Archived events 2011

See what you missed! There have been a huge variety of social events during 2011 – some details are here in full for your interest.

Sunday, 9th January 2011, AHSDC Blairgowrie Beach Day

We all enjoyed a Spritely drive over Arthurs Seat and beyond, stopping beforehand at Bittern Market and Seawinds for a short walk. Thanks to Jeff and Faye for hosting the event and to Jeff for taking out the day trippers on the Bay.

Photo by Karen Postill: Cars at Seawinds (not shown Russell Cox’s beautiful red and white Camaro and the Reidmobile (not quite so exotic!)

Sunday, 6th February 2011 MG Car Club Concours

Sunday, 13th February 2011 – VICTORIAN HEALEY DAY – Show’n’Shine

Sunday, 20th February 2011: Social Drive to the Yarra Valley

20th March, 2011 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport

18th February – 1st March: The Sprite Lap of Tassie

(6 Bugeyes, 4 Mark 2(A) Sprites, 2 Mark 3a Sprites, 2 MG Midgets and 1 Mazda MX5 took part in the Tassie Tour!)

Destinations included Devonport, Burnie, Wynyard, Strahan, Queenstown, Hobart, (Lake Pedder), Bicheno, Launceston and back to Devonport.

Photo by Karen Postill

18-20 March, 2011, Sprites at Bright – The Great Alpine Circuit

(19 Club members, 8 Sprites, one Big Healey and one MX5 went to Bright!)

The weather was crisp and sunny as we left Lilydale Lake on Friday morning, heading over the Black Spur for a morning tea stop at Marysville. On to Mansfield for a picnic lunch in the park and then a great ‘Sprite’ drive through the King Valley and Whitfield, arriving at Bright late afternoon – time for a drink and relax (someone even had a swim in the pool) before dinner in the beer garden at the Alpine Hotel.

Saturday morning we set off in glorious weather (all ten cars ‘topless’) to do ‘The Great Alpine Circuit’ (270km of scenic roads through the alps). First stop was a lookout at Tawonga Gap, then on to Bogong Village for a quick look around Lake Guy. We headed further up the mountain to Fainter Falls where some of us did the short climb to the Falls which were quite spectacular after so much recent rainfall. We could look down through the trees to a row of tiny Sprites way below us on the side of the road.

Next stop was Wallace’s Hut where we had quite an interesting experience. After walking to the Hut we discovered five wild brumbies (one stallion, two mares and two small foals) grazing on the lush grass around the Hut. Although wary of us, they let us get quite close to take photographs and remained around the Hut the entire time we were there. We continued on past Falls Creek with beautiful scenery in every direction. We drove alongside a large perch lake that had several ‘tinnies’ on it seeking out the elusive trout. We arrived at Anglers Rest with appetites wetted by the ‘spritely’ mountain air where we enjoyed a tasty lunch on the veranda overlooking the river.

We continued on through scenic countryside and mountain streams sparkling in the sunshine to Omeo. We filled up with fuel and some of us took some time to look around the historic town. We started heading up mountains again and it became a bit cooler as we approached Mt Hotham. Some of us stopped at the ‘General Store’ at Mt Hotham for a warm drink on the back terrace so we could enjoy the view of blue mountains as far as the eye could see. As we wound our way downhill towards Harrietville the sun came out again and we all met up back at the hotel for some well earned R&R in the gardens before dinner. Dinner was, once again, al fresco at the ‘Liquid Ambar’ restaurant – only a short walk from our motel.

Sunday morning we headed off through Porepunkah onto the scenic Happy Valley Road and on to Yackandandah – only to find the much anticipated (by the ladies, anyway) Sunday morning market had been cancelled. However, we wandered around the interesting antique/junk shops for a while and then continued on to the Woolshed Falls just out of Beechworth. Once again, these falls had plenty of water. Then on to Beechworth were we bought takeaway lunch at the Beechworth Bakery to eat in the park beside Lake Sambell.

