News & Run Reports
Tim’s National A7 Centenary Rally Reports:
WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2022
I flew in Melbourne Midday Wednesday and then picked up my hire car, a Toyota Hybrid which does not seem to have a fuel gauge as such!
Interesting finding the right roads out of Melbourne’s network of motorways.
But eventually heading towards my destination, about 265 kms away.
Stops for a coffee at Geelong and a stretch at Terang, passing thru pretty little towns with ornate century old shop facades one moment, then countryside with grazing black faced sheep and contented cattle.
I arrived finally just before dinner time at the Warrnambool Fig Tree Tourist Park, a large complex only 2 blocks from the business end of town.
It is nice to put everything into my home for the next 10 nights, a large brick motel unit with comfy furniture and warm beds.
I soon tracked down Ross and Rhonda Guthrie at their camp-site where I am treated like royalty, being fed and watered before being allowed to settle down for the night.
THURSDAY 7 APRIL 2022
Awaken refreshed I decide to take in a walking tour of the town. Warrnambool is a prosperous community, lots of construction work going on with character style town house developments nesting next to solid Federation era cottages.
The business part of town stretches for about 3 blocks across and 4 down from the highway to where the land drops away to the coastal area which its small lakes, caravan park and access to the beach. There are lovely old shops to explore, with op shops and cafes and fashions for all the family.
Back in my unit chomping on my roast chicken and roast very roll I have my unit door open when I see an interesting sight as what appears to be a Gypsy caravan come into the Figtree, complete with matching trailer, containing, yes, an Austin 7 at last! The newcomers are Ross and Sylvia Chapman who hail from North Qld., they have been on the road for a month “zigzagging” their way south as Ross described it!
Later that afternoon, another welcome sight is the arrival of Peter Goldsworthy with his Baby Jane Doctors Coupe, which is soon parked next to the Chapmans.
Peter is my “roomy” for the coming week.
We are soon happily comparing tales with the Guthries and Chapmans.
That night Peter and I were to meet the Guthries for Dinner at “the Bowls Club”.
After half an hour we found we were at two different clubs!
Oh well, such is life!
As it was, we were at the club where the rally organisers were also supping.
We chatted with Russell Dickson and Michael Shegog.
We all slept well after that!
FRIDAY 8 APRIL 2022 (Day 1)
The excitement builds as some more vehicles with trailered Austins arrive.
I am given a chance to try out a 1929 Wasp sports but found my shoes are too wide to work the brake and accelerator pedals and finding the metal pedals rather hard with socks only!
Did a morning cruise to Supercheap for some tie down straps and explore two second hand shops in the c.b.d. Bought a nice roast chicken foccacia for lunch.
Arrivals today include Barry & Yvonne Young, John Que, Brian and Anne Brindley, Margaret and Joe Mc Cormack, Justin McCarthy and Patty, and John and Robyn Ikin.
17 members gather for Happy Hour! John, Peter and I try the cuisine of the second bowls club in town.
Tomorrow the formal rally begins!
SATURDAY 9 APRIL 2022 – Registration (Day 2)
Slow stirrings at the Fig Tree Tourist Park as Rally Registration does not occur till 11 am so time for another walk uptown for groceries and chats over coffee with fellow rallyists as we see more A7s on trailers roll in including Merv and Margaret Thompson who appear to have had some trouble with their modern tow vehicle and then Treasurer Sharon with Vice President Lindsay Jordan appear amongst us as the Park fills with Early Easter holiday campers.
Registration is at the Wannon Greyhound Track across town passing more historic homes a day an avenue of huge pine trees.
Lots of Sevens of all colours and types are waiting our gaze as we walk into the reception area and old friendships are renewed.
Rally Packs are distributed including a very sturdy zip up travel bag full of event tickets, booklets and souvenirs.
Ross Guthrie and myself find we are chosen as judges for the (many) sports cars including all the variations of Aces, Meteors and Wasps, so Ross, Rhonda and I put out heads together as to how we achieve this task!
John Que and I then head home again via town where we grab the last sandwiches from a closing cafe. I then do some much needed Laundry duties before getting ready for the evening Welcome Dinner back at the Dog Track.
The number attending is huge but we are ALL Triple Vaxed.
Found myself with Justin, John and Patti tucked away in a far corner with a sweet voiced tiny bub “crooning” away as her Mum strives to placate her.
Nice to catch up with Bruce Shearer who grew up in Rocky and John Goninin who I have known for many years who hails from my home town of Hobart.
Andrea Casabene is brilliant as a MC for the evening’s proceedings as well as tour chairperson for the whole week!
As we eat we are welcomed by the Town Mayor Vicki Jelly who has laid the whole town open to us!
Another speaker was a lovely old gentleman who told us about the wonders of the local hospital, the favoured charity recipient of the events.
Apparently he has be admitted 130 times with a blood disorder (?) and obviously treated well as he had survived the ordeal each time!
Andrea had us all standing up State by State and all I can say is that there are a lot of Victorians in the room interspersed with groups from every other state including the ACT.
Next they had a show of hands for those on their inaugural 50th anniversary run in 1972, quite a few, including Andrea who was not even born but making her presence known to her dear Mum and Dad.
Also there was a special mention of long time tour entrants the Riches who are celebrating 67 years of married bliss this week. They were presented with a lovely model of a blue Ulster Sports
All too soon it was time to depart for home to sleep and perchance to dream of the following days to come!
SUNDAY 10 APRIL 2022 (Day 3)
Today we travelled back to the Wannon dog track for a daily briefing. Many of the Ladies were dolled up to go to Proudfoots Boathouse for an elegant high tea.
The men stayed back to attend a small swap meet of Austin 7 parts. Not a lot to see so Ross and Rhonda and I decided to get stuck into our allocated task of judging all the many Sports Sevens attending. We soon narrowed the field to a small selection. Interesting that the rally committee gave us a list of 21 contenders and we realised that replicas and specials were not included. That eliminated several vehicles we may otherwise have considered.
A “Funkhana” was held but sorry, I do not yet know which state won. We then had a pleasant sausage sizzle lunch conducted by the local Rotarians.
Then all the cars were gathered for a group photo. Unfortunately, my phone then went flat! Still it was nice to see well over 100 A7s in the sun.
In the afternoon the destination was the old Maritime Village and Flagstaff Hill, only a few blocks from our accommodation. The village is a life sized museum depicting life in the mid 19th century. Well worth the visit. I enjoyed the descriptions of early travel by sailing ship as my Grandfather travelled with his parents from Portsmouth to Sydney in 1865.
Back to the Fig Tree for Happy Hour with mostly Queensland club members in attendance.
Dinner, then back to my accommodation to snooze In front of TV while I started writing today’s newsletter.
MONDAY 11 APRIL 2022 (Day 4)
Today we have some great scenery in store for us. The weather is fine if windy, dropping to 10 overnight up to 18 degrees.
It is good to see so many of our favorite little motor cars ready to go and see the beauty of the Great Ocean Road.
Today John Que rides with me in my rental Toyota Corolla hybrid, a very quiet and economical modern mode of getting you from a to b.
At 9 or so we head out of town following a gaggle of little Sevens in an easterly direction towards Timoon for morning tea around a liqueur distillery. A very pretty little spot for photos of the cars.
Then onwards south to Port Campbell and on to the Twelve Apostles, a world class scenic wonder caused by the millenniums long assault of the Southern Ocean on the limestone cliffs leaving these isolated columns of stratified harder rock. Again we were blessed with lovely weather for some fantastic viewing and photos. Very touristy. There are signs at the exits back onto the main road that in Australia we drive on the left!
Also worth viewing on the way back are Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge, where several years ago some tourist were stranded when an archway from the mainland collapsed. This shows you how fragile this delicate landscape is.
John and I were about the last for lunch back at Port Campbell , but we net up with Jenny and Dennis McIlroy who have visited us in Qld in years past. They still have their lovely deluxe Box Saloon with sunroof.
The drive back was uneventful with only a few Sevens seen.
Back at the Fig Tree there was a minor operation as John Ikin helped change the head gasket of Barry Youngs Sports Special. The job was done in less than hour and the car was running sweetly again.
Another early night!
TUESDAY 12 APRIL 2022 (Day 5)
Another day of spectacular scenery and cars.
This morning the Fig Tree Tourist Park puts on a “scum-didli-umptious” breakfast of pancakes with assorted toppings.
Then over to Rally HQ for the days briefing. In the morning we do a loop to take in the wonderful beauty spot at the Hopkins Falls (a 90 metre wide waterfall over rugged rocks) and George Taylor’s Stores, a huge warehouse full of hardware goodies and over 100 old motor bikes from all over the world, just part of one man’s collection.
Back into town for a big display in the Fletcher Jones Gardens, which is the former headquarters of this once famous clothing emporium that covers an entire block. Lovely to see the Sevens amongst the flower beds.
Lunch is served in a card box, fresh fruit, a chicken wrap, cake and orange juice.
Besides the gardens there is a huge 2 storey on-site market with assorted treasures. Many A7 folk are there also looking through the remnants of the last 50 years of consumerism and art.
At the other end of the complex is the newly commissioned Warrnambool Motor Museum. Upstairs is mostly modern motor sport orientated whilst downstairs are a fantastic array of genuine Classic cars including 3 little Sevens, Dame Nellie Melba’s Veteran Renault, Rolls Royce’s, Vauxhalls, a Packard, a Metz and a nice old Ford T pie cart.
Time to return for rest for the evening’s activities. That night there is lovely Chinese food on offer at the Caravan Park while a local pair of musicians play some nice soft rock numbers.
Some of us then head back to Flagstaff Hill for the Sound and Light show, a multi-media presentation about the first nation people, the coming of the whaling ships and the perilous voyages the immigrant ancestors faced thru the Southern Oceans. We are told there were over 180 ships wrecked along these southern coasts. In particular the Loch Ard, only two souls survived but a incredible porcelain peacock statue was recovered virtually intact and can still be seen at Flagstaff Hill. One word of advice if you to visit the show and have sensitive eyes, best to sit to the side, rather than the middle, I could see the projector shining right in my eyes.
WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL 2022 (Day 6)
Another early start as we travel over 180kms today. Less Babies on the road today, but the ones that are left are faster and reliable. Still we pass over some very rough roads at points with teeth chattering corrugated roads, bad enough in a modern, let alone a Seven!
Today some falter and fall to the wayside with bonnets up but we only saw one on a trailer, the rest were still motoring again.
Morning tea is at Noorat, reached thru nice farm land with old dry stone walling each that stretches for miles. Noorat is a nice quiet rural community known for its famous son, the Australian author Alan Marshall, who wrote “I can Jump Puddles” in 1955, and writing many more books of short stories and history over the next 40 years.
We had a nice morning tea in the school which was established about 150 years ago.
Afterwards we headed to Camperdown over more rough roads and passing some nice scenery including the twin lakes of Lake Bullen-Merri, which is fresh water and Lake Gnotuk, which is twice as salty as sea water despite being in very close proximity to each other. Onwards Into historic Camberdown where our cars park in the centre of the historic business area of the town, adjacent the freestanding clock tower. After taking photos of the cars and town we settle for lunch in the old Theatre Royal. Afterwards I joined a tour up the large clock tower, climbing 95 steps to reach its main top section. It was built 125 years ago to commemorate the accidental death of the son of one of the areas original European settlers. Very narrow and steep timber steps to the top where the view is worth it for the vistas of the town and surrounding country.
All too soon it is time to return back to base to refuel our cars, have a rest and enjoy happy hour and dinner with friends. Tomorrow is our last rally day, sniff!
THURSDAY 14 APRIL 2022 (Day 7)
Today was another fine day with just a few clouds in the morning and afternoon. The weather went from 4 degrees overnight to a max of 22 today with no wind for a change.
Rally briefing for the last day is at the Dog Track where I submitted our Judging team’s choice of Best Sports which will be announced tonight. We were given a list of 21 contenders by the Rally Committee and I noticed that replica and specials were not on their list.
Today’s run first starts us off in a north-westerly direction to Tower Hill Reserve, a regenerated wetland region based on a small island inside a lake, inside the core of an ancient volcano crater. The Centre is maintained by First Nation’s people and they let us view waterfowl, kangaroos, emus and koalas in the wild.
Next we headed back down to the coast to Port Fairy, a lovely seaside spot with fishing, beaches, cafes and shops to explore. All the cars assembled for one last time (John counted 66) in the old Railway Station Reserve, part of a rail trail bicycle trail that leads back to Warrnambool. Lunch was at a rather nice outdoor cafe with father and sons team John, Matthew and Damien Goninon from Hobart. We were then off to see the beach where again we ran into Dennis and Jenny McIlroy.
All too soon it is time to turn back to Warrnambool via more back roads to keep the Sevens off the highway where possible. We came back thru Koroit and over a historic bridge. Here there was no parking so we headed back to the Wanoon Dog Track and the Fig Tree to rest and prepare for the Final Dinner.
The Final Dinner that night had a Roaring Twenties or Pirates and Sailors and Fishermen theme. Plenty of people dressed up as “flappers and swains”, captains and naval ratings, pirates and penguins. It was held out the Deakin University, a very nice venue away from the centre of town.
We had a 3 course meal, served by students while speeches and presentations were made. The most important thing was that a check for $11,000 was presented to the Warrnambool Hospital as a result of raffles and other fund raising activities such as gold coin donations to see the cars at Fletcher Jones Gardens.
There was a Dutch auction of several “Chummy in the Lane” posters and tendering on some nice metal models of Chummies and Ulsters (about $60 to $80 each). Surprisingly, the record price of over $300 was paid for a little “Grey Fergy” model! The rally direction signs were sold for $40 each. Profits went to the Hospital.
Then prizes were awarded for the different categories of cars. There were no prizes for us Banana Benders, but it was lovely to see A7 Register members John and Robin Ikin win the best Saloon category with their resplendent 1936 Ruby Saloon which was smartly presented each morning. Then some light humored Austin Seven parts awards were made. Lindsay and Sharon received the “Timing Cog” award for always being promptly on time for all events in “Ernie”, their 1929 Chummy. Merv and Margaret received the “Baffle Plate” award. He had baffled the committee with his entry described as a 1935 Austin 7 Ruby Tourer (technically only the Saloons are Ruby’s).
And that was it. The Rally Committee got up to take accolades (20 people). We all then started making moves, farewelling our many new and old friends.
“We had a Whale of a Time, so Farewhale one and All!”
Postscript: I am writing this at Melbourne Airport, awaiting my flight, after a 4.5 hour drive from Warrnambool. It was sad to leave the comfort of the Fig Tree and say goodbye to all this morning.
I also heard two of our travelers have tested positive for Covid, so I did a quick RAT Test at the service station “just to be sure”! All good. At present, none of our other folk have any symptoms. I wish Justin and Patti do not suffer too long!
Doug & Robyn’s Gazebo Christening 10 April 2022
Sunday 10th April was a fine and slightly cloudy day as a group of A7 members arrived at the Boronia Heights residence of Doug & Robyn at around 10am for a chatty morning tea and lunch. The purpose of this A7 event was the christening of the newly completed gazebo in their back yard.
All in attendance agreed that Doug, with the help of Robyn, had done an amazing job in the design and construction of this amazing and architecturally significant masterpiece. Those present to admire and express their appreciation of the use of the structure were Trev & Elaine, Ron & Daphne, Peter & Gail, Neil & Karyn and of course, our hosts, Doug & Robyn.
The morning seemed to pass quickly with lively general conversation on many topics, some of which were questionable and perhaps in need of censorship.
The morning tea of dips and cakes was replaced at around 12.30pm by lunches brought by the majority of members present.
Thank you to Doug & Robyn for hosting a most pleasant Sunday morning in the shelter of the well-constructed gazebo that will invariably be used for many more such pleasurable occasions.
President’s Run 13 March 2022
On a sunny Sunday morning we all arrived at our usual northside starting point of the Centenary Pool car park. To our surprise, parking was at a premium with patrons utilising the pool and associated gymnasium. Double parking was necessary for the seven A7s that were assembled for the day’s entertainment at the Graceville Croquet Club. Arriving in their A7s were Spare Parts Trev & Elaine, Librarian Lindsay & Treasurer Sharon, President Steve, Brett, Russell & Vanda with K9 Louie, Second-Hand Spare Parts Doug & Secretary Robyn, and Champagne Carriages’ Merv & Margaret (with a brief visit by their daughter, Karen). In their Austin Lancer were Ian & Valda. Arriving in modern cars were Newsletter Tim, John Q, Neil & Karyn (with Neil’s son Lucas and partner Caitlin) and Pilot Matt & Trent.
Shortly after 9am, President Steve briefed those present about the run to Graceville. Following the briefing, we all departed. All, that is, except Russell, Vanda and Louis, who experienced fuel problems with their A7. They decided to leave their car, hitch a ride with Tim and then return to their car post the day’s event.
President Steve had set an interesting run that took us via Coronation Drive to view the Brisbane River damage caused by recent flooding. Of particular interest was the former Drift restaurant sitting upon the bike path. We then travelled through Toowong, the University of Queensland, Indooroopilly and over the Indooroopilly Bridge.
After this run of about 45 minutes, we arrived at our destination, the Graceville Croquet Club. Here we were met and welcomed by members of the Croquet Club. It was also here that we were joined by our A7 members, Joe & Margaret in their A7, Ex-Librarian Alan (who had experienced A7 problems prior to deciding to come modern), Sharon’s son Tom with his wife Lillian, and Matt’s Mum, Aileen, who is a member of the Croquet Club. Members were also delighted to see Molly Neville who dropped in briefly later in the morning.
It wasn’t long before we were all signed in and sitting in the comfortable Clubroom enjoying our BYO morning tea. After morning tea, we were briefed by Croquet Club members about the etiquette and rules of the game.
Following the briefing, we were soon armed with a croquet mallet and on the court, eager to gain some expertise in this game that was new to most of us. There was much frivolity on the three courts as the teams of four competed to conquer the art of hitting the colourful balls through the tight fitting hoops – a game that was first played in 1856 – nearly as old as some of our members!
At around 12 noon, after some of us were approaching professional croquet status, we retired to the Clubroom to enjoy a much needed rest and to partake of our BYO lunch. Over lunch there was much chatter about not only winning margins, but also the shortcomings of those who had, for whatever reason, withheld their full potential for the sport – the losers.
At around 1pm, Neil, on behalf of those members and their guests present, proposed a vote of thanks to President Steve for his brilliant organisation of the day’s run and hire of the croquet courts. President Steve followed by thanking our hosts, the Graceville Croquet Club members, for the use their facilities, their time, their effort and their patient assistance given to our members. He also thanked the A7 members and guests for attending the day’s event. In response, the Croquet Club members also thanked us for coming.
At around 1.30pm, there was a gradual exodus of members as they made their way home.
Thank you, President Steve, for a successful A7 President’s Run.
The Librarian & Treasurer’s Valentine’s Day Run 13 February 2022
The morning of Sunday 13th was bright and sunny with a forecast of showers later in the evening. It was a perfect day for our much-anticipated Librarian & Treasurer’s Valentine’s Day Run down to the Bay. Ahead of the departure time of 9am from the Carindale Clubrooms carpark, six A7s assembled. In their A7s were Lindsay & Sharon, Trevor & Elaine, Ian & Valda, Doug & Robyn, President Steve and Mr Couser. Neil & Karyn arrived in their modern car following a problem with ‘Harry’ the previous day – oh well, a ‘back-up Charlie’ if required!
Prior to departure, we were briefed by the Run organisers, Lindsay & Sharon. As part of their briefing, Sharon handed out to the occupants of the six A7s a glass ‘Cupid’s Arrow’, produced for the occasion by one of the members present. We then set out for a 15-minute drive, via the Gateway Motorway, to our Morning Tea stop at Colmslie Beach Reserve.
Upon arrival at the Reserve, we occupied a covered shelter adjacent to the Brisbane River, where we were joined a few minutes later by Merv & Margaret. After Morning Tea and a toilet stop on the way out of the Reserve, we headed east towards Moreton Bay.
Following one recorded wrong turn along the way, we arrived at the residence of Lindsay & Sharon on the water’s edge at Wynnum. Here we were met by our hosts, who had departed the Morning Tea stop earlier than the rest of us to prepare for our onslaught. On arrival, the A7s were ushered through under the house to park in the backyard, where the Jordans had been busy with the food preparation and BBQ. We were treated to lunch in style with sausages, bread, onions and sauce, followed by bun and heart-shaped chocolates for dessert – all of which our hosts kindly provided.
During our Lunch stop we were entertained not only by our fellow members’ stimulating conversation and more than occasional banter, but also by the enthusiastic antics of Sharon’s daughter’s dog, Pongo. We were also joined for lunch by two of the Jordans’ friendly neighbours.
Those present noticed with interest that in the backyard was Lindsay’s latest project – the repair and renovation of a recently purchased fishing dinghy. The Jordans are anticipating using the dinghy in the Bay waters; we look forward to being provided with a sumptuous fresh seafood lunch in the near future!
Before we departed for home, Lindsay thanked those present for attending a hugely successful A7 Run. President Steve, on behalf of all those present, then thanked Lindsay & Sharon for the effort they had gone to in organising the Run, providing the venue and hosting the lunch. It was yet another memorable A7 Reg. Qld. event.
NATIONAL MOTORING HERITAGE DAY RUN INSTRUCTIONS:
SUNDAY 15TH MAY 2022 – Meet 8.15am Shell Service Station Henry Hester Drive Eaglby U.B.D. 284 N 6
Depart 8.30am , –
Morning Tea Sharp Park Beechrnont U.B.D. GC 45 G 4
Lunch Jimboomba Tavern or Jimboomba Rotary Park Jimboomba U.B.D.302 H 16
Continue South on Henry Hester Drive
pt exit on roundabout into Jacobs Well road pass school & follow Right bend to Jacobs Well (approx 27 klms)
3rd exit on roundabout (signed to Pacific Highway) into Pimpama-Jacobs Well road Left, Right &Left bends stay on Pimpama-Jacobs Well road (pass Motor Sport Training Centre) Through roundabout at shell servo on Left (Oepot road)
Left at traffic lights into Old Pacific Highway (Le mans Kart Racing Complex on right)
1st exit on roundabout (shell servo)
Right at traffic lights (Foxwell road on left) over Ml Left slip lane at traffic lights into Abraham Road Right at 3rd set of traffic lights into Reserve road
1ST exit at Roundabout into Reserve road (toilets in park on left) through roundabouts
Left at slip lane traffic lights into Tamborine-Oxenford Road cross Causeway
2nd exit at T-Junction roundabout into Maudsland road (for approx 8 klms)
Right at T-Junction into Beaudesert- Nerang road ?Becareful? Signed Canungra (Appro 13klms) Left into Beechrnont road (pass Army complex on left)
Cross Sharp Bridge Right into Sharp Park for Morning Tea (approx. 3klms)
(Distance covered so far approx. 78klms)
Retrace route back to Beaudesert-Nerang road
Left from Sharp park into Beechmont road
Left into Beaudesert-Nerang road Follow to & through Canungra township Become. s M undool un Connection road (approx. 20 klms since M/f)
Left at T-Junction Beaudesert-Beenleigh road
Right into Mundoolun road (signed Jimboomba) church on left (for approx. 10 klms)
1st exit on roundabout into East street Left at bend becomes John street
Right 2nd street into South street Signed to Highway
Left at traffic lights into Mount Lindesay highway (for approx. 4klms)
Right into Cedar Grove road (toilet in park) Left at bend into Cedar Pocket road
Right next road into (no sign) Undullah road cross bridge
Right into Kilmoylar road becomes Bushman road
2nd exit on roundabout into Homestead Drive becomes Teviot Road Right into Cusack Lane at servo leads to Jimboomba
Lunch at Rotary park for BYO is 1st exit on roundabout into Johanina street park on left
Lunch at Jimboomba Tavern is 2nd exit on roundabout then
Left at T-Junction into carpark (63klms from M/f) Thanks for your attendance. Hope you have enjoyed travelling around showing our heritage vehicle in the Logan & Scenic Rim area with friendly like minded people
A7 Christmas Party Lunch 12 December 2021
At around 10am and following a hive of industry by members who had arrived early to set up the Clubroom veranda area for our Christmas Party Lunch, the first of five A7s arrived. The intrepid members arriving in their A7s were Lindsay & Sharon, Justin & Mum Ines, Ken & Irene, Hugh & Judy and Steve & Jenny. The rest of us arriving in our modern vehicles totalled 31, including K9s Napoleon and Louie.
Upon arrival, a morning cuppa was provided within the Clubroom under the cooling fans. By 12 noon, when all had arrived, the sumptuous lunch feast of chicken, ham, rolls and salad was set out and served by Robyn, Bev, Karyn and Sharon. A queue of hungry members, plates in hand, quickly formed as lunch was served. What had previously been pre-lunch noisy chatter by those present, was soon replaced by a less audible sound of cutlery on plates and gnashing of jaws as lunch was consumed.
Following lunch, President Steve was assisted by Valda in drawing the raffle for the multitude of prizes on offer. The first prize, a leadlight glass Christmas Star crafted by Neil, was won by Ken & Irene. Other members lucky enough to win a raffle prize were Tim, Mike & Kathy, Ross & Rhonda, Joe & Margaret, Peter & Cathy, Hugh & Judy, Steve & Jenny and President Steve.
Just when we thought our hunger was sufficiently satisfied, dessert appeared on the serving table to replace the small quantity of left-over meats and salads. A delicious dessert of individual trifles made by our First Lady, Helen, as well as mince pies was on offer. The dessert disappeared in quick time.
The early afternoon was now the time to settle in for a lazy food-digesting chat with our fellow A7 members. Most, as you would expect, were content to remain seated around the veranda tables in the cool shade, as President Steve addressed us with a brief review of the successful A7 year followed by a Christmas wish to members for a happy and healthy Festive Season.
It was around 2pm that there was ‘movement at the station’ and tables were folded and stored, chairs stacked and decorations removed. It wasn’t long before all members, some of us anticipating a brief afternoon nap, departed for home.
I’m sure all those present would agree with me, and the sentiments of President Steve, that our thanks go to those responsible for a successful Christmas Lunch Party, both for the ‘Christmas’ presentation of the venue and the provision of the delicious food.
From me personally, I wish all members a safe, happy and healthy Festive Season. I also thank those members who have, for the previous 12 months, contributed to our successful events and A7 Website information.
A7 Automotive Craftsmen Demonstration – 20 November 2021
It was a bright clear Saturday morning as we arrived at the Clarks’ residence in Boronia Heights. We were prepared for a full day for our A7 November Run. As well as A7 members, also arriving were a few Bayside Club members and friends of the Clarks. Our four members arriving in their A7s were Brett, Russell & Vanda & ‘Louie’, Steve & Jenny, and Lyn in his big Austin Tourer. In all, there were 30 of us setting out for the first event of the day, a morning tea and demonstration at the nearby workshop of the Automotive Craftsmen (AC).
At the AC we were warmly welcomed by our hosts, Sharen, Luke, Adam and Amy. After a safety and familiarisation briefing by Sharen, we were invited to partake of a fabulous array of food for morning tea in the workshop foyer. Barista coffee was also supplied by Luke & Adam – men of many talents!
At around 10.30am, we assembled in the AC workshop for a very informative demonstration of techniques used in the production of body panels for mostly up-market cars. In the workshop were several cars in various stages of repair, including an Aston Martin and a Lotus 11. After the very interesting demonstration by Luke and Adam on the techniques of metal fabrication, shrinking, stretching, blocking and planishing, Doug, on behalf of those present, thanked our hosts for their presentation and hospitality.
We then headed back to the Clarks’ residence for our BYO lunch and a chat. When we arrived we were greeted by Trevor & Elaine and Lindsay & Sharon, who were present to join us for lunch. As usual, Robyn had prepared food and sweets for our indulgence, in addition to that which we had brought for ourselves.
At around 1.30pm, while some of those present headed home, the remainder of us set out for our afternoon ‘adventure’ – sheds to investigate and cars on display, followed by afternoon tea at the residence of Bayside Club members, the Doyles. Their residence was at New Beith, a suburb near Greenbank, around 20-minutes’ drive from the Clarks’ residence.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Kevin & Beryl, and we proceeded to check out Kevin’s shed of curiosities and model car display. After a while, we headed off to a property to the rear of the Doyles’ to view another shed’s contents and classic cars belonging to the Gillbards. Andrew Gillbard not only parked their classic cars on the adjoining driveway for us to inspect, but also opened up another adjacent shed to reveal a hot rod parked beside a replica rock ‘n’ roll diner complete with jukeboxes and red vinyl bench seating.
Our thanks go to the Doyles and Gillbards for their hospitality and for allowing us to view their wonderful array of cars and memorabilia. We would especially like to thank the Doyles for supplying us with a delicious afternoon tea following our walk around the properties.
Our thanks also go to Doug & Robyn who arranged this eventful day, and who not only again opened their house to accommodate us, but also supplied some additional catering while we were there.
Decoration Day, Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel & Cemetery 9th October 2021
With a predicted temperature of 30 degrees, many A7 members were on the road early to meet up in their A7s at the Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel & Cemetery. This event was the annual (Covid-19 compliant) Decoration Day at which our Club was once again invited to attend and display our cars by the Friends of Tingalpa Cemetery Heritage Group (FTCHG).
The Chapel grounds on Wynnum Road were, for this occasion, occupied by many interesting stalls with items both on display and to purchase, live music, a food outlet and most importantly, a coffee van. This 153rd annual event is to celebrate the history of the Chapel (first built in 1858) and Cemetery and particularly to pay respects to those local area pioneers who are buried there.
It was terrific to see the display of ten A7s including Lyn’s 20hp big Austin. Those attending in their A7s were Doug & Robyn, ex-Librarian Alan, Trevor & Elaine, Merv & Margaret, Neil & Karyn, Ian & Valda, Hugh, Russell, Lyn and Steve & Jenny.
As the morning heated up, members retreated to the shady east boundary of the site armed with a cuppa and morning tea, some of which was purchased from the adjacent stalls. As usual, there was much interest in our A7s on display, and some members were kept busy explaining to visitors the attributes of our unique vehicles.
During the day, visitors were also entertained by the local choir, “Momentum”, followed by guitarist Brett Hammond. Second-hand book sales were also popular with our members. I estimate that Valda and Karyn would have purchased half the entire stock! Many visitors viewed the grounds and pioneer graves, while others visited the Chapel in which a Brisbane based Ghost Busters team monitored for any ‘abnormalities’ within.
As lunch time approached, the hot food van became the centre of attraction for the purchase of a variety of tasty treats and cold drinks. Cheerios were especially popular with our Spare Parts Manager and our ex-Librarian.
At around 1pm, our host, Donna, from FTCHG, thanked those present for attending the event and drew the Lucky Door Prize. She also presented the many donated raffle prizes to those lucky enough to have purchased the winning tickets. Unfortunately, no A7 members were lucky on the day. Following this, the vehicle noise on the usually busy Wynnum Road was enhanced by the departure of our A7s on their way home.
Our thanks go to Donna and her team for yet another highly successful annual event, and we look forward to our A7 club continuing its relationship with the Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel & Cemetery.
All British Day, Tennyson, 19th September 2021.
A massive assembly of all British cars and other vehicles assembled on the St Joseph’s College Playing Fields at Tennyson after missing last year’s event. There was a traffic jam of late arriving display cars and visitors along King Arthur Terrace. The Editor arrived fashionably late in a modern and parked out on the Terrace and was able to walk in quickly passed a line of stationary idling motor cars, only pausing to check up on Peter and Jo in their 1933 Wolseley Hornet stranded on 3 wheels on the path at the gate into the Grounds. There was a small but enthusiastic group of cars and chairs representing the Austin 7 Register. In their A7s were Justin McCarthy in his Chummy, Brett and Kylie Reif in their Box Saloon, Trevor and Elaine in the Six Wheeler Truck, Captain Matthew Potts and son Trent in their chummy, The Haigh family with their Ruby Roadster, while Doug & Robyn Clark came in their red Mini, Peter Baker and Jo, soon arrived in their Hornet Tourer after “Gentleman Joe” Wilson came to their rescue with a great big hammer to “fix” their brake problem. Also “seen on the Field” was the green chummy that was, until very recently, Dennis and Lyn Gillbard’s, apparently now in the hands of a classic car broker who did not introduce himself to the Club on the day.
There was plenty of interest in Trevor’s 6 wheel truck, one chap was wondering if it was actually capable of being driven on the road and was it a “real “vehicle ? (yes, on BOTH counts)!!
In between taking to people and eating lunch I did get to see a few more cars, but never went down to the so-called “Field of Dreams where the cool Jaguar cats and high society Rollers were camped.
Of special interest was what appeared to be one of Landrovers from the 1955-56 Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition undertaken by six Oxford & Cambridge university students from London to Singapore and described in the book “First Overland”.
I also liked the under bonnet detail of the Lotus XI Race cars on display.
At around 2pm, the hundreds of British cars attending the static display departed the College ovals, some left a lot earlier I noticed, (I was passed by two escaping Lotus thru the Clem 7 at about noon!). It was yet another successful All British Day.
Some of the results were:
Best Vintage and Veteran Grant Singer 1926 Alvis 12/50 “Ducks Back”
Best Commercial Vehicle Qld Omnibus & Coach Society – 1948 AEC Regal III
“Best of British” – Graham Singer 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Best Club Display – British Car Club.
A7 Reg. Qld Annual Weekend 10th & 11th September 2021
Our Annual Weekend, postponed from August due to COVID lockdowns, finally came around this year on 10th & 11th September. It was decided that we would go ahead with our Monthly Meeting followed by the AGM on the Friday evening, and combine a Lunch and Static Display of our A7s at the Carindale Clubrooms on the Saturday.
Our AGM on Friday night proceeded without a hitch, with all previous A7 Reg. Qld Committee Members being re-elected to their previous positions. The exception was the position of Treasurer for which there were no nominations. John agreed to act as Treasurer until a replacement was found. A highlight of the evening for me was being presented with Life Membership of the Club – a privilege and a huge honour (and a well-kept secret) bestowed upon me by President Steve on behalf of the Committee, following nomination by the McGuills. Several September birthdays were also celebrated on the evening, the photos of which are on our A7 Website.
On Saturday, glorious Queensland weather greeted us for our much-anticipated and event-filled day. Assembling in the carpark adjoining the Club’s BBQ area was an impressive line-up of 12.5 Austin 7s. The 0.5 Austin was the mounted gleaming engine block etc. from President Steve’s A7 – a repair job in progress with the car body laying in wait at Fig Tree Pocket. Other members arriving in their Austins were Lindsay (joined by Sharon), Doug & Robyn, Trevor & Elaine, Neil (joined by Karyn), Ian & Valda, Brett (joined by Kylie, Clare & Tessa), Ross & Rhonda, Hugh & Judy, Russell & Vanda & ‘Louie’, Justin McK., Ian & Jared, and Peter & Nell. A stand-out in this group of A7s was the home built 1928 ‘Dorman Special’ standing proudly at the head of the pack. These members were joined by around another 19 more members driving their modern cars. A notable omission at this year’s event was ex-Librarian Alan, who was resting up after having a pacemaker installed the previous day.
At around 11.30am, as the sun rose overhead in the cloudless sky, the BBQs were lit and the hot plate was soon laden with sausages, meat patties, bacon and onions to feed the impressive (and hungry) number of members now on the Clubroom veranda. A table of salads and bread rolls was also laid out next to the tables and chairs that had been set up on the veranda. Lunch was soon served followed by dessert of delicious apple pie and custard.
At around 12.30pm, with our full bellies, it was time for President Steve to conduct the formalities of the day. After thanking those responsible for the success of the day, Steve announced the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the best car on display. There was no question that Peter & Nell’s handcrafted 1928 ‘Dorman Special’ had won this prize. Next, Neil thanked those members who had participated in the A7 Runs over the last 12 months and announced that the winners of the Cam & Judy McCulloch Memorial Trophy for the best Run attendance, for the sixth year in a row, were Doug & Robyn. Congratulations go to them for their great efforts.
The raffle prizes were then drawn. The first prize of a leadlight A7 medallion was won by Librarian Lindsay & Sharon; second prize of a fruit basket went to Trevor & Elaine; and third prize of a tin of Cadbury Roses chocolates went to Peter & Jo.
