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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Wide Bay Chapter Combined Chapters Meeting - 23 - 26 October 2020
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WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
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
WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
On Wednesday, 12 August the Wide Bay chapter decided to have a picnic run to Maryborough .
We had 9 cars meet at the information Centre Hervey Bay for the trip to Maryborough 17 members were very pleased to be there and looking forward to a run in their cars. It was lovely to greet Bob and Lyn in their beautiful Red MGC Roadster and get to see Rod's newest edition, a Lamborghini V10 Quad Cam with 600 HP WOW I called it a Go Kart on steroids, a nice piece of Italian engineering.
We travelled to Maryborough where we picked up another 4 cars and 8 members Hard to get them interested in driving their cars at this point however good to see everyone enjoying the club. We travelled out to Maryborough west and the Wook Koo Park where we managed to social distance and have our Morning tea.
It was good to see Dianne and Bob there waiting for us as Dianne had just had a Hip replacement and at the moment unable to get in and out of their MG.
After Morning Tea we headed back to Maryborough and Queens Park where we had our Lunch looking out over the beautiful Mary River.
It was a lovely day out, all enjoyed the places we visited and the company of all the members I know our guests were more than happy with their day out with the Wide Bay Chapter.
David & Lyn
Wide Bay Chapter
WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
Saturday, 1 August 2020.
One of the biggest Car and Aero displays for the Fraser Coast was held at the Maryborough Airport on the
The Maryborough Aero Club put on the event after an incredible amount of Health & Safety Regulations forced on them by Qld Health due to the Corona Virus crises and they are to be congratulated for their willingness to go the distance to enable us to enjoy a fantastic day out with our cars.
The Wide Bay Chapter had Pride of place in the Car display as one of our Members was a principal organiser of the event. With 16 Cars on display and 30 Members present we represented the MGCCQ in our usual dignified manner.
A highlight of the event for us was when Kevin Sly was awarded the best Sports car on show with his unique MGC Roadster sporting the triple SU Carbies. There was no one more surprised than Kevin. His wife Marie has just had Knee replacement and she wasn't able to come however I bet she will enjoy a nice glass of champagne as a celebration win when Kevin gets home .
The story of Kevin and Marie with our Club started at Wings & Wheels back in 2018 where they were displaying their Holden HJ Ute with a slide out Caravan on the back we got talking and they were new to the area.
We invited them to come on some runs with us and the rest is history; they both fitted in like a house on fire Kevin & Maree buying the MGC Roadster from Ellen Wilson and Kevin hasn't stopped smiling since, now this tops it off !
It was nice to see our southern members Peter and Delia also Wayne and Megan come up from the Cooroy & Gympie areas and some of our older past members just dropping in to say Hi. All enjoyed the Aero display with Spitfires and Corvettes taking off and landing, Aero displays of numerous other aircraft even the opportunity to take a flight in an Ex Navy War bird what a fantastic experience some had the opportunity of achieving.
Another great well organised day at Wings Wheels & War Birds congratulations must go to the Maryborough Aero Club for the great organising ability of the Committee and all others that were involved. It was one Big Effort by all.
With these shows it is always an opportunity to meet the public, show off our cars and also an opportunity to get some new members on this occasion. I gave out quite a number of MGCCQ application forms for people wishing to join us on our outings.
By David Hall
WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
Sunday 19 July, 2020 saw us meet up at our usual spot on a beautiful, sunny winter’s day. We headed towards Maryborough to meet a few more members, then on to Teddington Weir Picnic area where we pulled up for morning tea.
We spent nearly an hour chatting away, almost forgetting the time. Packed up and then headed back through Maryborough and across the Bruce Highway to our lunch destination, The Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.
We had all brought our picnic and sat around enjoying our lunch in a really beautiful park area. It was a small group this time, but we enjoyed catching up with each other and discussing our isolation stories and trying to think of things to do for the rest of the year.
Rodger suggested to David that maybe we could possibly do a trip with our caravans for a couple of nights somewhere close by. One place was suggested, and will be looked into further. After lunch we entered the Sanctuary itself to wander around with the various animals.
There were dozens of kangaroos just walking around and sun baking, and some had Joey’s in their pouches, others were feeding their Joey’s. No matter how old I get, or how many times I see them, I still think they are a truly beautiful animal and so uniquely Australian. We were able to hand feed them which is always great. There were a few other types of animals, birds and a few reptiles to look at.
It was a fabulous day, both weather wise and setting. The Sanctuary is a bit run down unfortunately as they too have suffered great monetary loss due to Covid, the reason why there are a lot of animals no longer there. I hope they can get it back to its former glory.
A big get well soon to our member Maree who has just had a total knee replacement. I saw her the other day and she is doing well and looking forward to getting back out with us.
Cheers Everyone, till next time.
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