Octagon September, 2016

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Official Journal of the MG Car Club of Queensland Inc.

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No. 5 September 2016

WHITSUNDAYS CHAPTER ABOUT TO TAKE OFF

Photo taken by Beryl Doyle at the Mackay Aero Club on the afternoon of

Saturday 20 August: the Whitsundays Chapter was officially launched that night.

(Insets from left) Whitsundays Chapter Coordinator, Cathie Merewith with her husband, Wayne,

and their MGB on the first Club run on Sun 21 August and COVER GIRLS - Cathie Meredith

(3rd from left) celebrates with Brisbane ladies (L to R): Margaret Mattea, Jan Burke, Pat

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Wendy Hoger and Joyce Tebbutt. Inset photos by Shez Letten.


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Name Phone Mobile Email

PRESIDENT

Richard Mattea (Carly) 3325 0409 0488 224 105 richard.mattea@yahoo.com

VICE PRESIDENT

Vacant

SECRETARY

Malcolm Spiden 3266 6350 spidenm@yahoo.com.au

TREASURER

Carly Mattea (Richard) 3325 0409 0410 310 452 moffmat@bigpond.com

COMMITTEE

Don Webster (Ann) 3379 2566 0439 526 060 donweb@bigpond.net.au

Ken Wasley (Barbara) 3378 6202 0423 152 723 wasmg11@gmail.com

Neil Lewis 3807 6273 0417 773 425 neil.lewis@clarkslogancity.com.au

Dean Tighe 0419 774 441 sales@tighecams.com.au

Steve Price 0448 325 247 sjp61@internode.on.net

OFFICIALS

Position Name Phone Position Name Phone

Event Secretary Fred Sayers 3359 2623

Annette Truscott 0407 494 867

Ev. Sec. Asst. David Robinson 3255 9037

Richard Mattea 3325 0409

CAMS Delegate Gary Goulding 3351 3506

(Alternative) Ann Thompson 3378 1368

Chaplain Ken Trudgian 3886 3409

Club Captain Don Webster 3379 2566

Canteen Convener (Mt C) Vacant

Special Interest Vehicle Paul Strange 3398 1993

Concession Contract pstrange@bigpond.com

Webmistress Glenda Crew 3341 4397

Clubrooms Max Johnson 3201 5826

Regalia Shaun Rankin 0402 450 290

Library David Robinson 3255 9037

Point Score Ian Fettes 3803 3858

Membership Sec. Peter Rayment (Delia) 0407 693 947

National Meeting Noeline Johnson 0437 220 602

Co-ordinator

nlj52@bigpond.com

Chapter Liaison David Miles 3892 2699

Far Nth Qld Chapter John Fransen 0458 658 830

Wide Bay Chapter David Hall 0490 363 889

Darling Downs Chapter Gary Lawrence 4696 8314

Capricorn Chapter Gurney Clamp 4939 4760

Whitsundays Chapter Cathie Meredith 0427 392 829

Octagon Editor Elaine Hamilton 3893 2438 0418 870 782 vprojects@internode.on.net

All enquiries to the secretary:

C/o GPO Box 1847 Brisbane 4001

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Headquarters: 8/16 Collinsvale Street, Rocklea

E & OE Hillclimb: Gramzow Road, Mt Cotton

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President’s Report

By the time you are reading this report, the

Annual General Meeting will have taken place.

This important event provides the perfect

opportunity for members to review how the club

is going and to offer constructive advice. At

the time of writing we are still well short of a

full committee, this means that more work will

have to be done by a small group which leads to

burnout, which in turn leads to a smaller group…

I think you get what I’m driving at. If you would

like to join us and be an active member of the

committee please contact any one of the current

members.

As you will read in ‘The Octagon’ the club

continues to offer something for everyone. I’m

truly amazed at the range of activities that

members are involved in. It would certainly be a

huge effort to participate in all of them. Perhaps

I’ll make an attempt to participate in a full

calendar of events in my retirement. Well done

to all those who give up their time to prepare and

run these events for members.

The recent gathering in Mackay was, from

all reports, a tremendous success. I was

disappointed not to have been able to participate

the event, but work and family commitments

kept me away. Congratulations to Cathie

Meredith who has agreed to act as the inaugural

Whitsunday Chapter Coordinator. Cathie

has already started to get things moving and

has produced a report for this Octagon which

appears on page 54. My thanks to Cathie for

taking on this very important role.

It was great to see so many MGCCQ members

competing in Round 3 of the Queensland Motor

Racing State Championship. There is a nucleus

of members who keenly contend the four rounds

of the Championship, held at Warwick’s Morgan

Park Raceway each year. I think it’s fair to say

that despite some of the inevitable woes that go

with motor racing we all had a great time. And

congratulations to Bradley Smith who is leading

the MGCCQ Racing Driver’s Championship by

two points with one round to go.

Round 4 of the Carric Accounting & Business

Services – Tighe Cams Mt Cotton Hillclimb

Series had a good number of competitors

and two records were broken, one was Alan

McConnell’s long standing record from 1991 for

two litre Sports Sedans. All drivers behaved and

competitors had 10 runs over the weekend. The

intensity of the competition on the track versus

the relaxed social atmosphere in the pits is one

of the great features at Mt Cotton, everyone

always seems to be smiling so we as a club

must be doing something right. Also I’d like to

give a very big ‘thank you’ to those who jumped

in and helped over the weekend, especially in

the canteen. We are desperately in need of a

canteen coordinator to take on this important

role; if you can assist could you please contact

me.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see a number

of MG6s on the road in recent months. After

a difficult and delayed start it looks as though

MG is back and here to stay! Ken Wasley has

established links with the Norris Motor Group

and we have agreed to work together wherever

possible to promote and support each other.

This means that we should see the cars at some

of our major ‘display’ events in 2016 such as All

British Day and the club’s Concours.

The recent Noggin ‘n’ Natters have provided

something a little bit different with a visit from

the Ballistic Beer Co. who are a new craft beer

brewer in the local area. Their samples were

well received by members and guest alike. The

night was from all reports a great success.

By the time you are reading this All British Day

will have come and gone for another year. This

is a huge event and takes many months of

planning and organising to ensure its success.

We were thrown into a little bit of turmoil in

recent months with the very late withdrawal of

our major sponsor. Many thanks to Phil Ross of

Shannon’s for stepping in at the last moment to

help to ensure that the event could still happen

in a similar style to previous years. And a big

‘congratulations’ to Max Johnson and his team

for ensuring this events success despite all the

late difficulties thrown in your way.

To end this report I would once again like to

thank all of those members and club supporters

who have helped out in recent months when the

call has gone out. Remember this is your club

and to continue to survive and grow we need

input and support from all.

- Richard Mattea

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Some words from Elaine

The big news since the publication of the July

Octagon is the establishment of a new chapter, the

WHITSUNDAYS CHAPTER. The importance of

this is reflected in both the cover and contents of

this issue.

The cover photo was provided by Cathie Meredith,

the inaugural Coordinator of the Whitsundays

Chapter, along with the information that the

pictured MGB is owned by Kevin and Beryl Doyle

of Walkerston. The Healey in the photo is owned

by Bradley Short who will probably also be a

member of the Club by the time you read this. The

Tiger Moth pictured is one of two in the Mackay

Tiger Moth Museum; the other in the museum was

built in Cowley by Morris Motors in 1943! How is

that for a happy coincidence!

Inside is an article by David Miles, our Chapter

Liaison Officer, giving his “official” report on the

weekend and the success in forming the new

Chapter while each of the Chapters attending

has included their perspective of the weekend

in their reports. Everything written about the

weekend is filled with positivity and with reports of

happy events which will live on in the participants’

memories for a long time. Well done, David!

For those new to the Club, one of David’s many

achievements during his second Presidency of

the Club (2004 - 2008) was the introduction of

Chapters to the Club, an innovation which helped

our Club membership to soar from fewer than 500

to more than 800 during that period.

Due to a strange circumstance of programming

competition events in our calendar, our Ace

Reporter who generally provides reports of

competition events was left with nothing to report

on! This did, however, allow space to finally

publish Part 5 in his well-researched ‘History of

Motorsport in Queensland’ which has, for too long

now, been held over until the next issue and then

the next etc ... but at last it is here! Parts 1-4 have

previously been published in earlier Octagons but

are still available for reading on the website at

http://www.mgccq.org.au/nostalgia7.htm.

Following the publication of the July issue

featuring Dean Tighe in his Dallara-Judd hillclimb

special, I received a request for an article to be

published about the car. This is the first time in

my 10+ years of Octagon editorship that this has

ever happened. I contacted Dean who was happy

to oblige and all of you, hillclimb enthusiasts

and otherwise, will find the story of ‘The JuDDi’

excellent reading. Maybe there are others who

secretly also wish for a particular article to be

published - let me know if you do!

The National Meeting is now a few months in the

past but the stories of the long trips there and back

still make great reading. This time you can read Pt

2 of the Rayments’ trip to Perth and the full story of

Ian and Karen Fettes trip there and back (the long

way!) along with Malcolm Spiden as their shadow

in his

MGB GT.

“Chapter Chatter” is now enhanced with five

Chapters reporting on their events. Full credit

goes to Cathie Meredith of the new Whitsundays

Chapter who produced a report and photos for

this issue when the Chapter was barely a fortnight

old and she and her husband, Wayne, were busy

with moving both house and business and fulfilling

commitments to another Classic car club of which

they are members. She is living proof of the adage

- “If you want something done, ask a busy person!”

Sadly, Russ Geraghty’s bucket of tales is now

empty with the publication of the final of this

‘series’ - I live in hope of more to come! His

inimitable writing style never fails to bring a smile

to the reader’s face. Thanks, Russ.

Unbelievably, the next issue, the November one,

will be the final one for 2016. Please have any

items for it to me before the end of October.

- Elaine

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Notice Board

The Clubrooms are open on the first and third Friday nights of each month with hot food starting at 6.30

pm priced as low as $3. The goal will continue to be to have something special happening on the first

Friday of each month. Your suggestions are welcomed.

(P) indicates that the event is pointscoring for Club trophies. The rules for pointscoring for trophies can be found on the News page

of the Club website. The pointscore is updated throughout the year by Ian Fettes so you can see how competitive you are. Please

contact Ian with any queries you may have.

OCTOBER

DECEMBER

1/2 Sat/Sun: Mt Cotton Hillclimb series Rd 5 (P)

2 Friday: Noggin ‘n’ Natter

7 Friday: Noggin ‘n’ Natter

14/15 Friday/Sat: poss MR2 club Interclub Observation Run (P) TBC

16 Sunday: MGCCQ Concours and car display at Ormiston House

21 Friday: Noggin ‘n’ Natter

26 Wednesday: Mid week run with overnight option organised by

Allan Tebbutt 0408758523. Meet at Pioneer park Landsborough Cnr.

Glass House Mountains Rd and Caloundra St (UBD Sunshine Coast

map 86 K18) at 9.45am for BYO morning tea BYO. Full details are

on the calendar page of our Club website.

30 Sunday:

MGCCQ Day run (Pointscoring) Details to come

NOVEMBER

4 Friday: Noggin ‘n’ Natter

6 Sunday: HSCCQ Khanacross/ Come and Try motorkhana

at Driver Training Centre Willowbank

18 Friday; Noggin ‘n’ Natter

3/4 Sat/Sun: Mt Cotton Hillclimb series Rd 6 (P)

9 Friday: Hillclimb Series presentation

11 Sunday: MGCCQ Christmas Party at MGCCQ Clubrooms

New members

We welcome the following new members and wish

them a long and happy association with the Club.

Keith Brodie

John Hallett

Cathie Meredith

John McGregor

David Carlisle

Andrew Gardiner

John Hallett

Lyn Hallett

Wayne Meredith

FOR SALE

1991 Suzuki Cappuccino. Very clean, very

tidy. Possibly most original available.

Very sought after by collectors.

Reg until 7/2017. $13,500.

Contact Chris 0411 759 385.

19/20 Sat/Sun: CAMS State Championship races Rd 4

Morgan Park WDSCC (P)

23 Wed: Mid week run organised by Trevor Mills

3886 1549 - Christmas run to Bribie Surf Club

27 Sunday: INTERCLUB HSCCQ Motorkhana (P)

Driver Training Centre Willowbank

Ross Kelly 3352 4151

0407 364 543

MG ZR, ZS, ZT Ken Wasley 0423 15 27 23

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Bits’n’Pieces

Pictured is Katie Emmert of the Capricorn

Chapter with her new MG. Kate has been

a social member ever since her mum

Jo joined the Club in the early days of

the Chapter. She has now fulfilled her

ambition of having an MG of her own even

though she is still on her learner’s licence

and looking forward to the day when she

can drive it to school with a big smile on

her face. Kate is an Australian out rigger

champion, a sport in which she represented

Australia in 2014, she is also a keen netball

player.

Eric and Janelle Beckman displayed their

MGB for a week at Autobarn Bundaberg in

early August. It was displayed in their show

room along with advertising material from

MGCCQ. Thank you to them for this great

initiative.

With 2017 being the 50th anniversary of

the MGC, there is now a serious attempt to

establish an MGC Register of these cars.

One of the cars already on the register is

Mark Wellard’s which is pictured here - to

help identify the ‘non-B’ features of these

cars.

The Register currently has 72 known cars

with many yet to be identified.

It is hoped to get all cars on the register

where they are currently registered, off the

road or being restored. Information sought is

- Model, year, car #, engine #, colour, where

sourced and when etc.

Would all members who own one of these or

know of someone with an MGC please send

the cars details to:

John Craven [MGCC SA]; phone: 0412 919

040; email: johncraven@hotmail.com

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Pictured at the car show at Peak Crossing on August 28 are some of the participants from

our Club. Thanks go to Grahame Amy for taking the photo which shows the range of MGs

which were there and a number of participants enjoying a social chit-chat.

The Noggin ‘n’ Natter on September 2

featured a sampling of beer from a new

boutique brewery, The Ballistic Beer Co.

Pictured are John Walker (left) and Peter

Gannon (right) who were just two of the

many who came along and enjoyed the beer

and the usual Noggin ‘n’ Natter company.

The above photos show some of the diversity experienced by midweek working bee helpers

at Mt Cotton. TOP: Ian Fettes is shown using his car trailer to deliver a huge pile of cane

mulch to be used to protect the slopes from erosion; Jim Heymer took time off from working

to record the picturesque sight of a duck enjoying the tranquility of the dam. BELOW: The

inside of the first loop after a huge effort to remove all the undergrowth; No, the nuts at the

hairpin were not on fire - on a day of mixed weather, steam rises from the nuts after rain.

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TICKING OFF THE BUCKET LIST – MG

by Russ Geraghty

No trip to England is complete without a

visit to the MG Owners Club Showroom in

Swavesey outside of Cambridge. Warning,

if you are driving, watch the Satnav advice

because the first right is the new dedicated

busway, take the next drive... it could have

disastrous results as I nearly found out. On

my right just inside the door is a stunning

black MGA, photos don’t do it justice.

MGA on show at MGOC

We had picked a bad day as the two

showroom staff who normally man the shop

were both away so parts interpreter Andrew

came to our help – I had actually conversed

with Andrew when ordering some parts last

year and he was again as helpful... we made

our souvenir purchases and were invited to

tour the workshops out back...don’t walk I

am told, drive as it is quite a way...he was

right, they have a big operation there.

I was greeted by Ian Wallman, the

Workshop Manager. Ian has been with

the MGOC for a period approaching 20

– 25 years after having a stint at another

organisation prior to returning here in 2000.

He showed me around their facility and what

I saw was about 10 cars there from Sprites

to MGBs and a couple of MGFs over in the

corner all in various stages of work. Beyond

that is a full body shop and specialised paint

booth and there are three large warehouses

full of parts, Heritage Body shells and more.