The highly successful day wrapped up at around 1.30pm. Our congratulations go to the A7 Reg. Qld Committee, especially Robyn, for organising the day and the food provided. Congratulations also go to the great roll-up of members of this congenial, friendly and active Club for their attendance.
COUNTRY RUN JULY 2021
FRIDAY 9TH JULY
It was a rainy Friday afternoon as several of us arrived at the Boonah Motel to participate in the much anticipated A7 Country Run around the Boonah district. Other A7 members had already arrived at the Boonah Showgrounds Caravan Park during the previous 24 hours. Unloading their A7s from trailers at the motel in the rain left us uncomfortably damp, but eagerly anticipating the predicted sunny days ahead. Arriving with their A7s were Neil & Karyn, Lindsay & Sharon, Trevor & Elaine and Joe & Margaret. Our intrepid member, Brett, drove alone all the way from his residence in Eatons Hill. His family, Kylie, Clare & Tessa, followed soon after in their modern car.
Towards mid-afternoon, as the sun broke through the cloud layer, the A7 folk at the motel gathered for a quick liquid refreshment prior to driving their A7s 1.5km to join the Showground Caravan Park members. Here we gathered at around 4pm for a ‘Happy Hour’ and briefing by our Run organisers, Joe & Margaret. Camping at the Showgrounds were Ian & Valda, Trevor & Bev, Russell, Vanda & Louie and Justin & Patti.
On Friday evening as the temperature dropped, members walked from their respective accommodations into town for dinner. We were booked into Simon’s Tavern for what turned out to be a sumptuous dinner. Raffle tickets were purchased before dinner to support the local fishing club. Among the winners on the night were Ian & Valda winning a breakfast tray and Russell & Vanda winning $22 cash from a wheel spin. The walk home was a little brisker than the walk to the Tavern, due to the colder air.
SATURDAY 10TH JULY
On Saturday we were greeted by a bright, sunny but cool day. An additional morning arrival at the motel, with their A7, were Doug & Robyn. Alan and John, in their separate modern cars, also joined us prior to setting out on our day’s adventure.
At around 8.45am, after the Showground members joined us at the motel, we all set out for the nearby Boonah Country Market for a prearranged static display. With our cars distributed throughout the market grounds, we proceeded to inspect the many stalls and partake of morning tea with a hot coffee from an adjacent vendor.
10.15am was the time we set out from the markets, mistakenly following the Clarks who went in a direction adverse to the instructions – like sheep, we all followed! After realising the error, we (except for the Clarks who kept driving) U-turned and followed our instructions to the Boonah Airfield. At the Airfield, where we were to inspect a hanger of old aircraft, we were confronted by a sign on the closed gate effectively cancelling our visit. Our lateral-thinking organisers instead phoned an adjoining property, where we were welcome to inspect another hanger of old aircraft. At this point, we were all gobsmacked to observe Doug & Robyn, who had arrived before us, driving along the airstrip towards our alternative venue.
This new venue was a hanger of old aircraft including a 1935 Leopard Moth, a Tiger Moth Golden Quest used in the Lassiter expedition and two other aircraft being restored. Also, there was a 1926 Dodge and a 1926 fire engine. All were owned by our host, Bill. After the interesting inspection and informative talk by our host, I thanked Bill for his short-notice hospitality, and we were on the road again to our Kalbar lunch stop. Along the way and after experiencing hot water over our feet, Karyn and I pulled over to discover a Welsh plug had dislodged on ‘Harry’s’ block. With the assistance of many and Trevor to the rescue with a spare plug, we were soon back on the road.
Following a scenic drive, we arrived at Kalbar and parked at The Royal Hotel Kalbar, our lunch stop. Having satisfied our hunger, we then proceeded to drive to the historic town of Harrisville for a short break before heading back to Boonah.
On our way back to Boonah and about 14kms from our accommodation, ‘Harry’ broke down again. This time it was a lot more serious. “No gears” was my response to those who were travelling behind me and had stopped to render assistance. As Karyn and Alan waited with ‘Harry’ by the roadside, John drove me to Boonah to retrieve my trailer. Returning to the scene, ‘Harry’ was soon on the trailer and returned to the motel for the remainder of the weekend.
That night, some drove and some walked once again into town to enjoy dinner at Sandie-Lee’s Kitchen. Here we were joined by Brett’s mother, Dell. After enjoying a selection of seafood, chicken, steak and desserts, Sharon thanked our restaurant host and staff for the terrific food, and we returned to our respective accommodations for the night.
SUNDAY 11TH JULY
Sunday was another fine and cool day with just a bit of cloud cover. Most members at the motel were up early. Having to check out of the motel by 10am meant that some of us would need to be packed to vacate rooms prior to the day’s run. Today, Karyn & I travelled with Alan in his Subaru as a sad faced ‘Harry’ remained at the motel on the trailer. Our first stop was the Show Grounds Caravan Park Meeting Room for the A7 July General Meeting. Prior to the commencement of the meeting at 8.30am, we were joined by Ron & Daphne. Following the usual entertaining meeting, we enjoyed a morning tea of hot beverages with delicious muffins made by Margaret.
At around 9.45am we left for a short run to Templin Museum, our second stop for the day. After checking in and receiving a briefing about the Museum by our hosts, we enjoyed free time to look around the huge variety of displays. The displays included a spinners’ group, a working blacksmith and a wheelwright, an old school, a slab hut and a 1922 Austin tractor. Following our interesting and informative visit, Joe thanked our museum hosts, and we were back on the road again. At this point, Brett left us to drive his A7 back to Brisbane.
We then arrived at our lunch stop at Moogerah Dam, with most members opting to purchase something hot from the on-site Dam Cafe. Late to arrive were Ron & Daphne, who had experienced a flat tyre en route and had to call the RACQ for assistance. We enjoyed our lunch on the sunny lawn adjoining our parked cars, the presence of which created much excitement among the visiting public. After lunch, the energetic amongst us went for a walk across the dam wall, while others were content to soak up the sun’s rays sitting and lying on the grass.
Back on the road, we headed in the direction of our fourth stop, the Coochin Coochin Historic Homestead. After a scenic drive and a short excursion along a dirt road and across an old timber crossing, we arrived at the top of a hill where the Homestead was located. Here we were met by the Homestead owners, Jane & Tim. This wonderful property has been owned by the Bell family for several generations. After a brief disagreement between Isabella, the Bell’s dog and Louie, the Curtis’s dog who had escaped from the car, we inspected the Homestead and surrounds. We were told many stories by our hosts about previous Bell generations and important visitors to the Homestead. In the garden were now mature trees that were planted by royalty such as the Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales, as well as the famous author, Agatha Christie.
At around 3.45pm, we departed the Homestead after Doug had shared with us his historic connection to the area and the Homestead and had thanked our hosts for a most interesting tour of their property. Arriving back at Boonah, those of us heading back to Brisbane packed our cars and trailers and departed.
For those who stayed in Boonah for the night, an enjoyable take-away pizza was consumed at the Showgrounds Meeting Room for dinner followed by a bacon & eggs breakfast on Monday morning at a Boonah Cafe. All departed for home at around 9am.
Our sincere thanks go to our Country Run organisers, Joe & Margaret, for a splendid, interesting and informative Country Run around the Boonah district – WELL DONE!
Neil & Karyn
PRESIDENT’S RUN 2021 20 June 2021
Sunday morning, the 20th of June, was bright, dry and cold as A7 members arrived at the Centenary Pool carpark for the much-anticipated President’s Run. Eight A7s in all were at the start of this annual event. The Austineers braving the cool morning and arriving in their A7s were Lindsay & Sharon, Matt & Trent, Alan, Trev & Elaine, Doug & Robyn, Brett & Len, Steve & Davo and Russell, Vanda & Louie. Arriving in their Austin Lancer were Ian & Valda. Those of us driving modern vehicles were Neil & Karyn and John.
After receiving the Run instructions from President Steve, there was much discussion about the route to Morning Tea which included some suburban hills. Finally, there was consensus that we should proceed to the Morning Tea stop by the most simple and direct route – which we did.
At around 9.30am, following a minor delay in waiting for Russell, Vanda & Louie, we all headed off turning right out of the carpark into Gregory Terrace. For the next half hour, we proceeded through the suburbs of Toowong and Indooroopilly. At Taringa, Steve & Davo experienced an A7 motor issue and decided to limp home to swap their car for a modern alternative to complete the day’s Run. After this brief stop to unsuccessfully resolve Steve’s A7 issue, we then travelled through Kenmore and Brookfield to arrive at our Morning Tea destination of the Brookfield General Store and adjacent Showgrounds.
On arrival, our cars found plenty of parking at the Showgrounds where we settled in for Morning Tea. Here we were joined by Mike, Cathy & Napoleon, Merv & Margaret, and Lyn in his 1926 Austin 20. At the General Store, Matt had a pre-arranged rendezvous with a friend of his, Omar, with a Lamborghini to surprise Trent with a seat in his favourite car.
An added entertainment bonus at Morning Tea was a quiz conducted by President Steve. Following a few questions from Steve and several ‘questionable’ answers from members, the winners were announced, and prizes of chocolates were presented to Lindsay & Sharon and to John.
Following our usual congenial hot cuppa and cake, we headed off from Brookfield in the direction of Moggill Road. Like the morning part of the Run, our President’s directions included many points of interest, including passing over the Walter Taylor Bridge.
Finally, we arrived at our Lunch Stop at Graceville Memorial Park. Here we assembled ourselves in the usual circular configuration in the warm sunshine to enjoy our BYO lunch, while some members visited the adjacent fish & chip shop to purchase take-away. Here we were joined by Aileen and Martin to the delight of family, Matt & Trent.
At around 12.30pm after members had exhausted the usual highly intellectual lunch conversation, Neil proposed a ‘thank you’ to President Steve for yet another successful and interesting annual President’s Run. A short time later, we all headed home.
Well done Steve.
ROCKY RUN 2021 Rockhampton, Qld 19th to 24th May 2021
Wednesday 19th May
Wednesday 19th May 2021 was a momentous day in the A7 Events Calendar, a day that many A7 members had been looking forward to. It marked the beginning of the much anticipated Rocky Run in Rockhampton, Queensland. Despite the Run being postponed in 2020 due to COVID, Greg & Kaye Shuker pushed ahead and provided an agenda for the next six days that would prove to be a source of much enjoyment for all participants.
Members arrived on the day from many parts of the State and settled into their new ‘home’ at the Country Club Caravan Park. Last to arrive, just on dusk, were Alan & Neil following their ten-hour drive from Brisbane. Apart from registering with Greg & Kaye on the day, participants were free to roam the city and surrounds.
The participants arriving in their A7s at the Rocky Run were Greg & Kaye (our hosts), Trevor & Bev, Lindsay & Sharon, Trevor & Elaine, Alan & Neil, Ian & Valda, Joe & Margaret, Merv & Margaret, Ken & Lorraine, Brian & Sue & ‘Bobby’, Brian & Ann, Ross & Sylvia, Doug & Robyn, and Russell & Vanda & ‘Louie’. Fourteen A7s in all – a great roll-up. Other members and guests were Geoff, Norelle, tail-end-charlie Alan and back-up tail-end-charlies, John & Twink.
That night, after the mandatory ‘happy hour’ gathering at the Caravan Park, we enjoyed a Welcome Dinner at the Parkhurst Tavern located a short distance down the road. At dinner our hosts, Greg & Kaye, welcomed us to the Rocky Run and thanked us for our attendance. Our Vice-President also welcomed us and presented a framed A7 picture to our hosts for the Bundy Bash in 2019, Brian & Ann.
Thursday 20th May
Thursday was the start of the formal runs by the A7s. We all met in the car park of the Historic Village at around 8.30am for an 8.45am start. Thirteen A7s arrived at the starting point. Unfortunately, Merv & Margaret’s A7 refused to fire-up on the slightly chilly morning.
Today we travelled along Yeppoon Road past extinct volcanic plugs and Mt Wheeler, an old gold mining area. On arrival at Yeppoon, we proceeded to drive along the main street. Our Morning Tea Stop was on the beachfront at The Rocks Cafe where we enjoyed a hot cuppa and, for some, a cake.
After morning tea, we proceeded back to Emu Park, over Ross Creek and through Cooee Bay where, in previous years, a cooee competition was held annually. We then stopped at a windy lookout at Wreck Point to take in the spectacular view. On the road again, we drove past Lammermoor Beach, Roslyn Bay Boat Harbour and Marina, Statue Bay, Kemp Beach, Mulambin Beach and Kinka Beach to our Lunch Stop at Pine Beach Hotel, Emu Park.
After lunch we went for a stroll along the fantastic Anzac Memorial walkway, following the headland to the Singing Ship. Fortunately, it was a windy day and so the sound from the Singing Ship was crisp and clear. Following our walk, we headed back to the Caravan Park for our now regular afternoon ‘happy hour’ to discuss the events of the day. The evening was free, spending it relaxing and doing our own thing for dinner.
Friday 21st May
Waking up to a cool morning, we dragged ourselves out of our warm beds, had some breakfast and proceeded to the Historic Village car park in anticipation of yet another interesting day. Today, all fourteen A7s set off at 8.45am for our destination of Mount Morgan – the hometown of our hosts, Greg & Kaye.
This route took us through South Rocky, over the Yeppen Lagoon and through the old gold mining area of Bouldercombe. Then it was up the range on our way to Mount Morgan. On our way up we stopped at the Stopford Way Lookout to observe the spectacular view. On reaching this lookout, Trevor M. inadvertently removed his radiator cap, only to be sprayed with boiling water. Pleased to say that his arm flesh wounds were tended to on his return to Rocky and are healing well.
From here we proceeded up the remaining Range road, stopping at the Mount Morgan Historic Rail Complex where we ate a delicious Morning Tea prepared by the Rail volunteers. A very interesting and informative tour of the Rail Complex followed our morning tea at the Station, beside the old historic carriage.
Our day and Lunch Break were spent around the quaint town of Mount Morgan with its second-hand shop, cafes and bakery. At around 2.00pm we returned to the Rail Complex to be briefed about our trip back to the Caravan Park, especially the steep descent down Razorback Road, by our host, Greg. Our route back included a drive along Quay Street in Rocky with its fabulous old buildings.
Once again we indulged in ‘happy hour’ which was dominated by discussion about our interesting day’s adventure up the Range to Mount Morgan.
Saturday 22nd May
Once again today, all fourteen Austins arrived at the Historic Village car park for the day’s run to Saint Christopher’s Chapel, Koorana Crocodile Farm and Keppel Sands.
Our route today took us along Lakes Creek Road, following the Fitzroy River and past Teys Meat Works (previously called Australian Meat Export Company). We then turned right into Saint Christopher’s Chapel, an all-denominational chapel built by the Americans during WW2. As we discovered to our delight, this was the venue for the wedding of our hosts, Greg & Kaye, many years ago. Here Greg briefed us on the history of the Chapel and the surrounding area.
From here we drove to the Koorana Crocodile Farm for our Morning Tea Stop and a tour of the interesting and educational facilities established in 1981. We met John Lever the owner/founder of the Farm and his competent staff, who briefed us on the good conservation work they do with their 6000 crocodiles.
We were soon on the road again back to Coowonga Road and on our way to Keppel Sands. After a pleasant drive along the road behind the beach, we stopped at the Keppel Sands Pub for a delicious Lunch Stop.
Following lunch, we proceeded back to our Rocky accommodation via the old mining area around the township of Carrawal. After this approximately 110 km drive today, we were pleased to relax over a couple of cold drinks at ‘happy hour’ as the sun set. Once again, dinner was a personal decision as to whether to prepare something in our vans or cabins or go out to the nearby dining venues.
Sunday 23rd May
It was pleasing to note that again today, all fourteen Austins arrived at the Historic Village car park for a short run of approximately 43 kms to the famous Capricorn Caves.
Today our route followed the Bruce Highway north, with its many roadworks and left and right turns, until we reached Barmoya Road and then left into Olsen’s Cave Road which took us to the Caves. We arrived at the Caves after travelling along reasonably good dirt and gravel roads on the way. Apart from a need to tighten Alan’s leaking fuel line (thanks Trevor Mc), all cars were in good shape.
At the Caves Cafe we enjoyed a feast of scones and hot drinks for our Morning Tea. Following morning tea, many members toured the Caves, which included a rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ in Cathedral Cave where weddings and opera are regularly performed.
From the Caves we drove a short distance of approximately 3 kms to the Caves Pub for our Lunch Stop.
Following lunch, as we were preparing to depart for our accommodation, Brian & Sue’s car took a bit of convincing before it would start. The A7s proceeded back to the Caravan Park via a back route to avoid much of the main highway.
As usual, ‘happy hour’ was held at the Caravan Park between the McCulloch’s and the Shuker’s motor homes, with the Shuker pot belly stove warming those feeling the chill of the approaching evening. Dinner was once again an individual choice, with some members opting to dine once again at the local tavern.
Monday 24th May
Monday was to be a casual day with a couple of informal visits to close-by attractions. As it turned out, the two attractions were as good as those visited during the previous four days.
Thirteen A7s set out from the Historic Village car park to travel only a couple of kilometres away to visit a significant and private collection of Mack Trucks. This collection has been assembled by Tony Chapman, a Mack Truck enthusiast. Tony, ably assisted by his Secretary, Gayle, took us on a fantastic tour of the three huge sheds full of amazing and unique trucks. We were astounded to see everything from the first Mack trucks, Depression production utes, an old USA Mack bus, and more recent Mack products and models. Our gratitude and thanks went to Tony for his time and efforts in assembling and maintaining this unique and world-renowned collection.
After having to drag us away, we proceeded back to the Historic Village car park. From here, we walked across the road to partake of Morning Tea at the Jolt Bakery cafe.
Back across the road we entered the Historic Village for a tour by one of our members, Brian C., a volunteer at the Village. Brian entertained us with not only the old vehicles on display, but also his intimate knowledge of each one’s history. Other points of extreme interest at the Village were the workshops, buildings, horse and goat-pulled vehicles and well-maintained grounds. Our thanks went to Brian for his assistance in showing us around.
The remaining Monday afternoon was spent back at the Caravan Park, loading A7s onto trailers and packing up in preparation for an early departure back to our residences in various parts of the State.
Monday evening was our Farewell Dinner at the Rocky Sports Club, commencing at 6.00pm. The evening was a huge success with good food and, as you would expect, good company. The downside was that this would be the last occasion we would be altogether in Rocky.
Prior to dinner, our hosts, Greg & Kaye, thanked those who attended the Rocky Run and hoped that all present had a great time. They also thanked and presented our tail-end-charlie, Alan, with a gift box for his involvement in our Run. I believe that since this Run, Alan has bought himself an Austin 7 – congratulations Alan & Rondah.
Following Greg’s presentation, our A7 Register Qld Vice-President, Lindsay, also thanked those present for their attendance and especially our hosts, Greg & Kaye, for putting together yet another highly successful A7 event. Lindsay then presented a Certificate of Appreciation to tail-end-charlie, Alan, for his role in the Run. The highlight of these formalities was the presentation by Lindsay of a Certificate of Appreciation and a framed Austin 7 picture to Greg & Kaye for their splendid efforts in organising the Rocky Run 2021.
The evening at the Rocky Sports Club finished around 8.00pm, when we all headed back to our Rocky accommodation in anticipation of an early departure the next morning.
In conclusion, wearing my hat as A7 Register Qld Events Coordinator, I would like to personally thank all those who contributed to the success of this event and especially our hosts, Greg & Kaye Shuker.
LIBRARIAN’S RUN – SUNDAY 11 APRIL 2021
The long-anticipated 2021 Librarian’s Run, which had to be postponed last month due to the chain reaction caused by the continual postponement of the 2020 Christmas Breakfast, finally took place on Sunday 11 April under a cloudy Autumn sky.
A very light shower at the Club Rooms’ starting point did not dampen the enthusiasm of the attending members. In their A7s were Librarian Lindsay & Sharon, President Steve, Doug & Robyn, and Ken & Irene. They were joined en route in A7s by Russell, the Reif Family and, at the final destination, Trevor & Elaine and Peter & Gail. Members in their modern cars at the starting point were Alan, Colin & Nancy, John, Joe & Margaret, and Neil & Karyn, who were joined at the final destination by Russell’s family, Peter & Gail’s family and Twink.
After leaving the Club Rooms, the cars turned northwards onto the Gateway Motorway. Fortunately, all the A7s made it over the Gateway Bridge, a climb which is distinctly steeper in an Austin than it seems in a modern car. Congratulations go to ‘Ernie’ for making the climb in top gear. The cars turned off onto Kingsford Smith Drive and then into Nudgee Road, passing both Ascot and Doomben Racecourses towards Nudgee.
Following the run instructions which took us on various twists and turns through the suburbs of Banyo and Geebung, we arrived at the Australian Model Railway Association (AMRA) Queensland Headquarters in Zillmere, where we were warmly welcomed by Tim (a member of both our A7 Register and AMRA) and several other members of AMRA, Gordon, Doug and Jason. Tim gave us a talk about AMRA, and then we went inside to enjoy a companionable morning tea together, followed by a viewing of the model trains in action. We were all impressed by the intricate details of the train settings and enjoyed watching the different trains travelling on their various tracks.
We were also joined for the day by local couple, Dennis and Lyn. Dennis had owned an A7 when he lived in New Zealand, and so Lyn had organised a surprise ride for him in one of our lovely old A7s for their wedding anniversary.
After a thank you speech by President Steve, the day concluded with us enjoying a relaxing lunch and chat together at the picnic tables under the beautiful old trees at the rear of the AMRA Headquarters. From there, we all departed for our respective homes.
A big thank you to Librarian Lindsay and Madam Librarian Sharon for organising this interesting run, and to Tim and the members of AMRA Qld for showing us the amazing model train sets and sharing their knowledge with us.
Below is a report by Tim on behalf of the AMRA Qld:
VINTAGE AUSTINS INVADE ZILLMERE
At 9:30 am on Sunday the 11th of April the neighbours were intrigued to see 8 busy little old cars shepherded into the AMRA carpark from behind by a EH Holden Special Sedan.
These cars are actually all members of the Austin 7 Register of Qld., a club formed in 1967 to encourage people to restore Herbert Austin’s pocket rocket, made from 1922 to 1939. Cars travelled from as far as Greenbank to Woodford to attend. The cars including the club president’s 1929 Meteor Sports, two 1929 Chummy Tourers, two 1934 Box Saloons, a 1933 Tourer, a 1935 Tourer and a 1937 Ruby Saloon.
On hand to welcome the club were Gordon, Doug, Jason & Tim (who has owned and driven Austin 7s for 45 years). We were able to give the Austineers a warm welcome and soon they settled down to morning tea in the club house and thanks to our volunteers were soon exploring the club house and watching a demonstration of DCC controlled British trains (of course old boy!) They enjoyed it so much that many stayed for lunch out under the trees.They were all impressed by the size of our clubroom and grounds and number of members and that we own everything freehold.
We were all thanked by the A7 Club president, and I would also like to thank the AMRA Q boys who came to help run the day, it would have very hard without you guys!
Here is a small thank you note I received on behalf of AMRA Q from the chief organiser of the day’s event (which is held as the “Librarians Run” as it was the A7 club librarian who planned the route!)
“Hi Tim, please thank your members for the great time we had this morning. We thoroughly enjoyed it and, going by all the positive comments, so did everyone else. Also a personal thanks to yourself from both of us for all your help organising it. Cheers Lindsay. “
Tim Braby, Member #7516
Doug’s A7 Parts Storage Area Working Bee Run 14 March 2021
It was a warm sunny Sunday morning as many A7 Reg. Qld members headed to the Clark’s residence at Boronia Heights to assist with a working bee. The purpose of the event was to erect a lean-to roof off an existing shed and to assemble a garden shed donated by a neighbour of the Clarks. The reason for undertaking these mammoth construction projects was to provide additional storage of our second-hand A7 parts being accumulated by and generously stored at the Clark’s residence.
Around 25 members assembled from 9am onwards on the Clark’s rear patio to partake of morning tea, prior to commencement of work. As this was an official A7 event, it was good to see three of our smart vehicles parked on the driveway. Those driving their A7s were Merv & Margaret, Ian & Valda and Ken B.
At around 10am, an energetic male contingent rolled up their sleeves (figuratively!) and proceeded to the backyard to commence work, while our ex-Librarian chose to remain on the patio, from where he believed he could capably supervise the construction works.
During the morning, post holes were dug and five pre-prepared posts were installed in concrete footings. A top rail was then bolted to the top of posts along the boundary line.
At around 11.30am, a deserved break was called. As it was almost lunchtime, we proceeded to partake of a cold drink and our BYO lunches on the patio.
Following lunch, work continued with the installation of the lean-to roof rafters and the assembly of the stand-alone storage shed. Shelving donated by Tim was then positioned in the semi-completed lean-to area. The shed was successfully assembled, leaving only some minor work to be completed at a later stage.
In all, the day was a huge success, leaving Doug with just some finishing off to do. Thanks go to the team of volunteers, Robyn’s catering, and Alan for not only supervising the construction from afar, but also for anchoring the Ladies’ Discussion Group on the day.
A7 Register Valentine’s Day Brunch – 14 February 2021
It was third time lucky for the Austin Seven Register of Queensland’s Club Brunch. For those not in the know, the December (Christmas Brunch) attempt was cancelled due to severe weather; the January (New Year Brunch) attempt was cancelled due to a snap COVID lockdown; but fortunately, despite the forecast of showers, the third (Valentine’s Day Brunch) attempt went ahead and was a huge success. And so, it was on Sunday 14 February that Cupid not only brought us love, but also some good weather luck!
A record 45 members attended the Brunch. In their A7s were Trevor & Bev (trailered), Merv & Margaret, and Young Justin; in their Lancer were Ian & Valda; and in moderns were Doug & Robyn, Steve, Trevor & Elaine, Lindsay & Sharon, Alan, Tim, John, Twink, the Potts family, Peter & Cathy, Peter & Gail, Mike & Kathy, Justin & Patti, Ted & Daphne, Ron & Daphne, Peter & Nell, Ken & Irene, Peter & Jo, Joe & Margaret, Hugh, and Neil & Karyn.
Although the sky was overcast, the forecast showers held off, enabling the Committee Chefs to cook a sumptuous brunch on the outdoor BBQ. Members feasted on bacon, sausages, fried eggs, cooked mushrooms, fried onions, tomatoes and fresh bread rolls. This was followed by dessert of mince pies and plum pudding served with vanilla ice-cream, custard and cream.
Our hard-working Secretary, Robyn, suffered an identity crisis brought on by the ever-changing date of the Brunch. She began the event wearing Christmas reindeer antlers and giving out beautifully hand-crafted bonbons full of chocolates and toffees, made by Bev McCulloch, together with Xmas cards containing a poem and tea bag; next Robyn was wearing Australia Day ears; and finally, wearing a Valentine halo, she was assisted by Librarian Lindsay with the distribution of roses. And the gifts did not stop there, with Sharon also distributing Valentine’s chocolate hearts to everyone present.
After a speech by our President, Steve, Neil presented the lady helpers (Robyn, Elaine, Valda, Sharon, Bev and Karyn) with beautiful stained glass Valentine’s roses. The multi-prize raffle was then drawn. Winners could choose from a lovely blanket made by our member, Brett Wilson, gift hampers, wine, beer or ‘lucky dip’ bags. Congratulations to the raffle winners: Tim, Ted, the Potts family, Twink, Karyn & Neil, Joe & Margaret, and Peter & Gail.
To finish off, everyone enjoyed munching on delicious, sweet watermelon slices.
With many thanks to the Committee and helpers for their hard work and to everyone for taking the time to attend this enjoyable social event.
Karyn & Neil
BVRC Australia Day Static Display & Breakfast 26 January 2021.
Australia Day 2021 was quite different to the previous year, when the notion of COVID in Oz was just in its embryo stage and was considered by most to be a minor virus. Little did we know at that stage how much disruption the Virus would cause in the next twelve months. This Oz Day BVRC Static Display and Rally this year was very much a COVID-conscious event.
The morning of 26 January 2021 was bright with sunshine, with all participating vehicles and pedestrians required to register at the entrance gate prior to entry into the venue. The COVID registration process ran smoothly, and we were all given a wrist band to signify that a record of our attendance was formalised.
Arriving in their A7s were Lindsay & Sharon, Doug & Robyn and young Justin. Those of us arriving in our modern cars were Neil & Karyn and Treasurer John.
It was surprising that the number of display vehicles in attendance at the Ormiston State School ovals was up on previous years, given that the Virus threat was still foremost in the minds of many people. The high quality of the 753 vehicles in attendance was noticeable.
As in previous years, the BBQs in the School undercroft were sizzling and the odour of bacon, sausages and onions wafted throughout the area. Dual members of our Club and the Bayside Club were volunteer helpers at this significant event in our annual calendar. Librarian Lindsay and Second-hand Spare Parts Doug manned the BBQ, while the Librarian’s wife Sharon and Secretary Robyn were busy selling raffle tickets for the many prizes on display.
A free breakfast served to all present was up to its usual high quality. Bacon & sausages on rolls and tea & coffee were all on the menu and were consumed with gusto by an appreciative Oz Day crowd. The adjacent undercover tennis court area was the venue for the bands that entertained us throughout the morning, ticket sellers, book sales and free tea & coffee.
At around 10am the many raffle prizes were drawn. Unfortunately, no A7 members in attendance were lucky enough to take home a prize. Following the raffle draws and around 11am, several of the participating display vehicles headed off on one of the variety of rallies on offer around the Bay area.
Once again, our sincere thanks go to the Bayside Club for their hard work in organising this iconic South-east Queensland vehicle event.
A7 Reg.Qld November Run – Moreton Bay 15 November 2020
The weather forecast for this weekend was for heatwave conditions, continuing until Tuesday. Not a terrific forecast for us driving a hoodless roadster A7! Despite the forecast, seven fearless A7 drivers arrived at the run start point, the Carindale Clubrooms carpark. A7 vehicle participants were Trevor & Elaine, immediate past Librarian Alan, Lindsay & Sharon, Brett, President Steve, Doug & Robyn and run organisers Valda & Ian. It was a pleasant surprise to also have Peter & Gail along in their MGB. Arriving in modern cars were Neil & Karyn and Treasurer John.
At around 9am we set off, heading in an easterly direction toward Moreton Bay. The run organisers had cleverly decided to plan this run around the cool Bay area on such a hot day. It was an interesting drive to the Bay through the suburbs of Chandler, Gumdale and Thorneside, finishing up at Aquatic Paradise Park West beside the Bay in Birkdale for our morning tea stop.
Soon after arrival at the park, Brett was joined by his wife Kylie and daughters, Clare and Tessa, who had prearranged their rendezvous at the park.
The morning tea stop, under a waterfront shelter, proved to be so cool and comfortable that a decision was made not to continue with the after-morning tea run, but to remain there up to and including lunch. Several members decided to go on short walks around the park, while others were content to remain under the shady shelter and enjoy partaking in congenial conversations. Before too long it was lunch time, and a noticeable decrease in conversation volume was evident as we devoured our BYO delicacies.
At around 12.30pm, some run participants decided to head directly home, while others chose to complete the run route prior to proceeding home. After driving around the Cleveland peninsula, the four remaining A7s decided to stop and regroup. In a surprising coincidence, the stop location was close by the residence of one of our A7 Register members, Hugh Cullen. Hugh, having seen the A7s pass by his house, pursued them in his own A7 to the regrouping stop point.
After a short chat with Hugh and a chance meeting for Alan with two of his Female Fan Club members, the remaining run participants proceeded home from what was a highly successful run. Our thanks go to Valda & Ian for their efforts in organising this memorable event.
Tingalpa Pioneer/Decoration Day Celebration 10 October 2020
As in past years, The Friends of Tingalpa Cemetery Society Inc. had invited our Club to participate in their 152nd Pioneer/Decoration Day celebration at the historic Chapel and Cemetery on Wynnum Road, Tingalpa. In total contrast to last year’s event, the 10th October 2020 was a clear, warm and sunny day.
All events on the day were conducted in a COVID-safe manner, which meant that the Chapel was unfortunately not used for any part of the proceedings. All events were held under several marquees erected adjacent to the Chapel.
Those of us who are members of the Society were there at 9am for The Friend’s AGM, which was also attended and addressed by Ross Vasta, Federal MP for Bonner, and Lisa Atwood, Councillor for Doboy Ward.
Following the AGM, the formal ceremony commenced at 10 am signalled by the ringing of the Chapel bell. At this point, there were three A7s driven by Trevor & Elaine, Hugh & Judy and Neil & Karyn proudly displayed near the Chapel. The Clark’s Mini completed the contingent of A7 members’ cars on display. Other Austineers arriving in their modern cars were Lindsay & Sharon and Treasurer John.
The formal ceremony consisted of:
- The Friend’s President and MC on the day, Geoff Doherty, commencing the program with a welcome and general introduction
- A service and address by Father Daniel Hobbs, Parish Priest
- An entertaining talk by Jon Hulett, taking on the role of pioneer Charles Coxon, about the Chapel consecration 152 years ago
The less formal events to follow were the recognition of Neil’s birthday on the day and the drawing of the Lucky Door Prize, donated by Steve Minnikin, State MP for Chatsworth. Throughout the service and following the formalities, a choir named ‘Momentum’ entertainingly performed for those present at the celebration.
Following the formalities, morning tea was served. As usual there were sausage rolls and party pies and a huge variety of cakes and sweets. Tea, coffee and cold drinks were also available. During this time, many guests took the opportunity to roam the grounds, inspecting the variety of interesting headstones on the historic graves.
At around 12 noon, as the temperature of the day began to peak, it was time to pack up and head home. Our thanks go to The Friends of Tingalpa Cemetery Society Inc. for extending an invitation to our Club to participate in yet another great celebration of their Pioneer/Decoration Day.
Darling Downs Zoo visit 13 September 2020
On Sunday 13 September, members of both our A7 Club and the Bayside Club met at Apex Park, Gatton, at about 8.30am for morning tea. Those attending in their modern cars were the Clarks, the Moores, the McDowells and Alan Couser. Following morning tea, we left for the Darling Downs Zoo at Picton. At the Zoo we were able to walk and see the variety of animals. Alan Couser was able to inform us of the difference between the two types of zebras, one being black with white stripes and the other white with black stripes.
A good day was enjoyed by those attending.
A7 WEEKEND STATIC DISPLAY – Morningside School of Arts – 16 August 2020
In stark contrast to yesterday’s weather, Sunday 16 August was a bright sunny day with a maximum temperature of 23°C, perfect weather for our annual A7 Weekend Static Display.
The Morningside School of Arts Hall, within sleepy Morningside village (especially on a Sunday morning), was awoken around 9am by the sweet buzz of A7 engines approaching from all directions along Wynnum Road. Arriving in their A7s were Lindsay & Sharon, Doug & Robyn, Peter & Nell, Trevor & Elaine, President Steve, Ian & Valda, Ian & Deb, Editor Tim, Roundman Alan, Ken Bell, Brett & Kylie, young Justin, older Justin, Ian & Mary, Hugh Cullen and Neil & Karyn. Several other members arrived in their modern cars. In total, 30 A7 members attended. Throughout the day, we had approximately 31 members of the public visiting our great display.
Our Secretary, Robyn, was quick to set up her ‘Control Headquarters’ adjacent to the Hall entry, where she could administer/supervise the COVID conditions for this event, to which we were required to conform.
All A7s were now in place as our members and the general public, coffees in hand, wandered around, gazing in wonderment at the amazing array of our unique vehicles. As the day progressed, many of those present took advantage of the myriad of adjacent cafes and food outlets for their morning tea and lunch.
At around 12.30pm, President Steve assembles all present for the much awaited trophy and prize presentations. Prior to the presentations, President Steve thanked everyone for their attendance, as well as those who had contributed to the success of the Static Display.
