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'A BIT OF THIS & THAT' (1)

This page is designed to give you information that just doesn't fit into any of the other categories. For example, available here are two pages of a magazine 'The Steering Wheel' detailing a hillclimb held by the Riley Car Club at Mt Cotton in 1933 - but not at our venue! [Page 1] [Page 2]

Also, Ann Thomson was awarded a Life Membership of CAMS this year and, while her citation was published in the Octagon, it should be more generally and permanently available to our members so that they can appreciate her service to the Club and to motorsport.

 

We also had our members competing in significant events (event if not put on by the MGCCQ) such as the hillclimbs at Burleigh, Whites Hill, Toowoomba and Warwick and this provides a place for these events to be acknowledged.


There have also been a whole range of excellent articles of historical interest published in the Octagon. Members who join the Club after the publication of these rarely get the chance to read them. Here on the website they can be accessed at any time. Amongst these are the well-researched articles by Malcolm Spiden on the history of motorsport in Queensland. 
 

There is also a collection of snippets of intriguing information gleaned whilst the archiving of all articles in all Octagons was being undertaken. As a play on words to indicate that these were from the past, they were aptly named ‘Octagone’.
 

Early Club member, Ken Ebeling, was a diarist and keeper of records with the result that his memoirs of his motoring days provide an accurate account of his pursuit of motorsport while a member of the Club.

LAND OF THE CLUBROOMS IN 1974 – Photo supplied by Pat Collins whose family farmed the area where the Clubrooms now stand (thus the name of Collinsvale St)

These were written primarily for his family along with his complete life story but he has made the motoring sections available to the Club. They have been serialized in the Octagon and are still available on the Octagon page of the website but are available here as well. They make fascinating reading of his life with his MGs as well as giving us insight into early Club events.
 

Some photos of the building of the hillclimb were made available when the book ‘History of the Hill’ was being compiled in 2007. They are reproduced here along with a number of candid photos of Club members at working bees.

There are also individual stories such as those written by Lionel Ayers about racing his TC and Bruce McMillan about the early days of the Club.
 

These have been organized into two major sections:

  1. Photos of general interest (below)

  2. Octagon articles of enduring interest(click here)

STRATHPHINE

Charlie Whatmore in his Jaguar at Whites Hill - photo supplied by Trevor Chappell.

John Gill competing at Whites Hill

The MG TF in which Gordon McNicol and John Muller competed in the Ampol trial

Vince Jordan (MG TF) competing at the second Interclub gymkhana; this one held at Caboolture on June 13, 1955 - Photo from Ken Ebeling

Joe Marano, MGA, at the Redcliffe Jaycee Road-eo 28.4.57 - Photo from Ken Ebeling

Ian's first race meeting which was at Toowoomba - Photo from Ian Michels

Club presentation of trophies. L to R: Ian Michels, Mrs Thomas, Ray Lovejoy - Photo from Ian Michels

Brian Tebble’s turn - Photo from Warwick Hillclimb Nov 64 from Elaine Hamilton

1963 - Photo from Keith Anderson

John Gill competing at Whites Hill

John Gill competing in his TF at AHC at Toowoomba in 1955 - Photo from Ken Ebeling

Ken in his TR2 in the ‘pits’ at the 1956 Burleigh hillclimb - Photo from Ken Ebeling

A page from Ken’s photos album of the 1956 Burleigh hillclimb and Strathpine 1956  - Photo from Ken Ebeling

Newspaper cutting about the Toowoomba race meeting - Photo from Ian Michels

Kerry Horgan on the starting line - Photo from Warwick Hillclimb Nov 64 from Elaine Hamilton

Photo from Garnet Smith

Fred Dyke and Bill Pickett at tthe Jaycee Road-eo 28.4.57 - Photo from Ken Ebeling

THE BUILDING OF MT COTTON HILLCLIMB

Photos  below provided by Denis Bright who was on the Board of Directors of  Mt Cotton Hillclimb Ltd at its formation on Dec 28, 1966.

Clearing the hillclimb site.

Photo from Brian Tebble shows the building of the track

Photo from Brian Tebble shows the building of the track

Photo from Brian Tebble shows the building of the track

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Brian Tebble shows the building of the track

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows him supervising the building of the hillclimb

Photo from Brian Tebble shows the building of the track

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

Photo from Jon McCarthy shows that working bees included a bit of fun

1967 photo supplied by Geoff Gettons shows the track just after surfacing.

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