Event Reports for 2018

 

A - Region Christmas Picnic    Return to TOP

Sun 09 December 2018 - Sun 09 December 2018
Michael and Michelle invite you to a Christmas Picnic at their place.

Where: 89 Lachlan Cres, Sandstone Point Qld.
When: Sunday 9th December 2018 from 10.00am.
Bring: A plate for morning tea and alcoholic drinks if you wish.

We will provide a BBQ lunch and tea and coffee.

It would be great to see you there.

Please Contact Michael on 0448 214 169 to let us know if you are coming by Friday 7th

 

C - Region Christmas Picnic Day - Grey Gum Café Putty Road    Return to TOP

Sat 01 December 2018 - Sat 01 December 2018
Our C - Region Christmas Picnic Day will be held at The Grey Gum International Cafe, 8679 Putty Road Putty, New South Wales, 87kms North of Windsor and 89km South of Singleton. So, the average distance for most Region C Members is approximately 150kms say a two and half hour drive, so this will be a full day, start early. To all members further afield, please consider joining us for this Christmas Picnic Day.

Some History
This is a special location for motorcycle riders, and as I am one of those people I decided it will also be a great place for our picnic.

The Grey Gum Café was built after the Half Way Roadhouse burnt down in 2009 so motorbike riders had somewhere to stop and rest on the 174km stretch through the national parks. It has since become a favourite stopover for riders and charity rides such as the Black Dog Ride. The Motorcycle Council of NSW has installed three satellite phones at the cafe to ensure emergency contact.

The Grey Gum Cafe is situated on the famous Putty Road at almost exactly the half-way point between Windsor and Singleton, the cafe has rapidly achieved iconic status in the minds of motorcyclists, motorists and tourists alike and is surrounded by massive gum trees and local birds and wildlife.

The Grey Gum International Café Website - greyguminternationalcafe.com/

Program for the day
Your day will start with a pleasant drive to the Putty Road, either the North or South end, and then to the half way point where you will find The Grey Gum Café.

Morning tea will commence around 9.30 to 10.00 am with lunch around noon.

This will be a day of relaxation, catching up and eating followed by another pleasant drive along the Putty Road toward home.

Please bring the following:
* Something to add to the morning tea spread.
* Your lunch, or you can purchase from the Cafe.
* Your table chairs for morning tea and lunch.
* Your own HOT water.

(Christine will provide Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Milk, Orange and Apple juice, styrofoam cups and some slices).

Please let us know if you will be attending so that I can advise The Grey Gum Café the number of vehicles and people using their picnic area, also I can prepare your name tags.

Contact Bruce & Christine Beresford
Phone: (02) 9520 7838, Mobile: 0402 024 160, Email: c-region-rep@stcc.com.au

  • The Grey Gum International Cafe
    The Grey Gum International Cafe
  • Each circle is a 100km radius so the map shows how far members are from the Grey Gum Cafe.
    Each circle is a 100km radius so the map shows how far members are from the Grey Gum Cafe.
 

D - Region Picnic Day - The Forest, Middle Arm    Return to TOP

Sat 17 November 2018 - Sat 17 November 2018
Story: Sue McMillan

The forecast showers did not arrive but neither did any sunshine until early afternoon. However that said, there was much sunshine spread around by those who came to visit us at The Forest for the last D Region Picnic this year.

Paul and Janet arrived early and helped Alan to drive his cars from the shed to the parking place. They had almost finished this task when Tim and Ting O’Keeffe and Peter and Sue McCarthy arrived and after that there was a steady stream of arrivals. The morning tea table began to be overloaded so additional tables were added to hold all the goodies. The ladies had certainly excelled themselves this time.

There was a lot of catching up to do by most members but especially by Alan and I as we have not been able to attend any events since the VicTour in May. Cars were examined, news exchanged and the “graveyard” explored for hidden treasures.
A highlight of the day was a ride in the diesel as last year it had only just had the body reunited with the chassis. Colin, Gail, Robert and Margaret all enjoyed the ride to the bottom of the hill and return. (See the video on the STCC website) After we had eaten our lunch Norman Kerr gave out ice-creams and Ting O’Keeffe chocolates which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you! As time went on people said their goodbyes and set off home. It was a very enjoyable day. Thank you to all who came.

  • Bruce Beresford and Paul Tapp
    Bruce Beresford and Paul Tapp
  • Colin Berriman, Gail Parsons and Robert Bensley had a ride in the Diesel
    Colin Berriman, Gail Parsons and Robert Bensley had a ride in the Diesel
  • Colin Berriman, Gail Parsons and Robert Bensley had a ride in the Diesel
    Colin Berriman, Gail Parsons and Robert Bensley had a ride in the Diesel
  • So thats a diesel motor then?
    So thats a diesel motor then?
  • John, Paul and Laurie
    John, Paul and Laurie
  • Gail and Sue
    Gail and Sue
  • Greg and Helen
    Greg and Helen
  • Vehicle Lineup
    Vehicle Lineup
 

Fifteenth Annual Rally B - Region, Gunnedah Nsw - Report 1    Return to TOP

Sat 27 October 2018 - Mon 29 October 2018

Initial Report

Wingham Autocare Most Popular Vehicle Winners & Buckle Perpetual Trophies

  • Up to 1947 - Winner John Snape, Ph111 Vanguard Estate
    Up to 1947 - Winner John Snape, Ph111 Vanguard Estate
  • Up to 1947 - Runner Up Michael Hardman, Ph111 Vanguard
    Up to 1947 - Runner Up Michael Hardman, Ph111 Vanguard
  • Saloon/Estate 1964 Onwards - Winner Rob Norris, Triumph 2500S
    Saloon/Estate 1964 Onwards - Winner Rob Norris, Triumph 2500S
  • Saloon/Estate 1964 Onwards - Runner Up Geoff Newman, Triumph 2000 Mk1
    Saloon/Estate 1964 Onwards - Runner Up Geoff Newman, Triumph 2000 Mk1
  • Sports Car - Winner Tim O’Keeffe Triumph Spitfire Mk3
    Sports Car - Winner Tim O’Keeffe Triumph Spitfire Mk3
  • Sports Car - Runner Up Mark Parsons, Triumph GT6
    Sports Car - Runner Up Mark Parsons, Triumph GT6
  • Commercial - Winner Greg Campbell, Ph111 Vanguard Ute
    Commercial - Winner Greg Campbell, Ph111 Vanguard Ute
  • Commercial - Runner Up Steve Wills, Vanguard 6 Ute
    Commercial - Runner Up Steve Wills, Vanguard 6 Ute
  • President’s Choice - Winner John Exner, Dolomite Sprint
    President’s Choice - Winner John Exner, Dolomite Sprint
  • Buckle Perpetual Trophies - The RACA Buckle Trophy for the person who has attended the most events in the year. Winner Robert Bensley.
    Buckle Perpetual Trophies - The RACA Buckle Trophy for the person who has attended the most events in the year. Winner Robert Bensley.
  • B&MC Buckle Trophy - for endurance (calculated on the age of the vehicle x the distance travelled per year to club events). Winner Vanguard 1A Ute - Michael Marsh.
    B&MC Buckle Trophy - for endurance (calculated on the age of the vehicle x the distance travelled per year to club events). Winner Vanguard 1A Ute - Michael Marsh.
  • The Buckle Trophy Editor’s Award for the editor’s choice. Winner Robert Bensley.
    The Buckle Trophy Editor’s Award for the editor’s choice. Winner Robert Bensley.
  • CWA Lunch Saturday
    CWA Lunch Saturday
  • Motel
    Motel
  • Look under the bonnet
    Look under the bonnet
  • Gyrocopter
    Gyrocopter
  • Meeting
    Meeting
  • Saturday fun night - Greening up Gunnedah.
    Saturday fun night - Greening up Gunnedah.
  • Vehicle Lineup
    Vehicle Lineup
 

