This excursion will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Weatherwise it was a total disaster. Prior prayers to Zeus and Hindra the Greek and Hindu storm gods for favourable weather obviously didn’t work (maybe try the Greek fertility gods next time!).

The intrepid Z car convoy set out from the Crossroads Hotel on time (after some members phoned in to say they would meet the convoy along the route). The Daniel and Courtney team of Sat Nav experts, with intrinsic knowledge of Canberra and its environs led the convoy onto the Hume motorway and headed into the unknown in the Nissan TT.

The innocents in the convoy faced with only initial light showers were unwittingly heading into the “perfect storm”. A short while into the journey to Canberra all hell broke loose!

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Monsoonal rains abetted by strong winds completely blinded the convoy. Leaking cabins and windows in the older cars, coupled with lethargic wipers (Barry’s wipers stopped working all together), fogged windscreens and slippery roads made the convoy pilots feel like the “ice truckers”. John was seen frantically trying to drive with one hand and demist (manually with a rag) his side window and windscreen. Most (if not all of the Z cars) were fishtailing all over the road – even the later models like Ray’s 370Z with the latest safety additions were having trouble.

Trying to maintain the speed limit around the slippery bends was becoming a nightmare. Of course, all the hoons were out in force with the  “mine’s bigger and faster than yours” mentality – first tailgating you within millimetres of your bumper bar then skating past (and I do mean skating!) to throw torrents of dirty water over your windscreen.

Then the rain suddenly eased down – maybe we’ll get to Canberra in one piece after all!

Wrong!  The rain and winds returned at gale force once again to blast the shivering Zedders in their confined leaking cockpits. It was like someone was turning a switch on and off – the showers would intermittently die down – and then come back with full force.


But the convoy’s troubles were just beginning …….

A huge tree had fallen across the Hume Highway, and while attempts had been made to lop off the top branches – it still blocked the entire left hand lane. This meant an agonizingly long wait in a huge traffic jam. Finally past the “obstacle” the convoy reached the Federal Highway.

Things appeared to be improving – the showers were lessening and the winds weren’t as strong. All of a sudden, the convoy was blasted with the heaviest rainfall of the trip – it was almost impossible to see anything out of the windscreen – most “pilots” were driving by pure instinct. This persisted for almost the entire length of the Federal Highway.

Finally reaching Canberra the convoy of Zedders were amazed to find massive amounts of road construction work (not that anything was actually being done) but lanes were closed off everywhere forcing annoying detours around the city.

The War Memorial at last (only 2 hours late!). The soaked Z car members (looking more like survivors from the Titanic) managed to stumble inside to warm their hands and obtain sustenance at the nearest café. Chris who had forged ahead of the convoy was sighted seated at a table with the Bhati brothers (who had wisely stayed in Canberra the night before and avoided the chaotic weather).

Ray managed to get a head count of 14 members (and guests) and 12 vehicles. This was a remarkable achievement after the horrendous conditions and hazards.

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Bolstered by the drying out process by the ambient temperature of the War Museum (not the alcohol!) the Zedders began a recuperation process which enabled them to participate in some of the museum tours and interact with some of the other members.

After some time in the museum, and feeling the exhaustion of the original journey start to take effect – it was time to go.

The return journey home, incredibly, was almost as bad as coming to Canberra. Weather had eased, but huge traffic jams banked up traffic for hours. All routes to the Hume Highway had major traffic jams. Eamonn mentioned later that it took him five hours to get home. Barbara, Brian, Barry, Eileen and Des suffered similar fates. A breaking news report informed that Chris had blown a head gasket in the 300ZX and had to catch the bus home.

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After finding every road blocked by traffic jams, Ray & Robyn gave up and backtracked to the Mittagong RSL had dinner and bided their time. Even at 7.00PM when they finally returned home – there were still traffic jams on the Hume Highway.

The brave surviving Zedders of this epic journey should be congratulated on their magnificent perseverance and their sense of camaraderie.

As Roosevelt said (modified):

“This day , Sunday 25th February 2018 will live in infamy in the annals of the Z Car Club of Sydney’s excursion history”.


Despite the threat of rain, the weather for the day beamed bright and cheerful. The Zedders had the option of travelling directly to the Settlers Arms Inn at St Albans or meeting up at McDonalds at Thornleigh to form a convoy. Most Zedders opted for the latter. However, the car spaces at McDonalds were packed – which meant that Zedders and machines were dispersed all over the grounds and not in one discrete location.

