The British Auto Classic Extravaganza (WA) 2016

The British Auto Classic Extravaganza 2016 was held on 29 and 30 October 2016 at the El Caballo Resort in Wooroloo, a town on the outer fringe of the Perth Metropolitan Area in the Perth Hills. We happened to be in Perth at the time so I decided to go and have a look.   The ‘extravaganza’ included concerts of British songs and music, art and craft markets, dancing horse display, dancing dogs, helicopter rides, Morris Dancers, Scottish pipe bands, highland dancers and the Australian Army Swing Band.   On Sunday there was the British car display.  This was like our All British Day except the Jaguars and Rolls Royces were notable for their absence.   The Veteran Car Club of Western Australia was inaugurated in 1958.  It now has 7 country branches and 8 sections including veteran, vintage and classic cars as well as a Humber & Rootes Group Section.  The sections have their own meetings and runs but are encouraged to participate in whole-of-club events.  The Humber & Rootes Group Section had 12 cars on display including 3 Hillmans, Humbers and Sunbeams.  

I hope you enjoy the images and background information.   Paul Johnson

Annual President's Run - Sunday 25th Sepember 2016

Thanks to Walter for the photos and details of the day.


All British Day 28th August 2016

ALL BRITISH DAY was held on Sunday 28 August 2016 at the Kings School, North Parramatta.  Fortunately the rain held off long enough for the grounds to dry out sufficiently for the event to go ahead. 

There was again a wide selection of cars on display including a 1920’s Rolls Royce Roadster and a 1948 Duncan Healey. Our club had a good roll-up of 15 cars.  Throughout the car displays we noticed another 4 Hillmans – an Imp, Series VI, Hunter and Series Estate.  

Those attending from our club were C Ringrose (1962 Minx), C Baxter (1967 Gazelle), B Klower (1960 Series IIIA Minx Convertible), G Chivers (Californian), W Anker (1970 Hunter), J & C Seaton (1961 Series IIIB Minx), G & L Prescott (1969 Hunter Royal), G Green (1965 Imp), A Patrick (1966 Gazelle), G Jack (Commer Camper), P & R Schipp (1964 Minx), K Bolin (1971 Hunter), A Gallard (1956 Minx Ute), V Sotter (1969 Hunter), P  Johnson (1962 Superminx).

A special thank you to Colin Ringrose, our delegate to the All British Day who was on site at 5.45am for helping to set up.  

Christmas in July - Saturday 16th July 2016

A relaxing cruise was held on the Nepean River in the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler, complete with Christmas decorations and Christmas carols.

Thanks to Walter Anker for the photos of this event.

Run to Megalong Valley - Wednesday 4th May 2016

After meeting at the visitor information parking area we had morning tea nearby at the Mountain Blue Cafe, home of the “Famous Australian Painted Panorama”.  Unfortunately, due to the late arrival of members from the south coast it was decided that there was not enough time for this today, so we headed off to Megalong Valley.

The drive down through dark rainforest with occasional glimpses of sandstone cliffs in the distance was spectacular.  Once at the bottom, the valley opened out to rolling hills surrounded by the sheer sandstone cliffs for which the Blue Mountains are famous.  

In no time at all, we arrived at the Megalong Tea Rooms and found a nice sunny spot in the garden for lunch.  It was fairly quiet at the restaurant and the meals were soon on the table with the ladies keen to try the Trunkey bacon and the gents – one the home made sausage roll and the other – Devonshire tea.   Weather-wise we enjoyed a perfect day – warm, no clouds and gentle breezes.   After a leisurely lunch and then a look at the Bleichert Counterwheels and the old CHG guard’s van across the road, we drove down to Old Ford’s Reserve and then inspected the Megalong Holiday Cabins.   Regrettably it was time to leave the valley.  On the way out there is an excellent view of the Hydro Majestic Hotel sitting atop the high sandstone cliffs. 

Once back at the top we dropped in to see new member David Easton and his 1970 Hunter which has not been driven for 6 years and belonged to his grandfather.  He has given himself 3 months to get it running.  

Off again, back to the highway and into the afternoon peak hour traffic.   A short stop again at Glenbrook for coffee and cake, and then 1 hour and 50 minutes later arrived home.   Our thanks to Kim and Sue for a terrific day out.  An excellent location which we all agreed we must visit again soon.   Those attending:   Kim and Sue in their 1972 Hunter Royal and Mae and Paul in their 1962 Superminx Mk II.


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