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WHITSUNDAYS CHAPTER NOTICE
A message from Richard Collier of the Whitsunday Chapter ....
Given the demographics of the Chapter members and the measures being put into place to manage the virus by governments (self-isolation, meeting numbers) , I propose that we suspend MG Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) activities for the remainder of March and April 2020 and review the potential for the resumption of Chapter activities mid-April for May 2020 onwards.
Events which will be affected include:
Covered in Chrome & fun run April 12
“Natter & Chatter” & Dinner April 24
Hopefully things will be much clearer mid-April such that suspended Chapter Activities can resume.
Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report 14th June 2020 - MG car display at Mackay Marina followed by social run north to Seaforth by Richard Collier
With public restrictions associated with the pandemic COVID-19 continually being reviewed and restrictions unshackled, Chapter members were confident they could resume limited activities and remain in full compliance with the law. After what appeared to be an eternity, Chapter members were keen to get out and about and blow out the cobwebs. The forecast for the day was high probability of showers, the group decision was that the run go ahead, weather permitting.
A weather condition check at 0500hours on the morning gave little hint that at 0600hours the whole district would be engulfed in “pea soup” fog conditions, a hot day was on the cards. As the cars began arriving, the Marina precinct was noticeably quiet, and it soon became apparent that “Covered in Chrome” would not be resuming this month. Five cars were on display namely MGF (Jim & Lorna Forest); MGBGT (John & Sue Evetts); MGRV8 (Roger & Lesley Green); XJS Jaguar V12 (Tony Wall) and MGF (Richard & Lynn Collier).
Bob Evetts also provided his support on the day, his car (orange MG B roadster) is currently located in Melbourne. The group dispersed around 0820 hrs and agreed to re-group at the Mount Pleasant Greenfields carpark for a 0900 hrs departure for Seaforth, 48kms north east of Mackay.
We were joined by an MGY (Col & Fay Robinson) and a Porsche 911 (Rod Pacey) on the run north to Seaforth where we met up with an MGF driven by north region Chapter member Ross Chisholm.
The run up the Bruce Highway to The Leap was uneventful with light traffic encountered, with MGF setting the pace and the MGY managing the rear. Seaforth is a sleepy beachfront town with a large proportion of permanent residents and is one of the most popular recreational fishing destinations in the Mackay Region.
It is ideally located to launch a boat to explore the beautiful Newry Island group. Upon arrival in Seaforth we parked the cars in the shade of large mango trees and almost immediately there was a steady stream of visitors as the cars soon become the focus of many questions, in particular the Jaguar XJS V12 two door.
Following some “natter and chatter” covering a wide range of topics, members began to disperse and go their separate ways while others tasted the local takeaways on offer. A successful post pandemic COVID-19 car rally had been executed within the confines of the approved pandemic restrictions.
Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report 28th February 2020
Participate in “Natter & Chatter” and Dinner at North Mackay Bowls Club, report by Richard Collier.
One of the deliverables from the recent “Whitsunday Chapter re-set” was the scheduling of bi-monthly Chapter dinner outings, February being the first for 2020.
Attendees were responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the venue, table reservations were in place, with a meet and greet scheduled from 1800hrs. Following recent heavy rainfalls and ongoing repressive humidity, roll on winter, it was good to enjoy the cooler surroundings offered by the venue. Pre-dinner time provided an opportunity for some attendees to rekindle old acquaintances and for others time to lubricate their throats (partner lost toss, designated driver). Roger & Lesley Green (MG Rover V8) were able to join us on the night following Rogers’ recent hospital incarceration after he fell off a ladder whist pruning banana trees at home.
Other attendees included Bob Evetts (MG B); Jim & Lorna Forest (MG F); John & Sue Evetts (MG B GT); Chris & Tabbet Evetts (Toyota Supra); Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra) and Richard & Lynn Collier (MG TF).
Meal orders were placed and upon delivery to table clearly provided a challenge for many due to portion size. After meeting the challenge of dinner, the group settled down to serious discussions ranging from future Chapter outings to world events. An enjoyable dinner was had by all, excellent food, beverage and an atmosphere which encouraged interaction and building on relationships ensured a successful group outing.
The next formal Chapter dinner is scheduled for Friday 24 April 2020, details will be circulated once arrangements confirmed.