Members and guests started dribbling in after 10.00am. Some ordered coffee and /or light breakfasts and the numbers starting looking good. Around 11.00am it was time to start the adventure.

As mentioned, the carpark was rather crowded, which was going to create some difficulties in creating a meaningful convoy, as there were already “interlopers” creeping into the middle of the convoy.


Getting to the gate of McDonalds and Ray gasped in amazement as some Zedders incorrectly turned right and the others turned left. After doing a “u turn” the “right wingers” joined the back of the convoy.

Getting back onto Pennant Hills Road proved something of a nightmare (what else is new with Pennant Hills Road!), with the lights changing quickly and the convoy split into small pieces. Never mind, head towards Boundary Road (the jumping off point).

Andrew appeared (like an angel of mercy – having managed to get ahead on Pennant Hills Road)) from a nearby service station to lead the way. The convoy behind was still a bit shambolic, but eventually managed to catch up and form an “ad hoc” convoy – although some members had disappeared completely (later discovered they had gone on ahead).

The traffic was extremely heavy on New Line Road at Cherrybrook. There must have been some sort of exotic car show on as Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Jaguars, Mustangs were appearing everywhere.


Finally reaching Old Northern Road, Dural and the traffic jam began to disappear. As the convoy hit River Road, Wisemans Ferry the road became convoluted and the bends more accentuated. And, yes, that “boy racer” spirit deeply embedded in the Zedders’ psyche became more apparent as the Z cars zoomed around the bends with gusto. Finally, Wisemans Ferry was reached.

Due to prior advice (yes, those numerous E Mails sent) it was necessary to locate the Webbs Creek Ferry where a tarred road was assured on the other side of the Hawkesbury River as distinct from the Wisemans Ferry where a disasterous dirt and gravel road awaited to spoil the Zedders’ carefully nurtured “rides”. The Webbs Creek Ferry eventually sailed without hitting any mines or encountering any other difficulties and all Zedders arrived safe and sound.

The road ahead was Wollombi Road. This was 20kms of “boy racer” territory – yes twice in one day! Some of the bends were 45 degrees (where you almost meet yourself coming back the other way!) Blasting down the slopes at 80kms/hr – not knowing whether the hidden bends were going left or right added to the fun, as creaking Z car suspensions and creaking joints fought to keep up!

All Zedders eventually arrived at the Settlers Arms Inn intact. The large crowds present meant that there was a wait for meals. Meals were a tad overpriced but there was a reasonable selection. The Zedders spilled over into two tables (exceeding the original “booked” numbers).


The ambience of the venue was very pleasant, with the main “rustic” inn and a number of similar buildings, constructed in the 1840s. However, it was getting rather hot and the “great Australian salute” was constantly in operation to swat the ever increasing quantity of flies.

A head and car count revealed 18 cars and 23 members and guests – which was an excellent response. The excursion had proven to be very successful with an invigorating drive, a pleasant venue and an excellent number of people attending.


Everything looked good for this excursion. Great weather with a mild breeze and no rain. It was decided (due to logistics) not to have a convoy , but everyone who attended had a good run to the venue with fairly light , smooth flowing traffic . Only one member of the constabulary was noted.


Ample space had been provided for the Z Car group – so parking was effortless. All the Zedders had polished and detailed their vehicles to perfection – so the judges were going to have to make some difficult choices for The Z Car “Show and Shine”.

Over two hundred vehicles were on display and a very large number of motor bikes – all immaculately prepared. Various stalls were available, selling everything from spare parts to food and beverages as well as a remote control car display, the jet engine display (groan!) and a helicopter flight overhead.

A live band added some impetus to the proceedings and free skin cancer checks were provided by a group of Doctors – if you didn’t mind the wait.

The cars on display were quite varied and included Buicks, Pontiacs, MGs, Studebakers, Porsches and a brace of antiquated Fords, Chevrolets , hot rods and even an antiquated “woody”. There was a reasonable number of Zedders and their guests – eighteen in total, but car numbers were down from last year – with only eleven vehicles on show.

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However, despite the limited numbers, the Z Car display attracted a significant amount of attention from the public.

The weather was definitely starting to warm up – so Jamie unpacked the Z Car corporate tent and with some help from other Zedders had it erected to provide a more comfortable area for the attending members.

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In the interim, Terry and Ray carried out the judging for the Z Car Club Show and Shine for 2017. Finding that there were no available chairs inside the room that was used for the trophy presentations in 2016 – it was decided to hold the presentation ceremony outside.