Fifteenth Annual Rally B - Region, Gunnedah Nsw - Report 2    Return to TOP

Sat 27 October 2018 - Mon 29 October 2018

Full Report

Story: Gregg and Janet Aynsley
Photos: Pam Lewis

We are not very frequent attendees of Club events but this Annual Rally drew our attention and we were pleased that this year it did not coincide with our local Club’s Annual Long Run. We are honoured to have been asked to review the first day’s activities for you.

SATURDAY, 27TH OCTOBER
A bright and sunny morning greeted us at our appointed Arrival Point: - The Country Women’s Association Hall, in Barber Street, Gunnedah. Members all ready, willing and able, were onsite and waiting for the doors to open for business at 10.00 a.m. (that’s a good sign of a great weekend to come). After registration and distribution of name badges and rally packs members happily reunited with old friends and new, looked at new baby photos and precious car photos and indulged in a great morning tea and lots of chatter. We were able to finish morning tea in time to continue the food journey with a sumptuous luncheon provided by the local ladies of the Country Women’s Association. Thank you to all.

From the outset it was evident that the Club’ shard working Committee, led by Steve and Judi Wills and assisted by Mark and Gail Parsons, had ironed out any accommodation and itinerary hassles. Clearly everything was set up perfectly and all was well for a fantastic weekend of events, fun and festivities.

1:00p.m. heralded the start of the General Meeting and the Annual General Meeting. Led by President, Steve Wills, Committee Members gave their Annual Reports and then our Regional Reps were given the opportunity to present their reports. All too soon it was Office Bearer election time with no pregnant pauses as all positions were filled and voted for by postal vote and the scrutineers had a relatively easy time of it when counting up. The major change being that Alan McMillan had been elected as the 2019 President for the Club and Steve Wills gallantly stepped back to Vice President. Thank you Steve for a job well done.

As Alan and Sue McMillan were unable to attend the rally, members asked that well wishes and regards be passed on to Alan and also to Sue. Our mobile phones ensure that no one is too far away these days and Steve was soon on the phone to Sue, also ensuring that members had the opportunity to pass on their regards in person, with “face to face” time.

After the close of the meeting members dispersed to either make their way back to the Comfort Inn Harvest Lodge to prepare their vehicles for the ritual assessment while others had the opportunity to explore Gunnedah at their leisure. Many found the wonderful exhibit of Dorothea Mackellar’s life, poetry and associated paintings at the Tourism Office and also at the Mackellar Centre, heart warming and informative. This information helped many to solve the trivia sheet on “My Country” handed out after dinner. If you went to school in Australia you probably recalled the words to the poem easily????

Come 6:00 p.m., it’s time to regather for a drink at the bar of the Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club prior to dinner in The Green Room.

Thank you to our hard working Committee for a very enjoyable first day of the Rally.

SATURDAY NIGHT 27TH OCTOBER - “GREENING GUNNEDAH”
Story: Gregg Campbell
Photos: Pam Lewis

Saturday night of the Rally was themed “Greening Gunnedah”, the Committee wanted to bring in some colour as drought had enveloped the area for quite some time. Nature did get in on the act by producing a little rain resulting in a splash of green on the ground, but Nature had no hope of beating STCC members in their moving green adornments.

The colour was everywhere and in all shades except that it appears no one told Ron Marsh that orange was not the new green, his ensemble was resplendent and worthy of comment but his green handbag, of the supermarket shopping variety, clashed according to the fashionista’s in the crowd. Judi Wills had a special green hat for Ron to wear for breaking the dress code, he wore it with pride. Whilst the majority of members had the decency to dress in ‘sensible green’ clothing Vic Lewis had raided Bunnings and adorned his body with Pope sprinkler’s on his arms and head, they had apparently worked as the grass and weeds in his hat were growing well. If the weeds came from home then maybe Vic should re-address his travel and holiday plans and tend his lawns more closely. Doug Bennett was a little tall for his character as he came dressed as a Leprechaun, full marks Doug for finding all your bits and pieces. Then there was Michael Marsh, it appears that he had inadvertently thrown his work overalls in the washing machine with the colours when he finished work on Thursday and just jumped in the Ute to come to the Rally. Until we all got together one did not realise how many shades of green there are, I am sure more than 50. Looking around the room it was evident that the ladies had used their dress sense to find clothing befitting the night’s theme and turn the colour into class, well done ladies. The three gentlemen mentioned took out the best dressed prizes as decided by members on the night.

With meals being served the ‘shifty committee’ decided it was time to inflict some pain upon us, Gail Parsons, aka Pam Ayres ( https://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/english/poem ) produced a well known poem for us to insert the missing words into the correct spot. Who would have thought that “I Love a Sunburnt Country” had so many verses?

The eloquent Geoff Newman showed his prowess in quickly completing the quiz and then reciting it to us all. The next piece of frivolity was ‘Car Bingo’, an adaptation of the well known pastime of the elderly and infirm club goer. Our twist was we had numbers and car images on the score card and although the ‘shifty committee’ had difficulty in deciding on an appropriate war-cry for the winning team, one deserved and honest table at which I was sitting, managed to call ‘Frog, Green, Eureka’ as required well before the table behind us, but in an act of sheer graciousness and fair play we allowed them to share our prize.

Having been asked well in advance at the start of the night to view the prizes on display for our raffle so time was not wasted by winners deciding what they needed to select, Vic Lewis had to be spoken to by Steve Wills and asked to hurry up but Vic is a thoughtful person and just had to find that right gift for Pam. It was the best raffle of the night as everyone was a winner.

With all the scheduled activities finished, we went on to what we all do well, talk and tell tall tales of joy and old cars. We found out what other members had been up to, the state of theirs and others’ health and where they had been since our last meeting. Next stop was bed except for the ‘shifty committee’ who had to do all the work and have a meeting before retiring.

Saturday night was a success. Thanks to the Committee for their efforts.