Presentation results were:
Lucky Car Draw: Ian & Deb Waring
Cam & Judy McCulloch Trophy for Best Run Supporter: Doug & Robyn Clark (for the fifth consecutive year)
Raffle Draw (framed leadlight ‘A7’): Peter & Nell Dorman (for second consecutive year)
Peoples’ Choice Car: ‘Harry’ – Neil Thyer & Karyn Matthew
At around 1pm, following the presentations, President Steve concluded the event and wished all a safe return home. Little did he know that the day was not yet over for some members. While the Clarks were travelling home along the Motorway, they noticed a maroon A7 broken down off to the side. Just like something out of the comics, Captain Clark & Wonder Robyn were quick to the rescue. Roundman Alan had encountered a carbie problem that was instantly rectified by Captain Clark. All eventually arrived home safely.
Our thanks go particularly to Robyn and Steve for their contribution to the success of this significant annual A7 Event.
A7 WEEKEND AGM & LUNCH – Carindale Clubrooms – 15 August 2020
The weather forecast for Saturday was “Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from late morning with gusty winds”. Well, the Bureau got it right. The silver lining to the miserable weather was that our planned AGM & Lunch at the Carindale Clubrooms turned out to be a successful event.
The two brave A7 drivers arriving at the Clubrooms in their cars were President Steve and Ken Bell. The rest of us were inclined to travel more comfortably in modern cars. In all, 24 members were present for our first combined Saturday A7 AGM and Lunch.
The morning, under an overcast sky, kicked off at 10 am with a COVID safe meeting held on the Clubrooms’ veranda. The General Meeting, our first since March due to COVID restrictions, concluded around 11am. This was followed by the AGM, at which all existing office-bearer positions were declared vacant and nominations for all positions were invited. As a result, the following is a list of newly elected A7 Executive Members for 2020-21:
President: Steve Davidson
Vice-President: Lindsay Jordan
Secretary: Robyn Clark
Treasurer: John Que to retain the position at this stage until Audit is complete
Newsletter Editor: Tim Braby
New Spare Parts: Trevor Moore
Second-Hand Spare Parts: Doug Clark
Events’ Coordinator: Neil Thyer
Web Master: Neil Thyer
Dating Officer – North: Tim Braby
Dating Officer – South: Trevor Moore
Librarian: Lindsay Jordan
QHMC Rep: Justin McKeering
Raffle Person: Valda McDowell
Congratulations to all those Executive Members who are either continuing in their role or were newly elected. The President also thanked those members who were stepping down from their roles on the A7 Executive.
The AGM concluded around 11.45am. At this point, some members departed the Clubrooms to attend other engagements, while tables and chairs were reset for lunch and the BBQ was lit. At around 12.45pm, just as lunch was drawing to a close, the heavens opened up with a gusty storm, just as had been forecast. The drenching lasted only a few minutes – enough to give Steve’s A7 (and Louie the dog) a thorough wash.
At around 1pm, it was time to clean up the venue and head home under a once again cloudy sky. Thank you, Robyn and Steve, for your efforts in organising this successful event.
USE OF SIVS REGISTERED VEHICLES DURING CURRENT Covid-19 SITUATION
QUEENSLAND HISTORIC MOTORING COUNCIL INC. IA08973 1379 Old Cleveland Road, CARINDALE QLD 4152 Web: http://qhmc.org.au/ Secretary (Cheryl Nott): (07) 3341 5618 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President (Carle Gregory) Email: email@example.com
NOTICE 10th April 2020
The Queensland Historic Motoring Council has received requests for information concerning the use of SIVS (Special Interest Vehicle ) registered vehicles during the current Covid-19 – Corona Virus situation.
As you would know Australia is under travel and social gathering restrictions as outlined by the various State and National Governments with the common encouragement for everybody to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
Travel is restricted to:- . Travel to and from work . For medical attention and care . For exercise . Travel to local retailers for groceries, medication etc.
There has been no update to the Queensland Government Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Guidelines on the use of vehicles registered under the Special Interest Vehicle Scheme (SIVS) during this time however members must abide by the current SIVS use-age guidelines and in accordance with the current Government regulations and restrictions regarding non essential travel and social distancing. .
. Travel to events :- All historic vehicle related events have been cancelled until further notice so the use of a SIVS registered vehicle for a previously scheduled and or promoted event is prohibited.
. Direct travel to a place of repair or restoration. Mechanical workshops, tyre shops and other vehicle related repair businesses are still able to operate and as such the SIVS Guidelines allowed travel to and from a place of repair however it should be for essential repairs and you should make note of a booking time with the repairer should you be intercepted by police enroute there.
. Travel within 15 kilometres from place of garaging for vehicle maintenance. Many members are taking this time to perform work on their historic vehicle and a road drive of the vehicle is often necessary for general maintenance of a historic vehicle BUT whilst the TMR restriction is a 15 kilometre radius from place of garaging it is recommended that if you really need to drive the vehicle under such circumstances that due to current non essential travel restrictions that you limit such travel to the same suburb from place of garaging.
. Ceremonial purposes such as weddings and funerals involving immediate and de facto family members bearing in mind the current social distancing regulations which also restrict the number of persons able to attend such events at this present time. The Queensland Historic Motoring Council supports efforts to safeguard the health of our citizens and seeks the support of all affiliated clubs and members to do likewise.
There has been much promotion about the crackdown by police on vehicle movement within these unprecedented times and it is believed that the use of historic vehicles in being recognised as recreational vehicles may give cause for police to intercept the vehicle and question the reason for travel and should a valid reason not be given then the driver and passengers may be subject to a fine up to $1334 in Queensland.
The Queensland Historic Motoring Council encourages members to abide by the current restrictions during this crisis and so that their vehicles are ready for use again when this crisis is over to perform some preventative maintenance on their vehicles in storage by:-
. Keeping the battery charged by either disconnecting same or use a trickle or maintenance charger to maintain full charge.
. Keep the tyres inflated to the recommended pressures and if the vehicle is stored on concrete place carpet mats or other material under the tyres or raise the vehicle off the ground by jack stands etc.
We also encourage people to reach out to fellow club members during this difficult time through telephone, email or social media to ensure they are ok and to share stories and information of their vehicles so as to keep the historic vehicle interest alive in the minds of all until we may use our historic vehicles once again.
We are in an unprecedented situation and as such are negotiating unchartered waters so the time line for the lifting of restricted travel and social distancing is unknown but we must work together for the benefit of all to bring Covid-19 Corona Virus under control so that we may return to some sense of normality with use of our historic vehicles at the earliest possible time.
Whilst it is disappointing that many of our favourite events have been cancelled it is important that we stay positive towards how we may showcase our vehicles when restrictions are lifted and in doing so we can together drive Australia’s Motoring Heritage into the future.
We thank you for your support during these difficult times and will continue to update members as new information comes to hand.
Stay safe !
Acting President Carle Gregory and the Committee Queensland Historic Motoring Council
Covid-19 & A7 EVENTS
Members will not need to be told that Covid-19 has turned all our worlds upside down. Our home and work lives have experienced a seismic shift the size and speed of which is unparalleled in recent history. As you’d be aware we have new legislative and moral conditions around what we can and cannot do in order to protect our society from the worst that Covid-19 can wreak. In light of this the Committee has resolved that all club activities will cease for April, May and June. The meetings and monthly runs have been cancelled while the Rocky and Country Runs have been postponed till 2021. I’m sure this will be disappointing news to all members but there is no viable alternative.
So what can we do to fill the gap left by our regular meetings and runs? I’d hope that we can keep the A7RQ torch burning by regularly checking in on each other and where possible posting on Facebook or Instagram anything that we think other members would be interested in. I’m sure lots of our members have projects, both Austin and non-Austin that the rest of us would be interested in while we do our self-isolation time.
Steve Davidson President, A7 Reg. Qld Inc. 28.03.2020
Covid19 & SPARE PARTS
As you’ll no doubt appreciate the Covid19 virus is impacting all aspects of our daily life and club operations are no exception. In order to minimise risks to our members and the wider community the committee has decided that for the foreseeable future all spare parts will be available by post only. Members are welcome to order parts, however dispatch will be managed at the prerogative of the Spare Parts Officers, and they will drop off parts to the post office if and when safe to do so.
Keeping our cars on the road is good, but keeping our members safe and healthy is critical.
Steve Davidson President, A7 Reg. Qld Inc. 18 March 2020
LIBRARIAN’S RUN – 15 March 2020
The long-anticipated Librarian’s Run saw A7 members meet at the Clubhouse, ready for a 9am departure. On exiting their vehicles, members had to take care to avoid a pair of angry plovers protecting their nest next to the carpark. As we grouped around the table under the pine trees, talk inevitably focused on the current Coronavirus pandemic and whether everyone had sufficient toilet paper. We were all wishing we had won Friday night meeting’s raffle prize, a pack of 32 toilet rolls!
There was a slight delay at the start, caused by the Librarian having to shuffle around his papers officiously and the Club Treasurer having to mark the plovers’ nest of eggs with tree branches in order to protect them. Departing in their A7s were Doug & Robyn, Lindsay & Sharon, Ian & Valda, and Librarian Alan; they were followed in moderns by Neil & Karyn and by Treasurer John. President Steve in his A7 joined the group at the morning tea stop.
The trip to morning tea was a short but pleasant run through the suburbs of Mackenzie, Rochedale and Burbank, with everyone admiring the acreages with very large houses, tennis courts and horses along the way. Morning tea was at the Brisbane Koala Bushland Reserve, where we shared a shelter with hungry mosquitoes. Unfortunately, Doug had told Robyn that insect repellent would not be required! After eating, Robyn suggested that we walk the 1.4km Circuit Track to find some koalas. It was a very pleasant half-hour walk, but unfortunately all the koalas must have heard us coming and gone into hiding.
After time to recover from the walk, the cars set off again, travelling eastwards towards the Bay through Sheldon and Thornlands. At Victoria Point, the cars veered towards the water, where unfortunately it was discovered that Sundays is a very busy time at the Point. No parking bays could be found, despite our cars even driving the wrong way through the carpark!
Fortunately, Doug and Robyn knew the way to another nearby park, Yeo Park at Thompson’s Beach. Here we found plenty of parking, a lovely tree to sit under, and a cooling sea breeze. While most of us settled in to eat our homemade lunches, several others went off to buy fish and chips. While waiting for their return, Librarian Alan demonstrated his contortionist abilities in his ageing camp chair. He will soon be making a shopping trip to replace it!
Lunch was a relaxed affair, with plenty of amusing conversation amongst the group. The cars also generated much interest from people passing by, including one gentleman who chatted to the group about his father’s 1927 Chummy which is in a garage but has not been started in over 25 years.
At the conclusion, President Steve, on behalf of the group, thanked Librarian Alan for organising the day’s run. Everyone then packed up and headed off on their different routes home.
A7 Valentine’s Run 16 February 2020
After a week of heavy rain, it seemed risky getting out in the Austins for our monthly run but then again it was Valentines Day and as all good Austineers know, nothing is too risky when demonstrating true love.
Luckily the day dawned fine and promised to be a warm one too so the early start was appreciated. Rolling up in their Austins were Ian and Valda, Russell and Vanda (with their dog Lulu), President Steve, Alan, Kylie and Brett and daughters Clare and Tessa in the back seat taking their Austin on its first run, then Irene and Ken and Sharon and Lindsay.
Modernists were Elaine and Trevor, Robyn and Doug, Margaret and Joe, Karyn and Neil, and John showing off a more debonair style in his new Jaguar, recently imported from Melbourne.
All were rewarded with a beautiful hand made, stained glass, heart shaped pendant cleverly made by Neil (a true Valentine) as well as a red rose – an excellent way to start the day.
On time, we left the clubhouse with our rally instructions adorned with hearts and made our way towards the bay and its cooling breezes. Like all good Austin runs, we never go direct but always wend our way through interesting suburbs. Indeed John was particularly interested in the many multi-million dollar estates that we passed, feeling they would be suitable digs for his new image and his new Jaguar.
After the usual cutting off, rude gestures and near misses that Austineers are noted for, we all arrived safely at a lovely park at Thorneside ready for some morning tea, a chat and the cooling bay breezes.
We had no sooner settled down when Karyn announced it was quiz time and the theme was L-O-V-E. The quiz sheets were handed out and after serious head scratching, blank faces, cheating and moaning, the sheets were handed in to Karyn. With the skills of an experienced school teacher she soon had the quiz marked and the answers read out. One group of answers were love songs and Karyn demonstrated a hidden talent by trilling away the first verses of every song in a beautiful yet unusual voice.
Anyhow, if it had been Naplan, there would have been a serious enquiry into the results but luckily Valda and Ian, the club’s resident OP1 members, won decisively and after being married for over 50 years they had an advantage. Equal second prize was awarded to Kylie, Brett, Clare and Tessa and to Lindsay and Sharon. The prizes were very generously organised by Neil and Karyn and were handed to the winners whilst the losers accepted the results in the usual good spirit (ie dobbing in each other for cheating).
It was soon time to set off for part two of the day’s run. Again it was an interesting drive marred only by gossip that one or two of the club’s high ranking officials had driven straight through a red light. Their defence that they not only missed seeing the red light but the whole intersection was noted grudgingly by those who are sticklers for road rules.
Again we all arrived safely for lunch, this time at Colmslie Beach Reserve beside the Brisbane River. We settled down in the shade happily eating, chatting and relaxing.
It was a great run and beautifully planned by Karyn and Neil who went to great lengths to ensure it was a special day. A big thankyou to them for organising the run, the quiz and the prizes, and also a big thankyou to everyone who attended. We hope you had a happy Valentines Day, Austin 7 style.
Sharon and Lindsay
Australia Day Breakfast/Rally – Ormiston State School 26 January 2020
As we left home in Morningside, I reckon that the odour of bacon and sausages on the barbie at Ormiston was in the clear morning air. Sure enough, when we arrived at Ormiston State School at around 7.30am, Master Chef Doug, ably assisted by the Master’s Apprentice Trev, was slaving over the BBQ plate. They were busy preparing breakfast for the hundreds of car enthusiasts present for this popular Australia Day event, organised by the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club.
As we walked through the gates into the grounds, we were met by the Revenue-raising Roving Rafflers Robyn and Elaine, who immediately sold us tickets in the day’s huge raffle.
As in past years, the school ovals, under a clear sky, were absolutely loaded with an extraordinary variety of 562 vintage, classic and special vehicles. Our lone A7 representative on the day was Ernie, who transported Lindsay & Sharon to the event. The Master Chef and wife Robyn were present in their second-best car, the red Mini. Our Librarian’s absence was noted; it was presumed that he was probably busy at the Club Room cataloguing our library collection! Those of us who arrived in modern cars (some of whom had other places to go that day) were Treasurer John & his sister Twink, Spare parts Trevor & Elaine, Web Neil & Karyn, Greg & Yuriko and young Justin.
The school tuckshop and covered play areas were almost at capacity with the breakfast feeding frenzy. Adding to the festivities was an authentic Aussie band playing many old and nostalgic songs.
Early in the day, the formal proceedings took place, including speeches by the local Councillors. As the morning progressed and some of us backed up for a second sausage and bacon roll, it was time to draw the raffles around 10am. After the prizes were distributed, the participants in the various rallies set out on different routes around the Bay, with all routes to finish at the Redlands Sporting Club for lunch. Unfortunately, none of our Austineers present were successful in winning any of the raffle booty on offer.
At the completion of proceedings and following a clean-up of the venue, our members headed off home.
Our thanks go to the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club and Ormiston State School for yet another hugely successful breakfast, static display and local rally on this important day on our calendar, Australia Day 2020.
A7 Annual Buffet Breakfast at Manly Deck – 12 January 2020
If one were to believe the Bureau of Meteorology over the last couple of days, Sunday morning was going to be a 45mm deluge – rainfall that we desperately need in south-east Queensland. The forecast, as usual, was somewhat incorrect. The actual Sunday morning weather was fine with a cloudy sky as we gathered outside 45 Cambridge Parade, Manly, waiting for the Manly Deck to open its doors at 8am.
Members present were President Steve, Treasurer John, Rafflers Ian & Valda, Spare Parts Trev & Elaine, Neil & Karyn chaperoning Crystal, Mr Fix-it Peter & Jo, Second-hand Doug and his sidekick Librarian Alan, Wamuranians Russell & Vanda, Middle Parker Steve, Sherwood Foresters Joe & Margaret and the Champagne threesome Merv, Margaret & Karen.
The 21 of us were located at the northern end of the deck to take advantage of the Bay breeze and elevated view of the Manly surrounds. Food then became the focus of the hungry Austineers. We all enjoyed the large variety of breakfast food on offer along with fruit, tea & coffee and juice & yoghurt.
An hour or so later and after several returns by some members (not to mention any names!) to the buffet food cabinet, we all sat back with satisfied stomachs and enjoyed the usual A7 chatter and banter that eventuates on these occasions.
At around 9.30am there was a mass exodus of members, led by our female members, to view the regular Sunday Manly Markets just down the road – an acceptable exercise regime to settle the recent food consumption.
In all, members were pleased with the new 2020 buffet breakfast venue chosen this year.
A7RQ Christmas Lunch Greenbank RSL 14 December 2019
A7RQ 2019 Christmas party ends in disaster! Amanda thrown out for intoxication, Alan ejected for tipping over pokies and Helen barred for life due for giving what she described as a “reality check” to the head chef. FAKE NEWS!
The truth is that we all had a whale of a time while celebrating Christmas 2019. First up a big thank you to Robyn (and Doug) for organising the event, where would we be without you? We ended up with a terrific crowd with club stalwarts like Amanda and the Toy’s along with newer members like the Wents and McCorkindales attending.
By the time Helen and I arrived at the Greenbank RSL nearly everyone was there including our soon to be returning to Australia friends, Lindsay and Sharon. Due to the size of our crew we needed a few large tables and from what I could see we all did as much chatting as eating.
Jo and Margret were in attendance and I think it was their calming influence along with Russell and Vanda that kept Alan from getting too rowdy. It was great to catch up with “Mr Fix-it” Peter Baker and the quite achiever John Que, both members who continue to bind our club together.
After we’d all got our fill at the buffet (Alan might have had two serves of prawns but who’s counting) it was on to gift giving time. Margret and Merv had to leave early due to work commitments so they started things off and from then on it was a steady flow of members trying to guess what could be hiding inside all those wrapped pressies. Whoever gave me the potted plant I’m happy to report it’s still alive.
I can’t remember all the goodies but I can tell Justin McCarthy that he’ll not be getting that hat back that Helen picked out. Was it Steve and Jen Hayes that picked up the excellent books, I can’t recall? What I do know is that no one left empty handed.
Before things came to a close, Valda and Ian sold the last of the raffle tickets and a very happy Colin and Nancy who took home the “cash tree” with the Trevor and Elaine picking up the second place. Thanks to everyone for coming, I’m looking forward to doing it all again in 2020.
November Run 10th November 2019
The decision made some time ago to start the November Run earlier than usual was validated when the temperature on the day was predicted to be 31°C. Just before our 8am start, the Centenary Pool carpark welcomed seven A7s. Members arriving at the start point in their A7s were Doug & Robyn, Neil & Karyn, Trev & Elaine, Steve & Davo, Matt & Trent, and Merv & Margaret. A special surprise to all was the arrival of our Librarian, Alan, in his A7 with a mystery female navigator. All was revealed when she turned out to be his Cousin, Claire. Members arriving at the start in their modern cars were John Q, Bill & Karen, and Mike & Cathy. Also there to see us on our way were Greg & Yunko.
During our pre-run briefing, our November Run organiser, President Steve, handed out not only the run instructions, but also a crossword to be completed prior to the lunch stop. With engines humming, we all set out on what was to be an interesting run. Soon after the start we were joined along the way by Russell & Vanda trailering their Austin – they were late to the start and decided, rather than unloading their car, to participate towing their A7.
After passing through the suburbs of Red Hill, Paddington and Toowong, we drove alongside the Brisbane River through the University of Queensland and out to the Long Pocket ‘peninsula’, where we enjoyed morning tea under a shady tree overlooking the river. Given both the day and the cars were getting warmer, people were appreciative of the fact that President Steve mistakenly took a short cut, getting us to the morning tea stop early.
Following the morning tea break (with some discussion about the crossword questions & answers), we proceeded back towards Indooroopilly. It was at this point that the printed run instructions from Steve, who was leading the A7s at that point, were released from his vehicle – an obvious ploy to stop and retrieve the paperwork, thus passing the lead to another member, or was he contemplating another short cut? We then drove through the suburbs of Chelmer and Graceville, passing over the Pamphlett Bridge and through the Tennis Centre onto Fairfield Road. After turning left and winding through several streets, we found ourselves once again on the river at The Corso. It wasn’t long before we were at our lunch stop, under and adjacent to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, overlooking the river at Dutton Park.
Lunch was the usual entertaining event, with lots of chatter, friendly banter and further discussion about the crossword, while we enjoyed our BYO lunch delicacies.
At around 11.30am, the decision was made to return to our respective homes, prior to the day reaching its maximum temperature. At this point, I thanked President Steve on behalf of those present for organising, during his very busy work schedule, this interesting early run.
Duncan Logan’s Antarctica Adventure 6 November 2019
Well I have made it to Antarctica finally after months of training.
We have been blessed with awesome weather for out first few weeks with mostly clear days and low winds. Day temperatures have been a balmy -10 to -5 with a further wind chill factor of -10 when the wind is present. so feels like -20 to – 15 in the wind.
This week we have had our first light snow fall and temps have been high of -2 and low of -5 and little to no wind.
When it has been still I have been able to get around with the normal long pants and work shirts with a pair of thermals under. when the wind picks up then the jacket, beanie and face cover come out. Pretty much always wearing gloves because everything is cold to touch.
I still have more survival training before I can leave the station areas but have had plenty of ground to explore.in the meantime.
We almost didn’t land due to visibility conditions. this would have meant returning the plane to Hobart and trying again after the pilots have rested up and the landing area to clear up.
While in Hobart I attended a small car exhibition at a School in Kingston. Nice old Swift on display. I also attended the Baskerville Historics at the historic Baskerville track. I will send a separate email with those photos and then i will send through a few antarctic photos.
If folks have any questions etc get them to email them through and I’ll respond the best I can. I will also try to send through reasonably regular updates.
Tingalpa Chapel 151st Decoration Day – 19 October 2019.
Under an early overcast Saturday morning and with a prediction of possible showers, the first task was to check the BOM website. The news was not good! The prediction for Saturday was now for storms in the late morning. Unfortunately, as it turned out, this modified prediction was correct.
However, not to be deterred by the forecast, at around 9.30am three A7s arrived at the Tingalpa Chapel on Wynnum Road for the Decoration Day celebrations. Doug & Robyn, Librarian Alan and Neil & Karyn arrived to proudly display their cars and represent our A7 Club. Shortly after, our ex-President Lindsay, fresh from Jakarta, arrived in his modern car.
At around 10.15am, the Chapel bell was rung and we all congregated in the Chapel for the formal Service and Blessing of the Graves. The interesting service, conducted by Father Daniel Hobbs and which went for around an hour, was followed by morning tea prepared for the guests under temporary shelters erected adjacent to the Chapel. Here we were treated to a table full of hot and cold snacks, cakes and beverages as light rain began to fall. The Momentum Choir entertained us just before the heavens opened up and deposited around an inch of stormy rain upon us. Our A7s received a good wash! To the amusement of all, including Karyn, was the moment she received a drenching when Neil attempted to dispose of the rainwater collecting on the shelter’s fabric roof.
At around 12.30pm, when the storm had passed, we scurried to our cars to make a dash home before the next downpour – which fortunately didn’t happen. A quick clutch start of Alan’s car and we were all on our way for an uneventful trip home.
Our thanks go to the Tingalpa Chapel President, Geoff Doherty, as well as Jackie Butler, the Tingalpa Chapel Past President, for their kind invitation for us to attend their annual Decoration Day celebrations again this year.
Visiting the Jordans in Jakarta – 25 September to 1 October 2019.
Recently, we were lucky to spend five days being hosted by our ex-Club President, Lindsay, and his lovely wife, Sharon, at their new abode in Jakarta, Indonesia. Sharon has a posting there for her job for several years, and Lindsay has accompanied her as ‘the house husband’. Fortunately for Lindsay, they have a delightful housekeeper who certainly lightens Lindsay’s ‘house husband’ workload, enabling him to focus his energies on learning Indonesian and keeping fit by going to the gym.
Our drive from the airport to Sharon and Lindsay’s apartment introduced us to the mayhem of Jakarta traffic, with its millions of scooters and cars all jockeying for a space on the roads.
Sharon and Lindsay had organised an interesting tour itinerary for us. On the first day, after a tour of the facilities and luscious gardens of the apartment complex in which Sharon and Lindsay are living, we visited Ancol, a beach resort and harbour close to Jakarta. In the evening, we sipped cocktails as we took in the night view of Jakarta from a rooftop bar.
Next day, we did a day trip to Bogor, a township south of Jakarta which in colonial times was a retreat for the colonial city folk from Jakarta’s heat and humidity. Here we visited the beautiful botanic gardens and viewed the Presidential Palace.
On Saturday, we did a day tour to view Anak Krakatau, an active volcano which was created as a result of an eruption of the famous Krakatoa volcano. Following a three-hour drive and a one-and-a-half-hour boat trip, we were able to see for ourselves the smoking volcano, which had a major eruption only last December.
On Sunday we headed to Old Batavia, the area of Jakarta where the Dutch colonials settled in the 18th century. Here we admired the old colonial architecture, viewed some interesting museums, and enjoyed being interviewed by Indonesian school children practising their English skills.
On our final day we visited Merdeka Square, a popular central park with its tall national monument at its centre. We also went on an interesting guided tour of Istana Merdeka, the national mosque.
Our time came to an end too soon, and we have come home having had a fabulous holiday, thanks to our hosts, Sharon and Lindsay, and to the friendliness of the Indonesian people with whom we interacted.
Karyn and Neil
LAMA Run, Gatton 12 & 13 October 2019
A staple on the SEQ classic car calendar is the Lockyer Antique Motor Association Rally, better known as the LAMA. The 27th instalment of this fantastic two day rally was held recently and three of our A7RQ cars made the jaunt out to Gatton to join the continent of 60 others. For Trevor and Elaine it might have been a case of Deja vu as they’ve participated nearly every year since the inception, Ian and Valda have done a few and for your reporter this was the second time.
Like more than 350 other communities in Australia the Gattonites run a Parkrun every Saturday morning and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to be part of it so for me it was an early start running around Apex Lake a few times. (If you’ve not heard of Parkrun I highly recommend you have a look at https://www.parkrun.com.au they organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. They always take place in parklands and they encourage people of every ability to take part; from walkers or those taking their first steps in running, right up to elites.)
By 8am the rest of the A7RQ team had arrived and we headed off to the starting line for an amazing morning tea and instructions on the mornings route. Everyone was in a great mood so even the statement “we want all the slow cars like Austin 7’s to go first” didn’t worry us too much. The mornings run was up to Clifton, a run of around 80km with lots to enjoy. We had hills, flats, long straights and plenty of fun curves on the range and even got to have a look at the iconic Thiess cutting, at 104 feet it was the deepest rock cutting in Australia at the time. But best of all we drove through some good rain and that’s what’s needed out there.
We all enjoyed a lunch at the Clifton Arms hotel and then wandered off for a look around Clifton. A search for a coffee shop proved unsuccessful so we cranked engines and drove back to Gatton for afternoon tea. Bets were placed on the likelihood of Matty and the Librarian coming out for the Sunday run. Before too long we had to clean up and head down to the bowls club for delicious dinner and yours truly was lucky enough to pick up a lucky door prize.
After a fantastic sleep in the Rooms Motel (you’d never know it was build out of shipping containers) I headed off for an early morning run but didn’t get 1km in to a planned 15km when an old injury flared up and I had to call it quits. It stopped my run and put paid to driving on the Sunday so for me it was time to load the Austin on to the trailer and join the others for a buffet breakfast.
The team got in a great run to a very empty Atkinson dam (5.4% of capacity) before lunch back in Gatton, true to their word Matty and the Librarian where there waiting. Lunch was lunched and goodbyes said before everyone headed off, no one suspected for some the adventure was just beginning. About 10 minutes out of town Mr Dewy Decimal (Couser) heard an alarming noise and managed to coast into the service station. Inspections commenced and Trevor called it as terminal, the fabric joint had failed. The RACQ dutifully arrived to pick up Alan and his car and they headed east as did the rest o the A7RQ team. I’m yet to hear the forensic report on why the joint failed but I’m sure we’ll all be informed in good time.
So in short we all had a laugh, drove some great roads and I hope that what we spent made a small contribution to welcoming town that like so many others is struggling with the drought. The rally was brilliant and if you’re thinking about going next year I’ll see you there.
All British Day, Tennyson, 22 September 2019.
The sky was overcast as a massive assembly of all British cars and other vehicles assembled on the St Joseph’s College Playing Fields at Tennyson.
Representing our Austin 7 Register in their A7s were Doug & Robyn Clark, Librarian Alan, Pilot Matt, Steve Went, Geoff Shepherdson, Joe Wilson, Alan Blair and Rob Haigh. We were also joined by Lyn Stanners, a non-member in his Austin 10. Other A7 members arriving in their modern cars were David Barnett, Brett Reif, Judith & Ernie, Ian Corkindale and Neil & Karyn. Another of our members, Peter Baker, arrived in his Wolseley.
During the morning the cloudy sky cleared to a sunny and warm day. The on-site coffee vans were supported by a canteen run by school volunteers catering for the many display participants and visitors. There was an impressive array of tasty food and drinks available on the day.
As usual, there was much visitor interest in our ten A7s, representing what appeared to be the largest contingent of older British cars. Our Austineer’s ‘camp’, located within the A7 precinct, was continually buzzing with interesting (and mostly intelligent!) conversation.
At around 2pm, the hundreds of British cars attending the static display departed the College ovals. It was yet another successful All British Day.
A7 Annual Static Display – Morningside School of Arts 11 August 2019
As was the case last year, a bright, cloudless and cool breezy morning greeted our A7 Austineers at around 9am as they arrived at our 2019 Static Display venue, the Morningside School of Arts in Morningside Village on Wynnum Road. An added advantage of the venue this year was the sealed carpark that had recently been completed.
Arriving in their A7s were President Steve, Doug & Robyn, Trevor & Elaine, Ian & Valda, Librarian Alan, Neil & Karyn, Racing Justin, Joe & Charlie, Duncan & Crystal, Russell & Vanda, Matt, Martin & Trent, Tim, Brett, Kylie, Clare & Tessa, Ian W and Peter & Nell. Arriving in their modern cars were Mike & Kathy, John & Twink, Peter & Gail, Colin & Nancy, Barry & Molly, Ken & Irene, Greg R and Darren, Kirsten & Hayden.
As usual, our Secretary Robyn was quick to set up her event table, while others of us prepared the venue for the day. Justin also set up his interesting display of racing trophies that he had achieved in recent times.
Our A7 display attracted lots of attention. Many passing vehicles were quick to U-turn to view more closely the variety of cars on display. It didn’t go unnoticed that there seemed to be no shortage of mechanical expertise when it came to doing some minor adjustments to Brett’s carbie.
Throughout the morning our members indulged in the usual level of ultra-intelligent conversation including all things political, international and, of course, A7. At both morning tea and lunch time, members took advantage of the excess tucker from our lunch yesterday. Our thanks go to President Steve for cooking the snags and steak.
At around 12.45pm, President Steve called on members present to assemble for the formal proceedings of the day. Firstly, Steve thanked those present for attending on the day; secondly, there were presentations for various award categories.
Steve handed out the Pride of Ownership certificates to all those driving their A7s on the day. The worthy winner of the People’s Choice Award was Joe Wilson. The raffle of the timber-framed glass leadlight A7 was then drawn and the lucky winners were Nell & Peter Dorman. The 2018/19 winners of the Cam & Judy McCulloch Best Run Supporter were Doug & Robyn (once again!). Congratulations to all our winners.
Just after 1pm, the A7s were cranked up and Morningside Village experienced the sweet sound of our prestige A7s as they made their way home (or onto their parked trailers).
As usual, our thanks go to Robyn for once again organising this successful annual event.
A7 Reg. Qld. Weekend Lunch – Saturday 10 August 2019
At a recent A7 General Meeting, it was decided that for our A7 Weekend, instead of an organised run on Saturday (traffic is often very busy on Saturdays), we should have a members’ BBQ lunch at our Clubrooms. As the day is still an official event on our schedule, members were encouraged to drive to and from lunch in their A7.
At around 11am on Saturday 10th August, members started to arrive for lunch at our Clubrooms at Carindale. Arriving in their A7s were Joe & Bev, Trevor & Elaine, Doug & Robyn, President Steve, Merv & Margaret, Racing Justin and Duncan & Crystal. Arriving in their modern cars were Neil & Karyn, Mike & Kathy, Ross & Rhonda, Librarian Alan, Ian & Valda, Vice-President Brett, Peter & Jo, Ron & Daphne & Treasurer John. In all, 27 A7 members were present.
The BBQs were soon fired up and the table was set with an amazing array of rolls, salads, nibbles and fruit. As you would expect, the male contingent attempted to display their cooking prowess while sharing a few yarns and jokes over the grill. The BBQ Head Chefs were Trevor and Steve – neither would be any chance in an audition for “Master Chef”. In the end though, the steak, sausages, bacon and beef rissoles were excellent, to the delight of the meat consuming members.
Following our main course, a terrific array of cakes and sweets were set on the table. A dessert highlight was a special A7 sponge cake to celebrate the day. Following a brief speech by President Steve to thank those present for attending and all those members who contributed to the success of the lunch, he proceeded to ceremoniously cut the cake for all to share.
Before, during and after lunch, the usual congenial conversation (and more than occasional comical harassment) provided entertainment for those present. To put it simply, good venue, good food, good company.
With full bellies and around 2pm, there was a general movement to clean up the venue and make our way home – for some the usual afternoon doze may have been long overdue!
The event turned out to be a huge success with good member attendance. Our thanks go to all the helpers, and especially to Secretary Robyn, for organising this memorable event.
Ambrose Treacy College Classic Car & Motorbike Show – 28 July 2019
The ATC Classic Car and Motorbike show has been missing for a few years but it bounced back with vigour last month. There was something to please everyone with a range that spanned from the 1920’s to modern day. Of course the stars of the show where 4 A7’s that braved a cold start. I’d arrived early to help with the setup as this is Davo’s school and it wasn’t long before Doug and Robyn arrived in the chummy followed closely by Trevor and Elaine in the ’35 tourer. So that made three of us but before too long we spied Joe and Bev in the new sports. I’d not seen the car on the road before so it was a bit of treat to watch it glide in. Joe’s done a fantastic job in building the car, she looks to be running well and there’s plenty of interesting details for the curious to observe, not the least being the custom fuel tank or the radiator ornament.
A wide cross section of cars turned up, more modern classics than historics, but all very interesting. With a snag in one hand and coffee in the other everyone had time to wander around and chat. The police arrived with a few cars and bikes and as far as I know didn’t take anyone away with them.
Sometimes a short show is a good show, so by 10am it was time to pack up and head home. Since the show I’ve received plenty of comments about how everyone loved seeing the A7’s so a big thanks to everyone who attended, you put a smile on a lot of faces.
RACQ Motorfest 14 July 2019
A cold morning to start the day as we met at the Hamilton Hotel Car Park, Trevor & Elaine Moore, Doug & Robyn, Alan Couser, Ian & Valda McDowell, in their Austin 7’s and Peter & Gail Cahalane, in their MG leaving at 7.20 am for Eagle Farm Race Track for the 2019 RACQ Motor Fest.
This year’s RACQ funds were being donated to the Farmers Drought Relief fund.
Ross Guthrie also attended with his Veteran. During the day other members, Justin McKeering, John Que, Matt Potts & Trent, Ian & Mary McCorkindale, Brett & Kylie Reif and girls Greg Riddle visited our stand.
This year was celebrating 100 years of Citroen and 100 years of Bentley Cars which were the Car of the show. Also heaps of Minis of all models and ages, as well as veteran cars. It was reported that there were about 600 cars of all make and models were on display and with a sunny day it turned out an excellent day.
Trevor & Elaine
A7 Reg. Qld Winter Run & Lawn Bowls 16 June 2019
Despite the forecast of rain and the possibility of a thunderstorm for today, we woke to a heavy fog and a medium temperature.
