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

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Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report -  11 October 2020

“Covered in Chrome” at Mackay Marina, rally and lunch at Eungella Chalet, and celebration of 90th Anniversary of the MGCC UK.  Report by Richard Collier.

90-year anniversary celebrations by the MGCC (UK) is a milestone which very few motoring organisations worldwide can match, made even more significant given the turmoil which has been recorded during the last century.  COVID 19 pandemic remains a part of our daily lives, creating changes in our daily interaction with others.  Despite the changes there was a good roll up of classics cars on display, some of which appeared to be first timers.  Attendees included Roger & Lesley Green (MGRV8); Jim Forest MGF); John & Sue Evetts (MGBGT); Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra); Paul & Dianne Octrin (MGBGT Turbo) and Richard & Lynn Collier (MGAMKII/MGAF).  

 

Planned activities on such an auspicious day post “Covered in Chrome” included a rally to Eungella Chalet, some 80kms west of Mackay, with the group being joined midway in Mirani by John Vickery (MGB).  The run up the valley was uneventful, the group making good time and encountering only light traffic.  Our hosts had requested the cars be parked and displayed on the front lawn of the Chalet.  The offer was readily accepted, and this privileged display location was our small contribution to the worldwide celebrations on the day. 


Prior to ascending the range, Chalet personnel notified to ensure no delays securing access through the locked gates onto the front lawn. 

With a final “are you good to go?” at the scheduled stop at the base of the range, the cars made the ascent without any major issues, minor matters dealt with, as necessary upon arrival. Eungella is a township perched on the edge of the Clarke Range at the top of the Pioneer Valley west of Mackay and surrounded by National Park.  It is claimed to be the longest continual stretch of sub-tropical rainforest in Australia and the area is also well known for its platypuses. 

 

The Eungella Chalet was built in 1933 as a guest house for people requiring clear mountain air.  The Chalet has seen its fair share of cyclones and bush fires, bouncing back each time following repairs and refurbishments.  Access to the chalet and National Park is via a steep winding road, sections of which are subject to landslides during high rainfall events.  Once the cars had been seen too, attendees retreated to the Chalet to formally “sign in” as per the COVID19 Management Plan. 

 

A wide selection of food coupled with timely and friendly table service and liquid to lubricate the throats meant small group discussions were soon struck up.  Two hours passed quickly; group members started to disperse with some taking the opportunity to visit local attractions while others turned their attention to the return journey home. 

 

A big thank you to all involved, your enthusiasm and involvement on the day made for a successful day.

Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report 4October 2020

Impromptu coffee run to Mirani.  Report by Richard Collier
 

A phone call can change everything and so it was when I took a call from a Chapter member who indicated that “John was good for a Mirani coffee run in the morning and was I interested?” 

 

A quick round of phone calls and we had ourselves a convoy.  Morning dawned and the sky gave every indication that rain showers were most likely, the consensus being to go as planned.  

 

Attendees included Roger & Lesley Green (MGRV8); Jim Forest (MGF); John Evetts (MGBGT); Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra) and Richard Collier (MGF). 

 

The hastily prepared run sheet had the group meeting at The Good Guys Carpark North Mackay with a planned departure for Mirani of 0900hrs.  With a run leader appointed, the group departed with the route taking the cars via Glenella, the newly opened Mackay Bi-Pass ring road, west to Walkerston, joining the Mackay Eungella road east of Pleystowe for the run west to Marian and onto Mirani.  Upon arrival coffees and takeaways were ordered from the local store and consumed in the local park opposite. 

The group settled down to serious discussions including the planned October Chapter outing and the November Christmas Chapter dinner.  The group disbanded, some travelling to local sights while others took the direct return journey to Mackay.  An impromptu coffee run had been arranged and successfully executed by Chapter members.

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Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report -  13 September 2020

 

Participate in “Covered in Chrome” Mackay Marina followed by a run to Kuttabul Pub. Report by Richard Collier.

 

The forecast for the morning of our planned run was scattered showers, weather records on the day will record showers some twelve hours earlier leaving just the threat of rogue showers. The COVID 19 pandemic is very much a part of our daily lives, creating the need for changes in our daily interaction with others.

 

Despite the changes there was a good roll up of classics cars on display at Covered in Chrome.

Attendees included Roger Lesley Green (MGRV8); Jim Forest (MGF); John Evetts (MGBGT); Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra); Rod Pacey (Porsche 911); Bruce Ramsden (MGB); Chris Evetts (Toyota Supra) and Richard Collier (MGTF) with the group welcoming latest Whitsunday Chapter member Mark Lunnon (MGB).

 

The run sheet had the group meeting at The Good Guys Carpark North Mackay from 0930hrs onwards for coffee, with a planned departure for Kuttabul Pub of 1020hrs. With caffeine fix’s satisfied and a run leader appointed, the cars departed ahead of schedule. Due to significant road works currently underway to sections of the Bruce Highway adjacent to our departure point, our departure was planned via suburban streets to eliminate potential interaction.

 

The planned route took the cars via Glenella, the Mackay Golf Course, the township of Habana, past the Farleigh Quarry to re-join the Bruce Highway south of Coningsby for the run to the Kuttabul Pub, taking advantage of passing lanes to maintain orderly traffic flows. Kuttabul is a small rural township on the Bruce Highway, 32kms north west of Mackay.

The township was originally known as Hampden, later changed to Mount Jukes, with the present name emerging in 1927 following the opening of the Kuttabul railway station. The township provides support for the cane farms in the district.

The name is thought to be of Aboriginal origin. Kuttabul is serviced by a caravan park, a pub, a butcher, a store, and the Hampden Primary School.

 

In 1972 when under threat from bushfires, the pub made headlines when beer was removed from the premises. It is a typical turn of the century country pub whose walls if able to talk would tell a tale or two.

 

Upon arrival our hosts welcomed the group and following photo opportunities group members migrated to the establishment. A quiet area had been set aside, lunch orders were placed and Q&A session with some locals was up and running. The meals were timely, with good table service and quality. After lunch, the group settled down to serious “natter and chatter” discussions ranging from planned Chapter outings, Christmas Chapter dinner to life post pandemic.

 

The group disbanded with some travelling to local sights while others took the return journey to Mackay. Chapter members are reminded that October run will be to Eungella.

Group photo in front of Kuttabul Pub

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