MAY EXCURSION – BLUE MOUNTAINS AND MEGALONG TEA ROOMS

Members and guests started congregating at the Hydro Majestic at Medlow Bath between 10.30am and 11.00am.

The members and guests split into smaller groups and chatted over coffee and other drinks.

Around 11.30am Craig rounded up the masses and all headed towards their Z vehicles and other transport.

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The first stop was the Logan Brae Orchards at Blackheath. After a stimulating drive the group arrived at the orchards. The Logan Brae Orchards is renowned for its apple orchards , fantastic scenery and additionally for its superb apple pies.

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As the time progressed, it was reluctantly time to leave the Orchards and head off to lunch. The next stop was the Megalong Tea Rooms which is situated in the Megalong Valley.

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This involved an invigorating drive through pretty forest scenery , and, together with additional breathtaking native scenery made the journey extremely enjoyable.

On arrival at the Megalong Tea Rooms, the group relaxed to enjoy the beautiful views while waiting for their meals to be served.

The meals were excellent and reasonably priced and waiting times were minimal. After lunch, some of the group wandered around the grounds to get a better view of the magnificent scenery, while others chatted in various groups.

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Later in the afternoon, the group members began to head for home as some were facing some lengthy travel times.

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Overall, the excursion proved to be very successful with a good attendance, a very pleasant environment, good food and good company.

Many thanks to Craig for organising this excursion.

NDN19

Fellow Zdrs,

A group of your fellow members attended the gathering in Victoria for an event called NDN19. This event is held each 2 years between the states forming the East Coast of Australia. The Z Car Club of Sydney was represented by five Z’ds of various vintages from 260 through to 370. Another of our far flung members fronted a Hako from his stable. The flag was flown semi proudly. Sadly the flag was still in the back of the 2+2 in Balmain! First event was a “get together” on the Friday evening at the Brownstone Brewery at Dandenong. This also included the distribution of the goodies and event tickets that had been ordered prior to arrival. Day 2 was a “Show & Shine” held on the vast lawn fronting Nissan Headquarters in Dandenong. A warm day and the only shade available was the tall Nissan sign which was conveniently close to our parking spot, along with a couple of trees. Day 3 had optional choice. Entry to some laps of Sandown as a race event or a cruiZe of the outlying areas to the Southern capital. The latter also included a couple of demo laps of Sandown before and after the cruiZe. Photos were taken of the vehicle to bolster the right to brag! One member having sighted his photograohs suggested a hit with Photoshop to get air under a wheel just to indicate how hard he tried during the “cruise” lap. The end of frivolities on the road and track led to an evening at a boutique brewery, the Bricklane Brewery at Dandenong South, for the presentation of trophies and the final gathering with friends and new acquaintance’s found. An announcement was made that another state is to be included in the roster for NDN. In 2021, South Australia is to be slotted in as a regular in the schedule. The Queensland club would normally be next event but they have allowed SA to “push-in”. SA say that organisation is well under way. Enthusiasm!!!! Overall, considering the organisation of such huge events not being an easy task, the weekend seemed to go well. With Andrew attempting to steam clean his engine bay while on the move, a Brian not in top form due to illness, I am under the impression that a good time was had by the majority. Congrats to Peter on the trophy for his well presented Hako.  Weather was terrific and the host club did well! If the image below left is zoomed, to the left of the image in front of the Nissan sign are four of the vehicles representing Z Car Club. Standing away and to the front of Andrews 260 is Brian beside yours truly admiring the presented vehicles. El Presidente’s vehicle being the far end of the row in front. The other image being the Hako that is in the care and custody of Peter. Not a bad pic!

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Barry Godfrey Images from facebook page relating to NDN19.

APRIL EXCURSION – ROBERTSON HERITAGE CAR SHOW

Similar to last year, it was decided to eliminate the convoy and for the Zedders to individually travel to Robertson because of the early starting time. It was a pleasant enough trip and most of the members arrived well under the opening time limit.

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Bazza was the first to arrive and had single handedly held off all entrepreneurs to secure an excellent parking area adjacent to the main entrance. This ensured the Zedders an optimal spot (unlike 2018 – where it was necessary to drive around until you could find an available parking spot).

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It was obvious that attendance was down overall for the event, although there was still a fairly substantial number of display vehicles from a variety of marques. This was also reflected in the Z Car Club attendees. Fortunately some friends of Barry’s turned up – which extrapolated our numbers to 11. Z cars were less than ten. This was unfortunate as the Robertson Heritage Car Show displays some very unique and rare vehicles which are not common to most motor shows.

