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