British Car Specialist & Rover T4 Diagnostics

2 Trade Street

Ormiston Q 4160

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OWNERS CLUB – CAMBRIDGE UK

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted the red

nose of a very non-MG car outside not too

well hidden in an opened container.

“ Oh we work on many types of cars...that’s

a Lancia Fulvia coupe we are restoring for

a customer; in fact, all of the cars in the

holding yard are customer cars ready to be

worked on.” (There were at least 20 cars

ready for work). As I had explained about

my own MGB GT, he showed me a pristine

white 1971 GT they were fully restoring for a

client, Heritage shell and all.

Ian explained there appears to be two

categories of MG enthusiast, the purists who

are passionate about keeping the marque

strong and are not prepared to deviate

from the original theme and these generally

cover any MG up to the MGA (and many

with earlier or special MGBs) and then the

MGB onwards crowd who have no objection

to bringing their 60s or 70s models up to

date in performance, handling and comfort

like their compatriots with RV8s and MGFs.

MGOC cater to all their needs.

I hit Ian up about my MGB GT automatic

and did he have some experience about

them... Oh yes, we have handled a few

but mainly Roadsters. The T35 automatic

transmission was also used in the MGC GT

of which there a few getting around.

“Ian,” I ask, “what can I do about the gearing

for highway motoring?”... his response was

wide... (1) swap the rear end out for a V8

rear end with different gearing and don’t

forget to recalibrate the speedo, (2) swap

the box out for an early 4 speed BMW auto

box pre-electronics with a bit more work (3)

drop in an electric overdrive as well... you

end up with a ridiculously short tailshaft but

it works, we’ve done one for a client or (4)

go up to 15” rims and therefore a higher

profile tyre, remember to recalibrate the

speedo and make sure you have enough

wheel arch clearance... now which way to

go? Thanks Ian and all at MGOC.

Just as a side-story or two, after

enjoying September’s Goodwood, I was

accompanying my wife through the shops

in Nice in the south of France (appearing

to be very interested in things I knew

absolutely nothing about) when I happened

upon a little Art Gallery that specialised in

Auto Art. I was inside like a flash asking

in my worst schoolboy French if he had

any artwork on an MGB GT, in his slightly

better English he said “Oui, en rouge”... I

said “No, Blue s’il vous plait.” He said he

had a Midget... I again said “No, MGB GT

in Blue”... he said “No monsieur, I own an

MG Midget and I rally as often as I can”.

Car talk can cross many boundaries and we

agreed to exchange emails – hopefully I can

understand his French.

We were also able to take advantage of a

€1.50 bus fare from Nice to Monaco to see

how the top percentile lives. The Casino was

literally surrounded by Bentley convertibles,

new Rolls Royce with highly polished silver

bonnets, literally dozens of those Porsches,

Ferraris and an SLS Mercedes or two but

the car that drew as much attention as any

other was that of the Italian pair who parked

their red MGA just around the corner...

shopkeepers came out to give assistance

to park here. How fitting in amongst the

Rich and Famous that an MGA can draw a

crowd... good on you MG. Now what’s next

on the Bucket list?

The crowd-drawing MGA outside the casino

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The Nullarbor Nym

(Or what we experienced in our MGY on our way to the Easter 2016 MG National Mee

Ceduna – Half Way on our trip! Yippee.

1745 miles.

All of these little towns we were going

through now have somewhat changed

since we travelled here 21 years ago.

The beautifully kept green grass on the

beachfront near the jetty made a welcome

sight after some of the arid region between

Cobar and Ceduna. The frequency of

dumping points for RVs was good, if you

wanted one. Considering they never used to

have such things, when we went across in

1995.

Penong – “The town of windmills” and

they certainly are making a big “todo”

about them. As we left, this tidy little town,

Karen, our Navman made a profound

statement.”Straight Ahead for the next 200

kilometres”. This wasn’t the first or the last

time that we would hear such an instruction

as we headed off across the Nullarbor.

The Nullarbor –Every time we have

traversed the Nullarbor we are enthralled

by the changing vegetation and it has been

different each time. A lot of it might only be

low growing but it depends on the time of

the year and whether or not there has been

rain. This time on the way over it was the

greenest we have ever seen it, and when

one looked closer one could see some small

flowers with buds forming on a lot of the

vegetation.

Some areas reminded me of Africa, as the

acacias presented silhouettes unlike the

ones in South Africa with their leaf clustered

head, often times blown sidewards.

The Baxter Cliffs, which run over 120

miles across the western end of the Great

Australian Bight are just magical. One could

sit at the edge of the cliffs for hours just

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ph strikes again!

ting in Perth, Western Australia) by Delia Rayment with sneak-ins by Peter - PART 2

watching the ever changing colours in the

ocean and the sky, taking in the beautiful

fresh air at the same time.

Access to the ”official” viewing points, we

are sorry to say, are now being limited owing

to the way the world has gone regarding

suing etc. and people’s inability to be

responsible for their actions. Also there is a

money making point just back in aboriginal

land that has a lookout with a good bitumen

road to it. Certainly the grey nomads have

found tracks to cliff edges to camp with their

monster vans. What a place to stop on the

edge of the world.

The Roadside Rest Areas across the

Nullarbor on the Western Australian side

have now become somewhat civilized, to

years ago. Not so on the South Australian

side where designated rest areas are few

and far between and when one does stop,

one has to fight your way through used

tissue paper etc behind the nearest bush to

do what you have to. Navman “Karen told

us a few times across this stretch that we

needed to stop, that we had travelled over

2 hours and could she find us a Rest Area or

Café – “Not so out here lovey, I am afraid.”

we more or less said together.

Peter thought that he saw the Nymph late

one afternoon as we drove into the setting

sun towards Border Village, after travelling

336 Miles that day. I looked quickly to where

he pointed but I just shook my head and

said “I think the fading light is playing tricks

with your eyes, darling!” “Kangaroos yes but

no Nymph. Time we were off this road as we

don’t want to hit any kangaroos.”

Madura Roadhouse-We had to stop at

every Roadhouse along the way as we

had to buy petrol, as the Y only has an 8

gallon tank, and if we didn’t refuel then we

would run out before the next roadhouse.

This was one of the things we had factored

into our trip before we left. Firstly, checking

that we would be able to go the distance

between roadhouses and secondly allowing

extra time each day, for refuelling. We didn’t

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ealise how much extra time to what we had

thought we would need however, because

every time we stopped, people would want

to talk. This didn’t worry us at all but a

15 minute stop often extended to a three

quarter hour stop. Madura Roadhouse was

no exception.

We pulled up for fuel, Peter had not got

out of the car when a head popped in

the window with a voice saying “I used to

have one of these!” plus a long history of

when, where etc. No problems. Peter got

out refuelled and went to pay. Whilst he

was doing that I was finishing writing up

the details of our purchase in our log book,

when a head came in my door saying “I

used to own one of these!” Different person,

different story – but still very interesting.

Fraser Range Station – We camped 60

miles east of Norseman that night to check

the place out for our return visit. On our way

back we were going to be accompanied

by two New Zealanders, Warwick and

Juliana Protheroe in their MGB and they

had expressed an interest in staying at the

property. A very interesting place, a working

sheep station that provides a welcome

stay for travellers. Some of their workers

come from different parts of the globe. One

couple we met from Germany, had come

for a night’s stay and were still there, now

working, a month later. They were having a

ball. Who needs the big cities!

We were now three quarters of our way

across to our destination, having now

travelled some 2656 miles.

Esperance - Esperance is one of my

all time favourite places in Australia. I

guess it must be the BIG granite outcrops

everywhere and the wonderful bays, and

islands made of the stuff. Guess it reminds

me of when I was a kid and the odd holiday

we had on Magnetic Island off Townsville in

far north Queensland. Whatever, this area

always makes me feel free and that I would

like to go exploring the archipelago out

there in the Great Southern Ocean. One can

conquer up dreams of explorers or pirates

when one looks at some of the names of the

islands, as there has been many a foreign

sailor here.

Ongerup - Malleefowl Research Centre -

One of many interests in our life is birds. We

love them. Mind you we are not Birdos or

Twitchers. We just appreciate birds for what

they are and what they do and yes, we have

a little refuge at home as we are “Land for

Wildlife” people.

Anyway when the opportunity presented

itself to visit the Yongergnow (easy for you

to say that) Malleefowl Centre. We were

the first customers through the door the day

of our visit. What a wonderful Education

Resource. We thought we knew about the

fowl, but this visit gave us a much broader

understanding of the Malleefowl’s needs.

Needs which are similar to our “big foot”

bird – the Scrub Turkey at home here. It

also gave us the opportunity to see them up

close and personal.

Stirling Range - After all the flat, plain areas

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across the bottom of Australia, the Stirling

Range was a sight for sore eyes. The

geology of the range is quite spectacular.

The biodiversity within these ranges is

internationally recognised as one of the

world’s top 34 hotspots. It was added to the

Nation Heritage list a decade ago. We were

in luck throughout this region as were able

to see some wildflowers in bloom. We must

come back during spring one year to see it

in its full glory.

Bridgetown - As we headed into this

beautiful little town in the Blackwood Valley

our first port of call was the Blackwood

Valley Cidery, as it was lunch time. Our

visit was well timed as with the lunch came

free entertainment with soothing jazz in the

background.

A shame for the town though that timberjinkers

start roaring past at about midnight

and continue into the day. We weren’t able

to have too much sleep that night as they

sounded like they were driving through the

tent!

The towns people are certainly friendly

enough as we had to have a tyre looked at

by a young fellow (about 40) as it started

going down slowly. On investigation it turned

out to be what Peter had suspected it to be

a pinched tube. And so several of patches

later, the tube talced and fitted correctly

into the tyre and onto the wheel, we left for

Perth. We had new tubes fitted into new

tyres before we left home, but obviously

they hadn’t been fitted correctly. Peter had

unfortunately not been present when the

tyres and tubes were fitted to the wheels.

Obviously the fitter!! did not know how to fit

tubes. Like making sure the tube is blown up

in the tyre before the tyre is finally fixed onto

the wheel. Talcing the tube lets it move more

easily in the tyre to get rid of any wrinkles in

the tube. If these wrinkles are not removed,

they rub and wear holes in the tubes.

Not good. Peter certainly does not let any

tyre fitter refit a wheel to the Y or the Midget.

If they use an air rattle gun (Spanner) they

will break the wheel studs. The original

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wheel braces with their small leverage only

let the correct torque to be applied to the

nuts.

Whilst waiting for the young tyre fitter

to look at our tyre we headed south just

south of Bridgetown to look at a collection

of old cars some one in the caravan park

had told us about the night before. What a

sight. Old Mercedes, Citroens, Borgward

Isabellas, Pioneer buses etc all housed in

old double- decker sheds. But no MGs. The

owner Scotty was “home” and took us on

a personal tour of his collection. For this

is what he called it. He said he wasn’t a

hoarder- there is a difference!

Donnybrook - Our visit to this town was

made interesting as we chose to go to

a solar farm where the owners have

developed, over the last 20 odd years, a

method of drying stone fruits grown on

their farm such as peaches, plums by

the sun. Solarfruit have a comprehensive

range of products which make ideal healthy

and convenient snacks for travellers.

Useful particularly as one travels around

the country where there is the likely

hood of having to go through Quarantine

checkpoints, as we did both coming and

going to Western Australia. We had to

make sure we were NOT carrying any fresh

vegetables or fruits, which can be hard to

monitor at times when you are unsure of

your next stop.

We had actually been doing less and less

miles in the 4 – 5 days leading up to us

travelling into Perth. But at least we didn’t

have to rush any more every morning to

hit the road. We had left a few days up our

sleeve in case of a break down or whatever.

We had wanted to make sure that we would

be well and truly in Perth for the National

Meeting, which was the main objective of

this trip.

We now had the task of cleaning the

car, as we had gone through a few lots

of grasshoppers at different times that

had embedded themselves into hidden

nooks and crannies. Plus there was dust

throughout from the odd side roads we had

driven to lookouts.

Everything had to be removed from the car

so that we had free access. All the dirt had

to be removed in readiness for the Concours

set down for Easter Saturday when the

judges would be giving the car a thorough

going over for any faults etc.

With all our efforts of travelling all this

distance and cleaning, will it be worth while

at the National Meeting events!! Stay tuned

for our report on the National Meeting and

going home.

Perth - We finally arrived one day early than

planned, with 3421 miles under our belt -

YIPEE

Fact Sheet to Perth

17 days travelling

covering 3421 miles

consuming - 2.5 litres of oil

using - 131.93 gallons of fuel

fuel costing - $765.50

Cheapest - $1.08.9 per litre

Dearest - $1.70.0 per litre

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RACQ Motorfest 2016

by Don Webster

RACQ Motorfest was held on a beautiful

winter day at Eagle Farm Racecourse. This

year the featured marques were BMW,

celebrating 100 years since inception, and

at the other end of the spectrum the humble

Corolla with 50 years. The Corolla has

notched up more sales than the Volkswagen

Beetle, and it seems that almost everyone

either had one, or knew somebody with

one. It’s a bit like ABC’s Playschool which

is also celebrating 50 years, and most of us

watched it at some time. Or knew someone

that did!

While Corolla has always been just a

small mid-priced car, BMW has produced

a range of options, from aircraft engines,

motorcycles, mini cars, luxury cars,

sports and racing cars, and had over 100

examples of different models on display.

For a while they even owned MG in one of

its recent incarnations.

MGs were well represented with 25 cars on

display, and at least 15 MGCCQ members

displayed their cars. They ranged from a

1931 M type to a 2003 Z2, and included

MGTDs, MGTFs, Magnettes, MGA, MGBs

and an RV8. Overall there were 550 cars of

different marques on display.

Although this was not a formal MGCCQ

Participants:

Kerry Horgan

Zimmer

(complete with Uncle Sam costume)

Neil McCorkingdale

TF

William Carroll

TF

David Miles

Magnette

Ray Chappelow

MGB

Darryl Roberts

MGB

Grahame Moore

TD

John Cicchiello

MGB

Andrew Manfield

MGB

Geoff Wigg

M type

Peter Sellars

MGB

Steve Hodgson

ZT and RV8

Don Webster

TD

event, it was gratifying to see the support

that our members gave to this worthy

cause, because all profits go to RACQ

Careflight.

The event was well organised (as usual)

with defined entry points and times, and

MGs and the other British cars were all

on site by 9.00am. This gave the entrants

an opportunity to look around before the

gates were opened to the general public

at 10.00am. Also on site were the very

popular Eagle Farm Markets, providing an

additional drawcard for the event.

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Historic Ormiston House

overlooking Moreton Bay

Historic Ormiston House - 277 Wellington St, Ormiston, 4160

The MGCCQ Display Day

&

The Gearys Sports Car Annual Concours

Sunday 16th October 2016

A Social Day for all MGCCQ Members & Friends

Access from 08:00am

Judging commences at 9:30am.

Presentations from 1:30pm.

Adult Entry to the grounds $5.00. Children $1.00

Enter the Concours

Display your pride and joy,

or arrive in your daily driver.

Enter the Non MG Marque Class with your

special vehicle.

Trophies for

- The Concours

- Daily Driver

- Non Marque Vehicles

- Race Cars

Classic Motorbikes Welcome

Enjoy a Devonshire Tea $5pp on the

verandah of the historic house, or

Rotary Club Sausage Sizzle

Entry Forms

These can be downloaded from the Entry forms page of the Club website at

www.mgccq.org.au/entry.htm.

Entries are preferred prior to the day but entries will also be accepted on the day.