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Because of the lack of Z vehicles – Ray signaled to some sportscar owners to share the parking space and there soon appeared a sprinkling of other marques among the group including an immaculate Austin Healey 3000.

The weather was a little humid, but still pleasant and more tolerable than 2018 – where it became very hot as the day progressed. The group relaxed with cups of coffee and either talked in groups or circled around the exhibited vehicles on display.

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Some of the more unique vehicles consisted of a Buick Eight station wagon and other modified American iron. Again, for 2019, the Robertson Car Show hosted numerous rare and unusual vintage vehicles. There was a tiny (original shape) Mini Minor nearby whose stereo system was almost the same size of the car.

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Robyn and Eileen took off – to do what girls do best – heading towards the nearby market to do some “essential” shopping. Brad and Darrelle had found a shady spot away from the crowds and were completely relaxed. Brad flipped through his “mobile” to show Ray his latest automotive project he was working on – the restoration of a 240Z. The original rusted shell was being progressively transformed into something very special with original fitments such as the radio saved as part of the restoration process.

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It was getting close to lunch time. Des had noticed a small hotel on the entrance road a short distance from the Heritage Park and decided to try it out. The group split – some going with Des and some going to the nearby Robertson Bowling Club for lunch.

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Despite the reduced numbers of members and guests attending, it had been an enjoyable day with many things to see – including the unique automotive exhibits and the other nearby attractions which included the antiquated machinery, various stalls, refreshment facilities and the markets.

 – Ray

MARCH EXCURSION – NSW RAIL MUSEUM, THIRLMERE

On arrival at Big Daddy’s Burger Bar at Casula, there was a good number of members assembling for the start of the excursion (some members had gone on ahead and opted to meet at the Rail Museum venue). Just time for a bit of a catchup and a quick cup of coffee. We were on a bit of a deadline as morning tea, the train ride and museum tour had been booked for 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.00 midday respectively – as well as the restaurant at 1.15pm.

This meant a start as close to 9.00am as possible. Members filed out to their cars and climbed aboard. General Desmond Neville, in his newly acquired steed – the dark blue 370Z led the charge (much to the relief of the world’s worst navigator).

As the Z’s filtered out of Big Daddy’s, a red 300zx appeared heading the wrong way. A signal was given to the driver, and he joined at the rear of the convoy. The driver was later identified as Eddy, our latest member. Welcome aboard!

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Maneuvering around the backstreets behind “Big Daddy’s” the convoy ultimately reached the Hume Motorway. It was a smooth run then to Wilton and the Picton turnoff some 36.0 kms away with the convoy maintaining a steady clip.

The convoy was travelling in an arc towards Thirlmere – this route is a 45 minute journey compared to Menangle Road which is quicker. However it was worthwhile to take the longer journey to “blow out the cobwebs” from the Zeds. As the convoy approached the NSW Rail Museum there was a bit of “twisty stuff” via Thirlmere Way which allowed some sporty driving, which added to the enjoyment of the trip.

Barbour Rd at Thirlmere (outside the Museum) is always a bit crowded as a number of car clubs are attracted to this venue. However all members of the convoy secured parking close by the Museum.

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The Zedders caught up with the members that had gone on ahead. Despite a few cancellations the numbers totaled nineteen members and guests and fifteen cars. (this included the infamous “Medlow Bath Tractor”).

Members were given a 10% discount on the entrance fee to the museum due to the prior group booking. Morning tea consisted of tea or coffee (dispensed yourself) and cream biscuits, which were individually packaged.

One of the staff whispered that there had been a double booking with the Mini Car Club, but this wouldn’t create much difficulty. The only variation would be that the “museum” tour would commence on the station.

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After morning tea, the Zedders headed towards the station and the steam locomotive 2705. Originally purchased from the Hunslet Engine Co in Leeds, England in 1913, it was completely refurbished by the NSW Rail Museum in the 1990s. It was a very relaxing and comfortable trip to Buxton and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the members and guests. The entire round trip takes approximately 45 minutes.

On arrival back at the Thirlmere Station, visitors were invited into the cab of the locomotive (two at a time) and the controls described by Allen, the tour guide. Some of our members (including Maddy) took the opportunity to inspect the cab’s hardware.

