The club periodically holds an activity over a weekend period. These can be an overnight, or over a long weekend.
If you are interested in cooridnating a weekender, please contact the committee.
Grey skies and cold air greeted the 70 members and 33 MGs who set off from home on the morning of Friday October 21. A few country members set out direct for Robe but the big majority assembled at Strathalbyn in the park overlooking the Angas River.
Many elected to take part in the Observation Quiz and as we all set off for Wellington and the ferry across the Murray, the weather remained forbidding. But after a few short sharp showers on the leg down to Meningie the weather generally improved and the patches of blue sky became gradually bigger. Everyone got safely to Robe in time for Welcome Drinks and handing out of their Weekender Packs at The Adventurous Spoon restaurant at 4:30. The ‘Spoon’ later provided an evening meal and the universal view was that they did us proud.
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The following morning was again cold but it was a bright day as we assembled on the Robe foreshore and headed off to Beachport, an easy drive of just under 50 kilometres on quiet roads. At Beachport, most of the group detoured round the James Bowman Scenic Drive for some spectacular views of the sea and most of the time, the sun shining on the crashing surf. At Beachport, the Bompas Hotel provided a delightful lunch and the prizes for the Observation Run were distributed. Either the questions were too easy or MGCCSA members are brilliant (probably the latter) because the entries were of an impressively high standard. In the end Garry and Jenice Chapman pipped everyone and walked off with a bottle of Karratta Champagne and the spectacular MG Car Club meerket for brilliant observation skills.
After lunch, everyone made their way back to Robe in their own time before the main dinner at the Robe Hotel. We’d arranged for the theme to be ‘Take it as Red’ and the room and most of the diners were a riot of red. Convener Gary was heard to wonder whether he’d stumbled into a meeting of the Communist Party. Again an avalanche of prizes and the only possible winner of the Most Red Items Award was Dennise Micklem who confessed to well over 70 acts of redness, including, of course, all fingers and toes. The rules had been that whoever claimed the biggest number of red items had to submit to a full intimate inspection. Fortunately for Dennise it was very clear that no one was going to come close so she was a comfortable winner.
Roger Dawe was awarded a special prize. Nerida informed him, after we’d all sat down, that he’d buttoned up his shirt unevenly. So as not to cause an uproar, Roger walked out of the hotel and undid his shirt, out on the street, only to receive a couple of interesting offers as he partly disrobed. Another great night and perhaps, the odd Panadol when people got back to their rooms. Just speculating ;-)
Sunday was again cool but this time the sun was beginning to win the battle with the clouds as we all set off for Karratta Wines, an easy 16 km south. There we were given tours of the vineyard and the winery followed by a light lunch by the Robe Bakery. Well light it might have been but there was plenty of it. A significant threat to waistlines.
At just before 3pm all cars assembled by Lake Fellmongery close to Robe and then set off for Robe in a convoy behind the Robe CFS with red and blue lights a’flashing. At the Robe foreshore the council permitted us to assemble on the grass under MG banners set up in advance by Col Chapman, Roger Dawe and Rod Byrne. Thanks guys, it looked terrific. Certainly, the several locals who turned up appreciated the great display we put on.
The Robe Weekender was universally agreed as a great occasion, with lots of time to mix with fellow MG nuts and some interesting places to visit along the way and around the Robe and Beachport areas. To read a report in the local paper - click here
I enjoyed setting it all up and I’d really like to thank Lynda, Andrew and Debbie Pointon and Maurice Linehan and Stephanie McCarthy for their invaluable help.
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Magnette Weekend - May 2015
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN! from Mike Greenwood
So many of the 36,000 MG Magnettes have disappeared but some survive and are lovingly treated by those who want to retain the image of an MG saloon from the 1950’s.
Over the weekend of May 16, 17 & 18th in Mount Gambier a small group of MG Magnette owners arrived to enjoy their love of a Saloon MG which are seldom seen but always discussed by other owners of our wonderful marque. There were only 4 Magnettes to be seen plus several other of the group with these models in process of being restored. Those in attendance were: ZB Varitone – Loz Scott, ZB - Doug & Louise Hastie, MGB - Chris & Shirley Sassella, MK 111Magnette - Kevin & Jenny Watt ( who also own a lovely black ZA ), and Hyundai Bob Mitchell who is restoring 2 Z’s. Plus Kevin & Heather Hadnum in their ZB and Jan & I in our old blue Jaguar.
Three of the Magnettes had been driven from Melbourne and Geelong to attend an unofficial Magnette meet following a similar very successful event held the previous year in Strathalbyn organised by Tony and Pauline Welsh with a bit of help from myself. We were fortunate to have had a number of sister marque Club members in MGA’s to add to the group then which was great!
We were able to have the local knowledge of local ZA owners Kevin & Heather Hadnum in organising a very full and active weekend of activities around the Mount and environs. Both have lived in the Mount for a long time and know all the wonderful spots in the local area to allow us to appreciate what a great area in South Australia it is. Kevin & Heather also have two MGA’s and an MGB plus a lovely MG Midget in their sheds all in tip top condition. I had helped persuade them to consider the very original one family owner MG Magnette once advertised in our MG Motoring after Kevin mentioned he wanted a Magnette several years ago.
