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
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)
DARLING DOWNS CHAPTER NEWSLETTER
March 2020 Octagon Report – Darling Downs Chapter
Wednesday 22nd January – Twilight Run
After a long hot and dry summer, our first run of the year was planned as a twilight event to avoid the heat of the day. The timing was perfect, for ducks at least, as the first heavy rains for some time hit Toowoomba – heavy enough for us to make the choice: cancel the drive and head straight to the pub for dinner. The historic Downs Hotel in Drayton was the venue for our first get together and the food, ale and comradery were enjoyed with out a complaint about the weather, given ho desperate the region has been for rain.
Wednesday 12th February – Lunch Run
What a wonderful start to 2020, finally the Downs has had much needed rain over the last few weeks. Not enough, but certainly substantial, putting lots of smiles on the dials and providing plenty to discuss.
Our first lunch for 2020 was held at Club Glenvale in Toowoomba, due to the inclement weather, and was organised by Marilyn and Phil O’Brien who have once again come up with a diverse range of locations for our lunches throughout the year.
We had a great turn out that included 6 MG’s that ventured out. Hopefully, everyone made it home before the heavy rain as we departed on our various ways 2 hours later, with extra full stomachs and extremely horse voices.
It was great to see familiar faces and cars after our a seemingly long Christmas New year break.
Both Brian and Rob have vehicles nearly ready for road use, so all are hoping to see them mobile for our March luncheon at the Warwick Golf Club.
Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (Chrysler 300c)
Gene & Faye Lucas (49 MG TD)
Brian & June Phillips (MGB GT)
Gary Lawrence (Mazda BT50)
Owen Douglas (MGB)
Rob Frazer (D Max Isuzu)
Kevin Wruck (D Max Isuzu)
Greg & Beth Newey (MGB GT)
Glen Hadfield (HSV Ute)
Cheryl Francis (MG GS)
Sunday 23rd February – Monthly Run
It’s been a slow start to the year in terms of getting the cars out for a decent run, with the (welcome) weather playing havoc, but Sunday was near perfect – cool enough and only a little drizzle.
Kingfisher Café in the Springs Garden complex was the location to kick off the day, with 22 members arriving for breakfast. Welcome to Kevin and Ann Wruck on their first run. Although the outdoor terrace is very pleasant, this was an indoors meal with the threat of rain.
After a good catch up over the large breakfast, we headed off on a run south of Toowoomba to see how the recent rains had transformed the valleys and rolling hills of the area from a barren and brown outlook just weeks previous, to the almost luminous greens and black soils of the area. The smaller villages of Wyreema, Nobby, Greenmount and Clifton saw our convoy add even more colour to their surrounds.
There was some light rain as we ventured into the lower lands on our way west to Pittsworth. What was obvious were the areas where recent flooding had cut off the roads, but no trouble for us today, despite the drizzle. Surprising was the fact that the combination of cool, wet weather and a few miles still didn’t see any participants taking advantage of a quick toilet break at Clifton.
Centenary Park in the middle of Pittsworth is the ideal location for morning tea, with a large shelter from the rain (or sun), surrounded by the well managed rose gardens. The local press noticed our entry to town, which meant photos and commentary for the paper.
Afterwards, all made their way home following an enjoyable morning out.
Glen and Bev Hadfield, Ron and Judy Gillis, Gaye Hawkshaw and friend Debbie, Helen Goodfellow and Del Jensen, Ian and Jenny Roberts, Brian and June Phillips, Michael and Marilyn Keating, Rob Fraser, Kevin Wruck, Andrew and Susan Willensden, Phil and Marilyn O’Brien and Cheryl Francis.