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There were two presentation ceremonies in 2017. One for “Best in class”  vehicles (Z Car Sydney Show and Shine) and the other awards based on the point scores collated by Jamie (Point Score Officer) during 2017.

Best in Class

260Z                                                          Brad Twyman

260Z 2+2                                                    Terry Stevens

300 Z31                                                      Barry Godfrey

280Z                                                           Corey Smith

350 Z                                                         Craig Tebbet

300ZX Z32 TT                                           Courtney Marsh

240Z (Highly mod)                                    Darren Hill

370Z                                                           John Wakeling

260C Coupe

(Best Display vehicle)                                  Jamie Gigg

Point Score Awards

Club Champion Trophy 2017

(Award dedicated to Les Hampson)               Ray Marsh

Distinction pennant                                        Jamie Gigg

 Credit pennant                                              Robyn Marsh

Merit pennant                                                 Barry Godfrey


Cars and drivers had previously been registered by the Men & Machines officials (from online information supplied), so it was only a matter of fronting up to the gate of Macarthur Anglican School and getting a ticket with the particular coded section in which to park.


However, with the 9.15 am deadline and the usual shocking traffic flow along Narellan Road it was a later than anticipated arrival time to reach the school, and the extended queue to get in wasn’t doing any of the exhibitors any favours – with regards to meeting the time limit.

However, all went well and the Zedders made the deadline and were directed to Area C to park.


Jamie had spent some weeks organizing the excursion and negotiating with officials to get a good deal for the Z Car Club members (free entry for exhibitors instead of the normal $15 surcharge) –  and so it was unfortunate that a less than fulsome number of Zedders had shown up. The totals were six cars and ten members and guests.

And those that didn’t attend missed out on an excellent event. The many attractions included:

  • Numerous stalls selling everything from food , drinks , auto accessories, toys , models and other items
  • Helicopter displays
  • Monster trucks exhibition
  • Crash and bang demolition derby
  • Fly over of jets
  • Actual firefighting with a car on fire
  • Jet engine display
  • Scale automated train display
  • Slot cars
  • Dodgem cars
  • Huge display of vehicles including rare classic and vintage cars , a large collection of classic motor cycles including Harley Davidsons and even a vintage steam car with passengers in period dress.


Each exhibitor was given a unique number which was placed inside the car in a viewable position and the general public could vote on the particular vehicle of their choice. Winners who had the most votes were awarded a trophy.


All the Z car members and guests who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day and appreciated the quality of the displays. While the numbers of our club were fairly minimal, the public attended the event in their hundreds and within a short space of time the grounds of the school were packed.

This is an excursion well worth consideration by the Z Car Club in 2018.


As there was no convoy it was “every man (and woman) for themselves” to get to Lugarno (and not get lost in the tricky winding backstreets) – before the gates closed on the display vehicles. The main core of hardy Z car perennials were already in position early as the rest of the Z car members filtered through the gates.


It was looking good; the line of Z mobiles extended across the park and represented probably the largest single exhibit. A few tardy Zeds sneaked in after the curfew. An impressive lineup of eighteen highly polished Zeds was the final total with an equally impressive total of twenty five members and guests in attendance.

The Lions Club had excelled itself for 2017 with over 200 stalls and over 300 classic vehicles on display.


The list of classic and rare cars on display was endless with lesser known breeds such as Vauxhall, Volvo P1800S and rare Triumphs such as Dolomite. American “iron” was plentiful with stock standard and highly modified V8s with carburetors that could swallow a man whole (maybe slightly exaggerating).

Lots of Holdens including the pre FJ – i.e. the “Humpy” and of course a good representation of Falcons and some Customlines (including imported versions).


The stalls were selling an impressive and varied range of goods including show bags and, the knights were back again (but no lances). The only real problems involved lining up in ever increasing queues to get something to eat (by virtue of the large crowds in attendance – a very long wait).

Overall, a very well organized event with interesting exhibits and stalls to cater for the entire family.


Some of the Zedders took advantage of the allowable exit times commencing at 1.30Pm and headed towards the main gates. By about 2.30-3.30PM the classic cars were becoming scarce in the park – time to go!

Unlike 2016 it doesn’t appear that any Z cars won an award on the day.


The Lions Club had excelled themselves in presenting the 2017 Gannons Spectacular and all members and guests representing the Z Car Club enjoyed the day immensely.


