WIDE BAY CHAPTER
Established 26 January, 2005
The Wide Bay Chapter of the MG Car Club Queensland is the oldest of the Club’s established Chapters. It was founded in 2005 by a circle of dedicated sports car enthusiasts located in Hervey Bay and celebrates its anniversary every Australia Day when, by Presidential fiat, it was brought into official existence.
The Chapter continues to grow with its coverage including the rural cities of Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Gympie, as well as the smaller country towns between. If you are young at heart, fancy sports cars and the MG Marque, reside in our area and relish company, come and join us at the MGCCQ (Wide Bay Chapter).
David Hall - Phone: 07 4125 8436, Mobile: 0409 363 889, Email: email@example.com
Lyn Hayward - Mobile: 0407 573 326
Recently Lewis Gray spoke about his collection of 11 cars and Stewart Riddell taped it.The videos start Saturday and there are 5 episodes. Members should subscribe for notification of videos on my youtube channel.
Check out all the Wide Bay Chapter's recent activities on their Facebook page as there are occasions when not all of their reports can be fitted into the available space on this web page.
WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
Sunday, 16 February
Thirty four members drove down to Gympie to have a ride on The Mary River Rattler. It is a heritage railway line that conducted steam train trips and tours from Gympie through the Mary Valley in the Gympie region. It is now one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions and is managed by a not-for-profit organisation.
We took our day cars as no one wanted to leave their classic cars sitting in a car park in the heat all day long - except for Lewis and Carol who took their Classic 1976 Porsche 911S for its first club run and what a magnificent sight it made.
We boarded the beautiful old train at 10.00 am for a leisurely ride through beautiful countryside to our destination, Amamoor. We alighted from the train so the engine could be turned around ready for our trip back.
We had 45 mins in the little town where we enjoyed morning tea and a few market stalls. Heading back, we then stopped at Dagun for approx. 40 mins. Here the was some great live music by the locals and some fabulous cheese and wine tasting. Always good to try local produce. So much better than shop bought.
Then we made our way back to Gympie station where we all enjoyed a fantastic roast dinner buffet. There was beef, pork or chicken all served with beautifully cooked roast veges, a salad and bread roll.
Even though it was an exceptionally hot and humid day, we all enjoyed ourselves immensely and it great to see a part of Queensland’s history and we learnt a lot along the way from our fabulous volunteer guide.
Saturday, 26 January is always a special day for the Wide Bay Chapter of the MG Car Club of QLD as this is the day we celebrate our birthday, with this year marking 15 years since it all began.
Around 30 members joined in for the occasion. We started at Hervey Bay and then travelled to Maryborough where we joined a few members and then had a short drive onto Teddington Weir Picnic Ground where we all enjoyed morning tea and although we had a bit of rain, it didn’t dampen our spirits one little bit.
It was lovely to see Shaun and Dinie"s beautiful new British Racing Green MGB and we hope to see it on many more occasions.
A lovely welcome speech was made by long term member Bob Mortimer and he told us all a bit about the history of the club.
After that, he did the honour of cutting into our beautiful birthday cake which was supplied by John & Cheryl Nash. A big thank you guys.
We then packed up for a leisurely drive back through Maryborough and onto Burrum Heads Hotel where we enjoyed a great lunch and of course a refreshing ale or 2. A great day was had by all and as always, a big thank you to David & Lyn for organising the day.
By our roving reporter
An Interesting Story!!
An S2E (Tracker) aircraft pilot, Mike Killingsworth purchased his TC in Melbourne in the 70’s and asked permission to carry it to Sydney on HMAS Melbourne as he was flying from the ship at the time. He was granted permission and the car was duly ties down in C Hangar at the back of the after (rear) aircraft lift. After a while a pipe was made across the ships loudspeakers, for Sub Lieutenant Killingsworth to the Bridge. Thinking he was in trouble Mike arrived at the Bridge with a worried expression only to be sat down by the Captain to talk about the lovely car… Later it was brought up for the cameras and put on the catapult as if ready to launch! Mike still has the car, among many other great cars and still has a great sense of humour. I am sure he is still in the Victorian branch of the MG club…
By Peter Dore' MGCCQ Wide Bay Chapter Q 5003
WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
Friday, 28 February saw 18 members enjoying our monthly Noggin’n’ Natter - not as many as we usually have, so a bit disappointing. But, in saying that, we all had a great evening enjoying the sausages and salad. Afterwards there was dessert to be savoured. A big thank you to all the ladies for bringing salads and desserts. It was all fabulous.
David welcomed us all and thanked us for coming and he then went on to talk to us about our plans for the rest of the year and said he would send through the prospective dates and places which he did later that night. He also brought us up to date on the plans for the Combined meeting in September. The plans for that are coming along nicely.
WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
Sunday, 15 March, 2020
After rain overnight, we awoke to a beautiful morning just right for our Wide Bay Chapter members to enjoy a nice day out in their cars.
Assembled at our usual spot in Hervey Bay 11 of our Members had the opportunity to Welcome Prospective new Members Peter and Lisa Croucher who brought along their Pride and Joy the Beautiful Chrysler Crossfire with it's compact V8 Mercedes engine. The stylish body on this car makes it a very desirable Sports Car.
We headed off to Maryborough to pick up another 9 members who were all looking forward to Morning Tea at Teddington Weir. Just as well our morning tea stop was on the right side of the weir as the water was flowing over the causeway at a great rate of knots. Therefore no crossing that weir for us today in our precious little sports cars. So after all enjoyed a nice morning tea it was a trip back through Maryborough crossing the Granville Bridge and heading down to Boonooroo.
A quaint little fishing hamlet where everyone has a boat and likes to wet a line. Our hosts were the Boonooroo Bowls Club where we enjoyed a Sunday roast with all the trimmings followed by a rather nice Sticky Date Pudding and a cold beer. All good food at a very reasonable cost to the hip pocket.
It was great to meet up with our members from Cooloola Cove Ric & Jan Edwards who made the effort to come up to join us at the Bowls Club for Lunch unfortunately they left their stunning red TF behind locked away and awaiting it's next trip out.
A great day had by all who attended and we look forward to our next midweek run on the 25th March.
David & Lyn
Wide Bay Chapter