Arriving at the Carindale Clubrooms in their A7s for the commencement of our June run were Trev & Elaine, President Steve, Ian & Valda and Matt, Martin & Trent. Arriving in their modern cars were Neil & Karyn, Librarian Alan, Doug & Robyn and Treasurer John.
At around 9am we set out on what should have been a relatively short run to our morning tea stop. Along the way, however, we encountered some minor traffic disruption caused by the annual Brisbane to the Bay bicycle ride. The run route established by Ian & Valda experienced another minor disruption when it was discovered, quite by accident and through no fault of the organisers, that the rail crossing along Barrack Road was closed for the weekend. Following a detour, we soon found ourselves at our morning tea stop beside the river at Colmslie Reserve. Here we were met by Joe & Margaret in their A7. At morning tea we enjoyed the chatter of our fellow members while observing the adjacent river activities. Towards the end of our morning tea, we noticed another of our members, David, drive by in his Rolls.
Back on the road again after morning tea, we once again experienced some minor disruption caused by the bike ride mentioned above. However, we soon arrived at the Camp Hill Bowls Club where we were given a quick lesson on the method of landing a bowl as close as possible to the jack (the small white ball at the other end of the rink). For the next hour and a half, we all successfully demonstrated our lack of skill for the game while maintaining and demonstrating our Club’s characteristic sense of humor. I doubt if any of us will be bowling in the Olympics any time soon!
At around 12.30pm we found a large shady tree adjacent to the Bowl’s Club carpark, where we enjoyed our BYO lunch. Following lunch we headed home under a cloudy sky.
Our sincere thanks go to Ian & Valda for yet another entertaining A7 run and lawn bowls event.
AUSTIN 7 SPARE PARTS CLOSURE FOR STOCKTAKE
All Spare Parts will be unavailable from 1 July 2019 to 26 July 2019.
Spare Parts orders will be open until 27 June 2019.
Spare Parts Officer
A7 Reg. Qld Weekend 10 & 11 August 2019 RAFFLE PRIZE
The raffle prize for the Austin 7 Reg. Qld Weekend is a timber framed glass leadlight A7 created and donated by one of our members. A picture of this Prize can be seen in the “Gallery” section of this A7 Website.
Raffle Tickets are available from Robyn at $2 each or 3 for $5.
Raffle money may be forwarded with your Membership Application Fees (now due), by hand to Robyn or by phoning Robyn on:
(07) 3800 1965
The raffle will be drawn at around 12.30pm at our Static Display on Sunday 11 August at the Morningside School of Arts.
Austin 7s Gather for “Bundy Bash”
In the last few years the Austin 7 Register began to have a get together for members at a spot away from the busy roads of South East Queensland. This grew after our club held the National Austin 7 Tour in Toowoomba two years ago. In 2017 we went up on the Darling Downs in Dalby, last year we ventured across the border in Yamba and this year we converged on Bundaberg, about 360 kms (5 hours) on the Coast from Brisbane.
Organisation of the event, which took place from the 15th to the 20th of May, was not handled by the Queensland Register committee but two of our members who live in Bundaberg, Ann and Brian Brindley.
Rally Entries and accomodation bookings were made, with a total of 18 Austin 7s from Tweed Heads up to Mackay, plus Wayne and Jenny Styles, who would be well known to many A7 enthusiasts, journeyed up from Melbourne
Many people will say, that is long way to drive in an Austin 7, well the truth is that yes we used to drive them long distances but now most uses trailers or camper/trailer combinations to get to away rallies. Traffic has just gotten too fast and aggressive to introduce a small slow moving object to the mix.
Rally Headquarters was based at the Big4 Tourist park, handy to the local car club building and other facilities such as fuel, shops and parking trailers and campers.
The ‘Bash’ started off with a welcome dinner at the Bundaberg Vintage Vehicle Club Inc. Headquarters on Wednesday the 15th of May, built on the local showgrounds from a surplus army building frame from the Vietnam War era. Lots of good food, the theme was the Three “P”s, being, Pies, Peas and Potato Bake! Followed by Pudding of course!! Here we met friends, both old and new, some we saw last year at Yamba, others were relative newcomers to the club, having only joined in the last few months. We also had friends in the local car club whom we met on previous visits to the Sugar Capital, such as Gary Schulze, who was the MC for the night and a former A7 owner.
We were kept entertained by Ann and Brian’s Brain Teasers, which many of actually enjoyed once we got the gist of the questions. For instance, what does “24H in a D” mean, answer “24 hours in a day”. Or what does “ABABABABABABAB” mean, answer, “Long Time, no C”! (Gettit?)
Thursday Next morning, there were 18 little A7s blinking in the early sunlight, along with assorted drivers, navigators, and well wishers plus the small but important back up fleet of moderns to round up an stray A7s. Off on the road we soon realised how busy and prosperous the area is with plantations of strawberries, macadamias, sugar cane and tomatoes, pausing at Bucca for morning tea and then carrying on to “Moorland Produce”, run by Ann and Brian’s son, Ross, and his family where they have 23000 passionfruit vines. Here we are shown how passionfruit is sorted and packed and how seasons can be upset by unseasonal rain and prolonged heat. Much of this produce is despatched to Melbourne and Sydney in refrigerated trucks. Proceeding on our way we pass a veritable supermarket variety of crops from button squash to zucchini’s growing along way to Moore park for a sit down lunch.
From here we head back to town and we are reminded that in 2013 much of Bundaberg was flooded with water coursing at 70 kph thru the streets, causing whirlpools that caused houses to collapse. Time for reflection over a rum or two at the world famous Bundaberg Rum distillery, for a tour with sampling or just to pause and have selfies taken next to the two storey rum bottle outside! For some reason some of A7s actually ran straighter on the way home than they usually do! Total distance was 117kms, two little cars were slower than the rest, one seemed to be using up spark plugs faster than fuel, the other was struggling up the few hills.
Dinner that night was “do your own thing” so the writer decided on Yum Cha take away.
Friday there were now 17 cars, one was having a rest after some mysterious noises from the rear axle. The two little slower cars were still determined the 120 km run planned for the day, the tail end Charlies were briefed to follow these in case of problems, no great chore, but was it was nice actually arrive at the next destination while some of the faster cars were still there!
Unfortunately the Mardon’s Ruby Tourer from Mackay decide to play up, luckily only less than 2 kms from the Caravan Park and I was able to run Keith back for the trailer and I then stayed with Dad and the car while the trailer was hooked up and driver across.
Today’s morning run was to see a Barramundi farm first for smoko accompanied by a talk and tour of the fish tanks, which are all stored in a HUGE shed. There were at least 16 tanks with hundreds of fish in each one. (Pity I do not eat fish, no free samples this time anyway!)
Next leg is down to Bargara Beach , (passing signs to the famous Mon Repos Turtle Sanctuary), to look at the rocky water frontage and have lunch at the Bargara Golf Club which has the Pacific Ocean as a large water hazard. This looks a very nice and tidy place, full of friendly locals.
A few beers and a nice lunch later the little Austins are off again, this time we are split into two with the A-Hs off to the Lavender Farm, and J-Ts to the Sweet Potato Packing Facility. The author is so late after following behind the pack all morning, had a late lunch and went to the wrong venue, putting potatoes before lavender! No problems as I change surnames with the “slowest little Austin” owner and his wife who has gone straight back to their digs!
The huge Sweet Potato Facility is run under the Greensill name, which you will have seen at your local Coles and Woollies. Interesting the waste with the “ugly” rejects being turning into cattle. fodder. Next stop the Lavender farm where there is a shop very popular with the navigators who like smelly purple flowers. Visitors are also invited to take cuttings to cultivate at home.
On the way back to town we visit the Bundaberg Brewing Company (no relation to the Rum Distillery) where they sell their nationally famous Ginger Beer, and that evil black brew called Sarsaparilla and other flavours by the carton load, a lot, lot cheaper than at the supermarkets. That night we venture a burger joint and meet a very interesting couple who travel the shows doing face painting and wood sculpting.
Saturday was Heritage Day, there are vehicles of all types at the showgrounds, from Veterans to recent Muscle car imports, all proudly on display. Our contingent now numbered 21 as the Brindley brought in all their A7s and we were joined by a 1937 Austin 10 roadster Utility. I saw this car unrestored but still driveable, about 20-30 years ago, now it is all painted up and retimed and looking better than new! Probably the most unusual was the Grout Steam car, judging by the number of knobs and other controls you can understand why steamers went out of fashion because of the time it took to get going from a cold start, but one time the Stanley Brothers held the speed record with one of their cars. Another unusual make was another veteran, the Waverley from Indianapolis, was known for its electric cars, but this is a conventional petrol car.
Our cars were popular, but a decision to place them under a low roof (“in case it rains”) meant it was hard for the public to see them at their best. In fact the weather was kind to us every day, it only rained over a couple of nights.
After lunch the happy wanderers were off again for a short local run down to the “Kalki Moon” Gin distillery. Here they told us about [producing a top quality product and offered FREE samples. The recipe was a small shot glass with a dash of gin, a slug of Bundy Ginger Beer, a quarter of a lime and a couple of leaves of mint. Very smooth and refreshing and it did not seem go to anyone’s head.
We were then allowed to go back to our lodgings and rest for the evening, when a group BBQ was planned for those camping at the Big4, while others popped over to the Brothers Leagues Club.
Sunday dawned brightly with a healthy contingent of 17 A7s with attendant followers. One car has decided not to go and so Suvipa and John Smith rode with the author for two days. They were very welcome as a change from driving on one own. John comes from Lancashire and has worked on lots of old cars, including Suvipa’s Austin 7 special (she is the driver) and a 1904 Darracq which lives in Thailand, Suvipa’s home country. Both were delightful and interesting companions. 70 km’s to travel today!
They have previously visited our morning destination, a private collection of Cars, trucks and tractors in a huge purpose built shed, owned by Barry and Coral. one thing was that we were able to line up the A7s for a photo shoot in front.
The collection was very interesting, most of the cars were a lot younger than our A7s, but still very interesting, including a MGB utility and a nice Renault Caravelle which was based on the Dauphine. Most cars were very original but in good running order. Apparently what we saw only part of the collection, the shed on the right wasn’t open but held more treasures. We also had a lovely morning tea, money in the form of a gold coin went towards the Cancer Council. There were lots of 5, 10 and 20 dollars notes in the pot!
After morning tea it was off again, this time over the Hummock, the highest point in the Bundaberg area, being the core of a million year old small basaltic volcano, this is the reason why the whole area from Elliot to Burnett Heads is covered in lovely red fertile soil and the coast line is peppered with boulders. There is also a monument to Bert Hinkler up here. The top of the Hummock was bought by the RACQ in 1930 so generations of travellers can enjoy the views from city to coast over the rich farming land.
Back in our cars to Burnett Heads for lunch at the Lighthouse Hotel, where the hungry (and thirsty) Austineers have a private room at the back.
After lunch we then proceeded to the large Marina at the heads of the Burnett River. there is a coffee and gift shop with a chance to buy fresh seafood or just admire the River and the boats. From here we returned home to have bit of a rest or work on the car. That night it was back to Tavern to try the Chinese restaurant, the food was very affordable and nice with pleasant company.
Monday was our last day with 16 cars (President Steve was back in Brisbane after putting his car back on the trailer to home on the Sunday) and we were only motoring 16 kms. One last chance for a photo shoot at the Car Club and we were off again, this time westwards to the Bundy Lime farm where Linda tells us about her farm. We learn that growing produce can be tricky, they are only just making even, so Linda has branched out into Lime derived products, such as gourmet salts, pepper, soaps which we eagerly purchase as presents or to keep. (My neighbours got a lovely jar of Lime spread). Next leg we turn back and travel via Moore Park , and into Bundy to the Botanical Gardens, where we are the last car there. Still time to look at the Historical Museum and quickly get on the wonderful cane train ride behind Valdora around the gardens, an original Moreton Sugar Mill engine from Nambour. We see all the 3 small lakes and inside the shed where volunteers are restoring 3 old steam engines. Two were built in Bundaberg in 1952, the 3rd is a German Orenstein & Koppel engine from 1914, that was on a ship to Australia when WW1 was declared. It was used for many years at Millaquin Sugar Mill, put into a playground, submerged in several floods and now having a total restoration to bring it to running order. All these engines and the shed was covered in flood water almost up to the roof in 2013! We then walked around the Hinkler House called “Mon Repos” which was brought brick by brick from Southampton in the UK in 1982-84 after it was listed for demolition. Next to that is the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, a tribute to the man who was Bert Hinkler and his aircraft. Inside are 4 aircraft, one is a DH80A Puss Moth, restored to match Bert’s final aircraft that he crashed in the Italian Alps. The other aircraft are replicas of his 1912 Glider, the Avro Avian he flew in Europe and Australia and his famous London to Darwin Avro Avian (both original aircraft are in the Brisbane Museum). and his 1930 Ibis Amphibian. Also on display is Bert’s original 1928 Armstrong Siddeley Tourer, restored to better than new by members of the Bundaberg Vintage Car Club. Now the cars go back to the Big 4 to rest for the final dinner . Our car decided to stop in the middle of Bundaberg and enjoy the flowers and buildings.
The Final Dinner was held in the Spotted Dog Tavern, formerly the Federal Hotel built in 1886. Here we had prizes, John and Suvipa won the hard luck prize, known as the “Cross threaded award”. Myself and John Que, who was the other “tailender”, were awarded prizes of prints showing original photos of many different styles of Australian bodied Austin 7s. There also was a raffle and lucky chair prizes. Much hilarity that night!!!
Tuesday Morning, the longest farewell. Next morning it was sad to realise out Bundy bash was finally over, and the little cars were tucked up on their trailers and vans. It was a lovely few days, with teh weather coming good and no major dramas with any of the cars.
I would like to thank Brian and Ann Brindley, and Gary and all the gang at the Bundaberg Vintage Vehicle Club Inc. As well as the owners and staff at the farms and businesses that gave us such friendly welcomes to their wonderful community.
Next year I hear it could be Rockhampton’s turn to host the A7s!
Austin 7 Register of Queensland’s 2019 President’s Run – Sunday 14 April 2019
The 2019 President’s Run was held under a beautiful sunny Autumn sky. Four A7s (President Steve & Tate; Trevor & Elaine; Alan; Matthew, Martin & Trent) and one modern (Neil & Karyn) met at the Centenary Pool carpark. Members exchanged stories of the routes they had had to take to get to the starting point, given the road closures due to the Tour de Brisbane cycle event, and those who arrived late due to the closures were duly forgiven.
Following President Steve’s briefing, members prepared to depart on the interesting route, which would take them over many of Brisbane’s iconic bridges. However, there was a slight delay when Alan announced that he may not make it all the way due to an erratically running engine. Heads were soon buried under his A7’s hood to investigate the issue, with Trevor and Steve administering some TLC to Alan’s plugs.
After driving through Roma Street Parklands, the cars soon hit the gridlocked traffic on Roma Street, caused by the Tour de Brisbane. The A7s inched their way forward, with their small size being a distinct advantage when squeezing through the left-hand turn onto the William Jolly Bridge.
The run route took the cars through South Brisbane, West End and Highgate Hill. After passing under the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, we drove alongside the Brisbane River on The Corso. We passed by the home of our hard-working Spare Parts CEO and his lady, through the Brisbane Tennis Centre and to a lovely park by the river in Graceville for morning tea. Here we were met by a number of other members – in modern was John and in their A7s were Doug & Robyn; Joe & Margaret; and Ian & Valda.
After we had all enjoyed our morning tea and much social chatter, the cars headed along the river through Chelmer, across the Indooroopilly Bridge through Indooroopilly, around leafy Fig Tree Pocket passing Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, before arriving at President Steve’s beautiful home.
Here First Lady Helen, with the assistance of their children, provided the hungry Austineers with a delicious lunch. On arrival we feasted on a plentiful cheese platter. This was followed by sausages wrapped in bacon, quiche, bread, salad and fruit. Finally, we enjoyed a range of delicious sweets – brownies, cupcakes and chocolates.
Everyone was not only enjoying the delicious food, but also each other’s company, as well as the company of the two resident terriers, Alice and Gennie. It was therefore a later than usual end to the run, with most members departing at around 2pm.
The run home took a little longer for Alan when, only a kilometre or so from his residence, his A7 suffered clutch failure. A quick call to the RACQ resulted in his Austin being given a lift the rest of the way home on the tray of the rescue vehicle.
A big thank you to President Steve, First Lady Helen and their children for their warm hospitality. Further, thank you to President Steve (and Tate) for the well-organised run and excellent instructions. The President has set a new precedent for run instructions, with maps, graphics and interesting historical information about the various bridges along the route.
A7 Register of Qld. Librarian’s Run – 10 March 2019
There was a sense of excitement in the air as we arrived at the Carindale Club carpark for the long anticipated and, dare I say, inaugural A7 Register of Qld. Librarian’s Run. The roll-up of A7s at the starting point included Doug & Robyn, Trev & Elaine, Matt & Ian, Alan and President Steve. Others of us arriving in modern cars were Neil & Karyn and John.
At around 9am we set out under the Gateway Motorway and turned right into Mt Petrie Road. The run to the Morning Tea stop at Majestic Park, Coorparoo, took us through the suburbs of Carindale and Holland Park. Those of us arriving at Majestic Park realised that three of our Austins, which had been in front of us at the start, were not present. Apparently, a navigational error by the lead driver had them overshoot the park turn-off. Finally, a short time later, we were all happily reunited and proceeded to set up camp for Morning Tea under a lovely shelter.
Following Morning Tea, we headed off down Cavendish Road, crossing Old Cleveland Road, through Coorparoo Junction. After turning left onto Stanley Road and right into Wellington Road, we were soon at our cool and shady Lunch destination of Mowbray Park by the Brisbane River. At the park we were joined by Brett, Kylie and their two daughters Clare and Tessa – future members of our club. During lunch we were not only entertained by the usual members’ chatter (or should that be ‘banter’), but also by the boating activity on the river and the creaking of a nearby pontoon.
After Lunch, at about 12.30pm, we departed for home prior to the day’s predicted maximum temperature of 33 degrees.
Our thanks go to the A7 Register of Qld. Librarian, Alan, for a terrific and sociable run.
A7 Valentine’s Day Run Nudgee Beach 10 February 2019
Under warm blue skies, we gathered at busy Centenary Pool car park in readiness for the Valentine’s Day run. In attendance in A7s were Russell & Vanda with their cute puppy, Matt & Kylie, Justin McKeering and President Steve. In their Mini were Doug & Robyn, and in moderns were Alan, John and Neil & Karyn. Greg Riddel also came to the start point to farewell us on the run.
Initial hiccups with cars were a sign of things to come. As everyone was readying themselves to go, Justin had some minor issues starting his car. No sooner had Justin resolved his issues, then Steve was under his car fixing the kill switch.
Eventually we departed and headed to New Farm Park, driving along the river between the old Woolstore buildings. The Park was starting to become busy, but we managed to find parking for the group. Everyone settled their chairs under the shade of the magnificent Moreton Bay fig trees and enjoyed a chat over coffee and biscuits. We were joined for morning tea by Mike & Jo in their blue A7 Nippy and by Greg in his VW Beatle. Justin presented Valentine’s Day red roses to the ladies, thoughtfully brought along by Robyn.
On leaving New Farm Park, we headed back along the river through Teneriffe. At Newstead, the cars pulled off down a side street for some running repairs on Justin’s car. After half an hour, an adjustment had been made by President Steve and Russell to a brake pad screw which had worked its way loose. Steve had to leave at this point to go home and prepare to catch a plane to WA.
On the road again, we travelled along Kingsford Smith Drive and Nudgee Road, making it to Nudgee Beach without further mishap. Gail & Peter were there and had reserved some tables for us in a shade shelter. Here we appreciated the cooler windy conditions. While some of us enjoyed lunches brought from home, others visited nearby Pam’s Cafe for takeaway burgers and fish & chips.
It was soon time to head home after a pleasant day of typical A7 conviviality and breakdowns. Many thanks to Justin McKeering for organising this enjoyable run.
Karyn & Neil
Australia Day Run – Ormiston State School, 26 January 2019
Despite the predicted heatwave conditions (34°C), the annual Australia Day Static Display and Run, organised by the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club, took place in the grounds of Ormiston State School. On the school’s oval, 500 to 600 polished and well-presented veteran, vintage and classic cars lined up for the morning’s static display.
‘Headlining’ the event were the two A7s representing our Club. Driving to and proudly displaying their A7s at the event were Doug & Robyn and Justin. Other A7 members arriving throughout the morning in modern cars to celebrate the day were Ian & Valda, President Steve, Trevor & Elaine, Neil & Karyn and Greg Riddel.
As usual there was much activity in the school’s undercover area. The raffle table was busy while our Robyn and Elaine sold tickets in the car static display area. BBQing was also taking place in an adjoining open area. At the end of the BBQ tongs were the capable chefs, our very own Doug and Trevor. While we indulged in the free sausage and bacon rolls, Aussie songs were being performed in front of us by several very talented bands.
The formal part of the morning’s event was the official welcome by the Redland’s Mayor. The much anticipated raffle draws took place at around 10.15am. One of our A7 members, Justin, was successful in winning one of the many great raffle prizes on offer (Robyn having sold him the ticket earlier in the day!).
Closely following the raffle draws, display cars with their owners at the wheels set out on one of the four organised runs that finished at the Redlands Sporting Club for lunch. Some of our Club members, especially those who had worked at the event since the early morning, decided to head home and visit a not-so-well Club Librarian on the way.
Our Club’s special thanks and appreciation go to the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club and its members for yet another most successful Australia Day event.
Annual A7 New Year Breakfast Colmslie Hotel – 13 January 2019
On a sunny warm summer’s morning, a A7 members gathered in the carpark of the Colmslie Hotel in readiness for the Annual A7 New Year Breakfast. Those in attendance for the buffet breakfast extravaganza in their A7s were Steve & Davo, Steve W., and Duncan & Crystal, in their Freeway were Merv & Margaret with their daughter Karen, and in their moderns were Doug & Robyn, Ian & Valda, Lindsay & Sharon, John, Alan, Justin with his mum Ines & Uncle John, Tim, Joe & Margaret, Trevor & Elaine, Steve, and Neil & Karyn. The turn out was fantastic with a record 26 people in attendance.
At about 8am, everyone entered the hotel and, after finding a seat at the long table, began to reduce the amount of food on the buffet. On offer was crispy bacon, fried eggs, hash browns, herbed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, toast, pancakes with maple syrup and whipped cream, fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt, fruit juice, tea and coffee. In air-conditioned comfort, members ate their fill while participating in congenial conversation.
The occasion was tinged with sadness as members farewelled our past President, Lindsay, and Sharon, who are heading overseas to live for a couple of years. President Steve gave a farewell speech and presented them with a humorous card, signed by Club members. Fortunately, we will still see both Lindsay and Sharon from time to time when they return on occasion to Brisbane.
At about 10am, everyone headed home or to other commitments for the day with full stomachs, having spent an enjoyable few hours in each other’s company.
A7 Christmas Lunch – 15 December 2018
Under the threat of Cyclone Owen approaching down the Queensland coastline, 31 cheerful A7 members arrived at the Greenbank RSL to enjoy a buffet Christmas Lunch organised by our Secretary, Robyn.
Members present (all in modern cars) were: Doug & Robyn, Ian & Valda, Trevor & Elaine, Alan, Lindsay & Sharon, Steve & Helen & Davo, Neil & Karyn, Peter & Gail, Amanda, Bev & Trevor, Jo & Margaret, John, Ron & Daphne, Peter & Nell, Russell & Vanda, Duncan & Crystal, and Justin.
At around 11.45am, we all entered the Buffet restaurant and were seated around three tables strategically located adjacent to the food bars.
Members enjoyed a sumptuous feast of hot and cold seafood, salads, meats and Asian & Italian dishes. Following on from the variety of main dishes, members enjoyed the splendid variety of desserts on offer. For those of us requiring it, a cup of tea or coffee was also available.
Once our feasting was complete, Robyn, with the help of President Steve, activated the Secret Santa gifting. As usual, there was an interesting variety of gifts submitted by and subsequently chosen by members.
The Christmas Lunch concluded around 2pm when members departed, under a cloudy sky, for their respective places of residence.
Thank you to Robyn for your efforts (with a little help from Doug) in the delivery of yet another successful A7 Reg. Qld Christmas Lunch.
Remembrance Day Run to Fort Lytton 11 November 2018
Six A7s broke the silence on Gregory Terrace as they arrived at the Centenary Pool Carpark for the commencement of our Remembrance Day Run to Fort Lytton National Park. Those arriving in A7s were Doug & Robyn, Alan, Trev & Elaine, Matt & Trent, Lindsay & Sharon and Peter & Sue. Those arriving in their modern vehicles were Neil & Karyn, Tim and Steve.
At around 9am we set off on a pleasant run from the carpark through the suburbs of South Brisbane, West End, Hawthorne and Murarrie, arriving at Fort Lytton National Park around 10am.
At the Fort, A7s were ushered to a special parking area, while all other cars were directed to the rapidly filling public carpark. Adjacent to the A7s we immediately set up our “camp” for the day under a shady tree, overlooking the two large cannons. Here we enjoyed morning tea prior to proceeding to vantage points near the water’s edge to view the firing of a cannon, hear a bugler play The Last Post and respect a minute silence. These formalities were followed by performances by several bands and bagpipe players at various venues around the site.
We were then free to wander through the many museum buildings on the site displaying military equipment, war artefacts and stories associated with Fort Lytton and the World Wars.
At around midday we returned to our shady tree for lunch and to discuss not only the many interesting aspects discovered on our walk around the Fort, but also to partake of the usual banter associated with our members’ interests and personalities.
It wasn’t long before we all decided to head home after enjoying this interesting venue. Before we departed, our thanks went to Peter & Sue for once again organising a great A7 event – well done!
Tingalpa Pioneer Chapel & Cemetery 150th Anniversary 27th October 2018
Saturday 27th October 2018 marked “Decoration Day”, the 150th Anniversary of the Tingalpa Pioneer Chapel & Cemetery (TPCC) on Wynnum Road, Tingalpa. Members of the Austin 7 Register at this occasion were Doug & Robyn and Neil & Karyn. Doug & Robyn proudly brought and displayed their A7 at the venue.
The day began around 2pm, with the Chapel bell ringing to signify the start of the Memorial Service to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Consecration of Christ Church and Cemetery by Bishop Tufnell on 27th October 1868. For the Service, the small chapel was at capacity and seats were assembled beyond the entry doors to accommodate the volume of people attending on this fine sunny day.
The interesting Service, emceed by the TPCC President, Jackie Butler, and led by the guest Anglican Priest, included hymns and informative information about the history of the site. Of particular interest was an address by Jonathan Hulett, performing the role of Charles Coxen, the original founder of the venue.
Following the service, the many graves on the site were blessed by the guest Anglican Priest. Afternoon Tea followed at the external shelter adjacent to the Chapel. As usual, there was an extraordinary variety of delicious home-made cakes and sweets along with tea, coffee and soft drinks. While afternoon tea was served, a choir performed near the entry doors to the chapel.
The pleasant afternoon was concluded by the ceremonial cutting of a huge Anniversary cake. The TPCC President and relatives of the Chapel’s early pioneers, after cutting the cake, distributed portions to all those present. Two lucky door prize raffles were also drawn, with Neil & Karyn winning a lovely food hamper donated by Steve Minnikin MP, Member for Chatsworth.
Our thanks go to Jackie Butler and her helpers for a most pleasant afternoon.
7th 8th October, 2018, Invitation LAMA (Gatton) Rally
Saturday morning with weather predictions showers and possible thunder storms Trevor & Elaine, President Steve, Doug & Robyn and Lindsay Sharon arrived at Room Motel for the weekend. No rain at this stage.
After unloading it was off to the HQ, Gatton Historical Village for morning tea and registration.
10am we were waved off by the local member with the older cars going first. Then a pleasure trip travelling the back roads to Esk and then down the Brisbane Valley Highway to Fernvale for hot alternate drop menu, chicken or steak, lunch at the Brisbane Valley Tavern.
After lunch back on the Brisbane Valley Highway passing through Lowood then into Plainlands and the Highway back to Gatton, 112 miles or 180km total for the day. Whilst following Doug Steve noticed something fall of his A7. Stopping he located the tail light lens and presented it to him at Happy Hour, poor maintenance on Doug’s part. Happy hour which was to be at 5.30pm but Doug & Robyn got time mixed up so it was at 4.30pm.
We all got into Lindsay & Sharon’s vehicle and to the bowls club for buffet Dinner which was very enjoyable.
Sunday morning, our jogger Steve was up early and did his 10 km run, washed his Austin 7 in the mud and put more mud in the car with his runner. Lindsay & Sharon had to leave early and did not join us on the Sunday Run.
7.30am it was pack up and down to the Bowls club for buffet breakfast, excellent food.
8.45am off for a country drive slower cars first, at 10am arrived at Grantham State School for morning tea, another great spread, fresh made sandwiches, cakes, slices and tea & coffee.
After a belly full of food it was the return trip via Helidon crossing under the highway along country roads to Gatton, 60 miles or 100km, for a BBQ lunch at HQ. Well done LAMA.
The All British Car Clubs Day – Sunday 23rd September 2018
The weather was perfect and the road was already busy by the time I left home just after 7 am in Tim Tam, my 1929 Saloon and the first thing I saw as I slipped onto the main road at Kedron was Stacy and Jamie Curtis “Little Miss” sitting up high on its trailer, with the family all on board the tow vehicle. We exchanged pleasantries before they slipped into the Clem7 Tunnel.
I continued over land thru the Valley and over the Storey Bridge where I was pacing a Jaguar XJC coupe when, the motor began to emit a clattering noise. I was able to gingerly find a safe stopping spot out of harm’s way at the back of the Dockside apartments. A very friendly RACQ tow truck driver called Kenny came as my guardian angel and got me and the car home again with little fuss.
Not wishing to tempt the fickle finger of fate in one day I then packed my camera and chair in the editorial Hyundai.
Arriving a bit later (the Clem7 was flowing well) , the public carpark at Tennyson was very full, as were the streets leading in St.. Josephs College (“Terrace”) Sports Fields.
There was a very range of vehicles of all types from other clubs, from historic British Trucks, an retired Brisbane City council Road Roller, thru large displays from the MG and Mini fraternity to the Jaguars and Rollers which were parked away on a lower oval. Even Doctor Who’s Who mobile, aka “Bessie”, was there parked next to the Tardis.
My heart lifted when I spied lined up next to the larger Austins from the Austin Motor Vehicle Club, were 8 wonderful little Austin Sevens.
In order from left to right there was Stacy and Jamie Curtis with Little Miss, Doug and Robyn Clark with their Sports, Steve and his son Davo in their Meteor, Alan Couser in his 1934 Tourer, Peter and Sue Waller in the Ruby Roadster, Russell Curtis and his daughter and two grand children in his 1927 Saloon, Geoff and Siriak in their 1927 Sports, and Justin McKeering in his 1929 Chummy. All the cars looked splendid and attracted plenty of attention from admirers and cameras.
Many of the assorted British cars were from the 1950s thru to very recent models, these days our Sevens are actually now the largest group of older cars. But other clubs do get a good roll up, I am informed by Tony of the Triumph club that 44 cars of his club were there! The MGs had the largest display this year.
The day was very warm and shade was at a premium with a healthy stream of customers at the canteen run by the college, taking advantage of the shade. Everything was run very well, mostly by volunteers I suspect from the college community and car clubs, the cars were parked quickly and efficiently and even the facilities were regularly cleaned,.
Our reporters tell us that visitors from the club who did not bring an Austin included Ted & Daphne Bale, Ken Bell, Peter Baker, Ken Folliott, David Barnett (Rolls Royce?) , a new member Stephen Went (sorry I missed you) , the writer of this article and just before we were packing up , our treasurer John Que even made an appearance, after his sister Twink told us she had to ring him to remind him the event was on!
A7 Weekend Static Display Morningside School of Arts – 12 August 2018
A bright and cool morning greeted our A7 Austineers when they arrived at our new 2018 A7 Weekend Static Display venue. This year, the Morningside School of Arts was the chosen venue not only for its convenient location (for north & southside members), but also for its ability to accommodate our many trailers and display our unique A7s. The public location on Wynnum Road, as well as the many and various food and coffee outlets adjacent to the School of Arts, added to this venue’s attraction.
Arriving in their A7s were Justin McCarthy, Ross & Rhonda Guthrie, Trev & Elaine Moore, Alan Couser, Ian & Valda McDowell, Doug & Robyn Clark, Jamie & Stacey Curtis, Mike & Cathy McGuill, Jo & Margaret McCormack, Russell & Vanda Curtis, Steve & Helen Davidson, Neil Thyer & Karyn Matthew, Ian & Deborah Waring and Mike Hawthorne. There were 14 A7s in all. Arriving in their modern cars were Colin & Nancy Jones, Tim Braby, John Que, Ken Folliott (Rolls), Peter & Gail Cahalane and Greg Riddel.
Robyn was quick to set up her work table adjacent to the A7s on display. She was soon joined by Tim with his impressive display of A7 models.
The display of our distinctive cars on the Wynnum Road side of the School of Arts soon attracted much attention – especially with the A7 flag and banner on the footpath. Many drivers passing by were quick to turn back, park and inspect the variety of A7 body shapes on display. One such person turned out to be the owner of an A7 who had recently move here from NSW. He was welcomed to the Club as a new member, joining up on the spot. Another person, whose brother had recently purchased an A7 north of Brisbane, walked away with a membership form from Robyn.
During the morning, members enjoyed the usual congenial conversation, especially with those members seen less frequently. Around lunchtime, advantage was also taken of the many adjacent food outlets.
At around 12.45pm, our new President Steve called all members together and thanked them for their attendance. Steve then commenced the formal presentations. First was the presentation of People’s Choice that went to Stacey for her 1936 Sports. The Wilson-produced A7 Blanket Raffle was then drawn and won by Stacey (her lucky day!); second prize in the raffle went to John. The Lucky Draw was also won by Stacey (it certainly was her lucky day), who graciously sought a redraw. It was then won by Ross & Rhonda. The 2017-18 winners of the Cam & Judy McCulloch Best Run Supporter were Doug & Robyn. Congratulations to all the recipients.
Just after 1pm, the Morningside Village was alive with the sound of A7 motor music as some cars were loaded onto trailers while others headed straight off home after yet another successful Static Display. As usual, our thanks go to Robyn for once again organising this annual event.
A7 Weekend Saturday Morning Run – 11 August 2018
The morning of Saturday 11th August was overcast, but there was still no sign of rain. As it turned out, the clouds cleared and the result was a beautiful sunny Brisbane day. Arriving at the Club carpark at Carindale in their A7s for our Annual A7 Weekend Saturday Run were Justin McCarthy, Alan Couser, Doug & Robyn Clark and Ross & Rhonda Guthrie. Arriving in modern cars were Neil Thyer, Ian & Valda McDowell and John Que. A call from Tim Braby while we were waiting for the 9am departure confirmed that he had broken down on the Gateway Motorway and was waiting for the RACQ to rescue the car.
Another incident before the start occurred when Doug discovered that one of the wheels on his trailer was found to be missing after having unloaded his A7. He and Robyn recalled that they had heard an unfamiliar sound as they were entering the Club carpark. Fortunately, Doug found the missing wheel, which had sheared off its axle, on the footpath adjacent to the entry.
At around 9.15am, after a briefing by Neil, all cars headed off under the Motorway, around to Wynnum Road and left into Minnippi Parklands. The Morning Tea stop was here at the Tingalpa Model Aero Club ground within the Parklands.
The arrival of our A7s created much interest for the Aero Club members, as did Doug’s partially completed balsa-framed Dragon aircraft which he had taken and proudly displayed at the airfield.
After A7 members enjoyed their morning tea, they not only inspected the many variations of model aircraft on the ground, but also admired the skills of the Aero Club members flying their aircraft around the airfield.
Late in the morning, A7 members returned to the Club at Carindale, where Tim had arrived with his rescued A7 on a trailer. With much interest, members watched as the A7 was unloaded. Despite the expertise of those Austineers present, they were unable to resolve the seemingly electrical problem.