The group then returned to the Rail Museum where Allen explained the use of signaling/operational levers (which controlled aligning specific train tracks) and their “fail safe” operations. However, he did note that there had been disasters in the past when there had been failures of equipment and/or operational procedures. On a raised dais there was an example of a very early locomotive, which Allen explained had experienced catastrophic boiler explosions at times in the past, resulting in injury or death to its operators.

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At the front of the museum there was a medium sized locomotive which had been built entirely of spare parts. Allen explained that because of the distances and times to ship locomotive parts from England – two million parts had been ordered in advance. This meant that an entire train could be built from the available parts – ensuring that the entire train was new and therefore reliable.

It was getting towards the time to leave for lunch. Ray thanked Allen for his informative tour of the museum and the group concurred with a short round of applause. There’s not a great deal of visibility on Barbour Rd (outside the Rail Museum) so seated in the low slung Zeds with limited visibility – it takes a bit of concentration to get back onto “the main drag”. However, all exited safely. Now onto the nearby Picton Bowling Club.

The two large pre-booked tables were a welcome sight for the somewhat jaded Zedders. The meals were very reasonably priced and of good quality. The service was generally fairly expedient, although a small number of members had a bit of a wait for their meals. Ray was astonished at getting a 750ml bottle of Merlot for under $12.00. The quality was also quite good.

The excursion had proven to be very successful. Everyone enjoyed the relaxing journey on the steam train to Buxton , the informative and interesting information provided by Allen ( the Museum tour guide) and the good quality , reasonably priced meals provided by the Picton Bowling Club, which made it a very pleasant day.

– Ray

The Southern Highlands Fling – Sunday 24th February, 2019

Organised by Jamie & Joanne Gigg, 11 Zeds, 2 Moderns & 21 People.

Driving along the m5 freeway toward the starting point, I was having all the nervous thoughts you get when organising a run. Will anyone show up? Will they miss the entry to the starting point? Is it too far away? Is it too many kms in one day? As we drove into the Seven Eleven fashionably late, I was even more anxious as I couldn’t see a single Z. That was until I drove around the back. And Then, Zeds everywhere!! 11 in fact and 2 moderns to top it off. This was looking like a great day.

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After many of the Zedders got their morning coffee fix, 10 o’clock soon came and we were off. A short sprint to the Bargo exit and we were off the boring freeway and now flinging along the old Hume Hwy southbound for the upper highland towns of Yanderra, Yerrinbool and Alpine. Weaving our way through the viaduct bridges which cross under the freeway we were soon climbing up the back of Mittagong. They don’t call it the Highlands for nothing!!

Range Road, narrow in parts but what a spectacular road. Green grass, livestock and beautiful peaceful homes, that was until 11 Zeds roll past! Roads more like Country Lanes You could be forgiven for thinking you were in the English countryside. We then turned into Tourist Road. Approximately 30 kms of great driving from Glenquarry to Macquarie Pass. A great chance to safely open the throttle and blow out the cobwebs since the last Zed outing.

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A quick comfort stop at ‘Chilly’ Robertson and off again using some beautiful country roads to get to the Fitzroy Falls information Centre. A short walk to see a spectacular gorge. Lack of recent rainfall meant that the falls were reduced to a trickle! I heard Barry say “I had more water coming out of the shower head this morning”. Sorry for the false advertising regarding the pictures of the falls I used to promote my Run! It was an act of nature. I can’t control that.

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It was time to get on the road again to get to our Moss vale Lunch destination but first a detour along some more country lanes to show everyone a little gem of a place called Burrawang. For those of you who have never been there, it’s a great day run. If you are planning to eat there you can choose either the Burrawang Hotel with spectacular views from the rear of the property or the Burrawang General Store which looks like a little shop at the front but once inside you will be impressed with the size, décor and food. You can even book the loft area for groups of up to 30 people. (they happened to be closed for a short break at the time of our run).

The Porterhouse Bistro at The Moss Vale Hotel did an amazing job to get all 21 of us fed quickly. It seemed that everyone was happy with the meals and service, even though they had us booked as the ‘VET’ car club, when they look after us that well they can call us what they like! I don’t know if they thought we were the ‘Vet’ as in The Corvette club or just a bunch of Veteran geriatrics who go out driving in their old cars on Sundays. Come to think of it the latter is probably a close description!

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Thank you all for your participation in the day and for making it so enjoyable. We covered quite a bit of ground on the day, around 120klms from our starting point at Pheasants Nest to our Lunch destination, not including your distance to the starting point and back to your home from Moss Vale. For some it was a 250km + day, so special thanks to you all for making the effort. We have these cars for the pleasure of driving so why not get as much in as possible once a month when we all get together to celebrate the Z car.

