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, (organised by our Midweek Run Conveners). Day runs commence on the last Sunday of the month from various locations. Details of all runs are included in the "What's On" link on the MG Car Club website.
For further information contact Darling Downs's Conveners:
Grahame Peacock - Coordinator
Mobile: 0438 615 007
Narelle & Rob Fraser – Midweek Run Conveners
(replacing Marilyn & Phil O'Brien from 1 January 2022)
Darling Downs Chapter - 14 September 2022
On a beautiful Spring day, twelve MG members travelled to Leyburn for our monthly lunch run at the hotel. This town was always a favourite place for our monthly lunch runs for a number of years.
It was great to see Ray and Susanne Edwards travel up the range to join our party.
Present were Narelle Fraser, Jim Carstens, Ron and Judy Gillis, Faye and Gene Lucas, Gaye Hawkshaw and Debbie, Alan and Debbie Maskell, Ray and Susanne Edwards.
Darling Downs Chapter Lunch run August 10th 2022.
The August lunch run was organised to travel to Leyburn, only to discover the Chef had covid. Oh panic, where to now. Contacted the Bull and Barley Inn at Cambooya who were happy to oblige the twelve of us for lunch. A great lunch was supplied and all enjoyed the run out in the country on a beautiful day.
Members on the run were
Rob and Narelle Fraser - MG TD
Ron and Judy Gillis - Mazda
Allan and Deb Maskell - MG B GT
Janis Lawrence - Mazda
Cheryl Francis - MG B
Phil and Marilyn O’Brien - Triumph TR7
Jim Carsons - Falcon
Report by Rob and Narelle Fraser
DARLING DOWNS CHAPTER - 28 August 2022
7 cars met at Mt Kynoch on a very foggy and cold morning in Toowoomba for the monthly run which was organised by Michael and Marilyn Keating. It was heartening to know that the sun was shining brightly down in the Valley, which is where we were headed today.
The run would take us down to Esk via Hampton and then on to Toogoolawah for morning tea. It was an uneventful drive down the range and after a quick stop in Esk, it was on to Toogoolawah via a country road through Biarra. The road was narrow and we encountered a few one lane bridges, but at least it was bitumen with very little traffic. We passed through scenic farmlands before arriving in Toogoolawah. We did a little tour of the town, and all were amazed at just how big the town was. All of us had at some time passed the turnoff into the town whilst travelling along the Brisbane Valley Highway but none had taken the time to venture in and have a look around. We enjoyed our morning tea at Lions Park where there were lots of chatting and catching up with other members. A little hiccup with a back wheel saw one member get his hand caught between the wheel and the mudguard when his helper released the weight he was supporting. No injuries were sustained. We all live and learn, don’t we, Brian.
It was soon time to head off on the second part of the run which would take us around Somerset Dam. We had been this way before, but at that time there was hardly any water in the dam. What a difference water can make.
The views from the lookouts were magnificent. We took a few minutes to drive around the housing estate at Lake Somerset. Just as we thought, there were some beautiful homes in that estate with views of Lake Somerset at their doorstep. The next stop was a quick drive into The Spit which was very busy with water skiing happening on one side, and power boat racing on the other. Our last stop was at the Dam Wall, which to most of the ladies, probably wasn’t very exciting at all but surely the men could find some engineering feat to talk about.
It was then on to the town of Esk for our lunch stop at the Grand Hotel. We were met by two lovely ladies who showed us to our reserved tables. It wasn’t long before silence prevailed whilst we enjoyed our meals. It is some time since we have seen courteous, friendly and helpful staff that looked after us that day. A big thank you to the Grand Hotel in Esk and well done to all their staff. After lunch, those members who live in Toowoomba retraced their steps back up the range, albeit at a slower pace than when we came down. A good day was had by all.
Michael & Marilyn Keating (MGBGT), Helen Goodfellow and Del Jensen (Corolla), June and Brian Phillips (MGBGT), Gene and Faye Lucas (MGTD), Gary and Janis Lawrence (MGB), Glen and Bev Hadfield (Polo VW), Gaye Hawkshaw and Debbie (Camry).
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