WHITSUNDAYS CHAPTER 
Established 20 August, 2016​

CHAPTER CONTACTS:

Richard Collier 
Ph: 0418 792766 

Email: richard_lynn_c@hotmail.com

Whitsunday Chapter (North Region) Contact

Ross Chisholm - MG F owner

Ph:  0429 584787

Works: Whitsunday Sailing Club

Email: rosschisholm@gmail.com

Whitsunday Chapter (South) Report
 

30 April 2021 – Bi-monthly Chapter dinner at Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club, Rural View – narrated by Richard Collier.
 

With Labour Day long weekend and a Tasmania Car Rally as competition we knew from the outset it was a big ask to expect large numbers at the bi-monthly Chapter dinner and it is pleasing to record eight people gathered for a meal, some “natter and chatter” and unexpected excitement. 

 

Attendees were responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the Club.  On the nominated evening, the weather was atrocious, with heavy rain and wind, necessitating daily drives be wheeled out whilst our precious classics remained safe, sound, and dry in their respective garages.  Upon arrival at the club, it became abundantly clear that dining for some patrons was only part of the evening entertainment which included a Male Review Show (Ladies Night), which went a long way in explaining the biased male/female ratios. 

 

We were not intimidated at reception and progressed to complete COVID19 requirements, after all what could possibly go wrong as we were effectively under “close supervision” by spouses.  Confronted with multiple dinner choices, orders were placed, and table discussions initiated covering a wide and varied number of topics ranging from the in-house entertainment to future rally options.  The table service was efficient and orderly with meals best described as large portions. 

As the entertainment start time approached the dining room area began to decant, noise levels lowered, and personal space returned. 

Attendees include Roger Green (MGV8 Rover): Jim & Lorna Forest (MG F), Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra), Jim Robb (MGB)and Richard & Lynn Collier (MGA MK II). 

 

A quick head count confirmed during and after dinner that we had not been careless and lost any members of the dinner party. Key Learning – check respective website for entertainment details prior to making a booking to avoid unnecessary explanations.

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Whitsunday Chapter (South) Report

16th May 2021.  Impromptu rally for coffee and morning tea at Mirani.  Narrated by Richard Collier.
 

Chapter numbers at the May scheduled “Covered in Chrome” meeting were noticeably down due to competing events.  A suggestion that we go to Mirani for coffee and morning tea in the town park was canvassed with members via e-mail, with positive responses received.  It was pleasing to record twelve people indicated their availability to attend.  A Motorport Australia Permit application covering the proposed event was raised. 

 

The developed “run sheet” identified a muster point at the Good Guys carpark, North Mackay for a 9.30am departure.  The planned route had the cars meandering along country roads, taking in cane fields, and grazing land interspersed with highway travel, allowing for a range of speeds to be executed. 


Participants included Richard & Lynn Collier (MGF); Roger & Lesley Green (MGV8 Rover): Jim Forest (MGF), John Evetts (MGBGT), Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra), Mark & Ann Stephens (MGTF) and Jim Robb (MGB).

 John Vickery (MGB), a Eungella resident joined the group at Mirani; the choice of location significantly reducing his travel distance and resulting in eight car participation. 

 

Participants descended on the local diner only to find it temporally closed resulting in Plan B being implemented, the general store.  

 

Given the numbers involved, some time passed before all orders were serviced.  With food and beverage needs satisfied, the covered park benches were a welcome amenity and conversations were quickly struck-up covering a wide range of topics.    

 

After a period chewing the fat, the group started to go their separate ways, some returning home to Mackay whilst some took the opportunity to explore local attractions but not before agreeing on the next bi-monthly dinner (June) to be at the Surf Club, Mackay Harbour.

Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report 25 June 2021. 

Bi-monthly Chapter dinner at Mackay Surf Club. Compiled by Richard Collier.

A deliverable for the Chapter is scheduling of a bi-monthly dinner at an agreed venue location around Mackay, this month being the Mackay Surf Club.  The Surf club has struggled in recent years for various reasons, a situation not helped by COVID-19 restrictions.  When making the reservation, the club representative was courteous and helpful, from a customer perspective the vibes were positive and were further enhanced when confirming reservation numbers prior to the event. 

 

Attendees were responsible for making their own transport arrangements to and from the venue, nominated drivers being the preferred option.  

 

Despite being the start of school holidays there was a good turn-out, attendees included Richard & Lynn Collier (MGTF); Roger Green (MGRV8): Jim & Lorna Forest (MGF), John & Sue Evetts (MGBGT): Paul & Dianne Octrin (MGBGT Turbo): Gerry & Barb Deguara (MGBV8); Rod Pacey & Beverly (Porsche 911) and Albert & Leah Scheepers (MGB). 

Upon arrival the dinner party members were directed to the reserved table, drinks ordered, meals selected/orders placed, and several group conversations initiated.  Once meals ordered, the table service was swift and effective, the meals were well presented with portions on the large size.  With background noise minimal, conversations continued during dinner and post dinner covering a wide range of topics. 

 

Topics included future outing destinations and car runs and the obligatory grandchildren escapades.  After two hours of “natter and chatter”, it was time to exit the establishment and go our separate ways.  Feedback from the group was positive with regards the facilities, quality and quantity of meals and the level of interaction which was assisted by a low background noise environment. 

 

Suggestion made that we specify the table layout arrangement where possible when making future reservations to allow for improved interaction when large group of attendees involved. 

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