Run to Nepean Dam - Sunday 18 March 2018


Unseasonably hot weather meant that numbers were down on this run to Nepean Dam with David, Suzie and Ollie in their modern and Mae and Paul in their Superminx, and a plan to meet new member Alan Sidra and his wife Mary in their 1948 Minx sedan at the dam. 

Having met at the Pheasant’s Nest Road House on the Hume Highway we set off for the dam only to be met by the disappointing news that the dam was closed because of the total fire ban that was in place. 

After an internet search for an alternative venue, we set off for the Wirrimbirra Sanctuary at Bargo.  En route we got a call from Alan who invited us for lunch to a property in Buxton where he was visiting.   Despite the best efforts of Google maps we managed to find the address and were welcomed by Alan and his wife Mary.  Alan’s 1948 Minx sedan, with new historic plates, was sheltering in the garage out of the heat.   Mary had prepared a delightful variety of dishes for lunch which we all enjoyed very much.

David, Suzie and Ollie set off after lunch to Wirrimbirra for Ollie to look at the animals while the rest of us chatted away the afternoon.  We headed home via Mittagong, Bowral and Macquarie Pass with the Hillman performing faultlessly despite the heat. 

Our sincere thanks to Alan and Mary for their generous hospitality.

Breakfast at Wiseman's Ferry - 21 January 2018

The New Year was celebrated with a drive to Wisemans Ferry on Sunday morning 21st January for a breakfast meeting in the park.

Delicious bacon and egg rolls were served from the barbecue and enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Walter for the photos.

All British Day - 27 August 2017

The early morning sun shone brightly but the wind was cold as 11 of our beautiful Hillmans headed for the Kings School Parramatta for the annual All British Day.
Our fine selection of cars was headed by John and Carol’s 1935 Minx ‘Greenbottle’, pride of the fleet. David Easton joined us for the first time and drove the Hunter down from the Mountains for its’ longest run yet since restoration. David was joined by 3 more Hunters driven by Kim and Sue, Walter and Lois.  Gary drove the immaculate Californian and Arthur the prize-winning Gazelle. Minxes were well represented by Geordie and Colin with Bruce and Hazel driving the ever-faithful convertible. Geoff’s Imp made up the final collection and the cars all looked great.
We actually had Channel 7 coverage in the evening news, as the chopper hovered above our
cars with a close-up view and Hillmans were mentioned in the commentary.
There were the usual huge crowds during the day with some traffic issues during the afternoon. The weather was turning a little ugly to the south and owners were becoming anxious to exit the display, and head for home, which was not helping the traffic congestion.
Thanks to all club members for making our display a success and special thanks to Colin Ringrose for representing the Hillman Owners Club as an official during the day.   Much appreciated.

Thanks to Geoff Green for the report and to Walter Anker for the photographs

National Motoring Heritage Day - Sunday 21st May 2017 - The Entrance

Only two Hillmans were to be seen at the 2017 Heritage Day  out of approximately one hundred cars (a very small collection compared to last year) at the Memorial Park The Entrance.


Thank you to Walter for representing HOCA and sharing the photos.

National Motoring Heritage Day - Sunday 21st May 2017 - Wentworth Falls

We were treated to a very pleasant morning where members met at Glenbrook Tourist Park - along with a number of Studebaker drivers.
We headed off for a short drive to Wentworth Falls Lake, originally built as water supply to steam trains plying the mountains, using a lot of coal from Lithgow in the era of steam locos. It is now a lovely clean lake with amenities and picnic areas. On arrival, we had company of Studebakers, early Ford Falcon owners, the first four models ... Morris, MG’s, Valliant’s, a Morgan and a 1970’s Opel 2 door coupe.
In the absence of a B-B-Q our President elected not to eat his steak raw, but was nourished by the kind Mae who shared some lunch with him, as well as offers from Sue and Cheryl of additional snacks. We all travelled home after good company and many interesting cars.

Thank you to Vern for your report of this event.

Members in attendance were: Geoff Green in his cherished Imp; Paul and Mae in 1962 Superminx Mk II; Kim and Sue in Hunter Royal; Arthur Patrick in his lovely Gazelle; Vern and Cheryl in 1969 HC Hunter and new members David, Susie and Oliver Easton, in 1970 HC Hunter (Bob),  enjoying his first run in 10 years.

Welcome to HOCA David, Susie and Oliver!

David wrote the following report of his family’s first outing at a club event. Thank you David!

As I didn’t drive all the way back down the highway to the official meeting spot at Glenbrook, I missed arriving at the Lake in convoy with the club. I hadn’t wanted to push Bob too hard on his first “big” drive in almost 10 years. Apart from Kim’s Royal getting a bit steamed up climbing the hill to Glenbrook there were no dramas (that I heard of) getting to Wentworth Falls. It was the first time I had been on the displaying side of one of these gatherings rather than the purely admiring side and I wasn’t really sure what was required of me, apart from turning up. It turned out that turning up was the main thing.  This was no concourse show, just a nice low key way to admire some old cars and have a pleasant day out.
Some heavy rain on Friday night meant that we unfortunately had to stay off the grass, so the cars ended up scattered about the carpark, in amongst the modern stuff. I was a bit disappointed by this, as I’d been looking forward to Bob taking his place in a row of gleaming Hunters and other Rootes offerings. I’d even given him a polish in honour of the event so he wouldn’t look too out of place among the other cars. Despite this minor setback there were a nice variety of cars turned out.
The eclectic mix saw an 80’s Nissan Bluebird displayed next to a 60’s Opel GT next to a bullnose Morris. I had the thrill of someone I didn’t know admiring Bob, peering through his windows and reminiscing about how “My uncle used to have one of these…..”. The weather was glorious, perfect for sitting around by the lake snacking and swapping stories of recent mechanical failures, bush mechanic triumphs and electronic coffee cups.
Early afternoon people started packing up to head their separate ways home. I extracted my son Oliver from the playground (this may have involved a bribe from the Mr Whippy van that turned up around 3pm) and we headed back up the hill to Blackheath after an enjoyable day’s outing. Thanks everyone for the company!


Thanks to Paul for the photos and to Kim and Sue for organising the event.


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