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Club Meetings

Club meetings are held in the clubrooms of the Austin Healey Owners' Club/Jaguar Car Club at 19 - 23 Rosalie Street, Springvale (Melway 80 A8).

Meetings are held on the first Friday of the month (except for January) and start at 8:15 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm). Everyone is welcome.

Please arrive and leave quietly in consideration of our neighbours.

Friday, 2nd June 2017: Monthly General Meeting

Our June meeting guest speaker was the President of the Melbourne Clivia Group, Michael Barrett, who came in to talk about these plants, the history of Ripponlea Estate and its gardens. At one time, there was a team of 17 gardeners, one of whom, James Dearing, proved to be one of the best plant growers on the estate.

Michael described how the development of clivias and orchids played a significant part in the development of the gardens and the innovative shade houses on the estate. He finished the night by answering the many questions from the audience. Who would have thought that a group of car enthusiasts would so such interest!

Friday, 5th May 2017: Monthly General Meeting

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There were over 55 members present, at the most recent club meeting which was not bad considering the club had several teams competing at the Mallala 6 hour. Outside there were 2 Spridgets and 1 Healey . Inside we had on display a Mark 7 Bolwell owned by Darren who was our first guest speaker, who advised us that the car had only been back on the road for 18 months. Darren also gave a short history of Bolwell enterprises, about how they created 5 different models and produced about 800 cars in total between 1962 and 1979 earning them a significant place in Australian motoring history.

Chris Knoop then regaled us with his adventures competing in 3 Cannonball runs . He also has a collection of vintage bikes and cars, to fill in the long winter evenings when he is not participating in the Newport Folk Music club.

To be accepted to complete in the cannonball run is special because you have to be invited to participate and only about 100 riders were chosen to be invited to the historic 2016 cannonball run which was contested over a course of 3304 miles and the bikes had to be at least 100 year old motorcycles. Most of the route was on two-lane back roads with less than 100 miles on state interstate highways in all kinds of weather and altitudes. An ambitious ride to say the least, with distances averaging around 300 miles per day and described as a ‘true endurance run”.

Chris brought in his 1915 JAP V twin, with 3 speed Burman Gearbox and belt final drive which he ran in the 2016 Cannonball Run (see pic by KP)) and at the end of the night he started the machine and treated us all to a mighty thunderous roar from an engine that is full of life. The motorcycle is beautifully restored as a working model of engineering ingenuity and a credit to the restorative work by Chris and his team.

Friday, 7th April 2017: Monthly General Meeting

Our next speaker for April will have a hard act to follow as he is not bringing chocolates!

Robert Lewis a published historian has agreed to come and entertain us at our next meeting,
Robert has recently published “The Story of Australia”, a new book looking at the big ideas that have shaped a country and its people. A different perspective on things is how he describes his new book.

Please come and enjoy the next club meeting, and consider that our motoring industry is presently fighting relegation to History.

Friday, 3rd March 2017: Monthly General Meeting

I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the last meeting which hosted two heavily disguised club members one wearing a strange hat and occasionally speaking in “sign” language, and dare I say his accomplice pretending to manage an outrageous score sheet. Never have I seen a more informative performance and or successful presentation of “must know “information, so successfully delivered.

Forget the Thesaurus, forget Webster’s, forget all that you know (and some team members seemed to embrace that idea). We now have a benchmark for obtuse information that will be difficult to top, and a scoring system that would require a VRC steward’s enquiry and or the equivalent WBF scoring dispute. Already both teams including the winners have demanded a recount, if only to check for IT faults in the scoring system.

I personally think that all who attended were the winners and it was a hilarious night, only cut short by the rumored possible arrival of Work Safe Victoria as there were more missiles being thrown than North Korea and more ducks occurred than unofficially recorded by the Australian Cricket team. Thanks for all those who attended the night and in particular our brilliant and engaging guest speakers on the night.

Jules Hogan

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The 50th Anniversary Yearbook

After celebrating the 50th year of the AHSDC, for those of you who have not yet purchased the 2016 YEARBOOK,  it is available at all CLUB MEETINGS.

This book is a full colour(278 page), perfect bound A4 book depicting the Clubs history up to and including all events in the 50th Anniversary Year (obviously any early black and white images will still be in black and white!)

At $25 a copy it is exceptional value, comprehensive content and is being offered to you at just below cost

If other arrangements are required for collection or delivery, please contact Greg Corbin on Mobile: 0418 179 327 or Email: greg@gregcorbinarchitects.com.au

Packaging & Posting, if required, is $10

Unsolicited Testimonial!

"The 50th Anniversary book arrived safely today, in excellent order and condition.

And what an awesome job has been done by the people involved in its preparation – so much detail, first class presentation and all.

Best regards

Don"

 

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