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CAPRICORN CHAPTER 
Established 24 May, 2008

 

Capricorn Chapter MGCC country members living in the Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Biloela and Moura districts can now enjoy more social activities with the Capricorn Chapter being officially recognised following the meeting in Rockhampton.

 

Founding members from these existing Chapters joined club President David Miles and Assistant Treasurer Kevin Ponting in Rockhampton for the occasion. Gurney Clamp was appointed Co-ordinator of the club's newest regional Chapter, joining Wide Bay and Darling Downs. After holding that position for 10 years, he resigned at the end of 2018 and the role has been taken over by Gary Kunst.

Jim Armstrong is the Coordinator of the Capricorn Chapter. His contact details are :
Phone: 0417 544 222 
Email: james.armstrong4@bigpond.com

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MGCC of Qld. Inc. Capricorn Chapter

Chapter Coordinator: Jim Armstrong 0417 544 222

Assistant Coordinator: Clare Lynam 0437362335

Run Committee: Jo Emmert and Phil Henry

 

Run Report - Sunday, 10 April, 2022

 

The thoughts on everybody’s minds involved in the days outing on Sunday was “rain, rain, go away, come again another day” and despite a couple of cars pulling out, 15 cars and 24 people turned out for an interesting and enjoyable day.

 

It all started when the Rockhampton group assembled at the Government buildings on Norman Road whilst the Yeppoon group assembled at the Oaks servo and met up at the Cawarrel turnoff at Dairy Inn Road. Here we learnt that a large gum tree had fallen over the road near Rockhampton and one of our group had a near miss when coming upon it. Never mind it all ended well.

 

Jo and her friend Kim were busy organising the poker run for the day while everyone said their hellos. Then it was off to Cawarrel where Glynn Blair had organised for Ross and Mrs Robinson to open their shed and allow us to have a look inside. Well, what a surprise! Inside was chock a bloc full of antique and modern racing cars along with memorabilia that would be the envy of any motoring museum. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves but needless to say it was impressive.

 

Who would have thought? Ross told us that from Monday, it was all being relocated to his new home at Emu Park although the new shed was slightly smaller and so a couple of his cars, a 1927 Chev truck and a 1947 Hudson Teraplane were up for sale. We look forward to seeing Ross’s new shed when he is organised.

 

All too soon it was time to go and so Gary Kunst and Clare Lynam did a reckie around Cawarrel to see if they could find some undercover picnic tables for smoko.

Gary soon rang back and we were all set up for smoko but not before a few of the ladies had discovered a book market going on in a hall near the town’s public toilets. Needless to say, some came away with real bargain priced books. When Jo opened up her boot, it was discovered that the Easter Bunny had come early and everyone there was treated to some chocolate easter eggs.

Very thoughtful of him or her maybe. Jo and Kim distributed more cards and drew the lucky door prizes for the day. Gary and Doris won the first draw a box of favourites that was donated by Supercheap Yeppoon after our recent display down there and Robbie and Gary won the second draw. In normal tradition, we were all treated to chocolates.

Next stage of our day’s activities was a trip to the Joskeleigh South Sea Islanders Museum where a small but interesting display was set up to commemorate the near slave treatments of the South Sea Islanders in the early days when they were bought to Australia to work in the sugar industry for little or no pay. There was a sugar mill and plantations at Joskeleigh and another at Fairnborough, which are long since gone. A quick visit to the cemetery and then on to Keppel Sands for lunch.

 

Our table was a long table set up for us but due our numbers increasing at the last minute we overflowed on another table nearby. Lunch was once more, delicious and again huge servings. Jo and Kim distributed the final cards in Gloria’s poker run and the winners were Gary and Doris. Time marched on and soon we all said our good byes and returned to our homes. Another very well attended and enjoyable day.

Jim Armstrong

 

Photos by Clare Lynam and Phil Henry

 

Those in attendance were:

Clare Lynam

Phil Henry

Gary Kunst

Paul Davey

Glyn Blair

John Rowe

Gary Whight and Doris

George and Lyn Ganter

Brian and Glenis Russel

Laurie Chetter and his Mate

Robbie and Gary Galloway

Michelle and Rick Taylor

Jo Emmert and her friend Kim

Sandra and myself

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Run Report, Mt Morgan, 20 March, 2022

Photos by Clare Lynam and Phil Henry

 

Cool autumn day in Central Queensland, what a perfect start to a perfect day cruising in our classic cars. 8:00am at the Oaks saw the Yeppoon contingent gather before heading off up to meet the Rockhampton crew at the Duckponds where council roadworks made parking a wee bit tight.