A good majority of us were up early at 7 for breakfast in the motel dining room, before our usual chat and car viewing outside our rooms.

At 9.00am we mustered in the car park before Steve blew his penultimate whistle sequence as retiring President and gave us our instructions. Greg Campbell then led us out in convoy heading back along the road to Tamworth and we arrived at Sky Ranch at 9.45am. The manager of the property, Neil Farr, gave us a very interesting and informative talk about Gyrocopters, which made us all a lot more comfortable about the machinery and the concept. First in the queue was a very keen Margaret Bensley, then Ting O’Keefe and Lorna McKee followed, Go the Girls!!!

A second pilot was called in due to the high demand and I think more than one person changed their mind and decided to be extremely brave and give it a go. The group photo, including Gyrocopter, can be viewed on the club website along with other photos taken on the day.

We next proceeded to the Lake Keepit Recreation Centre for an inviting cold lunch in a great venue with air conditioning, luckily minus the flies we left behind at the airfield!! Competitive members could be seen walking back to the boom gate after lunch to gain the answers to the last few questions before handing in our quiz forms.

Some members went back to the airfield before heading back to the motel, as Neil had kindly agreed to take up more people. Lorraine White must have been a Girl Guide as she very kindly handed out Lifesaver lollies to the members waiting for their flight. A great day was had by all, even though some of us forgot the Aerogard and sunscreen!!! For further information about the Gyrocopters go to www.auto-gyro.com

SUNDAY NIGHT DINNER 28TH OCTOBER
Story: Robert Bensley
Photos: Pam Lewis

Sunday dinner was also at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club. Some members were a little late to dinner with the very popular gyrocopter flights running into the late afternoon. The meal was tasty roast beef or pork followed by sticky date pudding or chocolate cheesecake.

Sunday nights are traditionally when the awards and the winner of the observation quiz are announced. This year we had an additional activity in the form of a quiz prepared by Warwick Budd loosely based on the ABC programme Hard Quiz.

The subject was Standard and Triumph and for those not aware, Warwick has written a book on the pre-war history of Standard Cars in Australia. Warwick delved into his vast knowledge and came up with 10 multiple choice questions, some of which had many of us stumped. I know I was, particularly questions on the early history of Standard and Triumph.

One person was to have no trouble with the questions. Michael Marsh produced a perfect score of 10 out of 10 and knocked the rest of us out in one hit. Well done Michael. We might get you hosting the next quiz to give the rest of us a chance!

The awards presentations followed the quiz and the winners are listed elsewhere in this magazine. Norm and Maria Kerr won the Observation Quiz by the smallest margin of half a point. Well done again.

Story: Organising Committee
Photos: Pam Lewis

The organising committee thought it would be a fitting part of the Fifteenth Annual Rally to have a celebratory cake and invite those founding members present to cut it. Recognition was also given to Warwick Budd and Frank Leabeater who have attended all fifteen rallies.

Many thanks to Megan Baille-Mace who made the Grand Marnier and Cognac fruit cake for the STCC. It was a moist, flavoursome cake that tasted amazing. Our club members were full of praise for this most talented lady whom many of us know.

MONDAY 29TH OCTOBER
Story: Lorraine White
Photos: Pam Lewis

After a comfortable night’s sleep, we woke to a mild but overcast morning. (Some of us woke somewhat earlier than planned due to a small busload of teenagers who were staying at the motel, who hadn’t learnt the ‘motel etiquette’ of being quiet before 7am!!) A delicious breakfast at the motel was then enjoyed, with good company.

After breakfast, we gathered for a ‘formal farewell’, as several members needed to be off before morning tea. Judi and Steve, Gail and Mark, and Sue and Alan (in their absence), were thanked by Vic on behalf of the group for the enormous amount of work they had put in once again, ensuring a most enjoyable Annual Rally for everyone. Greg was also thanked for organising the Sunday gyrocopter adventure.

Some members then set off for Pensioner’s Hill, which overlooks Gunnedah, to survey the view and admire the numerous rock sculptures exhibited in the park. We then met in ANZAC Park for a much needed cuppa.

The sun was shining by that time, and the brilliant purple of jacarandas, and orange-yellow of the silky oak flowers against the blue sky were a beautiful backdrop. We enjoyed a last chatter over morning tea, Michael Marsh enjoying his cuppa in his well-earned ‘Hard Quiz’ mug. Warwick entertained us with some amusing and creative answers to the quiz, then final goodbyes were said. Another wonderfully successful Annual Rally!

  • Gunnedah Welcomes the STCC
    Gunnedah Welcomes the STCC
  • Gunnedah Lineup
    Gunnedah Lineup
  • Lunch CWA hall.
    Lunch CWA hall.
  • Gunnedah Lineup
    Gunnedah Lineup
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 1
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 1
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 2
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 2
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 3
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 3
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 4
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 4
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 5
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 5
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 6
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 6
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 7
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 7
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 8
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 8
  • Saturday Night, Dinner Table 9
    Saturday Night, Dinner Table 9
  • Gregg and Janet Aynsley
    Gregg and Janet Aynsley
  • Greg and Margaret Campbell
    Greg and Margaret Campbell
  • Robert and Margaret Bensley
    Robert and Margaret Bensley
  • Rob Norris
    Rob Norris
  • Vic Lewis
    Vic Lewis
  • Steve Wills and Doug Bennett
    Steve Wills and Doug Bennett
  • Michael and Michelle Marsh and Steve Palmer
    Michael and Michelle Marsh and Steve Palmer
  • Bingo Requires Concentration!
    Bingo Requires Concentration!
  • Gyrocopter experience
    Gyrocopter experience
  • Gyrocopter experience
    Gyrocopter experience
  • Ladies wait to Fly
    Ladies wait to Fly
  • Men wait to Fly
    Men wait to Fly
  • Sunday Lineup
    Sunday Lineup
  • Gyro group
    Gyro group
  • Sunday Night - Warwick congratulates Michael on a perfect score.
    Sunday Night - Warwick congratulates Michael on a perfect score.
  • Sunday Night - Norman and Maria Kerr
    Sunday Night - Norman and Maria Kerr
  • Many thanks to Megan Baille-Mace who made the Grand Marnier and Cognac fruit cake for the STCC
    Many thanks to Megan Baille-Mace who made the Grand Marnier and Cognac fruit cake for the STCC
  • Sunday Night - Five founding members October 2003. L to R: Pam Lewis, Vic Lewis, Warwick Budd, John Snape, Malcolm Gow
    Sunday Night - Five founding members October 2003. L to R: Pam Lewis, Vic Lewis, Warwick Budd, John Snape, Malcolm Gow
  • Monday Farewell Lineup
    Monday Farewell Lineup
 

B - Region Get Together - Moree Nsw    Return to TOP

Sat 29 September 2018 - Sun 30 September 2018
Story: Michael Marsh
Photos: Judi wills

I’m not sure if it is a coincidence or not but our Queensland Queen is born on the same day that NSW celebrates Labour Day. This meant that both States were having a long weekend at the same time. This also meant that we couldn’t find anyone to mind our dog Ralph, so we decided to bring him along with us rather than put him in the kennel for 3 nights. We decided to drive to Moree from home on Saturday morning leaving at 4.30am.

