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.
As from 19 January, 2020, Jim Armstrong is the Coordinator of the Capricorn Chapter.
His contact details are :
Phone: 0417 544 222
PROPOSED CALENDAR OF CAPRICORN CHAPTER EVENTS for 2021 is available here.
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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.
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
Christmas Party 2020
Jim Armstrong; Chapter Coordinator
Clare Lynam; Assistant Coordinator
Jo Emmert, Phil Henry; Run Committee
4 December, 2020
Well it’s that time of year again and our final event of the year was held at the Rocky Sports Club on Friday Night 4th December, with 36 participants in attendance. Unfortunately, some of our active members were unable to come owing to medical conditions. A toast was held to absent friends and all the chapter members wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you all early next year. There were several others away from the district who weren’t able to attend as well.
The evening started with a friendly chat and drinks at around 6:30. Just before the meals were served, yours truly called the group together however the microphone was carrying on like a 2nd hand Victa, so old school tapping on the glass trick and then speaking loudly was the order of the day from then on.
The entrées were brought out and they were delicious, then the mains. Well let’s just say that the chicken was very well cooked but the thick angus steak still “mooed” when attempts were made to slice into it. Several of our members sent the steak back to be cooked some more and others swapped it for chicken. The desserts however made up for it as they were very tasty indeed. The venue was very well decorated but final touches were added by both Clare and Sandra, thank you for doing that ladies.
Jo, in her usual jovial way conducted around ten lucky door prizes with around ten winners of nice chocolates, biscuits and the like. Thank you for all your hard work throughout 2020 in organising the poker runs and rusty door prizes which not only provided some easy enjoyment and generous prizes but funded the Mt Morgan sausage sizzle, the salads for our bar-b-ques and also the cards that those of us who have not been quite so lucky have received.
The formal part of the evening then followed with a report on the year’s activities and runs.
Then came the awards with a little difference in how they were ascertained this year compared to previous years. It was explained that this year the run committee, as elected members representatives, would decide the winners of the Janelle Thomasson Award based on the year’s events but with the proviso that run committee members were excluded from winning the award. This Trophy is for members who displayed outstanding individual attitude in promoting club fellowship toward members and the chapter.
This year’s winners were, Robbie and Gary Galloway, who not only hosted the chapter members at their Nerimberra property this year but several years prior to that as well. Well done Robbie and Gary.
The Broken MG award winner was calculated mathematically to determine the winner. Points were awarded for the following:
Car stopped and won’t go = 1 point
Bonnet up = 1 point
Assistance required = 2 points
Tow truck required = 5 points
Rick and Michelle, Mt Archer Run = 4 points
Terry and Anne, Byfield run = 2 points
Rick and Michelle Myella run = 9 points
Rae and Jack Myella Run =2 points
Jim and Sandra Hervey Bay run =4 points
Phil Henry Hervey Bay run = 2 points
Now you don’t need to be Einstein to work out who the clear winners were but just in case, the winner of the 2020 Broken MG award are Rick and Michelle with a total point score of 13 points.
Technically, Rick and Michelle’s car is not an MG but its manufacturer does have a G and an M in its name so it was deemed it should qualify.
Unfortunately, Rick and Michelle were not present due to prior commitments, so the plaque will be presented to them at the first run of 2021. This award was started many years ago as a bit of light-hearted fun by Gurney and we hope that the winners and contenders accept that in light of their misfortunes in 2020.
This year also saw the inaugural running of the MGCC of Qld Inc, Capricorn Chapter Roadside Assist Mechanic Award for those who helped their companions when they are broken down on the side of the road during runs.
The initial winner was Gary Kunst by a clear mile. Well done Gary and thanks for helping those in need when required.
The Run Committee Members each received a small trophy in appreciation with flowers for the ladies, Clare and Jo and a bottle of red for Phil. Thanks again folks, really appreciated the time and effort by you all through out the year.