Thanks, Jamie Gigg

DECEMBER EXCURSION – LITHGOW SMALL ARMS MUSEUM

The starting point for this excursion was the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath. Earlier arrivals were soon joined by members and guests filtering through the large entrance doors of the hotel. The leader of the expeditionary force, General Desmond Neville was quietly sucking on a coffee and in a completely relaxed mode as the others arrived. (His horse was conspicuously absent!).

The tables on the Hydro Majestic verandah stated to fill up as twenty members and guests took up their positions. Apart from the usual Z mobiles there was a mixed variety of vehicles – catering for those seeking “comfort more than speed” – as it was a rather lengthy excursion. All up, there were twelve vehicles noted.

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After an appropriate amount of sustenance and the usual “catch up” discussions it was time to start the journey. Craig (being a native of these parts) took the lead and the convoy headed north along the Great Western Highway.

After a journey of approximately half an hour, the convoy turned into Methven Street, Lithgow – home of the Lithgow Small Arms Museum. Having been forewarned of the Z Car invasion (by virtue of pre- booking for 25 people) – there was a museum staff member available to provide an interesting commentary on the Museum and its past and present activities. The Lithgow Arms Factory had been responsible for supplying the Australian army with a variety of weapons during the Second World War – including rifles and Bren guns. Its machine shops are still producing a variety of products currently, including the Steyr AUG assault rifle /light machine carbine for our military forces.

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There was an interesting display of weapons on the ground floor of the Museum. This included guns, a display of knives and a particularly vicious looking Sunbeam Mixmaster! The party then gravitated to the first floor where all the “good stuff” was being displayed. This was a “gun fancier’s heaven”. Magnificent handguns of all shapes and sizes – “Dirty Harry type “ 44 magnums, 357 magnums, Lugers , 45’s, dueling pistols, miniature guns etc. , etc.

In the middle of the floor was a very large Chinese heavy machine gun, with other machine guns scattered throughout the exhibits. There was an extensive display of rifles of different vintages , and some of the members recognized rifles they had trained with in their youth– such as .303’s (school cadets) and SLRs (military reserve) etc.

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Some time was spent perusing the fairly numerous exhibits, with mobile phones being actively utilized for photographing the more interesting firearms.

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It was now time to head off for lunch at the Tarana Hotel at the quaint Tarana Township. Craig took the convoy on a more scenic route than the original planned route. This involved travelling along Diamond Swamp Rd and then onto Sodwalls Rd and ultimately Mutton Falls Rd, Main Street and the Tarana Hotel.

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Prior booking allowed for outside undercover dining (appreciated – as the temperature was getting close to 30 degrees C). This was in contrast to our last visit when the temperature was three degrees C!

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After a pleasant lunch and a variety of discussions, group members gave their farewells and started slipping away to get started on the long journey home. It had proven to be an interesting and enjoyable day overall with a very good attendance of members and guests.

Many thanks to Des for the original planning of this excursion. (Des had a few health issues previously so Craig and Ray had provided a little assistance with the excursion).

NOVEMBER EXCURSION – MOTORLIFE MUSEUM

Weather good: check!  Sea of interested faces at Big Daddy’s Burger Bar: check! Pick up Barbara, Brian and Brett at the Picton Rd turnoff: check! Stand by for launch: check!

With the now renowned navigation team of Dan and Court at the helm of the convoy it was “go” for the Motorlife excursion. The Z cars straggled out of “Big Daddy’s” with the red 320kw twin turbo leading the way. After a series of quick turns through roundabouts and backstreets the convoy hit the Hume Motorway.

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There was a lot of traffic darting in and out of the convoy along the way, but as it was a straight run at this point in the journey – there was no problems with visibility and keeping in touch with the lead vehicles. After about 36 kms into the trip – the Picton Road, Wilton turnoff presented itself and the convoy entered the slip road.

Now, to find Barbara, Brian and Brett!

Brian, Barbara and Brett had managed to move into the fast moving traffic flow a couple of cars ahead of the convoy – and were spotted by the leading cars. This was a more expedient solution than trying to join the convoy from the rear.

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It was a fairly free flowing run towards Wollongong at this point, and the convoy, overall was making good time. Proceeding to the Kanahooka Road off ramp at Brownsville led the convoy finally to the Darkes Road location of the Motorlife Museum.