After lunch we split up in different directions – some went to Chiltern, others out to Stanley to have a drink at the Stanley Pub (which is owned by as AHSDC club member who has a green Bugeye) – where they were warmly welcomed.

Most of us had chosen to drive to the top of Mount Buffalo – another road built just for Sprites! The road up is very steep, twisty and scenic and the views from the Mount Buffalo Chalet lookout were quite breathtaking.
We all finally met up again back at the motel to exchange stories of our afternoon’s adventures. Sunday night’s dinner was a casual affair in the garden – BBQ, takeaways, wine and nibbles, lots of conversation and good company!

Monday morning we said our goodbyes and headed off home either individually or in small groups depending on which roads we decided to use. We unanimously agreed that we were very lucky to get such perfect weather for three days of ‘topless’ (and trouble free) touring on beautiful alpine roads!

(With thanks to Sue Dows for the text and Jack de Bruijne for the photo)

3rd April, 2011 RACV/AOMC Classic Showcase at Flemington Racecourse

10th April, 2011 Social Drive to Rob Roy Hillclimb (run by the MG Car Club) Unfortunately the event was cancelled!

15th May, 2011: AOMC National Motoring Heritage Day

A Celebration of Australia’s Motoring Heritage

Sunday, 22nd May 2011: Social Drive to Kinglake Markets

It didn’t rain until we got there! Fortunately, most of the market was under cover. Most enjoyable morning, finishing with coffee.

A couple of members went on to watch the MG Car Club’s OST at Rob Roy, where some of our members were competing in very slippery conditions.

28th and 29th May, 2011: Winton Historics

Saturday, 4th June 2011: Mulled Wine Night – a Winter Warmer!

Good fun! Good company! Good wine! There appear to be no incriminating photos…..

Sunday, July 10th 2011 Victorian Interclub Challenge Speed Hillclimb at Rob Roy Rob Roy Historic Hillclimb

A great day’s competition between Clubs

Sunday, 31st July 2011: Social Drive and BBQ to Eltham

The drive took us via Hurstbridge, Arthurs Creek, Whittlesea and finishing in Eltham for a BBQ lunch around around an open fire at Gerry and Bib van Oosterom’s house. Thanks to them for their hospitality.

29 and 30th October, 2011 Sprites to Balmoral

We departed on the Saturday morning and drove to Dunkeld, via Halls Gap, for our first overnight stop where we indulged in dinner at the Royal Mail Hotel. On Sunday, 30th October, we displayed our cars at the Lions Club of Balmoral District Classic and Vintage Car, Hot Rod and Motorbike Display and took out most of the major awards, including Best Car Club Display!

We stayed that night in Balmoral, had dinner at the local pub, including a mini darts tournament for those with enough energy. Most people returned to town on Monday morning via Warrnambool, Port Fairy and then Colac and Camperdown.

GREAT WEEKEND! Thanks to the organisers, Greg and Terri Corbin.

Sunday, 13th November 2011 Tri Club Drive and Lunch

Members of the AHSDC, the Austin Healey Owners Club of Victoria and the Jaguar Car Club of Victoria got together to do what we enjoy the most – drive our cars, show them and talk about them!

We departed from our Clubrooms in Springvale at 10.30 a.m. and a long “conga” line of more than 60 cars could be seen driving in convoy along Springvale Road and then Wellington Road.

Our drive took us on an interesting route that saw us arriving at the Black Spur Inn Hotel for lunch about 12.30 p.m. 120 people sat down for lunch and there was much talk and swapping of stories.

Excellent event – let’s hope we can do the same again next year!

19th November, 2011: End of Year Social Dinner at The Cuckoo

A large group of members got together at The Cuckoo Restaurant, Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda for dinner and a spot of dancing. They also enjoyed a Bavarian buffet, singing, yodelling, mountain cow bell ringing, slap dancing and a full floor show.