DARLING DOWNS CHAPTER
Established September, 2005
The MG Car Club was formed in 1954, the club is composed of motoring enthusiasts who enjoy all makes of motor vehicles, not just MGs and provides activities for all aspects of motoring, sporting, and social, present membership Stands at 690.ds at 690.
The Darling Downs Chapter was formed in September 2005, and since that date the chapter has grown strongly with a growing list of members in Toowoomba, Warwick and as far west as Roma, who, enjoy access to all the benefits of the parent body at a reduced membership rate.
MG Car Club of Queensland promote sporting and concourse events at a State and National level in addition to a strong calendar of club activities, technical and historic information can be accessed from the club web site. Darling Downs' members enjoy regular monthly day runs and midweek lunch meetings, organized alternately by the chapter conveners of Toowoomba and Warwick.
Day runs commence on the last Sunday of the month from the information centre on James Street Toowoomba, or, Lesley Park Warwick, at 8.00am in the summer months and 9.00am in the winter.
For further information contact Darling Downs's Conveners:
Glen Hadfield - DD Chapter Coordinator (replacing Gary Lawrence as from 1 Jan 2018)
Home phone: 07 4630 8872
Mobile: 0430 055 192
Work: 0409 486 670
Phil & Marilyn O’Brien – Midweek Run Conveners (replacing Ron & Judy Gillis as from 1 Jan 2018)
Mobile: 0488 750 037
Click here for 2020 calendar. of events
DDC Octagon Report – May 2021
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” – Jim Bishop
It’s also a great time to get out with the top down.
Wednesday 10th March – Lunch Run
The March lunch was planned for the Warwick Golf Club, thanks to Marilyn & Phil O’Brien. Unfortunately, there was a disappointing roll up with only six members and two visitors attending.
However, those who came along made the most of what is a beautiful spot. The large club verandah, overlooking the golf course provides a magnificent outlook for lunch. As always, the lunches and service were very good. Special mention to our visitors, Sam and Rosita Grasso, who travelled up from Stanthorpe and are likely to become our newest members. As well as the MGA they arrived in, Sam has a fully restored 65-66 Thunderbird.
Participants were: Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (TR7), Guy & Pam West (Subaru), Ron Gillis & Brian Phillips (Mazda CX3) and Sam & Rosita Grasso (MGA).
Looking forward to better patronage of our future lunches during autumn.
Sunday 28th March – Monthly Run
Our March run was well organised by Ron and Judy Gillis. A good roll up of thirteen cars started off from Toowoomba West. As we headed off towards Wyreema it was noticed we were missing a couple of cars. Unfortunately, they had missed our first turn off and were headed off ‘elsewhere’. Our errant travellers were soon rounded up by Gary, our alert Tail End Charlie, and returned to the fold. A good case for keeping an eye on the vehicle behind you when in convoy.
After our recent rains the countryside is looking very green and it was very pleasant to enjoy a leisurely drive through the area.
Our break for morning tea and comfort stop at Clifton was a great time to catch up. We also farewelled a couple of our group as they had to leave us at this point.
Refreshed again, we then continued on our journey through more lush countryside. The Darling Downs Zoo is along the route we took, and it looks like it is gaining more popularity considering the number of cars that were in the parking area outside. Our run was completed with a very pleasant meal at the Bull & Barley Hotel at Cambooya. This hotel has a very good reputation for its hearty food and it certainly lived up to it.
Participants: Ron Gillis (MGB), Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (TR7), Helen Goodfellow (MG TF), Brian & June Phillips (MG TF 1500), Andrew & Susan Willesden (MGB), Cheryl & Frank Francis (MGB), Ian & Jenny Roberts (MGB), Darryl & Yvonne Bell (MGB), Pat & Julie-Anne Birmingham (MGB), Gary & Janis Lawrence (MX5), Glen & Bev Hadfield (MGB), Owen Douglas & Ken (MGB), Rob Fraser (MG TD).
Photos attached: DDC Monthly 28 March 2021 (3,8,11,12,13)
Wednesday 14th April – Lunch Run
Our April luncheon get together, kindly organised by Marilyn & Phil O’Brien was at Federation Park, Vale View which is just outside Toowoomba. The elevated park, with trees planted for past Prime Ministers, is an ideal spot for a picnic lunch and saw a gathering of ten members: Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (Pajero), Ron & Judy Gillis (MGB), Brian & June Phillips (MGB GT), Gary Lawrence (Escort MkI), Glen & Bev Hadfield (VW Polo), Cheryl Francis (Mazda).
DARLING DOWNS CHAPTER NEWSLETTER - January, 2021
As we leave behind 2020, we appreciate the opportunities we still had to get together, and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 2021.
