Welcome to the Sydney Torana Club

03/02/2016

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WE  CELEBRATED 25 YEARS IN 2015 Now we’re looking forward to the next 25 years.

60ed6df6-2e5b-4f6c-a480-7a0999b1b6edG’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 run Sunday: 23th September

Combined GT Owners, Monaro, and STC Bathurst Run

Meet 5.45 Mcdonalds M4 west bound be ready to leave 6.15am sharp.

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NOTE: If the weather is terrible we will still meet at the advertised time. We will work out an alternate dry venue (Bowling and pub lunch for example).

The S.T.C wishes to welcome and thank the sponsors to the club they are: Narellan Powder Coating, Sydney Wide Plumbing, Custom Air conditioning

Check them out at

Click here sponsors Page

The C and H plate Club rego schemes:

The Sydney Torana Club participates in both the H plate and now the new CVS registration schemes. These schemes provide drastically reduced registration and green slip fees.

Should you wish register your vehicle on either scheme the process is simple and fuss free.First and foremost you must be a member of the  Sydney Torana Club. The club accepts any make or marque to utilise the scheme provided they were manufactured over 30 years ago. To move onto either scheme you must obtain a blue slip even if the car in question has full NSW rego.

Our Plate registrar is Alan. He will advise you which scheme you will be required to use subject to what (if any) modifications are fitted to your car. He will be able to answer any questions regarding either scheme and help you to get your car onto the appropriate one (scheme). please email the club sydneytoranaclub@outlook.com for further info.

What are the limitations?
You get 60 days of use when ever and where ever you want to go. (be aware limits to where and how you drive may be imposed by your current insurer).
The definition of 1 day is 12.01am to 11.59pm that day. Entries must be logged before the car is driven and must be in ink.
It is expected that members using the scheme use it in the spirit it was intended. As such there is an expectation owners of H and C plated vehicles become involved with the club and attend events.

 

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21st July Dent repair class VG Auto Paints.

07/08/2018

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It was something a little different for our July club run. We met at Mcdonalds M4 ready for our short trip over to Girraween and our destination VG Auto Paints to take part in a Panel ant Paint repair class. We arrived on site around 8.15 for an 8.30 start. A quick meet and greet and a photo op out the front with our hosts then it was off inside to grab a seat and start the class. Our Teachers for the day were Dave and Mark and they started the class of with a bang….literally putting a dent in a front guard with a hammer. We were then taken through the steps of Sanding, filling, etch priming, spray putty, guide coat and blocking to prep the panel ready for base coat. They clearly explained Spray Gun setup and each step. They also answered all our questions we had.

VG Auto Paint use and recommend Concept paints and whilst they were preparing for the next few step we were treated to a presentation from the national sales manager. Interestingly Concept paints is Australian made and exported around the world. He answered questions regarding water base and Concepts better option and once finished presented all of us with a goodies bag and shirt. 

Back to Dave and Mark we were ready for clear coat and I was surprised how it looked off the gun, very flat. If it was me I would have sanded it back and started again so there was a great tip for me. A few members took the opportunity to have a go at spraying clear.

The demo panel was set aside and one they prepared earlier put in its place. Dave hit it with 1200 to flat it back showing us what to look for and then put the buff on it. The panel was transformed in the few minutes he worked it. he further refined it with some swirl remover. The red sample panel really popped.

It was time for a break and a leg stretch before the last session. On our return there was a Mitsubishi with terrible paint was to be the focus of our attention. First were the faded headlights a quick cut with 1000 and a coat of clear had them good as new it was amazing the difference.

Then it was on to the paint with the Clay bar, or more specifically the synthetic clay disc. Better this as it can be washed and reused if dropped. We were then shown swirl removal and buffing to a mirror shine.  For this last part of the demo it was how to apply Ceramic coat. The sample panel was Black with a purple pearl so it easily shown any imperfections. With a simple wipe of the product I was awestruck with the depth of finish on the paint. Definitely something I am going to hit my car with. And with that the class was over. There were lucky door prizes and winners had a card under their seats on offer were sprayguns waxes and other items congratulations to the winners.

Thank you to our hosts Dave and Mark for an informative lesson and we showed our gratitude with a round of applause. Then it was out to the shop to gather supplies for our projects.

Lunch was a quick trip over to the Royal cricketer arms for a schnitzel and chips and a relaxing drink before turning our heads for home. All agreed there should be more of these types of event so if there is a lesson or a factory tour you might think interesting drop the club a message and let us know.

June 17th Observation Treasure hunt. Newington Armoury

07/08/2018

It was a rather cool start to the d when we met at McDonalds Liverpool Megacentre for the Sydney Torana Club Observation Rally. 

Hellos and hot coffee were followed by our instruction sheet, questionnaire and route directions provided by Simon, with a warning that some of the observation questions would be more difficult than others. It was amazing how many people immediately consulted Google to seek some of the answers before we even left the carpark!  

As the group headed out 1 Torana needed a push start and always there was help on hand, although the quick jump start left one member flat on her face on the road. No damage except wounded pride. 

Out in the traffic, the route directions were easy to follow and this year nobody got seriously lost but the questions being answered may have caused a few disagreements between driver and passenger. 

The final destination was Newington Armory where a BBQ lunch was planned. 

Everyone arrived and it was a case of comparing answers and consulting Google for some of the required information about the Armory. 

All the sheets were handed to the committee for analysis and the rest of the group settled in for a chat while the cooks, Sandy and Gavin started lunch and being a cool and windy day the hot sausages were welcomed.

To avoid the issues of last year with the luckiest kid in Australia guessed correct answers, This year three unique items starting with S T and C earned 5 bonus points. Thinking caps were donned and the weird and wonderful surfaced. the winning items were S – Sanitary items T- trailing arm (who the hell carries those around?) and C- Traffic cone. It seems petty theft is not above some members.

It was then time for the results of the rally: Judges decisions were final and NO correspondence would be entered into! 

First Place went to Amanda and Matt
Rowe and a prize of a club jacket 

Second Place went to Nathan Harvey and a prize of a club cap 

Third place went to Mark and Cathy Grovener and a prize of a club mug. 

For the rest of us, WE WERE ROBBED! 

Despite the cool weather it was a great day out and one to look forward to next year where we might all do a little better with observations.  

 

Alan & Denise Reid