Les joined the Z Car Club of Sydney approximately twenty years ago. He initially was appointed as Treasurer and Merchandising Officer. Les and his wife Maria were very active in supporting the club by raising funds through local raffles and other activities, and Les also secured a number of generous sponsors who also contributed significantly to the club.

The Z Car Club of Sydney at this time had a published quality coloured magazine and the membership was increasing. Les became Vice President of the club in 2005. Around this time the Z Car Club had approximately 120 members.

He was also significantly involved in the organising committee of the NDN in 2005.

In 2008 Les became President of the Z Car Club and then Vice President in 2009.

Les again took over the Presidency of the Club in 2014 which he retained until his unfortunate passing this year (2017).

Les was one of the pioneers of the Z Car Club of Sydney who supported the club and its members with a passion and made a significant contribution to ensuring the club’s survival when other similar clubs were unable to continue to function due to lack of interested supportive members.

Even when Les was experiencing extreme ill health he would make the effort to attend excursions with his “pride and joy” – the impressively customised, beautifully polished red 260Z with the tan leather upholstery.

Les should be remembered for his unflinching support of the club through turbulent times and his tough minded and feisty leadership which ensured that the Z Car Club of Sydney would remain one of the most recognised car clubs of Sydney.

Rest in peace Les.


What a perfectly orchestrated day!  Weather was near perfect, the Zedders were all assembled within the time deadlines on Liberty Road and everybody was enthusiastic. Bazza led the way through the entrance into Area B. It took a while as cars from numerous other marques were also in the entrance queue. As instructed the Shannons stickers were stuck on the top right hand side of the windscreen – which was good for the officials but not so good for tallish drivers. However, once inside it was noted that there were quite a number of vehicles being displayed with the stickers on the left (Boo Hiss!).


Settling in and shuffling the Z cars into position took a few minutes (where’s Les – the parking officer?). Within a short time all the cars were in place – neat and parallel. Terry erected the Z Car Club insignia, bonnets were opened to reveal the powerplants and a last minute rub down of the paintwork completed the routine.

Well, it was quite a fantastic sight; there were eighteen gleaming Z cars on display – all perfectly groomed and up to the usual high standards of the club. Attendance was excellent. With some guests of Andrew’s there was a total of 26 members and guests in attendance.


There were simply acres of cars on display – of every make imaginable. All the stylish American makes such as Pontiac, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford and Studebaker and some of the rarer makes such as Hudson. The British cars were well represented with a range of Mini Minors, Morris Minors, Austin 1100s and 1800s. Of course numerous Holdens and Falcons and an extensive range of well-preserved Customlines. Also noted was a range of Bolwells, including the rarer Bolwell Nagari.

Some of the group ascended the stairs nearby to get some light refreshments. It was great to see Richard Handley again – who looked in great health. Unfortunately not the same could be said for poor John who had got into a fight with a chainsaw when he was pruning tree branches. He’s OK – but nearly gave himself a “hare lip”. It was pleasing to see the permanent suite of toilets and washbasins provided rather than those awful Portaloos.


A bit of a panic set in as it was suddenly announced over the loudspeaker that it was time for the Z cars to get on the track. This was unexpected as it had been a very late start in 2016. Drivers scrambled to their cars and took off around the circuit. Ray was completely unaware as he was still upstairs, and if it wasn’t for Robyn shouting at him would’ve missed it entirely. As it was he was way behind the Z car group and got onto the track behind a gaggle of Citroens including some 2CVs (that’s right – the high powered 2 cylinder beasts!). Covertly passing most of the Citroens and two buses – he still couldn’t catch the Zeds. A somewhat red-faced driver in the yellow Zed!!


While Darko was giving some hints to Courtney and Anthony on regulating fuel supply to a Z32, Andrew, Terry and Ray took a walk around the area. Andrew noticed a “Ferrari 275 GTB” and spoke to its owner. The car had been built on a Datsun 240Z chassis and was running an LS1 V8 engine from a Holden. The owner showed Andrew an album of photographs taken of the construction of the car which had taken a considerable time to build and some substantial funds. Terry and Ray looked at a beautifully restored Studebaker GT convertible which had taken the owner some years to complete.


It was a little after 2:00PM and the Zedders noticed that there were quite a number of gaps appearing in the different car group’s displays – which meant people were leaving. As the day progressed the Zedders started to slowly leave Eastern Creek. It had been a very successful excursion that everyone had enjoyed enormously. Great effort had gone into preparing the Z Cars for the day and it showed. The displays of the other marques were impressive and the stint on the racetrack rounded off a near perfect day.


