Hawksnest Motorfest Weekend - Saturday 7th March 2015


This event was to be a long weekend for some and a days outing for others. 

Those there for the weekend met at Geoff and Libby’s and enjoyed a decidedly delicious dinner, prepared by Libby and Carol, using Libby's mum's beautiful dinner set, that I'm sure held many lovely memories for Libby. It was certainly a delightful way to begin our weekend, with much laughter, planning and goodwill in abundance!

The 13th Motorfest conducted by the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Motor Club Inc was held on Sunday 7th March at the Hawks Nest Oval.  This is a regular event for our club and we were well represented.  There were over 300 cars on the oval with entertainment provided by an Army band and food and drink stalls available to provide refreshments throughout the day .  There were also raffles for charities and prizes in various categories. Most of us were there by 8.30am, and enjoyed a snack of bacon and egg rolls or sausage sandwiches for breakfast, before checking out the many vehicles on display,  and remained on site until about 2pm, when we headed off. 

Those at the Motorfest were John and Carol (35 Minx), Geoff and Libby (46 Minx and 61 Minx), Bob and Sue (59 Minx), Walter 70 Hunter), Geordie  (68 Hunter wagon),  Mae and Paul (62 Superminx) and Steve and Virginia (modern).  Brian also arrived in his Mini Leyland and Arthur and Del were with their Newcastle club in their Sunbeam Rapier.

After the Motorfest some of us went for a short run to Mungo Brush, where we admired the wildlife and had a look at the beautiful Myall Lake.  Then it was back to Bob and Sue’s for more relaxing and a delicious BBQ expertly cooked by Bob.

An early start on Sunday saw us off to the National Motor Cycle Museum at Nabiac.  We had a short stop at Bulahdelah for a photo shot and a couple pulled up to admire one of our cars, which turned out to be the same as very first car that the couple went out in on their first date, many years ago.  The lady could not resist jumping in the passenger’s seat and soaking up the atmosphere.  Oh the memories!  On to Nabiac for morning tea, followed by either the motor cycle museum or visiting the local craft and dress shops.  The museum has a vast collection of motorcycles and motorcycle memorabilia, that brought back many memories for some of our members – particularly John who reminisced about his early years at Bennett & Wood in Wentworth Ave Sydney, where as a 1st year apprentice it was his job once a week, to start up Mr Bennett’s extensive motor cycle collection in the basement.

After another short stop for a photo opportunity at Forster we arrived at the Pacific Palms Recreation Club where the Sunday special was local oysters for $1 each.  What a delicious bargain! It was here that  we bumped into former Hillman Club members Peter and Yvonne Bates.   After an enjoyable lunch on the deck overlooking Wallis Lake we were off again, this time with another photo opportunity and ice cream at Seal Rocks.   Then it was back onto Lakes Way for the run back to Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest. It was a long day, but most enjoyable with all Hillmans performing faultlessly.  

Those who enjoyed the day were Bob and Sue (59 Minx), Geoff and Libby (61 Minx), John and Carol (61 Minx) and Mae and Paul (62 Superminx). 

Our thanks to Bob and Sue, Geoff and Libby for organising such a wonderful weekend. 

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic - March 2015

On Wednesday 25 March 2015, members travelled to the Hydro Majestic Hotel for high tea. The Hydro Majestic was built as a health retreat in 1903 by Mark Foy who had established Mark Foys retail stores.  The Sydney store is now the courts building on the block bounded by Elizabeth, Liverpool, Castlereagh and Goulburn Streets.  Mr Foy even convinced the authorities to change the name of the suburb where the Hydro Majestic is located to “Medlow Bath”. 

An interesting fact about the Hotel is that Australia’s first prime minister Edmund Barton died unexpectedly of heart failure at the Hydro Majestic on 7 January 1920.

Some members met at Eastern Creek and others at Glenbrook for the run up the mountains to the hotel.  Unfortunately Kim and Sue’s Hunter decided to developed fuel problems coming up the long climbs (turned out to be a blocked fuel line), but eventually they accepted a lift to the Hydro and collected their car on the way back.

The hotel has been beautifully restored to its former glory with period furnishings.  High tea (or coffee) was served with sandwiches and a significant variety of sweets.  A platter, piled high in the traditional manner, was shared by two.  Most had difficulty finishing the assorted goodies except for John and Arthur who manfully got through the lot.  The hotel offers magnificent views across the Megalong Valley.  This run proved popular with a good roll up for our second mid-week run.

