. So much has been done for so many by so few.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE AND ALL MEMBERS FOR MAKING IT SUCH A PLEASANT AND ENJOYABLE WEEKEND.

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  • Nola Harvey, Lorna McKee and Maria Kerr enjoy the morning at Saumarez House.
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  • Awards - Alan
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    Awards - Michelle
  • The Buckle Trophy Editor’s Award - Norman Kerr
    The Buckle Trophy Editor’s Award - Norman Kerr
  • The RACA Buckle Trophy Event Attendance - Steve and Judi Wills
    The RACA Buckle Trophy Event Attendance - Steve and Judi Wills
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  • Lorna McKee, Michelle Marsh, Margaret Bensley, Lyn Molenaar and Diane Palmer enjoy the sunshine at Uralla.
    Lorna McKee, Michelle Marsh, Margaret Bensley, Lyn Molenaar and Diane Palmer enjoy the sunshine at Uralla.
  • Janet Ballard and Nola Harvey at Uralla
    Janet Ballard and Nola Harvey at Uralla
  • Some of the interesting artifacts at McCrossin’s Mill
    Some of the interesting artifacts at McCrossin’s Mill
  • Frank Newman and Colin Berriman appreciate the fire at McCrossin’s Mill
    Frank Newman and Colin Berriman appreciate the fire at McCrossin’s Mill
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    Lineup at Arboretum Park
  • L to R - Greg Dell TR3A, Frank Newman 1500 Spitfire, Gregg Anysley Mk 2 Spitfire, Mark Parsons GT6, Vic Lewis TR4, Rob Norris TR4
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    President’s ChoiceMark and Gail Parsons Mk1 GT6
  • Most Popular Vehicle Up to 1947 - Ron Thorp and Christa Masson Triumph Super 7
    Most Popular Vehicle Up to 1947 - Ron Thorp and Christa Masson Triumph Super 7
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    Sports Car - Runner Up Vic and Pam Lewis TR4
  • Commercial - Winner Steve and Judi Wills Vanguard 6 Ute
    Commercial - Winner Steve and Judi Wills Vanguard 6 Ute
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    Saloon - Estate 1948-1963 - Winner Greg and Janette Dell Vanguard Phase 111
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    Saloon - Estate 1948-1963 - Runner Up John and Leonie Snape Triumph Renown
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    Saloon- Estate 1964 Onwards - Winner Arthur Broadley and Barbara Livermore Triumph Mark 2 2000
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    Saloon- Estate 1964 Onwards - Runner Up Grahame and Colleen Glenn Triumph Mark 2 2000
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    Commercial - Runner Up Michael and Michelle Marsh Vanguard 1A Ute
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C - Region 'spring' Picnic Day

Sat 08 October 2016 - Sat 08 October 2016
Story: Margaret Bensley, Photos: Pam Lewis

When is a picnic not a picnic --- when you are invited to Pam and Vic Lewis’s home. With directions given to all who were attending, we arrived within minutes of each other and those who had club cars took the steep drive to park, photowise, in front of the house. Those who drove moderns paid the price and had to park in front of Vic’s shed down the bottom of the drive and ascend the steep drive on foot. Either way it was worth the climb.

Vic and Pam’s house block is unusual in that it starts off 40 feet wide and increased to 100 feet wide right at the top of a very bushy block. It has views of Lake Macquarie through the gum trees. Through the lounge/dining windows the lake is breathtaking. There were many small yachts and boats on the water which made for captivating viewing. Their kids must have had a ball climbing the back of the bush block, with Pam watching from the kitchen window, maybe encountering a snake or other wild fauna creatures which have now disappeared due to increased development. They have literally the home among the gum trees.

Vic and Pam welcomed everyone as if we were family coming for a family gathering on their outdoor entertainment deck which Vic has built over the past 35 years. The latest edition was the BBQ shack only recently completed.

The deck was laid out with tables covered in red and blue tablecloths. On each table were placemats containing photos of past events covering the Club’s history. There were photos of members who, sadly, are not with us anymore. The photos certainly created a few cackles and groans from those who recognised themselves.

As usual Pam had been cooking and there were slices and nibbles to be had and some other ladies had contributed to the table as well. Tea and coffee were on offer and soft drink and water.