All present agreed that it had been a big morning and decided to return home for lunch. Eventually Tim trailered the car home.
RACQ Motorfest Sunday 15th July 2018
I had tried to start my Ruby on Saturday but no go, still have not got the timing right or something. So I went instead in Sooty my Santa Fe and got there before the CROWDS of onlookers came thru the gates. GI was lucky to get in via the side entrance with the RACQ people as I had a exhibitor passes and got a free breaky, in fact they gave me two so I had a free lunch as well!
Only 5 A7s in attendance as others busy and off with the flu. Those attending were Alan Couser, 1933 Tourer, Trevor and Elaine Moore, 1930 Sports, Doug and Robyn Clark, 1929 Sports, Justin McKeering and his Uncle John, 1929 Chummy, and Lindsay and Sharon Jordan, 1929 Chummy
I looked at the VW Beetles as they were celebrating 80 years since the first Beetle rolled out the door in Wolfsburg. One nice original 1967 Deluxe similar to my 1967 1300 Custom in white. Yes it was a good day but very busy and crowded at the end! Also got to sit in the back of an old silver 1948 AEC BCC bus with a Q plate. I remember those old things were used on the City to Hendra route in 1972, but in cream and pale green. Also caught up with the Guthrie twins with Ross’s De Dion Button. Ross started it up with two easy pulls on the handle after priming it with a few initial swings and setting the controls. There is a very long brass tube from the carby to the inlet valve to travel along so it takes a while to get it set up right. I have a mini movie of it now on my phone. The RACQ was having a cull of the last of its old motor manuals, and I got a 1929 Chev handbook (original) and a 1936-39 Austin Cars Running and Maintenance Manual for $15 the pair. At the end they were selling books 4 for $10. Mostly modern stuff. Greg Riddell was seen in the mix with handfuls of books! I understand Albert Budworth of the RACQ has saved a couple of Austin 7 books for the club for a small donation.
Left after noon with 75 photos and beginnings of a headache coping with the glare of the sun and the crowds.
Beaudesert Run to Christmas Creek – 9 & 10 June 2018
Saturday afternoon of 9th June saw the arrival of several A7s in the Scenic Rim town of Beaudesert. Those arriving with their A7s around the 2 o’clock check-in time at the Annalee Motel were Lindsay & Sharon, Trev & Elaine and Joe & Margaret. Others members arriving in modern vehicles were Neil & Karyn, Alan and Ian & Valda. At around the same time, Russell & Vanda and Joe & Margaret’s daughter, Melissa, were arriving at the Beaudesert Caravan Park, located not far from the Anna-lee Motel.
After the laborious efforts of unloading A7s off trailers, ‘Happy Hour’ was proclaimed around 3pm. We all assembled on the grass beside the motel swimming pool for nibbles and a couple of well-deserved drinks. After a couple of hours, including a congenial chat with the motel managers, and prompted by the dropping temperature, we retired to prepare ourselves for dinner at the local RSL. At that time, we were pleased to see A7 members Steve & his son ‘Davo’ arrive with their Austin.
After a few hundred metres walk through the adjacent Jubilee Park and into the Beaudesert township, 16 of us arrived for a sumptuous dinner at the RSL. Surprisingly, all members (especially one!) were well behaved. Following dinner, the more weary (or is that elderly?) members caught the courtesy bus back to the motel, while others walked back.
Early on Sunday morning after a light overnight shower, Doug & Robyn arrived at the motel with their A7 in tow. We were also joined for the run by Gavin & Sheree (with friends Lyn & Dean) from Ballina with their A7 and, from the Beaudesert and District Restored Auto Club (BDRAC), Ian in a Vauxhall and Craig & his son Daniel in a Dodge Ute. While some members enjoyed a brought-from-home breakfast in their motel room, others ventured into town to purchase breakfast, coffee and morning tea & lunch for later in the day.
At around 9.30am we set off to our morning tea stop. On the first leg of our journey we passed through the small towns of Josephville and Laravale, arriving at the Collins family owned All Saints Anglican Church in Tamrookum for morning tea. Following a pleasant morning tea in the church gardens in the Winter sunshine, we were given a tour of the beautifully maintained church and an informative talk about its history by the Caretaker, Margaret McKay.
Setting off from the church, we headed towards our lunch stop at Stinson Memorial Park, passing through the small towns of Hillview and Lamington. At the lunch stop we were met by more members of the BDRAC with their vintage and classic cars. Following an inspection of the cars present, a lunch picnic circle was formed on the grassy banks of Christmas Creek.
Following the usual stimulating lunch conversation, we were invited to visit the adjoining property of another BDRAC member and Caretaker of the Stinson Memorial Park, Peter Bryman. Peter is a very smart fellow who displayed his engineering skills in the restoration of a variety of tools, machinery and steam engines.
At around 2pm, our President Lindsay thanked our host Peter for opening his sheds for us to see his work. Lindsay also thanked our club members, Joe & Margaret, for their planning of a most pleasurable and interesting run.
Several A7 members then headed back to the Annalee Motel in Beaudesert to load their A7s onto trailers for the trip home from there.
Once again from me, thank you Joe & Margaret for your efforts in creating yet another successful A7 Run.
Mother’s Day Run to Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel & Cemetery 12 May 2018
As Brisbane awoke to its first chilly morning of the year, A7 members gathered at Centenary Pool carpark for the Club’s annual Mother’s Day Run. Despite the cool temperature, it was a beautiful sunny day with clear skies. In their A7s were Joe & Margaret, Doug & Robyn, Matthew Potts, and Neil & Karyn; in moderns were Lindsay & Sharon, Trevor & Elaine, Valda & Ian, and John Que.
After the run instructions and Mother’s Day flowers were given out, the group departed the starting point. Driving through Spring Hill, the Valley and over the Story Bridge, the cars headed eastwards on a direct route towards Wynnum. Their destination was the Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel and Cemetery, which was holding an Open Morning as part of the Australian Heritage Festival, a National Trust Queensland event.
On arrival, the A7s took pride of place, parking beside the quaint old weatherboard Chapel. We were warmly greeted by Jackie Butler (President) and other members of the Tingalpa Cemetery Heritage Group. Colin & Nancy Jones joined us here. Everyone enjoyed a sociable morning tea, including a spread of delicious foods such as damper and golden syrup provided by our hosts.
At 10am the Chapel bell was rung, signalling for us to enter the Chapel and take our seats. After a welcome speech by Jackie Butler, we enjoyed an excellent delivery of the history of Brisbane, the local area and the Chapel and Cemetery through the words of ‘Charles Coxen’, delivered by Johnathan Hulett. The Chapel was built in 1868, with funds raised both locally and in England. Unfortunately, the Chapel was destroyed by a cyclone and had to be rebuilt in 1886. We also watched some old news segments about how the Anglican Church wanted to decommission the Chapel and strip it for demolition in 1996; however, through community action the Chapel was saved when it received heritage listing. The Chapel was eventually repaired and is now lovingly looked after by The Friends of the Tingalpa Cemetery Heritage Group. Neil then thanked our hosts for having us and introduced our A7 President, Lindsay, who gave an entertaining speech about our A7 Club and cars. Doug then offered his memories of the Chapel and surrounding properties, with him and Colin both having grown up in the area.
After exiting the Chapel, Jackie provided us with a tour of the Cemetery, focusing on the history of some of the graves of the area’s early pioneers. This was followed by a social lunch in the Autumn sun. At around 12.30pm, everyone departed for home, having thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Thank you to Neil for organising such an interesting event, and to our attending A7 members whose gold coin donations resulted in a contribution to the Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel and Cemetery of $35. Special thanks also to our hosts for their kind hospitality and for sharing their historical knowledge of this lovely location with us.
A7 Qld Reg. President’s Run 15 April 2018
The morning of Sunday 15th April was bright and warm without a cloud in the sky. The silence of the Centenary Pool Carpark was broken by six A7s arriving to partake in the annual A7 President’s Run. At the start in their A7s were Doug & Robyn, Trev & Elaine, Ian & Valda, Steve and Lindsay & Sharon. In their modern cars were Neil & Karyn, John and Mike & Kathy with their foster greyhound, Jade.
At around 9am President Lindsay briefed the drivers about the forthcoming Run. We all set out, heading through the Normanby Fiveways and passing through the suburbs of Paddington and Bardon before motoring up the steep hill of Rouen Road. We then arrived at our Morning Tea stop at Anzac Park, Toowong.
At Morning Tea we were joined by Duncan & Crystal who were running a little late to the start. Following the usual congenial chatter over a sticky bun and coffee, we headed off to our Wynnum Lunch stop. The run to Wynnum took us from Anzac Park onto Coronation Drive, across the river, along Wynnum Road and through many south-eastern suburbs of Brisbane.
Upon arrival at the home of our President and First Lady, we were welcomed by our charming hosts, Lindsay & Sharon, on their deck overlooking the beautiful Moreton Bay. The BBQ was soon fired up and a spread of sumptuous dips and salads were provided by our hosts.
As usual, the male component, ably assisted on this occasion by Kathy, gathered around the BBQ and demonstrating their cooking prowess, while their partners tended to other matters of meal preparation. At around 1pm as the Moreton Bay tide was on the way out, and after satisfying our hungers and catching up on chatter ranging from club matters to politics, we all headed home.
In all, it was a hugely successful President’s Run and BYO Lunch, and thanks to the hosts, Lindsay & Sharon, was forthcoming from all those present.
Neil & Karyn
A7 REG QLD YAMBA TOUR – 23/26 MARCH 2018
It was evident by the interest in this touring rally, organised by Rhonda & Ross with the assistance of Valda & Ian, that people enjoyed the 5 yearly National Austin 7 Tour in Toowoomba and decided it would be nice to have an away tour every year!!!
This weekend Tour was based in the lovely little coastal town of Yamba in the heart of the Clarence River. It is within walking distance of surfing beaches and a variety of shops. The surrounding country and coastal regions are superb, and it was strange to be walking along a nice little sandy beach with hardly anyone around.
I left home after morning tea time and was soon scooting along the arterial road heading south and despite the week day traffic made good time to the border. I paused for a light lunch at Tweed Heads and was soon back on the new Pacific Highway, only striking rain in NSW where it was particularly heavy around the Ocean Shores area. Once you get past Ballina, the highway becomes an often one lane track winding through an endless stream of roadworks on the Ballina to Woolgoolga upgrade. This slowed progress considerably, and the trip was somewhat perplexing as there was a lack of signs for distances to anywhere between Ballina and Grafton. At the Clarence River crossing I was able to swing across to Yamba, passing the massive new bridge which was half finished. I finally got to the Calypso Tourist Park (again a lack of signs to tell you where the entrance was!).
That night the few members that had arrived wandered over to the Bowls Club for dinner. Some members walked whilst others went in the Club’s courtesy bus. Frankly, there was not a lot of distance to walk!
During the weekend, some members found time to wet a line in the adjacent bay. The Davidson Boys were, I believe, successful in catching a haul of Flathead.Another notable event on the weekend was the tree snake that decided to join Valda while showering in the caravan park ablution block.
Day 1 23rd March
Friday afternoon – Angourie & Lake Wooloweyah – approx. 17kms drive and with walking tracks to explore along the way.
Next morning the day dawned brightly, with little evidence of the 70% chance of showers that was predicted. The rest of the Austin 7s, towed by faithful SUVs and sedans, started arriving. By the end of the day they had pretty much all arrived, coming from as far as Mission Beach and Rockhampton in the north, Sydney in the south, and eastwards from Toowoomba down to Armidale!! Even Wayne and Jenny flew up from Melbourne to join the fun of the Tour. Groups gathered to talk just like old schoolmates or seldom seen far spread families. Such is the pulling power of the Austin 7. One person was heard to say that the Austin 7 is such a classless car and, because they were not built after 1939, there is no chance of our Club being smothered oreven submerged in late model “collector” cars.
After lunch there was a drive around the area south of Yamba to Lake Wooloweyah and Angourie. The Editor lingered a bit over a lunch of pie with mushy peas from the local pie shop and drove off alone on the short trek. I first deviated to look at the coast halfway to Angourie. On the track a 700 to 800mm-long goanna suddenly darted across the track. A lady on a mountain bike told me that that was only a young example! Here I saw some pretty rough waves crashing on the rocks and some fearsome warrior surfers looking for exhilaration in the wild waves. Then I headed west to Lake Wooloweyah and found none of the cars at the lookout, so after the usual photos I headed to Angourie where there was plenty of opportunity to get some brilliant shots of the beach and rocks with wild waves. At the back of the beach were the blue and green pools, where I found two lads diving off the rocks into the waters of the lake. At one point on the track, a tour group of backpackers paused for photos of the lake. On the way, one man had his head, body and arms up in a hole in the ground while the others looked on. Suddenly he emerged yelling and holding what looked like a 2 metre-long red-bellied black snake, which he flung into the bushes behind him. After all the screaming died down, he revealed it was in fact a rubber snake to scare the tourists in a show of Crocodile Dundee-style bravado!
Here I also caught up with the Hackshalls and Lyons. We decided to try out the Yum Yum Café, but it was in fact shut!!!!
That night there were about 50 Austin 7 owners gathered in the caravan park’sA7 “Headquarters” for a meal of fish and chips and burgers, followed by dessert and washed down with wine, beer and soft drinks (no problem, nearly all only had to stumble few feet home into their cabins and vans.)
Day 2 24th March
Saturday– Brushgrove – approx. 75kms drive.
Unfortunately it rained heavily overnight which meant that a couple of the A7 babies where left to sleep in and dry out! The Editor knew we were to provide a display at the local Bowls Club car park but got the times wrong and arrived just as the cars were about to start the rally. The Editor then realised he had left his good camera back in the modern car while drying out the Austin and put its cover (which was blown off by the wind and rain) somewhere to dry, as well as a load of washing from the last two days. Luckily it was only a 10 minute sprint by foot there and back via the back gate, actually quicker than driving around the block. Still time to take some photos before joining the team of Austins, and soon they were off heading west travelling along the southern banks of the mighty Clarence River to Maclean – an interesting town, which I would love to have time to explore properly. When you are next there, check out the power poles with the tartans painted on them and the wonderful banners in the centre of the town, as Maclean has a strong Scottish heritage. At Woodford Dale crossing we stopped at Oliver’s totally Organic Café. The line of customers for their morning caffeine fix was long but capably handled by the owner and his staff. In the same building (formerly the tourist information office) was a nice arts and crafts shop and gallery with lots of good quality locally handmade items for sale, or one could simply browse. Outside was one of the many old iron and timber ferry’s that used to cross the river at different points using a system of wire ropes and pulleys. I was told that there was a plan to restore it, but after 30 years sitting in the open the structure looked as if it was about to collapse. Time to leave, heading back to Maclean and crossing the old timber McFarlane Bridge (with a section that could be raised) to the north bank of the river, and on to the old hotel at Bushgrove for a nice cool ale and delicious pub grub menu. The $12 selection was a popular choice (I had the bangers and mash). The pub itself was very interesting and must have dated back to 1900 or earlier. Some of the regulars were interesting as well, including two brothers who were boating down the river from Grafton and had moored to the hotel jetty. Interesting characters indeed! After lunch we travelled back through Maclean where the Bradfords had a fault with a defunct capacitor/condenser. With plenty of help, they were able to get back on the road again.
We were all soon back at Yamba and busily shopping, washing, drying and attending to our cars. Alan’s car needed a special wash to remove the mud thrown over it by a caravan “forced off the road!” in one narrow stretch. There were the usual pre-dinner drinks, but the rain came back and when that abated the mozzies were out in force chewing our ankles.
Day 3 25th March
Sunday – Lawrence – approx. 100 kms drive.
Today dawned bright and sunny with about 20 Austins presented for inspection to the public at the Bowls Club carpark. Today’s rally was a bit longer but the brilliant weather made the drive very enjoyable. I was also blessed to have Kay Shuker as my navigator for the day; our mutual interest in painting and photography meant we spent most of the journey comparing notes on all the interesting things to see. After our display at the Bowls Club carpark,we were off westwards again via Maclean and across the MacFarlane Bridge and onto the Lawrence Ferry crossing. Here we lined up with all the large modern SUVs to get a free ride on the ferry to the north shore. We did not realise that Ron Byrnes and Wendy were now stranded back in Maclean with another case of a duff capacitor/condenser. There also was a slight hiccup when one of the later model Austins failed to start, leaving 1/3 of the vehicles to its rear still on the ferry. Luckily several volunteers jumped to the aid of the driver and his car. In the confusion, Greg Shuker was almost left behind by his ride for the day when it took off up the hill without time for him to get back on board! Not far now to the town of Lawrence on the river bank at the Memorial Park, where 18 cars lined up for a great photo shoot while we had morning tea. Continuing west after morning tea towards Grafton, we were told to look at the round house on the river at Lawrence. Built on a single support it has steel beams that radiate like spokes on a wheel. We took Tourist Drive 22 through some pretty riverside farm land and eventually ended up at another side of Lawrence at the large new tavern for lunch. We were not the only visitors as a group of touring motorcyclists from the Gold Coast arrived just after us, resulting in the kitchen running out of order numbers. From here we waved goodbye to Steve Davidson and his young son “Davo” in the red Meteor, as they had to be back in Brisbane for work and school on Monday. For us sunburned and tired rally drivers and navigators, it was just a simple drive home.
We were back by afternoon tea time, so I took a walk up the hill to the historic lighthouse precinct and back down to photograph the surfers and waves crashing on the rocks (the waves, not the surfers!). Pre-dinner chatting was curtailed by the wind, forcing us to dismantle the club gazebos before they were blown down. Some of us adjourned to the “chicken and take away” shop next to the caravan park to pick up dinner. We then sat and enjoyed our treats in Brian and Anne Brindley’s cabin. I was very tired after a big works burger and one of Brian and Anne’s glasses of de Bertoli merlot, but I still had to write up today’s report!
Day 4 26th March
Monday – Brooms Head – approx.85 kms drive.
Today the weather was even better with the cloud soon burning away. This was our final collection of cars starting from the Bowls Club carpark. Today there were only about 16 Austin 7s under “starter’s orders”. John Que kindly consented to be my navigator. Before starting I lifted the bonnet and noticed there was green coolant laying around the engine. The culprit was the side water jacket, which I then nipped up to stem the flow. I also topped up the water (it was down about 600 mls), the oil (about 300 mls) and verified that, yes, I would need to fill the fuel, so I put in about 10 litres. Arriving at the Bowls Club carpark we could also smell petrol, a result of my fiddling with the float level two nights ago. I fiddled with the fingers and it seemed to slow the leak, as the car was idling beautifully for the rest of the day. We then headed off (John pointed out to me that for the last 3 days I had been entering and leaving the Bowls Club via the wrong entrance each day – I was NOT the only culprit!). Brett and Amanda and Nessy, their lovely little pup, where on hand to say hello and goodbye as they would not be able to join the run due to Brett’s health concerns. Nice to see them again (Amanda reminded me that she still has those Queensland “AUS 30” number plates for sale.) This morning’s run took us back through Maclean and then southeast on the Brooms Head Road down to the Coast at Brooms Head, skirting the Yuraygir National Park. Most of the road was easy going for the Austins. My speedo was registering 40-45 mph (about 70 km/h) in some places without pushing the little Atom. All cars seemed to be running well, although Justin’s tourer had a bit of a nasty noise from deep in the bowels of his engine at the start, so he and his brother decided to keep to a slower pace (“just-in case”). We rolled into Brooms Head and settled along the carpark against the beach, presenting a great display of Austin 7s. Some unpacked thermoses and seats, while others of us proceeded to the “Snack Shack” for a cup of coffee or ice cream (Hmmm! Love those Magnum Ice Creams!!!!!)
Cameras were out in force again. After morning tea,we were directed to tackle the short but steep ascent to the lookout. A retired policeman made sure we behaved ourselves on the way up, as part of the road was through the caravan park. On the way was a great place to camp looking straight out at the blue Pacific. At the top, parking was abit tight but WHAT a view! While we were treated to sights, a small ultra-light and what were thought to be three Pilatus aircraft from the Roulette Air Display team, possibly on their way to Queensland for preparations leading up to the Commonwealth Games, roared overhead. The trip back to Maclean was again a good one with a bit of modern traffic to contend with, but not a lot. Our instructions were to have lunch at Maclean, which was a good idea as we could explore some of the shops, many of which were decorated for Easter. Also at Maclean during Easter, is the 114th Maclean Highland Gathering, with Ceilidh & Highland Games at the Showgrounds. John and I joined other Rally folk in one of the many small but friendly cafés in the centre of Maclean itself.
After lunch we only had a short distance to drive back to Yamba to unwind, put the A7s on their trailers ready for home and have a short rest before the Farewell Dinner
Monday Evening – Yamba Bowls Club – walking distance from Caravan Park. This was a fully catered Farewell Dinner in a private function room, with a choice of a delicious thick slab of pork or chicken with vegetables in a very peppery gravy. Main course was followed by a choice of pavlova and ice cream or ice cream on a chocolate mousse tart on a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Conversation flowed fast, as we knew that this may be the last that we would see of some of our friends for a while.
After dinner, kind words were spoken by our President Lindsay about the wonderful job that our Tour Directors, Rhonda and Ross with the help from Ian and Valda, did with organising this wonderful and unforgettable Tour. Others present also spoke publicly of the heroic effort by the organisers that produced such a successful Tour.
Tuesday Morning–Time for most of us to sadly bid farewell to Yamba and return to our places of residence. By all reports, all returned safely. On their trip home, Alan and Neil were hailed down by the flashing blue and red lights of the Transport police on the M1 around Springwood – they were checking that the A7 was securely tied down to the trailer. All was okay, and they proceeded on their journey without an offence!
VALENTINE’S DAY RUN – 11 February 2018
On the sunny morning of Sunday 11 February, we gathered at the Club House, Carindale for the annual Valentine’s Day Run. Despite the predicted 36 degree heat, there was a very good turnout at the starting point with six A7s (Clarks, Moores, Alan, Neil, Lindsay and Sharon, and McDowells) and three moderns (McCormacks, John and Karyn), plus David Barnett in his Rolls Royce who had come to wave us off. Cars were decorated with a Valentine’s Day rose distributed by Valda.
At 9.30am we set out for a short run through the suburbs to the morning tea stop at Colmslie Beach Reserve. There we were joined by Merv. and Margaret in their Austin Freeway and Mike and Kathy in modern. It was pleasant sitting by the river as the day warmed up, enjoying a cuppa and convivial conversation while aircraft passed low overhead on their way to the airport.
Shortly before 11am, we set off for the nearby Cannon Hills Bowls Club. Upon arrival, we occupied the tables under the shade shelter beside the greens and enjoyed the cooling water mist system installed above our heads. A Bowls Club representative gave us some basic instructions on how to bowl and score. Following our lesson, we divided into two groups and undertook some practice bowls in our two allocated groups. After this much needed practice, a competition began in one of the rinks, resulting in a win by the McDowells. Robyn had to get used to bowling a ball without three finger holes in it! Much fun was had by all, with many bowls ending up in the gutters and crossing into our fellow A7 members’ rink.
Following our bowling experience, we enjoyed our lunch, cold drinks and a Valentine’s Day chocolate given to us by Ian. Despite the heat, the water mist combined with the iced water supplied by the Bowls Club kept us feeling cool and comfortable. Following lunch, it was time to leave and face up to the heatwave conditions of the drive home.
Many thanks to Valda and Ian for organising a different and entertaining Valentine’s Day Run.
Karyn & Neil
Australia Day Run – 26 January 2018
You sure know when the new year is starting up again because the Australia Day
Rally that is conducted by the Bayside Car Restorers’ Club is usually the first
event on the new calendar. And so it is that no sooner are the bonbons and New
Year resolutions packed away than it’s time to polish up the Austin’s and get
them ready for Australia Day.
This Australia Day saw the sports oval at Ormiston State School soon fill up with
vintage, veteran and classic cars of all shapes and sizes all arranged in lines for
admirers’ easy access. More than 600 cars and some trucks were on display in
the warm summer sun so typical of Australia Day. Holding pride of place at the
top of the oval were 6 Austin Sevens that belonged to Alan Couser, Robyn and
Doug Clark, Trevor Moore, Steve Davidson and his son ‘Davo’, Justin McKeering
and yours truly. John Que and Greg Riddel came modern while Daph and Ron
Toy attended in their HR Holden.
While Robyn and Alan sold raffle tickets, cooking up a storm on the brekkie
barbecues were Doug and Trevor. All up 80 kg of sausages, 40kg of bacon and
dozens of onions were cooked and placed on 70 dozen bread rolls. Again it was
all free and while we ate, live music was provided by a band singing good old
Australian songs that added to the atmosphere.
Of the 16 raffle prizes drawn, Alan Couser won the 10th prize and you could tell
it was going straight into the pool room.
After the official welcome by Redlands Councillors and then the raffle draws, car
owners divided into two groups for the organised runs that ended with lunch at
the Redlands Sports Club; 175 people attended and as usual enjoyed themselves.
Special thanks go to the Bayside Car Club for their continued organisation of the
Australia Day Rally and to all members who helped out.
Annual A7 New Year Breakfast – 14 January 2018
With an exceptional 38 degrees predicted for today, it was no wonder that most members attending the Annual New Year Breakfast arrived at the Colmslie Hotel in their air conditioned modern cars. The valiant group arriving in their A7s were Trev & Elaine, Alan, and Steve & Davo. Others arriving at the Hotel carpark for the 8am commencement of the gastronomic extravaganza in their moderns were Tim, Ian & Valda, John, Jo & Margaret, Justin with Mum Inis & Uncle John, Neil & Karyn and Doug & Robyn in their Red Mini.
Upon entry, members observed that the Colmslie Hotel had as usual presented a large variety of buffet breakfast choices for us to enjoy. Set out before us were sizzling bacon strips, tasty tomatoes, hot hash browns, buttery mushrooms and fresh pancakes with maple syrup and lashings of whipped cream and berries. There was also an inviting array of fruits, cereals and yoghurt. With plates in hand, we wasted no time in “sampling” the hot and cold food delights offered. The normal congenial conversation was temporarily halted while jaws were preoccupied in matters of food consumption.
After around an hour, members appeared to have fulfilled their morning hunger and were content to sit and chat while enjoying a state of passive digestion.
Close to 10am and after accusations that a certain member had been chatting up the waitress staff, we all decided to depart the air conditioned comfort of the Hotel dining area and head for home to avoid being on the road during the anticipated heat wave conditions forecast for the middle of the day.
A7 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH 10 December 2017
At around 11.30am on the morning of Sunday 10 December, the foyer of the Redlands Sporting Club was filled with the chatter of A7 members eager to commence their Christmas lunch at the Buffet World Restaurant. In the carpark were four A7s (Duncan & Crystal Logan; Russell & Vanda Curtis; Ken and Irene Bell; and Peter & Sue Waller) and a multitude of modern vehicles driven by A7 members (Doug & Robyn Clark; John Que; Lindsay & Sharon Jordan; Mike & Kathy McGuill; the Potts Family; the Davidson Family; Peter & Nell Dorman; Alan Couser; Margaret and Joe McCormack; Ian & Valda McDowall; Trevor & Elaine Moore; Amanda Wilson; Rosco Richards; Justin McCarthy; and Neil & Karyn Thyer). It was gratifying to see that Duncan & Crystal Logan, Russell & Vanda Curtis and Amanda Wilson had driven such long distances to be with us on the day.
At 12 noon sharp under Robyn’s direction, we lined up at the restaurant entrance, eager to partake of the buffet lunch comprising seafood, salads, Chinese and Italian foods, and a selection of delicious desserts. The prawns were, as usual, the most popular item on the buffet (see photo in the A7 website Gallery).
Following the sumptuous feast and congenial conversation, Robyn took the floor to present humorous Christmas gifts to Club members. Thank you to Robyn for being so thoughtful and for the fine effort in providing these gifts.
Next on the agenda was the Secret Santa $3 gift draw, with our illustrious President, Lindsay, acting as MC. As usual, members were surprised by the inventiveness of the Secret Santa gifts they received. Then, on behalf of the members present, the President thanked our Secretary, Robyn, for her efforts in organising this year’s Christmas lunch.
The day concluded around 2pm with members departing to their respective abodes for their daily afternoon nap!
Neil & Karyn
A7 November Run to TradeCoast Central 12 November 2017
Sunday 12th November began with an overcast morning and the threat of minor showers. Fortunately, during our Run there was no precipitation.
First to arrive at our Run start was Lindsay, followed by Trev & Elaine. Prior to our 9am start, seven more Sevens joined the two early arrivals. Also lining up in their A7s at the Centenary Pool Carpark for this relatively short Run were Doug & Robyn, Neil & Karyn, Alan, Ken & Irene, Tim, Peter & Sue and Steve. Also joining us were Peter & Gail in their MGB, and Mike & Kathy with “Casey” the Greyhound in their modern car. Prior to our departure, our Librarian was joined by his son Geoff who had “thoughtfully volunteered” as navigator for his father.
Heading left out of the carpark, we travelled along Gregory Terrace past the RNA, and after several turns we eventually entered Breakfast Creek Road. From there we drove along Kingsford Smith Drive, turning right after Racecourse Road onto MacArthur Avenue to our Morning Tea stop by the Brisbane River at Northshore Harbour.
Following our usual vigorous Morning Tea conversations, we headed off in a northerly direction, passing under the Gateway Motorway to our Lunch and Tour stop at the TradeCoast Central Heritage Park on Schneider Road, Eagle Farm.
Before entering the Centre (which had been opened especially for our visit), we assembled the A7s for a photographic opportunity in front of the venue. Members were impressed with the quality and content of the Centre’s display, illustrating an overview of the historical Eagle Farm Women’s Prison & Factory, Allison Engine Testing Stands and Hangar 7.
Following the Heritage Park Tour, members gathered in the shade to partake of their BYO lunches prior to departing for home.
Thank you, Justin, for the initial Run directions and TradeCoast Central contacts.
Thank you, Karyn, for assisting with the revised Run directions (due to recent & continuing roadworks)
And most importantly, thank you to Morgan Collins, TradeCoast Central Civil Manager, for his cooperation in making it a memorable morning.
L.A.M.A. Gatton Rally Celebrating 25 years
Saturday7th October 2017 saw Trevor & Elaine, Lindsay and Sharon in their A7’s and Doug & Robyn in their Mini.
We arrived about 8am and unloaded cars where we were staying at the Rooms Motel. An interesting place as there is a lot of containers used in the building and then went to Historical Village for morning tea.
10 am we were waved off on a very relaxing drive to Harrisville for lunch at the Royal Hotel.
After lunch it was off to Summerland Camels, Charles Chauvel Drive, Harrisville, where on arrival we were greeted by about 500 camels of all ages. We had a conducted tour and talks. The camels are milked and products include milk, yogurt, cheese, fetta and hand crafted soap most of which is sent to Sydney for developing markets when the project expands. There is a Gourmet Cafe which sells coffee and the products which are produced on the property.
Tours of the Camel Farm are every Sunday at 11am and 1.30pm.
Leaving about 3pm Doug & Robyn left for Home it was a fast trip back to Gatton for the Moore’s and Jordan’s to get ready for the Dinner which was held at the Jubilee Golf Club, another great meal.
Sunday morning we drove the Austins to down town Gatton to Cottones Cafe for a buffet breakfast. Then back to the motel and loaded our cars and came home as we both had Sunday appointments.
On the first rally, 25 years ago, I think there were about 14 Austin 7’s in attendance.
A great weekend.
Trevor & Elaine Moore
All British Day, Tennyson – 17 September 2017
Sunday morning and the hills (or rather the streets around Tennyson) were alive with the sound of motor music! The annual All British Day event had once more come around and all cars British assembled on the St Joseph’s Christian Brothers School oval for the popular static display.
Well represented in the line-up were our unique A7s. Representing our A7 Qld. Register were Doug & Robyn, Alan C, Ian McD, Duncan & Crystal, Trev M, David & Rena and Geoff & Siriak. Throughout the day, other A7 members arriving in their modern and other cars to show support for the A7 Club were Neil, Tim, Ted, Grant, Justin McK, Ken F and David B.
As usual, there was much interest in our vehicles by the general public with the usual “I used to own an A7” comment from those passing by. The All British Day organising committee has to be congratulated not only for the day, but also for providing a variety of food and drink stalls, with a number of other vehicle-orientated vendors also well represented.
At around 2.30pm, presentations were made by the organisers and unfortunately this year (unlike others) our A7s were unsuccessful. Following presentations, cars departed the venue for another year, leaving a trail of dust from the unseasonal dry oval surface.
A7 Reg Qld 50th Anniversary Tour, Dalby – 8 to 12 September 2017
Neil Thyer & Karyn Matthew to Mon.
Trev & Elaine Moore
Trevor & Bev McCulloch
Doug & Robyn Clark to Sun.
Ross & Rhonda Guthrie
David & Karen Ure to Sun. (Early departure due to fire threat from neighbouring property at home)
Ian & Valda McDowall
Ken Burton & Jing Zhu
Will Knapp and Martin Clark to Sun.
John Que to Mon.
Alan Couser to Tues.
Headquarters & Principal Accommodation:
Dalby Tourist Park, Myall Street, Dalby
Friday September 8 (Day 1)
Members travelled independently from their respective homes to the Dalby Tourist Park on the banks of the Myall Creek, checking in and unloading their cars in preparation for an adventurous few days around Dalby. Some members had chosen cabin accommodation while others decided to live out of their caravans and campervans. Around mid-afternoon, several members gathered for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles outside the cabins of the Moores and Alan.
After a few congenial drinks and as the sun set, we walked to the Criterion Hotel Steakhouse next door to the Tourist Park for dinner. Due to the very cold evening temperature, it was agreed by all to postpone the monthly A7 Reg. meeting, scheduled to be held that night, until Saturday lunchtime at Thomas Jack Park in Dalby.
Neil & Karyn
Saturday September 9 (Day 2)
After a cold night, everyone rose at their own leisure to a warm, sunny day. Saturday was a free morning and so everyone went their different ways – breakfast, coffee, shopping and the aerodrome. The Tourist Park resembled somewhat of a workshop with several cars needing some TLC to get them on the road. Members in their A7s were Doug & Robyn, Ross & Rhonda, Ian & Valda, Trevor & Bev, Ken & Jing, Will & Martin, Trev & Elaine, Tim and Neil & Karyn. In moderns were Alan, David & Karen and John.
At around 11.30am we headed off on a short run northwards to Thomas Jack Park for lunch and our monthly A7 Reg. meeting.
Following our sumptuous BYO lunches and a successful A7 Reg. monthly meeting, we all set out under Doug and Robyn’s instructions to Tom and Fay Saxelby’s residence. Here we viewed three sheds full of beautifully restored trucks and vehicle memorabilia. The more adventurous male members had a close inspection of the “truck graveyard”, an area where rusted and beyond repair vehicles were consigned for the rest of their days. We enjoyed afternoon tea under the trees, along with the Saxelby’s and members’ dogs – 15 year-old Bindi, 18 year-old Blue, 9 year-old Toby, 4 year-old Asker, middle-aged Border Collie Millie, and 5 month-old puppy Daisy who wanted to play with them all.
After Doug formally thanked Tom and Fay for their hospitality, we headed back to our accommodation where the A7s were put to bed for the night. The Austineer “mechanics” then decided to spend some time working on David’s A7 in an attempt to get it on the road. They were unsuccessful – it seemed to be an electrical problem.
Dinner was again at the Criterion Hotel Steakhouse, which turned out to be an entertaining evening. The entertainment value was enhanced by the arrival of groups of slightly inebriated Dalby race goers, some of whom had not only had big wins on the track that afternoon, but also decided to sit at a table adjoining ours. The hotel noise volume was also enhanced by the local AFL team who had just won the Grand Final, and who were celebrating by singing their club war cry and drinking out of the winner’s trophy.
Thank you to Robyn and Doug for organising the run instructions for the day.