We met up with the rest of the group at Rocket Park on the Mehi River in the middle of town for morning tea and a delicious lunch of gourmet sandwiches and quiche.

After lunch we made our way to the Spa Motel a few streets away. Ralph had his own accommodation booked at the Moree kennels so we checked him in at the same time. During our free time some of the group went to check out the Moree artesian hot springs where rumour has it the springs are home to a resident dugong. Unfortunately on this occasion the dugong was nowhere to be seen, perhaps he hitched a ride back to Bribie Island.

We enjoyed Saturday night drinks followed by dinner in the Motel restaurant, after dinner it was off to bed for us for a much needed rest.

Sunday morning we had a fabulous breakfast at the motel restaurant, this is where we said goodbye to Warwick and Meredith as they headed home after breakfast. Michelle and I made our way out to the kennels early to bail Ralph out of his overnight accommodation. After retrieving Ralph we met up with the group at Woolaway Winery for morning tea and of course some wine tasting, this was a great setting for a photo shoot with the cars.

Around midday the group decided it was time to make tracks as most had a long trip home. Michelle, Ralph and I had booked ourselves into a camping ground for the night just outside Texas so we headed off for another overnight adventure.

Thanks to Wendy and Michael with the help from Leonie and John for a very enjoyable weekend.

  • Moree Lunch
    Moree Lunch
  • Moree Lineup
    Moree Lineup
  • Moree Lineup
    Moree Lineup
  • Moree Lineup
    Moree Lineup
  • Moree group
    Moree group
  • Moree Lunch
    B - Region Get Together - Moree Nsw - Moree Lunch
  • Moree Lineup
    B - Region Get Together - Moree Nsw - Moree Lineup
  • Moree Lineup
    B - Region Get Together - Moree Nsw - Moree Lineup
  • Moree Lineup
    B - Region Get Together - Moree Nsw - Moree Lineup
  • Moree group
    B - Region Get Together - Moree Nsw - Moree group
 

C - Region Picnic Day - Hawks Nest Nsw    Return to TOP

Sat 15 September 2018 - Sat 15 September 2018
Story: Sylvia Bennett, Photos: Bruce Beresford

On September 15 C Region had their Picnic Day at Providence Park, Hawks Nest. Some Sydneysiders had stayed overnight so as to have an early start, while others joined us coming from Wingham, Forster, Newcastle, Maitland and Windsor.

It was a sunny morning, the surf sparkled and we soon settled into small groups, catching up on the latest news and enjoying the usual delightful morning tea.

Interest was shown in the cars that had recent work done on them and advice sought from the more experienced in the group. News was shared concerning those with health issues.

As time went on our President, Membership Officer and their wives talked over plans for the Annual Rally. The circle enlarged for lunch and we appreciated shade under the tree.

Several locals came to look at the cars. We left at 3pm.

Thank you to Bruce and Christine for organising the day.


OUR TRIP TO THE PICNIC DAY
Hawks Nest

Paul and Louise Tapp

Louise and I had a great run down to Hawks Nest on Saturday - it was a perfect day, spent with wonderful people. The Smokey Red ute performed well on its first club run since we bought it.

I filled up with 98 octane as when Alan and I were chatting one time he suggested I give it a go as he had used it in other cars. It took me around half an hour to fill up as every older person at the BP wanted to have a look and a pleasant chat about the ute. I am surprised how many people had one in their past.

Driving down to Hawks Nest we got really great economy as the fuel gauge only just got off full when we got home and that was around 90 miles. I guess the over-drive makes a big difference. The ride was as good as the Prado but I know that this part of the highway is in great condition. I think I will look at getting a radio for long runs. We comfortably sat on 50 mph to 60 mph going down and lifted it up to 65 mph on the way home. Once on the highway I only need to go between top gear and overdrive even though coming out of Bulahdelah we got down to 45mph on the hill going north.

Oh guess what? The clock worked all the way down from Coolongolook (I can tell you it took us around 47 minutes - but stopped when I turned off the ignition.)

  • Bruce and Christine Beresford’s Ph1 Vanguard
    Bruce and Christine Beresford’s Ph1 Vanguard
  • Catching up with old friends.
    Catching up with old friends.
  • Arthur Broadley, Barbara Livermore and Terry Bennett.
    Arthur Broadley, Barbara Livermore and Terry Bennett.
  • Mark and Gail Parsons with Judi Wills.
    Mark and Gail Parsons with Judi Wills.
  • Vehicle lineup
    Vehicle lineup
  • Paul and Louise Tapp's Smokey Red Ute
    Paul and Louise Tapp's Smokey Red Ute
 

D - Region Picnic Day - West Kinloch - Cootamundra Nsw    Return to TOP

Sat 11 August 2018 - Sat 11 August 2018
Story by: Sue McMillan

As Alan’s health had not been the best it was a last minute decision for us to attend Paul and Janet’s picnic so we travelled modern. We arrived to find most people already tucking into the lovely morning tea and many cars parked in the front paddock. The weather was cool, calm and sunny with a forecast of rain for around 2pm.

The ladies spent some time chatting about many and varied subjects and inspecting Janet’s extensive and interesting garden while the men congregated around, guess where? That’s right. The Shed!

Paul had saved up a job for the day which required a few hands so all able bodied men were given the task of rolling the Vanguard 6 out of one shed and placing it on the hoist ramps in another. This was achieved quite quickly with a minimum of effort. Many hands make light work so the old saying goes.

Lunch was kindly provided by Paul and Janet so we were treated to soups and BBQ meats with several side dishes. It was very pleasant to sit in the garden in the sun’s warmth enjoying the company of the lovely folk of the STCC.

All too soon the sky dulled as the forecast rain edged closer so most of us bade each other farewell until next time and headed for home.

Many thanks to Paul and Janet for their hospitality and for the chance to see another shed full of interesting things.

  • Morning Tea
    Morning Tea
  • Push!
    Push!
  • All hands on deck
    All hands on deck
  • Chocolates!
    Chocolates!
  • Time for a Chat
    Time for a Chat
  • Vehicle lineup
    Vehicle lineup
  • Morning Tea
    D - Region Picnic Day - West Kinloch - Cootamundra Nsw - Morning Tea
  • Push!
    D - Region Picnic Day - West Kinloch - Cootamundra Nsw - Push!
  • All hands on deck
    D - Region Picnic Day - West Kinloch - Cootamundra Nsw - All hands on deck
  • Chocolates!
    D - Region Picnic Day - West Kinloch - Cootamundra Nsw - Chocolates!
  • Time for a Chat
    D - Region Picnic Day - West Kinloch - Cootamundra Nsw - Time for a Chat
  • Vehicle lineup
    D - Region Picnic Day - West Kinloch - Cootamundra Nsw - Vehicle lineup
 

B - Region Picnic Day - Danger Falls, Dorrigo    Return to TOP

Sun 29 July 2018 - Sun 29 July 2018
Meet at Danger Falls at 10am for morning tea and lunch, please bring a packed lunch and your thermos for a hot cuppa. Also it will be chilly, so bring your jackets and blankets.