 

Nonetheless, we managed to fit in without incident and what an impressive sight it was. 39 persons as passengers, 15 classic cars a mixture of MGs, Triumph, E type Jaguar, Mazda MX 5, BMW Z3, a 67 Valiant and a couple of SUV s for good measure.

 

Jo and her friend Trish were busy as usual with the Gloria's poker run dishing out cards for the first leg.

 

After a normal driver briefing by yours truly, we were soon on our way down the Bruce Highway to the Boldercome turnoff and the up the twisty mountain range to Mt Morgan.

 

On reaching the summit we pulled over for a photoshoot and we, the run committee, took advantage to explain in detail the programme of the up coming All Queensland Chapter Meeting to be held in September this year. It was explained that the programme and the registration form had been sent out to all Qld MGCC Chapters and to the mother club in Brisbane.

 

It was here that we learned that not everybody in our own chapter had received the information and was requested that we send it out again. It was pleasing to see that Robert and Yvonne Holbeck answered instantaneously by registering.

 

Soon we were on our way once more, this time to the Big Dam at Mt Morgan for morning tea. The ladies soon had the area decorated in tablecloths and their delicious sweets.

 

Jo completed the poker run and it was won by Nev Funch who also won one of the lucky door prizes along with Robert and Yvonne who won the other.

As time marched on we headed into Mt Morgan, some electing to go to the local trash and treasure shop while others visited the Mt Morgan Railway Station where we were made very welcome. A fruitful discussion was held in relation to having this museum added to the Archer Street Kimber Run in September at our All-Qld MGCC Chapter Meeting.

Lunch was booked at the Grand Hotel and we overflowed the function room so Trevor and Glenis, Kevin and Yvonne occupied a booth just at the entrance to the function room. They were prewarned so the food was quickly served and what huge servings they were. No complaints heard here today!

 

Before long it was time head home. What a lovely day it was.

 

DATE CLAIMER: 23 - 26 September, 2022
All MGCC Qld Chapter hosted by us, the Capricorn Chapter in Rockhampton.

 

 

Those in attendance were:

Robert and Yvonne Holbeck

Phil Henry

John Mitchell and Henryka Mitchell

John Rowe

Jason Foss

Phil and Pam White

Nev Funch

Robbie and Gary Galloway

John and Gail Newton

Rodney Blair and his uncle Glyn Blair

Jo Emmert and her friend Trish

Ian and Rosemary Carleton

Daryl and Joy Penridge

Richard Hughes

Gary Whight and his friend Doris

Laurie Chetter and Beth Dunlop

Clare and Paul Lynam

Trevor Andersen and Glennis Benson

Sandra and Myself

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Dinner Friday 11 March, 2022

 

Despite a delayed date and rainy weather, the Friday dinner night was very pleasant with 27 members attending Poppies Restaurant, right on the beach front Main Beach Yeppoon.

 

Poppies had set up a separate well laid out area for us and even had a musician, Andrew Kemp, playing some of the sixties and seventies music which made the ambience all the more enjoyable.

 

Soon, people were all seated and pre ordered meals bought out and they were indeed very delicious. In what seems to be the norm now, the group all settled in for a good ol’ chinwag and catchup with a few drinks, or as the MG fraternity refers to this type of gathering “Noggin n’ Nater”. Another very pleasant evening.

Those in attendance were;

Phil and Margaret Henry

Lyle and Pat Fielding

Gary Whight and Doris

John Sheppard and Henryka

Jack and Rae Cowie

Paul and Joanne Davey

Richard Hughes

John and Gail Newton

Rick and Michelle Taylor

Ian and Judy Hamilton

Kev and Yvonne Carr

Terry Dwyer and Anne Burbidge

Clare and Paul Lynam

Sandra and myself.

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THE BIRTH OF THE CAPRICORN CHAPTER

by founding Chapter Coordinator, Gurney T Clamp

 

After purchasing my 1972 MG B in Brisbane and shipped back to Yeppoon, I started driving it on every opportunity I got in and around Yeppoon and its surrounding area.

Then, one day I came across a couple driving  in their  red MG B doing as I was, so I caught up to them and found that they were from Rockhampton and doing a cruise around Yeppoon. Their names were Dale & Margaret Volling. I told them that I was going to try to form a MG Car club in Central Queensland and asked them if they were interested in joining a club such as  I was trying to form.

 

They agreed that they would be interested, gave me their contact details and I told them that they would be number 2 members. On arriving back home, one of my neighbors, Robert Hanson, called over to  have a good look at my MG and told me that he knew of another MG owner, Trevor Williams, who lived in Yeppoon. He agreed to take me to meet him and this visit turned out to be very important as he tried unsuccessfully to form a MG car club several years ago. He had a list of names and contact details of people that owned an MG in Central Queensland, which he gave to me.