On arrival at the Preston’s McDonalds around 9.45am there were only three eager faces showing in the frosty conditions – Bazza, Robyn and Ray. Because of the cold conditions, it was decided to go inside and have a cup of coffee while waiting for the other Z Car Club members.

Half way through the cup of coffee, something magical happened.  Z Car members and guests started pouring into McDonalds from all directions. As this was thought to be a somewhat “low profile” tour the response was rather jaw dropping. In the space of twenty minutes, twenty three members (and guests) and sixteen vehicles had descended on Maccas.

All Z car categories were represented – from 240Zs through to 370Zs. There was even a very rare Austin Healey 3000 amongst the mix. As the McDonalds tables were cemented to the floor and could only accommodate up to six people, members had to form their own groupings.


There was no rush, as the second point of call was the Camden Historical Museum which didn’t open until 11.00am.  Members ordered light breakfasts or coffee, and, as some of the members hadn’t attended some of the excursions for a while – there was some catching up to do.

Around 10.40 am it was decided to head for the Camden Museum. The most direct route was via the Camden Valley Way. This involved leaving McDonalds through the service station next door; turning left and doing 180 degrees turn at the first roundabout.


The lights at the Camden Valley Way intersection took a while to change and because of the narrow road, traffic trying to turn left was banked up behind those wanting to turn right. However, finally enroute on the Camden Valley Way, Ray had to “surge a tad” to get ahead of the group as he was supposed to be leading the convoy. Glancing in his rear view mirror, all Ray could see was Vanessa and Darko and no convoy. Apparently some red lights had caused a dislocation of the convoy. With nowhere to pull over, it was necessary to keep travelling at a reduced speed while waiting for the convoy to catch up.

Finally, as the outskirts of Camden were reached there was room to pull over to allow the convoy to catch up. Robyn rang Craig to check his location and everyone was heading in the right direction along the Camden Valley Way. After a few minutes, the rest of the members caught up and the convoy drove into Camden. Parking was available behind the Camden Library or in the streets outside. Fortunately, parking was plentiful at this time of the morning.


The Z Car group entered the Camden Historical Museum (no admission charge) and was impressed at the quality of the exhibits. The museum had been progressively updated, and those that hadn’t visited for some time were pleasantly surprised at the changes. Exhibits included memorabilia from the Great War, antiquated devices such as a pedal driven dentist drill, very old telephones and wind up gramophones. There were also old currency notes, carpentry tools and a host of interesting memorabilia. To study everything in detail can take up to two hours.

As such, the members were running a little late for lunch at the Camden Hotel. Thank goodness a table had been booked – the Camden Hotel was packed out, with large numbers of people looking for empty tables. The Z Car group occupied two large tables and everyone was accommodated comfortably. Meals were reasonably priced (lunchtime main course specials were $10 – $15) and of good quality. Wines tended to be a little expensive depending on what was selected.

It had proven to be a very interesting and enjoyable day. The excursion had an excellent attendance and the friendship and involvement of those who attended made the day a complete success.


The arrangements for this excursion were to either go directly to the Nowra Fleet Air Arm or meet at the McDonalds restaurant at Albion Park Rail to form a convoy. A small knot of members and guests arrived at the McDonalds restaurant prior to the 9.00 am departure time. The weather was fine but coolish.

All Planes

A phone call from John confirmed that he was enroute, so the group had time to get another cup of coffee and try to warm up a bit. Ray rang a few members who had indicated that they were attending but hadn’t showed up. This was to ensure that no one got left behind and got lost. The departure time had now moved on to 9.30am.

John arrived and that appeared to be it. This was a little disappointing as the excursion had been advertised for a number of weeks and several reminders sent out. The head count at McDonalds (including guests) was eleven with seven cars. This was a far cry from the twenty people who had expressed interest in attending. Never mind, we were going to have a good day regardless!


Ray had the route mapped out, but news had come through that there was a large car show at Berry and the direct route to the Nowra Fleet Air Arm would involve the convoy becoming involved in a large traffic jam. Daniel (Courtney’s guest) volunteered to lead the convoy to Nowra by a different route bypassing any traffic issues. Driving very carefully and resisting the urge to mash the accelerator of the over boosted twin turbo Z32; Daniel did a fantastic job of leading the convoy on a very picturesque journey along the coastal roads. The route involved passing through Gerringong and Gerroa with magnificent 180 degree views. It turned out to be a very enjoyable drive even if there were fewer members than expected to enjoy it.