With everyone enjoying their cuppas the talk got merrier and everyone settled down around the tables and chairs. As usual the men gravitated towards the cars which could be viewed from the balcony of the deck. We girls as usual just caught up with the news and just relaxed until it was time for lunch.

Vic eventually called time to start the BBQ and with a lot of activity around the hotplate the smell of sizzling sausages, steak, hamburger patties, eggs and onion signalled that lunch was on its way. It didn’t take long before everyone was sitting or standing with food abounding on plates or rolls. Norman Kerr came around with prawns which were gratefully accepted. The sound of clinking wine glasses and beer bottles completed the scene that everyone was enjoying themselves and were very relaxed. Norman also had ice creams on offer - Strawberry Gaytimes and Mango Ice Creams.
He was very popular.

During lunch Gail Parsons came around with a petition concerning the Bogey Hole in Newcastle. It has been closed for months and there is talk of it closing permanently due to some young man taking a fall, so it was deemed dangerous, even though the Hole was built in 1819, cut into the ocean rocks by convicts and has been enjoyed by the locals ever
since. It was originally called the “Commandant’s Baths” after Commandant Morisset who commissioned it for his personal use. It was later renamed the Bogey Hole after and indigenous word, meaning ‘to bathe’.

Once lunch was completed Vic invited the men to his shed. He was like the Pied Piper leading his merry men. I know Robin Hood had the Merry Men I hear you say. I couldn’t call the men – MICE!

Before you knew it was time for departures and so one by one we left a very relaxing and enjoyable “picnic” all thanks to Pam and Vic.

  • Lineup below the deck at Vic and Pam’s House.
    Lineup below the deck at Vic and Pam’s House.
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    The sound of clinking wine glasses and beer bottles completed the scene.
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    Ladies catching up before lunch.
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D - Region Picnic Day - Corowa

Sat 24 September 2016 - Sat 24 September 2016
Story by: John and Jenny Shepherd, Photos by: John S. and Susan Barker

We had to abandon the first choice of a picnic venue beside the Murray River; as you may know we have had a LOT of rain and the park, like most along the river, was flooded. However Michael and Steve found an equally pleasant and convenient park beside the old railway station. We had to share our shelter shed with a little girl’s birthday party which was fine until some of the children thought our food looked better than theirs!

Of course the Club is renowned for its excellent morning teas, and we enjoyed a vast array of slices, cakes and biscuits, which were full of nuts, fruit, cornflakes etc and therefore were actually health foods. Gail Parsons couldn’t be there but her nut slice made an appearance and was very popular.

We were blessed with good weather and had an excellent array of Vanguards and Triumphs, brought by Club members and also local friends. Sadly the McCarthys could not be with us as Sue has broken her leg (get well soon, Sue!) and we missed Ting O’Keefe who is visiting her mother, in hospital in China. Tim came, however, with his daughter and family who live in Thurgoona.

The group quickly divided along gender lines, with the women discussing the affairs of the nation and the men heads down, backsides up, examining the insides of the cars. Soon it was lunchtime and while most of us had brought our own, Irene produced boxes of delicious-looking homemade sandwiches for those without lunch. Much appreciated!

The Shepherd family brought not one but THREE cars – Jenny and Susan’s Dolomites and John’s Vanguard 6. The blue Dolly and the Vanguard are presently living at the Robson’s property in Corowa, so didn’t have far to come. The 3 of us drove out in Jenny’s red Dolly and extracted the other two cars out of Michael’s storage. We hope they will be moving to their permanent home in Thurgoona in a few weeks.

There were two Phase I Vanguards from Corowa: Michael’s ute that has that original just off the farm look (definitely not hot-rodded in Michael’s parlance!) and a very nice green saloon driven by Tim Aylward. A lovely Standard 10 arrived after lunch finished in a superb white and pale blue. It is a rare example with the Newton Bennett clutch device. John and Rosalie Dows came in their “new” green Stag, a welcome get away from their recent traumas and Mac Loudon in his nice white 2500TC auto recently relieved of its shakes by having the tail shaft rebuilt and balanced. Steve and Irene drove the short distance in their blue Triumph 2000 Mk.2 Once again the range of cars highlighted the remarkable efforts of Standard Triumph.

Many thanks to Paul and Janet, Steve and Irene and Theresea and Michael for organising another excellent event, and we hope there will be many more in this far-flung corner of Region D.

