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G’day Sydney Torana Club Members & Guests

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7th December STC Xmas Party


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Grey skies made for a small turn out this year but in the end a light sprinkle at lunchtime was all we had to endure. Everyone met at Pheasants nest service centre at 10.00 ready for the cruise to the party. Our venue this year was Avon Dam. A great spot that nobody seems to know about as the place was deserted. The cruise in takes you along a top piece of tarmac which delighted the attendees. Simon, Robyne and Jurgen got there early to get things set up so it was party time as the convoy arrived at the dam. Lunch was a hearty affir with Sausages salads and all the trimmings. A few overs of cricket were bowled before rain stopped play but it was the Bocce tournament that followed that gave everyone a good laugh. What started as a “I’ll just chuck it and see” type of game turned into a very competitive tussle. Darren remarked we don’t need the measuring string but in the end every last mm counted and the string put in for overtime. At the end of the day we headed down to the dam wall for a look around and to get some photos. As the day drew to an end we headed off in convoy toward home. A special mention and a big thankyou to Robyne and Jurgen Hoomans for handling the catering for the day. There was plenty to eat and drink nobody left hungry.

Phots Here:

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Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all

Those who attended were:

Darren and Kylie H : Nissan Navara
Greg and Veronique J : Purple LJ
Dean M : Green LX Hatch
Donnah D: Yellow LH

Craig C and Janenne S : Orange LC
Sandy, Josh and Cameron F: White LJ
Kevin H : Hilux
Simon,Sarah and Lily R: Orange SS and Grey VE
Alan and Denise R: Black Monaro
Jurgen, Robyne and Cooper Hoomans: Red LJ
John and Nadia Badger: Welcome new members

16 November Berrima by the back roads


What an extraordinary  day we had to mark our last official club run for 2014. This run was all about the drive rather than its destination. All who attended really enjoyed the scenery.  It started off raining first up this probably dampend the spirits and numbers were a little low. Around 10:00am the sun shone through. A number of cars met at Leos diner for the run through to Camden where 2 more Toranas were picked up.

The procession of Torries through the main st of Camden got a lot of looks and hopefully some great pr for the club. We made our way around the back through Cawdor, eventually turning right onto the Old Hume Highway and up to Razorback. The original plan was to run up old razorback road but we canned this bit because of the rain earlier in the morning.
We motored through Picton and eventually turning right into Thirlmere way for the run to Thirlmere where Simon picked up Sarah and Lily. We followed the main drag through to Balmoral Village Buxton, Colo Vale  and then on to Hilltop where we eventually made our way back to the freeway before heading into Bowral and then Berrima.

Unfortunately on our way past Buxton  we came across a very serious car accident whereby a 1975 Ford Falcon slammed into a telegraph pole side on Not a pretty picture but it stresses the need to slow down in wet weather. Not even the old classics are exempt from this. Unfortunately the driver has since passed away .

After arriving In Berrima around 12:15pm we were met by Jason and Brian, Alan and Denise and Terry in a rather crowded carpark. we then made our way to   the local pub for another wonderful country lunch  and a few quiet ales.

After our fill we then wandered around the local nick knack shops, but what a change in the weather. For some out came the jumpers and jackets as it became quite cool after the warm temperature we had in Camden. During this time a number of members went their seperate ways prior to the usual photo shoot could be done.

Driving back along the freeway we were buffeted by strong winds which tended to make driving a little harder judging by the number of cars that swayed across the lanes after be hit by the gusty winds. A great day out and taking the back roads was  a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the drive

Report by Jurgen H.

Those who attended were:

Donnah D Toyota 86
Trevor and Margret R Green LH
Darren, Kylie and Kristy H White LX Hatch
Stuart and Carol H Gold LJ
Simon, Sarah and Lily R Orange LX SS
Jurgen and Robyne H Red LJ
Sandy and Josh F Grey VZ
Craig C and Janene S Orange LC
Alan and Denise R Black CV8-Z
Terry H Grey LX hatch
Brian and Jason A Black LC

9th November 51st EH Annivesary Day 2014


Finally a fine and sunny day and weren’t the organisers of the postponed EH Anniversary Day pleased.

Between 8.00 and 9.00 cars started arriving with the majority being from the various EH and EJ Car clubs. As usual their cars were of an outstanding quality, from the stock standard models to highly modified examples with shining paint and chrome everywhere.

It was a little disappointing that other makes and models were not well represented this year.  The STC provided 6 Toranas and 2 others while other car clubs were represented by various numbers.

