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.

Breakfast at Wiseman's Ferry 21st January 2017

The weather was very pleasant, all enjoyed bacon and eggs for breakfast, whilst chatting and catching up after the Christmas break. Thanks to all those who attended.

Geoff and Libby in their modern, Bob and Sue in their Safari, Wayne and Cecil in Wayne's modern, Geordie in his Hunter station wagon, Arthur in his Gazelle, John and Carol in their modern, John Wood in his Safari and ourselves (Kim and Sue) in our Hunter.

It was well after lunch by the time everyone made their way back home.

Thanks to Libby Prescott for the photos and to Sue Bolin for the report.

Christmas Lunch at Tennyson Saturday 3 December 2016

A big thanks to Kim and Sue for hosting us for our Christmas lunch this year. We had a lovely time catching up with friends and relaxing in their terrific bushland setting. Despite our anticipation, the resident goanna refused to make his appearance, leaving us a little disappointed, though very relieved.

Most members were met by Kim at Macquarie Park Windsor at around 11am before heading off  a little after 11.30am to travel to Kim and Sue's.  We took a short run through the lowlands and Freemans Reach, which is always a nice drive - though the countryside is very dry at the moment. Two other members sadly had to work for part of the day, but joined us in plenty of time for lunch.

On arrival at Tennyson we parked the club cars close to the road for passersby to see with the club banner proudly on display.

Attending -  Peter and Rhonda's '64 Minx, Vern and Cheryl’s '69 Hunter (also Cheryl's mum Betty in Cheryl's modern),  Geoff's '65 Imp, Arthur’s '66 Gazelle,   Paul and Mae's '62 Superminx, 2 of Kim's Hunters, and Colin in his modern. We had 1 visitor (Warren), a friend of Kims from the Peugeot Club.

Our lunch was delicious and we  appreciated the efforts of our hosts who made us feel right at home. Many thanks to those who brought something to share.

A good day was had by all.   

Bundeena Run Wednesday 2 November 2016.

We met at Waterfall on a perfect spring morning and set off down the Old Princes Highway, turning off at Helensburgh and stopping for morning tea at Stanwell Tops.   Here we met Jim who had driven up from southern Wollongong.  There were a number of paragliders and hang gliders enjoying the gentle ocean currents and providing a spectacle for the tourists.   Our cars too provided much interest with quite a few people taking photographs and posing with the cars.  After a cuppa we set off for the drive through the beautiful Royal National Park arriving at the Bundeena Bowling Club about 12.20pm.   We all had the hearty pensioners $12 lunch and enjoyed a chat and a laugh.
Those attending were Arthur Patrick (1966 Gazelle), Bruce and Hazel Klower (1960 Series 111A Convertible), Jim Braddock (1969 Hunter Royal) and Mae and Paul Johnson (1962 Superminx).



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