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.


Registration & Picnic Day 13th June 2015

Registration Day began cloudy, threatening rain but then cleared to beautiful warm sunshine.

We had a good roll-up of 13 Hillmans and one modern, 19 members and 3 visitors.  All had a good time socialising and inspecting all the cars while Gary attended to all the paperwork. 

Then it was lunch time and more car talk, after which we headed for the museums with Vern leading the way and explaining all the machinery and its history. This was fine for the boys but not of much interest to the girls. 

The homestead was next, which was of much more interest to the girls, all furnished as it would have been at the time it was first built. After much browsing and re-living the past it was time to head for home. 

This must have been the best rego day ever.  Thank you Vern. 

Thanks for the report Kim Bolin.

National Motoring Heritage Day - 17th May 2015


Five Hillmans gathered at Heathcote on a fine and sunny, but chilly morning for the run to Berry.  Vehicles and members included Kim & Sue (72 Hunter); Vern (69 Hunter); Brian (63 Imp); Paul and grandson Tim (62 Superminx); and Michael and son Joel (62 ADL).
After watching the passing parade of old cars heading to Berry, we joined the procession, closely followed by the Morgan club. 
After a pleasant drive down the coast and through the roadworks from Gerringong to Berry, we arrived, still altogether at the Berry Showground at about 10am, where a place had been pegged out for Hillmans.    Already there to meet us were Allan (56 Minx ute) and Cecil and Wayne (62 ADL).  A little later Barry arrived in his magnificent 48 drophead coupe, which Barry thinks is the only one in Australia.  Mae arrived later in her modern car with one daughter, one granddaughter and one great granddaughter in tow.  
There was a very interesting variety of cars on display, including vintage racing cars, caravans and motorbikes. Fortunately the ground had dried out very well and caused no problems for the organisers.  The weather ended up being perfectly warm and sunny. The kids amongst us enjoyed a ride around Berry in a double-decked Atlantean bus, after eating an ice cream.   
We all made our own way home after an enjoyable run and well attended display of heritage vehicles.

The Bush Council Rally - Armidale - April 2015

We had a great trip to Armidale and really enjoyed the Bush Council Rally. It gave us the chance to meet members from many other car clubs (including Allan Mead from the Central Coast who is the organiser of the National Motoring Heritage Day at The Entrance).

The rally began on Friday 3 April, and was organised by the Classic & Specialist Car Club of Northern NSW. Our very own HOCA member David Carey, was the Rally Director.

Following a leisurely three day drive from Shellharbour via Muswellbrook, Quirindi & Tamworth, we checked in at rally headquarters on Friday afternoon to be given our rally pack. This was  followed by an informal dinner at the local bowling club, where we had the opportunity to meet and chat with other club members.

On Saturday the cars were displayed at Armidale Racecourse, ironically the first wet day in Armidale since Christmas 2014! And boy oh boy, wasn't it wet! A scrumptious morning tea was provided before some members took the opportunity to visit the historic Suamarez homestead. Dinner that night  was held at the RSL club and included entertainment by an Elvis impersonator, which was a lot of fun.

Sunday saw us travelling along the picturesque  back roads to Uralla for another display and a walk around this cute little township. It was a very enjoyable  way to spend the day (which was was now warm and sunny). Sunday dinner was followed by raffles and trophy presentations.

The CSCC members, following the theme “A Step Back in Time”, dressed in period costume of the 1820’s throughout the weekend. The organisation of the rally was excellent, with some very trying weather conditions,  and everyone seemed to have a great time.

On our way home we stopped at Port Macquarie and had the chance to visit HOCA member Garry Kelly. Garry has a 1955 Minx sedan on conditional registration and a 1955 Californian nearing complete restoration. Garry also has a beautifully restored 1952 Fordson well side pickup which he brought with him from New Zealand, which is one of only two in Australia. Garry’s cars and some information about them will soon be on the website. It was great to meet one of our country members who we rarely get the chance to see.

Those attending: Mae & Paul (62 Superminx). Sadly, Brian got as far as Uralla when his Imp developed gearbox trouble and had to be towed to David’s, who generously took charge of repairs, with Brian returning home on the train to send up another gearbox. We hope to see his Imp out and about again very soon!


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