Ray had tried, prior to the excursion date to negotiate the entry fee to the Museum in light of the envisaged number of Z car members attending – but the price was fixed at $15 per head for groups. The previous $10 entrance fee for NRMA members was also no longer available.

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The Motorlife Museum is really unique in having a substantial range of rare and exotic motor vehicles spanning decades of motoring. Some of the “later models” was an FX and FJ Holden approximately 67 and 64 years old respectively.

It was noted that the John Lennon mannequin had been shifted from its original position in the MGA convertible (two years ago) to a park bench in the museum. Must be some valid reason!

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There are a lot of displays – so a good two hours can be spent to thoroughly examine the exhibits. As well as the motor vehicles, there are displays of vintage typewriters, telephones and other memorabilia of the different eras.

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After a few photo sessions and a comprehensive examination of the exhibits, it was time to head off for lunch at the nearby Dapto Leagues Club. The club was moderately busy, so it was fortunate that Ray had booked for 25 members and guests. Two large tables had been provided, so there was adequate room for all.

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Meals were well priced and the service proved to be excellent with meals rapidly being delivered a short time after ordering. Also, pleasingly, the standard of the meals was excellent.

The excursion had proven to be very successful. The final numbers were 17 cars and 21 members and guests which was an excellent response. Overall, a pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable day – which is really what the Z Car Club of Sydney endeavours to achieve with its monthly excursions.

– Ray

OCTOBER EXCURSION – GOULBURN EXTRAVAGANZA

Arriving at Big Daddy’s Burger Bar at Casula it was pleasing to see a good number of members in attendance. After a few cappuccinos and some catching up conversations – it was time to hit the road.

With Courtney navigating, the convoy arrived at the Hume Motorway at around 8.20am. First stop was the Mittagong RSL – a 45 minute run.

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Meeting up with Brian, Brett, Barbara and Jamie (who had gone on ahead to the Mittagong RSL) – the final number of members and guests attending totaled 17. This was a good turnout in light of the “iffy” weather and a number of previous cancellations.

Brett was congratulated on his immaculate 300ZX Z32 twin turbo (spotted in the Mittagong RSL carpark). Although there had been no mods to the engine, the rest of the vehicle with numerous modifications to the bodywork and interior was outstanding. And, yes, it did have the essential Ferrari tail lights!

Members filed into the Mittagong RSL Club for morning tea – which consisted of cappuccinos and other coffees with freshly baked cakes.

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Around 11.00am, after suitable refurbishment, the club members made their way back to their trusty Zeds and headed down Bessemer Street back to the Hume Motorway. It was decided to make the first point of call in Goulburn the Rocky Hill War Museum and have lunch afterwards.

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Situated in Memorial Road, Goulburn this quaint little museum is simply packed with war memorabilia and well worth a visit. From uniforms to a host of different rifles of various vintages and nationalities, samurai type swords, mortars, grenades and machine guns. There was a very interesting range of hand-held anti-tank weapons (some resembling elephant guns) – one could only imagine what the recoil would have been like!guns

 

The Rocky Hill Lookout was nearby, and some of the more adventurous of the group ascended the hill to take in the view – which was both breathtaking and a bit unsettling for those who don’t birds eyelike heights.

The next stop was the Goulburn Workers’ Club for lunch.

It was difficult to get a precise number of member vehicles attending the excursion as there was a number of the group disappearing and then catching up at various stages. However, an estimate was eleven vehicles.

The Goulburn Workers’ Club proved to be a rather pleasant and popular environment . After placing orders at the counter, meals were served at the table by the staff (none of those annoying buzzers – where you have to pick up your own meals). All meals were reasonably priced, of good quality and served promptly.

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It was approaching 2.30pm , and as some of the members had a considerable distance to travel to get back home – it was decided not to make the original planned trip to Wakefield Park Raceway ( part of the original excursion plan) as this would add another 40-45 minutes to the excursion timeframe.

Congratulations to Courtney and Daniel for planning this interesting excursion, and particularly to Courtney for adding her great navigational skills to the journey to ensure a trouble free cruise.    

SEPTEMBER EXCURSION – GANNONS

It was pleasing to see the whole Z car group had arrived on time and were expertly parked – even though the line of Z cars seemed to be facing the wrong way i.e. rumps out!

The members had excelled themselves again by providing a fantastic amount of effort in the preparation of their vehicles which fairly sparkled under the early morning sun.

The fourteen vehicles and twenty five members and guests was an excellent turnout.

