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).

Chapter Coordinators: 

David Hall - Phone: 07 4125 8436, Mobile:  0407 573 326, Email: widebaymg@gmail.com

Lyn Hayward -  Mobile: 0407 573 326

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WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
 

Sunday, 11 October, 2020 was the 90th Birthday of MGCC of the UK.  Everyone was aware that our run today was a celebration of this anniversary. All MG Car Clubs throughout the world would be holding a run on this day to celebrate this 90 year achievement.

 

Sixteen members assembled at the United Service Station in Hervey Bay to enjoy a run to Tin Can Bay. After a 10 minute meet and greet we headed off to Granville the other side of Maryborough to pick up another 8 members ready for the drive to Poona for our morning tea stop. 

Well here in the Wide Bay Chapter we like to go all the way and so Dilys made a lovely MG 90th Birthday Cake for all to share which we managed to demolish after singing Happy Birthday to our Mother Club in England.

 

After morning tea we took to the road once again following the Cooloola Coast road where we are always on the lookout for the local Brumbies. That live in the forestry and today was no disappointment as we came across 2 different mobs just grazing by the side of the road. It's lovely to see mother nature enjoying life in such a beautiful environment.

On arrival at our destination there to greet us were Jan and Rick and their beautiful red MGTF.  Also David's a long lost friend Warren Morris and his wife Diane they have been living in Tin Can Bay for the past 20 years. Way back in the 1960's Warren and David were apprentice Motor Mechanics together and we had managed to get in touch with one another through the Holden Retirees Club of which we are both members.

 

The Tin Can Bay Country Club made us so very welcome with all of us treated like royalty for lunch. The order of the day was predominantly Chinese fare which was extremely enjoyable although some preferred the old style Aussie Tucker and I believe that was great too.

 

After saying our goodbyes a long trip home to Hervey Bay awaited us. We managed to see some more Brumbies on the way home and so we stopped and Lyn took some Photos and we also checked out the Maryborough Port Precinct and where we will be attending the Combined Chapter Meeting in a few days time.

 

David & Lyn

Wide Bay Chapter 

WIDE BAY CHAPTER NEWS
 

Thursday, 8 October, 2020 

We had a midweek run to Maryborough Anzac Park for a lovely morning tea . The highlight of the day was the arrival of the MG Club of the Gold Coast who were having a trip away and were in Maryborough for a few days. It was great to meet up with some old friends and see their lovely cars and generally have a great time. Some of their members even rode the flying fox much to the local kid's disgust.


After Mornos we headed via the Bruce Highway to Torbanlea and then Burrum Heads to have our lunch at the Lions Park looking out over the mouth of the Burrum River.

It was a wonderful day with the Gold Coast MG Car Club members who enjoyed catching up with Darrell and Jackie Martin who were past members of their club .

 

The display of MG cars took the eye of a lot of the locals and visitors alike which I may add was a good advertisement for our MGCCQ.

 

David & Lyn

Wide Bay Chapter

MGCCQ

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
 

MGCCQ Inc. Combined Chapter Meeting 23 - 26 October, 2020

 

Earlier this year before Covid hit us the Wide Bay Chapter put up their hand to host the MGCCQ Inc. Combined Chapter Meeting on the Fraser Coast Queensland.

By the end of February we had checked out the possible venues and obtained prices and after some discussion we decided to book the Hervey Bay Boat Club for all our food venues .We had used them before for other functions and found them to have a very high standard regarding their food and also their facility and we knew that looking out over the Harbour was always going to be something MG owners would appreciate.

 

The Mantra a multi story hotel close by within easy walking distance of the Boat Club was also chosen as our recommended accommodation and also another plus was the fact they gave us a Function Room at cost price for our Seminar and also one for Registration at no charge. 

 

We had everything organised and March came around and Covid Lock down came.  Everything was closed up and the Boat club would stay closed until July . During that time we had no idea how Covid would change things that we had planned out for our Combined Chapter Meeting.

 

Eventually living in the Lucky State we were able to get on with our lives and the Combined Chapter meeting looked as though it would be able to go ahead even though we needed to push it out until October 23rd to 26th a month later than previously planned. David Miles said to us on many occasions that it is your call whether you cancel or carry on  and the rest is history.

 

Registration for the weekend was at the Mantra and they gave us one of their reception rooms free of charge David and Dilys Bradbury of the Wide Bay Chapter assisted us in giving out the various things required for the weekend we were about to embark on. Coffee and tea were available and everyone that arrived stayed for a while had a cuppa and made acquaintances with old and new friends.

 

At 6.00 PM we all assembled at the Hervey Bay Boat Club for our Noggin & Natter on the Deck it was a very pleasant evening with everyone enjoying themselves and all happy to be here. The Finger Food was plentiful and everyone had plenty to eat and by the sound of the chatter everyone had a great time.