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C - Region Get Together - Orange

Sat 20 August 2016 - Sun 21 August 2016
Story by: Sue McCathy, Photos by: Pam Lewis and Sue McMillan

Peter and I left Harden just after 7.00 am with our passenger, Janet. We travelled to Young and met up with Tim and Ting. We ventured on our way to Lucknow in mixed weather conditions, rain, sun, mist etc and spied the Club banner at The Men’s Shed about 9.40 am.

It was very, very cold and windy when we left our warm car. The forecast temperature for Orange was 6ºC, but with the wind chill factor, it would have been only 3ºC, plenty of thick coats, beanies, gloves and scarves were being used. After a warm welcome by Vic, morning tea with lots of goodies and a talk from a Men’s Shed member, some of us ventured to the second hand store nearby, checked it out and even some purchases were made.

Lunch was at the Two Fat Ladies Café. It was most enjoyable, lots of camaraderie and even more retail therapy occurred in the lolly shop, the ladies’ shop and the local produce section of the café. Also it was great to see the range of cars on display when we came out of the café and the sun was shining for a while.

The weather hadn’t improved when we went on a drive to Brabham Park, around the closed (in 1962 due to safety issues) Gnoo Blas race circuit and onto Lake Canobolas where we travelled through some great scenery and along the way we had snow, sleet, rice sized hail and rain. Water was running over the spillway at Lake Canobolas. The sun was shining on the running water then and it made for a great view.

We toured the old pump house and from there some people toured Orange, others went to the motel and the remainder went on a drive to see Clinton’s Vanguard restoration project and his fully restored vintage caravan. Whilst there, Bruce did a most impressive quick change of an oil filter that had been installed incorrectly (but not by Bruce!).

We travelled to Turners Vineyard Motel, attended the Club meeting at 4.30 pm, what a great view across the valley from the restaurant, checked into our rooms and had a little rest. Dinner was for 6.00 pm-6.30 pm and everyone had a very social evening, even if the dessert of cheesecake was served frozen.

On Sunday morning we had breakfast in the restaurant, checked out of the motel and made our way to visit the Turner’s private museum. There were lots of interesting vehicles – restored trucks, wagons, earthmoving equipment, as well at a wool press, lots of rabbit traps and tools etc. The weather wasn’t quite as cold or wet as Saturday.

Next we drove to Bathurst, and along the way there was a lot of sunshine which was good for a dose of Vitamin D. We visited Fish River Roasters where club member, Barista Clinton Webb, gave us a very informative talk about the process of roasting the raw coffee beans which are imported from a number of different countries, as well as grinding, selling etc.

We also had a talk about the correct way of making a pot of tea which included the water temperature, heating the teapot, time to draw, which is very precise, to have the best taste. We did use stop watches for the different varieties of tea, let them draw, smelt them and let them draw exactly another thirty seconds before pouring into the cups.

Everyone had either a cup of coffee, expertly made by Clinton, or a cup of tea with Elissa instructing us with the water temperatures required.

We also saw a number of magnificently restored coffee making machines, others being worked on and commercial machines in different stages of being serviced. It was a most interesting and informative morning.

We had our formal farewell as some members had to travel a great distance home and the rest of us adjourned to The George Hotel for lunch and then more farewells. We then travelled home, again with Tim and Ting and Janet.

Peter and I, and I’m sure all the attendees, would like to thank Vic and Pam and their assistants most sincerely for organising such a great get together.

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C - Region Winter Picnic Day - Lambton

Sun 10 July 2016 - Sun 10 July 2016
EURO DAY - LAMBTON PARK, ELDER STREET, LAMBTON

This event, which is organised by the MG Car Club Hunter Branch, was originally organised for 1st May but unfortunately was rained out and cancelled. The good news is that it is now going ahead on the above date.

Club members who have visited as exhibitors or spectators before know what a great day this is and what a wonderful variety of Euro cars are exhibited.

The day begins from 8am, however late arrivals are accepted.
Vehicle entry is $10 which the MG Car Club donates to charity. Spectators free.

Again this is a BYO outing so bring your morning tea, lunch and a chair. For those who do not BYO there is hot food and drinks available.

Please let me know if you would like to join us, I will reserve a place for you in our Car Club’s allotted area and provide directions if required.