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July Mid Week Run

by Jeff and Pat Heslewood; photos by Malcolm Campbell

It was quite a cool start to the day when 15

cars including 8 MGs set off from Springfield

Lakes. I often think that the hardest task

for organisers is to break up the various

discussions and get the briefing under

way prior to departure. Unfortunately Brian

Purvis & Di Robinson were unable to join

us until the lunch stop. In spite of the cool

morning, Denis decided that “top down” was

the way to go.

We travelled through some beautiful

farming country, crossing the Cunningham

Highway at Warrill View and continuing

through Harrisville then along a couple of

narrow country lanes. This certainly got us

up close and personal to some Fassifern

Valley farmers and their crops, but we finally

arrived at Lake Moogerah for morning tea,

with “Top Down Dennis” looking a little

frosty. The view from the picnic area is

wonderful, but the winter breeze and low

temperature had everyone ready and willing

to move on after a warm drink and a quick

chat.

Participants:

Allan & Joyce Tebbutt

Audi

Errol & Wendy Hoger

MGB

Malcolm Campbell & Kathy Burford VW Golf

Jeff & Pat Heslewood

WRX

Bruce & Tip Ibbotson

MGC GT

Kerry & Dane Horgan

Ford Mustang

David Miles

MG Magnette

Denis Thomas

MGB

Rob Grant

Pajero

Shaun & Phillis Rankin MGF

Gary Lawrence

MGB GT

Ian & Kay Wells

Honda

John & Glen Boyce

MGF

Jan Burke

MGB

Brian Purvis & Di Robinson MG TF

Bruce Mutch & Ross Brunckhorst SUV

set of traffic lights which certainly made for

more enjoyable driving and kept the group

together. The usual socialising continued

until it was time to head home after another

day of great motoring and great company.

The farming country and spectacular

mountain backdrop made for another

enjoyable drive as we looped around Mt

Alford and through Boonah, Roadvale

and Peak Crossing before arriving at

Johnston Park in Rosewood for lunch.

There just happened to be a pie van at

the car park and I am sure that we made a

healthy contribution to the day’s profits. We

managed to do the whole run with only 1

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August Midweek Run

by Barry Lutwyche; photos by Elaine Hamilton

A WET WEDNESDAY RUN

Ten enthusiastic starters set off from

Bunya on an overcast morning, travelling

across Clear Mountain with misty but still

spectacular views to the North East across

Lake Samsonvale and then proceeded to

cloud-covered Mount Glorious, by-passing

Samford village on roads unfamiliar to

many.

Wet driving conditions began to slow

progress on the way into Somerset Village;

however, the light rain eased as we arrived

at Lake Somerset for morning tea where we

were joined by Barry and Lorraine Bauman

from the Gold Coast MG Car Club.

The now increased group of eleven vehicles

left for the second stage of the run and

encountered heavy rain as we approached

Kilcoy resulting in a minor change of route

to Woodford. Several MGs pulled out of

Participants:

Barry Lutwyche

MGB

Jan Burke

MGB

Gary Lawrence & Mike MGB GT

Owen Mc Neil & Ron Clydesdale MGB GT

Bruce Mutch

SUV

Ray & Sue Edwards

Outlander

Vern & Elaine Hamilton MGB GT

Dane & Kerry Horgan

Lamborghini

Val Horgan

MX5

Neil & Jenny Summerson Colarado

Barry & Lorraine Bauman MGF

the run at this stage, no doubt due to the

weather but nine vehicles continued over

Mount Mee, by-passing Dayboro, to our

lunch venue at McGavin View on the North

side of Lake Samsonvale.

On arrival the rain cleared enough for us to

huddle together for lunchtime “cheers and

chatter” at the end of the run. A damp day

but enjoyable.

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The 2016 W

Introduction

We decided to attend the 2016 MG National

Meeting in Perth with our 1955 MG Magnette

and to transport the car there on a trailer

behind the motorhome that we had discussed

and wanted for a number of years.

Because the bus when loaded weighs 4.5

tonne and the trailer and car combination

another 2 tonne, we were not certain as to how

well it would handle major hills with that load.

While we knew there were few of these hills on

the planned trip, there were some that might

have proved a challenge. As a result, at the

beginning of March we decided to do a test run

of the motorhome with the car on the trailer.

A no problems run down to the Gold Coast at

110kph on the highway and a drive up the 13%

grade to Mount Tamborine would be a good

test. An earlier run without the trailer to the

same area showed that while the bus climbed

the hills OK it did slow down a lot to around

35kph.

The Coaster bus was well setup and most

problems had been resolved in the prior two

months of test running. We did carry a 2.4

kVA generator on the trailer to give us air

conditioning power when needed outside

caravan parks.

As it turned out, the vehicle handled the grade

very well, but slowed down to 20kph at the

steep points, with still one gear to go. This

was very encouraging as it meant we could

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do the trip to WA as planned and not need to

send the car by truck transport as many of our

MG friends were doing.

When we asked around the MG club as to

how people were getting to Perth, there were

a variety of methods and timings involved. Our

friend Malcolm Spiden said he was taking

the long way round to get there by visiting

Port Lincoln in South Australia on the way.

We thought this was a great idea as Karen’s

parents have travelled around Australia

numerous times and Karen wanted to trace

their footsteps wherever possible.

We then said to Malcolm that we would

like to do that part of the trip also and if we

accompanied him he would be able to use the

part-time bed in the motorhome with us and

so save money on motels. Malcolm being a

thrifty type thought that was a great idea and

so the arrangement was made.

This year the National Meeting organisers

provided an optional Post National Meeting

Tour to give travellers from other parts of

Australia and Overseas an opportunity to

check out the features of the South Western

part of Western Australia over another six

days. We thought this was a great idea and

booked in. As it turned out, so did Malcolm in

company with another friend.

This meant that after the tour both Malcolm

and ourselves would still be in Perth ready to

return home. In discussions with Malcolm he

provided a throwaway line that said, well you

could always return home via Darwin instead

of tracking back across the Nullarbor Plain.


A trip by Ian and Karen Fettes

Karen immediately said YES as this fitted in

with her plan to see where her parents had

been. And so the plan was set again - we

would have the company of Malcolm for

another five weeks!

This arrangement had a slight twist as we

did not really want to lug the Magnette all the

way on the trailer via Darwin, so organised

to send the car home on truck transport from

Perth and continue on with an empty trailer.

Again, this suited Malcolm who had a question

mark over the reliability of his 1976 MGB GT

in such a long trip, and the availability of the

trailer should he break down and be stuck

was a godsend for him. As it turned out,

despite several problems with his car, the

trailer was not required for that purpose. A bit

disappointing really!

A rough map of the trip shows the outward

journey, the Post Nat Meet tour and the return.

Outward Trip

The plan was to use free camping areas

where practical but caravan parks when we

needed power and water.

Initial part of the trip saw us in the Pilliga

Scrub for the first night

after seeing Brian and

June Phillips turn off in

their RV with trailered

MG at Moree. Next day

we continued south with

a couple of hiccups.

First was the Jerry can

containing spare diesel

parting company with

the trailer, being held

on only with a security

strap. It was relocated

into the Magnette and

we carried on until

Parkes where we then

discovered that the 12V

supply on the dashboard

was overloaded and we

needed an alternative

power source to keep our

GPS going. Finally found

another free camp at

Yalgrogin for the night.

Onward from there saw

Malcolm, who started a

day later, catch us at Gooloolin, whereby we

continued in convoy to a lovely scenic spot

on the Murray River at Bottle Bend for the

night, some 20km short of Mildura. Malcolm

pointed out to us that the indicators on the

trailer worked opposite to that of the bus.

Oops! Did a quick rewire of the trailer plug and

left the problem until later. The indicators had

worked properly at home when the trailer was

connected to our CR-V, so the problem lay

with the bus.

Mildura came and went the next day and after

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a lunch stop with delicious Cornish Pasties

at Burra and tolerating the rough roads, we

stayed overnight in a Caravan Park at Port

Pirie. We think the water we topped up with

there was bore sourced as it had a funny taste

and suspect it was the cause of tummy upsets

for the majority of our trip.

From Port Pirie we travelled through Port

Augusta, Whyalla to Port Lincoln where we

again used a caravan park. We spent two

nights there catching up with a friend of Ian’s

and visiting Coffin Bay. Of course the local

oysters were sampled and enjoyed. Port

Lincoln we found a bit cold, with a nasty

southerly wind requiring more clothing than

that previously in use. One interesting side trip

we made there in the Magnette was to visit the

beach where Gallipoli was filmed, surprising

some 4WD folk by taking the Magnette up the

rough rocky track to the top of the cliffs. Also

saw a heap of dolphins swimming past - quite

a sight.

Next day was a short trip to Ceduna where

we again used a caravan park for the night.

Another gremlin was found to be inhabiting the

system though. When pulling up on gravelled

verges we found the left side electric brake

on the trailer was locking up. Then realised

it also locked up at low speed on bitumen.

Another oops! For the Nullarbor crossing we

disconnected the brake and later solved the

problem

.

The trip across the Nullarbor was uneventful,

with a stop at Madura. Karen loved the

lookouts to the Great Australian Bight we

visited along the way. Did not find the trip

across the Nullarbor boring, as some folk

suggested, and I think this view was shared by

many of the other MG folk who made the road

trip. Longest day on the road to Madura so

far, 691km and eight and a half hours driving.

From Madura we trekked through to Kalgoorlie

where we stayed two nights. The trip from

Madura to Kalgoorlie was 708km, another

long one and nine and a quarter hours

travelling.

While there we caught up with Karen’s niece

who drives a ‘little’ haul truck at a gold field.

We had a great day there, as she gave us a

royal tour of the site and showed us the inner

workings of an open cut gold mine. Brilliant

colours in the earth where the pits were. Also

the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie itself was worth an

inspection.

From Kalgoorlie we planned a stop at Toodyay

where Karen’s niece has a small property

that she and her husband visit every two

weeks. Both of them work on mine sites and

only get together fortnightly. There we left the

trailer and bus and travelled on to Perth in the

Magnette easily.

Post Nat Meet Tour

After an enjoyable National Meeting,

dampened only by the light rain on Concours

day, Easter Saturday, we commenced the tour

after the excellent Tuesday breakfast.

The tour provided an optional route itinerary

from Point A to Point B. Detailed route

instructions were provided that one should be

able to follow. Participants proceeded at their

own pace with Happy Hour the enticement to

arrive early at the designated and pre-booked

destination.

First day - off we went then to Busselton, but

wrong turns and a delaminated tyre soon

made us a bit testy. Ian claims to be a nonnavigator

and this was proven. We finally

stopped at Bunbury to find new tyres - no

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such luck for the size on hand - but new ones

promised the next day. Overnight was at the

splendid Bayview Geographe Resort. Crossed

over the Murray River many times and lovely

to see the houseboats floating and people just

chilling.

Needed to return to Bunbury first thing next

morning to get five replacement tyres. Ian did

not trust the old ones any further. Luckily we

got them OK and only found one brand that

still makes the size needed - Maxxis. Our

day’s trip then took us to the Cape Naturaliste

area - very beautiful and from there we

checked out some boutique galleries. Kept

the credit card in check at the jewellery gallery

though. Saw a lovely painting at the next one

- about the size of a bedroom wall - but the

price tag of $38,000 and lack of space in Tilly

put us off.

From there we overnighted at Margaret Beach

- another splendid destination and one we

would love to revisit.

Next day as we entered the proper Margaret

River wine area we decided to stop at the

fourth winery we came to - Island Brook

Estate it turned out to be - why not? Lovely

place and owner - Evan - chatted for ages with

him. Distinctive truck out front. Great wine too!

Have purchased some via the Internet since.

The overnight stop was then at Pemberton

after having travelled some very scenic roads

where access to caves and giant trees is

available. Along the way we earlier bought

some lovely cheeses and some crisp breads

to go and with that we had pre dinner drinks

and the Verdelho from Evan.

The area we travelled through is all beautiful

forestry. Valley of the Giants, for example.

Exciting tree views everywhere. Many of the

group did a treetop walk thingy - perhaps we

will do it next visit. Also, in Gloucester there

is a special Gloucester Tree. This is one you

can climb up - all 56 metres of it. Perhaps next

time...

Finally we travelled to Albany from Pemberton,

again seeing some wonderful country along

the way. Had a good feed on the road and

found a lovely woodworking craft place

offering local work before Denmark that

encouraged us to use the credit card at last.

Albany was then a two night stop as there is

a lot to see in the area.

The next day at Albany we did the Whaling

Station tour, went up to the Anzac Memorial

and generally soaked up the ambiance of this

historic place. The replica of the Brig ‘Amity’ is

an interesting display also.

Next morning started the trip back to Perth.

Up early and off to Perth, did a few scenic

drives too, but Tilly was getting a bit hot, so

we pulled over a few times to cool the old gal

down.

Overall, the Post Nat Meet Tour was a great

success, with both the overseas visitors and

the Aussie component lapping it up. The tour

concept is a great one and gives visitors an

opportunity to see the local sights in a more

relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

Return trip

One of the complications of the initial return

trip was that while we had left the bus and

trailer at Karen’s niece’s place at Toodyay,

there was confusion over the location of the

bus keys. As it turned out these had been left

inside the property house to which we had no

access and no-one else was there.

As we could not pick up the bus from the farm

at Toodyay due to key confusion, we ended up

staying at an old pub in Toodyay itself for two

nights. This itself was very nice, albeit with a

mix-up with of rooms. Malcolm got our room

and vice versa. Never mind, all in the spirit of

the trip.

When we arrived on the outskirts of Toodyay

Malcolm rang (mobile phone coverage flaky

in remote areas)... he has broken down, his

car at a servo in nearly town - he borrowed

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a phone to make the call. Luckily Ian was

able to help by picking Malcolm up with the

Magnette and leaving the GT to the tender

mercies of the local garage.

Next day we find that the garage suggests

Malcolm’s problem is a blown head gasket.

Luckily Malcolm has such spares with him, so

therefore organised a tow back to our hotel

car park to perform a miracle repair while Ian

and Karen tripped around.

The latter went off to visit the special town of

New Norcia. This is such a beautiful place and

Karen, treading in the steps of her Mum and

Dad, found it quite special.

back in the bus! Ian took Tilly to the truck

transport place in Perth for return to Brisbane

the next day and then we could concentrate

on solving the minor bus problems with both

our hosts back at the farm. Great hospitality

from that pair!

In checking out the bus problems, we found

that the indicator wiring was stuffed up at

the 24V to 12V convertor. Fixed that OK and

put the trailer plug back to normal again.

Similarly, found that the trailer braking problem

was caused by a poor clip-on connection on

the right hand trailer brake - new soldered

connections have now stopped that problem

from recurring.

Took the opportunity of adding some

additional support brackets to the Jerry can

holders on the trailer, but working outdoors

with unfamiliar welding equipment and

marginal grinding of existing broken brackets

meant that it was going to be a temporary

repair only. And that it certainly was.

Finally we leave Toodyay and head off to

Green Head. Along the way stopped at The

Pinnacles at Nambung NP, did a good walk

around them and were really impressed.

Whether one is religious or not, it is quite a

revelation to get an insight into the origins of

the Abbey there and the work done over the

years to help the local community.

It still operates as a school and the monks

beaver away at their various tasks including

providing some delectable ale, wines and

ports. Very nice too!

Malcolm still at Toodyay with car - he has

replaced the head gasket so now hopefully

things will proceed as planned.

Next day we finally get to Karen’s niece’s

property. At long last we got to spend a night

The night was spent at Billy Goat Beach, free

camping with lots of like-minded folk. This is

a beautiful spot, but it just really poured rain,

so now a bit muddy under foot. The weather

has been cool, and overcast so not surprised

about the rain, everything is fresh and clean.

Leaving Goats Head Bay and headed off

to Geraldton. Shops here are closed on a

Sunday, so we had great difficulty getting fuel.

