The club run for February 2021 left from Cooleman Court on Sunday 14th. Around 25 cars representing 7 decades headed for Tidbinbilla via Cotter Road and Paddy’s River Road, took a shady break for tea/coffee at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, then continued along Tidbinbilla Road to Tharwa before crossing the Tharwa bridge and ending at Lanyon Station.
Bob Garrett’s red 1929 Hudson Super Six (above and below) got the honorary heroics award. It navigated the long and steepish climb up Paddy’s River Road from the Cotter crossing, plus all other hills and dales on the way, without changing down from top gear!
Special arrangements had been negotiated for a photo opportunity on the gravel forecourt at Lanyon. Brian McKay’s teal 1930 Ford Model A Roadster (above and below) would have got the Early Bird award if we had one. He arrived three hours early at Lanyon (by a more direct route) and was kindly ushered to prime central position on the forecourt.
The facility is operated by the ACT Government. Limits were set for number of vehicles on the gravel and a further number in the driveway avenue, by the gate.
For this historical site, the oldest club vehicles got first opportunity for the limited photo places. A wider group could assemble in reserved areas of the public carpark, with Lanyon, the Murrumbidgee and the Brindabellas forming a backdrop.
A wide-angle lens, even when held high on a selfie-stick, can only cover so much. The club’s younger classic vehicles found picnic spots on the grass, still enjoying the views toward the homestead and mountains.
Apparently a Lanyon magpie offered to take this fly-over shot of some of our finer vehicles in the carpark. No cars were injured or insulted in the making of this shot.
Geoff Hall’s nippy 1963 Fiat 1500 served as mobile camera-car for the event. This called for some bold overtaking of more fancied sports classics, in order to get shots of them passing by.
Thanks to Geoff for some of these stills. Don’t miss Geoff’s two short (but action-packed) movie grabs of the event:
Participants List (oldest to youngest vehicles):
Bob Garrett – 1929 Hudson Super Six
Brian McKay – 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
Phil & Fay Cancillier – 1939 Buick Coupe
Richard & Dilber Thwaites 1953 Daimler Conquest
Malcolm Noad – 1956 Austin Healey 100/4
Darron & Janelle Kavanagh – 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
John Tuckey 1958 Rochdale Mustard
John Liston 1960 MGA
Geoff Hall + 2 – 1963 Fiat 1500
Chris& Irene Berry – 1964 Humber Vogue Wagon
Michael & Vanda Catanzariti – 1969 Holden Monaro GT
Roger Amos – 1969 MGB
Howard & Margaret Taylor – 1970 MGB
Graham Waite – 1970 Triumph 2.5 sedan
Brian & Margaret Ely – 1972 Triumph Spitfire
Dave Byers – 1972 Vanden Plas Princess Mk III
David Fox – 1973 Leyland P76
Graham Bigg – 1978 Triumph TR8
Michael & Anne Toole – 1979 Commodore
Paul McKeich – 1979 Holden Kingswood SL
Joe Micallef – 1980 Honda Prelude
Ian Hooley – 1982 Toyota Cressida
Hilary Sorrell & Peter – 1989 Honda Concerto
Gerry Walker – modern
Helen Phillips – modern