Hi Club Members,
To finish off to what was a busy year again we had a combined Christmas party with the FE-HR club. It was enjoyed by all who turned up on the day with a special guest (Santa) turning up on the back of a ute with presents and lollies for the little kids and big kids too. We even had a chance to get a photo with Santa too.
At the end of last year was the 23rd AEHF Nationals at Mansfield in Victoria. We met at Hall on Tuesday 27th and headed straight to Mansfield. The next day was scrutineering followed by a welcome BBQ at the showground that evening. On Thursday was the Show N Shine which was held next to the Main Street which was a great place for owners & the public to see the display of the 173 entrants.
Other cars turning up on the day were parked on the side of the road. What a fantastic sight it was with all the old Holden’s taking over the township for the 5 days. That night we had a choice of lawn bowls or trivia if you wanted to participate. Friday was a poker and an observation run visiting places close by answering questions as well as drawing a card at each place we visited. At Goughs Bay it was very busy with water skiers. Kevington was an old style pub, been around for many years and very popular with campers in the summer and skiers in the winter. At Jamieson it was a small township as was Bonnie Doon.
That night was a Retro night, so if you wanted to go, you could dress up in your finest 40-50s custom with prizes to be won on the night. Saturday was optional driving events held at the show ground on the oval followed by the presentation night and New Year’s Eve party. A big night, there was a silent auction, a bidding auction, great meals and a trophies presentation. Well done to our club members who received trophies on the night. They were Barry Morschel and family (1stobservation run), Graham Pryce &Harry Rogers (1stmale slalom – stock grey – driving event), Kris Bailey (top ten, 1st mild custom), Joe Pasquariello (2nd modified street custom) & Basil Bilanenko (3rd improved stock).
It was a late night being New Year’s Eve. We saw the New Year in then headed back to the park ,before an early start in the morning for the trip home. Overall from the start on the 27th to when I got home I travelled 960 miles (1545 km). I personally had a great time, it was a great National, lovely place to visit and see. Well done to the Early Model Holden Club of Victoria. The next Nationals will be held at Murray Bridge in South Australia in 2018. To finish off, at the delegates meeting, Ian and Kel put a presentation together for the Canberra club to host the 25th Nationals at Cooma in 2020 which was accepted.
I went to the Summernats on the Friday 6th January and caught up with Ian Constantine and also ran into some of the FX FJ Holden club members of Victoria. It was a great day out with my iPad.
Sunday 22nd January was Scotty’s run down to the Cotter for a get together with the FE-HR club for a chin wag and a lunch. A great day out in fine weather.
This year, we are planning to have some different and exciting social outings, so if you have anything in mind, let us known and we will get it in the magazine.