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!

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.


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