If the heavens open and it rains, we will meet in Dorrigo for an indoor lunch.

Please let me know if you would like to attend.

Contact Wendy Hardman Mobile: 0427 130 172
Email: wendy.hardman73@optusnet.com.au

 

A - Region Get Together - Ipswich Qld    Return to TOP

Sat 23 June 2018 - Sun 24 June 2018
Story: Paul Ballard
Photos: Michelle Marsh

Saturday morning dawned fine and clear, with us fairly much all assembled in Queen’s Park well before 10am. Morning Tea was the usual spread of "contributed" goodies, supplemented by generous pikelet contributions from Michelle and Michael (including the requisite jam and cream, of course). We were pleased to see Lyn Molenaar joining us for a couple of hours, although a little disappointed that other commitments prevented her from spending the rest of the weekend with us.

As well as the usual chatter and feeding, we had opportunity to spend time at both the Zoo and Japanese Garden nearby; but needed to press on by around 11:00. At that stage, we headed for the Ipswich Racecourse – no horses that day, but an excellent craft market and then, just across the road, our steam train awaited. Michael had most diligently booked out the Heritage Prison Van, built to convey felons to and from the Boggo Road Gaol. Most decided to settle down in the prisoners’ section, although some preferred the "upmarket" accommodation provided for the guards (not the train guards, the prisoner guards, of course).

A 40 minute trip around an old coal mining area, now partly used for ballast storage, behind a 1943 steam locomotive was enjoyed by all; and followed by a two minute walk into the Racehorse Hotel for our pre-ordered lunch (chosen earlier in the day from five options). Then it was on to our motel, at which point some went shopping, some indulged in deep and meaningful conversations about such things as our vehicles and the Club, while others perhaps just rested up in preparation for the hard work of our Open Committee Meeting (all seven? minutes of it!); in conjunction with which Michelle and Michael provided cheese and crackers (just in case we couldn’t wait for dinner). Our meal at the motel was excellent, and led into pleasant sleeping conditions (although some had to put in the hard work of a Committee Meeting beforehand).

Next morning may have been a little foggy for the early risers, but by the time we had finished our continental breakfasts in the motel dining room, the weather was excellent and allowed all of the historic cars to be assembled in the front carpark. Departing from there after a little bit of discussion as to the best way to get onto the Freeway, we managed to stay in an “intelligent” convoy all the way to our morning tea stop in a very pleasant park at Rosewood, where Michael again cooked pikelets to go with all the other food which was available.

Leaving Rosewood, we proceeded to Laidley where we were given a number of options to fill in the rest of the morning. After a bit of a drive around the town, most of us headed to the “Chrome and Clutter” Festival at the showground – a mixture of historic cars (including ours), old caravans, hot rods, market stalls – and the Shannons Truck was there with top deck access to enable the displays to be photographed (pity they were all facing away from the truck).

Lunch was next – but, for most of us, there was a slight delay getting to our table caused by a book fair out the front, and the need to also explore the displays in the historic home which was hosting us. Ultimately, we settled down to platters of sandwiches prepared by the volunteers at “Das Neumann Haus”, followed by a dessert served by the ladies but actually prepared by Ron Marsh (not just a pretty face, is he ... ?).

And so it was time to thank our hosts for the weekend, Michelle and Michael, say our farewells, talk about when we would see one another next, and head for “Home”, declaring that we had enjoyed another successful Region “A” Get-Together.

  • Pikelets on the way
    Pikelets on the way
  • 1943 Steam Locomotive
    1943 Steam Locomotive
  • Inside the prison van
    Inside the prison van
  • Chrome and Clutter Festival at the Laidley showground
    Chrome and Clutter Festival at the Laidley showground
  • Dinner at the Motel Restaurant
    Dinner at the Motel Restaurant
  • Vehicle lineup
    Vehicle lineup
 

2018 Long Tour - Vic Tour    Return to TOP

Mon 21 May 2018 - Wed 30 May 2018
Story by: Sue McMillan

The tour began early for us at The Forest. Wills’ and Lewis' arrived on Saturday and we enjoyed a lazy start to Sunday before heading to Cooma after lunch. Most of participants arrived well before we headed off to the recommended pub for tea which coped with the sudden arrival of 17 with no fuss.

Monday dawned clear and bright. Steve handed out the goody bag which Contained stickers, patches, information sheets and this year insulated thermos drinking bottles. The drive to Bombala was interesting in that we passed thousands of head of cattle grazing beside the road and crossing the road which we slowly wound our way through. Alan turned a corner and his engine pipe broke in half which resulted in a very noisy trip to Bombala where after much time taken by Rob Norris and himself they found an engineering firm to weld it up. On the road again we caught the rest at Cann River for lunch, much quieter but still some exhaust sound.

At our Tuesday morning briefing John Exner suggested that we visit an old unused railway trestle bridge on the defunct East Gippsland rail line. We all found the structure very interesting and an ideal spot for a group photo. On to Lakes Entrance for morning tea. It was blowing a cold wind but we found a relatively sheltered spot. We encountered some showers between there and Sale but they cleared for a lovely lunch in the mediaeval themed park in Stratford. On our walk down the street in Sale, Rob found a shop which took his photos and made several pieces of memorabilia for him in a couple of hours. They were most impressive. Dinner was at the Irish pub that night.

On Wednesday, we travelled most of the way in misty rain but it fined for morning tea in Yarram after which we took a scenic back way to Inverloch passing the road to Wilson’s Promontory. Once again it fined for lunch right on the beach facing Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. We arrived at Cowes about 2pm, just a good time to settle in before going to see the Fairy Penguins. The evening was cool but not too cold and no rain. The lovely little penguins had us enthralled for some time.

Thursday was our first free day so some went to the race track to race go karts, some to the Antarctic Adventure or the Vietnam Vets Museum. Bruce Beresford usually tours with us and it coincides with his birthday but he could not join us this time. He loves pies and our custom is to give him one with a candle. Everyone was given a candle and box of matches and asked to have a pie for lunch and to photograph it. The photos were then all sent to Bruce that night for a birthday surprise.

We set out again on Friday, first to Koo Wee Rup for morning tea and then to Healesville. There were too many ways to Healesville and Ray and Janice had an unintended detour through Dandenong. At lunch Hazel and Lorna showed Alan how to do exercises for his back pain which he was suffering, much to the amusement of the onlookers.

