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CLUB RUNS
 

The Club offers its members the opportunity to take part in two types of runs. One is the Day Run held on various Sundays throughout the year and the other is the Mid-week run held regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month. There is also one weekend away, usually held in July. These runs are organized to allow time for socializing as well as enjoying a drive with fellow enthusiasts.

Details of meeting times and places for the runs are advertised on the Calendar page of this website and also in the Octagon. A contact name is always given so that you can check on the latest details of the run.

Most participants drive their MG but other makes are not excluded. Below are reports and photos of some recent runs held by MG Car Club.

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MGCCQ MIDWEEK RUN, 25 OCTOBER 2023 - 

ORGANISED BY SUE PANUCCIO & TREVOR PENSON

 

We had a new starting point for the October run, Oxley Creek Common. 16 cars including 8 MG’s & Brian Cranley’s superb McLaren departed at 9:30 am. A bit of a tricky direction led most of us to a shopping centre but all managed to get back on track and arrive at Canungra Picnic Area where Trevor & Joy Jones & Robyn Jenvey joined the group for morning tea. A quick run then up to Binna Burra and while the views were spoiled by the smoke haze, we all enjoyed a nice meal & a natter.

For those who attended the following talk, it was really interesting to hear the history, about the devastating fire, the impact on the staff & other homes lost, but also about the work already completed with the café & the cabins and the plans for the future. We wish them all the very best.

Not having been to Binna Burra for many years, the run was enjoyed by all, not to mention the usual tall stories & Kerry’s jokes.

PARTICIPANTS:

Sue Panuccio & Trevor Penson - RAV 4

Mark Lacy & Sharon Hill - MGB

Kay Hawley & Michael Garratty - MX5

Neil & Margaret Taylor - Subaru

Jeff Heslewood - Hyundai

Gary & Dawn Lawrence - MGB GT

David & Meryl Miles - MG Magnette

Val & Kerry Horgan- Lexus

Barry Lutwyche -  MGB

Jan Burke - MGB

John & Brian Cranley - McLaren

Michael & Aaron Salt - MGB

Kevin Trower - Corvette

Ross & Shez Letten - MGB

Paul & Virginia Young - MGB GT

Boyd Rayment - Subaru

Trevor & Joy Jones & Robyn Jenvey - Maserati

MIDWEEK CHRISTMAS RUN  - 22/24 NOVEMBER 2023

BY JEFF HESLEWOOD

 

To finish the year, the midweek group headed off for 2 nights at the Centre Point Mid City Motel in Warwick. The weather was a concern but 24 members & friends arrived at the Splash ‘n’ Play Adventure Park at Springfield (South Ripley) for a 10:00 am meet & morning tea. Unfortunately three of our regular couples had to pull out due to illness & we wish them a speedy recovery. Thanks to Neil Taylor who put in a lot of time assisting with setting this run but was one of those unable to join us.

There were only three MGB’s plus a couple of the newer versions, possibly due to the threat of rain & possible hail. After the usual round of chit chat & tall tales, we headed off at 11:00 am, passing through Rosewood, Glamorganvale & Lake Clarendon regions, encountering a brief period of heavy rain around Walloon. After that the weather gods were kind and we were able to enjoy the drive through country & farming areas that are already reaping the benefit of recent rain, arriving at our lunch destination, Lake Apex Park in Gatton at 12:30, where we were joined by Ray & Susanne & Michael & Judith.

We departed at 1:30 pm & had a very pleasant drive along the Gatton Clifton Road, through Ma Ma Creek, Fordsdale & Pilton before joining the New England Highway and passing by Allora on the way to Warwick to check into our home for the next 2 nights. Here Allan & Joyce joined us bringing our group up to a total of 30. Happy hour commenced in fine style until interrupted by a heavy downpour, but most were able to ignore the rain & continue socializing.

