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)
DDC Run - 30 May, 2022 Report
We then headed out through Clifton and on to Pittsworth for our lunch. Once again the countryside was very open, and the cars purred along the narrow road as we enjoyed our freedom after being cooped up for weeks with the rain.
Lunch at the Pittsworth Hotel/Motel was enjoyed by us all.
ATTENDEES: Ron & Judy Gillis; Andrew & Susan Willesden; Owen & Kay Douglas; Michael & Marilyn Keating; Darryl & Yvonne Bell; Brian & June Phillips; Ian & Jenny Roberts; Mal & Barbara Campbell; Cheryl & Frank Francis; Gaye Hawkshaw; Debbie; Tony and Leigh Wright
DDC Monthly Run 30 January 2022 - Report
The Darling Downs Chapter’s first Monthly run for 2022, organised by Glen and Bev Hadfield, began with us meeting for breakfast at Aromas Café in Toowoomba. The café has plenty of parking for the cars, and provides good quality food and service. On this occasion, we managed to get in before the cyclists and runners (a lesson learnt from a previous event).
We had 15 members arrive for the breakfast, with another 4 joining for the run afterward on what turned out to be a perfect day in terms of the weather, following rain during the week. The only challenge for this venue as a starting point is getting everyone together after the (very) long walk to the toilet after breakfast for some.
The run itself took us down into the Lockyer Valley via Silver Pinch Rd, and ideal downhill for the MG’s with plenty of bends. Still many of us that haven’t spotted “Brian’s Rolls Royce”.
The Valley provided some longer, straighter stretches as we negotiated our way around the Ma Ma, Flagstone and Stockyard Creek areas before the long climb back up to Hodgson Vale. Morning tea at Panoramic Dr lookout provided great views to the south. While there was one car with mechanical challenges on the climb, help from our tail-end Charlie (thanks Ron) made sure they got back to town safely, although they couldn’t make morning tea.
Participants on the day were: Glen and Bev Hadfield (MGB), Rob and Narelle Fraser (MGB GT), Ron and Judy Gillis (MGB), Gary and Janis Lawrence (MGB), Pat Birmingham (MGB), Owen and Kay Douglas (MGB), Ian and Jenny Roberts (MGB), Cheryl and Frank Francis (MGB), Brian and June Phillips (MGB GT), Andrew and Susan Willesden (MGB).
DARLING DOWNS CHAPTER NEWSLETTER -
Octagon Report – January, 2022
8 September 2021 – Lunch Run
Marilyn and Phil O’Brien, planned our September luncheon at the Japanese Gardens in Toowoomba. What magnificent weather for a picnic at such a wonderful location. Everything was looking beautiful, with the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers about to start. The small group of members that came along enjoyed the peace and quiet of the location, providing an opportunity for plenty of discussion and exchange of ideas.
Participants: Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (TR7), Brian Phillips (MG TF), Gary & Janis Lawrence (MGB), Glen Hadfield (MGB), Rob Fraser (MG TD).
Report: Marilyn O’Brien
26 September 2021 – Monthly Run
Marilyn and Michael Keating organised a really enjoyable run and lunch in the Lockyer for our September end of month get together. Thirteen enthusiastic MG drivers and their navigators met at Mt Kynoch in Toowoomba at 8.30am on Sunday morning for a relaxing drive down the range to the Lockyer Valley and surrounds. The route took us down to the Valley via Murphy’s Creek and then on to the Warrego Highway and into Gatton, where we waited for everyone to catch up before continuing the run. Then a scenic drive through the rural areas of Ropeley, Woodlands, Blenheim and Mulgowie saw many a vegetable paddock looking green and healthy before we turned off to drive through the Lakes Drive Estate. This was a new area to see for most of the drivers, and we wound our way to the other side finishing on the Gatton Laidley Road. Lake Dyer was our nominated morning tea stop which gave everyone time for a well-earned cuppa and a chance to catch up with other members.
After morning tea, it was a quick drive to Laidley where, again, we waited for everyone to arrive, before continuing through the Laidley residential area and on to Mountain Road where our next stop was to be the Cunningham Crest Lookout. Explorer Cunningham viewed his new land from this point, and where you can see the views of the Lockyer Valley west to Toowoomba and south to Cunningham’s Gap. Most people braved the walk up to the lookout platform via a large number of steps but it was worth the visit. Some of the cars had to give low gear a workout to climb a few hills along the way, but all were successful and no problems arose. Our next drive took us through the small village of Summerholm before turning onto the Warrego Highway for a short drive to Plainlands, over the Highway bypass and through the farming areas of Glenore Grove and Lake Clarendon.
[Cunningham's Crest Lookout, near Laidley, is where Cunningham stood proudly to view his new land. Visitors to Cunningham's Crest Lookout are rewarded with panoramic views of the Lockyer Valley west to Toowoomba and south to Cunningham's Gap. The lookout features two amazing viewing platforms and picnic tables, as well as murals and sculptures. Cunningham's Crest is a must-see!]
Participants on the day were: Michael & Marilyn Keating (MGA), Glen Hadfield (MGB), Alan & Debbie Maskell (MGA), Narelle & Rob Fraser (MG TD), Owen Douglas & Ken (MGB), Cheryl & Frank Francis (MGB), Kevin & Anne Wruck (Mini), Brian Phillips (MGB), Ron & Judy Gillis (MGB), Ian & Jenny Roberts (MGB), Darryl & Yvonne Bell (MGB), Andrew & Susan Willesden (MGB), Gene & Faye Lucas (MG TD).