 

I returned home and started making contact with everyone on the list, asking them if they were interested in forming an MG car club in Central Queensland. The response was just what I was hoping for so then, I had to contact them all again informing them that on Sunday, 4 May 2008,  a meeting of all interested MG owners was going to be held at Beaman Park Yeppoon at 9.00 a.m.

 

On Sunday, 4 May I was overjoyed by the number of MG’s and their owners that arrived at Beaman Park. They had come from as far away as Moura, Biloela and Rockhampton. All present indicted that an MG car club should be formed. I was elected as chairman and spoke on how we should go about forming the club.

 

Jim Armstrong and Gary Kunst who were current members of the MG Car Club of Queensland, suggested that we should seriously look at becoming a chapter of the MG car club of Queensland if this club had any chance of survival. The MQCC of Qld already had two chapters operating quite successfully called the Darling Downs and Wide Bay Chapters. In doing this, we would  have the back up of the MGCC of Qld’s support in legal liability, financial matters etc., if successful and accepted by the MGCC of Qld. All present agreed that this was the path that we should take and indicated that I should continue as an unofficial chairman of this fledgling organization.  

 

On Monday, 5 May 2008, I contacted the MG Car Club of Queensland’s then President, David Miles,  informing him of the outcome of our meeting at Beaman Park in Yeppoon. I then asked him what steps needed to be done for the MG owners of Central Queensland to become a chapter of their club.

 

The response was an overwhelming “We will be glad to welcome you into our club”.  He indicated that information would be forwarded to me and he asked me to call a meeting of all interested MG car owners to attend another meeting at a time and venue suitable to all concerned.


It was agreed that a meeting should be called on Saturday, 24 May, 2008 at the Rockhampton Golf Club, and the club president David Miles would attend.

He was supported by Brisbane members, Val Horgan, Kevin Ponting, Wide Bay chapter coordinator Ian Bryant and Darling Downs coordinator Trevor Watkins, all arriving in Rockhampton on Friday, 23 May in their MGs. My wife Gloria and I were invited to attend a dinner at the motel they were staying at in Rockhampton. And of course we attended.

 

On the day of the meeting at the Rockhampton Golf Club premises, David Miles addressed all present on functioning and policies of the MG Car Club of Queensland and what was expected of the chapters that are affiliated with them.

These discussions were well supported by the Brisbane members and the chapter coordinators, the late Ian Bryant and Trevor Watkins.

 

A vote was taken to accept that all Central Queensland MG owners become a chapter of the MG Car Club of Queensland, the result was unanimous. Next step was that we now need to find a name for our chapter. A few names were suggested but Capricorn Chapter was selected.

 

I was then elected as the coordinator for the newly formed Capricorn Chapter, the next step was to select a suitable time of each month to have a get together of members, once again a number of suggestions were put forward with the 3rd Sunday of each month be adopted, which was duly voted on and passed.  

 

David Miles indicated that the results of this meeting would have to be approved by the MG car club of Queensland and I would be notified of the result by mail, A letter dated 28 May, 2008 was received from MG Car club that the management committee of the MG Car Club of Queensland had accepted our application to join as the Capricorn Chapter.

 

After a couple of years at a Christmas function, Ian Wilhelmsen and Phil White suggested that we all should find interested members to assist in the running of the chapter, to which I agreed. Ian Wilhelmsen was elected as assistant coordinator, Phil White and Terry Dwyer as event committee members. Since then I have found that this to be of a great assistance to myself, as we now prepare the following years calendar in November of each year with suggestions of places we should tour to coming from individual members.

 

FOUNDATION MEMBERS

ARMSTRONG   Jim & Sandra - Moura / Yeppoon

BREED  Peter & Tracey - Rockhampton  Past members    

CLAMP  Gurney & Gloria - Yeppoon

CLARK  Stuart & Ada - Goovigin

DWYER  Terry - Rockhampton

FOX  Bill - Yeppoon  Past member

GUBBINS  Tony (Deceased) & Merilyn WEST- Rockhampton Past members

KIRWAN   Wayne - Biloela

KUNST   Gary & Julie - Moura / Yeppoon

MADDEN  Don -Yeppoon   (Deceased)

O’DEA       Tom & Kathy - Yeppoon   Past members

PIDCOCK  Ted & Margaret - Yeppoon   Past members

RUSSELL   Brian & Glenis - Biloela

SULLIVAN Pat & Stephanie - Rockhampton

VOLLING  Dale & Margaret - Rockhampton  Past members

WHITE       Phil & Pam - Rockhampton

WILLIAMS Trevor - Rockhampton  Past members

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