There were 2 debutants from the STC on the day, Al Stratton and his Yellow LH Sedan and Tim Leggett  with his ’34 Ford Hot Rod. Both excellent pieces of workmanship.

The setting at Silverwater park is always good when it doesn’t rain and we soon settled in the shade by the river for the telling of some tall stories as is usual at these events.

With the heat building up it was time for some to seek refuge in the nearby club and sample some cleansing ales.

Presentations were held and our club scored well. Voting this year was for the top 10 cars, not best paint, trim, engine etc.

Tim, Len and Reno were winners and the STC won the trophy for 2nd best club display behind the Holden V8 Club.. Well done all.

Attending were:

Len – Red LX Hatch
Al – Yellow LH Sedan
Donnah – Yellow LH Sedan
Reno – Silver LX Sedan
…….. – Chamois Hatch (Parked with us)
Ralph – Aquarius LX Sedan
Alan & Denise – Black CV8Z Monaro
Tim – 1934 Ford Hotrod

Others who called in for a look see included:

Darren and Corey H
Daniel and Janice D
Phillip C
and all of Ralph’s family

Pics and report by Alan R

2nd November Lions Pride Charity Car show



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cyclonic conditions and dark clouds threatened the day before, but somewhat miraculously over night the clouds parted and made way for picture perfect spring weather. Clear skies greeted the STC as we gathered in the car park of the Carousel Inn.

The car show was run by our friends The Lions Pride, all proceeds went to Christ Mission possible charity. May I say, a very well run and a great turn out by members of their club – well done. The STC had 10 Toranas and we had a great spot at the end of the car park, plenty of shade and prime position for the passing traffic.

It was quite a relaxed affair and trophies were peer judged,and there was a mile of them. Two whole A4 pages to be exact. I made the effort and wandered the show aimlessly picking winners. Others who shall remain nameless…. “SF” just copied down answers,probably like he did when he was at school.

The club managed to snag Best club display, Greg J got best engine bay, Simon R got best interior and a most excited Craig C got Car of the day, well done to all involved. There was a general consensus that Craig won because of all the new shinny parts he has filled the bay of the orange beast with. Rumor has it an owner of a certain purple LJ is going chrome mad as we speak…all jokes aside – well done.

Car wise there was something for everyone, obviously Holden’s, but there was also Bikes, Fords, Imports and euro metal to cast an eye over. Factory fresh restored cars seemed to feature the most at the show with many pristine examples. Darren H caught me eyeballing a UC hatch, indeed I felt a little dirty but the car just had something, something I could not quite put my finger on. Maybe it was the gun barrel straight body and paint in a retina burning lime green hue. My favorite car of the day was a Grey LX flares, custom trim, Simmons and a Pro charged Chevy, it looked and sounded awesome!

Donnah was handing STC cards out to all the Torana owners and we had a few enquiries from prospective members hopefully they will make the effort and we see them next run.

Lunch was in the pub at the Woodstock Bistro and it was simply delish! Most opted for chips and a schnitzel. I went a little fancy with my schnitzel and ordered the prawn and avo topper with béarnaise sauce. The meals were big and came out fast.

Washed down with a couple of cleansing Ales it was back out to the STC base camp where we all gathered with our deck chairs under the shade of a big eucalyptus to laze away the afternoon and let lunch settle.

Around 3pm the prizes were handed out and the auction run and won the group filtered out but not before some idiot (not in any way affiliated with the STC) in a beat up gold LJ thought he was King S@#t and ripped a burn out all the way up the car park. Hopefully his feat of sheer stupidity was caught on tape and this lowlife gets a visit from the boys in blue – it was downright dangerous and not cool! And marred a trouble free day.

Not long after we all went our separated ways as we headed for home. Once again, Thank you to the Lions Pride and congratulations on a wonderful show.

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Those who attended were:

Sandy and Josh F: White LJ 4 Door

Matt B and Belinda P : Silver LH SL/R

Greg J : Purple LJ Coupe

Craig C : Orange LC GTR

Jurgen H: Red LJ Coupe

Simon R : Papaya LX SS Hatch

Darren, Kylie, Corey H : White LX Hatch

DonnahD : Yellow LH SL/R

Troy H: Red LC 4 Door

Ralph F: Aquarius LX Sedan

Al S : Visiting (car under a mini make over)

Report by Simon Reid


19th October Damfest 2014



It was a perfect spring morning, not a cloud in the sky as everybody met at the Service Station on the corner of the Northern and Park Roads at Luddenham. A handful of Toranas and others met up for what would be a great day. No STC run would be complete without dramas and this run was to be no exception.

