Michael Hough’s November 2018 Illawarra Register Report

Recap the recent Illawarra Register run to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and get the details on November’s run to Robertson in Michael Hough’s Illawarra Register report for November, 2018.

Illawarra Registrar’s Report

November, 2018

By Michael Hough with contribution by Michelle and Stephen Page

Images thanks to Michelle and Stephen Page

As we enter another month of motoring with the MG Car Club, I am very pleased to be able to share with you a report on the September Illawarra Register run to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society by Stephen and Michelle Page. Thanks to Michelle and Stephen for supporting the run and reporting on the event!

Run to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society

Thursday, 27th September

The September run for the Illawarra Register was to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Aviation Museum at the Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park Rail. We had a lovely sunny day for a run in the TF to the Illawarra and parked under the tail of a Qantas 747 at the museum to be joined by Les in his TF. There were 8 MGCC members there and we joined members of the Jaguar Drivers Club for the combined run with their Illawarra District Register.

Morning tea was a generous serving of scones with jam and cream served by one of the friendly volunteers with a choice of tea or coffee. The group quickly settled down to the usual chatter and catch-up, but it was soon cut short for our tour. We were divided into two groups with Rob, a retired Qantas captain, taking our group for the tour of the museum.

Our tour started with a walk through the retired Qantas 747 ‘City of Canberra’ now on static display in the museum. The jumbo flew London to Sydney in a time of 20 hours and 9 minutes on its delivery flight, setting a record of point-to-point speed and the longest unrefuelled distance.

Rob went on to show us through two large hangars of the museum’s aircraft. The collection is an extensive selection of military and civilian aircraft with Australian history. Many of the aircraft still fly, with some aircraft just serving as static displays. Rob was very knowledgeable of this collection and was able to speak on all of the aircraft and provide extensive details and history of most.

We also saw teams of volunteers working on aircraft maintenance and separately aircraft being restored. It’s a testament to the museum, the resources available and the dedicated volunteers to provide an excellent facility and to keep so many aircraft flying.

We look forward to our next run in November.

Stephen and Michelle

Illawarra Register News

The last scheduled Illawarra Register run for 2018 will be held on Thursday the 22nd of November and see us heading to Robertson in the Southern Highlands for a pre-Christmas lunch.

Make your own way to the Robertson Inn, Robertson, to meet for lunch at 12PM. We have booked the function room for a pre-Christmas get together. Lunch and drinks will be from the menu at your cost.

Bookings to Michael Hough by Thursday the 15th of November, please. Any questions, contact me.

Please remember- these are social runs, so:

  • If the weather is kind- bring the MG and enjoy yourself!
  • If the weather is bad- bring a modern and still enjoy yourself!

Best regards,

Michael Hough
Illawarra Register Secretary

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