Endless queues of cars, we drove around and

queues everywhere... finally got some out

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of town. Could not find a fresh water supply

though, and we knew we need it for further

north.

Had hoped to get to Denham for the night, but

found a far better place to say - the Hamelin

Station Park, oh heaven, just had a shower oh

bliss. This station has recently been well set

up for campers. Great showers and facilities.

Finally got some good water in Denham, the

first we had to pay for - $1.00 for 20 litres, but

then found that the bus water tanks were not

taking their nominal capacity. A bit of a worry

and another gremlin.

We spent two nights at the station, and went

to see the Stromatolites, wow mind blowing,

always wanted to see them, and now we

have. The tiny shell beaches are amazing,

millions of tiny white shells make the sand...!

in fact the paths here for the camping are all

made of the shells.

Rain and thunder in the early morning, next

day, a cooler day, overcast and bits of rain.

Malcolm trying to fix a new problem - manifold

leak on his MG, begged cover so in a shed,

with assistance from the on-site maintenance

man who provided some good sealant.

Denham is a small spit of a place, definitely

a holiday town only... went on to Monkey Mia

on the return trip where the ranger let us in

for free, seeing it was late and the feeding is

in the morning... talk about a clip joint, and

as Karen surmised her Mum and Dad saw

the best for free... tourist trap now, even the

caravan park was a clip joint... so much, so

many.

From Hamelin on Tuesday, 12th April, day 31

of the trip, we headed off to the Blowholes,

Point Quobba via Carnarvon. Karen quickly

took advantage of the empty beach and

popped in to the water for a skinny dip... ah

bliss. Ian went in later with togs on.

The bus was serviced in Carnarvon early pm

but seems we were on the end of a queue,

and left quite late in the afternoon. Karen has

made great use of our Dream Pot, a utensil

where you cook on heat for 10 to 15 minutes,

then it continues to cook for hours on that

stored heat in the outer container. No further

heat or power needed. We always enjoyed the

meals from it.

Quobba is the most beautiful place pretty

remote, has a dump site, no water, no bins,

but oh the water, a bit of surf on the reef and

then still lagoon water, just heaven. Ian skinny

dipped this morning, and enjoyed it, but he

may have scared the local fish.

In earlier planning we were going to visit

Exmouth and Onslow, but this trip decided to

leave them to another time. Accordingly, from

Quobba beach we travelled to Yannarie River

and thence to Karratha over the next two

days.

However, a new gremlin appeared in the bus -

the electric water pump that supplies the sink,

shower and toilet refused to work. Needed

to use our supplementary water supply in 10

litre plastic drums. Perhaps it was the heat, as

when we stopped late afternoon it was 57ºC

outside. Used the generator to power the air

conditioning at our free camp throughout the

night until it ran out of fuel.

Onwards to Karratha, hoping that we can

get things fixed there, do a wash, find some

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shops with supplies and maybe get a good

shower???

Karratha is lovely town with everything, big,

big houses... good shopping and apparently

the fishing is great. We also had a look at

Dampier, just a quickie, same as Karratha, but

with all the bits to go with the port. While Ian

has done the bulk of the driving on the trip,

today he had a bad headache so Karen took

over the driving for most of the day. Oddly

enough, the water pump decided to work

again, so that made life a bit easier.

Next stop on the trip was Port Hedland. Of

interest in this area of WA is the countryside

you pass through. In some places it is similar

to the Nullarbor but other ones are more

desert like. Still others show peculiar rocky

ridges with hills and small mountains, but all in

all what is evident is a lack of wildlife, or any

animals for that matter. But the flies though,

they are everywhere, not game to open our

mouths.

From Port Hedland we travelled on to Broome

stopping at Stanley free park overnight along

the way. Very, very hot and dry, the roadside

vegetation changes from Spinifex to low green

shrubs, then some rock or hills, long, long

stretches of it. Just passed a station that was

green, obviously they have artesian water. It

was grand to see. We needed to be near the

sea to get any cool breeze, last night’s came

up in the early hours.

Off we went to Broome not Derby and what

a pleasure it is, so green, yes, it is hot but so

many shady trees. We booked in at Cable

Beach Caravan Park for two nights and then

went to local market where Karen bought a

very nice silver and pearl ring, we had ice

creams, she had the homemade mango, OMG

it was to die for, not sickly sweet, just perfect.

Our second day in Broome is good. Off to

Chinatown, lighthouse and other bits, Ian

swam yesterday, it was warm tropical water,

Karen paddled. Bit disappointed in Cable

Beach. Malcolm checked out the camel

rides on the beach but declined to ride. Was

surprised to see a large cruise ship in port

in Broome, but was clear that tourists spent

money in Chinatown on pearls. The best are

local saltwater ones but the bulk of sales

actually imported fresh water type.

Karen’s camera died as we arrived. Could not

find a replacement in Broome after trying in

various shops and also through the Internet.

Finally got a hint that we might find one in a

new shop in Derby, of all places.

Next day, yes, we got a camera at a Derby

shop that only opened the day before. Derby

itself does not have a lot to commend it, but

the jetty is interesting. In stark contrast to

Broome, the Derby water is murky brown.

Derby also seemed to be the start of the

distinctive boab trees.

When buying the camera we parked next

to another Coaster motorhome. Its owner

explained that he was about to travel the Gibb

River Road to Kununurra on what is known

as a 4WD route. He was quite confident that

his vehicle would make it, so we filed that

information away for another time.

The variety of termite mounds also attracted

our attention. Their colour varied with the

earth but the styles changed throughout WA.

Another hot day, cannot believe how hot it

was, then looked at the map and realised we

were close to Marble Bar the hot spot... go

figure.

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From Derby the rest of the day was travelling

to Fitzroy Crossing. Stayed at the caravan

park there in a drive through park with

Malcolm opting for a tent night in a grassed

area some 50 metres away.

Next morning before we left we spotted a local

old aboriginal sitting under a tree close to our

camp carving boab nuts. Of course we just

had to buy one as a souvenir. His smile made

it all worthwhile though.

Onward again, this time to a free stop at

Durham where we met up with some other

campers we had met before. Halls Creek

seemed somewhat feral as we passed

through. Would not want to stop there.

The area we travelled through is in Bungle

Bungle territory and so beautiful, green and

fascinating.

Now on day 40 of the trip. Up fairly early

and on way to Wyndham, then to Kununurra

and finally Lake Argyle. Road to Wyndham

a bit lumpy, but oh the scenery. Wyndham

was really interesting, a bit like old Broome,

not touched up and touristy, fascinating, we

bought some salt water barramundi (tastier

than fresh) for a meal along the way.

Great lookout at Wyndham where five rivers

exit and onward to the lake.

Kununurra was interesting as it is a NEW

town only built in the late 60’s. We stocked

up on water, milk. A surprise to us in getting

this far were the strict alcohol purchase

arrangements in North Eastern WA and the

Northern Territory due to the situation with

the local indigenous people. Restrictive bottle

shop hours and need to provide ID for the

purchase.

Lake Argyle at last though - heaven on a

stick. Such a stunning oasis in the middle of

the Bungle Bungle’s desert, but, man, what

a desert, we are stunned by the beauty, and

here at the Lake, we are perched right in the

middle of it. Spent two nights here. Had hoped

to do a day cruise on the lake but ended up

doing an afternoon/evening one the next day.

The cruise was gob smacking, we took so

many photos that Karen’s camera has to be

charged. Tracey our captain and dogs body

was wonderful. What a scream she was, her

commentary was to say the least original.

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Loved it. At the end of the day not only did we

have a glorious sunset on one side of the boat

but a moonrise on the other.

We had two opportunities to have a swim in

the warm lake water. The first at the deepest

point of the lake where brave people can

jump in off a rock ledge - we did not jump

of course. The second at the end of the day

where Tracey threw cans of beer down to the

floaters in the water and also tossed a can for

two brave guys that jumped in off the roof of

the boat!

We all jumped in and had a swim around, with

Malcolm here using noodles, looking angelic

and waiting for his beer, not beatification.

While the lake has crocodiles, these are fresh

water, not salty, and harmless.

However the day had to be the best and worst

of our trip... after a glorious cruise on the lake

and swims we came back to the shrieking

alarm of the battery management system. It

was no longer charging the batteries despite

power available from solar, mains and vehicle

when running. In order to keep the expensive

storage batteries alive we rigged up a direct

battery charger from the mains supply when

in camp.

However, the next day when travelling to


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MGCCQ 2016 Calendar

Affiliated with the Confederation of Australian Motorsports

GPO 1847, Brisbane Q 4001

OCTOBER

1 Saturday Mt Cotton Hillclimb series Rd 5 (P)

FNQ

Gordonvale Markets and Fishery Falls

2 Sunday Mt Cotton Hillclimb series Rd 5 (P)

WBC

(HB): EMR to Alan Cunningham’s collection with lunch at Grand Hotel Biggenden

3 Monday CC Mystery Tour, A short but interesting trip to somewhere!!!;

7 Friday MG Noggin N Natter;

DD

Mt Tamborine, Weekend Overnight run 2 nights, Gary Lawrence;

8 Saturday DD Mt Tamborine, Weekend Overnight run 2 nights, Gary Lawrence;

9 Sunday DD Mt Tamborine, Weekend Overnight run2 nights, Gary Lawrence;

12 Wednesday DD Rudds Pub Nobby, Lunch run, Ron and Judy Gillis;

WBC

(HB) EMR for breakfast at Boat Club followed by run

14 Friday poss MR2 club Interclub Observation Run (P) TBC;

15 Saturday poss MR2 club Mid afternoon to Mid evening Interclub Observation run (P) TBC;

16 Sunday MGCCQ Concours and car display at Ormiston House

CC

Capricorn Coast, Option 1 – Day trip to Great Keppel Island, Option 2 – Lunch – Keppel Bay Marina;

21 Friday MG Noggin N Natter;

23 Sunday WBC (HB) TLR Drive the Esplanade, fish and chips at Urangan

WBC

(B) EMR M/T Cancer Council at Johnsons home

26 Wednesday Mid week run with overnight option organised by Allan Tebbutt 0408758523

29 Saturday Australian Hillclimb Championships at Haunted Hills, Morwell, Victoria;

WBC

(HB) EMR to Coffee Central on 7 for Breakfast

30 Sunday MGCCQ Day run (Pointscoring) Details to come

Australian Hillclimb Championships at Haunted Hills, Morwell, Victoria;

DD

Oakey air museum

NOVEMBER

4 Friday MG Noggin N Natter;

6 Sunday HSCCQ Khanacross/ Come and Try motorkhana at Driver Training Centre Willowbank

WBC

(HB &B) EMR with M/T Childers and lunch at Woodgate Bowls club

9 Wednesday DD Leyburn Hotel, Lunch run, Ron and Judy Gillis;

13 Sunday FNQ Jaacques coffee - Tolga hotel

WBC

(B) EMR to Elliott Heads bowls Club

16 Wednesday WBC (HB) EMR with M/T at River Heads Cafe

18 Friday MG Noggin N Natter;

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19 Saturday CAMS State Championship races Rd 4 Morgan Park WDSCC (P);

20 Sunday CAMS State Championship races Rd 4 Morgan Park WDSCC (P)

CC

Capricorn Coast, Breakfast at Deganis Bakery, Emu Park;

23 Wednesday Mid week run organised by Trevor Mills 3886 1549 - Christmas run to Bribie Surf Club

27 Sunday INTERCLUB HSCCQ Motorkhana (P) Driver Training Centre Willowbank;

DD

WBC

TBA, Breakfast run, Guy and Pam West;

(B): EMR to Biggenden

DECEMBER

1 Thursday WBC (B) TLR Pageant of Lights

2 Friday MG Noggin N Natter;

3 Saturday Mt Cotton Hillclimb series Rd 6 (P) / Interclub Presentation at Cars and Coffee Coorparoo 7am – 9 am Z Car Club;

CC

Capricorn Coast, Christmas Dinner TBA;

4 Sunday Mt Cotton Hillclimb series Rd 6 (P)

WBC

WBC

(HB) TLR Esplanade run, fish and chips takeaway or BYO

(B) EMR Planning day at Alexander Park M/T 9.30am

7 Wednesday DD Picnic Point, Breakfast run, Ron and Judy Gillis;

9 Friday Hillclimb Series presentation;

10 Saturday FNQ Christmas breakfast

11 Sunday MGCCQ Christmas Party at MGCCQ Clubrooms;

WBC

WBC

(HB) Noon - Christmas party at Sticky Fig - Fraser Shores shopping complex

(B) Noon - Moore Park Tavern

14 Wednesday final working bee for 2016;

WBC

(HB) EMR finishing at Homemade Cafe, Pt Vernon

CC = Capricorn Chapter of MGCCQ DD = Darling Downs Chapter

FNQ = Far North Queensland Chapter

WB = Wide Bay Chapter; HB = Hervey Bay Section of Wide Bay Chapter

B = Bundaberg Runs - meeting place Public Car Park Quay Street, Rowers Club

end opposite Walla Street

EMR = Early Morning Run – Sundays 9 am start D = Display event

MWR = Mid-Week Run –Wednesdays 9 am start unless otherwise advised

# # = Attendance Numbers will be needed

TLR = Twilight Run – 5 pm start LTA = Long Trip Away

TBA = To be advised P = Towards Annual MGCCQ Point Score

More details and information on our website mgccq.org.au

Working bees are held every Wednesday at the hillclimb plus others as per the calendar and

on Wednesdays as needed at the clubrooms. Contact Malcolm Spiden re hillclimb and Max

Johnson re clubroom working bees.

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Katherine, we set up the generator on the

trailer with a lead taped to the side of the

bus. Despite being a stationery generator

it performed perfectly on the moving vehicle,

albeit attracting attention when we passed

through a town or stopped for fuel. Passed

through Mataranka Springs (next time for

sure).

Stopped in a caravan park in Katherine for

the night and changed our plans for visiting

Darwin. With it being Anzac Day weekend,

uncertainty over the battery system and

wanting a major town to find a solution, it was

considered prudent to cut a week off the trip

and head for home.

The next overnight stop was Renner Springs

with a noticeable change in temperature -

cooling down a lot now. The Springs have

seen better days but it was somewhere to

stop. Finally had the storage batteries up to

full charge but resolved to power them up via

the generator or mains whenever possible.

Next stop was Avon Downs at a free stop

opposite a Police Station. The road to there

was interesting in its own way with dressed up

termite mounds catching the eye, but a long

way with nothing much else to see.

After refuelling at Camooweal - another odd

place - we headed on to Mount Isa where we

planned to stay for two nights. At last there

we were able to get in touch with Redarc

who provided advice on how to reset the

battery management system (BMS). Only

problem with this was that it needed a Torx

(tamperproof) screwdriver to undo the screws

that held a plug in to the unit.

Without the right tools all Ian could do was to

perform some requested electrical checks,

dismantle the battery and BMS system, undo

the wiring from the plug and hope that the

unit would reset. Nope, it did not. Conclusion,

return the BMS to Redarc after back home.

Just to round things off, found one inner rear

tyre without air - but helpful Bridgestone

in Mt Isa found the valve extension loose,

fixed it and would not charge us. Great

service. Subsequently have purchased a tyre

pressure and temperature monitoring system,

so should be OK in future.

Karen had not been in the Isa since working

there in the 1970’s and barely recognised the

place.

From Mount Isa we travelled on to overnight

at Winton. Despite the loss of the Waltzing

Matilda Centre to fire a few years ago, the

townspeople are looking forward to the

replacement. We browsed the town and

enjoyed the stay in the pub’s new caravan

park.

