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Saturday, 16 November 2019
Ellis Beach to High Falls Restaurant, Whyanbeel
Participants – John and Cherie Purple Ford Ute, Kim and Fiona White MGB, Brendon and June White
MGB, John and Helen Yellow MGB, Bob and Patty Red MGA, Ken and Irene Blue MGB, Harvey and
Kay Green TD, Tony and Yanti Green TD.
Saturday was chosen for our run today, with lots happening approaching the festive season, adjusting days to suit was the go.
John’s red Midget wouldn’t start this morning so unfortunately reverted to the modern car today -
still investigating the issue.
A few chose to just have coffee only and met at Ellis Beach café then on to their other plans.
What agorgeous day for a drive, perfect Spring weather before the heat of summer sets in. The drive northis always a good choice, the views over the crystal blue Pacific Ocean a winner as we travel up thehighway.
Non eventful run mechanically wise, which is always a bonus. Heading westward afterregrouping at Mossman township opposite the local market, we arrived at High Falls Farm for arelaxing lunch, crossing the little flowing waterway onto the restaurant amongst the fruit trees,sitting beside the water. Yummy eats were in order including the fresh fruit grown on site as well astaking advantage of other locally sourced produce. All in all a lovely meet before the craziness of thefestive season sets in.
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Saturday 14 December 2019
Christmas Dinner – Paradise Palms Golf Club, Palm Cove
John and Cherie Fransen
Dave and Val Murray
Kim and Fiona Halloran
Bob and Patty Ingram
Harvey and Kay Williams
Brendon and June Hammersley
Pauline and Graham Hepburn
Steve and Maureen Girardi
Tony Boland and Yanti
Chris and Val Millar
Unfortunately Barry Moran and Maureen were unable to join us, however had planned to come.
Our end of year dinner was at Paradise Palms Golf Course, it is always nice to finish off with a Christmas get together to discuss the year that was, have a bit of festive fare, laugh and to wish each other well for Christmas and the New Year. A buffet meal was set with a few other separate parties going on around us too. Interestingly enough the DJ for the night has an MG too but off the road for a bit with some head gasket issues...... seems everyone has an MG story of some sort, haha.
Here is a picture of our group for the night, there was a few other fun, but dodgy pictures that we will leave to the imagination, not for publication, tee hee.
We take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas, and all the best too for the New Year, may 2020 be a great one. On behalf of the FNQ Chapter I know we are all looking forward to spending more time with our local group next year and also the other Chapters at different organised events, both state based and nationally. Thank you for the support we have received from our FNQ Members helping plan and organise events, as well as the comradery we experience each year from the Qld committee members and all their expanse of helpers too.
We might be a long way away up here in FNQ, but we always feel that you are not really that far away if assistance is needed. That is us for 2019 it was a fun year, cheers John and Cherie
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Sat/Sunday 19 - 20 October, 2019 -- Annual Tour de Cassowary 2019 - Innisfail and Mission Beach
Participants – Tony B Green PA, Rod Red MGB V8, John and Cherie Red Midget, Kim and Fiona White MGB, Brendon and June Red Austin Healey, Graham and Pauline Red Ferrari, Bob and Patty Red MGA, David and Val White MGB, Allan Red MGB
A well looked forward to weekend, held in FNQ, is the annual Tour de Cassowary - an event for Classic Cars 30 years or older, including a car display, time trial, observation run, then Concours d’Elegance, followed by presentation dinner. The second day is a fun Regatta drive to look around the local area then participants head home.
Most headed down late Friday afternoon to stay at Mission Beach, a lovely seaside village overlooking Dunk Island and, after settling in, enjoyed dinner together.
Saturday morning after breakfast the group travelled back to Innisfail for a startup car display in the river front park, for both competitors and locals to have a look, then some instructions were given for Stage 1 Observation run trip Innisfail to Mena Creek. Mena Creek was our lunch stop.
Then the afternoon included the Time trial to north Mission Beach via Kurrimine Beach, where you had to pick up a bauble from the bar staff or risk having to perform a solo dance. Main tip however was ‘don’t run over any Cassowaries’!
Good tip! Interestingly enough to say, on the final Regatta day out of Mission Beach, a Chapter Member saw one of the big birds with chick in tow roadside, however she was the only one who saw it, so we are not sure whether she was still recovering from the night’s before bevvies, chuckle.
Time trial completed, the end to the day consisted of a Concours held on the front lawn of Castaways Resort overlooking the beach, so everyone had to give their cars a spit and polish to get rid of the day’s dust. There was a beautiful presentation of all sorts of motor cars including the day’s judge showing his rebuilt 1904 FN originally from Belgium - chassis was a gate found on a station and the engine and sundry ran the shearing shed. It was a gorgeous afternoon overlooking the water, what a great location. Dinner and awards concluded the evening.