Whitsunday Chapter (South Region)
Report 9th February 2020
Participate in “Covered in Chrome” Mackay Harbour and social run to Old Station Tea House, Cape Hillsborough, report by Richard Collier.
“Covered in Chrome” was well underway when we arrived at the Mackay Harbour. The hot humid conditions so early in the morning made for unpleasant conditions, with very little breeze to assist in cooling. The heat was on in more
ways than one. Yours truly started the day by leaving home without a hat and as I would soon discover matters would continue to “go south before heading north.” Roger & Lesley Green (MG Rover V8) were unable to join us on the day as Roger fell off a ladder whist pruning banana trees at home, the net result being an extended stay in hospital. Chapter members wish Roger a speedy
Six cars participated in “Covered in Chrome”, attendees included Jim & Lorna Forest (MG F); John & Sue Evetts (MGBGT); Chris Evetts (Toyota Supra); Col & Fay Robinson (MG Magnette); Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra) and Richard Collier (MGA MKII).
The driving instructions for the social run nominated a group departure from the Greenfields Mount Pleasant carpark of 0915hrs. Upon returning home to get a
hat prior to going on the social run, damming evidence on the garage floor implying that the MGA had a leaking right rear brake.
The Suzuki Swift was quickly drafted into action as the MGTF was not available due to planned maintenance. The journey north along the Bruce Highway was uneventful, with the MGBGT setting the pace. With plenty of shade trees available, upon arrival cars were parked, we were met by our host and provided with an introductory welcome and shown to our reserved table on “the deck.”
The Old Station Tea House is steeped in local history, located approximately 40kms north of Mackay, it is a turn of the century railway station building that was relocated from its original home (Marian) into a rainforest setting along with rambling gardens close to the popular Cape Hillsborough National Park. The table service was quick, and the food (scones, jam and cream) was well received, with a drink focus on milkshakes along with the tea and coffee. The group settled down to serious discussions ranging from world events to general aviation. After “solving” some of the world issues, the group dispersed with some taking the opportunity to explore local beaches while others headed for home, but not before confirming that the next scheduled group outing will be our bi-monthly dinner on Friday 28 February 2020, details to be forwarded under separate cover.
Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report 8th December 2019 - “Covered in Chrome” Mackay Harbour and Social Run up the Pioneer Valley to Pinnacle Hotel – by Richard Collier
Well above average temperatures forecast and reported, restricted visibility and dry hot northerly winds, not exactly hood down motoring conditions. However, as it is often said, ‘there is always someone else who is worse off than yourself’. With this front of mind, Chapter members were canvassed regards their planned attendance at the scheduled “Covered in Chrome” and social run up the valley. On the day, humid hot conditions presented themselves along with a breeze from the north and the forecast for hotter conditions developing throughout the morning. Six cars participated in “Covered in Chrome” and the planned social run. Attendees included Jim & Lorna Forest (MG F); John & Sue Evetts (MG B GT); Col & Fay Robinson (MG Y); Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra); Rod Pacey (Porsche 911) and Richard & Lynn Collier (MGA MKII) with apologies from three.
Bob Evetts also provided his support on the day, his car (orange MG B roadster) was recently driven to Melbourne for use during upcoming family holidays. Overall total car numbers were down on previous months yet there were a couple of cars making appearance not previously seen. The group decided to disperse around 0830 hrs but not before agreeing to meet at the Mount Pleasant KFC carpark for a 0915 hrs departure for Pinnacle Hotel, 54km west of Mackay.
The run up the valley past freshly planted sugar cane paddocks saw us pass by Farleigh, Pleystowe, Marian, Mirani and Gargett to the Pinnacle Hotel, the journey was uneventful, with the MGA setting the pace and the Porsche managing the rear. Despite the forecast weather, there were high traffic movements encountered at times.
Upon arrival at Pinnacle Hotel, our planned destination, the cars were parked, making use of any available shade and a beer garden extended table selected which facilitated small group conversations. Orders were placed for cold drinks along with the renowned Pinnacle Pie and/or Pizza. The table service was quick, and the food was very well received.
After a couple of hours of “natter and chatter” with a wide range of topics opened for discussion and with the outside temperatures on the rise as forecast, members began to disperse and go their separate ways. Judging by the feedback from attendees, a good time was had by all and ideas generated for future Chapter outings. With many Chapter members planning to be away over the Christmas/New Year period, January activities will be monitored.