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As usual, The Lions Club had sponsored and organised a very interesting and entertaining event with numerous displays. The large volume of vehicles on display was equally impressive with a variety of rare marques. Although there appears to be a penchant for FB Holdens – seems to be larger numbers of these vehicles each year (Is someone breeding them?)

As members wandered around the various rides and exhibits – it was also pleasing to discover that the food stalls provided light meals of an impressive standard (this is not notable at most car shows).

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Around midday, the two judges (trying to hang onto the paperwork in the freshening winds) faced the challenges of performing the judging of the Z Car Club of Sydney’s Show and Shine.

This was going to prove a somewhat difficult task as all cars were presented in a similar impeccable manner except for a few standout vehicles. A number of cars were separated by a couple of points – so the scoring was extremely close.

The final results and winners of each category were as follows:

Z31 Std                                   Barry Godfrey

260Z Std                                 Brad Twyman

260Z 2+2 Std                          James Henderson

240Z Std                                 John Wakeling

240Z Highly Mod                   John Wakeling

370Z Std                                 Ray Marsh

370Z Mod                               Craig Tebbet

350Z Std                                 Des Neville

Z32 TT Std                             Courtney Marsh

Best Non Z (Datsun 260C)    Jamie Gigg

Jamie Gigg (Point Score Officer) then awarded the Club Champion Trophy and the three pennants for the highest point scores.

Club Champion Trophy         Ray Marsh

Distinction Pennant               Jamie Gigg

Credit Pennant                       Brad Twyman

Merit Pennant                         Terry Stevens

It proved to be a very enjoyable day, highlighted by well organised and impressive displays and the usual good humour and friendship of the Z Car Club members who made the effort to participate.

– Ray

AUGUST EXCURSION – SHANNONS, EASTERN CREEK

In the cold light of the morning the Zedders started accumulating from about 8.00AM in Liberty Road, Huntingwood. The predominant vehicles were 300ZX Z32s. But there was quite a collection of Z cars.

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There were 20 vehicles in total – 19 pure Z vehicles and one substitute vehicle (due to a problem with one of the Zeds). An estimate of the people attending (including guests) was 26. As far as car numbers were concerned – this was probably a record for a Shannons attendance.

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A twirling index finger and a “gentleman start your engines” prompt motivated the “pilots” of the Z sportscars to stretch sideways and slide into the cockpits of their various machines. The convoy moved onto Peter Brock Drive and headed towards Gate D. Moving ever so slowly down the hill (due to the large amount of vehicles from the other car clubs as well as the large Z car convoy) the Zedders finally reached the “showbag men”.

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Then followed a somewhat inspirational moment. The mantle of the “world’s worst navigator” had for a brief moment in time slipped him into second place , as a zedder leading the convoy ( who shall remain nameless ) got lost inside area D. This became apparent as the incoming zedders met the out coming zedders as a large “u turn” was needed to get back on track.

James commented that every time he followed someone who appeared to know where they were going – he got lost! Better break out that GPS again, James! Ultimately, after safely parking the convoy in two rows in the requisite designated spot – things were looking good.

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The display cars from the various marques stretched nearly to the horizon – which meant a lot of walking. Terry and Ray attempted to get some coffee from the “ice cream and drinks” van – only to find the door closed and the driver taking off in the opposite direction. But, Shannons is an enthusiast’s dream with so many rare cars on display that bring back childhood memories.

One can only marvel at the time, energy and copious amounts of money spent to rejuvenate these cars. Although one has fond memories of their father owning these vehicles, a vast number of them are really very ordinary cars that were really nothing special in their prime. But one has to admire the care and patience, the sourcing of rare parts and the time and money spent to restore them by the particular enthusiast.

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At 11.30AM it was time to line up for a stint on the racetrack. After about twenty minutes, the gates were opened onto the race track and the cars siphoned forwards with anticipation. However, up the front was a highly illuminated “pace car”.

For half the first lap the speedos were locked on 78kms/hr. (just shy of the requisite max of 80kms/hr.) due to the cars in front. Then something strange occurred. All of a sudden, all the cars in front seemed to disappear and yes, that was three figures showing on the speedo!

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The Zedders zoomed round the track as proper sportscars should! All too soon the Zeds were waved off the track – and back to the area D parking area. This would have to rate as the most enjoyable time on the track ever!

Although a little out of the way – the position in area D did made it easy to exit safely with minimal traffic.

Overall, a very enjoyable day with a record number of cars and a vast array of different marques on display. Coupled with a memorable time on the track – one of the better Shannons excursions.

– Ray