That concluded the formal part of the evening except for Gordon Kelsey’s talk on the GSW Run planned for 2021 where he outlined the proposed Route and asked for fair dinkum expression of interest by members who would like to come on this run to south western Queensland in June 2021. I for one, shall be going, so there you are, fair dinkum expression of interest number 1 Gordon. I urge others who are fair dinkum to follow suit.
Our forward-thinking Clare, also had short presentation for a possible venue of the “Haven” at Tanby Point, Emu Park for the coastal turn for the Christmas Party in 2021.
Apart from the small issue with the microphone and the undercooked steaks the evening went off well and all present seemed to enjoy themselves.
As this was the last event of 2020, there is nothing more to say than,
Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year in 2021, from the Capricorn Chapter of the MGCC of Qld Inc.
Those in attendance were;
Phil White and his mate Warren
Laurie Chetter and Beth Dunlop
Rae and Jack Cowie
Jo and Katie Emmert
Joy and Daryl Penridge
Brian and Glenis Russell
Gloria and Gurney Clamp
Trevor Andersen and Glenys Bennson
Stephanie and Pat Sullivan
Julie and Gary Kunst
Terry Dwyer and Anne Burbidge
Stella and John Rowe
Janelle and Tom Coe
Narelle and Martin Adamson
Margaret and Phil Henry
Robbie and Gary Galloway
Sandra and Myself.
By Jim Armstrong.
hotos by Clare Lynam and Katie Emmert
MGCC of Qld Capricorn Chapter.
Run Report; Breakfast, Elections and Keppel Sands Lunch.
Sunday, 22 November, 2020.
Coordinator; Jim Armstrong, Ph 0417 544 222
Assistant Coordinator; Clare Lynam.
Run Committee; Jo Emmert, Phil Henry.
Another glorious sunlit day on the beautiful Capricorn Coast was the setting for 27 of our Chapter’s members’ day. The Rocky group had gathered at their usual spot and headed down to Emu Park via Cawarral where, on their arrival, the Yeppoon and surrounds group had gathered at Jolts Coffee Café and Bakery for breakfast. It wasn’t long before all participants were eating a hearty but maybe not so healthy breakfast.
Jolts had partitioned off a corner of their Café with a U shaped table arrangement for us all. Jo immediately got busy with the poker run and rusty door prizes whilst breakfast was cooking. Tom and Janelle won the poker run and Joy, Stephanie and Trevor all won the lucky rusty door prizes.
On completion of everyone’s meal, yours truly spoke a few words to welcome new member Michael, who was introduced by Pat Sullivan. Welcome once again Michael! Also - to inform everyone in attendance of Katie Emmert’s coming of age on the 23rd November - Most know Katie as the little girl who came along to the MG runs with her mother Jo, for as long as can be remembered since the Capricorn Chapter’s inception.
Happy Birthday Katie who now is on her second MG.
From Jolts, it was over to Bell’s Park, straight across form our café where we held the election of officers for 2021. Clare read out the correspondence received and as it turned out, our committee and myself were elected unopposed. Thank you for your support everybody on behalf of the committee and myself.
We then took the opportunity to discuss next year’s calendar and sought suggestions from the group, which were enthusiastically forth coming.
We spoke on the All Chapter Meeting as planned for 2022. Again suggestions were thrown about with enthusiasm.
We were briefly interrupted by a man riding a Russian built motorcycle with a sidecar occupied by his grandson. Apparently, it was built in 2012 but it looked and sounded like it came right out of the 1940s.
By this time the temperature was climbing and so a few with open cars decided to call it a day and not go on to Keppel Sands. The remaining 15 travelled out to the Keppel Sands pub where again we enjoyed a nice cool drink or two and a well-prepared meal. The Keppel Sands Coast guard came around selling raffle tickets and wouldn’t you know it, Ian and Judy won a meat voucher and Trevor who had already won a rusty door prize, picked up a half dozen of XXXX Gold cans. Trevor’s luck did hold though as he had to change a tyre on his beautiful MGF (50’s model) with a bit of encouragement from some young kids who were intrigued with the old cars before leaving.
So, with that, we headed off to our homes after what only could be described as another enjoyable MG run.
By Jim Armstrong
Photos by Clare Lynam