CLUB RUN TO AVON DAM  –  SATURDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2024

 

Membership representation was at record levels on our second event for 2024 with 26 members enjoying the opportunity to give their beloved Classics a good workout.  

The day dawned fairly positively weather wise, with variations during the run to the dam, however overall it was a beautiful late summer day with a definite autumn feel. Meeting at Camden Showground in their Classics were, Karen, Laurie, John and Alma, Heather and Merv and Andrew joined by Robert and Robin and  Tony and Brenda in their daily drives.  We set off for the run through South Camden, Cawdor, Razorback, through Picton, Tahmoor and Bargowith fairly light traffic most of the way, with the occasional 4WD being impatient and honing past (when safe of course)  Making the turn from Bargo to head East towards our destination there was very little traffic and as we crossed the Hume freeway, three more classics joined us with Deanne and Steve Caunt in a ute and Traveller and Terry in his convertible. On arrival, Steve and Denise, Dennis and Lynda, Rick and Margaret and Terry Chesters headed straight to the venue and secured the “best” picnic area.  We were joined later by Ken and Amanda (and their daughter Imogen) and Dennis and Mary Ashton.

Great to catch up with new faces joining the Club for a run for the first time.  Morning tea was the first item addressed and then the meeting which saw some positive input.  Details will be in the Minutes of the meeting.

Terry Chesters, regalia boss, brought along samples of our stock and it was decided that our former tradition of Club Cap and key rings for new Members (which had lapsed in recent times ) be reinstated, so new members who were in attendance were the recipient of these items. 

Lunch was a delicious assortment of goodies and combined with the usual chat about cars, life, family, cars, cars!  A very relaxing and convivial gathering.  After lunch, a small group made the trek down the dam wall, it was definitely worth the walk.  Special mention goes to Steve and Dennis for their effort doing the walk and they even made it back up the hill without any assistance.

It was a long trip, definitely a good test for our Classics and the cooler weather is certainly appreciated when there is no A/C in the cars.

I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did and had a safe trip home.

Special thanks to Steve and Denise for organising and arriving early to secure our tables.  Also, and as always, any of the Dams visited are Impeccably clean with hot water and good toilet facilities provided. 

 You will receive reminders from Steve regarding our next events, Thursday 7th March to Manly and Saturday 16th March to Tractor 828

Video From the day

Photos from the day

FIRST CLUB EVENT FOR 2024 – TENCH RESERVE, PENRITH

 

As has been the tradition dating back more than 25 years, the first meeting is an outdoor evening meeting.  You may ask why an outdoor meeting is mentioned.  Well, way back in the Club’s history, monthly meetings were held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Victoria Street Cottage, Werrington and the Tench Reserve meet was reserved as an outdoor event.  Long-time members will recall the Cottage, hot in summer and cold in winter until the Council installed air conditioning.  Sadly the cottage suffered fire damage and could no longer be used and we were then offered another Council venue nearby, which wasn’t a patch on the cottage.  As with many things, Covid finally ended these meetings and our membership age group meant many were not comfortable with night driving  it was decided that our meetings be held in conjunction with our Club runs, which has been the tradition now for quite a few years

Anyhow, back to our meeting on Wednesday 10th January.  Amazing, the day was fine, not a threat of rain and sixteen members made the trip at the Reserve on the river.  It was quite hot on arrival, about 33 degrees however as the sun set, the evening was quite pleasant.  No mozzies!! Or flies!! Could this be summer in Australia?  Plenty of boats,jet skis on the river.

Merv conducted the meeting welcoming everyone to 2024 and thanked Kevin and Steve for organising the Christmas lunch in December, which was most enjoyable and well attended (see separate report).  The meeting flowed freely with the usual lack of structure (informality plays a large role in the success of our Club) and Steve reported he has organised runs for February and March with a mid-week event also scheduled for March.  Details of all these events are on the events page and facebook.

Don McBrien returned to his winning ways and took the “chocolates” in the raffle.  Can he get on a run again? 

After the meeting, everyone enjoyed social chatting while enjoying the various picnic goodies that appeared from hampers and coolers.  Heather tried to move some of the excess chocolates received at Christmas, quite successfully and came home with less than taken. It was good to see a good turnout and lots of stories exchanged regarding Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations.

Two stalwarts turned up in their Morries, Ken and Amanda and Yvon.  It’s good to see Tony on the improve and he is hoping to be back driving his Morry sometime soon.

Hope to see you at our next event, Saturday 10th February, to Avon dam.  Details on the events page.