Saturday we travelled through lovely country to Kinglake, Whittlesea, Wallan, Gisborne, and Mt Macedon on the way to Castlemaine for our second free day. There were many places to explore on this day but most thought the quaint village of Maldon was the pick.

Heading north on Monday to Shepparton we passed through Elmore where John Exner bought “the second best sausages in Victoria” but after cooking them for lunch thought they did not deserve that title. Paul and Janet Ballard joined the tour at this point.

The rain set in as we left Shepparton the next day. We took the back way to Glenrowan with Ned Kelly popping up everywhere in town and then to Bright through the last of the lovely autumn colours for lunch. At this point the rain stopped and the sun came out for some photos and a walk to explore the town. The motel had a great BBQ area with heaters so we decided to cater for ourselves instead of having another club/pub meal. This was greatly enjoyed by us all.

Wednesday was our last day so we began with a photo stop with the beautiful trees of Bright in the background. Our last drive was up the mountain towards Mt Beauty and then down the other side along a lovely valley with lots of dairying to Yackandanda and finally to Wodonga for lunch. After booking into the motel we descended on the Shepherds for afternoon tea and a tour of the new house and shed. Our Farewell Dinner was at the Thurgoona Country Club. The following morning we parted ways, some for home, some to see other parts of the country. All agreed it was a most enjoyable trip.

Participants:
Paul and Janet Ballard, John Exner, Vic and Pam Lewis, Michael and Lorna McKee, Alan and Sue McMillan, Rob and Margaret Norris, Mark and Gail Parsons, Malcolm and Hazel Roxburgh, Ray Timbs and Janice Egtberts, Steve and Judi Wills.

  • Long Tour - Vic
    Long Tour - Vic
  • Old unused railway trestle bridge
    Old unused railway trestle bridge
  • Go karts
    Go karts
  • Go karts - and the winner is!
    Go karts - and the winner is!
  • On the road again!
    On the road again!
  • On the road again!
    On the road again!
  • On the road again!
    On the road again!
  • Sausages anyone?
    Sausages anyone?
  • Vehicle lineup
    Vehicle lineup
 

C - Region Picnic Day - Thirlmere Trainworks    Return to TOP

Sat 05 May 2018 - Sat 05 May 2018
Story: Sue McCarthy, Photos: Sue McMillan and Bruce Beresford

On Saturday, 5th May, we met up with Tim and Ting just after 7.30 am and drove to Thirlmere Train Works, the home of the NSW Rail Museum. We arrived at 10.20 am where we signed on and then enjoyed catching up with everyone. We had a quick morning tea and of course there were lots of delicious cakes, slices and biscuits to choose from. Well done to all the cooks.

At 11.00 am we were taken on a very informative tour of the museum. Malcolm was our guide and it was so interesting to learn about all the different locomotives, engines, carriages and rolling stock. It was also impressive to see the carriages that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip used when visiting in 1954. A lot of questions were asked and many people spoke about their memories of the older trains. This all makes the good tour so much more interesting and personal.

Next we had our lunch sitting in a circle in the sun and talking with our friends. We were amongst the last to leave at almost 4.00 pm.

We must give a big thank you to C Region Rep, Bruce Beresford, and of course Christine, for organising another great Picnic Day.

  • Thirlmere Trainworks - Picnic
    Thirlmere Trainworks - Picnic
  • Tour of Museum
    Tour of Museum
  • Aspiring train driver, Tara, gets some tips...
    Aspiring train driver, Tara, gets some tips...
  • Paul Tapp and Kylie Turner
    Paul Tapp and Kylie Turner
  • John and Jane Elias with Terry Bennett and Rob Norris
    John and Jane Elias with Terry Bennett and Rob Norris
  • Alan and Bruce discuss something important
    Alan and Bruce discuss something important
  • Tour guide Malcolm
    Tour guide Malcolm
  • Afternoon chat
    Afternoon chat
  • A lovely row of club cars
    A lovely row of club cars
 

Invitation - Pre 1940 Standard And Triumph Gathering Cobram / Barooga    Return to TOP

Fri 20 April 2018 - Mon 23 April 2018
The Gathering took place from 20 – 23 April 2018 and 10 pre-war cars came, supported by the Standard and Triumph Car Club of NSW Inc. Jenny and I and John and Kerry Lakeland had arranged this event based at the beautiful location of the Sportsmans Motor Inn in Barooga, just on the NSW side of the Murray River. Across the road from the motel at the Sporties Club we had 3 evening dinners so there was no driving in the dark.

Most of the cars were trailered in with 3 of us driving (about 80 miles for us in the Gloria 10) including the Byles’ 1937 SS1.5 litre and a 1958 Standard 10 driven by the Budds. The latter was a substitute for a 1926 Standard Warwick (SLO4 tourer) that was not quite ready to come.

The Saturday drive covered a loop of 27 miles, visiting Chrystie’s Motor Museum at Tocumwal where numerous cars and much memorabilia were exhibited. There were a Phase 3 Vanguard, a Mayflower, an early Standard Vanguard van and Dolomite 1850 of interest to us. We had lunch at the Big Strawberry café at Koonoomoo, followed by a short drive to the Murray River and a paddleboat trip of 1.5 hours, enjoyed by all. Michael and Theresea Robson joined us for the Saturday activities.

On Sunday another driving circuit of 67 miles took us to the famous Byramine Homestead, built in 1842, and the residence of Elizabeth Hume (Hamilton Hume’s widowed sister-in-law) of Hume and Hovell explorer fame. The land grant was enormous at 85000 acres, known as the Yarrawonga Run. The house is National Trust A class listed, and the central room is octagonal with surrounding rooms and a wide veranda built on an eminence to avoid flooding and inspired by an Italian design. Bushrangers were a serious threat, and the hill, with 360 views, was ideal for watching for attackers. Some of the wide floorboards were left unfixed for rapid access for the family’s nine children to hide in the cellar in case of attack.

After morning tea we drove along good back roads westwards to Strathmerton where we had a delicious al fresco lunch at Café 3641 (named for the postcode number). The drive back to Barooga was 13 miles and we had a convivial late afternoon meeting where it was voted unanimously to have another event in 2020 if we are still upright.

We are very fortunate in Australia that it is still feasible to drive our early Triumphs on light traffic roads in a well spaced out convoy. This is quite a spectacle and most enjoyable.

  • Cobram-Barooga
    Cobram-Barooga
  • Cobram-Barooga
    Cobram-Barooga
  • Vehicle Lineup
    Vehicle Lineup
  • Cobram-Barooga
    Invitation - Pre 1940 Standard And Triumph Gathering Cobram / Barooga - Cobram-Barooga
  • Cobram-Barooga
    Invitation - Pre 1940 Standard And Triumph Gathering Cobram / Barooga - Cobram-Barooga
  • Vehicle Lineup
    Invitation - Pre 1940 Standard And Triumph Gathering Cobram / Barooga - Vehicle Lineup
 

B - Region Picnic Day - Green Valley Farm Tingha Nsw    Return to TOP

Sun 08 April 2018 - Sun 08 April 2018
Story by: Greg Campbell

On Sunday 8th April, Wendy Hardman had organised the ‘B’ Region Picnic Day at Green Valley Farm, Tingha and she picked a great day, the temperature was just right and it made for good travelling. Wendy also went that bit further and
supplied morning tea and lunch for all who attended.