Jurgen pulled the pin last minute with a swimming pool emergency. The dreaded gremlins also got the better of Darren and Kylie Hayward. They arrived in the VE. It turns out the hydraulic throw out decided to let go on the way home from the service station the previous evening. The Brand new Tremec box would not shift gears so it was sworn at and parked, hopefully by the time you are reading this the offending part has been replaced. Kyie was ready to sell and I think a cheeky lobster ($20) may have sealed the deal that day.

With everyone there, the group set off on what was an uneventful cruise to the dam with Simon at the helm. $20 bucks was the entry fee and this also got you a goodies bag with some stickers and a few posters, the usual stuff.

The show this year was back in the car park near the visitors centre with all the other food tents, rides and stalls spread out around the picnic site. Gourmet food was every where from wood fired pizzas, gozleme, Argentinian pork, barbequed pulled pork – it was truly a meat lovers paradise. For the kids both big and small the fun fair was in full swing on the oval.

Donnah and the Jacksons shelled out for a helicopter ride and had a ball. $65.00 a head got them a 25 minute joy flight complete with the pilot trying to scare the life out of them with some aerobatic manoeuvres.

With the day heating up, Terry and Glenda decided it was a good idea to head over to the dam wall for a look. Being a good kilometre away it was about an hour before they returned looking like a couple of tomatoes wearing clothes.

The quality of the cars there was amazing and there was something for every one, no matter your poison. All marques were catered for. In my opinion the car of the day was a wicked cool 68 Camaro Twin Turbo LSX – unbelievable workmanship out of the Russo Performance stable. Closely followed by a candy apple red mustang convertible that was surgically clean.

There was a bigger than my house Cad with sparkly purple piant, orginal GTHO’s, Valiants, Rods Blowers and bikes every where.The STC was pipped at the post for best club with the Holden V8 owners there en-masse.

The trophies on the day were once again sponsors choice and all went to deserving winners. With the trophies handed out the crowd dispersed and went their separate ways as the curtains on yet another great Damfest were drawn.

Thanks to all who made the effort to attend this great day.

Photos here:

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Steve and Tina Axisa: Green LX
Craig Carter: Orange LC
Stan Allen: UC Hatch
Kevin Hodges: Visiting
Sandy and Josh Ferrier: White LJ
Greg and Veronique (and daughter) Jackson :Purple LJ
Donnah Danswan: Yellow LH
Darren Kylie and Kristi Hayward (and friend) VE SS
Simon Sarah and Lily Reid: Papaya Hatch
Alan and Denise Reid: Black CV8-Z
Daniel and Peter Mcglynn : Visiting
Terry and Glenda Hill: Grey Hatch
Wayne and Linde Northey: Green LJ
Ralph Mary Falcone (and the kids): Visiting
Steve Woolard and wife:Visiting
Keith Cunningham: met at meet point.

Run report by Simon reid

Jenolan Caves Run

Caves House
After a very early start due to Daylight Saving starting at 2:00am , 6 cars met at Maccas on the M4 to have cups of coffee and some breakfast for a 7:00 am departure up the mountains.
Traffic was exceptionally light all the way through to Jenolan Caves.We picked up Sandy and Susan some way uo the mountains to make a convoy of 5 Toranas, a VE Commodore and a CV8 Monaro.. The last 10 ks into Jenolan Caves are not really that pleasant due to the narrowness of the road and the twisty turns. No wonder you can only do 40 kmh going down this stretch of road.

After reaching the car park we then strolled down to the main office after a while and paid our entry fee. We then wandered down along the road into the tunnel  and had a look at some of the sites before meeting up with our guide.

We then followed her to the Imperial Cave for a 90 minute sojourn through its maze of tunnels.Fortunately it was not a hard walk but it did mean some ducking under low rocks and climbing at least 600 steps to get to the end and then return the same way.
The sight of the rock formation along  with stalactites and stalagmites was truly amazing especially when you consider how long it has taken to form it.
We learned of its history on how it was formed and how it was discovered during the 1800’s. We consider ourselves lucky today in that we have electricity to lifght up the wonders of these caves as the discovers of these caves only had candles to find their way.
We were given a demonstration of how dark it can get when the lights were turned off and we stood there in pitch darkness. According to our guide 1 intrepid explorer was finding his way through these caves but ran out of candles and matches.  He ended up staying where he was for 36 hours until rescued by his dog when his wife reorted him missing when he did not return home that night.How easy we have it today.
Unfortunately for Robyne, she struggled to walk for most of the way due to a very sore and very black toe after she accidently kicked it the night before..but she made it.