11 November 2020 – Lunch Run
Our final lunch get together organised by Marilyn & Phil O’Brien was the ever-popular Kingfisher Café, Springs Garden World Toowoomba. There was a very good turnout and the delays in food service were put to good use – an ideal time for everyone to catch up, discuss the year that was, and think about Christmas.
It was also an opportunity to welcome our newest member, Karen O’Neill and to farewell long term members Denis and Imelda Logan who are moving north to the Bundaberg region. Denis and Imelda will be greatly missed for their good humour and friendship, although our loss may be another Chapter’s gain.
Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (TR7), Ron Gillis (CX3), Pam & Guy West (Subaru), Helen Goodfellow & Del Jensen (Corolla), Narelle & Rob Fraser (MG TD), Brian & June Phillips (MG TC), Denis & Imelda Logan (Audi), Gary & Janis Lawrence (MGB), Karen O’Neill (MGB), Owen & Kay Douglas (MGB), Glen Hadfield (VW Passat), Cheryl Francis & Jenny Bradford (MGB).
All Darling Downs Chapter members would like to take the opportunity to thank Marilyn & Phil O’Brien for organising all of our lunch gatherings and venues in 2020. They managed to provide safe and interesting locations whenever we were permitted “gather” and we appreciated their flexibility and support.
29 November 2020 – Monthly Run
November saw the last of our monthly runs in a year where we had to cancel several. It’s almost a tradition for June and Brian Phillips to organise this one and, once again, it was a most enjoyable and well attended gathering to finish off. In all, 29 members an excellent Café 63 breakfast after additional tables were arranged.
Given how dry and hot November had been, Brian wisely kept the run a little shorter, but we covered a highly recommended route via the Silver Pinch spur and Flagstone Creek to finish at Hodgson Vale. Plenty of twists and turns on this one and, as Brian cautioned everyone, brakes in good order are needed.
Morning tea in the park presented one last opportunity for a group photo and everyone was hesitant to finish up.
Brian & June Phillips (MG TF), Guy & Pam West (MR2), Lester & Rhonda Brosnan (MG TC), Michael & Marilyn Keating (MGA), Ian & Jenny Roberts (VW Passat), Glen Hadfield (MGB), Marilyn O’Brien (Nissan SX200), Fern & Rob Callow (MGF), Helen Goodfellow & Del Jensen (Corolla), Cheryl & Frank Francis (MGB), Ron & Judy Gillis (MGB), Owen & Kay Douglas (MGB), Andrew & Susan Willesden (MGB), Rob & Narelle Fraser (MGB GT), Gary Lawrence (MX5), Gene & Faye Lucas (MG TD).
As we head into the new year, thanks to all the individual monthly run organisers, including those who were planning runs that we had to cancel. We don’t have near as much fun without your efforts. Here’s hoping this year is a little smoother and consistent.
DARLING DOWNS CHAPTER NEWSLETTER
Darling Downs Chapter - September 2020
After months off the road, so to speak, the chapter finally looked to get back into our previous routine commencing with a get together for lunch in early August. Unfortunately, before we could get to the end of the month, further restrictions on gatherings in the Darling Downs, Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley put an end to our plans for our late August run. We’ll need to consider our options for the remainder of the year, but will take this opportunity to pass on our thoughts to everyone across the state, hoping you’re all safe and well.
Lunch Run – Wednesday, 12 August 2020
This was our first luncheon and chance to catch up as a group for some time, as well as get a few cars back on the road. The venue, organised by Phil and Marilyn O’Brien, was the Meringandan Hotel. Five months is a very long, dry spell for members to be apart and lots of water had passed under the bridge(s). A few members had hit the Queensland roads in their caravans and apparently it’s very busy on western and coastal roads – great to see for all the communities involved.
Members caught up on a range of things, especially regarding vehicles, new purchases etc.
In particular, it was great to see Brian and June Phillips bring along their newly restored MGTC – well, finished earlier in the year but most of us haven’t had a chance to see it on the road. A beautiful result for all of Brian’s hard work. A big welcome to Don and Kathy Baills who came along to their first event in their MGTF.
All went well at the Meringandan Pub, with the COVID-19 restrictions in place but not affecting our 13 members enjoying the usual awesome meals and terrific service. Thanks to everyone for confirming their attendance beforehand – something that has become much more important these days to make bookings.
Marilyn & Phil O’Brien (Triumph TR7)
Faye & Gene Lucas (Honda SUV)
June & Brian Phillips (MG TC)
Kathy & Don Baills (MG TF)
Owen Douglas (MGB)
Glen Hadfield (MGB)
Ron Gillis (MGB)
Cheryl Francis (MGB)
Gaye Hawkshaw (Ford Capri)
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