Finding the entrance to the Nowra Fleet Air Arm proved to be a little tricky. However, when it was found, the convoy was forced to wait at a very annoying red traffic light at the entrance for at least five minutes. Apparently the road could only allow one lane of traffic at a time, so the convoy had to wait for the oncoming traffic to pass. Finally free the convoy proceeded for a couple of kilometres and arrived at the Nowra Fleet Air Arm museum. A quick look around indicated that there were no hidden waiting members – so we were it!


Most of the members and guests hadn’t visited the museum for some time and were quite surprised at the improved displays and the layout generally. There were considerably more exhibits with a large variety of different planes and a substantial number of helicopters on display.

Apart from the self-activated videos there were some very interesting simulators. This involved climbing into the cockpits and activating the controls which progressively showed activities on a three dimensional display screen i.e. as if you were flying the helicopter or plane. There was so much information available on the displays that the group spent a considerable time at the museum.


Lunch was at the Shoalhaven Ex Servicemen’s Sports Club which was situated a short distance from the museum. The club had very pleasant views over its impeccably maintained golf course, and the club had a very pleasant ambience overall. The Z Car Club was provided with a well located (reserved) table with excellent views. Meals were of a very good standard and well-priced and the staff provided a great standard of service.

Despite the smaller numbers than anticipated, all those attending the excursion thoroughly enjoyed the day.


Last minute notification from the WOI officials (e-mail received Friday evening) that the display vehicles had to be inside the grounds by 8.30AM and more importantly that the gates would be locked (for display vehicles) until 5.00PM – didn’t create much enthusiasm amongst the Z Car Club of Sydney members. As the members had to be informed of the changed hours before the event the return E Mails showed a number of cancellations.


A hardy nucleus of members descended on the meeting place – McDonalds at Albion Park. Waiting in the queues for coffee and sustenance seemed to take forever. As such, food was gulped down and coffee was consumed a la “Bob Hawke’s record Ale drinking performance”. The only difference being the coffee was rather hot! A quick run to the Z cars, contorting bodies to fit through the low slung vehicles ignoring bad backs and ruined knees!

Start the engines, into gear and attempt to form a convoy to leave McDonalds – and wouldn’t you know it – Captain Pathetically Slow in the high powered Toyota Camry just has to push into the middle of the convoy blocking most of the members.


Half the convoy had left and were turning at the traffic lights as the straggling other half managed to escape from McDonalds and took off in pursuit. A surge of speed was rewarded by catching up to the Z car in front (I hope he knows where he’s going!). Turn left at the lights and yes the flag marshals were there! After scanning the barcodes and entering the enclosure the Z car members recoiled in horror! After spending hours cleaning and polishing their Z cars to the pinnacle of perfection they were ushered to their display area. Not lush grass (as in previous years) – but all dirt!! Within minutes all the cars (including other clubs) had a heavy layer of dust covering their “pride & joy”.

Some members, because of the late finishing time had opted to park in the public car park and pay the extra entrance fees in order that they could leave at an earlier time. As such it took a while to catch up with all those who attended. The final count was 16 members and nine cars. However, the weather was improving by the hour. The earlier strong winds had abated and were now mere breezes and the sun was shining.


After the opening ceremony the air show commenced . The first part included the Red Berets, RAAF Roulettes and a flyby by the de Havilland Caribou. This was followed by a Hercules, Neptune, Fokker DR1 and a Mustang.

Around 12.30PM the Supermarine Spitfire and a Hurricane appeared as well as the famous Wolf Pitts Pro.


Following on was a Wirraway and the daredevil Russian Roolettes raising excitement levels in the crowd.

The Focke-Wulf made an appearance and other aircraft including a Jet Provost.

The Wolf Pitts Pro and two Pitts S1-S thrilled the crowd with their daring aerobatics at 3.30PM.


Around 4.00PM some of the car club members were getting quite restless (not ours) and starting lining up at the locked enclosure gates. Inevitably the display cars were able to leave a little earlier.

The WOI air show was probably one of the best for a number of years with excellent weather for most of the day and all those Z car members attending enjoyed the day. However, there were some reservations regarding the “all dirt” display area and the 5.00pm exit time. Let’s hope the WOI organisers review these two issues for 2018.