Those attending were Geordie (1968 Hunter Safari), Vern, Cheryl and Cheryl’s mum Betty (1969 Hunter), Arthur (1966 Gazelle),  John, Carol, Libby and Barbara (modern), Bob and Sue (modern), Wayne (modern), Kim and Sue (1970 Hunter), Mae, Paul and their daughter Julia (1962 Superminx). 

Our thanks to Barb for some of the photos.

Motorlife Museum, Kembla Grange - 15th February 2015

What an enjoyable run!

Members met at Heathcote and travelled together to visit the Motorlife Museum at Kembla Grange (south of Wollongong). After an hour or so at the museum - where the only Hillman item was a cigarette lighter, we headed further south to Mae and Paul’s for a yummy lunch. Some people had travelled quite a distance to this event, but still enjoyed a long, casual lunch and chat before heading home again. It really was a  beautiful day to enjoy polishing up our cars and taking them for a glorious coastal spin.

 Those attending were Walter, who drove his Hunter from the Central Coast, Arthur and his brother Douglas in the Gazelle, Kim and Sue in their Hunter, Allan and Chris from Woollamia in their Husky and Paul, Michael and Barry in the Superminx.   We certainly had members from all geographical areas on the day! Thanks to Mae and Paul for organising this run.

2014 National Hillman Rally - Bathurst

After almost 4 years of planning, our 12th National Hillman Rally has been run and what a great event it was.

Bathurst turned on it’s very best weather for us all to enjoy, as we motored around the many different venues during the 4 days of the Easter break.
The Show and Shine took place on the Sunday morning, and included many cars from the
 Bathurst Historic Car Club. The display attracted a huge amount of interest from the local residents. The Bathurst Fire Brigade also displayed their Fire Trucks and the Lion’s Club provided us with food and refreshments during the day. Venues we visited during the rally included: 

  • Abercrombie House
  • Ben Chifley's House
  • The Stone Pine Distillery
  • Miss Trail's House
  • Old Government Cottage
  • Mt Panorama
  • The Motor Museum

The evenings were also very enjoyable. We spent the first night visiting the Motor Museum at Mount Panorama, and of course our Gold Themed Dinner on Saturday night was a loot of fun and a great success. Our trophy presentation and charity auction took place on Sunday evening, with a generous amount being raised for Riding for the Disabled.

Overall the Rally was a huge success and was enjoyed by all who attended. Many of these participants travelled from interstate, and we thank them for taking the time to drive the very long distances to Bathurst to join us for the event.

Enjoy viewing the slideshow of members visiting the wonderful venues - and see if you can find a photo of yourself! 

Saturday 31st January 2015 - Our First Run of the Year - Maroota

The Stone House Cafe, Maroota.
Saturday 31 January 2015 was the club’s first outing for the year. We met for refreshments at the usual place at McGrath’s Hill.  Unfortunately one of our event organisers was unable to attend (hope you are well soon Kim) but we soon sorted out the route we were to follow to The Stone House Cafe at Maroota.  Setting off about 10.30am ten Hillmans made their way into Windsor and across the Hawkesbury River onto the Putty Road.  At Wilberforce we took the road to Sackville for our second crossing of the Hawkesbury, this time on the vehicular ferry.  After a short wait all 10 Hillmans boarded the ferry for the trip.  A leisurely drive through the foothills of the Blue Mountains soon saw us arrive at the cafe where we were met by 2 other Hillmans that had come in from the north.

Despite the limited menu and slow service at the cafe we all enjoyed a leisurely lunch and a long chat.  We were entertained by large earthmoving machines being unloaded from a semi trailer.  A welcome addition to the Hillman fleet was Alice Baxter’s 1971 HE Hunter which she bought last year in Melbourne.  Alice decided that if Cecil and Wayne had Hillmans so should she!  It looked splendid after some bodywork and a respray.  By 2.30pm it was time to pack up and head for home with some members having a long trip home – to Newcastle and beyond, the Central Coast and South Coast.   It was a great roll up with our 12 Hillmans which all performed admirably.  

Those attending: Carol & John (Series Minx), Chris & Geordie (Series Minx), Sue, Bob & Jen (Series Minx), Geoff (Imp), Brian (Imp), Cecil (Gazelle), Arthur (Gazelle), Alice and Wayne (Hunter), Walter (Hunter), Cheryl & Vern (Hunter), Libby & Geoff (Hunter), Mae & Paul (Superminx) and Sue (who had a ride in a Hunter and a Gazelle). 



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