President's Run - Sunday 20th September 2015

We met at the usual fast food outlet in Mt Colah for the annual President’s Run on an overcast day that threatened rain. 

After refreshments the President led us along the old Pacific Highway to Berowra and the run down through the Berowra Valley National Park to the Berowra Waters ferry, a narrow, windy but very scenic road bordered with wildflowers.   Two trips of the ferry saw us all safely on the other side.  With the president again in charge, we set off passing through Arcadia, past Fagan Park, Galston and across to the Old Northern Road.   Then on to the Dural Country Club, our lunch venue, where we were met by Cec and Alice, Wayne and Fengjie, and Kim and Sue.  

After an enjoyable lunch we moved out into the quieter outdoor eating area for trophy presentations.   Awards this year:

The Broken Piston Award this year went to Brian Robertson. The gearbox in Brian’s Imp ground to a halt just out of Uralla on the way to the Bush Council Rally at Easter in Armidale.  Brian had to leave the car in Armidale,  return home on the train, send another gearbox up to Armidale, get the train back to Armidale and drive the Imp home. A worthy winner.

The Bright Spark Award went to David Carey.  David is our member in Armidale.  When Brian’s Imp gave up, David happily agreed to keep the car at his place until the new gearbox arrived.  David had many years of experience working with Imps and volunteered to help remove the old gear box and install the new one.   Arrangements are being made to present the trophy to David.

The Laurie Stewart Award for the member who has contributed significantly for the club during the year went to Arthur Patrick.  Arthur is our vice president.  He has been plagued by ill health during the year but managed to get to most runs and meetings (attended 6/7 committee meetings in the last 18 months missing only one when in hospital), helps out with matters relating to the club’s finances and helps with the organisation of events.  A truly dedicated member of our club.

The final award was the Registrar’s Award presented by Club Plate Registrar Garry Chivers.   Garry said that this award was not just based on work done to restore or preserve a car but took into account the circumstances in which the work was done.  For this reason the award went to John Seaton who has also suffered ill health throughout the year but was determined to continue with the work on his beloved 1938 Minx.    The award was greeted with much applause and a few tears. 

Congratulations to you all.

Those attending:  Bruce and Hazel 1960 Series IIIA convertible, John and Carol 1961 Series IIIB, Cec and Alice 1971 Hunter HE, John 1970 Hunter Safari, Wayne and Fengjie 1962 ADL, Peter and Rhonda 1964 Minx, Arthur 1966 Gazelle, Kim & Sue 1972 Hunter, Geoff 1965 Imp, Brian 1963 Imp, Vern and Jim 1969 Hunter, Michael, Joel and Jane 1962 Superminx and in their modern cars Garry and Lois, Walter and Paul and Mae. 

All British Day - 30th August 2015

We had an excellent attendance of 17 Hillmans and 1 Commer at the All British Day on Sunday 30 August 2015 at the Kings School, North Parramatta. 

Parked with us were two more Hillmans (an ADL and Series VI) from  Lithgow.  An impressive sight indeed. 

As is usual with All British Day (and particularly on a mild sunny day), there were plenty of beautiful and unusual cars on display.  The cars were parked on three different areas and it took a determined enthusiast to get around to all the displays. 

There were a few Hillmans amongst some of the non-marque clubs as well as displays by the Humber and Sunbeam clubs of the Rootes Group.    As well as the cars, there were market stalls, food stalls and rides for the children. 

Those attending were Bob & Sue (1960 Series III), Walter (1970 Hunter) Geoff (65 Imp) John (63 Superminx convertible) Cecil & Alice (1967 Gazelle),Wayne and Fengjie (1962 ADL), Vern & Cheryl (1969 Hunter) Geoff & Libby (1971 Hunger 660), Geordie (Commer Camper), John & Carol (1961 Series IIIB), Colin (1962 Minx), Peter & Rhonda (1964 Series VI),  Gary (1955 Californian), Lois (1967 Hunter),  Paul & Michael (1962 Superminx)  Bruce (1960 Series IIIA convertible), Arthur & Douglas (1966 Gazelle) and Kim (1970 Hunter).

Sublime Point Wednesday 5th August 2015

Four of us met at the fast food shop at Heathcote, about 10am (Tony and Helen met us at the restaurant) and we set off following  a group of old motorcycles on conditional registration southwards.  Just after Waterfall we left the Princes Motorway and travelled down the old Princes Highway at a leisurely 80kph keeping up with the bikes.  It is hard to believe these days that this narrow winding road was once the major road from Sydney to Wollongong and further south.   Fierce cold winds greeted our arrival at Sublime Point and only the bravest or most foolhardy ventured to the lookout for the wonderful views over the Illawarra.  We took our seats by the window looking down over the escarpment and Kim generously helped the waitress to get the heater going.   The breakfast menu consisted of a very interesting and unusual variety of meals of generous proportions.   The coffee was excellent.    It was a most pleasant few hours of relaxation in good company.  Those attending were Arthur (1966 Gazelle), Hazel and Bruce  (1960 Series IIIA Minx convertible), Sue and Kim (1972 Hunter),  Helen and Tony (1968 Hunter) and Mae and Paul (1962 Superminx).   Our thanks to Arthur for organising this event.

Christmas in July 11th and 12th July 2015 - Day 2 (Sunday)

Some members continued the Christmas in July fun by visiting Fort Scratchley and enjoying a late lunch before heading back to our homes. See the photos of the visit to the fort.

Christmas in July 11th and 12th July 2015

Members travelling north met up at Berowra for the run to Lake Macquarie. Bob and Sue met us at Morisset and after a drive around the hospital grounds we stopped for a well earned break and some lunch at Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club formerly the officers’ mess of the RAAF’s World War II Seaplane Base.  We were met here by Geoff and Libby.

After locating and settling in at our various accommodation venues around the Lake Macquarie area, we later met up at Club Macquarie, situated in the Newcastle suburb of Argenton, to celebrate Christmas in July.  A delicious two course meal and some liquid refreshment was followed by a show from the  3B’s tribute band who kept us entertained with classics from the Bee Gees, Beach Boys and The Beatles.  A very enjoyable evening was had by all with some seat dancing and very enthusiastic singing by the majority of club members.  One club member stating that it was “The best $40 bucks,” she had ever spent.

Sunday morning the Dorans, Johnsons, Stewarts and Sotters braved the high winds and low temperatures to meet up for a guided tour of Fort Scratchley which proved to be very interesting and informative.  Construction of the fort was completed in 1882 having been built for the purpose of defending the port of Newcastle from a possible Russian invasion.  Apparently the Russian fleet was quite active in the Pacific during the time of the Crimean war. The tour guide also spoke about the shelling of Newcastle in 1942 by the Japanese submarine I-21. Considerable funds have been spent in recent times in restoring the fort and various guns/gun placements, which by all accounts, is money well spent, as the venue was well worth the visit.     
Around 12.30 we then headed to the Diggers Club at Wallsend for some lunch before hopping back into our Hillmans for the journey back home.
Those in attendance were Bob & Sue Doran with their 1960 Series III Minx , Paul & Mae Johnson with their 1962 Superminx, Geoff & Libby Prescott with their 1961 Series IIIB  Minx, John & Carol Seaton with their 1961 Series IIIB Minx, Vern & Cheryl Sotter with their 1969 HC Hunter,  Kim & Sue Bolin with their 1972 Hunter HE, Peter & Rhonda Schipp with their 1964 Minx, Steve & Virginia Stewart with their modern.
Many thanks to Bob and Sue for organising the weekend which proved to be a great success and a lot of fun.


Thank you to Steve Stewart for this report.



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