Welcome to the Sydney Torana Club

03/02/2016

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WE ARE CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN 2015 Now we’re looking forward to the next 25 years.
G’day Sydney Torana Club Members & Guests

Welcome to the Sydney Torana Club website. It features great information on club activities, all the latest club run reports and club member news. Members cars and projects plus lots more. Look around – we hope you enjoy the site.

Check out the Club activities and events page (see menu bar on right) for the run calendar

 

Next Club Run :
June 19th
Little Hartley

Lunch will be a hearty Pub feed
Mc Donalds M4 9.30 for 10.00am Departure

 

The S.T.C wishes to welcome and thank the sponsors to the club they are: Nepean Classic, Muscle and Kustom Cars Sydney Wide Plumbing Custom Air conditioning

Check them out at

Click here sponsors Page

New 60 Day Log book Scheme

Launched earlier this year the STC is part of the RMS 6o day log book scheme for older vehicles. Currently the scheme is open to H plated vehicles (see Historic rego requirements on this site for eligibility)

The club has been advised the Scheme for modified vehicles will be available early 2016 and vehicles will be fitted with “C” on the scheme. Full details about the scheme and the STC eligibility requriements will be onsite soon.

 Duncan Gays Press Release Log Books

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May 15th STC Go Kart Challenge

18/05/2016

There are some iconic events on the Australian Motorsport calendar. Bathurst 1000, Australian GP and the V8 Supercars Grand Finale to name but a few. Well add one more; The STC Go Kart Challenge! The great race was held on Sunday 15th of May at the Indy 800 Go Kart track in Wilberforce but we will get to that Later.

We met at one of our regular haunts, M4 Mcdonalds at 9.30 ready for a 10.00 departure. Fueled up on Mc Breakfasts we headed off in convoy. 10 Toranas, 2 Commodores a Monaro and a Subaru in total for this trip.

Our cruise route took us along the M4 and onto the northern rd, essentially following the same route we took for our Hana Park run a few months earlier. This time around we missed the giant pot hole, no one tried to remove their sump on it. This was also the first trip with two way radio, one at the front in the middle and at the rear. This helped in keeping the group together.

We arrived at the track at around eleven, sandy had organised a cordoned off area for us the day. We parked up and headed in to get signed up. Two 15 minute sessions cost $60.00 and $5.00 for a licence. 19 of us vied for the awards on offer. We were split into two groups. George and his son Costa jumped in the double kart for the ride of his life with Simon and his daughter Lily having a go after. Although they both struggled to see over the steering wheel you could see their smiles from track-side.

The track itself offered a bit of everything from flat out fast flowing corners to twisty tricky turns. All in all a really good flowing layout. The karts themselves were in go order not beaten up to much and had the feeling of speed about them. This combined to make an enjoyable experience.

With the sessions completed we were under a bit of a time crunch so the presentation would have to wait  till our lunch venue which was at Pittown Sporties. A bonus for us was a car on site and a couple of nice Torries to have a squiz at. Lunch consisted of the traditional pub favourites. Burgers, Schnitzels and steak sandwiches all at a reasonable price.

Lunch eaten it was Time to get to the business end of the day, the Awards.

Fastest outright lap of the day went to Dean Moodie with an official time of  53.760 (but he did reel off a 53.257 in an earlier practice session).
The Miss Daisy lap honours went to Bianca Parker with a 1:21.179 (she ended up shaving that down to a 1:03.687 by session 2’s end).
The Craziest Driver of the day was Janiene, flying Backwards off the fastest part of the track getting some air and smshing into the tyre barrier was deemed worthy enough to grab the award (thankfully she was a passenger on the public roads).

1st, 2nd and 3rd overall was all about consistency and the best average time was the number to beat. 3rd with a 56.050 was Andrew Hodgson, 2nd with a 54.943 was Dean Moodie and 1st with a 54.818 was Simon Reid. Check out the pictures for the complete results.

With lunch eaten we headed out to the car show and filtered off home putting a full stop on another top day out. Thanks again to all those who made it a great day.

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17th April Kiama Blow Hole

18/04/2016

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Our April club run saw us head for scenic Kiama on the beautiful south coast via Robertson & Jamberoo, once again the weather looked pretty ominous early but held off until well into our trip.

A great turn out with 16 Torana’s & 1 VY Commodore meeting up at Leos diner Casula. This included 12 member cars & 4 guests .  Funny how things happen we were joined by George , Lana and their Daughter who were out for a drive in their LJ 308 Coupe. It was literally the first drive, after having a chat they decided to join us for the day. Another surprise was new member Andrew who could not wait to get his coupe finished so rather than coming in their daily drive He and his wife bought a 4 Dr run about as a stop gap until the coupe hits the road.

We headed off at 10.30 after a quick drivers briefing and a run route handout. We were bound for the rest stop prior to Picton Rd with the intent of getting to Craig’s LC and assist with a fuel leak issue but when we arrived the issue was solved & we continued heading south (picking up 4 more Torana’s, 3 members & another guest ) We took the Bowral exit and with some local knowledge circumvented Bowral itself heading down some scenic back roads.

Our first real scheduled stop was the Robertson pie shop. We were greeted with typical miserable Robertson weather. It had really set in, once again fog, rain & cold met us at we gained another Torana & VY to our convoy. There  were some minor issues again, but nothing major & easily addressed. Most took the opportunity for a quick dash to the loo and a warm pie

Once everyone had relieved themselves & grabbed a pie, 2 groups set off  down the hill. It all went fairly well except for Andrew’s LJ having some unwanted smoke from the brakes at the bottom delaying the group slightly. The problem seemed to be inferior quality pads and this is on the to do list before the next run.

We cruised from there through the main street of Kiama & eventually made it to the parking lot at Kiama’s famous blowhole where we met with Darryl Elliot & some conjecture on the parking situation (signs indicating the area was for cars with boat trailers). Some investigation was done with a local business & we eventually decided to stay where we were & grab some fish & chips from a local shop in place of the pre-planned pub lunch.  With all those Torries in one spot it looked like a car show and we out shone the Ford Ute club that was also there on the day. Chalk one up for the Torries!

The obligatory photo shoot was done after some further brake repairs to Troy’s LC & everyone headed home, this again didn’t go without issue with Geoff’s LX Hatch having an issue near Dapto on the Princes Highway but I believe was able to be rescued by some keen club members & guests. Unfortunately for Geoff the electrical niggle turned terminal halfway up Mt Ousley and in the middle lane no less and after some heart in the mouth stuff his yellow hatch was safe in the break down lane and was towed home. The likely culprit was a suspect dizzy.

In total we had our best turn out for many months with 23 cars on the run, 21 Torana’s (always great to see) & a couple of Blue VY’s.

Thanks to all who made the effort to join us especially those new members, returning friends & guests who I hope enjoyed their day & will consider coming along to further runs.

Our next run is our annual Go Kart challenge, this year it is being held at the Indy 800 track (Butterfly Farm Wilberforce) on May 15. This is always a hotly contested day with honours available to the fastest driver & the best rolling speed bump (driving miss daisy award). Hope to see all of you there.

Run Report by Darren Hayward

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