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). 


Run to Nan Tien Buddhist Temple (Wollongong) - 16th November 2014

After some early rain the day turned out warm and sunny for our run to the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere.  

Five Hillmans met at the railway station car park at Heathcote, and led by Arthur set off at 11am for the Sea Cliff Bridge between Coalcliff and Clifton. We met Paul at Stanwell Park while Mae waited at the bridge to take photos as the cars crossed.  At a leisurely 40kmph we proceeded as a group across the bridge, stopping briefly to pick up Mae and then on to the Temple.  With the Camp Quality Convoy likely to interrupt out trip on the freeway we went through the Wollongong CBD to meet Tony and Helen at the Temple.    It was already lunch time so straight to the Tea House to enjoy a vegetarian lunch.

Unfortunately there were no guided tours available because of lack of guides, so we got a pamphlet and guided ourselves around.   After the mandatory photo on the steps of the Great Mercy Shrine (very large prayer hall with 5 enormous Buddhas ) we removed our shoes and hats and marvelled at the magnificence of the Shrine.  Then it was off to the 8 level Pagoda which serves as a columbarium intended as the resting place of the remains of 7000 people.  (A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e. urns holding a deceased’s cremated remains).

Some of us who had missed out on our coffee earlier in the day, decided to return to the Tea House (which fortunately also serves coffee) and enjoy a cup and a treat.   This done, we headed for home with more rain clouds gathering to the south.  

Those attending were Wayne Baxter with his brother Mark and sister-in-law Jennifer (1962 ADL), Kim & Sue Bolin (1972 Hunter), Paul & Mae Johnson (1962 Superminx), Tony & Helen Kent (1968 Hunter), Arthur Patrick (1966 Gazelle), Colin & Judy Ringrose (1962 Minx) and Vernon & Cheryl Sotter with Cheryl’s mum Betty.

Thanks to Sue and Kim for organising the run. It was a great day out!

October 2014 - Club Run to Old Maitland Gaol and Morpeth

Saturday 18 October 2014 was the day for our run to the Maitland Gaol, Clothing and Textile Museum and Morpeth. 

Our run began when seven cars met at the Berowra truck stop around 8.30am, with a slightly later than planned departure, due to some petrol leakage problems with Geoff’s Imp. 

Colin and Judy joined the convoy, even though they could only go as far as the Hawkesbury Bridge at Brooklyn.  It was great to have them with us, even for a short time, and to see their car out on the road.  Their car was one of those that made the long trek to Mildura in 1992 for the very first National Hillman Rally. 

Gary, Lois and Walter met up at Ourimbah and the 8 cars made it without further incident to the rendezvous at the Wattaka Rest Area on the new Hunter Expressway.  Waiting here were Bob, Sue, Arthur and Jill.  When Geordie and Chris arrived, we departed with Bob and Sue leading the way to Maitland Gaol. We arrived at 11am to meet Geoff and Libby, and Steve and Virginia, who were waiting for us at the gaol.  It was a pleasure to see our new members Steve and Virginia at the run.  Arthur and Del had to leave us at that point, but helped to make a very nice little group travelling along the road to our destination. We really enjoyed the chance to meet, catch up and appreciate their wonderful car.  

A former prison officer at Maitland Gaol conducted the 2 hour tour.  The gaol dates from the 1840’s and was closed in 1998.  We saw cell blocks, exercise yards, the kitchen, shower room, the wing for prisoners ‘on protection’, saw gruesome hand made weapons and heard tales of some of NSW’s most dangerous criminals.   It was an experience to see and hear first hand of the harsh and brutal existence in a maximum-security prison. 

Following our tour of the gaol, some of us went to the Clothing and Textile Museum next door, while the hungry ones did what they could not to think about what they planned to have for lunch.  Soon though, we were off to Morpeth, which was just a short drive away.  

While at Morpeth we enjoyed a pleasant lunch, indulged in a bit of shopping, as well as taste testing some delicious fudge and ginger beer. 

As a nice surprise, we were lucky enough to see some really beautiful cars that were also in town for a Veteran Car Rally.  

The day was soon over and most set off for the run home, which was for some, a few hours travel.  Some of us decided to stay overnight and go home the next day. It was a most enjoyable run.


Those attending were:  J & C Seaton and A Slee (1961 Series IIIB Minx), B Robertson (1963 Imp), C & J Ringrose (1962 Minx), G & L Prescott (1946 Mk I Minx), A Patrick (1966 Gazelle), M Oliver & Geoff (1964 Minx), P & M Johnson (1962 Mk II Superminx),  G & C Jack  (1960 Series IIIA Minx), A & D Hill (1956 Mk VIII Minx), G Green (1965 Imp), B & S Doran (1959 Series III Minx),  G & L Chivers (1956 Californian), W Anker (1970 Hunter),  S & V Stewart (modern).


Many thanks to Bob & Sue for organising this run.


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