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Sublime Point Wednesday 5th August 2015

Four of us met at the fast food shop at Heathcote, about 10am (Tony and Helen met us at the restaurant) and we set off following  a group of old motorcycles on conditional registration southwards.  Just after Waterfall we left the Princes Motorway and travelled down the old Princes Highway at a leisurely 80kph keeping up with the bikes.  It is hard to believe these days that this narrow winding road was once the major road from Sydney to Wollongong and further south.   Fierce cold winds greeted our arrival at Sublime Point and only the bravest or most foolhardy ventured to the lookout for the wonderful views over the Illawarra.  We took our seats by the window looking down over the escarpment and Kim generously helped the waitress to get the heater going.   The breakfast menu consisted of a very interesting and unusual variety of meals of generous proportions.   The coffee was excellent.    It was a most pleasant few hours of relaxation in good company.  Those attending were Arthur (1966 Gazelle), Hazel and Bruce  (1960 Series IIIA Minx convertible), Sue and Kim (1972 Hunter),  Helen and Tony (1968 Hunter) and Mae and Paul (1962 Superminx).   Our thanks to Arthur for organising this event.

228 August

Welcome to the August Hillmanews

In the newsletter this month you will read about nominations for our annual club awards. Is there someone you might like to nominate? See the categories listed in the newsletter.

There is also a well preserved article from the 1956 Australian Woman's Weekly about a Gay Look competition. Perhaps you or someone in your family entered the competition and might remember it!

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.

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