Neil & Karyn
Sunday September 10 (Day 3)
It was another beautiful sunny day in Dalby, following a cold crisp morning. We were all pleased to hear the sound of the Ure’s A7 engine running, after the troops had spent yesterday afternoon tinkering with it. In their A7s were Trev & Elaine, Ross & Rhonda, Ian & Valda, Will & Martin, Doug & Robyn, Ken & Jing, Trevor & Bev, Doug & Robyn, Tim, Neil & Karyn and David & Karen. Travelling in their modern vehicles were John and Alan.
At 9am sharp we gathered for a day’s run briefing by Doug and Robyn. The briefing included wishing Trevor, Tim and Karyn a happy birthday with candled lamingtons, cards and singing.
We drove through town a short distance to the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum. For morning tea, the tables were laden with a variety of home-baked cakes, scones and slices, and we all ate so much that we were not sure how we would fit in lunch. We walked off morning tea by looking through the interesting displays in the various buildings around the site. At noon we gathered again for a delicious lunch of cold meats and salads followed by dessert, all prepared by the museum volunteers.
Following lunch, we drove about 8 kms to the home of Neville Morris, collector and manufacturer of all things mechanical. En route, Neil & Karyn’s Harry played up, apparently because he needed a petrol top up. Trevor came to the rescue with a 5 litre can. At Neville Morris’s we were shown around by Neville and his mate, Johnno. Members were astounded by the volume of motor components stored around the site and the many “motors” and “inventions” that Neville had spent most of his 80 plus years producing.
On return to our accommodation around mid-afternoon, we gathered for afternoon drinks in the Tourist Park’s camp BBQ area. It was decided that everyone would do their own thing for dinner, as we were all so full from the day’s meals at the Museum.
Thank you to Robyn and Doug for organising the Museum visit and the run instructions to Neville Morris’s home.
Neil & Karyn
Monday September 11 (Day 4)
With some members having departed for home yesterday, six A7s and three moderns (one with Harry on his trailer in preparation for the trip home) set out at 9.30am for Bell. The A7s on the run were driven by Trev & Elaine, Ross & Rhonda, Ian & Valda, Trevor & Bev, Tim and Ken & Jing. In their modern vehicles were Neil & Karyn, John and Alan.
After driving through the flat fields for 40 kms we reached the modern Bell Visitor Information Centre. For morning tea we were served delicious scones loaded with jam and cream, together with tea and coffee. One of the volunteers gave a brief talk on Bell township and history. We then enjoyed browsing the lovely arts and crafts available for sale in the gift shop, with many of us purchasing the rosella jam. Before departing, we moved the A7s in front of the Centre for photos. Some of the volunteers were then taken for a spin in the old cars.
We drove onwards for 22 kms to the beautiful Jimbour House for lunch. On arrival we walked around the well-manicured grounds. While there, Trevor received a call from Alan, advising that he and the Burtons had taken a wrong turn. Valda and Trevor successfully provided directions by phone, and Alan and the Burton’s arrived in time to join us for lunch under the shady trees adjacent to the iconic house.
After lunch John Que and Neil & Karyn departed for home to fulfil commitments on Tuesday. The remaining members then headed back to their accommodation, looking forward to an afternoon of music around the campfire located at and organised by the Dalby Tourist Park.
Thanks to the Guthries and McDowalls for organising today’s interesting run.
Neil & Karyn
Tuesday September 12 (Day 5)
After a very enjoyable evening around the camp fire listening to, singing and our entertainer playing requests, we headed off to Red Rooster for dinner and then back to our accommodation for the night.
With Neil & Karyn and John going home yesterday, and Trevor experiencing some minor problem with the carby on his car, Ross & Rhonda, Ian & Valda, Trevor & Bev, Tim and Ken & Jing set off with their A7s, with Trevor & Elaine along with Alan going modern, for our day’s run to Broadwater Lake.
Our run to Broadwater Lake took us thru many fields being prepared for Spring planting of cotton and other grain crops. These fields looked so good with the land looking so rich even with the lack of water. These farmers of the land deserve rich rewards for their effort.
On arrival at Broadwater Lake we met up with Phil & Bridget from the Dalby Car Club in their VW Beetle (Bug) where we had Morning Tea followed by a visit to the Bird Hide viewing area along dirt tracks. With binoculars were spotted pelicans and other birds.According to the locals, the lake is only about two (2) metres deep but water skiing is popular. The lake is a very enjoyable spot – nice and green and lush.
After leaving Broadwater Lake we headed for Jimbour along the Moonie and Warrego Highways crossing the Condamine River (with no water) and the Macalister Bell Road until we reached the Jimbour School. Here we then met up with Wally & Bev and had lunch on the verandah of the community hall. After lunch the children and teachers came from their classes to look over (and blow horns of) our cars.
On the way back to base there was one minor problem with a fuel blockage in Tim’s car.
This was the end of a most enjoyable five days of Austin 7 fun. We must do it again sometime, somewhere.
Thanks to the Guthries and McDowalls for organising today’s interesting run.
A7 Register of Qld 50th Anniversary Static Display – 13 August 2017
For the second year in a row, Capalaba Regional Park was chosen as the venue for our annual A7 Static Display. It was a beautiful Winter’s morning with a cloudless blue sky. Our thanks go to John for his early arrival to reserve our display space for the day. Arriving at around 9am in their A7s were Duncan & Crystal, Neil & Karyn, Justin McCarthy, Justin McKeering, Ian & Valda, Alan Couser, Lindsay Jordan, Trev & Elaine, Robin Lewis, Matthew with Martin & Trent and Doug & Robyn. There were eleven A7s in all.
In the beginning one could be forgiven for thinking the site was an A7 repair venue! Justin (senior) was spotted under his car, while Doug and Trev were test driving “Harry” to check his performance after having an on-the-spot tune-up – alas, his gears were still playing up.
Some Austineers were quick to set up camp under the shady trees behind the cars, while others wandered and admired the vehicles on display. Around mid-morning, Mike & Kathy arrived with their foster greyhound, Roman, much to the excitement and interest of those present.
The morning seemed to pass quickly due to the usual pleasant and often humorous conversation, together with detailed discussion about A7s and their idiosyncrasies, while consuming our morning tea. As happened last year, the Bayside Restorers Club arrived en masse in their vintage and classic cars with students from a local special school as passengers. This morning tea at Capalaba is always a delight for their passengers.
At around midday, our President, Lindsay, woke from a brief nap to address those present and to present the Awards and Trophies. The Cam & Judy Memorial Trophy for the Club member(s) who attended the most Runs throughout the last twelve months was presented by Neil to Doug & Robyn. Our congratulations go to them for their enthusiasm and Club involvement. The much coveted People’s Choice Award for their A7 at the Static Display was presented by Lindsay to Trev & Elaine.
With the formalities completed, it was time to pack up and head home. Just as we were in this process, we were pleased to welcome late arrivals, the Riddels – great to see them attend as they do each year. Once again, it was a hugely successful A7 event and our thanks go especially to Robyn for all her efforts in organising the day.
AUSTIN 7 REGISTER OF QUEENSLAND INC 5Oth Anniversary Dinner
The Dinner was held at the Club rooms Carindale on Saturday 12th August 2017. 66 of our club members gathered together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our Club.
To help us celebrate this historic event we had the following in our midst. 9 Life Members 8 Past Presidents 4 Past Secretaries 1 Past Treasurer Graham Cogzell, Peter Baker and Mike McGuill spoke of their involvement in the club and related some stories.
All members then got down to eating a hearty roast dinner followed by a sumptuous desert. Always Professional Catering & Party Hire ( Stephen Graham ). supplied the excellent food..After we had all eaten members then circulated to catch up with old friends Entertainment for the evening. This was provided by Bill Henderson, who was appreciated by all.
A7 Register of Qld 50th Anniversary Fun Run 12.08.2017
Saturday morning, 12 August, was clear and crisp with a predicted maximum temperature in the mid-20s. Arriving at the start at the Carindale Club Room in their Austins were Trev & Elaine, Lindsay, Duncan & Crystal, Justin McCarthy, Joe & Margaret, Ian & Valda and Alan. Doug & Robyn arrived in their Mini while Neil & Karyn, Grant & Jackie and John arrived in their modern cars. Our Secretary, Robyn, informed us that her and Doug had decided to forego the Fun Run and instead prepare the Club Room for the A7 50th Anniversary Dinner that was to be held there that night. Trev & Elaine also kindly volunteered to assist Doug & Robyn with these preparations.
At around 9am, five Austins and 2 moderns headed off after a briefing from the Fun Run organisers, Grant & Jackie. The route went through various suburbs including Cannon Hill and Hemmant, to the Port of Brisbane. At the Port, we drove through “The Yard” where we observed many boats under repair. Sitting off to one side and sadly degenerating was the famous Brisbane River boat of the past, the “Mirimar”.
The Morning Tea stop was a little further on at Elanora Park, Wynnum North. As we were preparing to depart for the trip back to the Club Room for lunch, Justin McCarthy arrived after having had starting trouble at the Club Room. We had wondered where he was! The trip back included a stop at the Wynnum Wetlands Birdhide. The Birdhide overlooked the Wetlands where migrating birds could be seen. Several questions, contained in an envelope handed to us during Morning Tea, needed to be answered at the Birdhide.
We then departed for the run back to the Club Room via the suburbs of Manly, Tingalpa and Belmont. On our return, we discovered the amazing transformation of the Club Room into our evening’s dinner venue, thanks to the hard work of Robyn & Doug and Trevor & Elaine.
While we enjoyed our BYO lunches, Grant & Jackie corrected the answers handed in by those participating in the Run. Prizes were then presented by Grant. The third prize went to our President, Lindsay; second prize was awarded to our Treasurer, John; and first prize and our congratulations went to Joe & Margaret, who have the privilege of retaining the unique Fun Run trophies for the next twelve months.
President Lindsay then formally thanked Grant & Jacki for yet another highly successful annual Fun Run. Our congratulations go to Grant & Jacki for their impeccable organisation of this event.
RACQ MotorFest 9th July 2017
The morning of Sunday 9th July was fine, fogless & freezing as seven A7s, complete with their very rugged up owners, assembled in the carpark of the Hamilton Hotel at Ascot. Austineers braving the early morning start were Trevor & Elaine, Doug & Robyn, Peter & Sue, Neil & Karyn, Tim, Alan and Justin & Uncle John. Also joining us at the meeting point were Peter & Gail in their MGTF.
At around 7.30am we all cranked up our A7s and headed up Riverview Terrace to the “British” car entry point into the Eagle Farm Racecourse from McGill Avenue. On entry to the venue, my A7 “Harry” decided to drop an important part of his gear – second! This necessitated him limping into his static display resting place for the day.
As in the past, RACQ had prepared a terrific day, from their helpful volunteers (including Albert Budworth) directing us to our “British” location through to the many food and coffee stalls spotted around the venue. As usual, nothing had been forgotten in providing an exciting day out. First item of business for the day was to seek out an appetising breakfast. That done, it was time to establish our A7 “camp” for the day close to our cars and then proceed to viewing the diverse 800 or so vehicles assembled at the venue. Also noteworthy on the day was the acquisition of two coveted 2017 MotorFest caps by two of our members!
Also in attendance or visiting on the day were other club members – John, Duncan & Crystal, Ted, Merv & Margaret, and Ross. As usual, there was much interest in our 7s, with the usual number of people not only amused by the size and level of technology of our cars but also having experienced some ownership or association with our unique historic vehicles.
At around 2.30pm, the awards’ presentations commenced. We were fortunate to have had four members’ cars (not all A7s) considered for an award for the historic category of their car. Under consideration were Doug & Robyn, Alan, Peter & Gail and Merv & Margaret. Unfortunately our A7s were unsuccessful, but Peter & Gail won the “Best Classic 1940 to 1959” category for their MGTF.
Following the formal presentations, it was time to leave via the departure cavalcade for our respective residences. With a little effort and caution, I managed to get Harry back to Morningside with only first and third gears – yet another A7 experience!
It was an enjoyable day out and another opportunity to display in public our unique vehicles.
Mothers’ Day Run 13 May 2017
On Saturday 13th May, we all awoke to an overcast sky with a suggestion that there may be showers. This not so perfect weather forecast was not enough to deter three gleaming A7s and two modern cars arriving at the Centenary Pool carpark, for the start of a run that had previously been postponed due to extreme hot weather in February. Those present in their A7s were Trev & Elaine, Alan and Peter & Sue. Those present in their modern cars were John and Neil & Karyn.
Following an attempt by Alan’s car, not parked in gear, to run down Trevor, the run organisers, Peter & Sue, briefed participants about the forthcoming run prior to departure from the carpark at 9am.
The interesting run route took us via Coronation Drive, through Indooroopilly, over the Walter Taylor Bridge, through Sherwood, over the Ipswich Motorway and through what the run organizers described as “the lovely industrial area”. The morning run finished at the picturesque Springfield Lakes, where we were met by three more Austineers in their A7s. Those at the morning tea stop were Doug & Robyn, Jo & Margaret and Ian & Valda.
Following morning tea, the run proceeded through Springfield Central, Redbank and Ipswich Central, with an important stop at Gislers Pie Shop to purchase lunch. Armed with pies, we continued over the Warrego Highway, following the signs to Kholo Botanical Gardens for our lunch stop.
After we had settled into a shelter near a small lagoon, Alan was seen in the distance seemingly lost and wandering aimlessly. Alan’s misadventure was not due to the lack of a navigator from the car to the lunch shelter, but because he had coincidently met up with Nicola, from Toowoomba TAFE, responsible for the photographic record of our recent 2017 A7 National Tour.
At around 1pm and as that predicted shower (the first one of the day) was passing over, we all headed off home.
Thank you, Peter & Sue, for a most interesting and successful Mothers’ Day Run.
CELEBRATING 95 YEARS OF THE AUSTIN 7 NATIONAL TOUR—TOOWOOMBA 2017
As a result of ex-cyclone Debbie, it was touch and go whether everyone would be able to make it to the 2017 National Austin 7 Tour held in Toowoomba. By a variety of routes all Far Northerners were able to get through as a result of leaving early before the roads closed, or later after they had opened. Barry and Yvonne had to be in Brisbane early to be able to have a new radiator fitted to their 1935 Austin 7 Sports. Mays took their time and arrived without incident.
It was great to meet up with Far Northern Restorers members Ron and Wendy Byrnes in their beautiful 1929 Austin Chummy and Allan Blair driving his uncle’s 1930 Sports which he is bringing back to use in Innisfail.
The Austin 7 National Rally is held every five years, the last one in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. This year over 120 little cars converged on Toowoomba where the Austin 7 Register of Queensland committee had been working for 5 years to have everything perfect—which indeed they accomplished.
Activities began with Registration in the afternoon followed by a Welcome dinner held at University of Southern Queensland campus. It was an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones.
The following day was a town day with a swap meet at the headquarters, a High Tea for female members and then the cars were displayed at the Cobb & Co Museum. This was an appropriate venue as the Cobb & Co coaches were being phased out around the same time as the Austin 7’s were starting to be manufactured.
Next followed 4 driving days where we visited every little village in the Toowoomba distract. We were “eased in” with a journey of some 87 kilometres from the Club Rooms to the Highfields Pioneer Village where we had damper and billy tea and lots of opportunity to view the extensive collections housed at the venue. From there we drove to Goombungee for lunch provided by the local CWA women. On the way home, we visited 3 venues—Double H Alpaca Stud; 2nd 2 None Winery and the Colonial Woodcrafts.
The second driving day covered 127 kms from the club rooms. We were on back roads on our way to the Jondaryan Woolshed. Here we had morning tea in the largest shearing shed in the Southern Hemisphere, witnessed a display of shearing and then wandered over the vast complex. Then we were back into our cars for a drive to Adora Downs Homestead at Mt Tyson. This was a working station with beautiful grounds. Here we had a lovely roast dinner which went down very well. We returned to Toowoomba passing the new Wellcamp Airport.
There were plenty of activities in the evening for those that had the energy including ghost tours; dinner in a railway wagon and a trivia night.
Our third touring day—a distance of 144 kms took us initially to Allora and another lovely morning tea and a group photo of all the Austin 7s at the Allora Showgrounds. Our car was parked beside Greg Keller’s Austin 7 van. It had had several owners between Greg and the present owner who lives in Warwick. The new owner said it was going to be with him for a long time. Isobel and Ray Plath were waiting there to greet us so our little team of Far Northerners had grown to 8. From Allora, we went to Nobby of Steele Rudd fame for lunch and then back to Toowoomba.
As a result of the long distances travelled, the number of Austin 7s on the last day of touring had diminished somewhat. All the Far Northerners were in modern cars. We had done over 400 kms in our Chummy which performed really well and it proved especially good on the many hills that had to be traversed.
The last day was only 117 kms which involved a drive to Pittsworth where state representatives competed in a gymkhana. We also had an opportunity to take a bus ride which would have to be the cheapest ride in Australia—$1 per head for the most entertaining ride led by Penny. After she had finished with us most people were wanting to move to Pittsworth which was a lovely little town with wonderful gardens.
The last day was only 117 kms which involved a drive to Pittsworth where state representatives competed in a gymkhana. We also had an opportunity to take a bus ride which would have to be the cheapest ride in Australia—$1 per head for the most entertaining ride led by Penny. After she had finished with us most people were wanting to move to Pittsworth which was a lovely little town with wonderful gardens.
In the evening, we were back to USQ for the farewell dinner and the presentation of awards. It was the opportunity to thank the Austin 7 Register of Queensland members who had done an amazing job. The next National Rally will be held in 2022 in Victoria. I am sure that Yvonne and Barry will make it but it might be too far for the Mays.
Courtesy of Dawn and Peter May and the Cairns & District Historic Vehicle Club Inc “Bearing Chatter magazine”
President’s Run 12 March 2017
Attendees in Austin 7s: Trev & Elaine Moore, Ian & Valda McDowell, Alan Couser, Doug & Robyn Clark, Justin McKeering, Lindsay Jordan & Sharon Cowden, Merv & Margaret Thompson, Sue & Peter Waller and Neil Thyer & Karyn Matthew. Attendees in modern: Tim Braby and John Que.
Assembly was at Centenary Pool to leave at 9am. Ha, ha, first phone call was from Neil Thyer, who did not know if his car would make it to the starting point. However, he did arrive, and soon after Doug Clark was lying across the seats looking for the problem which was a loose earth wire. Once fixed, away we went with 9 A7s and 2 modern cars in total.
Doug and Robyn only got to Roma Street when their sports did not want to go any further. The rest of the fleet continued to Slaughter Falls for morning tea. It was a nice spot, but the President Lindsay forgot to arrive early and shift the dead possum which was okay if the wind blew the right way.
After coffee and a talk, it was back through the city for lunch under the Story Bridge, where we had a nice shelter shed beside the river with a nice breeze. Lindsay did advise there was a lot of parking area, but on arrival 7 A7s had to park into 2 normal car parking bays.
Casualties for the day:
Doug & Robyn Clark with broken axle at the hub and delivered by RACQ to their home.
Neil Thyer with a loose earth wire.
Ian & Valda McDowell with battery trouble and after morning tea had to crank their van, as not enough battery power.
Alan Couser had to use the hand throttle for speed travelling to morning tea, as he claimed the foot throttle was not working. After having it checked at morning tea, it was found to be ok and gave no more trouble. Maybe his feet need to be resized?
Matt Potts ignition problem did not make the start.
Now for the PRESIDENT Lindsay, a retired teacher who was responsible for the run today. He should write the word WICKHAM out 100 times as it was spelt wrong. No doubt he will blame Sharon for the mistake, but it was up to him to proof read the instructions. And then during lunch he bumped Sharon, causing some of her lunch to fall on her new blouse and shorts but did not apologise.
When I arrived home, I phoned Doug who was busy removing the diff. He said he would be at my place by 3pm. By 4.30 we had replaced 2 axles in the diff and he left, calling it a day.
Today was a good test before the National Tour. In all a great run, thanks Lindsay & Sharon for your effort.
Greenbank State School A7 Register Event. 27 February 2017
On the morning of 27 February we assembled for departure from Doug and Robyn’s house. There was Doug & Robyn, Trevor & Elaine, Lindsay, Peter, Allan and Merv in their Austins. Valda & Ian arrived modern but hitched a ride with Allan to arrive at the school in style. We headed off to the school in convoy to arrive at the carpark to find a ring in of an old EK Holden already waiting. It belonged to one of the student’s parents. We were greeted by Sue and filled out the variety of forms and sticker name tags. We had a quick run through of emergency procedures and a tour of where the toilets were. Allan could not resist poking his head in to the principal’s office and having a chat. He seemed very comfortable in there, he might have spent a lot of time in principal’s office in the past.
We headed outside to await the onslaught of the Year Three students. The students had been looking at how things are different and the same from years ago. As there are over 170 Year Three students, they were broken up into three groups. The children had an absolute ball looking at, and even being allowed to sit in the cars. I am not sure who started it, (rumour has it Peter) but someone let them hop in even after their teacher had told them that they were only going to look. A firm favourite was the Taxi and the green Austin Freeway. After the last student left and the bell rang for morning tea we went to the staff room for some refreshments. The Year Three teachers had supplied a yummy spread, even including the hot sausage rolls cheekily requested by Allan.
A big thanks to all that attended, you really made the children happy and very excited about all the cars. They went back to class drawing and writing about the morning. They haven’t stopped asking me about when the little cars are coming back. Sue and Peter
NOTES FROM THE CHILDREN AT THE SCHOOL:
On Monday 27 February we had lots of fun when the Austin Seven Club came to Greenbank State School. It was so much fun climbing in the cars and it was the best day ever. I wish they could come back. I liked beeping all the horns. I really liked them all, they looked so much different to the cars we have today. I liked the red car the best but really they were all good. I was surprised that they had no seatbelts and you could wind them up to start them. We had the best time.
Year Three Girl from Greenbank State School
Thank you for coming to Greenbank State School. We all loved your cars. They had funny things, a wind up car thing, they did not need much fuel and weird horns that went arrup, arrup arrup. I learnt so much that I want to see them again. I really liked the green one and the taxi too, but all the others were great as well. They could only carry one person in the taxi. The taxi was so small I could reach the pedals. I saw a car that was silver and shiny. I got to go in all the cars except the green car, it might be special to that person. It was pretty amazing that you showed us your old cars. Thank you very much.
Year Three Boy from Greenbank State School
Valentine’s Day Run – 12 February 2017
Based on a predicted 39 degrees Celsius for the day, a few days early the A7 Register Executive had proposed postponing the run west of Brisbane that had been organised by Peter and Sue. In order to enjoy the usual A7 run social occasion in cooler conditions, it was decided to have a morning tea run to Orleigh Park in West End.
At our usual starting point of the Centenary Pool carpark, three A7s and six modern cars driven by A7 members assembled prior to departure at 9am. Present in A7s were Trev & Elaine, Tim, and Peter & Sue. Arriving in modern cars were Mike & Kathy, Neil & Karyn, John, Lindsay & Sharon, Ian & Valda, and Alan.
At 9am, with a one-page run instruction sheet in hand, we all set out for the short run across the William Jolly Bridge, left into Montague Road and straight to Orleigh Park on the Brisbane River. We were met at the park by Doug and Robyn, who had selected a large, shady fig tree to seat ourselves under. It was cooling looking out over the river and its associated activity.
During morning tea, Peter and Sue handed out red roses and a Valentine’s quiz sheet to be completed by members. After much deliberation over the romantic questions, the sheets were handed to Sue who, in school teacher manner, judiciously marked them. First prize for the most correct answers went to Ian and Valda, who demonstrated a very good knowledge of the husbands of Elizabeth Taylor. Sharing second prize were the Doug & Robyn and Alan. The large Toblerone chocolate bar prizes were well received by the winners.
Soon after the presentations, members were kindly invited across the road to view the wonderful collection of child pedal cars at the home of Kym and Helen. We all recalled that it was a couple of years ago when we held our Christmas lunch at the park, that Kym had displayed her collection of pedal cars in her front yard and on the footpath. This time we were welcomed into the house to view the cars located in just about all rooms and on the staircase. Thank you, Kym and Helen, for your hospitality once again.
At around 11am, we all packed up and proceeded home before the hottest part of the day. Thank you, Peter and Sue, for the Valentine-themed entertainment and we look forward to your run in May.
Australia Day Rally – Ormiston State School, 26 January 2017
On this important day in Australia, around 480 veteran, vintage, classic and late-model cars arrived at the Ormiston State School oval for the annual Australia Day breakfast and rally. This event is, as always, well-organised by the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club.
Arriving in their A7s were Alan Couser and Justin McKeering. Rolling up in their modern cars were John, Graham and June, Ron and Daphne, Neil & Karyn, Merv and Tim. Arriving in their Mini were Doug & Robyn.
As usual, a delicious breakfast of sausage and bacon rolls was available to all participants and visitors. The sausages and bacon were lovingly cooked by that award-winning gourmet chef Doug, alias ‘Hon’. Meanwhile, on the raffle ticket sales table Robyn and Buddha were busy selling tickets to hopeful winners of an array of Australia Day-themed prizes.
Congratulations go to Doug & Robyn for winning the ‘Mayor’s Choice’ for their Red Mini and to Neil & Karyn for winning a $50 Gift voucher in one of the raffles.
Following the morning breakfast and formalities, most participants headed off on one of several rallies organised by the Bayside Club, finishing for lunch at the Redlands Sporting Club. At around noon, our A7 members departed for home or other venues to further celebrate Australia Day.
Congratulations to the Bayside Club for once again organising such a successful annual event.
Annual A7 New Year Breakfast – 15 January 2017
After the recent sweltering Brisbane weather, there was some reprieve on the morning of 15th January with a slightly cooler temperature and an overcast sky. Just prior to 8am, the carpark of the Colmslie Hotel, Morningside, sprang into life with the arrival of the A7 members in modern cars, ready for the Breakfast Buffet action.
Members present were Lindsay & Sharon, Jo & Margaret, Doug & Robyn, Merv & Margaret with daughter Karen, Neil & Karyn, Ian & Valda, Trev & Elaine, Ross & Rhonda, Alan Couser and John Que.
At 8am precisely, a total of nineteen hungry members converged on the Hotel Dining Room to enjoy the plentiful Buffet Breakfast. Over a period of two to three hours, sumptuous food, good conversation (mainly about the forthcoming Toowoomba A7 National Tour) and humorous stories were shared and enjoyed by members. The air-conditioned comfort of the venue was also a positive for everyone.
With full bellies and under a very light drizzle of rain, we all headed home or to other commitments for the day, with the pursuit and comfort of coolness being the first priority.
Thanks to members for making it not only another successful A7 event, but also a great social way to kick off 2017.
A7 Christmas Lunch – 11 December 2016
On a cloudy and warm morning, 30 hungry A7 members assembled in the foyer of the Redlands Sporting Club at Wellington Point. Those present were Doug & Robyn, Lindsay & Sharon, Margaret & Jo, Mike & Kathy, Duncan & Crystal, Ian & Valda, Neil & Karyn, Trevor & Elaine, Grant & Jackie, Steve & Helen, Peter & Nell, Ron & Daphne, Justin & Ines, Alan, Justin, John and Tim.
At around 11.45am, we proceeded into the restaurant to enjoy the sumptuous seafood buffet lunch. Fresh cooked prawns seemed to be the first preference of members, with Spare Parts Officer, Trevor, and President Lindsay being the principal consumers. Our Second Hand Parts Officer, Hun, did not go unnoticed when it came to the dessert choices. Fortunately, the Sporting Club had budgeted for the replacement of the worn carpet between the seat of our Librarian, Alan, and the buffet!
Following the meal, members who had brought along a $3 Christmas gift were invited one by one to select a gift from the gift table. The Christmas raffles were then drawn with baskets of goodies, donated by members and wonderfully packaged by Valda, being presented to the winning ticket holders, Sharon, Ian and Doug.
Our thanks go to Robyn for her great organisational skills in putting together this terrific A7 Christmas Lunch, and especially for providing our place mats cleverly utilizing recycled Christmas cards.
A7 Old & New Places of Interest Run 13 November 2016
THE NOVEMBER AUSTIN 7 RUN The theme for this month’s run was “Old & New Places of Interest”
Assembled for the start at Centenary Pool were Elaine & Trevor and Neil in their Austins, Robyn & Doug in the RED Mini andJohn, Tim, Kathy & Mike, Lindsay & Sharron, Valda & Ian all in moderns.
Trevor & Elaine had been planning this run for 9 months so we were handed run sheets that had grown to 12 pages. Luckily it was only 5 pages of Instructions and the rest photos and interesting facts about the places we would see.
As is normal there were a few wrong turns, U-turns, follow the leader ( whether they knew where they were going or not) and lots of old Brisbane landmarks to view along the way.
It was a happy group that arrived at the morning tea spot to find Barry & Molly in Alice and Margaret & Joe on their first trip in their Chummy, waiting for us. It was a leisurely stop where we were joined by Margaret & Joe’s daughter and partner, and a local bush turkey who helped himself to some biscuits from Sharron’s bag.
After saying our farewells to Molly & Barry we all continued our run and ended up at the Moore’s residence for lunch. The BBQ was lit, the coffee was on, spare parts open and we were joined by Karyn and Peter & Gail for lunch. It was lucky the Moore’s deck was large enough to seat everyone out of the sun.
The McCormack’s chummy had waited till we arrived at the lunch stop before deciding that was enough. So after lunch the problem was diagnosed but it was decided that a bit of hot-wiring would get them home safely.
Thank you Elaine & Trevor for your hospitality and all the work you put in for an enjoyable, interesting run.
Valda & Ian McDowell .
JUDY MCCULLOCH 1942—-2016
It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of Judy on Sunday 18th October 2016.
Judy was a long time member of our Club and assisted her husband Cam looking after our Clubs spare parts and restorations for our Members. She was a hard worker for the Club and was given Life Membership in recognition of her efforts.
Judy had several falls this year in April and September the latter one she did not recover from. Judy was brought back from Melbourne to Clontarf where a private Family funeral was held on Thursday 27th October 2016.
Rest in Peace Judy.
A7 Excursion 16 October 2016
On a near perfect October morning, several A7 Register members assembled at the Centenary Pool Car Park to participate in our A7 Librarian’s “excursion” to the south of the city. Four well-tuned A7s lined up for the 9am start. A7 drivers with their navigators were Peter & Sue, Lindsay & Sharon, Doug & Robyn and last but not least, Alan, the excursion organizer. Accompanying the A7s were four modern vehicles. Members in these cars were Trev & Elaine, Jo & Margaret, John and Neil & Karyn.
Just after 9am we all set out from the car park, passing through Fortitude Valley and over the Story Bridge. The excursion took us through the Gabba 4-ways, along Ipswich Road and past the PA Hospital. We then made our way to Logan Road, turned east along Broadwater Road and south to Underwood Road. At the end of Underwood Road we stopped at Underwood Park for morning tea. Under a shady Fig tree and beside a small lagoon we enjoyed a cuppa and congenial chat.
After an hour or so we again hit the road heading south-west and passed under the South -East Freeway. Along Compton Road we turned left into Acacia Road and right into our lunch stop in Karawatha Park. After parking in the overflow parking area because the normal car park was full, we had a short walk to a shaded grassed area for our lunch. Members visited the very interesting Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre close to where we were sitting. The Centre had a myriad of environmentally educational displays and exhibits about the surrounding forest.
After lunch and a visit to the Discovery Centre, we all headed off home. Thanks Alan for your excursion and your choice of venues, which were not only interesting but also ones that very few of us had ever been to.
All British Day 25 September 2016
A few rain drops from above in the early morning was not enough to deter five enthusiastic A7 members from participating in the annual All British Day event at Tennyson on September 25th. The event had been rescheduled from the previous Sunday due to wet oval conditions. Proudly displaying their A7s were Doug & Robyn Clark, Trevor Moore, Russell & Vanda Curtis, Peter & Sue Waller and Justin McKeering. Those of us that, for various reasons arrived in our modern vehicles were Neil Thyer, Ian & Valda McDowell, John Que, Tim Braby, Steve Davidson, Alan & Dorothy Roberts and Geoff & Sirilak Shepherdson.
As the morning progressed, the early threatening clouds dispersed and the resultant day turned out to be cloudless, warm and humid. A fine display of British machinery, both old and new was spread across the two St Joseph’s College ovals. Plenty of food and beverage (non-alcoholic!) stalls were located around the grounds. A7 members positioned themselves adjacent to their A7s to enjoy not only the spring weather but also the congenial conversation with fellow members and friends.
Soon after lunch, trophies were presented to successful participants in specific car categories. Congratulations go to Trevor Moore who took out “Best Commercial Vehicle” for his six wheeler lorry – well done Trevor. Another of our members, Ken Folliott , attending the event in his Rolls Royce, was also successful in winning “Best British Thoroughbred”.
The All British Day was once again an interesting and successful event on our A7 Register calendar – all the better for having won a trophy!
A7 Static Display Capalaba Regional Park- 14 August 2016
To complete the 2016 Austin 7 Weekend, we assembled at our new venue of Capalaba Regional Park for our Static Display. Eleven Austin 7s and twelve modern vehicles, all driven by Club members, gathered under a clear blue sky for this annual event. Unfortunately, the A7s belonging to Ian and Valda McDowall and to Tim Braby experienced last minute mechanical problems preventing their attendance at the display. While members on arrival lined up their A7s, several other members assisted with the erection of the Club’s gazebo and signage under the shade of the adjacent trees.
As the morning progressed, the park became busier and there was much interest in our little cars. It was great to see the venue also utilised by the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club, in their vintage and classic vehicles, for a Sunday morning tea with their passengers from a local Special School. Throughout the day, members enjoyed the social chit chat not only with their fellow members but also with the general public who expressed interest in our unique vehicles.
Following lunch, members were called together for the presentations. All members with an Austin 7 on display were presented with a Pride of Ownership Award certificate and badge. Rally Coordinator, Neil Thyer, then presented the Cam McCulloch Memorial Trophy for Best Rally Supporter for 2015-16. This year’s winners were Doug and Robyn Clark. The lucky draw prize of car products for members who displayed their Austin 7s on the day was won by Duncan and Crystal Logan. The People’s Choice Award went to Trevor Moore’s recently restored lorry (with pig), and was presented by our new President, Lindsay Jordan. The ‘Friday night’ raffle was drawn by Ian Waring and won by Nancy Jones. The prize was a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. John Que drew the raffle which raised funds for the 2017 National A7 Rally, with the winning ticket belonging to Peter and Sue Waller, who won the $300 prize.
Special thanks go to John Que and Robyn Clark for their efforts on the day in the achievement of a yet another successful A7 Static Display.
Neil & Karyn
Austin 7 Saturday Morning Run – 13 August 2016
Saturday was a beautiful day just right for a run in the Austins. Cars assembled at the Carindale Clubhouse and run sheets were dutifully handed out by Neil Thyer as the organiser, Justin McKeering, had to work. Ready to go were Doug and Robyn, Duncan and Crystal, John who would be Neil’s navigator, Peter, Barry and Molly, Merv in his Austin Freeway and Sharon and Lindsay.
A bit too much conversation about who was using the bathrooms occurred and Doug had a little battery issue, but a few minutes after 9, engines roared into life and Austins filed in an orderly manner out of the clubhouse grounds heading towards our morning tea stop.
All went well and after an hour or so we arrived at Victoria Point on Brisbane’s lovely Moreton Bay to find ….. Oh no! It was crowded. A few loops of the crowded carparks saw Austineers take matters into their own hands, mount the footpath and drive onto a lovely grassy patch where we could all sit in comfort.
Of course, sitting in comfort is never without mishap when you’re with the Austin Club. Barry Neville had been apparently watching the Olympic diving far too seriously and whilst holding forth about the Gold Medal dive, he felt compelled to demonstrate the winning triple pike with backward roll completing it with a fine entry landing flat on his back on the grass. Onlookers were amazed at his dexterity and immediately called out scores out of 10 except for Molly, who was unimpressed and gave him a flat zero.
Friendly chatting continued as members caught up with each other after catching up with each other at the Clubhouse and the morning was only ruined when John Que found a nest of fireants in the middle of the circle and proceeded to torment them. Well, Usain Bolt has nothing on Austineers as they ran for their cars, trying to get back onto the road, only to be held up by the culprit, John, who was now standing beside Merv’s car and blocking the exit. He’d obviously found another nest near Merv’s Freeway which explains Merv’s colourful language.