Report: Marilyn Keating
Photos: DDC Monthly Run 26 Sept 2021 (1, 5, 6, 7, 11, 16)
13 October 2021 – Lunch Run
October saw us venture to Clifton for lunch organised by Marilyn & Phil O’Brien at the ever-popular O’Shanley’s Irish Pub. Picture postcard perfect weather got fourteen members out, of course with further enticement of O’Shanley’s spot-on cuisine, which made for an enjoyable get together.
Local member, Col Schiller and daughter Christine were able to come along in his immaculate MG TC, and it was great to catch up with them. Special mention to the latecomer who apparently was on-time until she got lost. We also had contact from Beth Newey who is moving closer to family and wished everyone well.
Participants: Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (Toyota 86), Ron & Judy Gillis (CX3), Brian & June Phillips (MGB GT), Helen Goodfellow & Del Jensen (Corolla), Colin & Christine Schiller (MG TC), Gary Lawrence (MX5), Rob & Narelle Fraser (MGB GT), Cheryl Francis (MGB).
Report: Marilyn O’Brien
Photo: DDC Lunch Run 13 October 2021 (2)
31 October 2021 – Monthly Run
A fine sunny morning for our October run to Fernvale, organised by Ian and Jenny Roberts. A good group of members gathered at an early 7.15am. We began at 7.30 and made a leisurely drive down Flagstone Creek Rd. The scenery as usual was spectacular, particularly the stretch at the bottom of the hill. We arrived at the Floating Cafe at Grantham for breakfast around 8.00am and were greeted by the young ladies of the Cafe in Halloween costumes (certainly made it different). I heard nothing but praise for the service. The meals came out quickly and were enjoyed by all.
The Floating Cafe was named after the 2011 floods. Why the strange name? It's a cheeky poke
at the 2011 floods that swept through Grantham. The cafe was actually torn from its foundations and came to rest alongside a nearby Jacaranda tree.
After our hearty breakfast we travelled a fairly straight run to Fernvale (approx. one hour and five minutes). We managed to squeeze into a car park across the road from Fernvale bakery. The bakery was very popular and hundreds of people were in either the surrounds or lined up for the bakery. Congratulations to Owen and Kay for braving the line up at the bakery.
Participants on the day were: Ian & Jenny Roberts (MGB); Michael & Marilyn Keating (MGB GT); Phil & Marilyn O'Brien (TR7); Cheryl Francis (MGB); Ron & Judy Gillis (Mazda); Glen & Bev Hadfield (MGB); Gaye Hawkshaw & Debbie (Toyota); Brian & June Philips (MGB GT); Owen & Kay Douglas (MGB); Helen Goodfellow & Del Jensen (Toyota); Andrew & Susan Willesden (MGB); Rob & Narelle Fraser (MGB GT).
Report: Ian Roberts
Photos: DDC Monthly Run 31 October 2021 (4,6)
10 November 2021 – Lunch Run
Our final lunch get-together for the year was at the ever-popular Meringandan Hotel, site of the largest meals in the area. It was also the final run organised by Marilyn & Phil O’Brien who, after 4 years, have handed the luncheon reins over to Narelle Fraser. Eighteen participants turned up to say thanks and enjoy the couple of hours conversation while enjoying the meals and a drink. Welcome to first-timers, Rob and Kat Waterman, who came along to meet everyone and were well received.
In attendance were: Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (Toyota 86); Rob & Kat Waterman (Suzuki); Helen Goodfellow & Del Jensen (Toyota); Kevin Wruck & Rob Fraser (Mini); Darryl & Yvonne Bell (MGB); Pat Birmingham (Honda); Ian & Jenny Roberts (VW); Gaye Hawkshaw & Debbie (Toyota); Cheryl Francis (MGB); Glen & Bev Hadfield (VW).
Photo: DDC Lunch 10 November (2)
28 November – Monthly Run
In anticipation of hot days associated with the impending summer, our November event was a twilight run, commencing at 5:30pm from the Blue Mountain Hotel in Toowoomba. As can happen, the weather on the range didn’t comply and it was quite a cool and breezy evening. This was also to be our final run of the year and an opportunity to get together before the holiday period. A good roll up of 26 members took part.
A shortish run of around 60 miles took us through the north-west surrounds of Toowoomba, through local villages Gowrie Junction, Kingsthorpe and Goombungee, with some minor changes necessary because of recent rains.
Only one section still had water over the road, shallow enough not to be a concern. The run finished back at the Blue Mountain Hotel where we enjoyed a quality dinner at the pub. Previous twilight runs from this location had lost a couple of drivers, but all arrived together this year.
Those who came along were: Glen & Bev Hadfield (MGB); Kevin & Anne Wr4uck (Mini); Gene & Faye Lucas (Honda); Cheryl & Frank Francis (MGB); Michael & Marilyn Keating (MGB GT); Gaye Hawkshaw & Debbie (Toyota); Owen & Kay Douglas (MGB); Ian & Jenny Roberts (MGB); Gary & Janis Lawrence (MX5); Rob & Narelle Fraser (MGB GT); Ferne & Rob Callow (MG F); Brian & June Phillips (MGB GT); Ron & Judy Gillis (MGB).
Photo: DDC Twilight Run 28 November 2021 (1)
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