Contact Vic Lewis Mobile 0427 495 970, Email: vlewis@hunterlink.net

 

Barossa Valley - Long Tour 2016

Mon 23 May 2016 - Mon 30 May 2016
Story by: Sue McMillan

Thirteen cars participated in this year’s long tour which began in Wagga Wagga on May 23 and ended in Birdwood SA on May 30. It was quite pleasing to see a full range of Vanguards on this tour, 1949 and 1950 Phase 1, 1952 Phase 1A, 1953 Phase 11, 1958 Phase 111 Saloon and Ute and a 1961 6 cylinder saloon. All cars and participants are listed at the end of the report.

As is the usual practise on these tours participants take care of their own breakfasts and accommodation. Everyone brings something to share for morning tea and each person contributes $5 a day for lunch which is then purchased by a rostered shopping crew before morning departure. Dinners are usually at clubs or hotels.

On our first day we covered the longest distance, nearly 300 kms from Wagga Wagga to Hay. The day was cold and windy but we managed to have our morning tea and lunch without too much trouble. As we were entering the fruit fly quarantine areas all the way into SA we had to be quite careful where we bought our lunch provisions and ate them. Some people took advantage of our arrival at 3pm at Hay to explore the town while others did that the next morning as we had a 10am departure.

Day 2. We all safely crossed the Hay plains to arrive in Balranald for lunch at a beautiful spot along a bend in the Murrumbidgee River. We were also able to line up all the cars for a photo shot here. There is not a lot of Balranald but we found some interesting frogs along the main street.

Day 3. The forecast was for rain as we departed for Mildura but we managed to avoid it at morning tea on the bank of the Murray River at Robinvale, not so for lunch at Mildura. Fortunately we were able to find a well covered outdoor concert stage in the park which provided shelter. Our motel was within walking distance of the town so the afternoon was spent exploring. There is quite a lot to see in this large town and as the next day was a rest day everyone went in different directions according to preferences.

Vic and Pam Lewis, Steve Wills and Alan and I decided to visit the small NSW town of Wentworth about 30kms away. This town was once a large river port as it is at the junction of the Darling and the Murray Rivers. It is also known as the town which was saved by the little grey Fergie during the floods of 1955 so it has a Fergie perched on top of a large pole in a park at the entrance to the town and other monuments to the Fergie scattered throughout. We found a delightful, tidy little town with a paddle wheeler as in most towns along the Murray.

That night ten of us boarded a dinner cruise on a paddle wheeler in Mildura and had a delightful time seeing the views and wildlife from strong searchlights on the vessel. Entertainment consisted of live music from a very talented musician.

Day 5. We stopped for morning tea at a beautiful lakeside at Cullulleraine before heading west to SA and Berri for lunch. We all had to declare fruit and vegetables at the border quarantine so lunch that day was hot chicken, chips and bread rolls, some said a welcome change from salads.

Day 6. Saturday we set off for Nuriootpa and the Barossa. We called in to Waikerie for morning tea, another lovely spot, where we could watch the ferry taking vehicles across the Murray and there seemed to be a never ending line waiting to cross.

After lunch in Nuriootpa and booking in to our accommodation we explored the shops including some antique stores. The tattoo parlour was very flash with a back end and boot of a 60’s Falcon converted into a seat.

The next day was a rest day so Alan and I visited the lookout to see some spectacular views of the Barossa, Angaston where we tasted cheeses at the Cheese Factory, Maggie Beer’s Farm shop and the most amazing shop in Tanunda. This shop spanned 2 floors and had all types of furnishings and homewares in it, some very unusual.

It was this day Vic discovered he had a worn universal joint that needed replacing. As it was Sunday nothing was open so the offending part was removed to hurry things in the morning. A local Vanguard owner belonging to a Victorian club was contacted but was not able to help. It was not until the end of dinner that night that Rob Norris thought that he might have some spare parts in the boot of his Triumph 2500S and lo and behold he had a universal joint and even better it fitted Vic’s car. The required repair was done by a willing team before bed and Vic was up early to install it and leave on time with the rest of us.

The last day we travelled in fine rain to Birdwood and the National Motor Museum where we said goodbye and our paths diverged after admiring all the exhibits, including a 1950 Vanguard, and of course partaking in a last morning tea.

These tours are a lot of fun and allow a lot of freedom to explore on your own or with the group. If you haven’t been on one before think about the next one in 2018, destination to be advised.