When it was all over we decided to head to Oberon for some lunch at one of the local pubs and to gey some fuel as some of of were a little low. My fault, had intended to get fuel at Mt Victoria but drove past the last petrol station.

After a hearty lunch we then headed for our cars for the long trip home as there was a footy Grand Final that needed to be watched seeing that Simon and Denise are huge South Sydney fans.
But lo and behold Simon struck trouble with an alternator staying on before we left Oberon. A call to the NRMA did not really solve the problem buy he was still able to get home.
Jurgen and Robyne statred  having overheating problems and the engine cutting out after striking bumper to bumper traffic just east of Leura. Once we got through this snarl the car performed perfectly for the rest of the run home.

Overall an excellent day was had by all.Even Donna  had a quiet day day with no dramas unfolding

Photos of the caves here: http://s1347.photobucket.com/user/sydneytoranaclub/library/Jenolan%20caves

Those who attended were:

Jurgen, Robyne and Cooper          Red LJ

Craiig and Janene                         Orange LC

Donnah                                       Yellow LH

Alan and Denise                          CV8 Monaro

Simon, Sarah and lily                   VE Commodore

Mark and Jess                             Pink LH

Sand, Suan, Cameron, Caitlin and Josh   White LJ


Jurgen Hoomans

Windsor Ghost Tour


Macquarie arms HotelAwesome night out at Windsor on Saturday night  (20/9/14) for the Ghost Tour, thanks to all who attended!

Not the usual STC run this time around. A Saturday evening run and a ghost tour. A small group of around 15 met at the Macquarie Arms Hotel for a few drinks and a wonderful dinner as only pubs can provide. After dinner we wandered around the corner to be met by our host to begin our 2 hour tour.

Late comers Paul and Sharon Gatt arrived just as the tour commenced and were welcomed to the tour group.

With the walking shoes donned it was of to the first stop. We were back to the pub for a talk and tour or the underground cellar no ghosts just plenty of beer. Then it was off to the various homes around the Windsor CBD. Fascinating history of these old places but unfortunately no access to these places were permitted as they were either privately owned or not available to look at. Ghost count : 0

We ended up at the old Toll Gate  then onto the original burial ground where convicts were buried in unmarked graves. Nothing exists today as all the bodies have been washed away by floods over the last 150 years. A stone and a plaque commemorates to spot. Ghost count : 0

It was a bit of a shame the Ghosts may have called in sick hat night or to busy looking for their bones. on a positive note our guide was quite knowledgeable with the local history and seemed to keep the group enthralled and entertained through out the tour.

Interesting night but  even though we did not see any ghosts the group got a scream. Donnah had the life scared out of her when we visited 1 residence and the owner let her 3 dogs out (who let the dogs out?). Donnah jumped and let out a scream, the look on her face was priceless. That alone was worth the price of admission and the visit.

After checking out all of the sites we made our way back to the pub tired legs and all for a quick group photo shoot before going on our way. The rumour going around is somebody now sleeps with the lights on, I wonder who that may be.

Run report by  : Jurgen Hoomans.

Those who attended were:

Donnah Danswan.

Craig Carter & Janene Stephensen.

Troy Hippe & partner.

Jurgen & Robyne Hoomans.

Sandy & Susan Ferrier and kids.

Darren Kylie & Cory Hayward.

Paul & Sharon Gatt.



Muscle Car Masters 2014

Well another STC event and another rain filled day. This is starting to become a habit. Nevertheless 13 Toranas 2 VE’s, a VZ, a VS, a Corolla and a Ford made the STC convoy  to watch the past greats of Australian motorsport thunder around Sydney Motorsport park.
We met at McDonalds on the M4. Simon handed out the passes and the Run sheets we are trialing to get more member input into run reports. With passes affixed to windscreens we were off in convoy for the five minute journey to the creek. Turning onto Peter Brock Drive Dean Moodie nearly had a new hood ornament in the shape of a kangaroo as the poor frightened little guy bounded across the road millimetres from his bumper. With the recent wet attendance to the MCM was a little down which made entry a breeze and the cars we parked up in no time.
It was great to see to STC display with so many cars  but we were piped at the post by the HSV/HDT club with a very impressive setup. The club got a great level spot with great views of the of the track. It was a great vantage point…until the rain! Everyone filtered off for the day trade stands were a little light on this year but the usual suspects were still there. Mothers polish display had Howard Astills Mustang on display which was simply beautiful close up the level of detail is amazing and the dash looks like it came from the factory when in actual fact it is MX5.
Meanwhile the usual pit walk around was fantastic. The display of racing machinery with racing pedigree was amazing. I cant believe how many of these cars survived and still being campaigned today. Club member Steve Axisa was racing  his Gemini and his pit crew Gavin Adamson and Al Stratton were hard at work spinning the spanners. Martin Bishop was busy scrutineering and Les Wilson was crewing for Scott Fleming.
The racing was great with a highlight being the Mini Vs Mustang Challenge. With the deluge eastern creek recieved all day it was the Minis who had the distinct advantage. The Big old Henrys just spun up the tyres allowing the minis to scoot off with the lead. Since when did HQ racing evolve from the demo derby it used to be? Nearly 50 cars fronted for a wet start yet there was no accidents and only one or two spins it was just close fantastic racing with loads of battles right through the pack. Heart stopping moments were a plenty. Especially the Group A and C racing. Real deal historic racing cars at full throttle into turn one (which was basically fog from all the spray) luckily it was uneventful and no damage caused.