However, the area has not lost its dinosaur

attractions. On the road to Longreach we

stopped at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Museum. A corrugated dirt road leads to

a Jump Up donated by a local farmer and

comprises a workshop and museum. Both of

these we visited and were greatly impressed

with the work done and being done. The

latter is mainly volunteers who spend several

months a year chipping away the material

around the bones that have been preserved

after being dug up and awaiting restoration.

They have countless years of work ahead of

them.

The highway to Longreach is a pitiful sight,

nothing alive... lots of bones either side of the

highway, highway of bones yes, it certainly is.

However, a gremlin struck again. The

reinforced Jerry can holder on the right hand

side of the trailer must have suffered on the

earlier dirt road, and decided to part company

with the trailer. This holder held a 20 litre can

of petrol for the generator. The can continued

on down the road at 100 kph until stopped

somewhere on the roadside. We stopped the

bus as soon as we could and Ian walked back

to try to find the can.

The can was a Bunnings special in

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camouflage paint, and hid itself very well in

the rough grass at the roadside. Malcolm

picked up the remaining broken bits of the

holder and eventually spotted the can. Luckily

it was intact as we could visualise what might

have happened had it spilt and ignited, not to

mention the possibility of hitting an oncoming

vehicle!

Finally got in to Longreach where we spent

three caravan park nights. First night we

did the sunset cruise on the Thomson River

and Karen partied hard, regretting it the next

day. We were given a right royal meal after

the cruise with our bus driver John Hawkes

entertaining us.

The next day was spent at the Qantas

museum where we did the Jet Tour as well

as the museum, of more interest to Ian and

Malcolm than Karen. As there was too much

to see in one day in the town, we did the

Stockman’s Hall of Fame the next day. Was

great, very interesting all round. Saw the

horse and dog show, very entertaining, a good

show.

Finally, day 51 we head from Longreach

to Charleville where we setup in the local

caravan park as still needing external power.

Countryside still showing signs of drought

effects with almost no stock remaining. As

we arrived Charleville seemed to have the

drought broken as the skies opened up.

Next morning it was Malcolm’s turn to have

gremlins - his alternator had failed and the car

would not start. As usual he was well prepared

and in no time a new spare alternator was

fitted.

On the way to Roma we stopped off at the

Charleville Airfield to view the WWII remains,

including the ‘secret’ of the airfield. You

need to visit to find out about this. There is

a lot more needs to be done to complete

investigations and to document the place.

The penultimate stop on the trip was Roma,

where the caravan park as usual was

required. Of interest in the area was that they

are growing cotton east of Roma. A surprise

considering the drought that area of Qld has

been through.

Final trip home was via Toowoomba, and

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looked at a few things there – the new airport

at Wellcamp... and an old race track which

couldn’t be found easily. Malcolm persevered

and we went home.

Took several days to clean up the motorhome.

Outside had a collection of dirt and bugs plus

after effects of having a power cord hanging

off the side - gluey mess. Inside needed a

good clean - dirt, stones and stuff needed to

be tidied.

All in all we travelled some 13,242 km in the

vehicle, consumed 2,589 litres of diesel for a

cost of $3,599. That meant we averaged 21.6

l/100km, the low being 18.3 and the high 25.0.

The latter resulted from headwinds and air

conditioning running flat out.


THE OPENING OF A NEW CHAPTER

The journey to Mackay by David Miles

Thursday dawned with threatening rain-clouds,

so the roadsters arrived at their designated

starting points with hoods raised, whilst those with

permanent tops appeared looking rather smug. With

planned departure from Coles Express, Nudgee

being 8.00 am, Peter Gannon (MGB), Errol and

Wendy Hoger (MGB) and David & Meryl Miles

(Magnette) met there, before moving on to the BP

on the highway at Morayfield to join Don Webster

and Ross & Shez Letten (MG TDs), Barry Lutwyche

& Jan Burke (MGB), Dino & Margaret Mattea (MGA

Coupe) and John and Pat Walker (Honda Jazz).

Light rain began to fall as we left the A1 at

Caboolture for what we expected to be a less

trafficked road through Kilcoy, Burnett Highway, Ban

Ban Springs then across via Biggenden to re-join

the Bruce Highway just south of Gin Gin before

reaching our overnight Motel just north of Miriam

Vale. Seemed a good idea at the time, but a slow

moving truck whose driver was under the delusion

that there was no one else on the road impeded

our progress until, thankfully, turning off onto the

Brisbane Valley Highway.

First stop, at Nanango

Morning tea was at Nanango, where the rain had,

perhaps, decided to follow the errant truck. Ever

clearing skies were our companion for the next few

days. The pre-arranged rendezvous with Allan &

Joyce Tebbutt (MGB) successfully took place at

Tanzy, from whence our convoy consisted of 9 cars.

A clear run through cattle country of the Central

and Northern Burnett districts had us at Ban Ban

springs for our lunch stop, some fuel and a chat.

Dino and Margaret, having arranged to meet a Mini

enthusiast in Gin Gin, left early, but in the wrong

direction, and were recalled by some desperate

phone calls.

Happy hour, Thursday, Moorawatha Homestead Motel

Dallarnil / Booyal Rd, we rejoined the Bruce

Highway for the last leg to our Koorawatha Motel

overnight stop, with Dino successfully delivering

Mini parts to his grateful recipient.

The traditional “Happy Hour” was held on the

expansive lawns in front of the motel units and was

followed by a welcome dinner.

Departing at around 8.00am, the journey took us to

Rockhampton – fuel stop for many in preparation for

the long haul north. A late morning tea stop / early

lunch just south of Marlborough was a welcome

break for fuel, food and a chat with the occupants of

a lime green Holden Sports-wagon, a Queensland

police “Q” car, bristling with all sorts of electronic

gadgetry. Police were out in force, obvious and not

so obvious along this stretch of highway.

Our last fuel / food / comfort stop was at the very

pretty seaside hamlet of Clairview, a most welcome

oasis from the central Queensland cattle country

through which we had passed. North of here, cane

farms began to replace the open country as our

destination drew nearer. Traffic lights replaced open

road as we entered Mackay, with a relative easy run

to the Windmill Motel and Convention Centre, our

home and headquarters for the next 3 nights.

The Brisbane convoy, Friday MT at Clairview

It was another quite scenic drive from Ban Ban

Springs, through Biggenden, then utilising the

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Combined Chapter

By David Miles, Chapter Liaison Officer;

photos by David Miles, Shez Letten, Cathie

Meredith and Phil Henry

Mackay August 19 to 21 - Welcome

to the Whitsundays Chapter

The first (of many, I hope) meeting of our

regional chapters held over the weekend of

19th to 21st August not only provided the

opportunity for members to enjoy a weekend

of social activity and an extended drive, but

saw the establishment of a new chapter, the

“Whitsundays Chapter.”

The Windmill Motel and Convention Centre

in Mackay was our headquarters for the

weekend, providing excellent accommodation

and venues for our activities, the first of which

was our “Meet and Greet” dinner, a buffet

BBQ, watched over by the resident possum.

A beautiful Wide Bay Chapter T type at Mackay Aero

Club (Photo by Lyn Hayward)

Attended also by MG owners and enthusiasts

from Mackay, the evening highlighted MG’s

reputation as “The Marque of Friendship” with

many new associations formed.

Saturday morning, Mackay was treated to a

procession of MGs travelling to the Mackay

Aero Club, where locals joined us for a display

of more than forty cars, mostly MGs, and the

aero club provided an excellent morning tea

and BBQ lunch. Fellowship and, of course,

conversations involving MGs continued here

with Mackay providing perfect weather for the

occasion.

Following lunch, another, but smaller convoy

journeyed south to Hay Point for a look at the

recently expanded coal loading facility.

Our current Chapter Coordinators and local

MG enthusiasts met on Saturday evening in

the Longreach Room of the motel to discuss

Cathie Merdith and the “Brisbane girls” kick up their

heels. (Photo by Shez

Letten)

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Meeting

the formation of a chapter in the area.

Enthusiasm for this saw Cathie Meredith duly

appointed as Coordinator of the Whitsundays

Chapter of the MG Car Club of Queensland

(Inc.) - “ icing on the cake” for the weekend.

Cathie is the first lady to be so appointed!

An early start on Sunday morning saw the

cars convoy down to Mackay Harbour precinct

for the unique “Covered in Chrome” event,

with welcome coffee provided by the adjacent

“Casu Jack” establishment. Open to all classic

and muscle cars and motorcycles, MGs

dominated the attendance on this occasion.

Yet another MG convoy, lead by the lovely red

Falcon Hardtop owned by Cathie’s husband

Wayne, departed mid morning for lunch at the

Pinnacle Hotel, with a short stop at The Leap

for a brief history lesson of the tragedy that

occurred there in our past, then on to the hotel

and lunch on the famous “Pinnacle Pies.”

The cars formed an impressive sight lined

up around the edge of the adjacent cricket

ground. Continuing on up the picturesque

Pioneer Valley, the Eungella range was

successfully negotiated and, after stopping at

one or two lookouts along the way, the group

arrived at Broken River for refreshments and

some platypus spotting.

The journey then took us back down the range

to Mirani where the Pioneer Valley Classic Car

Club had prepared (you guessed it) a BBQ

which, sadly, was bypassed by a lot of our

participants. It was another excellent meal,

planned to raise money for their charity “bash”

car which was on display.

Overall, a very successful weekend away,

and, hopefully, an event to be repeated on a

regular basis.

The venue all ready for us

The influx begins

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CHAPTER Chatter

Capricorn Chapter

by Gurney T Clamp

Sunday 24 July - Farnborough School Fete

& Byfield

A number of members were disappointed that

the planned trip to Many Peaks was cancelled

due to heavy rain throughout Central

Queensland so we agreed to seek support

from our members to display their cars at the

Farnborough School Fete instead.

A great day was had by all who attended and

found that, even in Winter, we had to find

a shady spot to remain cool on a summerlike

day. We parked our cars next to the

Rockhampton Heritage car club who, like us,

had a variety of cars for the visitors to the

fete to view. Many thanks to Jenny Hill, Ian

Carleton, Stuart & Ada Clark, Gurney Clamp,

Trevor Andersen, George & Lyn Ganter, Garth

& Leslie Barnes, Ian Henderson & Wendy

Major for their attendance. At 12.15 p.m. we

packed up our cars and headed off to the

Byfield store for lunch and enjoy the usual

club chatter over the usual good Byfield store

lunch.

Happy group at Farnborough School Fete

Tuesday 2 August - Leinster Place Charity

Event

Coastal & Central Members Gurney Clamp,

Terry Dwyer, Robert Holbeck and Neville

Funch were the only members available to

attend the annual Capricorn Chapter charity

event at Rockhampton’s Leinster Place, an

aged home facility in North Rockhampton.

Under clear blue skies, we were met by

Debbie Biles who organized our visit to the

facility where we took very excited male and

female residents on a short tour around North

Rockhampton. Many took advantage of our

presence and took rides in several different

cars keeping our members busy for about an

hour while they also enjoyed the experience of

showing off their pride and joy.

Sat 6 August - BBQ at Gary and Robbie

Galloways

A great night was had by all at Gary & Robbie

Galloway’s Rockhampton property, enjoying

what turned out to be a beautiful August night

under the stars while having a couple of wines

or beers.

It all started when the coastal group of Phil &

Margaret Henry, Martin & Narelle Adamson,

Gurney & Gloria Clamp, Richard & Michelle

Taylor met at the Oaks on the Yeppoon Road

before heading off to the Lakes Creek Hotel.

Enroute to the hotel it was realized that there

were a couple of cars missing, only to find

that Richard & Michelle Taylor’s 1975 Chevy

Corvette came to a halt while trying to keep up

with the MGs. Knowing what the problem was,

Richard quickly replaced the damaged part

in the distributor and was on the road again

and now has made an entry into the annual

Broken MG award.

We met up with Jo & Katie Emmert in Kate’s

newly acquired 1996 green MG F, Neville

Funch, Robert & Yvonne Holbeck and Rosco

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James. On arrival at the Galloways property

we found Gary & Robbie busy setting up with

assistance from Stuart & Ada Clark.

The afternoon started with the usual chatter

while Gary saddled up one of their beautiful

horses in preparation for members who

wanted to experience riding a horse. Yvonne

Holbeck dressed for the occasion and was

the first in the saddle followed by Gurney

Clamp, Neville Funch, Michelle Taylor having

her first ride ever on a horse, followed by the

experienced rider Stuart Clark. Katie Emmert

also took to the saddle for the first time.

It was around this time that Jim & Sandra

Armstrong arrived. With assistance from Ada

Clark and Yvonne Holbeck, Robbie started

serving the beautiful hot pea and ham soup

while Gary set up the fires under the B..B.Q.

plates. Everyone enjoyed the music from our

top musician and songster Phil Henry. After

everyone enjoyed their own B.B.Q. dinner

Robbie served everyone with trifle followed by

the popular toasted Marshmallows, toasted

by Jo & Katie Emmert on the ashes under the

B.B.Q.s.

Special thanks to Gary & Robbie for inviting us

all to their property and providing all the tucker

that they specially prepared for us.

Gathering for the BBQ and Martin Adamson on horse;

Gary Galloway leading

19 - 22 August - All Chapter Meeting in

Mackay

The big August weekend started off with

coastal members Phil Henry, Ian Carleton,

Gurney & Gloria Clamp meeting at The Oaks

before heading off to Rockhampton to meet

up with other coastal members Rodger Warne

with Phylis Davies and Trevor Andersen along

with the lone ranger from Rockhampton Ian

Wilhelmsen. Several members from the Wide

Bay Chapter arrived and we all managed

to start off on time heading north to have

morning tea at Clairview. We were lucky

enough to see a high tide with Clairview at

its best. It was during this section that Trevor

Anderson experienced electrical problems

with his Daimler Dart but managed to get it

up and going and headed the group off to

the next stop for lunch at the Sarina R.S.L.

Here we caught up with Cathie & Wayne

Meredith, Malcolm & Kevin Brown of Sarina,

and enjoyed one of the best lunches of the

weekend. After lunch we headed off to our

accommodation at the Windmill Motel in

Mackay.

Friday night we got our chance to meet

members from Brisbane, Far North Qld,

Wide Bay & Darling Downs Chapters and

potential members from the Mackay, Sarina &

Proserpine region at a meet & greet function

on the Lake Deck of the motel while enjoying

nibbles provided by the head office. After, we

all sat down for a B.B.Q. dinner while we were

entertained by Meryl Miles and Pat Walker

with their efforts to try and sell some good

quality MG Car Club items while handing out

membership forms to the Mackay MG car

owners.

Saturday was a casual day with a 8.45

a.m. start that saw everyone head off to the

Mackay Aero club to display our MGs along

with some unusual MGs and different types of

sports cars. One unusual one was a Panther

sports car. The Aero Club Tiger Moth was

kept very busy doing joy flights over Mackay,

with Gurney saying that it was something

that he had always wanted to do. With

encouragement from the Capricorn chapter

members, he took up the challenge without a

parachute and experienced a flight that he will

always remember. Many thanks to the Aero

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Club, who had heaps of volunteers on hand to

provide an enjoyable B.B.Q lunch for us all.

Saturday night saw Chapter coordinators from

all Chapters attend a meeting chaired by MG

Car Club of Queensland Chapter Coordinator

David Miles in the motel’s Emerald Room.

This saw the formation of a new chapter in the

region called the Whitsundays Chapter, with

Cathie Meredith being elected the chapter

coordinator.

Sunday was an early rise for majority of the

chapter members to allow them to go to the

Mackay Harbour for breakfast and take part

in the Covered in Chrome vehicle display at

the Harbour car park. Once again there was a

good variety of cars on display. Afterwards all

chapters headed off to the Pioneer Valley via

the Leap Hotel then onto the Pinnacle Hotel

to experience their famous pies, which I am

sure that everyone enjoyed. Most MGs took

the challenge of the steep winding Eungella

Range with no reports of anyone experiencing

problems. Some of the Capricorn Chapter

members got to see a platypus in the Broken

River and also the Finch Hatton Gorge.

