The May 2018 Illawarra Registrar’s Report


Hi to each of you!

I am going to open this month’s report by revisiting our first Illawarra Register run of 2018 to share a new report of the event, kindly written by Michele and Philip Page. But first, a few comments!

The first run of the year saw us head to the Mt Keira Summit Park for a lovely day, sadly dampened slightly by rain. Our register has only been going for two years now and is quickly establishing a tradition for the first run of each year to be held in lousy weather. In 2017 we were blessed with heavy rain for our visit to the Breakwater Battery at Mt Kembla, and, yep, we got rain again for our first run in 2018.

Could’ve been a view. Image thanks to Ingo Weinberger.

The really good news is that our members are extremely resilient, so I would like to take the time to congratulate and thank the loyal stalwarts of both the Jaguar and MG Car Clubs, who turned out to support the event. Many chose to bring modern cars more suited to the conditions, with a few strong souls coming along in classics, and we were very happy to see both!

I would also like to thank Ingo Weinberger, who once again came along and took photos of the run. These are already up on the website, so take a few moments to enjoy them.

Finally, I would particularly like to thank Michelle and Philip Page, who loyally attended and made the following report and photos. Michelle and Philip – I really appreciate your very practical support!

The Illawarra Register Run to Mount Keira Summit Park

Thanks to Michelle and Philip Page

Rain dawned for the first Illawarra Register Run of the year. We met at Mount Keira Summit Park for morning tea with 7 members from the MG club joining a small group from the Jaguar Drivers Club for the combined run. The rain also kept all the MGs in their garages but 2 brave Jaguars, one classic and one modern, and a classic Mini did venture out as well. We all settled in for a cuppa and some morning tea from the newly-opened Container Kiosk.

Following morning tea, we moved on to the Mount Keira Scout Camp for a tour and inspection hosted by Ron Critcher. The camp is a wonderful facility for the Scouts, maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers including Ron. The camp provides accommodation, camping, kitchen and food halls for cubs and scouts. It also includes a chapel with a rock formation as a beautiful natural back drop for weddings and a separate log building for functions.

Whilst we need the rain, I hope we have a clear day for more MGs to venture out on the next Illawarra Register run on the 24th of May.

Philip and Michelle

Our next Illawarra register run is:

Thursday 24th May: A visit to the premises of Claude Harris in Albion Park Rail. Claude has owned an MGTA for many years and also owns an early model Holden and has an extensive display of MG and early Holden items plus an absolutely immaculate early Norton motorbike.

Claude’s son and daughter are also great car enthusiasts and have offered to put on a sausage sizzle and morning tea at their expense, so please can you let us know if you are planning to come so we can let them know numbers. Thanks!

In order to all arrive at Claude’s house in a sensible fashion we will rendezvous at the Hungry Jack’s restaurant parking area located at Haywards’ Bay/Yallah NSW. The restaurant is located at the last exit off the F6 Freeway virtually at the end of the F6 Freeway, which is the freeway South from the outskirts of Sydney which currently finishes at Albion Park Rail where the airport is located.

Please aim to be at the Hungry Jack’s rendezvous at 10AM on Thursday the 24th of May and we will convoy from there to Claude’s place. If you are running late or know you will be late, please phone me and I will give you Claude’s address at Albion Park for you to join us later.

Upcoming Runs:

Sunday 22nd July: A Christmas in July lunch at Mt Keira Scout Camp

Thursday 27th September: Venue to be advised, any suggestions please?

Thursday the 22nd November: Venue to be advised, any suggestions please?

Some MG-Related Thoughts

I hope that you enjoy Opposite Lock each month as much as I do. Inspired by recent discussions in the club, I have put together a report which analyses some future options and challenges for the club magazine, which include replacing Ros when she steps down as editor later this year, and also continuing to produce a high quality monthly magazine.

I hope it stirs your thinking and promotes some useful discussions!

In the meantime a final reminder:

Morning run on Thursday 24th May: Rendezvous at Hungry Jack’s Yallah at 1000 for a run to Claude Harris’ place

Lunchtime Sunday 22nd July: Christmas in July Dinner at Mt Keira Scout Camp

Thursday 27th September: TBC

Thursday 22nd November: TBC

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 car and still enjoy yourself!

Best regards,
Michael Hough
Illawarra Register Secretary
[email protected] Phone: 0418 424 748

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