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C - Region Autumn Picnic Day - Richmond

Sat 16 April 2016 - Sat 16 April 2016
STORY: Margaret Bensle, PHOTOS: Vic Lewis

Wow what a wonderful day we had at Pughs Lagoon Reserve Richmond. The weather was just perfect and the company very amiable. I think we had a record number attending one of our picnic days. The picnic shelter was overflowing.

Pughs Lagoon is situated in Smith Park and is considered an ecologically important wetland. It is home to many plants and bird species, especially ducks, swamp hens and swans and the occasional pelican.

After arriving and signing the register everyone settled down to a much needed cuppa and partake in the HUGE variety of cakes and slices supplied by Pam Lewis, who was absent on the day due to an ill grandchild. Some other ladies provided some wonderful treats as well. As I always say – we never go hungry on these outings!

Once everyone was comfortable the usual happened, you got it – the men gravitated to the cars and were absorbed by new arrivals to the club or discussing mechanical problems one or more might be experiencing. The women just relaxed in the shade provided by the picnic shelter and many trees lining the water’s edge. There is never enough time to catch up on family and friends and recipes and many other topics touched on.

We had many new members enjoying the picnic and I hope they felt welcomed and part of our friendly group. Paul Little came by himself to start with but by lunchtime he was surrounded by his lovely wife and two children. Norman and Maria Kerr were joined by their sons and grandson who left before lunch to go to a soccer match. Paul Tapp was also there keen to talk about his Phase 2 ute and had a good look at the Frog and Paul Little’s Phase 1A.

Rob and Margaret Norris brought along their friends, Laurie and Gail Haynes who were in a Dolomite ex Bill Chapman’s. Eileen and Norbert Van Den Nieuwenhuizen who had been encouraged by David and Sharon to join us were about the last to arrive but that didn’t stop the boys circling his TR6 for a while before and after lunch.

With everyone in a relaxed state we all enjoyed our lunch with much laughing and talking, always talking, and just sheer enjoyment on a lovely warm autumn day.

Before we knew it was time to pack the cars and say our farewells until next time. As usual they are not a short goodbye but about 30 minutes or so before starting the car and making that final wave.

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D - Region Get-together - Cooma

Sat 02 April 2016 - Sun 03 April 2016
Story by Theresea Hughes and Michael Robson Photos by Theresea, Sue McM and John S.

We set off from Urana (220 m above sea level and 110km west of Wagga) at the leisurely time of 8.00am on Friday morning in our 1950 Vanguard saloon. We were quite reassured that the ongoing fuel issues we had been having had been cured and would not be bothering us during our mountain trek through Tumut, Talbingo and the Kosciuszko National Park (1490 m above sea level), I think we may have been slightly delusional.

We did the big climb up to Talbingo in 2nd gear and 2nd overdrive with no overheating (amazing) and decided to be a tourist and pulled over to see the vista from the lookout, (1450 m above sea level) (beautiful). From there we continued to climb and were advised to put on snow chains and the government had kindly provided space on the side of the road for that purpose, (as we knew the temperature was not going to drop below 5 degrees this weekend we decided against taking that measure). After reaching the highest peak on this particular road we began our descent feeling quite chuffed that we had climbed in excess of 1klm above sea level with no issues, it was very enjoyable and comfortable motoring. We received a variety of responses from people passing by, probably quite surprised to see a car of this vintage on this particular stretch of road.

Unfortunately the ease of our ascent was not to be repeated on our descent, as the previous fuel line issue decided to rear its ugly head. A quick blow through of the fuel line and a filter change and we were once again on our way. We arrived in Cooma mid-afternoon and were able to catch up with the other members who were arriving intermittently during the afternoon. The Mayflower ute that had been trailered up from the coast caused quite a stir, what a lovely rare vehicle. We then all walked across the road from the Motel and had a lovely Chinese dinner. Our waiter who was age challenged (a young whipper snapper), struggled with our large order and unfortunately some people missed out, BUT you will be quite relieved to know that Michael and I received our meal quite quickly and it was lovely. We also had the pleasure of meeting Ray and his friend Ray who had travelled up from the coast in their 1958 Vanguard, it must have been a hard trip for them because they sat with their backs to each other and constantly complained about bumping each other (although it could have been because we were seated at round tables).