Margaret and I travelled in convoy with Meredith and Warwick which comforted Margaret due to the issues we have had with our Vanguards of late. We arrived about the same time as the others and we said our ‘hello’s’ and found out that all were well. Shortly after this I was impressed by a young fellow about 12 years old coming over and talking about my Phase 1, he hadn’t seen a Vanguard before but said it did remind him a little of his Austin A40. He was well spoken, very polite and interesting, his Pop has 2 Chevs and 12 Gogomobiles which had built his interest in old cars, I mentioned that Bill Buckle was our Patron and he said that he had met Bill at an event in Queensland.This young chap restored my faith in the younger generation.

Next we entered the park, had morning tea and I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. We had lunch with the ducks.

Those attending were Michael and Wendy Hardman in the Dolomite, Janette and Greg Dell in the TR3, Leonie and John Snape in a Stag, Meredith and Warwick Budd in a Triumph 2500 and Margaret and I in the Phase 1 Vanguard sedan.

Thanks Wendy, I hope that all the bones are still in the correct position.

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    b bridge.jpg
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    b playgroup.jpg
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    b wendy.jpg
  • Lunch...
    Lunch...
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  • Lunch...
    B - Region Picnic Day - Green Valley Farm Tingha Nsw - Lunch...
 

D - Region Get Together - Holbrook Nsw    Return to TOP

Sat 24 March 2018 - Sun 25 March 2018
Story by: Sue McMillan

Saturday dawned bright and sunny, perfect weather for a Get Together. The early risers had reserved our covered area and the adjacent parking area in the submarine precinct as markets were set up just across the road. By 10am nearly all had arrived to enjoy the welcome morning tea.

There was a lot of catching up to do and markets to see and a submarine to inspect so the time until lunch just vanished. After a lovely lunch which Janet and Paul catered themselves we visited the submarine museum.

The sub is HMAS Otway an Oberon class which saw action in the Vietnam War in the late 1960’s. Our tour guide certainly knew a lot about it as he was one of the crew back then and was foremost in the group arranging for it to be brought to Holbrook. He entertained us with many stories of life aboard as well as explaining so many things about the workings of submarines.

Only what you see above ground is all that remains in Holbrook except that the conning tower is now situated in the museum. We all had a look through the periscope and saw what was going on outside and marvelled at the size of the torpedoes and how they were guided through the water to their target, they were very accurate. The story of how Holbrook came to be named and its association with submarines is quite fascinating and was told by a hologram display.

It was quite hard to leave the museum as there was so much to absorb, even the nicknames for foods served in the mess. However we made it back down the street to the motel where we relaxed and chatted and made fun of each other until it was time to go the the Riverina Hotel for our meeting and dinner.

We were given the beer garden to ourselves for the meeting and dinner which was lovely as it was quiet, warm and comfortable. After dinner a short stroll brought us back to the motel, some to bed, some to a committee meeting.

Sunday brought the forecast showers which gradually turned to rain, not that it worried any of us. We walked to breakfast at the Cafe. This was an unexpected delight as the small shop front opened into a spacious area furnished with large wooden tables. The service was excellent with serve yourself cereals, juice etc and table service hot food and real coffee!

Our final destination was the Pottery Museum which I must say I was not that excited about but what an eye opener! While we enjoyed our morning tea John??? told us about how it all came into being after he collected a couple of pieces of Australian pottery and then tried to find something Doug and Bob Bennett Michael Robson looks into the periscope May 2018 The Triumphant Standard 9 out about them. The information was scarce and the interest grew until he and wife ???? now have this old department store in Holbrook converted to a museum with thousands of interesting pieces. Some are examples of commonplace items but others are extremely rare.

Every piece had a story with it and ??? was very willing to tell it. A wine cooler from about 1836???? was the most expensive piece , although ??? would not say how much he purchased it for at auction, (the story was good though), he refused an offer of $100,000 for it.

With the rain becoming heavier the miniature train ride man packed up and went home so after a short goodbye we all went our various ways.

We all had a very enjoyable weekend. Thanks to Paul and Janet for arranging all the venues and activities which were excellent.

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  • Doug & Bob Bennett
    Doug & Bob Bennett
  • Michael Robson looks into the periscope...
    Michael Robson looks into the periscope...
  • Vehicle lineup...
    Vehicle lineup...
  • Our group...
    Our group...
  • Lunch...
    Lunch...
  • Submarine HMAS OTWAY
    Submarine HMAS OTWAY
 

C - Region Get Together - Parkes Nsw    Return to TOP

Sat 17 February 2018 - Sun 18 February 2018
Story: Pam Lewis
Photos: Sue McMillan, Pam Lewis, Kylie Turner

What a fun weekend – a gathering of happy club members and a variety of club cars, delicious home baked goodies and a comfortable good venue. But perhaps I should start at the beginning...

Some of us arrived in Parkes on Friday afternoon and enjoyed an evening meal together at the Parkes RSL Club (that is after we finally found the club – thank you Mr Ballard).

Saturday morning we all gathered at Manildra, 55 km east of Parkes at the AMUSU Theatre, what a treasure this is! One of Australia’s oldest theatres built in 1936 by Allan Tom who was a “travelling Picture Show” man, originally taking his movies and setting up in halls and tents in the Central West and remote areas of outback Australia. Due to growing demand, he set up Movie Theatres in Manildra, Cudal, Millthorpe, Tullamore and Peak Hill. As a true pioneer of Australia’s Motion Picture Industry, he was awarded an OAM for his contribution to the entertainment industry. Sadly, Allan died in 1995 aged 93, but the Theatre lives on and is now operated by a dedicated small committee, including Allan Tom’s daughter Lyn.

We were all made most welcome and invited to look around the wonderful Movie Poster Museum next door to the Theatre, which had a fabulous collection of posters and memorabilia donated by Allan and Madeline Strachan. One particular poster that caught our eye was advertising the show “Hello Dolly” with Jill Perryman in 1995 – the title was headed “DOLLY TRIUMPHS” (most appropriate!). I saw an old photo album showing photos of Lord and Lady Mountbatten arriving in Canberra and other photos taken back in 1938. Apparently this album was left at the tip and fortunately was found by one of the museum volunteers!