 

The following morning a Whale watch trip  on the Spirit of Hervey Bay Catamaran had been organised and we were told that it was just a week too late to see any Whales. The season seemed to have finished earlier this year and no Whales had been sighted for over a week . Well that was a bit of a let down however we persevered with a cruise up to Platypus Bay where the Whales play and rest before their journey down the coast to Antarctica 

What a surprise it was when we came across a mother and her calf playing in the waters of the bay  our  dream had been achieved ! We watched them for quite some time until it was time for the journey home where we were treated to coffee tea and Muffins some fresh fruit or some chips for morning tea. What a lovely morning everyone had .

 

At 2.00 PM we assembled in the Boat Club Car Park formed up in 3 different groups. Red was led by Peter Mohringer in his bright red BMW, Yellow by Rodger Wilson in his yellow MGB Roadster and Green by David Hall in his Pewter MGB GT LE.This was done to split up the cars on the road. We headed off on our Saturday afternoon run taking in River Heads,  Torbanlea and Burrum Heads where we stopped for a short time and then onto the Esplanade at Gatakers Bay right through to the Boat Harbour around about a 3 hour run. Saturday night was a free night, some watched the AFL finals on the big screen and some just chilled out and enjoyed some time together.

 

Sunday morning assembled at the Boat Club Car park in the 3 different groups we travelled to the Brolga Theatre Car Park in Maryborough and formed the cars into a display for the interested public to view.

 

The members walked across Queens Park to attend the Port side Precinct attractions being the Bond Store, the Military Museum and the Mary Poppins Story Bank some had a ride on the Mary Anne Steam train while others checked out the Duncan Chapman Memorial in Queens Park.

While all the visitors were having a good time some of our Wide Bay Chapter members looked after the cars that were on display. We also managed to get another 2 members interested in joining our Chapter.​

 

Sunday Afternoon a seminar for Concours Judging was held at the Mantra function rooms and hosted by Dino Mattea assisted by Peter Rayment  they went through all the things we should be doing when we are judging at a high level  We even had the opportunity to Judge Peter and Delia's YA . The Seminar was very well received by all who attended. We are so lucky to have experienced members in our MGCCQ such as Dino and Peter who are willing to depart their knowledge to us all.

 

Sunday evening was time for our Presentation Dinner upstairs in the Fraser Room of the Boat Club the theme for the evening was Black and White or Silver and most of us got dressed  up in our finery, it was a great evening with a lovely dinner served up to perfection by the Boat Club staff and the Music by Glen and Maxine of the Emm Gees  Duo was enjoyed by all. Councillor David Lee from the Fraser Coast Regional Council, our special guest for the evening, welcomed our guests and said a few words about the Fraser Coast Region. Our new President Jim Scott who had come up especially for the evening also gave a talk on his plans for the MGCCQ over the next 12 months and finally a short talk from our Chapter Liaison David Miles who stated how the Chapters evolved some 15+ years ago right here on the Fraser Coast. 

After the speeches had concluded David Hall announced the 10 winners of the Members Choice Cars for the weekend. There were ten prizes which were donated by Shannons and Repco Hervey Bay.  Also a hard luck prize for an unfortunate experience over the weekend. We had a couple of contenders for that one with Barry Lutwyche and a leaking Water Pump on his MGB and Jim Armstrong with a failed Alternator. However we thought Narelle Mills who lost her phone overboard to the Whales never to be seen again was probably the worst thing that happened over the weekend. Narelle was presented with a lovely prize donated by Leonie and Rod from the Wide Bay Chapter.

 

The evening finished up with some nice 50s and 60s music unfortunately no dancing however Meryl did a roving microphone around the tables and got some of our members signing along .Everyone had a great evening and when they had gone home we had a jam session singing some old Rock and Roll songs  until we finally got removed from the Club as the staff were waiting to go home.

 

The following morning at 7.00 AM everyone was waiting for the Boat Club to open up so that we could all enjoy our Farewell Breakfast in the Bistro. This was extremely enjoyable with plenty of food for everyone. There were a few farewells as the members departed for their homes . Some had decided to stay on in Hervey Bay for a few more days. Jim Armstrong got his alternator sorted out and Barry Evans sent a water pump up for Barry Lutwyche's car and David fitted that for him on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Following the Farewell Breakfast David Miles called a meeting of the Chapter Coordinators accompanied by our MGCCQ Inc.President Jim Scott ,Club Captain Don Webster and  Secretary Malcolm Spiden to come up with some ideas  for the next Combined Chapter Meeting.

 

Jim Armstrong Coordinator of the Capricorn Chapter has accepted the challenge and the next Combined Chapter Meeting will be held in 2022 in Rockhampton! It was suggested that the MGCCQ Inc. in Brisbane may host one in 2021 so watch out for NEWS!

 

A few other concerns were discussed and David Miles thanked everyone for the job they were doing in their various Chapters throughout Queensland.

 

Overall a great weekend was had by all the members who attended and we thank you all for the lovely comments you have given us. You were very welcome and if ever any members are up this way we would love to have you come and join us on our runs here in the Wide Bay Fraser Coast Area.

 

David Hall & Lyn Hayward

Chapter Coordinators

MGCCQ Inc Wide Bay Chapter

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