On Saturday morning our car was used to hold the Standard Triumph Club Banner to help guide the other members to the Cooma Historic Car club premises. This car club enjoys large premises and we were able to wander around looking at some of the very interesting cars, trucks and photographs that were stored and displayed there. It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with the other members and have a quick club meeting. The Cooma Historic Car club also provided a very tasty morning tea and lunch. We then travelled to the online fashion ordering success story, Birdsnest, which now employs 100 local people, 97 women and 3 men. We were told that they process on average about 1300 orders a day but they had just had a promotion over Easter which had generated in excess of 4,500 orders over the weekend. The men in our group were very patient and a little bit interested in the process but quickly lost interest when the women started trying on clothes, and made an exit stage right to check out either the pub across the road or a private shed containing a number of Chrysler products.

When we were due to head back to the Motel, Michael had to use the crank handle to start the car. During the afternoon we were able to hang out at the Motel carpark catching up and discussing cars. Some people chose to travel up Mt Gladstone. We were then treated to a lovely meal at the Motel where everybody was quite promptly served an excellent 3 course dinner. Once again it was reassuring to find out that Alan eats for sustenance not pleasure. Although Alan is no longer our President he still feels he has certain responsibilities and very kindly offered to change everybody’s clocks for daylight saving, he also suggested that all the ladies leave their doors unlatched so that he could have easy access.

After a lovely breakfast in the Motel dining room we travelled to the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre where I made a bee line to the coffee shop (lovely coffee). I then made my way to the Discovery Centre’s display. It was a very good display and showed a variety of objects and historical documentation relating to planning, building and maintaining the Snowy Hydro System. It also aimed to educate people on the care that is taken in maintaining native flora and fauna. One of the digital displays that was quite interesting showed the current status of the spot price of electricity in Tasmania, they are in dire straits. There were also quite a few interactive displays, one of which you were able to pedal a bike to see if you could generate enough power to boil a jug.

We made our way to the now closed Cooma Railway station where we spent a little bit of time getting the cars just right for the big shoot. We were then fed (best meat pies I have ever eaten) and watered by train enthusiasts on the old platform, very pleasant. We are very lucky to have such a friendly, convivial group of people in our club. Both Michael and I would like to thank Paul and Janet for all of their hard work in putting this thoroughly enjoyable weekend together. We then all broke and headed for the hills.

Ps. We had a further 4 fuel blockages on the way home, I (Theresea) certainly earned my keep by having to push on a number of occasions. Michael feels that he may need to take out the fuel tank again, and replace the starter motor.

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B - Region Picnic Day - Paradise Park, Murrurundi

Sat 12 March 2016 - Sat 12 March 2016
Story by: Greg Campbell

On Saturday the 12th March Margaret and I took the Phase 1 Vanguard south to Murrurundi for our planned picnic. The weather was great when we left home and when we arrived it was a perfect day, Paradise Park was green and inviting, the hills surrounding the park are beautiful to look at and they hug the boarders protecting the area from winds.

We grabbed a covered area and cleaned up a few things from around the seats, Mark and Gail Parsons arrived in the Triumph GT6 and I had a chuckle watching Gail stretch out after their trip which by all reports was excellent. Shortly thereafter we watched a Mazda MX5 roll in and Warwick and Meredith Budd hopped out, their next stop was Sydney to celebrate their daughter’s birthday, I won’t let on how old she was to protect my friendship with Meredith.

Next in were Terry and Sylvia Bennett in their motor-home accompanied by their budgie, their next stop was Tamworth and then further afield on holidays. Last to arrive were Steve and Judi Wills in a modern, they too had previous engagements and this was a stopover on the way home.

We settled in to the serious business of talking and eating morning tea, my son Andrew turned up with his 4 boys, the oldest William was celebrating his 13th birthday. Andrew had a good look at Mark’s car and a serious discussion with Warwick about restoration methods and how to use YouTube as a learning tool. My grandsons ran about and made more noise than the rest of us put together but I had them intrigued when I lit the fire to cook a BBQ, in their eyes BBQ’s are gas fired or a kettle with heat beads.

