My last contribution to this site … and thanks to Greg & Matt for their kind thoughts: although I’ll be away for the next 6 weeks I will, on return, make myself available to help with any issues which might rear their less than attractive heads for my successor, Matt, to deal with respect to the website.
A final post to remind those of you who are lucky enough to be retired and therefore able to involve yourself with the “drive your old car day” … all you have to do is turn up at the picnic ground at Bethany in the Barossa Valley for lunch… around 12noon or a bit later on September 1st. It’s not just about Citroens, but the more of them which turn up the better – so come on if you can, and show your chevrons! Happy Citroening to you all … Geoff Chennells
Some 60 cars and motorcycles dating from 1904 to 1927 – the majority of them pre-1919, will be starting the long haul from Birdwood Motor Museum to Darwin at 10.30 on Sunday 3rd August.
To read more about this event go to this site and even better, turn up at Birdwood on the 3rd to wave them on their way.
The oldest car in the event is a 1904 tiller-steered Curved Dash Oldsmobile, driven by Joy Rainey.
In 2013 she did the west to east trip across America in it, and you can read about that here.
Her blog of that reads from bottom to top, and in reverse order page numbers.
She will also be posting a record of her “down under” trip here.
The event organiser, Mark McKibbin will also post as the event unrolls. See you at the start!
What a great success last night’s Bastille dinner was … the right crowd, but no(t too much) crowding, as was the saying associated with the Brooklands (UK) between-the-wars race track. Chef Xavier and his staff did themselves proud and the dishes were excellent. The Sheoak Café can certainly be recommended should you be passing – the patisseries are to die for.
Many thanks to Valerie Mills-Stacy from CAF for all her preparation for the event and especially her work in acquiring those wonderful raffle items … her efforts were much appreciated by all.
And as ever, thanks to Liz Pike for yet again providing us with photos of the occasion.
The bicycle(s) decorating the scene were generously provided by Greg Moorhouse. Any rumours that he and Rose are going to take part in next year’s Tour de France are to be encouraged.
Well, what a wonderful treat we had at the last meeting! Despite the near- Antarctic conditions of the night we had a good turn-out and were privileged to have been given the chance to witness the works of Keith Bettany’s father Des, who as a Changi POW produced a series of art works depicting life on the Changi peninsula as “guests” of the occupying force. That Des was a self-trained artist is simply amazing, as the works he generated were absolutely outstanding, especially when one takes into account the difficulty of acquiring materials within the gaol.
To take in more of the story, go to the excellent website maintained by the Bettany family. Again … our heartfelt thanks to Keith and Graham for a truly memorable evening.