A remembrance lap for Harry and Sir Jack was a nice touch. Its amazing to think that most of the significant Aussie muscle Car had a magic hand waved over them by one of these two.

Featured muscle marques parade lap included Club member Steve Henessy in his pristine SL/R 5000. He joined Bob Byrnes and another L34, Mustangs, Minis FPV’s and Brock Commodores  for the laps. It’s my biased opinion but the Torries were easily the best looking muscle cars out there.
Around mid afternoon the persistent showers got the better of most. With members filtering out the gate and heading for home. Shame about the rain but all in all a brilliant day out as usual.
Pictures here:
Report By Simon R
Those who attended the day were:
Simon R: LX SS
Alan R: CV8-Z
Daniel D: LJ XU-1
Donnah D: LH SL/R
Wayne N: LC Coupe
Jurgen H + Jarrad S: LJ Coupe
Dean M + Stan : LX Hatch
Greg J + Norm C: LJ Coupe
Craig C: LC GTR
Ken S + Matt S: LX A9X
Troy H: LC sedan
Greg G Nick G and George G: Corolla
Terry H: LX Hatch
Greg M: LH SL/R 5000
Steve H: LH SL/R 5000
Sandy F + Kevin H LJ sedan
STC in Pit Lane:
Steve A
Gavin A
Al S
Les W
Martin B
Matt H
Guests of the STC:
Darren: VX
Matt N: VF SS
Pete B: VE SS
Mick M: Ford XK
AJ D: VS Calais

All Holden Day 2014

After a very cold start to the morning (apparently the coldest August day in 4 years), more than 20 cars lined up to be viewed by the public.Unfortunately Sandy did not think it was that cold with just his shirt and no jumper while everyone else froze (especially Kylie and Denise)Numbers were down on previous years but we still managed to put on a good show for all to see. The day turned out to be beautiful and sunny with a great selection of cars to view and a lot of cars being viewed for the first time.. We received quite a lot of inquiries  from the public with the end result being that we obtained 3 new members to our ranks.We extend them a warm welcome to our club.
To the winners the Spoils, Congratulations Al Straton and Greg Jackson on their trophy wins and an extra big congratulations to John Repeti who scored the perpetual trophy for car of the day with his gorgeous Black SS 308
Other club members turned up during the day as spectators.including Keith Cunningham, Tony Natoli, Susan Ferrier and children,Pete and Daniel McGlynn, Belinda and Matt Peacock and James and Amanda Maggs. My apologies to any other members whose name does not appear. message the committee to add your name.
Dave Ball elected himself for the run report this time around its on its way via snail mail so a more comprehensive report will be added when it gets here thanks to Jurgen for the interim few words.

A list of members who attended on the day were:

Greg Jackson                           Purple LJ

Simon, Sarah & Lily Reid      Orange LX

Al Stratton                                White & Back LX

Alan & Denise Reid                 White HB

Ralph Falcone                           Aqua LX

David Ball                                  Red LJ

Brian Apap                                 Green LH & White LH

Len Brown                                 Red & Black LX

Stuart & Carol Hutchinson      Gold & White LJ

Phillip Carabilsios                      Persian LH

Greg Manion                               Casino Blue LH

Wally Toscan                              White LC

Terry Hill                                     Grey LX

Darren & Kylie Hayward          White LX

Les Wilson                                 Blue LC

Sandy Ferrier                           White LJ

Donnah Danswan                   Yellow LH

John Rapiti                              Black LX
Steve Henessy                        White SL/R 5000
Steve Woolard                        Red LX


Jurgen Hoomans







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