Monday morning everyone woke to see a

storm brewing in the southeast that was

heading towards Mackay. That encouraged

all to have a quick breakfast and quickly pack

up to beat the storm with some being lucky

enough to get away early enough and miss

the storm while others were not so lucky.

Being caught at traffic lights with the hood

safely folded down was not fun!!!

A very enjoyable salad was supplied to go

with our cooked meat and after another drink

and we said our goodbyes. The Woodgate

members headed home via the Bruce

Highway. We travelled some more MG

friendly country roads and meandered our

way back to Bundaberg via Wallaville and

Goondoon. Everyone had a pleasant and

very enjoyable MG outing many thanks to

Allan Dansie. By Allan Dansie

Wed 29 June - It was a very chilly morning in

Paradise when 9 members in 6 cars met at

the assembly area on the Esplanade Pialba.

We decided to do a leisurely drive along the

Esplanade from Gatakers Bay to Urangan

Pier. It was a relaxing and very scenic drive

indeed! Then taking a short run through the

country side arriving at the French Bakehouse

Airport shopping Centre Urangan. Where we

were met by another member Warren Innes

in his Motorhome.. We had a most enjoyable

morning out and the fabulous food and coffee

were a bonus.

Mingo Crossing weekend - What a week

end , Great weather ,Great friends, Great

music and a fantastic camp site.

Sunday 12th June – Run to Tirroan with Allan

Dansie It was a chilly breeze that greeted the

Bundy Crew at the RV point in the morning.

After a quick hello to everyone and a brief run

down on our proposed trip we mounted our

trusty steeds and headed for Childers.

At Childers we met up with our members from

Woodgate and after our smoko break left

Childers and headed towards Biggenden via

the Isis Highway. Turning at the Paradise Dam

turnoff we headed to Booyal turning on the

Bruce Highway to Tirroan.

Arriving a little earlier than planned we

enjoyed a refreshing drink while waiting for

our hostess to cook our steaks and sausages.

Gurney with Cathie Meredith, Sun Pinnacle car park and

Gurney ready for Tiger Moth flight

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CHAPTER Chatter

Darling Downs Chapter

by Gary Lawrence, DD Chapter Coordinator

Another two months in the world of MG enjoyment

have slipped by and once again we have we have

taken the opportunity to exploit that enjoyment to

the full.

Our mid-week and monthly social runs have been

well attended with our August monthly run being a

standout attracting 15 cars and 27 participants

The Frasers and the Lawrences ventured north for

the combined chapters meeting in Mackay. This

was a great weekend with plenty of time to admire

the many members’ MGs and socialise with fellow

MGCCQ members.

As they say in the classics, it is not always about

the destination but often about the journey. We

turned this into a caravanning trip, taking the

opportunity to explore a number of towns in central

and west Queensland that have supported our

history or are now an integral part of the mining

industry.

The first vestiges of spring are just starting to

emerge from the chills of winter which is welcome

news to the roadster owners in our chapter. Very

soon the scarves, beanies and gloves will find their

rightful places in the bottom drawer……..bring on

summer!!

This hotel, with a history dating back to 1857,

typifies the rustic country Aussie pub. When you

step through the front doors, it is like a step back in

time with its wide floorboards and basalt open fire

place.

While the weather was rather brisk and not

conducive to driving open topped MGs, the warm

wood fire that greeted us made it trip worthwhile.

Considering the weather, we had a reasonable roll

up with everyone enjoying the jovial banter and

good food.

Participants: Greg & Beth Newey; Brian & June

Phillips; Helen Goodfellow & Del Jensen; Rob

Fraser; Ben & Angie Cain; Ron Gillis; Gary & Janis

Lawrence; Odeh Habash.

Jumpers & Jazz Festival 24 July

When you put Jumpers, Warwick and 24 July in on

sentence, the first thing that comes to mind is a cold

winter’s day.

Well, yes it was cold at 0645 as the Toowoomba

group hit the road to join our with our Warwick

group for the car display at the Jumpers and Jazz

Festival. By the time we arrived in Warwick an hour

or so later, the chill had left the air and we were

welcomed with a beautiful sunny day.

Lunch Run 13 July

The venue for our Chapter’s July mid-week run was

The Farmers Arms Hotel at Cabarlah, just north of

Toowoomba on the New England Highway.

The Jumpers and Jazz Festival is an annual event,

this year running from 21 to 31 July. It features live

street music, art displays, car displays and the very

quirky but fantastic displays of trees and shrubs

wrapped in various forms of knitted wool attire.

This year the warm day added to the atmosphere of

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pokies and keno tops off their visit to the club.

Although the place was crowded, most of the group

received their meals within a short space of time

however a couple of our members had a rather long

wait for their order to arrive.

While waiting, we did have the opportunity to

observe the methods of eating by some of our

companions. Brian kept us entertained by creating

all sorts of caricatures and effigies with his beans

and corn……. let the imagination run wild. He did

eat and enjoy them eventually.

what is a great day out for our members.

The MGs once again was given pride of place in the

street display thanks to our resident MG member

and chief marshal, Greg Newey. Our display

included a few B roadsters, a B GT, a C roadster, a

TC, a Jaguar Saloon, a couple of TR7s and a Mini

Cooper S, showing the diversity of vehicles owned

by our members

Participants: Phil & Marilyn O’Brien, John Smith,

Andrew & Susan Willesden, Greg & Beth Newey,

Glen & Bev Hadfield, Kevin & Cheryl Jaques, John

& Linda Aston and Gary & Janis Lawrence.

Lunch Run 10 August

Our visit to the Toowoomba City Golf Club

Restaurant must have been put on Facebook as I

think half of Toowoomba were there to dine with us.

Parking spaces near the building were non-existent,

and the ‘shuttle buggy’ just didn’t seem to go the

right route to pick me up, so a fair walk to the venue

was the order of the day.

The Golf Club is a very popular lunch time venue

for the locals as the range of meals is quite

extensive while the chance for a social flutter on the

It was great to see Graham & Lyn again as they

passed through on a caravanning trip to north

Queensland and to catch up with our regulars.

Participants: Ron & Judy Gillis; Odeh & Helen

Habash; Kev & Sylvia Johns; Gary and Janis

Lawrence; Brian & June Phillips; Graham & Lyn

Cope; Bob & Mavis Marsh

Monthly Run 28 August

Sunday 28 August highlighted a unique destination,

where we were treated to meeting Ross Plant, a

3rd generation cattleman turned horn and pewter

artisan. Ross and his wife Barbara are long time

personal friends of Susan and Andrew Willesden.

It was a perfect day for the run, with the almost

Spring weather bringing out a large MG contingent.

Fifteen cars and twenty-seven people enjoyed the

drive to Ross’s farm.

We headed off from Toowoomba, skirting around

Westbrook, Glenvale and Torrington to cross the

Warrego Highway on the new flyover. The view

from the bridge was stunning – you really get

an appreciation for the vastness of the Western

Downs.

On the Highway for only a few moments, we then

travelled through farmlands to Gowrie Junction and

further North, enjoying the gentle rolling hills, warm

sunshine and fresh country air. With Goombungee

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the morning tea destination, the farmland scenery

was only broken by the few houses of Meringandan

West.

Morning tea was a relaxing 40 minutes. About half

the contingent gave custom to the Goombungee

Antiques and Café Store, the remainder enjoying

BYO food and drink. This little country café is

definitely worth a visit. Their slogan ‘Fine Old Wares

and Scrumptious Country Fare” certainly proved to

be true. The words, ‘this is the best coffee I have

ever tasted’, were heard from several MG people.

After morning tea it was again a scenic country

drive along Peachy-Maclagan Road to the New

England Highway. Three kilometres out from Crows

Nest, we arrived at Ross’s farm, “The Croft”.

The cars parked in front of the big shed that houses

Ross’s horn and pewter workshop, providing an

excellent photo opportunity. Ross was as excited

about the MGs as we were about viewing his

unique craft, so he was there at the ready to

photograph the line- up. The picture was up on

his Facebook page “Crofters Craft – Horn and fine

pewter” before we got home.

In the workshop, pieces of his work were displayed

for sale, ranging from cufflinks, pots, kitchen knives,

and spoons, to corkscrews and salad servers. Ross

explained how he takes the raw cattle horn and cuts

and moulds it into various shapes for assembly with

the pewter, which he also moulds and shapes from

scratch. The shaping and moulding is done with a

range of wooden and metal moulds; a lathe and

presses. Each piece goes through several polishing

stages using different grades of sandpaper and

brushing tools.

After ‘The Croft’ we headed off to The Farmers

Arms Hotel at Cabarlah for some enjoyable food

and chitchat.

Our Chapter would like to extend a huge thank

you to Ross for allowing us to visit his home. Go to

www.crofterscraft.com to view Ross’s fine artistry.

Participants: John & Cheryl Smith, Glen & Bev

Hadfield, Delia Morey, Ron Fraser, Ron & Judy

Gillis, Alan & Deb Masking, Helen & Ian Goodfellow,

Kevin & Andrea Ritchie, Michael & Marilyn Keating,

Tony & Leigh Wright, Jim Carstens, Gene & Faye

Lucas, Brian & June Phillips, Andrew & Susan

Willesden, Gary & Janis Lawrence

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CHAPTER Chatter

Wide Bay Chapter

by David Hall and Lyn Hayward

Sunday 3rd July

The day after election day 4 Cars and 7 of our

members left Hervey Bay for Maryborough’s Anzac

Park for morning tea. WOW! What a surprise when

we turned the corner towards the park. There she

was the most beautiful MG TD you have ever seen!

John and Barbara Shields and their newly finished

restoration. I am sure our Foundation Coordinator

Ian Bryant would have been well pleased with the

restoration that John has achieved with his old car.

After morning tea and a lot of discussions about the

restoration, it was fitting that we headed to one of

Ian Bryant’s favourite spots, Teddington Weir. This

was for a short comfort stop which turned out to be

a very long stop as we chatted and looked again at

John’s restoration.

We discussed the Wondai Sprints and Show

and Shine and definitely decided to put it on the

calendar for next year. Peter Worland suggesting

that a group from the Wide Bay Chapter travel over

for the Sunday Show and Shine. Bill Manns thought

his racing days were over but is now craving to

renew his CAMS Licence and take the Porsche

Boxer out for a spin and legally lift the aerodynamic

fin at 140 kph. Lis, it sounds like you will have to

hold onto your hat.

Lyn who is always last to make a move looked at

her watch and said we had better get going as we

need to make our lunch destination by noon. So off

we headed and crossed the weir making a majestic

sight with an abundance of water spilling over the

wall. We travelled through scenic country side with

cane fields, cattle and Tuan Forestry to our lunch

destination.

We arrived at the Boonooroo Sandy Straights Bowls

Club for a reasonably priced Roast Meal including

Sweets and free Tea and Coffee for $10.00. What

a bargain! Everyone enjoyed their meal to top off a

relaxing day at a slower pace. We all agreed it was

the most pleasant friendly and informative day we

have had for a long time.

( Photos 01 and 02 here please)

24 July 2016

Well ... we have all heard those urban myths about

great car collections hidden in large sheds on little

used back roads. This time though it wasn’t a

myth and provided a great outing for the Wide Bay

Chapter. And it may well have set a record for our

run numbers!

The Hervey Bay Mob headed off early (for us) at

8.30 am and first stopped off at Howard to pick

up a few more members. At this stop a couple

of our passengers also took the opportunity to

try something different and swapped into other

cars, just for the fun of it. Our convoy of 12

cars (including an unbelievably HUGE 1960

Thunderbird) sedately headed on to the main

highway before sprinting to Childers and then along

the Goodwood Road to meet up with the Bundy

Crew at 10.15 am.

Well ... that was the plan!

It appears that there was a little confusion about

directions in the Bundy ranks but we all got together

by about 10.30 and our group (now of 24 cars)

were led along the roads amongst the Bundaberg

cane fields. There we found a rather large shed

with ... about 4 motor bikes, 20 or so immaculate

stationary engines, about 25 fully restored tractors

and somewhere around 40 to 50 cars. Putting the

icing on the cake, so to speak, our hosts had laid on

morning tea for our group of almost 50! And yes,

the home made sausage rolls were delicious.

The collection had a little of everything, some old,

some new, some restored, some not. I noticed

P76s, Morris Minors, Cortina GTs (including a 500)

as well as a Vanguard, Morris 8, Standard 10 Panel

Van, Valiant, Zephyr and lots of others ... including

two MGs, one an MGB Utility.

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There was rousing applause as we thanked Coral

and Barry Hoskins for their hospitality and for

sharing their passion with us. We left them with

good wishes, some photos of the day and an MGA

to add to their collection (OK, it was only 1/43 scale

but it is a start!). We will probably repeat the day

again next year when Coral and Barry have the

other half of their collection also on site.

Our day finished off with lunch at the Spotted Dog

Tavern in Bundaberg. Good food, served quickly

and lots of loud, happy conversation.

Sunday 31st July - The Bundy Crew had a great

MG run today with a drive through the country side

to Smiths Crossing for morning tea by the Kolan

River. Then cruised on to the Sea Side Café at

Moore Park Beach for a lovely lunch. There was a

great turn up with eleven people and six cars. Tracy

& Steve, Eric & Janelle, Judy, Peter & Margaret,

Jacki & Leigh, Selwyn & Sue all enjoyed this day

out. Contributed by Tracy & Steve Gable

.

Wednesday 3rd August - 21 Members and 11 cars

had a short run along the Esplanade to Urangan

heading through the countryside towards Torbanlea

winding our way back to one of our favourite

destinations for morning tea Arkarra Tea Gardens.

This was a special occasion for our club as Helen

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Bryant was taken for a run in the newly restored

MGTD of John Shields that used to belong to

Helen’s late husband Ian, our founding member.

We were met there by Darrell and Jackie Martin

who just wished to take the shorter run! 23

members sat down for a very enjoyable morning tea

with lots of jovial chatter and all having a great time

in one another company what a fantastic morning.

Saturday 13th August - Free Workshop Safety

Checks by David Hall

On Saturday the 13th we moved all the MGs out

of the workshop, did a quick sweep and a wipe up

of any oil spots and we were ready to go. After a

quick check of Kevin Fairhall’s Toyota Celica Dave

Roberts’ lovely little (Lowered) MGB roadster was

next on the hoist after we had to jack it up to be

able to fit the pads of the hoist under the car! As his

car had an oil leak in the Gearbox, (That can’t be

right it’s an MG!) we topped it up, greased the front

suspension, fixed some problems with the left rear

spring and made a check of the tyre pressures.

It was great to see Bill Mann and Peter Worland

and three visitors whose E type Jaguar had a

massive fuel leak and didn’t make it past their

driveway! Also Lance rocked up for morning tea

thanks to Lyn.

A good day had by those who attended; some

members did send apologies and wished us well for

a successful day which I consider we achieved.

Sunday 14th August - Elliott Heads Barefoot

Lawn Bowls - The Bundy Crew

Another gathering of the Bundy Crew for a run to

Riverview next to the Elliott River for Morning Tea

then off to the Elliott Heads Bowls Club for some

professional bowling - (well, we all tried) and then a

well earned lunch and some liquid refreshments.

The run was organised by Ron and Cherryl

Johnston with eight cars, six MGBs and one MGF

and one MGZR attending.

A great day was had by all and many stories told

about too much grass, too fast too slow, why did it

go that way? Contributed and photos by the Bundy

Crew

Wednesday 17th August - 9 cars left Hervey Bay

RV1 and regrouped at Teddington Rd Maryborough

berfore travelling through the undulating country

side to arrive at the weir. Those who were topless

could hear the sounds of tumbling water over the

weir.