We ate our meals and continued with the talking until it was time to hit the road to our various destinations. I managed to take 2 photographs before the battery went flat in my camera, see one here. It was a small gathering but very enjoyable, we look forward to putting on the next picnic day at a place and date to be decided. I will give plenty of notice but I think you can be assured it won’t be too cold when we have it as Yogi and Boo Boo have to hibernate for the winter.

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A - Region Get Together Murwillumbah

Sat 27 February 2016 - Sun 28 February 2016
Story By: Nola Harvey

We decided to go a day earlier to have a leisurely drive around Murwillumbah as we had not been there for a while. During the drive we had a problem with a tyre. A kind young gentleman following us noticed we had a problem and after we pulled up he helped to release the spare tyre as there was a problem with it releasing. Finally it released and they were able to put the tyre on, we then returned to the Motel deciding to get a new tyre next morning as we had used the spare and had no others. Guess what! We left with 4 new tyres after receiving an offer too good to refuse. If there had been a competition for the best tyres on the trip we would have had no competition. 'This will be a reminder to all not to rely on the appearance of your tyres, after 10 years maximum they then start to delaminate.'

Saturday morning we all gathered at the Buchow Park within the Natural Bridge National Park for morning tea. This was a nice Park that is very popular with overnighters and day trippers. We left the Park to drive to Murwillumbah for lunch in “Budd Park” there we met up with Warwick and Meredith Budd. (The name Budd seems to be everywhere in Murwillumbah it also can be found in the foyer of the gallery ) After a leisurely lunch we had some free time before our meeting at the Motel at 4.30. During the meeting we were informed of Vic’s accident, we all wish you a speedy recovery Vic. You were both missed, it’s not the same without Pam and her camera.

Saturday night we ventured out to Mount Warning for dinner at ‘Mavis’s Kitchen’ this was a pleasant surprise for we found a beautiful old white two storied Queenslander home set on a hill surrounded by manicured lawns and interesting gardens and beautiful trees. When we arrived there were only two others eating, when we left it was crowded. Good find Michael & Michelle.

Sunday morning we drove to the Regional Art Gallery for breakfast (wow five star, I could not eat my lunch). We then went into the Gallery where the Archibald Prize winners were on display. In the centre of the gallery they have tried to recreate how Margaret Olley lived and worked, she truly was a talented and amazing lady. In fact this exhibit proved so popular with some of us they had to come and round us up or we would have been late for our next stop.

We arrived at our last stop, the Tumbulgum Pub where we had a joint group photo of cars and all at the Get Together. The Pub has been done up since our last visit but is still as popular. After a leisurely lunch we regretfully had to part ways to return home.

Thanks to all who attended and made this a very enjoyable mystery Get Together.

Well done Michael & Michelle you had us all guessing but we all enjoyed it in the end.

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Carnivale Parramatta Park - Australia Day

Tue 26 January 2016 - Tue 26 January 2016
Story By: Sue and Judi

We drove to Sydney on Monday afternoon and met at our accommodation in Castle Hill. As this year’s event had changed venue from the City to Parramatta we had a relatively short drive on an overcast morning to Pirtek Stadium car park where we mustered. We were joined by John Graham and Lesley Manton-Hall in their 1950 green Vanguard.

We left there in convoy to drive the short distance to Parramatta Park where we were parked in rows on the grass. Since Sydney had had a lot of rain the week before the low lying areas were too soft for the cars so they were roped off.

We erected the teardrop banner which stood out from afar. Crowds quickly formed and the few showers didn't deter anyone. The usual free sausage sizzle breakfast supplied by Granville Rotary Club was in the park, not at the muster point this year so we did not get breakfast till 9.15am. Quite a long wait for Alan. After we got our commemorative medallion we headed off to find coffee. It took some time to locate the food area but we had our morning exercise and a tour of the park on the way.

Putting our chairs under a shady tree about 50 metres from the car was a good idea as the sun came out and the temperature rose. Next year we will definitely bring a picnic lunch as the queues for food were extremely long and food prices very high.

The number of cars on display was impressive and it was quite flattering that Channel 9 chose to set up their news reporter in front of our cars.

We were visited by Henry Black, Joyce Brett, Colin Berriman, and Brian Jones. Ray Timbs and Ron Hillard also attended with their local club.

The day was organized very well. All the cars left by the only exit in an orderly fashion and it took only a short while to be on the road heading for home.

Overall it was a great day out however we missed the excitement of the City, the cafes and especially the coffee.

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