With SE Queensland’s wonderful winter weather, we weren’t disappointed – the day was perfect. The Historical Motoring Club were celebrating their 50th year and the Blackall Range Horseless Carriage Club was acting as host club for the celebrations in Maleny on Sunday, 10 June 2018. Our club was invited to help on the Sunday with as many cars as we could for a display.
We assembled early at Chermside leaving by 8:00 and made a quick run up to Maleny with a brief comfort stop at Landsborough. Three Austins; John Elsol and Allan Waller in John’s Lancer, Will and Annetta Moses in their A60 and me with Joey (the Kelpie) in the Freeway. We were accompanied by Marilyn Wybrow, Rex Eaton and Don and Irene Carlill in their moderns. On the outskirts of Maleny we assembled to take part in the procession through town to the Showgrounds. Ken and Desley Parker and Andrew Todd met us there in their A30 and A30 Countryman respectively. Mark and Christine Ellem were also there surprisingly not in their 1800 and also Glenn and Heather Todd were there as well.
The procession was a hoot – we had to mingle in with newer cars going about their Saturday morning business, but we got a great reception driving through the main street. The Maleny Showgrounds has to be one of the prettiest in the region and it was a perfect setting for the collection of Vintage and Classic cars in the centre of the arena. Great market stalls were set up and there was food available from one of the service clubs.
It was very convenient that also at the showgrounds was a gardening and nursery event. It provided a great distraction for many and also an opportunity to sample some devonshire tea.
Most of us left just after lunch just as the weather looked a little threatening. A big thank you to Glenn Todd who arranged for us to be there. All in all, a very pleasant day.
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