By 6:30 pm the rain had almost stopped & we were able to wander down the road to the RSL for our Christmas celebrations. Some of the ladies had done a great job with table decorations & we certainly looked the part. The RSL had raffles & musical Bingo which made conversation difficult at times, but as usual, our group almost matched them in the noise department. It was still a good evening with great company & good food. It had again been decided to ask for donations from the group instead of swapping cheapy gifts & we raised a total of $465 which Lloyd Thomson will pass on to the CWA Bushfire Appeal. Lloyd’s Rotary group is adding $535 to bring the total to $1000.
 

After breakfast on Thursday morning it was off to the “Downs Explorer” for a guided tour of the Steam Rail Museum followed by tea, coffee & scones. The whole show is manned & operated by volunteers who are doing an excellent job running & restoring the old trains.

If you are interested in having a look or doing a rail journey in the region, jump onto their website to see what they can offer. Thanks to Kevin & his team for a great morning.

We then headed back to the motel to regroup before taking off again, this time travelling along the “Sprint Route” to the historic Leyburn Pub for lunch. This was yet another really enjoyable & pretty drive, passing through farming communities & the small towns of Pratten & Wheatvale. The pub had largely done a great job with pre-ordered lunches, but there were a couple of glitches with lost orders & late lunches. Overall it was good & we were also given a short talk on the history of the area. Michael & Marilyn from the Toowoomba Chapter drove down in their very nice MGB GT to join us for lunch.

It was hardly surprising that after another happy hour (or 2) on returning to our motel, there was little interest in going out for dinner again. A couple of take aways & plenty of nibbles pretty much took care of things.

Friday morning some met up for breakfast just down the road at the Warwick Gardens Galore Nursery & Café while others headed for home. It finished off another great year for our midweek group and I am sure that we are all looking forward to February 2024, when we will resume our driving & socializing with this wonderful group of members.

 

PARTICIPANTS:

DENNIS & DIANA KELLY - MAZDA 3

TREVOR & JOY JONES & ROBYN JENVEY -  MUSTANG

JEFF HESLEWOOD - HYUNDAI

KEVIN TROWER - ALFA

BARRY LUTWYCHE & JAN BURKE - MG HS

BRIAN & JOHN CRANLEY  - FIAT ABARTH

VAL HORGAN  - MX5

MARK LACY & SHARON HILL - MGB

LLOYD & KAREN THOMSON - MGB

JOHN & PAT WALKER - TOYOTA CAMRY

MICHAEL GARRATTY & KAY HAWLEY   - MX 5

VICKI KOCSIS & DENIS THOMAS  - MG XST

ROSS & SHEZ LETTEN  - MGB

RAY & SUSANNE EDWARDS & MICHAEL & JUDITH SALT - ECLIPSE CROSS

ALLAN & JOYCE TEBBUTT - AUDI

MIDWEEK RUN REPORT - WEDNESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER, 2023

On 27 September, 6 cars started the day trip from Rocks Riverside Park at 9:15 am. Our trip across to Ferny Grove went via Centenary Highway, Waterworks Road etc and we met up with 18 other cars at the park in Upper Kedron Road at 10:00 am.

What we did not expect was to find all the mums & kids in the very same park. It was somewhat crowded in the carpark. The other surprise was to be welcomed by Councillor Steve Toomey from The Gap Ward. Steve used to own an MGA and was a Club member until he sold his car. Steve insisted on a photo.


We left the park at 10:30 am & travelled via Samford to Apex Park, just 3 kilometres from Dayboro. This was a pleasant park with plenty of shade & parking. This venue was where we had morning tea. Fortunately we had the park to ourselves.

A number of members remarked about the spectacular tree at our stop & Kay Hawley was subsequently able to ascertain from the Moreton Bay Council that it is a Agathis Robusta (Kauri Pine).

At 11:30 am we left the park & travelled to Narangba via back roads with very nice scenery. After 20 minutes we joined the M1 motorway north to Caboolture where we ended our journey at the Caboolture Heritage Centre.

The Caboolture Heritage Centre is one of the largest in South East Qld. It has dozens of buildings with wonderful contents from yesteryear. This was our lunch stop with plenty of tables & chairs plus a café staffed by volunteers.

The day was pleasant & not too hot. Only a handful of drivers got lost after “following the leader” who made a mistake (no names mentioned).

Another successful outing.

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