January Social Outing: Australia Day Rally
I don’t know, but I think the Redlands was the only place to cop showers throughout the day. We had a pretty good turn out for a social run, considering how many other events there were on Australia Day. There were 10 cars in total, many of them Redlands members, so I felt at home. We took of at 6:45 sharp, after I called my contact from the Bayside Restorers Club, and arrived pretty much at the start so we were able to park together - Tanya ran her Monaro on its first run for a while, and it sounded pretty good. Rob came along in his Toyota Landcruiser and explained that someone had run up the back of his wagon while parked outside his house, badly damaging the rear quarter panel to the stage were another shell is needed. I hope you get it back on the road soon Rob.
Once settled, we all decided to have breakfast and buy some raffle tickets. Breakfast was simple - but good - a big hotdog roll filled with bacon a sausage and onion, there was also tea, coffee and cordial for the kids? We discussed which of the runs we should go on, Bob Corbett said he was doing the 70 km run, so we decided we would join him and all go together.
We started on the run a bit after ten, I almost missed the start of the run while I was answering a call of nature. Luckily Michele called me on the mobile urging me back to the car, I ran back and we quickly threw all the stuff in the boot. I knew the general direction of the run, but 15 minutes after we started I was separated from the group after turning off Boundary Road. I tried to catch up, but decided I’d try and intercept the group after they came out of Serpentine Creek Road at Redland Bay. I actually pulled out well ahead of them and took a hunch to pull over to the side, when I see something like it’s from the Great Gatsby come up from behind - a beautiful 1936 Packard Roadster. I pulled in behind the first three cars and rejoined the group. We went across Mt Cotton and back down to Capalaba. Then it was Michele’s turn to answer a call of nature, so we cut the run short and headed straight to the Alex Hills Hotel for lunch.
We had a great $8.50 lunch - with drinks it cost $30 - my piece of cod was very good. We all sat and had a laugh while the raffles were drawn. Narelle and Bob Corbett won the Aussie knowledge trivia, Tanya won a voucher on the ferry and Noel won second prize - a Karcher with a $50 fuel voucher! We did very well, and also helped support the Sailabilty charity for kids. Special thanks also to Andrew Wilson for taking some awesome shots on the day.
What a great day out.