OCTOBER EXCURSION – MEN & MACHINES, COBBITTY

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.