After crossing and continuing on the scenic drive

through Bidwill and cane fields that were ready to

be harvested, we came across the Bidwill ladies

playing tennis at their local club who stopped and

waved to us.

The chef at Muddy Waters café was baking

fresh scones while we were travelling back to

Maryborough. It was a beautiful sunny morning and

we all enjoyed our scones, jam and cream. We all

happily chatted away reminiscing on another good

run thanks to Paul and Yvonne for organising. By

Paul Overton.

Report of WBC at Mackay event will be in next issue.

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CHAPTER Chatter

Far North Queensland Chapter

by John and Cherie Fransen

Sunday, 26 June 2016 - Cairns Interclub Annual

Sports Picnic Day held at Goomboora Park,

Brinsmead. Photos by members Wayne and Lyn

Morgan

At our lovely spot at the end of this great park, there

is a fast running creek along the side and our huge

group took up most of the end of the BBQ area

along with the four or five Clubs that get involved

each winter. It is always a fun day to mingle with

other like minded motoring enthusiasts, even if our

classic cars are a little smaller than all the rest. It

is not all about size as we all know. This year we

were outdone again however by the Top of The

State Hot Rod club in the games arena!

Great fun was had by all and below are a few of the

crowd and cars from the day.

Saturday 9 July

Strait on the Beach Cafe - Holloways Beach /

HiTide Port Douglas

Participants - Tony Basham (TD), John & Annette

Collet plus guests, Kim & Fiona Halloran plus

guests, Leon Johnson & Mum Zelma (Mini), Ken

Spain (MBG), Tony Boland & Yanti (TD), John &

Cherie Fransen (Midget), Steve & Maureen Girardi

(MGB)

We thought this coastal run might be a relatively

quiet one with some of the regulars being absent.

However it is pleasing to say we got a great turnout

from those that didn’t head south for the Townsville

V8 Supercars weekend, which proves to be a

popular event for us North Queenslanders who like

everything cars.

The group may have been smaller in number, but

we made up for it with good conversation and a

great morning tea venue overlooking the Pacific

Ocean at Holloways Beach, followed by a sunny

beach side drive up to Port Douglas and then a

tasty lunch. We were joined by a few extras who

were visiting the area. It was lovely to have them

join us. Another to join us was Leon’s lovely Mum

who had a nice run being a passenger in Tony’s TD

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on the way home. She was in her element and we

waved her off like royalty.

Kay’s ‘Supercharged’ TD joined us here and all

were suitably impressed with the effort Harvey and

his son had put in to get her on the road - today

being its maiden voyage. The weather clearing,

we drove 50 km west to Dimbulah township for

lunch. With a population of about 1500 and a great

community atmosphere, we stopped at Camp 64

Cafe for home made burgers and sandwiches. We

had a great time up there looking at all the local

goods they sell. It has a unique shop front and

coffee garden, where you can browse amongst old

memorabilia and learn about the interesting origin

of the name.

Once bellies were full it was a leisurely drive back

towards the coast, with most of the group stopping

at the Speewah Tavern for a break in the trip. We

were happy to discover the outdoor tables were in

the shape of the mighty Octagon, who organised

that before we got there? All in all it turned out a

perfect trip and everyone arrived home safely, after

our quite slippery start to the day.

Sunday 7 August 2016 - Mareeba Coffeeworks /

Camp 64 Dimbulah / Speewah Tavern

Participants - Kim & Fiona Halloran (Merc), Leon

Johnson (Mini), John & Cherie (Ford Ute), Steve

& Maureen (MGB), Graham & Pauline Hepburn

(Sprite), Wayne & Lyn Morgan (Cruiser), Brendon

& June Hammersley (MGB), John & Annette

Collet (MGA), Bob & Patty Ingram (MGA), John &

Helen Honan (MGB), Harvey & Kay Williams (the

‘Supercharged’ TD).

Plans changed quickly today with what was

supposed to be a drive south to Mission Beach

literally turned on its axle, where we headed west

into the hills instead. The southward weather

looked dismal, so we agreed going inland was a

better option. There was a variety of vehicles today,

with deciding factors being mechanical/garage

issues together with the prospect of heavy rain

equalling potholes.

The group at camp, Lunch at

camp, Harveys TD and a wet

start to the day.

It was extremely slippery driving up the Kuranda

Range in the drizzle and possibly due to spillage on

the road a few lost grip, not to mention an oncoming

ute sliding into the path of one of our members,

thankfully being a near miss. That was enough

excitement for the day so we crept cautiously onto

the Mareeba Coffeeworks and sat down for a nerve

settling bevvy and of course cake! Harvey and

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CHAPTER Chatter

Whitsundays Chapter

by Cathie Meredith

Ed: With the Chapter being formed only days before

the deadline for this issue of the Octagon, it is

amazing that we are able to have this contribution.

Many thanks, Cathie.

What a wonderful weekend was had in the

Whitsundays for the formation of a new chapter.

It was amazing to see so many beautiful MGs

in Mackay from all over the State for the first

Combined Chapter Meeting. A big thank you to

everyone who took so much time to travel so far for

the event.

On Friday I took the opportunity to have lunch at

the Sarina RSL with some old friends from the

Capricorn Chapter on their way north. Later that

afternoon we passed many MGs from Brisbane on

our way home from work, catching up with David

and Meryl’s Magnette at the intersection just before

the Windmill Motel.

Friday night’s Noggin and Natter at the Windmill

Motel certainly proved why the club claims to be the

friendliest car club in Queensland. Everyone was

so friendly and tables full of strangers were soon

tables of new friends.

Saturday morning saw 46 cars on display at the

Mackay Aero Club. Some of the local cars gracing

the field included a 1927 14/28, an Austin Healey

roadster which posed for photos with the Tiger Moth

biplane, an Austin ute, a showroom condition TF

and a Panther Silver Lima which snuck in the side

to join the show.

After a delicious BBQ lunch catered by the Aero

Club, some members took the opportunity for a

drive to the Hay Point coal loading facility lookout.

The facility provided lots of information about the

dual Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay coal loading

terminals, including where the coal comes from and

where it goes. Five ships were docked being loaded

with more than 30 ships anchored in the roads

awaiting loading.

Saturday night saw the official meeting to form

the “Whitsundays Chapter” of the MG Car Club of

Queensland. I was hoping that someone might put

their hand up to be the Chapter Co-ordinator, but

the consensus was that I was the best woman for

the job. I will try to live up to expectations.

Sunday morning saw an early start, with a massive

MG presence at the Covered in Chrome Old School

Breakfast at the Harbour. Many Mackay locals took

the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful cars on

display. From the Harbour we travelled through the

city centre and then north on the Highway for a brief

pit stop at The Leap Hotel before travelling on to the

Pinnacle Family Hotel for a famous Pinnacle Pie for

lunch. Andrew, the publican, couldn’t wait to take

our lunch orders so he could take his camera out to

the oval and take photos of all of his favourite cars

visiting the hotel.

After lunch we continued up the Pioneer Valley to

the hill climb up the Eungella Range. At the top

of the hill we stopped at the Eungella Chalet and

were rewarded with a beautiful panorama of the

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Pioneer Valley before us. A short drive further along

to Broken River rewarded many, including me, with

their first glimpse of a platypus in the wild.

After negotiating the hill descent, the Pioneer Valley

Classic Car Club House in Mirani was the next stop

for an afternoon BBQ catered by Variety Bash Car

626. After that, it was back to Mackay to prepare

for the homeward journey. After enjoying beautiful

weather all weekend, Monday morning dawned wet

and windy. Even Mother Nature was sad to see all

the MGs departing.

Once again, thank you to everyone who travelled

to Mackay for the weekend to make it such a great

event. The Whitsundays Chapter should have

plenty of opportunities for road trips, with offers

of meetings in Townsville with FNQ Chapter and

meeting in Rockhampton with Capricorn and Wide

Bay Chapters. Looking forward to many motoring

adventures to come. Cheers, Cathie

Photos from the first Whitsundays Chapter run

on Sunday 21 August to Pinnacle, Eungella and

Broken River.

Photos supplied by Chapter Coordinator, Cathie

Meredith

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The JuDDi

by Dean Tighe; photos by Steve Johns

I must admit that opening the Octagon last

month and seeing a picture of JuDDi on the

cover brought a very large smile to my face,

and I very much thank Elaine for selecting

us for the cover. As a result of that she was

asked by an interested reader if I would do

an article on the car for the magazine. ‘Love

to’, I said so here we are.

Well , it all started in about December 1995,

at the dinner table at Mum and Dad’s house.

Paul Van Wijk was over for dinner - which

happened a bit - and the conversation turned

to dad’s B37 F 5000. ‘So what is happening

with that?’ was the question. ‘It needs to be

put back together’ was the answer. ‘ So.’

I asked, ‘If I put it back together, can I hill

climb it?’ ‘Yes,’ was the answer. Woo hoo, I

thought, this will be fun.

Over the next few months I pieced the B37

back together and went testing at Lakeside

in about March the next year. Never have I

ever got out of a car shaking so much. I had

to sit down and calm my nerves, but back

in I got and that year I was 3rd at Bathurst

in the AHC. The next Year at Morwell I was

2nd after a weekend where everything went

wrong.

Then work stepped in. We had to move

Ivan Tighe Engineering out of West End. I

made the decision to sell the B37 and build

a building which has turned out, over the

last ten years, to have been a very good

decision. I kept the 6 litre alloy engine and

put the cast iron 5 litre back in the car, and

sadly said goodbye. But, from that time,

I was determined to somehow build a V8

powered hill climb car.

Forward to a Wednesday morning some

time in about 2007. I had been looking for a

carbon tub to attach my 6 litre Chev to. The

F3000 cars were too big, and the price for

a car out of the UK was way outside of my

budget. But then, fate stepped in.

It was 6.30 in the morning, at Brisbane

Airport, and I was heading to Adelaide

via Sydney, and who just happened to be

getting on the same plane? John Campbell

and Stuart Hooper. ‘Where are you guys

off to?’ I asked. ‘To Sydney to buy a 1995

F3 Dallara,’ was the answer. ‘What are you

going to do with that?’ I asked. ‘We are

going to make a sports car out of it?’ Light

Bulb moment!!….. 12 months later , John

had finished with the tub and I had the next

piece of the puzzle.

We then forward to the AHC at Mt Cotton in

2013. Dad and I were watching the quick

cars going up the first hill. The Gould GR55

heads up the hill and Ivan turns to me and

says: “Your Chev isn’t going to be quick

enough son, you need something faster.”

The next day I found an EV Judd that Dad

had been working on 5 years earlier, in

Brisbane. It had a very large hole in the

side of the block where a couple of con rods

had decided to leave in a hurry.

So the work began:

I guess I am running a little late. The boys are hyped

and ready to go

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To attach the engine to the back of the

tub we made alloy plates to bolt on to the

existing F3 mounts and there is a large

alloy plate carboned into the area under the

fuel tank for the bottom mount to attach to.

This gets the engine as close to the back

of the tub as can be -- about 1.5 mm to be

exact. The fuel cell only takes up half of the

area it did before, so all the ecu , fuel pumps

, dash and whole heap of other electronics

are all in the tub between the seat and the

engine. The fuel tank is in an FIA approved

bladder in the bottom half of the tank, about

15 litres. We use a Holley Fuel mat for a

pick up, works really well. If you haven’t

seen one , Google it, it really is amazing.

The tub itself is a 1995 Dallara F3 with

1996 wide track front arms and 2001 front

uprights. This uses a mono shock on the

front and Bellville washers to control the roll.

(I am still coming to grips with how that all

works.) That is why you see the car carry

the inside front wheel so much.

The rack is standard Dallara, but I have

shortened the steering arms to give it more

lock. The brake callipers are the same all

round with Performance Friction, basically

an up-rated F3 brake. The Pedal box is a

bit tricky with floating cylinders and an uprated

alloy pedal with higher ratio, all from

Tilton. (I wanted an AP, but man was that

expensive.)

The nose is an up swept type 1996 model

Dallara F3 one and the front wing is a

Sauber 2012 F1, Monaco spec, which we

have just found out has 4 Kg of lead in it.

(That is a job for Christmas - to get that out

of there.) Wing mounts are a temporary item

that have been there for 2 years; they are on

the ‘to do’ list as well.

The engine took a bit to repair. We welded

up the block and sump, which still leaks

a bit, but all worked out OK. We made a

new crank in-house, STD is 58mm, the

new one is 63mm and the bore is the same

at 99mm, giving 3940cc. Con rods are

Carrilo, pistons are JE, with a Nicoseal type

aluminium linear. Valve closure is valve

spring. I think these are the last of the valve

spring engines of the era of F1. Valves are

hollow steal and the buckets are std type ,

camshafts are very thin hollow tubes with

an alloy tube inside so the oil doesn’t fill the

whole shaft with oil - very tricky thinking -

and driven from the back of the engine.

The oil system is one pressure on the left

hand side and 4 separate scavenge on the

right hand side, gear driven from the front of

the engine.

One of the things I did change was to fit

longer trumpets, by about 150mm, and

move the injectors to shoot straight into the

top of the open trumpet. Flat slides control

the air. Air box is all carbon.

The exhaust is Inconel and is a 4 into 2 into

1 system, giving more torque on a wider

power spread.

Clutch is a Carbon/Carbon and the Flywheel

is a 6 series hard anodised one we have

made.

ECU is M800 Motec and data storage is

Motec as well. I don’t run a dash, as such,

in the car , just have a MDD (Mini Digital

Dash) on the steering wheel ( which we

made) to show me the important stuff, which

I never look at anyway.

The most amazing thing about the engine

is that, if I unbolt it from the tub and the

gearbox, 100% complete with everything, it

weighs in at about 120kg.

The gearbox is a really nice piece of Kit, a

TMT 200, which is only about 4 years off

the drawing board at Hewland, 6 speed

sequential, with full throttle up shift fitted.

This is controlled though the Motec with a

strain gauge in the gearstick. The gear ratios

are all changeable, and the 2nd to 6th are

all the same gear, which allows you to put

them anywhere. At Mt Cotton I run a lower

3rd than 2nd and use 3rd for the hairpin

the second time. It has an all Magnesium

case, and has a paddle shift option for the

future (which costs almost as much as the

whole gear box did). The diff is currently a

Cam and Pawl type, not sure for how much

longer, might have a Salisbury in it soon.

The bell housing was made in-house and

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contains the oil tank,

clutch, water swirl

pot and the swirl pot

to de-air the return

oil. ( That took a few

redesigns! ) This is

made out of 6 series

and hard anodised.

The odd thing about

this area is that there

is no room for a

starter, so we use an

external starter driven

though the gearbox

and clutch.

The rear suspension

was all designed

especially for the car, by Ralph Bellamy (

ex F1 designer at Lotus , and lots of other

places) and is pushrod design, with rockers

and the shock absorbers going towards the

rear wing. The rear wing is all carbon Gould

attached by 6 series alloy mounts. The

floor is also a custom design from Ralph;

the mould and floor were made by Bruce at

Lighting composites on the Gold Coast, and

skirts are fitted, because we can.

There is plenty more, and if you would like

to know anything please come along to Mt

Cotton and ask; Cheryl, Greg , Liam and I

are always happy for a chat.

At the last Mt Cotton, I went from a 37.94

Outright Club record to a 36.99. This was

not one weekend’s work but a combination

of lots of weeks of running the car and finally

have it all together at the same time.

And, to be honest, a lot of the credit goes

to Paul Masterton. He has been working for

more than 3 years or so now on getting the

car sorted. So as part of the Sunday’s runs,

he asked me to do a run with the traction

control on, OK. So run 3 was a 37.78. I

said to Greg that we would turn the TC on

for run 4. He asked the question - Why?

