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Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report 11th April 2021
Attend “Covered in Chrome” Mackay Marina Complex followed by a fun run to Calen via St Helens Beach by Richard Collier.
Chapter numbers “Covered in Chrome” were expected to be down given school holidays and a couple of members having interstate commitments. On the day, humid hot conditions were experienced by members, with early morning fog patches an indication that hot conditions would be with us during the day.
Six cars participated in “Covered in Chrome”, attendees included Roger & Lesley Green (MGRV8); Jim Robb (MGB); Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra); Paul & Dianne Octrin (MGBGTV8); Richard & Lynn Collier (MGTF/MGF) and we welcomed back from hibernation local member Gerry Deguara (MGBV8).
The run sheet had participants dispersing around 0830hrs, and regrouping at the Good Guys Carpark, North Mackay for coffee and a chat from 0900hrs. The car group were joined by Rod Pacey & Bev (Porsche 911). The group departed for Calen via Mount Jukes and St Helens beach at 1000hours, with the destination being the nominated stop for lunch at the Calen Pub, or at least that was what was planned.
With the lead car nominated, after all he was part of the reconnaissance team and yours truly taking the tail end, the group set off. As we travelled north along the Bruce Highway traffic was starting to build as we approached the Mount Jukes turnoff when it became noticeably clear that this would not be happening, as the lead car and others continued north, eventually turning off at the St Helens beach turnoff.
There was to be no cruising through the green cane fields on country back roads today. Upon our arrival at St Helens beach, lead claimed he had experienced a “seniors” moment, guess he will continue in lead role until deemed to be competent. Co-pilots were tasked with selecting a location for a group photograph and when positioning the cars for photos, the Porsche 911 suffered a gear selection issue (stuck in reverse). Despite trying every trick known to release and after some frantic calls and monetary exchange, tilt tray return journey to Mackay beckoned for car and driver.
Whilst this was all being organised the remaining run participants elected to continue to Calen. Calen is a small town 35kms north of Mackay, population approximately 400 residents, which supports the surrounding sugarcane and cattle industries. It is well known for the pub and local store which is clearly visible from the highway. When next travelling in the area stop and browse, you will not be disappointed.
After some frantic calls and monetary exchange, a tilt tray return journey was organised to Mackay. Two strikes, what will be the third. We were in luck, there was to be no third calamity on the day and the members enjoyed a great lunch, minus Rod who remained to chaperone the Porsche 911. Key Learning for the day – please ensure breakdown insurance is current, saves a lot of unwanted and unnecessary stress.
The next Chapter bi-monthly dinner is scheduled for the fourth Friday of the month (April) at the Northern Beaches Bowls Club.
After much work, we are finally getting some traction from MG owners and associates in the Whitsunday (North) Chapter. This area covers Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine, Bowen and surrounding areas.
A number of local projects have recently come together, just in time for a visit from Capricornia Chapter and Whitsunday (South), both of whom are planning to visit our area over the May Day weekend.
Mal Sykes (Green TD) and Norm Clark (Red TC) took their cars for a drive to Lake Proserpine on Sunday 7th March, turning a few heads along the route. This was the first outing for these two vehicles, adding to the interest in the area.
Mal is also the proud owner of an MGB, which is still being re-assembled after a major rebuild.
Another member, Ted Evans, has also completed his long awaited rebuild of his MG Y-type (pictured), which was recently put on show at the local Whitsunday Automobile Restorer's Club event on Australia Day.
Together with Ross Chisholm (MGF), Phil Brown (MGB) and Chris Harvey (MGB), the chapter is planning to travel to Mackay, where we will meet up with the Mackay and Capricornia groups before returning in convoy to Airlie Beach.
Whitsunday Chapter (South Region) Report 14 March, 2021 - Participate in “Covered in Chrome” Mackay Harbour Marina and social fun run to Old Station Tea House, Cape Hillsborough, report by Richard Collier.
Eight cars were displayed at the “Covered in Chrome” and participants included Jim & Lorna Forest (MG F); John & Sue Evetts (MGBGT); Roger & Lesley Green (MGRV8); Rod Pacey (Porsche 911; Mark & Ann Stephens (MGTF); Jim Robb & Gary Beckett (MGB); Ian & Eileen Hall (Cobra) and Richard & Lynn Collier (MG F).
As in past gatherings, new “old” cars continue to materialize from the suburbs and be displayed. This month saw an MGY (original condition with known history) and a restored “baby” Austin with much interest shown by the growing number of spectators.
The driving instructions for the social run nominated a group departure from the Good Guys North Mackay carpark of 0915hrs.
The journey north along the Bruce Highway was uneventful, with the MGTF setting a respectable pace. With plenty of shade trees available, upon arrival cars were parked, group met by our host, welcomed and shown to our reserved table on “the deck.” The Old Station Tea House is steeped in local history, located approximately 40km 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 efficient, food (scones, jam and cream) were well received, along with milk shakes, tea and coffee. The group settled down to serious discussions ranging from COVID19 and local issues to car maintenance matters. After “solving” some of the issues, the group dispersed with some taking the opportunity to explore local beaches while others headed for home. Great destination, facilities, company, food, and beverages made for a successful outing.