Once on the road, Neil and John who had conveniently ignored the one way sign out of the carpark and went the wrong way, proceeded to follow Justin’s instructions to the letter, trying to demonstrate a long forgotten stickler-to-detail attitude to other Austineers who, it must be reported, totally ignored them and the instructions and, sensing a barbecue back at the clubhouse, made a beeline for Carindale.
Austineers arrived back at the clubhouse in record time only having to wait for Neil who by now had abandoned John somewhere and then had run out of fuel. Neil explained later how he mathematically works out the precise amount of fuel he needs for each run, using his own mathematical formula that takes into account topography, traffic, wind speed, passenger weight etc etc. Like a Formula 1 team where excess fuel weight results in loss of speed, Neil applies the formula with rigid discipline. So far he’s reached the amazing speeds of 35mph and has run out of fuel 548 times.
The barbecue was soon heated up and onions, rissoles and sausages were slowly burnt to perfection. Members sat around eating and the light hearted banter that Austineers are noted for (and often have to have therapy afterwards) happened while the New President, bless him, spent the time cleaning the barbecue plate, turning off the gas, locking up the barbecue, washing and wiping used plates, sweeping the floors, pouring drinks and making sure everyone had eaten and were relaxing before sitting down to rest.
Suddenly someone remembered to ask where’s John? A good question. Where was he? Turns out John had found ants in his sausages rendering them inedible so had gone off to the local shopping centre to buy some more. He returned but it was too late. The New President, bless him, offered to restart the barbecue but like true Austineers, everyone chipped in and donated some leftovers to John who was extremely grateful, took a few nibbles and then discretely dropped the rest on the ground for the local ants to enjoy.
All up a morning of good fun. Thank you Justin for organising it – a pity you missed it.
Sharon and Lindsay
A7 CLUB WINTER RUN – Sunday 12th June 2016
On Sunday the 12th June with perfect weather conditions, four Austin sevens, and two moderns left our Carindale Club Rooms for what was to be another enjoyable day out in our Baby Austin’s. Those participating were Ian and Valda, Peter and Sue, Alan, and Justin McK, in their Austin’s, Mike and Kathy, and John travelling modern. Lindsay and Sharon, Doug and Robyn, went direct to our destination in their Austins while Ron and Daphne drove their HR Holden and Neil and Karyn travelling modern.
After perusing our rally instructions that Valda had presented in large print for those that have trouble reading instructions whilst driving without a navigator (which can also be a blessing depending who the navigator is!!!) it was time to “Start Our Engines”.
After leaving our starting point, we headed off towards Melbourne (South that is!!). We somehow found Mt Petrie Road once again, which really gives our Austin’s a good test on the hills. After crossing Mt Cotton Road we proceeded along Gardner Rd where much development is taking place with new housing estates and Commercial sub-division well under construction.
At the end of Gardner Rd we turned left and then right into Rochedale Rd, which took us across Underwood Rd right thru to the service road in Springwood. After some distance and around some bends here and there, we crossed the Pacific Motorway into Loganlea and past Logan Hospital. Turning left into Albert St we followed this into Beenleigh, and upon reaching Main St in Beenleigh we arrived at our destination, Beenleigh Historical Village.
Well done Ian and Valda in keeping us off the busy Motorway and getting us to our destination.
On arrival at the village, we were allocated parking within the grounds where we parked our Austin’s together and where the public could check our cars out, while we all headed for the Coffee Shop and all sat around on the verandah and had Devonshire Tea of hot scones with Jam and whipped cream. It was so different sitting on proper chairs and having a table to rest our coffee on instead of being on grass.
After morning tea we visited the many exhibits in the village and all of the displays were very well presented. It was very easy spending a couple of hours looking over the many exhibits. If you haven’t been to the village, it is well worth a visit.
After looking over the displays we all then adjourned to the verandah where quite a few purchased lunch of hamburgers, calamari, (all with chips) or whatever took your fancy. Over lunch we gave the usual cheek and solved the world’s problems it was time to hit the road again and head home. It is worth noting that all cars completed the run with no car problems.
Thank-you Valda and Ian for a very interesting and successful run.
2016 Mother’s Day Fun Run – 15 May 2016
After several years of placing in the Preddy’s annual Fun Run, we finally won! As well as winning a trophy, we also have the honour of writing the rally report. And it is easy to write about this always enjoyable event.
This year we were blessed with beautiful weather, unseasonably warm for May and with a cloudless deep blue sky. Seven A7s (Doug and Robyn, Ian and Valda, the Potts family, Justin and his friend Ron, Russell and Vanda, Peter and Sue, Neil and Karyn) and three modern cars (Grant and Jackie, Joe and Margaret, Alan and Tim) gathered at the starting point at Centenary Pool carpark. Trevor kindly came in his A7 to wave us all off. Alan’s A7 had refused to cooperate in the morning chill, and so he had to come modern.
We set out towards the western suburbs, with a slight unexpected detour due to the closure of Hale Street for a cycling race. The rally route seemed to coincide with the route of the cycling race, and we kept crossing paths throughout the morning with hundreds of bikes. Our rally route passed through Milton, Toowong, Indooroopilly, Rocklea and Corinda, en route to the morning tea stop at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Miles Rocks.
Along the route we had to answer a range of questions that tested our problem-solving skills, general knowledge and powers of observation. The answers to these questions were cleverly interwoven into a ‘Whodunnit?’, which revealed the details of a murder – who the murderer was; where, how and why the murder was committed; and what sentence was imposed.
After a relaxing morning tea under the trees, we set off again, heading further westwards. After a brief stop at the Centenary Memorial Gardens in Sumner where kangaroos peacefully grazed and where we had questions to answer, we headed to Wacol. Here we passed by the Moreton Correctional Centre (relevant to the ‘Whodunnit?’) and the RSPCA, before heading through Oxley and finishing at Nosworthy Park in Corinda. We handed in our answers, which Jackie marked while we all relaxed and ate lunch. After lunch, the winners were announced and prizes awarded. Congratulations go to the following winners:
Most authentic costume: Doug Clark for his Sherlock Holmes’ look
Funniest answer: Russell & Vanda Curtis who had ‘Doug Clark’ as their murderer
The youngest participants: Martin & Trent Potts – well done boys!
3rd place: Joe and Margaret McCormack
2nd place: Peter and Sue Waller
1st place: Neil Thyer and Karyn Matthew
Thanks to Grant and Jackie for their hard work in devising yet another interesting and creative fun run. We are looking forward to next year’s run, and the opportunity to defend our title.
Karyn and Neil
Penrite Oil Factory Tour 10 April 2016
Valentines Day Rally 14 February 2016
Australia Day Rally Ormiston State School 26 January 2016
Under an overcast sky and avoiding intermittent showers, many hundreds of veteran, vintage, classic and late-model cars arrived at the Ormiston State School oval for the annual Australia Day breakfast and rally. This event is, as usual, organised by the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club. Arriving in their A7s were Doug and Robyn, Lindsay and Sharon, and Justin McKeering. Rolling up in their modern cars were Trev and Elaine, John Que, Janette and Rod, Alan Couser, Ian & Valda, Graham and June, Ron and Daphne and Neil and Karyn. Merv and Margaret arrived in their Austin Freeway. As usual, a delicious breakfast of sausage and bacon rolls was available to all participants and visitors. The sausages and bacon were lovingly cooked by that trio of A7 chefs – Bluey, Hon and Buddha. It was appreciated that they exercised all caution not to drop beads of sweat onto the BBQ plate. Meanwhile, on the raffle ticket sales table, Elaine, Robyn and Valda were busy selling tickets to hopeful winners of an array of Australia Day themed prizes. Following the morning breakfast and formalities, most participants headed off on one of several rallies organised by the Bayside Club, finishing for lunch at the Redlands Sporting Club. Our A7 members, none of whom were successful in winning a raffle prize, departed for home around noon. Congratulations to the Bayside Club for once again organising such a successful annual event.
Neil and Karyn
A7 New Year Lunch 10 January 2016
A7 Christmas Lunch 13 December 2015
The much needed rain on Sunday morning was, to us Austineers, a blessing in disguise. Thank goodness our indoor lunch today replaced our usual park picnic at West End. Around 11.00am, our club members assembled in the foyer of the Redlands Sporting Club at Wellington Point for lunch commencing at 11.30am. The only member enthusiastic enough to drive his A7 in the rainy conditions was Duncan Logan – congrats Duncan! Those of us that chose to arrive in a little more comfort were Doug & Robyn, Amanda & Brett, Peter & Nell, John Q, Tim B, Ian & Valda, Trevor & Elaine, Lindsay J, Neil & Karyn, Alan C, Mike & Kathy, Justin & Ines, Justin McC, Grant & Jacki, Lang & Bev, Ron & Daphne and Rod & Janette. Within the Club, in the Buffet World Restaurant, three large round tables were prepared for our 30 members. Over the next hour and a half, much good food was consumed from the seafood buffet. Freshly cooked prawns were the most popular highlight of the array of international food with an Asian influence. The voluminous consumption of prawns by our illustrious librarian didn’t go unnoticed. During lunch Robyn collected the Secret Santa Christmas gifts that we had brought for swapping. We then undertook to select a gift (but not our own!) from the large array that Robyn had assembled on an adjacent table. A great idea that added to the Christmas spirit of the A7 event. Following lunch, our Secretary Robyn with the help of Valda, drew the 2017 National Rally Raffle prize of a $300 gift voucher. And the lucky winner was Don & Linda Pryor of Nambour. Congratulations folks – great to see a country member winner! Around 2pm, with full bellies and good cheer, we ventured off home under a cloudy sky with the sun attempting to break through. Thank you Robyn for organising such a successful event.
Couser Common Rally 15 November 2015
Austin 7 Trip to Cape York June 2015
AUSTIN 7 TRIP TO CAPE YORK
In July / August this year 2 of our Club Members
Lang & Bev Kidby drove their 1928 Austin 7 Chummy
( Daisy ) to Cape York
In deference to Daisy we elected to travel the shortest distance to the bitumen straight south to Laura. There are some bitumen strips several kms long but in between it is the roughest section of road we have encountered. We stopped at Hann Roadhouse for a break before arriving at Laura late morning.
Here we took more photos of the two Austin 7’s together. The store owner at Laura has had one parked outside his roadhouse for many years so it is symbolic being able to have them side by side.
From Laura we are back on a lovely smooth road surface with no more white knuckle, heart in the mouth, bone rattling travel. We stopped at Palmer River roadhouse for a late lunch then made it to Mount Carbine where we checked into the caravan park and are able to secure a cabin overnight. This is not just two beds in a donga but the cheapest accommodation so far and the size of a small unit with all mod cons, very welcome.
9th We have a pleasant trip down the range into Mossman and then along the coast, arriving back in Cairns at midday having completed our circle with Daisy purring along and the two of us feeling very much more relaxed.
The trip has been great fun and we have been able to bring history alive which is what we set out to do, and we achieved our aim. Driving old cars though, especially under such rough conditions, you are constantly aware that you are testing the boundaries. Lang did a fantastic job driving the entire route and attending to all the mechanical needs Daisy required. Of our two New Zealanders in 1928 Hector only learnt to drive between Sydney and Cairns and he said in his book he was always happy, like me, to be the passenger. I can only imagine how difficult it was for them, no communications, no roads and no idea of what lay ahead, true pioneers who should not be forgotten.
Total distance covered from Cairns to Cape York and back was 1,624 miles (2,598km). Total fuel used was 58 gallons/230 litres giving 43mpg in the old money – pretty good seeing we spent a lot of time crawling in third and even second gear. On the good sections we played it conservative and although Daisy would do much more, we sat on 35mph/60kmh. Several of our problems were caused by the huge load she was forced to carry. The corrugations are constant throughout the trip and although the Austin 7 rides nicely, effectively having no shock absorbers results in regular out of control “drift driving”, particularly on corners.
A great little car for its day and it would have been a winner on the English country lanes for which it was designed. Just goes to show you can take any car anywhere as Dick and Hector proved in 1928. Back to the 4×4 for us for a while until we feel in the need of no more punishment.
Lang & Bev.
All British Day 20 September 2015
All British Car Clubs Display Day 20th September 2015
This is an event that has been going for many years now, moving from its original venue at the Taringa Rovers Soccer Field, a brief stint at the Woolshed at Ferny Grove before that was sold up for a townhouse development, to its present long time venue at the St Josephs college (“Terrace” as it is more commonly known) Sporting Complex at the end of Vivian Street, in sleepy Tennyson.
Attendees from our club included Valda and Ian McDowell – 1937 Van, Doug and Robyn Clark – 1929 Chummy, Lang Kidby – 1929 Chummy (fresh from Cape York ), Justin McKeering – 1929 Chummy, “Alfred” (1936 Special) – Justin McCarthy, Tim Braby – 1934 Nippy Sports and Emma Baker 1934 Nippy Sports, and arriving a little late Duncan and Crystal Logan in the 1930 Meteor after blowing a head gasket at Strathpine on the way from the Sunshine Coast. Thank you John Que for going to rescue them with a spare that they sucessfully changed on the side of the road so the little rocket could continue to the Display.
For the first time we had Brisbane’s two running Nippies rub shoulders, the Editor and Peter Baker’s cars. We had fun comparing details, there are plenty of differences between the two cars after 80 years of use! These days Emma, Pete’s daughter, drives the Nippy, whilst Father drives a slightly more roomy Wolseley Hornet Special
I should mention some of the other cars that were there, including an Austin 20/4 and a Castrol Green 1967 Mini Copper, which is the actual car raced by Brian Foley and Paddy Hopkirk at Bathurst in 1967. They came 4th in their class of 15 that year, Bob Holden and Tony Fall came first in Mini Cooper Number 30C. The variety of cars, vans and trucks that were made in Britain is quite wide ranging, and it makes an interesting display. The standard of restoration of some vehicles is excellent, so nice to see all the vehicles we remember from our earlier years looking just as fresh as they did when new and one could spend all day looking at them all.
All too soon the judging was finished and prizes awarded (none for us this year, but I recall at least three of cars have won prizes in years past for Vintage Sports, Post Vintage Open, and Vintage Saloon). Official proceedings over it was time for the cars to be driven home. Finally the weather decided to turn to patchy showers and more than a few tails were wet on their way across the city, a treacherous mix of water and oil on the roads made driving home fun for at least one little Austin!!
A7 Static Display C.T.White Park 16.8.2015
At around 9am on Sunday morning of 16 August, residents around the usually quiet environs of C.T.White Park at Kangaroo Point were gently woken by the characteristic “hum” of Austin 7 engines. Austineers were assembling for the 42nd Annual Static Display. The weather prediction was for a few clouds and a 50% chance of showers. Fortunately for the duration of the display, lunch and presentations, it was a beautiful day.
In all, 15 bright, shiny and not so new Austins assembled on the park slope overlooking the Brisbane CBD. Most cars were driven to the park, while a few from greater distances were trailered to the venue. It was good to see our illustrious President John, whose Birthday it was, once again behind the wheel of an A7 – albeit belonging to Alan Couser. Great work Alan for your kind gesture of loaning your car to John and thus presenting two cars at the Static Display.
An immediate priority for Steve Davidson once he arrived, was, with the assistance of fellow Austineers headed up by Trevor, reinstalling his car’s starter motor. At the rally on the previous day his car had “seized” which necessitated the removal of the starter motor. The job was successfully completed around 10am.
Following much Austin chatter between members and the usual enthusiastic interest by the passing public during the morning, we all settled down to enjoy our BYO lunches. After lunch and with some dark clouds threatening to “rain on our parade”, President John commenced the formal proceedings. Formalities were temporarily halted when Robyn presented John with a birthday cup-cake complete with candle to which we all sang “Happy Birthday”.
The raffle prize was then drawn and was won by the Cahalanes. The money tree prize was accepted by Gail. The Cam McCulloch Memorial Trophy was then presented by Neil Thyer to the members who attended the most A7 Rallies throughout the last twelve months. The presentation went to Trev & Elaine Moore. Well done Moores. To positively top off Steve Davidson’s A7 weekend adventures, his car was chosen as the “people’s choice” on the day.
This concluded the events of the day and we all motored off home under a rain-threatening sky. Well done Robyn and helpers for yet another successful A7 Static Display.
A7 Weekend Saturday Rally 15.8.2015
We had planned to take our van on the Saturday morning run but it wasn’t running properly and with no time for checks it went back into the garage and we went modern.
There were six Austins waiting at the club rooms including new member Steve and daughter Remy in their red Austin 7 sports, previously owned by Brian King. Also Neil, Lindsay & Sharon, Trevor & Elaine, Duncan with his nephew as navigator and Lang & Bev in the green chummy that they drove to the top of Cape York. It wasn’t long before Alan’s two Austins arrived, Alan in the chummy and John Que driving the maroon tourer
Justin was still at work so Neil handed out the rally sheets and we hopped in with Doug & Robyn, who were also travelling modern, and followed the Austins for a pleasant drive through Tingalpa and Wynnum West. After checking out Elanora Park at Wynnun we continued on to the foreshore at Oyster Point for a leisurely morning tea. We were joined here by Karyn who had a special delivery of coffee for Neil.
Continuing with the run, three cars had left before Steve discovered that his Austin was not going to start. With the rest of us waiting and phone calls to Trevor for advice they worked out the problem and after disconnecting the starter motor and a push start, Steve was on his way again.
As it was now close to lunchtime we all decided it would be better to take the quickest route back to the clubrooms where other members were waiting.
Mike & Kathy, Matthew & boys and Justin were there to join us for a BBQ lunch and a good natter.
Thank you Justin for organising an enjoyable run, even though we only managed to complete half of it.
Sunday morning at CT White park Doug & Trevor arrived with spare parts and in no time had Steve’s sports repaired and starting better than ever.
Valda & Ian Mc Dowell
RACQ Motorfest 12 July 2015
Sunday morning dawned clear but cold with excited media forecasts warning it would be one of the coldest days ever due to an Antarctic Vortex. We know how much Austins love their Antarctic Vortexes but not so their owners and so it was that at 7am, Austineers rugged up in the warmest clothing they could find and gathered in the Hamilton Hotel car park.
Hidden by scarves, beanies and under layers of clothing we think were:- Tim Braby, Neil Thyer, Justin McKeering, Robyn and Doug Clark, Valda and Ian McDowell, Janette and RodSims, Elaine and Trevor Moore, and AlanCouser.
Sensibly turning up later in more modern contrivances with heaters came President JohnQue and our Sunshine Coast member, Duncan Logan with daughter, Krystal.
At 7:35am, Austineers squeezed into their cars and after the usual swerving and cutting off to avoid leading, made their way in somewhat more orderly fashion to the designated entry point at the western gates of Eagle Farm Racecourse.
Once again, RACQ had done a wonderful job organising the event and attendants directed cars to their respective positions for the day – ours being in front of the grandstand in the British section. Austineers attached their ‘Look But Don’t Touch’ signs and display boards to their cars, proudly admired their handiwork and then bolted to the nearest food van for some hot brekkie.
A feature of the show was the very rare 1935 Packard, once owned by aviatrix Amelia Earhart who disappeared in 1937 whilst attempting to be the first person to fly around the world… not in the Packard of course. Amazingly, the car now lives on the Gold Coast.
As the day wore on, admiring crowds gathered around the Austins, sticking their heads inside, putting sticky fingers on the paintwork , spilling soft drink on the seats ….. each person with a story of someone in their family once owning an Austin just like that Chev over there. Members came and went. As soon as somebody showed up with a new badge others sprinted off to get one too. Free RACQ loot comprising of key rings, maps, pencils etc were all displayed by happy gatherers. It must be said though, that upon reaching home, they go straight into the drawer with all the other free RACQ loot from previous years.
It turned out to be one of those beautiful winter days that Brisbane is famous for. The temperature was just right. Lots of cars, lots of people and lots of food kept everyone happy. The presentations began at 2:30pm with special guest, Allan Moffat, of Ford V8 Bathurst fame, doing the honours and presenting some awards. Unfortunately, no Austin Sevens received a prize prompting Alan Couser to mutter in the best British tradition of sportsmanship that it was *&# rigged and he wasn’t #@% coming again. Well, I think he said that.
All up an enjoyable day was had by all especially those who waited to witness the exit of 1000 cars through three gates.
A7 Anzac Theme Fun Run 14 June 2015
The grey sky and light drizzle of rain didn’t deter the enthusiasm of many A7 members fronting up to the Centenary Pool car park on the morning of 14th June to participate in the popular annual A7 Fun Run. This run was once again organized by Grant & Jackie Preddy. This year, because of the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, the rally had a military theme.
At the rally assembly point in their A7s were Lindsay & Sharon, Ian & Valda, Doug & Robyn, Trevor & Elaine, Howell & Hayley, Tim & John and Alan Couser. Others of us in our “modern” cars were Grant & Jackie, Mike & Kathy, Joe & Margaret and Neil & Karyn.
With instructions and questionnaires in hand and following a briefing by Grant & Jackie, cars departed from the car park at around 9.15am at 5 minute intervals. The first stop was the Gallipoli, Vietnam & Tobruk Memorials within the Roma Street Parklands. Here, like all future stops, participants were required to answer questions about each particular venue. General knowledge questions along the way also required answers.
Along our way to the morning tea stop at Davies Park, we also visited the Windmill on Wickham Terrace, the Sandakan War memorial in New Farm Park, South Eastern District RSL Memorial at New Farm, Wilson Outlook Reserve and the Anzac Square Memorial on Ann Street.
After a brief morning tea stop and with the weather now clearing, we proceeded to a quick stop beside Memorial Park on Vulture Street, Scout Place on Kangaroo Point Cliffs, National Servicemen Memorial at Norman Park, Balmoral Cemetery and East Brisbane War Memorial at Mowbray Park where we collectively enjoyed our BYO lunches and prize presentations.
Following Grant & Jackie’s questionnaire result collation, the Rally results were announced.
Alan Couser – received a box of chocolates for showing up in an Austin even though on his own (without a navigator) he could not participate in the rally.
Trevor & Elaine – received chocolates for providing the funniest answer: To the question ‘when did the Japanese surrender’, they replied: ‘1945 –the Aussies beat them!’
Both Howell & Hayley and Joe & Margaret received chocolates for being the only ones providing an answer to a question.
Howell & Hayley were the only ones who could tell us what R.S.S. & A.I.L.A. stands for (Returning Sailors, Soldiers & Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia)
Joe & Margaret were the only ones who found the answer to the question at the cemetery ‘What was Pte John Deazeley’s occupation’? He was a photographer.
Third place was won by Howell & Hayley who answered 63.5 (out of 100) questions correctly.
Second place went to Neil & Karyn who answered 78 (out of 100) questions correctly
And the winners this year were Tim & John who got 82.5 (out of 100) questions correct.
Thank you Grant & Jackie for yet another popular, successful and FUN A7 event.
Mother’s Day Rally 9 May 2015
There could not have been a better Autumn day for rallying in an Austin 7 than on Saturday the 9th May 2015. Six A7’s lined up at the Club Grounds, Carindale for a 9am start. The A7 participants were Ian & Valda McDowell, Trev & Elaine Moore, Alan Couser, Doug & Robyn Clark, Russell & Vanda Curtis and Neil Thyer. We were all especially impressed to see Russell & Vanda arrive at the start point trailering their “new” A7 Saloon, recently arrived on our shores from New Zealand. Other A7 members who were present in their modern vehicles were Mike & Kathy McGuill, Joe & Margaret McCormack and John Que.
After dealing with a couple of hiccups, like Alan’s flat battery and Neil’s non-charging generator and following Doug’s presentation of Mothers’ Day flowers (and a peck on the cheek!) to all the ladies present, we departed at around 9.10am, travelling along Old Cleveland Road and turning off into Tilley Road. Over the next hour we travelled in a southerly direction through the beautiful and leafy suburbs of Burbank, Mt Cotton, Cornubia and Loganholme.
Around 10am we arrived collectively and safely at Neilsen’s Native Nursery, Loganholme where we were joined by Graham & June Gleadhill. Ian & Valda had organized several reserved tables for morning tea, and we all enjoyed fresh coffee and cakes. Some members even partook of a late breakfast of bacon and eggs! After morning tea we toured the nursery with its large and interesting range of plants, gifts and birdlife. The Moores then headed off to another engagement while the rest of us set out in a northerly direction via another route back towards Capalaba.
Our journey from morning tea to the lunch stop was not as uneventful as our previous morning run. A hill of seemingly “mammoth” proportions offered a challenge to our A7’s and their respective lower gear ratios. All made it up the hill except for Ian & Valda, who experienced a “driver misjudgement” and required the assistance of a rope thoughtfully carried by them and connected to the vehicle of Graham & June.
Despite Alan’s flat battery and Neil’s non-charging generator, we all arrived safely at our lunch stop at Capalaba Regional Park, where we were joined by Karyn with an important package (Neil’s lunch). After the usual robust and entertaining conversation while consuming our BYO lunches, we all headed home at around 1.30pm.
Well done Ian & Valda for an interesting and successful rally, and thanks especially for adopting the lead position along the rally route so we, as followers, were able to confirm that your rally directions were accurate!!
North Side Rally 12 April 2015
The 12.04.2015 Austin 7 Rally commenced at the Centenary Pool on a slightly cool morning. There were 6 Austin 7’s (Howell Whitehouse, Trevor & Elaine Moore, Kath & Mike McGuill, Tim Braby, Duncan Logan and his daughter and Alan Couser). Lindsay Jordan came modern (Lindsay was of the opinion that he did not have time to get fuel in his A7 “Ernie” on the way to the start, a poor excuse), Peter & Gail Cahalane in their MG and John Que also modern. Also attending was Alan Couser’s son Geoff and wife Kieran and their children Thomas and Grace who were visiting from the Apple Isle.
After the normal chitter chatter we were on our way through some of the inner northern suburbs and in no time we arrived at Howell Whitehouse’s place at Everton Park, to check out his motorbike projects. Here we saw his Ariel and side car, a BSA in WW2 colours and another BSA which was on the rebuild stand. Howell gave an interesting talk about the bikes.
After a short time he was convinced to start the Ariel and then it was ride time. First was Thomas Couser in the side car then his sister Grace and next was Kath McGuill for a short trip in the streets. ‘
Next it was a short drive for our morning tea stop at Teralba Park at Pullen Road.
After morning tea we went on to travel through Mitchelton, Keperra and Ferny Grove and Woolshed Grave Estate the site of the old Wool Shed then turning right into Iron Bark Picnic Ground. As normal we follow the leader and some missed the turn to the park, names will not be mentioned.
Kath McGuill was happy with the way her A7 performed after Doug Clark changed the Carby.
Trevor Moore had to stop on the way to the lunch break as the nut holding the brake pedal disc had come undone
Thanks to Howell for letting us view his projects and rides, and to all who attended.
Trevor & Elaine Moore
President’s Rally 15 March 2015
The President’s run commenced from the Veteran Car Clubrooms at Carindale. The run to morning tea went via Rochedale, Runcorn and Sunnybank to Boronia Heights.
Most members took the opportunity to go direct to Doug and Robyn Clarks’ residence at Boronia Heights. There was five Austin Sevens on the run which was down from last month’s high attendance of ten cars. The longest driven were Duncan Logan in his Sports from the Sunshine Coast and Justin Mc Carthy from Bribie Island. Some members had their first viewing of Doug’s scale model of Tom Kruse’s 1936 Leyland Badger Truck used on the Birdsville track and his Mini project.
Close to home were Rod and Janette Sims in their utility, Ian and Valda Mc Dowall in their van and Doug and Robyn Clark in their sports. Merv and Margaret Thompson were in their Austin Freeway station sedan. The run after morning tea was via Boronia Heights, Greenbank, North Maclean and Stockleigh. Most of the run had large acreage blocks.
In moderns were Trevor and Elaine Moore, Neil Thyer, Tim Braby, Mike and Kathy Mc Guill, Brett and Amanda Wilson, Justin Mc Keering and new member Will Knapp. Will recently bought a 1929 Chummy and came down from Kingsthorpe near Toowoomba to see other sevens and obtain some information. Judging by photos, Will’s red chummy will be a great addition to the club.
At Toys shed, members inspected Ron and Daphne’s extensive collection of restored and unrestored trucks including some Austin trucks.
Outside the shed was the Toy’s blue Seven sports, and beside it was their maroon 29 chummy. Also there was their original Austin 20 and the resemblance to the Seven was clearly evident.
We were joined by members and cars from the Austin Motor Vehicle Club. There was a wide range of cars including Austin A30’s, Austin Lancer, Morris Major, Austin Princess, Austin A40 sedan and an A40 van.
Ron and Doug easily started two of the early trucks. A green Leyland with solid rubber tyres and a later orange Thornycroft. It is great to see and hear the sound of early engines going. Ron with Kathy’s assistance turned a winch handle to demonstrate how the tipping body worked on the Thornycroft. No hydraulics here.
Regrettably these trucks probably carried a much higher proportion of Australian made machinery, groceries and farm produce then compared to the quantity carried now.
It was good to met with members of the other Qld Austin club and see their cars. After lunch, it was time to go and everyone headed for home.
I would like to thank Doug and Robyn Clark and Ron and Daphne Toy for providing their residences and vehicles for viewing. Also thanks to members for attending.
Valentines Day Rally 15 February 2015
Trains, Boats and Planes – romantic travel to exotic places
The Austin 7 Valentine’s Day run commenced at 9am from Centenary Pool and love was definitely in the air as we had a very nice roll up of 10 Austin 7s (Tim Braby, Doug & Robyn Clark, Alan Couser, Lindsay Jordan & Sharon, Duncan & Crystal Logan, Trevor & Elaine Moore, Ian & Valda McDowell, Justin McKeering, Matt, Martin & Trent Potts and Rod & Janette Sims) along with Merv & Margaret Thompson in their Austin Freeway and Ron & Daphne Toy in their Austin Healy Sprite. In moderns were, Peter & Gail Cahalane, Mike & Kathy McGuill, John Que, Neil Thyer & Karyn and Howell Whitehouse. Also in attendance for the fun and frivolity were Lang & Bev Kidby in their Fiat Spider and nice to welcome them along on the run.
In the carpark prior to the rally departure, usual car discussions and a replacement carby jet fitted to Justin’s baby, a quick test run and then Lindsay called a start to the rally.
A pleasant run through the Roma Street Parklands observing the wonderful gardens, past Roma Street Station and continuing through Fortitude Valley onto Kingsford-Smith Drive. It really wouldn’t be a run if there wasn’t an issue with an Austin 7 – keeps us on our toes and reminds us all that whilst we think these beauties are perfect, apparently they aren’t (well not quite)……so for those who missed the action, our Big 7 ute cut out at a set of lights and had to be pushed across a busy Kingsford-Smith Drive intersection and into a side street out of the way.
Didn’t take long for the ute to get going again and catch up to the other vehicles who were finding a carpark for the morning tea stop at Northshore Riverside Park. Everyone enjoyed the stop for a cuppa, the confectionery treats handed around and the ambience of the area at this stretch of the Brisbane River with a great boardwalk and City Cats cruising past (unfortunately no cruise liners present). We were back on the road again at 10:30am heading past the airport terminals to the ‘plane spotters’ location to watch planes take-off and land along with many aircraft enthusiasts.
After this short stop we were on our way heading northbound on the M1 towards the Sunshine Coast to the lunch stop at Nudgee Beach Reserve with views of the Bay and Moreton Island. We arrived at approximately 11:35am and it was an impressive line up 10 Austin 7s and 2 Austins. All in all it was an enjoyable rally and the surroundings at Nudgee Beach Reserve were relaxing and time for lots of chatter, catching up and lunch.
Then it was time to head for home ……….Our ute must have know we were homeward bound as it did not miss a beat and we were hotly followed by Ian & Valda, Alan in his Chummy (having its first run for some time), and Doug & Robyn. Alan’s Chummy was running exceptionally well, overtaking Ian & Valda on the southern approach to the Gateway Bridge and anyone else he could. Received many respectful looks, waves and toots as we travelled along.
A special thanks to Lindsay and Sharon for organizing the day and providing an excellent run sheet for the navigators. Another well organized and extremely well attended run. Thanks to all who came in support of the monthly Club run and it is days like this that make the Austin Seven Register of Qld Inc what it is and hoping that the trains, boats and planes inspired you to book that romantic travel to exotic places — it is never too late.
Rod & Janette Sims
A7 Tribute Trip to Cape York
In late July, early August, Lang and Bev Kidby are driving a 1928 Austin 7 Chummy to Cape York as a tribute to Hector MacQuarrie’s first ever car trip to the Cape in a similar vehicle (and to have some fun) .They are used to organising such trips, see web site www.next-horizon.org
They would be more than happy to have other Austin 7 owners join them on the trip. It is about 1,000km from Cairns (the start point) to Cape York. Most of this is on reasonably good, if at times corrugated, road. Daily distances should not exceed 300km often much less and the 2 week period will give plenty of time to smell the roses along the way. We will follow MacQuarrie’s route through beautiful Lakeland National Park.
No other makes, support vehicles or camp followers! This is an Austin 7 trip so leave your car and trailer in Cairns. This means a light swag or pup tent although there are several opportunities to book overnight accommodation along the way. Fuel is available at reasonable distances.
You will be responsible for everything as it is not a tour but a group of individuals with a common interest. Lang and Bev will sort out the route, advise on maps, stopping places etc. Some camp sites require prebooking so they will do that.
Lang and Bev Kidby 0439 677279 firstname.lastname@example.org 14 February 2015
Australia Day Rally Ormiston State School 26 January 2015
Australia Day, 2015, 6am and not a cloud in the sky! It was, however, very hot and sultry.
En route to Ormiston State School and in protest of the early heat, our Harry’s fabric universal joint decided to degenerate and pose an obstruction to the handbrake assembly. Thankfully we had only a few kilometres to limp home. The upside of the morning was the air-conditioning in our Honda on our second attempt to get to the Australia Day event at Ormiston State School. The event is organized annually by the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club.
On the hottest Australia Day in fourteen years (33deg Cel.), over 500 fabulous special interest vehicles arrived at the school oval for a day of display and rallying. Arriving in their A7s were Trev & Elaine, Doug & Robyn, Alan and Tim. Arriving in more modern vehicles were Merv & Margaret, Ian & Valda, young Justin and Neil & Karyn.
As usual, a delicious breakfast of sausage and bacon rolls was available to all present. Sausages and bacon were lovingly cooked by a trio of A7 chefs, Bluey, Hon and Buddha, who exercised all caution not to drop beads of sweat onto the BBQ plate. Meanwhile, on the raffle ticket sales table, Elaine and Robyn were busy selling tickets to hopeful winners of an array of Australia Day themed prizes.
Following the morning breakfast and formalities, most participants headed off on one of the several rallies that were organized by the Bayside Club. A few of our A7 members chose instead to proceed to Lota, by the bay, for a fish and chip lunch before heading home.
Congratulations to the Bayside Club for once again organizing such a successful annual event.
Neil & Karyn
Annual A7 New Year Breakfast 11 January 2015
The sky was a little overcast on the morning of 11th January 2015 as the Colmslie Hotel carpark sprang into life with the arrival of a number of humming baby Austins. The occasion was the annual A7 Register of Qld New Year Breakfast.
Members who arrived in Austins were Doug and Robyn, Ian and Valda, Alan, Neil and Karyn, Tim, Trevor and Elaine, Rod and Janette, and Russell Curtis. Russell showed his dedication to the Club by arriving with his A7 Saloon on a trailer! It seems the car refused to cooperate with the early morning start from Wamuran. Other members who arrived in modern cars were Lindsay and Sharyn, Howell, John Que, and Margaret and Karen.
At around 8am, a total of 19 hungry A7 members converged on the hotel dining area with its buffet breakfast. Sumptuous food, good conversation, humorous stories and comfortable air conditioning sustained the members over breakfast for a couple of hours or so.
Upon departure, as if on cue, a very light shower of rain fell over the suburb. With the threat of more moisture from above, several members departed immediately including us in “Harry” – Karyn with umbrella held high – provoking several curious glances from pedestrians and other vehicle drivers on our trip home.