The Museum was filled with amazing old film projectors, editing gear, cameras, books and artefacts, we could have spent all day there looking. We enjoyed a delicious morning tea of baked goodies made by our club members set out in the delightful covered Tearoom area out the back and in the garden of the museum before we all went into the Theatre for an interesting talk (and some funny stories) and settled down in the old seats to watch the 1975 movie “Sunday Too Far Away” starring Jack Thompson, Max Cullen, John Ewart and several other great Aussie actors. Just before the movie started, Joan, friend and volunteer of the theatre group, donned an original “candy tray” around her neck and walked down the isles handing out bags of Jaffas to everyone. "No rolling them down the old floors" we heard her say with a laugh. Organiser Bruce had chosen the film and we knew why when we saw a Vanguard Spacemaster come roaring across the screen during the movie – yells of recognition vibrated the theatre!

After the movie, we went back to the Tearoom for lunch where a variety of delicious sandwiches, sausage rolls, fruit platters and cakes were provided by the Theatre volunteer group.

After the very enjoyable morning we all headed to Parkes to check in before our Club meeting after which was free time. Some visited the Parkes Visitor Centre that houses 4 unique collections including the Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, the Henry Parkes Museum history collection and the Antique Machinery Exhibit, some members went for a look around the town, some stayed at the motel and were seen looking under bonnets and others relaxed with a beer before we all gathered in the Motel Restaurant for dinner.

Sunday morning we gathered for breakfast in the motel restaurant and a proud Tim O’Keeffe showed us photos of his handsome new grandson born the evening before. There was still much talk around the tables about the old Theatre and movie – a lot of us remembered seeing the movie in the 70’s – just seems like yesterday!!

After checking out of the motel we all headed to the town of Eugowra, about a 30 minute drive through scenic farmland for morning tea at Apex Park. This quaint village dates back to the 1800’s and is in the heart of bushranger country. It is also known for the granite quarried in the area, some of which was used in the construction of Parliament House in Canberra.

A delightful sight around the town are all the murals on most of the buildings. We were told by locals that a group of artists visit the town once a year and volunteer to paint these murals depicting the history of the town. We spent some time looking at and photographing the murals – a credit to the artists.

After more delicious slices and cakes we gathered for our traditional group photo and sadly said our farewells as most of us departed in different directions for home.

We travelled homeward with Steve and Judi Wills, and Mark and Gail Parsons but not without its moments! Firstly, Steve got a flat tyre and further down the track at Denman where we all stopped for a cool drink, the battery of theTR4 would not turn the engine over (probably due to the heat of the day). Great to have travelling companions at times like these, many helpers made quick repair work on both occasions (we girls hardly had time to chat) and we were all on the road again in no time.

I think I speak for everyone when I say what a fun and entertaining weekend we all had and a big thank you to Bruce and Christine for all your work and organisation to make this such a successful get together. We are still talking about it!

  • Meeting Place – AMUSU Theatre Manildra
    Meeting Place – AMUSU Theatre Manildra
  • AMUSU Theatre Manildra
    AMUSU Theatre Manildra
  • AMUSU Theatre Museum Manildra
    AMUSU Theatre Museum Manildra
  • AMUSU Theatre Museum Manildra
    AMUSU Theatre Museum Manildra
  • AMUSU Theatre Museum Manildra
    AMUSU Theatre Museum Manildra
  • AMUSU Theatre Manildra
    AMUSU Theatre Manildra
  • AMUSU Theatre Tea Room Manildra
    AMUSU Theatre Tea Room Manildra
  • AMUSU Theatre Tea Room Manildra
    AMUSU Theatre Tea Room Manildra
  • Eugowra - Town of Murals
    Eugowra - Town of Murals
  • Eugowra - Group Farewell
    Eugowra - Group Farewell
  • Eugowra - Mural
    Eugowra - Mural
  • Eugowra - Mural
    Eugowra - Mural
  • Eugowra - Mural
    Eugowra - Mural
  • Eugowra - lineup
    Eugowra - lineup
 

Carnivale Parramatta Park - Australia Day    Return to TOP

Fri 26 January 2018 - Fri 26 January 2018
Story & Photos: Sue McMillan

Once again Alan and I braved the terrors of Sydney traffic to attend CARnivale. We decided to take the TR7 leaving home nice and early to arrive in Parramatta early afternoon on Thursday. All went well until the next morning when we tried to start the car to go to the muster point about three blocks away. The car was “dead”, it could not even manage an ignition light. Luckily, Steve and Judi had stayed with us and Steve was able to get enough charge into the battery to get it mobile, so we only arrived about 15 minutes late. The cause of the mishap was leaving the auxiliary electric fan on overnight.

At the muster point we caught up with the rest of the gang and had some refreshments provided by the Granville Rotary club. It was great to see Vic and Pam once again, we had missed them at club events for most of last year.

The convoy to Parramatta Park ran smoothly once again. This time we were parked in the middle of the field. As it was going to be hot we all voted to take our chairs, tables, lunch and water to the trees a couple of hundred metres away. This was a good choice as it grew hotter through the day and the shade was good and also at times a soft, cool
breeze wafted through.

The activities in Parramatta Park on Australia Day are mostly orientated towards entertaining young families, with children’s adventure playgrounds and live concerts.

There are some food vans located at the front and back of the park which entail a good, long walk and then waiting in long queues so we usually take our food and only venture from our seats in the shade to look at the cars and indulge in ice-cream or “real” coffee. Some are even able to enjoy a little nanna nap.

On one of our walks to get ice-cream we came across an Indian family engrossed in looking at Bruce’s Ph1 Vanguard. The rich colours of their dress made a lovely contrast to the gleaming black paint. Another car of note was a 1960’s conversion of a 1959 Ford Prefect into an electric car. Top speed 60kph, range 70kms.

Towards the end of the afternoon we were surprised to find that the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Geoff Lee the Member for Parramatta were visiting all those displaying cars camped under the trees. She had a very informal chat to us about the club and remarked that her father had owned a Triumph but graciously declined an offer to join as she thought her dad might be a bit old at 84 to start attending club events. She also remembered that she had met Alan before which was a couple of years ago at the Standard Cars Reunion at Parliament House which he, Steve, Vic, Malcolm Brooks and Arthur Moorhouse attend every year. She then invited us all to have a photo taken with her and one
of her entourage took charge of all the cameras.

After all this excitement it was time to pack up and move out. The marshals handled the exit much better this year, only allowing as many out the gate as could be accommodated into the streets safely. Due to the large police presence those displaying were very good and orderly. Soon we were on our way home arriving nicely before dark.

  • Relaxing
    Relaxing
  • Alan and Bruce enjoy their ice-ream as they admire the lineup of STCC cars
    Alan and Bruce enjoy their ice-ream as they admire the lineup of STCC cars
  • Time for lunch
    Time for lunch
  • Indian family engrossed in looking at Bruce’s Ph1 Vanguard
    Indian family engrossed in looking at Bruce’s Ph1 Vanguard
  • Gladys and Alan
    Gladys and Alan
  • The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Geoff Lee with some of our members.
    The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Geoff Lee with some of our members.
  • The 1959 electric Ford Prefect.
    The 1959 electric Ford Prefect.
  • Our vehicle lineup
    Our vehicle lineup