Given the weather that we had experienced during the previous few days we were blessed with mainly clear skies and even sunshine! Over the whole weekend, what a relief!
We all first met in Penola on the Saturday after the Melbourne group had driven over the border having left Melbourne around 6.30 am meeting in Ballarat at 08.00 am and then on to Penola by 12.30 ish, Jan & I had come from Ballarat the day before and drove to Penola with Kevin & Heather.
After the introductions were over we all had a lovely lunch at the Penola Hotel to get to know each other; and then walked from there to Petticoat Lane past the Mary MacKillop School down this very narrow lane which featured three tiny little cottages representing what would have been a row of such basic slab sided timber three roomed cottages without any ceilings open to the wind all year round, pretty tough times I say!
After that it was decided to head to Heather & Kevin’s home on the outskirts of Mount Gambier for drinks and nibbles, Their home sits in some 80 acres of pasture and is a credit to them in having added on to the original farm cottage over a number of years and is now an ideal home for entertaining. After a few drinks we headed back to our centrally located Motel, the Commodore, to allow everyone to unpack and get ready to go out for dinner at Café Bel Giorno’s within an easy walk from the motel. While the Café was very busy and very noisy the food was great! Says he who loves all Italian food! And still doing my PhD in Spaghetti Marinara!
We were all up and ready to go for a full day of activities as arranged by our hosts for the weekend.
Heading out of the Motel at 8.30 the decision was to go and have breakfast at one of the early opening café’s before doing anything, but the discussion was all MG orientated, with a definite sprinkling of Magnette conversations thrown in!
Having eaten far more than we needed to we then did what was the main reason for attending, we turned the key and pushed the button marked S and headed off up the hill along Bay Road and passed the Blue Lake to the top of the hill, parked to take in the Lakes and then down the other side of the hill and on our way to Port Mac Donnell (locally referred to as Portmac, all one word!) this road winds around a number of extinct volcano’s now ideal for grazing and dairy cattle.
Just before we got to the fishing village of Port MacDonnell we turned off the Bay Road and visited a really magnificent private museum belonging to Donald & Sheila Feast, You may ask are they collectors or not!! Yes they are and the sights to see inside the three huge sheds are incredible. The main focus by Donald Feast is his love of all things Chrysler and in particular all things Valiant! Donald has amassed a wonderful collection of very collectable models from the early “S” Types to the “AP6” plus a number of other like models. He has a Gold coloured Falcon worth over $100,000 and has the only Valiant Ambulance ever made. The early models include Numbers 2 and 5 off the line. He has a very collectable show Valiant plus a well known local Valiant race car all beautifully restored.
Then we see all the model cars all behind glass in a special room and also line other parts of the main shed. In dispersed around the cars are the collections of family items by Sheila from electric jugs to some wonderful dolls, tea spoons, key chains, and other items of a bye-gone era. There were dummies and horse drawn carts all set around and amongst the incredible displays.
All in all a great stop on our weekend in Portmac. The mural on the outside fence being about 300 metres in length shows a scene featuring old cars and even a train which appears to follow one as you walk past! Not to mention the continuous row of sneakers tied to the top rail and above that can be seen the red Valiant on a pole and for no particular reason a brown cow on a pole, all quite amazing! The product of a real character in Donald and his wife Sheila.
One wonders about the future of all of these cars at some time in the future, it would be a pity to break up the incredible collection. Definitely a must see if you are ever down that way and you find the museum open!
After a lovely luncheon at a café called “Periwinkles” the group drove the short distance to the most southerly point on the Australian mainland; Cape Northumberland to see the very picturesque view from on top of this rocky outcrop looking down on the sea below.
To top off a full day we all headed along the beach front 20kms to the Princess Margaret Rose Caves beside the Glenelg River, for those who wanted to see the caves or just have a chance to chat and relax before we headed back to the motel for another ’happy hour’ and then off to our final meal at Mac’s Hotel in the main street Commercial Road.
The whole group by this time had chatted and will definitely be friends through these lovely old cars.
Before we headed off on our various roads homeward Heather suggested we all meet at MacDonalds across the road from the motel for breakfast and that we should all see the Umpherston Caves which is now managed by the local council. This is a sunken garden once a limestone cave where the roof weight just dropped the roof into the cave to make this sunken hole which was turned into a huge manicured garden below with the sides showing hundreds of full length strips of Ivy making it into a series of blanket like coverings, personally the only time I like Ivy!
So the weekend had finished and I am sure we will be keeping in touch via the emails. We were all in agreement to keep catching up and the intention to gather some more MG Magnette owners next year with the mantle being passed on to the Victorian members to organise another meet next time possibly at Halls Gap.
A special thanks must go to Heather and Kevin Hadnum for the effort that they put into making sure that we all saw as much as we could, eat as much as we did and enjoyed the friendship through our love of MG’s, so thanks until next time!
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Mike Greenwood – Strathalbyn SA
MG Car Club of SA – Life Member