Christmas Lunch at Tennyson Saturday 3 December 2016

A big thanks to Kim and Sue for hosting us for our Christmas lunch this year. We had a lovely time catching up with friends and relaxing in their terrific bushland setting. Despite our anticipation, the resident goanna refused to make his appearance, leaving us a little disappointed, though very relieved.

Most members were met by Kim at Macquarie Park Windsor at around 11am before heading off  a little after 11.30am to travel to Kim and Sue's.  We took a short run through the lowlands and Freemans Reach, which is always a nice drive - though the countryside is very dry at the moment. Two other members sadly had to work for part of the day, but joined us in plenty of time for lunch.

On arrival at Tennyson we parked the club cars close to the road for passersby to see with the club banner proudly on display.

Attending -  Peter and Rhonda's '64 Minx, Vern and Cheryl’s '69 Hunter (also Cheryl's mum Betty in Cheryl's modern),  Geoff's '65 Imp, Arthur’s '66 Gazelle,   Paul and Mae's '62 Superminx, 2 of Kim's Hunters, and Colin in his modern. We had 1 visitor (Warren), a friend of Kims from the Peugeot Club.

Our lunch was delicious and we  appreciated the efforts of our hosts who made us feel right at home. Many thanks to those who brought something to share.

A good day was had by all.   

Annual President's Run - Sunday 25th Sepember 2016

Thanks to Walter for the photos and details of the day.


All British Day 28th August 2016

ALL BRITISH DAY was held on Sunday 28 August 2016 at the Kings School, North Parramatta.  Fortunately the rain held off long enough for the grounds to dry out sufficiently for the event to go ahead. 

There was again a wide selection of cars on display including a 1920’s Rolls Royce Roadster and a 1948 Duncan Healey. Our club had a good roll-up of 15 cars.  Throughout the car displays we noticed another 4 Hillmans – an Imp, Series VI, Hunter and Series Estate.  

Those attending from our club were C Ringrose (1962 Minx), C Baxter (1967 Gazelle), B Klower (1960 Series IIIA Minx Convertible), G Chivers (Californian), W Anker (1970 Hunter), J & C Seaton (1961 Series IIIB Minx), G & L Prescott (1969 Hunter Royal), G Green (1965 Imp), A Patrick (1966 Gazelle), G Jack (Commer Camper), P & R Schipp (1964 Minx), K Bolin (1971 Hunter), A Gallard (1956 Minx Ute), V Sotter (1969 Hunter), P  Johnson (1962 Superminx).

A special thank you to Colin Ringrose, our delegate to the All British Day who was on site at 5.45am for helping to set up.  

Hawksnest Motorfest & Visit to Stroud - 12 & 13 March 2016

Seven Hillmans from HOCA attended this years Motorfest. It was a great day with perfect weather and a record attendance in excess of 320 vehicles. Visitors wandered around some stunning cars, or sat and chatted. Some of the more daring went across to the beach a few hundred meters or so away. It was also good to catch up with people not seen for a while, such as Arthur Hill who had his Rapier convertible on display with his Newcastle club.

HOCA was represented by Walter Anker, Rhonda and Peter Schipp, John and Carol Seaton, Bob and Sue Doran and Geoff and Libby Prescott.
Walter departed on Saturday afternoon and the Schipps on Sunday morning, so on Sunday three cars with Bob and Sue, John and Carol and Geoff and Libby set off on a run to the historic town of Stroud, up along the Bucketts Way. The Australian Agricultural Company established their headquarters at Stroud in the early 1820s after receiving a government grant of one million acres in the area. As a result the township of Stroud grew and today boasts many magnificent and historic buildings. The AA Company also built eight underground silos in 1841 using convict labour. These are recessed into a hill behind the town aptly named Silo Hill.

After an enjoyable lunch at the Stroud Hotel we set off along Booral Rd to Bulahdelah. Booral Rd is actually the original Pacific Highway from pre 1952 times, when there was no coastal route across the rivers.  It was not until 22 August 1952 that the route of the Pacific Highway was changed to pass through Karuah, Bulahdelah and Nabiac, rather than Booral, Stroud and Gloucester.

From Bulahdelah we followed the Bombah Point Road to (you guessed it!) Bombah Point where we stopped for a coffee and to soak up the view. John also had a chance for some rest and relaxation after damaging Cully’s front suspension on the dirt road.
Following a short trip on the Bombah Point ferry to cross the river we set off along Mungo Brush Road on the last leg back to Tea Gardens, arriving around 4.30pm.

A very enjoyable, if eventful day, and many thanks to Bob and Sue for planning and organizing it for us.

Thanks to Geoff Prescott for the report and photos, with some photos also from Walter Anker

234 March 2016

Enjoy this month's Hillmanews, where you will find some great photos and articles, including another member's letter regarding car insurance.

Happy reading!

Dear members, my apologies that the newsletter was not attached as promised! The webmaster had a senior moment and forgot to actually 'attach' it. This has now been rectified. 


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