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)

Email: glenhadfield@outlook.com

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)

Email: obrienrallysport@hotmail.com

Mobile: 0488 750 037

Click here for 2020 calendar. of events

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).

 

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Octagon Report September 2021

Darling Downs Chapter

 

Wednesday 14th July – Picnic at Steel Rudd Park

 

Our July lunch get together, organised by Marilyn and Phil O’Brien, was at Steele Rudd Park near East Greenmount. Ten members enjoy a picnic in what turned out to be a reasonable day, weatherwise. It was great to have David and Meryl Miles join us for lunch after making the trip up from Brisbane in their immaculate 1958 Magnette. A great chance to catch up, tell a few stories and enjoy the company with plenty of laughs. The Park is on the site of the boyhood home of Steele Rudd, and where he found the inspiration to write On Our Selection and other Australian classics.

 

Those in attendance: Brian & June Phillips (MGB); Ron & Judy Gillis (MGB); Owen & Kay Douglas (MGB); Glen & Bev Hadfield (Modern); David & Meryl Miles (Magnette)

Wednesday 14th July - Picnic at Steel Rudd Park

 

Our July lunch get together, organised by Marilyn and Phil O’Brien, was at Steele Rudd Park near East Greenmount. Ten members enjoy a picnic in what turned out to be a reasonable day, weatherwise. It was great to have David and Meryl Miles join us for lunch after making the trip up from Brisbane in their immaculate 1958 Magnette. A great chance to catch up, tell a few stories and enjoy the company with plenty of laughs. The Park is on the site of the boyhood home of Steele Rudd, and where he found the inspiration to write On Our Selection and other Australian classics.

 

Those in attendance: Brian & June Phillips (MGB); Ron & Judy Gillis (MGB); Owen & Kay Douglas (MGB); Glen & Bev Hadfield (Modern); David & Meryl Miles (Magnette).

Wednesday 11th August - Lunch at Cambooya

 

The Bull & Barley Hotel at Cambooya remains one of our favourite lunch venues, and it was the location for our August lunch organised by Marilyn and Phil O’Brien. A beautiful day saw 4 MG’s, a TR7 and a Subaru driven to Cambooya. The Hotel once again lived up to its reputation for good sized and value meals. The get together was also an opportunity to celebrate birthdays for our three Leo’s in Rob, Phil and Brian. Most discussions now seem to be around what we will do for travels once border restrictions and lockdowns are done with, but it’s always great to catch up locally and see more of Queensland.

 

Participants were: Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (TR7); Brian & June Phillips (MG TC); Gary & Janis Lawrence (MX5); Rob & Narelle Fraser (MGB); Ron & Judy Gillis (MGB); Guy & Pam West (Subaru).

Sunday 29th August – Monthly Run to the Muntapa Tunnel & Oakey

Our August monthly run, organised by Rob and Narelle Fraser, presented an opportunity to see a bit of Downs history while giving the cars a really good run to the north west of Toowoomba. The rolling hills through the townships of Meringandan and Goombungee, up to the outstanding views from the Great Dividing Range crossing at Haden, provided an enjoyable drive out to the main attraction for morning tea – the Muntapa Tunnel, not far from Cooyar. No longer in use, the ex-railway tunnel is Queensland’s longest straight railway tunnel (at over 280 metres) and the only tunnel in Queensland that crosses between the coastal and inland sides of the Great Dividing Range. It is also home to a colony of microbats.

 

Despite some fuel intake problems with one vehicle, this was an ideal spot for morning tea. About 3 km’s of dirt road in was easily managed, although a good number of old British cars at the park was an unexpected sight for some visitors in their 4WD’s that were “off the beaten track”.

 

Following morning tea, including another birthday celebration for our four August babes, we ventured through the hills to the west and then some open roads south to Oakey where we enjoyed a very good lunch, meat raffles included, at the Bernborough Tavern – recommended if you’re out Oakey way. An interesting day out for the group of 21, thanks to Rob and Narelle.

 

Participants: Glen & Bev Hadfield (MGB); Andrew & Susan Willesden (MGB); Cheryl & Frank Francis (MGB); Helen Goodfellow & Del Jensen (modern); Brian & June Phillips (MGB GT); Phil & Marilyn O’Brien (TR7); Darryl & Yvonne Bell (MGB); Gary & Janis Lawrence (MGB GT); Tony & Leigh Wright (MGA); Rob & Narelle Fraser (Mini Cooper); Pat Bermingham (MGB).

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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).

 

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).

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