A few members stayed behind for a natter about things mechanical, including Ian and Valda. When they decided to go, while pulling out of a gutter in the carpark, they managed to snap an axle keyway. They noted that no help was forthcoming from their colleagues and travel companions, the Clarkes, who had departed earlier without them!!!!!!! Fortunately Tim, John and Russell were on hand to assist with loading Ian and Valda’s van onto the back of an RACQ tow truck. Ian tells me that the trip home in the air conditioned cabin of the tow truck was quieter and more comfortable than would have been the case in their A7 – a silver lining to the overhead rain clouds.
Thanks members for making it yet another successful A7 event, and a great way to kick off 2015.
Neil & Karyn
Couser’s Koala Country Cruise 16th November 2014
Even though the forecasts promised a stinker of a day with temperatures expected to soar into the 40’s, members travelled from far and wide to participate in the Couser Koala Country Cruise. Smart ones came modern to be in air conditioned comfort and when questioned on where their Austins were, they fired off excuses like…. “the Austin wouldn’t start” or “the Austin wouldn’t stop” and even ” I don’t own an Austin, I’m here to mow the lawn”.
However, there were those with more resilience who rolled up in their Austins (and never stopped complaining about how hot it was!)
Austineers were Doug and Robyn Clark, Trevor and Elaine Moore, Duncan Logan, who travelled 100 kilometres from the Sunshine Coast and of course, the organiser of the run, Alan Couser, who travelled 1 kilometre from Mansfield. Those who travelled in comfort were President John Que, Neil Thyer, Mike and Kathy McGuill and yours truly.
After cooling off under the veranda, Alan issued his instructions and then followed a typical Austin start where everyone moves to their cars and then begin talking again. It’s an Austin thing. Finally though we were on our way. We meandered through the urban acreages of Rochedale admiring the peaceful rural settings (and grizzling that we got caught behind Alan who meanders on the meanders), until turning into the grounds of Brisbane Koala Bushland Reserve. There we met up with Tim Braby who was taking his parents along for the drive too.
Alan had chosen well as here were clean, well maintained shelters with information displays for everybody to enjoy whilst eating morning tea. Eager eyes turned towards the trees searching for some koalas but alas none were seen. Experts amongst us put that down to drought, climate change, time of day but it was more likely that they were actually looking at a nice patch of wattle trees. Trevor thought he saw a koala until it flew to another tree – anyone can make that mistake!
But it was here that John Que cracked the worst joke ever by asking, “What do koalas like to drink?” Answer – “Coca-Koala”. He thought it was worth telling – anyone can make that mistake!
With no more jokes thankfully and no more morning tea left to eat, Alan rounded up the now reluctant-to-go-anywhere-in-the-heat Austin drivers and forced them into their cars whilst the modernists waited patiently in air-conditioned comfort to begin Round Two – the drive to lunch.
Back through the same sort of country we meandered again and after a short drive in kilometres, we neared the lunch stop at Redlands Indigiscapes Centre.
Here President Que thought he knew of a shortcut and exercising his newly acquired Presidential Privilege, suddenly parked his car on the side of the road and briskly strode through the grounds of a large building surrounded by cars. He was halfway across when he suddenly realised he was in the hallowed grounds of a church which, it being a Sunday and all that, caused him to do a hasty about-turn that would make any snarling sergeant-major gleam with pride, and sprint back to his car like he was being chased by “the divil himself”.
He burnt rubber so urgently he arrived at the Indigiscapes carpark at the same time as the still sedately meandering Austins!
A friendly guide, who had been admiring the long renowned feat of multiple Austins jamming into one car space, directed us towards a shelter for lunch whilst a different guide directed Alan to a different shelter across the laneway. This is where he stubbornly sat. After much encouragement and the promise of no more jokes from John Que who had now regained his composure, Alan finally joined everybody else. We ate our lunches in almost silence, modern drivers sweating litres and Austineers remarking that it was not as hot as they had expected (when your Austin produces 100˚ heat, 40˚ is a breeze) and then settled into the usual friendly banter of criticising each other’s driving, especially Alan’s mysterious reverse park on that busy roundabout entry???
Finally, President Que, who had just been remarking on President Obama’s recent Brisbane speech, looked as though he was preparing to do better by warming up the crowd with another joke. Luckily, everybody recognised the signs and suddenly remembering urgent appointments elsewhere, quickly packed and departed.
Actually, John was only going to say thank-you to Alan for a relaxed and pleasant drive to two very interesting places, so from all of us, thank you Alan. A great run – just right for a very hot day.
And now the warm-up joke from President Que that nobody heard –
Q “Where are all the Austineers?”
A “Under their Austin hats.”
Noosa Beach Classic Car Show 5 October 2014
I attended the Noosa Beach Classic Car show on 5 October 2014 where the Meteor received the President’s Choice Award.
(Check “Gallery” page for photographs)
LAMA Gatton Rally 4 & 5 October 2014
We arrived at about 8am along with Doug & Robyn Clark and Robert & Ferne Callow, members from Highfields in their MG TF and other club members from Bayside, Warwick, Darling Downs, Dalby & Ipswich clubs. All were welcomed to the usual morning tea and at 9am we were all, about 40cars, flagged off out of the Gatton Society Historic complex. There were two runs a 150km run and a 120km run. Clarks and us took the short run along with 5 other vintage cars. Travelling though Gatton and onto the Gatton Esk road travelling about 37km to Esk. After a short stop we headed for Fernvale arriving at the Brisbane Valley Tavern for lunch where alternative drops of steak, chips and salad or chicken parmigina, chips and salad were served.
After lunch it was along the Brisbane Valley Highway passing over the Wivenhoe dam wall and then headed for and travelling through Lowood and onto Lake Clarendon Way on to the Gatton-Esk Road crossing over the highway and back into Gatton. The evening meal was held at the Gatton Uni Campus dining hall, another big buffet meal.
Sunday morning was a early start with breakfast at 7am. After breakfast we all travelled back into Gatton onto Tent Hill Road and travelling through the country side on Ma Ma /Lillydale Road and onto Flagstone Creek Road and after about 40 Km we arrived at the Barn to view a collection of classic cars and memorabilia. After spending about an hour or so we wandered our way back to Helidon and onto Grantham School where morning tea was provided by the local P & C serving fresh sandwiches, cakes, pikelets with tea and coffee. Then it was back to the Gatton Uni Campus dining hall, for the farewell buffet lunch.
Saturday was about 120km and the Sunday run was about 100km
Trevor & Elaine Moore
All British Day 28 September 2014
This year the All British Day was held on a warm sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy day at the St Josephs College Sports fields at Tennyson. 12 club cars built from 1929 to 1938 were on display, from a tiny little cheeky white Taxi belonging to Trevor and Elaine Moore, to Rod and Janette Sims’ Austin 10, as well as Judy & Ernie Haigh and family who brought their 1935 Roadster plus two later model Austin A30s (which after all are direct descendants of the Austin Seven Ruby).
Sunday morning of the display I was up bright and early with “Macca” and trailered my car across town, first to Trevor and Elaine’s where I must have missed the more mobile contingent by only a few minutes. I then did a round trip around Yeronga where I found a red Singer Roadster also going to the display who was very lost!! I was able to lead him back in an easterly direction away from the river and towards Fairfield Road and our destination. Parking was easy as I was able to join the trailer crew and soon had the car off and running to join its little Mates in a line.
Those attending were Messers Dowell, Clarke, McDowell, Sims, Moore, Couser, the Haigh family in3 Austins, McKeering, Braby and Logan. Later we were joined by Peter and Jo Baker, in their Wolseley Hornet Special (Peter is one of the original founders of our club) and we all had a right old natter. And that seemed to be the tone of the whole day, sitting around, nattering, drinking coffee, eating, nattering some more and occasionally having a stroll around to admire some of the classic, unusual, historic, iconic and willing workhorses that make up the universe of British Motoring that we enjoy.
1929 A7 Chassis Rails
The Austin 7 Club of SA are manufacturing new chassis rails to suit a 1929 Austin 7
These are being drawn up and will be stamped out with all holes.
The process is all being done with computers so they will be correct.
The price should be less than $200 per rail as it is being done by one of our members.
Please register your interest so we have an idea of the number to press.
Austin 7 Club of SA September 2014
A7 LED Headlight Bulbs
There was some interest shown about the LED headlights I have fitted to the Meteor and decided to send the info below so you could put it in the newsletter/website.
The company I purchased the LED bulbs from is Classic Dynamo & Regulator Conversions.
The website to order through is http://www.dynamoregulatorconversions.com/online-shop-for-led-bulbs-and-light-boards-etc.php
You can click on the different pictures/links to get more info. Need to specify whether positive or negative earth.
2x 6V 21w AMBER BA15s for the front indicators for 14 Pounds
2x BA15s for the headlights for 38 pounds
1x BAY15d for the tail/number plate light for 11 pounds
I also purchased an indicator flasher from (9 pounds) them but have not installed it yet.
I have not replaced the park bulbs as I never use them and have not located a suitable bulb for the rear indicators however as they are not a big power drain and are fairly visible I am not rushing out to replace them.
The front indicators which flash yellow behind opaque lens seem to be quite clear in the day time compared to the filament bulb I replaced and the headlights and taillight are much much brighter.
I have trialled driving for several hours on half charge and have had no loss of battery power issues. The current drawn with the headlights on is just over 1 amp higher than when I don’t have any lights on.
Ph. 0458 125 490 September 2014
A7 Static Display C.T.White Park 10 August 2014
Just as with yesterday’s A7 Rally, the Brisbane morning weather was fine and without a cloud in the sky. The hum of baby Austin engines was heard around the Story Bridge environs as the A7 Register of Queensland members’ vehicles headed for C. T. White Park for the annual Static Display to exhibit their proud A7 possessions for all to see and admire.
In all, seventeen Austins of all shapes, sizes and models arrived from around 9am. The vehicles, polished for this special yearly event, sat proudly around the park perimeter.
As the day warmed up, many members opted to picnic under the shade of the park trees to partake not only in congenial conversation, but also to indulge themselves in their many and varied home-prepared morning teas and lunches. Alternatively, other members were content to stand around their vehicles and discuss important matters of a mechanical nature.
As usual there was much interest in our cars from pedestrians as they walked along the very popular pathway adjacent to the Brisbane River.
Following lunch we all assembled for the presentation of prizes and trophies. The following presentations were made:
Members’ Choice (for 1929 Meteor): Duncan Logan
Lucky Entry Number: Ian & Valda McDowell
Cam McCulloch Memorial Best Rally Supporter Annual Trophy: Trevor & Elaine Moore
Raffle Prize (Fruit Basket): Peter & Nell Dorman
Following the presentations, members slowly packed their A7’s and headed home under a now cloudy afternoon sky. As in the past, the Display was highly successful and it was great to see so many Austins assembled together representing our great club. Our thanks go to Trevor for organising the park for the display and to Robyn for undertaking the other essential bits and pieces on the day.
A7 Weekend Saturday Rally 9 August 2014
The day dawned bright and sunny. Without a cloud in the sky, we gathered at the Clubhouse for the annual A7 Weekend Saturday Rally, hoping that the forecast showers would not come to fruition. The following members were in attendance at the start: In A7s were Blue and Elaine Moore, Justin McCarthy and Judi Livingstone with Emma the dog, Mattie, Martin and Trent Potts, Nigel and Little Love McDowall, Rod and Janette Sims, Duncan and Emily Logan, and Honey Thyer and Karyn Matthew; in moderns were Robyn and Hon Clark, Mike and Kathy McGuill, Buddha Couser, Grey Stallion Whitehouse (alias Tarzan), and Tim Tam Braby.We set off around 9.30am, weaving our way eastwards towards the Bay. We drove through the acreages of Belmont and new estates of Wakerley, before heading through the suburbs of Thorneside, Birkdale and Ormiston. The light showers along the way were fortunately not sufficient to warrant us stopping and putting up the hood on Harry. However, when we reached the foreshore at Cleveland for morning tea, there was certainly a chill to the breeze coming off the bay. As a result, morning tea was a short affair, despite the pleasant location by the water.
The return trip to the Clubhouse was a direct route along Old Cleveland Road. The Saturday morning traffic was entertained by our presence along the way. Upon arrival at the clubhouse, the BBQ was cranked up and a delicious lunch was enjoyed. As usual, there was much light-hearted banter and merriment around the BBQ and table. The weather remained threatening, but fortunately held off for the duration of lunch. With full stomachs and smiling faces, members headed home to prepare for next day’s Static Display.
Thank you Young Justin McKeering for organising the rally.
Neil Thyer and Karyn Matthew
RACQ Motorfest 13 July 2014
It was freezing cold when 5 Austin 7’s met at the Hamilton Hotel ready for the RACQ Motorfest. Doug & Robyn, Elaine & Trevor, Alan, Justin McK and Ian & Valda. We survived the 45 minutes until it was time for the British cars to make their entry.
Parking the 760 entrants seemed to be well organised as the lines kept moving and we were parked in place at our allocated time.
At 10am, with the sun now shining, they removed the barricades and the public poured in.
It was a good day inspecting cars, catching up with people, eating, hunting out the “freebies” and for two of our members having their photo taken with the Racq girls (watch for the centrefold!)
Margaret & Merv Thompson & Ross Guthrie were also present with their veteran vehicles and Justin McC & Judy, Neil and Grant came along to check out the cars.
After lunch it was time for the awards and our members did well. Ross won Best Veteran Vehicle, Margaret was a finalist for the best costume matching the era of their vehicle and our ruby van won the Best Commercial Vehicle. With good company and lots to see the day went quickly until it was time to say our goodbyes and head for home .
Valda & Ian Mc Dowell
A7 Breakfast Run Mowbray Park 13 July 2014
We had another great morning out for the Austin, It loved it,
the cold air the 1 deg start to Sunday morning, 6am start was
the best thing for the Austin 7, the people on the other hand it
was cold very cold, so next year it will be 8am start so we can
stay in bed a little longer.
We had Mike and Kathy, (modern) Justin and Judy, (modern)
Brett and Amanda (Austin 7) for breakfast at Mowbray Park
East Brisbane at 7am, we meet and started cooking, it was cold
but we had a good chat and cupper Tea before heading home
to enjoy the rest of the day.
It is more a social event than a big run for the Austin 7 but we
do enjoy the run so why don’t you join us next time for
breakfast and a chat, keep an eye on coming events for the
Summer BBQ breakfasts, and see you there.
A7 Annual Winter Fun Run 15 June 2014
Participants: We had a total of 13 cars 7 x Austin 7s, 3 x Moderns & 3 others but what others we had, 1 x Austin 10, 1 x Morris 10 & 1 x A30 Austin Van. Austin 7s – Trevor & Elaine, Neil & Karyn, Lindsay & Sharon, Doug & Robyn, Allan Couser & John Que, Matthew, Martin & Trent Potts and Amanda & me. A30 Austin Van – Judy & James, Austin 10 – Rod & Jeanette, Morris – Desley & Richard, Modern – Jackie & Grant, Mike & Kathy and Tim
Oh My Goodness is what I wanted to start the story with as Grant and Jackie’s Winter Fun Run is so well organized and so well done there is no other way to start the story. It was the best day for an Austin 7 Run you could pick, sunny but cool for an Austin 7 that must be good. We started at the Botanical Gardens Mt Cootha and we set off at 2 minute intervals so no one could cheat and headed out into the suburbs after quite a few hills & miles done we had morning tea at Greniers cemetery (God’s Acre) at Archerfield Airport and a history lesson, with a lot of fun as well. Although some people were definitely put to the test when it came to the paper airplane challenge.
After morning tea we then headed off for Mt Gravatt and ended up at the Mt Gravatt lookout. Our car was coughing & spluttering with bad fuel (we thought we’d gotten rid of it on the way to Rocky but no such luck) so we did a slow crawl up the hill to the lookout holding up a line of cars but we eventually made it. After the winners were announced, which were Amanda & I – much to our surprise, Grant gave us the correct answers to the questions for the observation run. We all thanked Grant and Jackie for a great day but all was not over yet. When we tried to start the car to leave she wouldn’t idle & we ended up having to pull the jets out of the carby only to find that one was completely blocked hence the very slow crawl up the hill. With the jets cleared once again we could for head home which we did so without any further issues.
Thanks to all for a great time & especially to Jackie & Grant but next time not so many hills please.
Winter Fun Run Trophy Winners:
1st : Brett & Amanda
2nd : Neil & Karyn
3rd : Rod & Jeanette
Stone Last : Tim
Funniest on Day: Doug & Robyn
Best at Logos: Matthew, Martin & Trent
North Side Rally Lake Samsonvale & J.C.Slaughter Falls 10th May 2014
It was a bright sunny Autumn morning as Club members met at the Centenary Pool Spring Hill. Participants were as follows.
Northside. Howell Whitehouse ( A7 ), Duncan Logan & Emily ( Navigator ), (A7
Mike & Kathy McGuill ( Modern ).
Southside ( Border Hoppers },Alan Courser & Sue ( Navigator ),( A7 ) Trevor & Elaine Moore, (A7), Doug & Robyn Clark (A7 ), Neil Thyer ( Modern ), John Que ( Modern ). 5 A7`s & 3 Moderns.
After leaving Centenary Pool car park we headed out through Red Hill along Waterworks Road then through Everton Park to Albany Creek. Being a Saturday the traffic was fairly heavy which made it difficult to keep in eye contact with our fellow Austineers. From Albany Creek we then headed towards Warner onto Samsonvale Road finishing at Bullockys Rest picnic area on the shores of Lake Samsonvale, where we had morning tea.
Weather continued to be sunny and warm ( as arranged by Howell ) and we enjoyed a relaxed break . Unfortunately Howell had to leave us to go to a family function Great, Great Granchild.
Leaving Bullockys Rest we then headed right to Mt Samson Road towards Samford , travelling through the rolling hills and valleys beautiful scenery
At Samford we stopped and had a leg stretch and regrouped. We then headed for Ferny Grove, The Gap, and Bardon finally ending up at J.C. Slaughter Falls for lunch. Here we met up with Duncan Logan & Emily ( Sunshine Coast ).
Duncan had engine trouble on the way down to Brisbane, thought he had blown a headgasket but after tightening the head it solved the problem. It was great that he made the effort to join us for the day.
We all had a very relaxed lunch and we all got to know Sue, Duncan & Emily a little better, after all isn`t this what the Club runs are all about!!!.
After a while one of the Border Hoppers was concerned about catching the Northside Disease and wanted to head back to the Southside of Brisbane, so we all tidied up and wended our way homeward.
Thank you Howell for a well – structured run, but I do think that the Main Roads Dept. should have advised you that they had installed 2 extra sets of Traffic Lights after you had mapped out your itinerary.
Mike & Kathy McGuill.
A7 Rockhampton Run 19 to 26 April 2014
Well, we had a bad start, in the week before the Tour was to commence I discovered a gear box oil leak, so, engine and gear box out, rebuild & back into the car on Wednesday for a test drive to get petrol. Oil leak fixed but got some bad fuel that blocked the tap out of the fuel tank – we discovered it had flecks of red paint in it, not good for the fuel line. So after a bit of coughing & spluttering we were brought to a stop on the way to the starting point (300mtr from the start in fact). At the start line we removed the carby to clean it out and blow back up the fuel line to the fuel tank & this appeared to clear the problem.
At the start we had our Austin 7 Roadster & a 1957 MG Magnette ZB belonging to Brett’s Mum & Dad, Bruce & Barbara Wilson. Mike & Kath McGuill also arrived at the hardstand as they were travelling with us until the morning tea stop. So after attending to the mechanical issues we had a later start than planned at 9.15am but we were eventually off through the hills to our first stop at Esk for morning tea, thankfully without any further issues. Mike & Kath planned to leave us at Esk whilst we headed on towards Toogoolawah & points further north. We made it to just outside of Moore before the next breakdown. Did I mention there were hills? Again, off on the side of the road we blew back up the fuel line to the fuel tank which again seemed to fix the problem so we made a lunch/pit stop in Moore for a bit of a break before we tackled the Blackbutt Range (more hills). Our little Austin went up the range in 2nd gear without a problem (thankfully) but we were glad it wasn’t much longer. As we knew the MG would make it up much quicker they went on ahead & waited for us at the top & surprisingly they said we weren’t that far behind them. We made it into Kingaroy at about 2.30pm & John arrived with Peter in Peter’s Austin 7 van at around 4.30pm. John, unfortunately, had to leave his Austin at Peter’s place when it decided that it didn’t want to play the game & work properly despite several hours’ effort from both Peter & John on it.
At 8am the next morning we headed off with Peter & John as Tail-end Charlie & after many hills a couple of which made the temperature rise on the motorman, we made it into Monto for the night at 3.25pm thankfully without any further fuel issues. A quick check under the bonnet at the motel & we found that the fan belt had broken on the Roadster. We replaced the belt & discovered that the bush appeared to be a bit stiff so with the help of a friendly passing local & a quick trip to his house around in the next street we added some grease & were ready to tackle the next set of hills – this was turning into a very hilly road. I’m sure that they’ve added in some more hills since we came back from Longreach on it in 2009 – I don’t remember there being this many. Then again we were coming from the other direction & that can make a BIG difference to your perspective.
At 8am we were off to get over the next big hills before the day got too warm – 2.5 km of climbing at one point & we stopped for a much needed rest at Dululu. After many, many hills we arrived at Rockhampton at 2.15pm for a bigger rest, before we headed off for a BBQ dinner with Ken Burton and the Rockhampton Veteran & Vintage Motor Club. A fantastic welcome with cars and members of the club coming to see who was crazy enough to drive little Austins all the way from Brisbane to Rockhampton. We spent a pleasant afternoon & evening inspecting Ken’s hidden treasures in his shed & under his house – with Peter relieving Ken of a wheel rim that didn’t suit Ken’s cars but would suit one of Peter’s.
The next day Peter & John did some sightseeing while we had a relaxed morning & we meet up again in the afternoon at Brian & Sue Clancy’s for a sticky beak in Brian’s shed & a BBQ dinner with members of the Capricornia Car Club. Another fantastic welcome from them also, another good night was had along with more Austin 7s to look at in Brian’s shed as well the cars brought along by the club members. After the BBQ on the way home as we pulled into our accommodation we could hear a clicking sound coming from the front of our Austin & after a quick check in the dark it appeared to be a broken spoke. However, the next morning as we started to leave the click sound from the front of the Austin 7 seemed to be louder so, a stop in the car park to get the jack out to take the front wheel off & have a look see, only to find that the jack wouldn’t work (bugger). A dash down to Peter’s cabin to borrow his jack, which he already had out as he was in the middle of changing a tyre, & we found that the backing plate was hitting on the brake drum – easy fix. We also found the front right side tyre appeared to be wearing rapidly but as everything felt good and looked ok we headed off south. Did I say before that there were hills? We stopped at Dululu again for a rest & when Peter pulled in he asked if he could go first as he didn’t fuel up before leaving Rockhampton and so he hadn’t filled up his 5ltr backup jerry as we had done. He reckoned that he had just enough fuel to make it to Biloela but wanted us as a safety net just in case. So Peter lead the way, unfortunately, his calculations weren’t quite right & he ran out of fuel 12km out of Biloela. Did I say there were hills? A good day’s drive had us into Monto arriving at 2.15pm. This time when we lifted the bonnet we found that the bush on the fan had died entirely somewhere along the way & the mount on the bonnet for the electric horn had broken & the horn was hanging down loose in the engine bay – so no fan belt from then on & the horn was removed & relegated to the back of the car instead. Just as well I have a hand operated air horn.
Did I say there were hills? The next morning started with a heavy fog as we headed off for Kingaroy, so far the days had been clear and fine, if a little warm after lunch, Peter & John turned off at Tansy to head for Gympie & we went off onto Kingaroy with just the two cars now. Did I mention that there were hills? Some of the patchwork repairs of the bitumen were very rough in places & driving the old cars is more of a strain than you realize at times – especially when the road is badly patched & you’re getting bounced around by it all the time. So it felt like it was a loooooong drive to get to Kingaroy.
Our last day now as we headed home for Brisbane. We made it to Moore again without any problems. However, while there we found the front right tyre had worn down to canvas in one spot (bugger) we also noted that the front left hand tyre was showing signs of wear too. Anyway, no jack and the MG one only fits the MG, however, being in the country, we met some very nice people on this Tour and one was Bob, who was camping at Moore. He brought over his jack & we changed the tyre. He then told me he was a retired tool maker & he had made Austin 7 crank shafts & he would be happy to make any part we may need for the Austin 7’s so we exchanged details & will be calling him soon as he gets back to Burpengary in about 3 weeks’ time. Did I say there were hills?
We made it home at about 12.30pm, so our 84 year old car got us to Rockhampton and back to Brisbane under her own steam even with a few handicaps. The handicaps by the end of the trip were: front right wheel bearing dead, Left front wheel bearing dead also, one wheel had 3 broken spokes, 2 x bald tyres, the speedo stopped working (it started doing a complete 360 circle around the face without stopping so we decided to disconnect it), bad fuel, 1 broken horn mount, 1 broken fan belt & a fan bush shot. But considering the distance travelled these were relatively minor issues. The distance traveled Brisbane to Rockhampton – first day Brisbane to Kingaroy 209km, second day Kingaroy to Monto 315km, third day Monto to Rockhampton 247km – a total round trip of 1464km.
If you would like to know more about this Tour you should have come on it, the next will, hopefully, be on flatter ground – Brisbane to Lightning Ridge, distance 734km approx. 7 nights.
Brett & Amanda
President’s Rally 16th March 2014
Seven Austin 7s (Moores; Clarks; Lindsay and Sharon; Wilsons; Alan; McDowalls; Neil and Karyn) and two modern cars (Tim; John) gathered at Centenary Pool for the 2014 President’s Rally. The day was fine and sunny, with a warm maximum temperature in the mid-30s predicted.
El Presidente (aka Lindsay Jordan) distributed the rally instructions to participants. These instructions proved to be challenging, requiring a high degree of problem-solving on the part of the navigators.
The rally route took drivers on the northside towards Albion, then across to Ascot through residential streets with large, beautiful Queenslanders. After hunting all around Ascot for the elusive Hamilton Road detailed on the instructions, participants gave up, ignored the instructions and found their own way to the morning tea stop at historic Newstead House.
After much merriment about the variety of different routes rally participants had taken, morning tea was eaten in the beautiful gardens around Newstead House. In the centre of the car park was a magnificent Moreton Bay Fig Tree, estimated to be at least 200 years old. Apparently Captain Wickham’s coachman used to wash the Captain’s horse gig under the shade of the tree in the 1850s. Unfortunately the house itself was not open, but everyone strolled down to the edge of the Brisbane River to watch all the boating action.
The second part of the rally saw the cars cross the Story Bridge to the southside, and head eastwards to the Bay. The temperature was by now rising rapidly, and it was quite warm travelling in the A7s. We were therefore pleased to reach the lunch stop on the foreshore at Birkdale, where it was much cooler with a strong sea breeze.
Lunch with a lovely view of Moreton Bay was enjoyed by all, sitting under the shade of the trees. The group was joined by Justin McKeering and new member, Duncan Logan, from the Sunshine Coast and his children. (Duncan owns a 1929 orange Meteor.) After lunch the men gathered around the cars to discuss important A7 matters, while Lindsay and the ladies continued to enjoy the view and chat.
On behalf of all the participants, I would like to thank Lindsay and Sharon for a very entertaining and enjoyable day.
Valentines Day Rally 15 February 2014
The Austin 7 Valentine run commenced from the clubrooms at Carindale. In Austins were Russell and Vanda Curtis in their roadster, Lindsay Jordan and Sharon in the 29 chummy and the run organisers Merv and Margaret Thompson in their 35 roadster. Taking off in moderns were Justin and Judy, Ken and Irene, Neil and Karen and John.
We travel via the Gateway, Ipswich Road and onto the Ipswich – Boonah Road where we were joined by Brett and Amanda Wilson in their 30 roadster and in moderns Howell, Elaine and Trevor, Joe and Margaret, Mike and Kathy and Doug and Robyn.
Coming in to Kalbar is one of my SEQ favourite views with the town of Kalbar down in the valley, fields of brown and green and a range of blue mountains in the distance. In town we are greeted by Jeff the owner of a 1950’s memorabilia collection. Upon entering we are hit with a fonzie fifties visual feast and transformed back to the fifties. Everywhere there are fifties reminders including vinyl records on the walls, signs, seating like the early cafes, a wood stove, the rear of a Ford sedan complete with working tail lights, a milk bar, timber framed television sets, radios and a female fifties model with guitar recessed into a wall. After a good look around a delicious morning tea is served. We then go to an adjoining room where there are cars with large tail fins, vinyl two toned upholstery, metal sun visors, interior venetian blinds, whitewall tyres, chrome bumper bars and distinctive colours. The wing mirrors, name plates and wheel rims on the cars are intricate designs not seen on modern cars. Richie Cunningham, Mrs C or any of our group would be proud to be driving any of these cars. In the room is also an extensive variety of household products in original wrappers and containers.
It is a short distance to our lunch stop at the Engelsberg Memorial Park. There is a sandstone memorial monument dedicated to the persons who lost their lives in wars. A face depicting each of the armed services is carved in the sandstone.
After lunch we travel to the Wiss Emporium in the main street of Kalbar. The owner Kristine gives us an interesting presentation on the history of Kalbar and the building. There is period furniture, a range of arts and crafts, antiques, woodwork, clothing, jewellery and paintings. What an imposing building it would have been in 1909 replacing a building one sixth its size. The building was earmarked for demolition but thankfully the building was restored and 100 year celebrations were held in 2009.
Next door is a cottage built in the 1890’s.
Thanks Merv and Margaret for a lovely Valentine run and a very enjoyable day.
Annual A7 Breakfast Colmslie Hotel 12 January 2014
The weather forecast was for the possibility of showers, but the reality was a fine morning without a cloud in the sky.
Twenty-two A7 members assembled outside the Colmslie Hotel prior to opening for breakfast at 8am. Five shiny Austins, a record I believe for this annual event, assembled below the large shady Leopard tree on the edge of the hotel carpark. Trev & Elaine Moore, Alan Couser, Justin & Judy McCarthy, Merv & Margaret Thompson and Neil Thyer & Karyn Matthew were those who had arrived in their Austins.
Once in the restaurant, members took little time to sit at the large reserved table before tackling the adjacent scrumptious buffet. Over the next couple of hours, members enjoyed the breakfast cereals, hot food, fresh fruits, fluffy pancakes, cold juices and hot coffee and tea.
Entertaining and robust conversation continued for some time following the meal. We all departed with a little more effort required by our baby Austins to carry the extra breakfast kilograms.
Members thanked us for once again organising this successful annual event.
Australia Day Rally Ormiston State School 26 January 2014
“Isolated showers, more frequent around the Bayside areas with a 30% chance of 0 – 0.04mm rain” was the 7am forecast for 26th January – Australia Day, 2014. Even a brief shower over Morningside as we cranked up “Harry”, didn’t deter us from the run to Ormiston State School for the annual Oz Day Breakfast and Rally organised by the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club.
The normally quiet Sunday morning drive along Old Cleveland Road towards the Bay was noticeably busy with the many veteran, vintage and classic cars heading for the same Ormiston School breakfast venue.
Not bothering to put up Harry’s hood in the event of rain, and to the amusement of other rally participants, a passing shower close to the arrival point had us driving in with our umbrella held high!
After we parked, the aroma of the BBQing sausages and bacon had us heading for the School’s covered area for the free breakfast on offer. The BBQs were ably staffed by two of our A7 members, Doug and Trevor. In an adjacent location Elaine and Robyn were busy selling raffle tickets.
Within the couple of hundred or so cars present, we were represented by six A7s. The A7 members and their cars were Trev & Elaine Moore, Doug & Robyn Clark, Merv & Margaret Thompson, Lindsay Jordan, Justin McKeering and Karyn & me. Also present were Ron & Daphne Toy in their Austin Healy Sprite. In all, twelve A7 members were there to represent our Club.
With many other commitments to celebrate the special day, we all headed off around 10.30am after a couple of hours of stimulating conversation with fellow A7 members and other motoring colleagues.
A7 Fort Lytton Tour 15th September 2013
Seven little Austin’s left Centenary Pool Car park at 9.15 am with 2 modern cars, and headed across the Story
Bridge to Colmslie Recreation Reserve and State Hockey Centre (beside the river) for Morning tea.
After the usual LRB, back into the cars, down Lytton Road, across the Gateway Motorway Overpass, over Doboy
Creek and into the Fort Lytton National Park. After a bit of confusion on where to park, we all headed into the
Old Quarantine Station Laundry (now canteen come office) building. It was here we met our guide Adrian Scott who gave us a very informative talk about the history of Fort Lytton.
Of all the Forts build in Australia this was the only one build with a moat around it, and was built by prisoners.
In 1878 four cannons were purchased from the Royal Gun Factory, Woolwich, England. Arriving in
1879, 2 were kept in Brisbane for cross-fire defence of the mine field in the Brisbane River at Lytton. They also had 2 RML 64 lb 6” Barbette Mounted Guns of 1878 vintage and a 6” RBL Disappearing Gun.
When WW2 ended in 1945 Fort Lytton became redundant and was left (with only a caretaker in charge) to the wind, rain, sun and occasional grass fire. These fires eventually destroyed a lot of the wooden buildings.
In 1956 Ampol purchased most of the site to build a refinery and tidied the place up. The original bridge into the
Fort has been burned down, plus the buildings inside. Eventually part of the moat in front was filled in to get
inside the Fort to clean it out of undergrowth etc., a causeway was built and it became a sort of picnic area.
In 1988 Ampol gave the Fort area back to the Government as a Historic Tourist Attraction.
After hearing about the history of Fort Lytton, Adrian led the way around the grounds, showing us the Disappearing Gun , explaining what the buildings were for and how the mines in the Brisbane River could have been used. Pleased to say none of the mines or cannons was ever needed.
Thanks Alan and Sue for organizing a very informative Day, and also members, Trevor & Elaine, Lindsay & Sharon, Russell & Vanda, Justin & Judy, Howell, Ian & Valda, John, and Justin for such wonderful company.
Doug & Robyn C
A7 Annual Static Display C.T.White Park 11 August 2013
15 cars fronted for our annual static display, a bit of a disappointment as we have had up to 50 (Fifty) in
the “Good Old Days”. Two managed to travel a long distance, being Ross and Ronda Guthrie from
Coolangatta and Peter and Nell Dorman from Maroochydore. Special mention must be made of
Judith and Ernie Haig who brought along Jack Hynds’ 1935 Roadster with the help of Jacks
People’s Choice Prize Winners Trevor and Elaine
(little white Taxi) receive congratulations from Vice
President Bret. Runner up was Neil and Karyn with
Harry the green roadster.
Christmas Breakup Lunch Sunday 15 December 2013
|The day started well till I noticed the puddle under the Austin 7, it was fuel and after an hour it was not fixed to drive so modern it would have to be, oh well, fact of driving a vintage car.
We arrived at Orleigh park West End to find Trevor and many others set up for the day and it was good to see Ron Toy with an Austin truck and two Austin 7 on the back of the truck.
We ended the day with 8 Austin 7 and meet some new members with a newly restored Ruby roadster and renewed some old friend ships as the day was a social event with a good turnout, of cars as well as a good old chin wag, with good weather and good time had by all.
Attendance was Trevor and Elaine, Karyn and Neil, Doug and Robyn, Tim, John, Alan, Ian and Valda, Justin and Judy, Ron and Daphne, Grant and Jacki, Rod and Janette, Matt and Boys, Peter and Joanna and Amy and Kristy the new roadster.
See you at the next Austin 7 run
A7 Breakfast Run Mowbray Park 14th July 2013
Sunday Morning 6am was wet and over cast, not the best for Breakfast run for Austin 7, but we did it anyway. Mowbray Park, Lytton Road, East Brisbane was the place to be 7am the time and with Mike and Kathy, John Que, Brett and Amanda we had a very pleasant breakfast with a cold wind and rain before John headed off to the RACQ Motor feast and the rest to Mike and Kathy’s place for some music Via our Melodeons. Sadly no Austin 7 at this run but it was a good morning to have a chat and some bacon and eggs. I would like to have these mornings more often as a social outing and bring your Austin if you like so see you next time for breakfast