The answer? Paul asked us to, OK? The

result? Run 4 was a 37.08. Well, you don’t

think I was surprised! Thanks Paul. The next

was a 36.99.

Hill climbing is a Family affair - Cheryl, Liam Price,

Jeremy Mattea, Charlize and myself prepare for a Day

At Mt Cotton.

Where to now? Well, since Mt Cotton , we

have been to Tamworth, we won there and

were only 0 .3 off the record. Next we went

to Ringwood and we won there as well, on a

track that doesn’t suit the car.

The car still has an understeer issue. Since

the 36.99 , we have gone up 200lb in the

rear spring rate, softened the front roll by

50%, and - as I type this - we are increasing

the rear spring rate again, moving the rear

wing, and inventing a rear anti roll bar

system. The next round at Mt Cotton is on

the2nd week of September for round 4, and

then it is off to Adelaide for the S.A. Title,

(which we lost last year by 0.08 on the last

run) and then Canberra for the next round

of the NSW championship. Then back to Mt

cotton for round 5.

So is there a 35 in JuDDi? Yes

Is there a low 35 in JuDDi? Yeah I think so.

Is there a 34 in JuDDi? Not sure, but I am

going to give it one hell of a go!

It has been a very long time since a

Queenslander has won the AHC at home,

and I would like to think that where ever Dad

is, he is having a quiet glass of red, and is

proud of me.

Watch this space….

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A QUICK LOOK AT POST WORLD WAR 2 QUEENSLAND MOTOR

(Part 5 in his series ‘A History of Motorsport in Queensland’)

by Malcolm Spiden

Victory in Europe (V.E. Day) was achieved in

early May 1945, some state the 7th May others

8th May. Within 6 months the first race meeting

was held on 9 September 1945 in Paris’s Park,

the Bois de Boulogne, with a lap of 1.75 miles.

Enough racing cars had been carefully hidden

during the war years from all advancing armies

from different sides. Organised by the Independent

Drivers’ Association it honoured the resistance

fighters with the first race, the Robert Benoist Cup

for 1500 cc cars won by Amedee Gordini. The

Liberation Cup for the 2000 cc cars went to the

Maserati of Henri Louveau with the main event,

the Prisoners’ Cup being won by the Bugatti of

Jean-Pierre Wimille. Some thought this event was

frivolous and a waste of scarce resources however

some 90,000 spectators attended this event.1

Thus if people in Europe would attend then would

the same not be able to be organised in Queensland,

provided enough cars could be found and

prepared for such an event. The first event was

near Fahey’s Crossing with a motorcycle rally and

a miniature TT event on Saturday 3 March 1946.2

In Brisbane, Speedway was the first form to

re-commence as there was an established venue,

namely the Brisbane Exhibition. Saturday night 9

March 1946 was a Motor Carnival which included

bicycle racing (1/2 mile handicap), trotting, speedcar

events (6 lap races) and a fireworks display.

Of the speed car drivers in reports were Belf

Jones, Fred Baker, George Bonser, Johnny Reid,

Jim Cross, Bob Playfair and Ray Revell.3

Prior to the 1939-1945 conflict, motor cycle races

were able to be conducted on city and country

showgrounds as well as on public roads such as

at Kingston. Motor car races were not permitted

possibly due to a fatal accident at the Deagon

Racecourse (which still exists on Broad Street).

During the All Powers Australasian Grass Track

Championships on 26 January 1928 Edgar “Ted”

Hanlon driving his 30-98 Vauxhall, on a practice

run in preparation for a 5 lap handicap race for

motor car, lost a tyre and crashed with fatal

results. This occurred after the morning motor

cycle races and during the lunch break. Thus

no motor car events were permitted on Deagon

Racecourse or any other venue.4 Motor car

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events were confined to hillclimbs (at Mt Coot

Tha, Mt Gravatt, and Whites Hill), acceleration

tests (i.e. sprints at Coopers Plains, Myrtletown

and Strathpine on South Pine Road) plus

intrastate and interstate reliability trials. Finally

in August 1939 motor car races were permitted

on the Rosewood showgrounds promoted by

Queensland Motor Sporting Club (QMSC). There

was planning for the 1942 Australian Grand Prix

to be held at Coolangatta which of course could

not be conducted. QMSC was re-formed by pre

war competitors Chas Whatmore, Keith Thallon,

Snow Sefton and Theo Trevethan and QMSC

would promote motor races, hillclimbs and trial

events in the ensuing years.

Post war a suitable venue was found. In the Pine

Rivers region 3 airfields were in use during 1939

– 1945. A1 and A3 fields used a grassed landing

strip as the runway whilst the A2 airfield at

Strathpine had a sealed landing strip. This was

the airfield base of the 548 Squadron of Spitfires

and today is the site of the Pine Rivers State High

School.5 Until late 1959 this Strathpine airfield

site was under the control of both the Commonwealth

Government of Defence and the Department

of Interior as it was then sold to developers

with the final race meeting on 11 October 1959.

The circuit was described as basically down one

side of the airfield around some hay bales and

44 gallon drums then back along the opposite

side to form a lap of about 1.4 miles. The width of

the airfield was some 150 feet with straights just

about .6 of a mile long.6

First motor car races (circuit) event post 1945 in

Brisbane was promoted by Frank Arthur as the

Victory races on 11 August 1946. A combination

of 2 bicycle, 4 motor cycle and 2 motor car events

formed the programme, with Grand Prix titles

given to the cycle events (3.5 laps Junior GP, 7

laps Senior GP); Motor Cycles (17.5 laps GP, 7

laps Junior GP, 7 laps Lightweight GP, and 7 laps

All Powers handicap) whilst cars held a 25 mile

All Powers Victory trophy (18 laps of the approximate

1.4 mile circuit) and a 7 lap handicap event.

A reported 7000 cars brought some 40,000

spectators to attended this meeting to see Frank

Kleinig (Hudson Special) win the main handicap


SPORT HISTORY - THE 1940’s

Chas Whatmore at Whites Hill in his

Jaguar. (Photo from Trevor Chappell)

event from John Crouch (MGTC), W. Mathieson

(SS Jaguar) and Snow Sefton (Ford V/8).7 From

the 1946-47 Commonwealth of Australia Year

Book the population of metropolitan Brisbane was

stated as 402,172, Redcliffe (8888 people) and

Ipswich (26218 people).8

A second event was held on 24 November

1946 - the Queensland Airstrip Championship

Speed Carnival, with races for Sidecar handicap

(5 laps), for motor cycles a Lightweight Championship

(5 laps), a Junior Championship (5

laps), Senior Championship (10 laps) All Powers

Handicap (10 laps) and for motor cars (handicap

over 1500cc, Open All Powers (5 laps) and the

main event, the Strathpine 20 car handicap (28

miles) which won by Bill Murray in his Terraplane

Special. With some 30,000 spectators attending,

other competitors listed in the newspapers were

Walter Mathison (Jaguar SS), Chas Whatmore

(Ford V8), Brian Chatterton (Austin 7), John Nind

(MG), Alf Najar (MG), Ray Revell (Speedcar), Bill

McLachlan (MG), Snow Sefton (Ford V8) and

Hope Bartlett (MG Supercharged).8aThe Strathpine

circuit was also used for Sprints in those

days and were just standing and flying quarter

mile acceleration tests.

Events at Strathpine continued in 1947 and as

reported in the newspapers included QMSC

sprints on 22 June 19479, Strathpine Speed

Carnival on 10 August where Rex Law won the

25 mile main race in his Austin Special in front

of 25,000 spectators.10 Other events were at

the Oxley Speedway on the western side of what

is now Donaldson Road on 25 July 194711 and

14 December.12 On 20 September QMSC held

a night reliability trial which commenced in Brisbane

at midnight to venture to Beaudesert then

Coulsen, Ipswich, to Mt Crosby with a second

division through Dayboro, Samford to Petrie. Results

gave a tie with K Thallon (Hillman utility) and

R Howlett (Ford utility) then Rex law (Chrysler

sedan), L Lloyd (Morris Utility), Theo Trevethan

(Ford Tourer), Miss Connie Jordan (MG) and B

Ford (Chrysler).13 The first hillclimb after the war

was at Whites Hill hillclimb on 6 December 1947

where a thunderstorm stopped proceedings as

the surface became slippery and very muddy

but not before Chas Whatmore (Studebaker

speedcar) set the fastest time.14 It was common

for Speedcars to compete at the sealed surface

Strathpine as well as on the dirt surfaces. Drivers

such as Chas Whatmore and John Maxwell in his

Riley Special appear in results.

Events in 1948 saw Whites hill on 24 January

where Chas Whatmore held the outright record

at 32.2 seconds15, Strathpine sprints where the

American and local Speedway drivers competed

with Cal Niday, Perry Grimm, Johnny Peers,

Bob Playfair, Chas Whatmore and Rex Law on

Monday 29 March 1948 16; QMSC all day rally

on 16 May won by Mrs Keith Thallon (Hillman 10)

from K Saunds (Vauxhall V/8 special), B Dance

(Oldsmobile) and C Bennett (Willys 77) from the

start in Gregory Terrace to Fahey’s Crossing via

Zillmere, Strathpine and Clear Mountain.17

First race meeting on the Lowood airfield was

held on Sunday 20 June 1948. Lowood was

the home of Number 71 Squadron RAAF Avron

from which conducted coastal patrols against

Japanese submarines (Google search). The lap

distance was 2.825 miles and the main event at

the first meeting, the Queensland Road Racing

Championships, was won by O A (Snow) Sefton

in his Ford V8 (V8 engine on a Jeep chassis

using a 4 wheel drive transmission) from Keith

Thallon (Jaguar SS 100) and Chas Whatmore

(Studebaker). Some 5000 spectators attended

and the map of the circuit shows the Start/Finish

line on the back straight between Castrol Corner

and BP Bend not on the main straight as most

associate with the circuit.18

Strathpine on 8 August 1948 gave a mix

programme of both motor car and motor cycle

events as with all race meetings in this period.

In the up to 1500 cc handicap C Anderson

(Wolseley Hornett) won from D Forster (Wolseley

Hornett) then Col Robinson (MGTC) and Miss

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Connie Jordan (MGTA). Short handicap saw

drivers Walter Mathison (Jaguar), Doug McDougal

(Riley Spec), J Howlett (Ford V8 Spec) and

K Bailey (Ford A Spec). The Open handicap

had Jack Wright (Ford Spec), Chas Whatmore

(Studebaker), KeithThallon (Jaguar SS 100), and

Rex Law (Austin).19

On 26 February 1949 Chas Whatmore set a new

record of 44.1 at Whites Hill hillclimb and again

light rain made the surface slippery.20 QMSC

had requested the Brisbane City Council, the

owners of the Whites Hill site, to resurface the

track. They cited that a lack of a sealed surface

precluded the holding of the Australian Hillclimb

Championships in Brisbane. The AHC would

attract many thousands of southern visitors. The

council estimated that this cost to seal would

be approximately £2015 and advised that the

expenditure was not warranted.21

However the major event of 1949 was the Australian

Grand Prix. On 21 January Lowood was

selected to be the venue with the AGP on Sunday

19 June subject to approval by the appropriate

authorities.22 Strathpine was seen as too limited

in length to hold a Grand Prix. It is reported the

RAAF apparently refused to give permission and

the newspapers suggested the local residents

would not allow such an event to be held on a

Sunday. However previous events at Lowood

had occurred on Sundays. Then a search for a

suitable site was undertaken where four sites

being considered with Leyburn being selected as

the only useable site although it had never before

been used for racing.

Previously a base for B24 Liberator bombers

(Squadron 99) during WW2 it was now divided

among three farming families, Hamblin, Porter

and Backhouse. A basic triangular layout this

circuit had a length of 4.3 miles and was approximately

6 miles north of the town about where

Liberator Avenue is today. The National Competition

Committee of the Australian Automobile

Association (AAA) which until 1953 was the controlling

authority for Australian Motor Sport had

set out new guidelines to raise the public status

of this event. This included rotating the event to

all States so it was truly a National Grand Prix,

incorporating a massed or scratch race start as

occurred with Grands Prix of other nations, over

a substantial distance and only allow the term

grand prix title. This was the first AGP held as a

scratch race as previous AGPs were held under

a handicap starting order of either one at a time

on their handicap time or in engine capacity

groups but not all together. The AGP was held on

18 September 1949 where a crowd of between

25,000 to 30,000 spectators watch the Grand Prix

won by John Crough in a 3.5 litre Delahaye from

Ray Gordon (MGTC), Arthur Rizzo (Riley Special),

Peter Critchley (MGTB Special), Allan Larsen

(Cadillac Special), Curley Brydon (MGTC),

Irwin Luke (Bugatti Type 37), Theo Trevethan

(Ford V8 Special), H McGuire (MGTC) and Col

Robinson (MGTC).23 A handicap event was

conducted in conjunction with the Grand Prix with

the results Gordon from Luke, Brydon, Critchley

and Crouch.24

Final event for 1949 was a hill climb at Kenmore

on 4 December. The only location found

is a tricky course of 660 yards ‘on a property

opposite the Kenmore Sanatorium’ and later ‘a

Church was built in the middle of the hill’.25 The

handicap section was won by J Hillhouse (MGTC,

28.9 secs less 5.5 secs = handicap time 23.4),

J McLennan (MGTC, 29.2 – 5.5 = 23.7), Allan

Larsen (Cadillac, 26.4 – 2.5 = 24.8), L Austin

(MGTC, 29.5 – 5.5 = 24.0), Jack Wright (Ford

Special, 28.2 – 4.0 = 24.2), Chas Whatmore

(Studebaker, 24.5 less no handicap time = 24.5),

Rex Law (Cadillac Special, 24.8), Keith Saunders

(Ford Vaux, 30.2 – 5.25 = 24.95), Theo Trevethan

(Ford Special, 29.0 – 4.0 = 25.0), S James (Ford

V8, 29.3 – 4.25 = 25.05), F Reid (Hillman Minx,

40.6 – 12.0 = 28.6) and D Mason (Ford Vaux,

34.4 – 5.0 = 29.4)26

REFERENCES:

1 Ludvigsen, Karl, “Classic Grand Prix Cars the Front-engined Era

1906 – 1960” 2nd edition, p 107, Haynes Publication, 2006.

2 Telegraph, 4 March 1946, p10.

3 Truth, 10 March 1946, p9

4 Courier Mail, 27 January 1928, p13

5 Marks, Roger R., Queensland Airfields WW2 – 50 Years On, R and J

Marks, Brisbane, 1994.

6 Telegraph, 25 November 1946, p12

7 Courier Mail, 12 August 1946, p8

8 Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia no 37 1946-47,

Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, Canberra, 1949,

pp708 -710

8a Courier Mail, 25 November 1946, p3

9 Courier Mail, 23 June 1947, p8

10 Courier Mail, 11 August 1947, p7

11 Telegraph, 26 July 1947, p11

12 Courier Mail, 15 December 1947, p1

13 Telegraph, 22 September 1947, p12

14 Truth, 7 December 1947, p20

15 Truth, 24 January 1948, p10

16 Courier Mail, 30 March 1948, p

17 Telegraph, 17 May 1948, p

18 Courier Mail, 21 June 1948, p5

19 Courier Mail, 9 August 1948, p6

20 Telegraph, 26 February 1949, p26

21 Telegraph, 9 July 1949 p13

22 Telegraph 21 January 1949 p27

23 The Official 50-Race History of the Australian Grand Prix, R and T

Publishing, Sydney, 1986, pp 138-147

24 Toowoomba Chronicle, 19 September 1949, p1

25 Motorsport in Queensland, Vol 1, Number 3, 3 November 1953, p10.

26 Telegraph 5 December 1949 p29

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