Day 1 – Canberra Left Melbourne at 730am 26 March after an early morning start with getting the car on the trailer (thanks to Grant Cowie for the lend of the trailer) -a bit hard and dangerous (for the car) in the dark. So everything was got ready and WIll M. assisted with the drive on.
Just turn on the fuel, a bit of choke, just off full retard and on the button. 13 or so litres of oil in the sump – so a few minutes of warming up required…..more like 5-10 to get some heat into the engine. Lovely burble from the straight 8.
Nice DRY road until Albury and then the rain. Anyway – 7.5 hours or so to Canberra to see Emma M. Stayed at University House. Very old Canberra (circa 1935) but with a nice safe car park and only 15 minutes walk from Em.
Day 2 Pokolbin – Gosh pretty wet! Left Canberra and it was dry – but it had rained a lot over night – and then from Goulburn to Pokolbin (sounds as it is spelt) it basically did not stop.
Neill M. and I met up north of Sydney and motored on into the Hunter Valley to the Cyprus Lakes Resort. You know a good place when you have lots of car parks and trailer parks. Oh a spa and a golf course as well.
Took the T44 and the Lombard off the trailers and covered them up (still raining). Started the T44 – went first push of the button. We will get them going this afternoon and see where exactly all this water has got to. For example the spark plug cups on the Lombard were full of water.
So a bit wet but all ready for a couple of great days of GABR.
Opening drinks and dinner at the resort to night and then out and back to somewhere for lunch tomorrow.
Dinner was in the main resort looking over the lakes part of “Cyprus Lakes”. Not a lot of golf going on and some wet Bugattistee’s. Luc in the T43 had the fly wheel come away from the crank in some form as the key broke or agitated off. This appears to have made the timing move go as it skewed around from centre. Some repairs by Matt had him going again.
Day 3 – Pokolbin to Shoal Bay. 170 kilometres of delightful, but a little pot holey early on, roads through to Shoal Bay. Shoal Bay is at the end of a promatory with access to the sheltered bays of the inlets and the Pacific Ocean. The run took us through farming / grazing country and no rain. The humidity continued but no storm to blow it off like last night. We would have had 2 inches of rain in an hour starting at 6 30pm or so.
All cars seemed to get to Shoal Bay and the Lombard ran very well. The roads were undulating and we had two give way bridges. This is where they are one way and someone needs to give way. One would have been 200 metres long. These used to be part of the Pacific Highway in Queensland a decade or so ago I think.
Anyway, off to dinner at Nelson Bay. 3.5 kms. A nice walk back would be good!
Day 4 – Shoal Bay to Lemon Tree Passages and return. A 180 km run off the peninsula that Shoal Bay is on and on a round trip through Clarence Town on some rough and some lovely B roads. The run anti clockwise from Clarence Town back to Raymond Terracve was a highlight with rolling hills and sweeping roads.
The bi annual meeting was held. Roger C. not submitting to the presidency again! Thanks Roger for the term. Thanks to John S. for all the organising and Pedr D. for the history of the club.
Lunch was the pizzaria. Lovely spot, cars under the trees, people under the roof.