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April 2017 Illawarra Tree Tops.


Easter Sunday turned on picture perfect weather as we all met at Pheasants Nest for our little trip down south. All fueled up and ready the lucky door prize was drawn and the lucky winner scoring the $50.00 gift voucher was Dean Moodie. Leaving the service centre we travelled in convoy down the Hume taking the Bowral exit.
John who bought his LJ coupe for a run had a gearbox issue and had to turn back home with what turned out to be an issue with the shift linkage, It had him travelling down the freeway in 2nd. Luckily for him he lives just past Campbelltown and made it back to home with out any further incident.
Down one, the rest of the convoy headed south through the back roads of the highlands towards our pit stop and meet up point at the Robertson Pie shop. Parking is always a premium at the pie shop and today was no different with the car park full of bikes. Never the less our colourful convoy found ample space to stop.99491ed0-9753-44a2-b2cd-02d83d253680
We met Alan, Denise, Daniel and Pete. Alan had the HB out for the first time since Feb 16 after it almost gave up the ghost incidently on this very road. We took the chance to grab a world famous pie (some sweet tooths had other ideas) and a trip to the loo before re grouping and making the short trip to the illawarra Tree tops.
Parked up we milled around and Simon handed out some easter eggs as it was Easter Sunday. For some standing around chatting in the sun was the thing to do while a brave ten of us went for an wander down to the tree top walk way. $20.00 got us in and a short walk down to the attraction. For those who have not been the walk is a metal structure hanging out from the escarpment offering veiws all the way to New Zealand. Truly spectacular. Poor old Daniel and Simon did not have heads for heights but managed to climb up the tower to enjoy the white knucked views. Simon called it quits when some who shall remain nameless started swinging the tower. Needless to say he took off at a pace that made Usain Bolt look slow. A little more stooging around and we headed back to meet up with the others and make the trip to our lunch destination.
Back in the cars we headed back into robertson and then with a bit of local knowledge our route took us through picturesque Wildes Meadow and onward to Kangaroo Valley Inn.
We arrived and found parking and headed over to the pub for a hearty lunch. Having been here before we knew the food would be great, traditional pub fare with generous serving sizes. we chanced on a table in the beer garden to sit back and relax the afternoon away with the live band and some good company. We all manage to cruise back together. Alan in the lead in the HB had its rubber band wound up tight maxed out at 80 kays but thankfully this time it did not miss a beat and got home to Bowral safely.Thankyou to all who came out it made for an enjoyable day.

Report by Simon R

19th May 2017 STC Go Kart Challenge


The not to miss motorsport event of the year was held in May. Forget Le-Mans or Bathurst or even F1! The place to be was the Annual STC Go Kart Challenge held at the Indy 800 Kart Track in Wilberforce. We met at the Mcdonalds car park in Mcgraths Hill for the short trip to the track. It was great to see plenty of faces in attendance. By 10.00 it was time to hit the road and head to the track.

Sandy had got there early and roped off a good spot on the grass for everyone to park and we filled the area to capacity, be sure to check out all the pics it was truly a sight to behold.

For those having a steer it was time to wander over and check in. $60 got us 2 15 minute sessions. Our group was split into two and it was time for the first session to start.

The track itself was quite challenging it had a good mix of twisty bits and fast bits in some places a little rough but this added to the expirience.

The old saying when the flag drops the bulldust stops proved to be a lie as the first group disembarked full of excuses on why they were not as fast as they thought they should be. The times to beat at the pointy end were in the low 53 seconds.

The karts themselves were old but in good nick but the same could not be said for the tyres, they had seen a few laps in their time this made the karts have quite a bit of understeer but they were all very similarly matched. It was easy to forget just how physical the track was muscling the karts around and by the end of everyones second heats you could see the exhaustion in alot of faces, others were red as beet roots and most had aches and pains.

In the end 52.40 seconds was the winning time posted by Lee a friend of Simon’s that came along for the day. Second went to a friend of Ben’s, Andrew and third went to Gavin’s son Cam. No members got the tin ware this time. Amanda had the dubious honour of ‘Miss Daisy’ cruising round the track, laid back arm out the window. All in good fun she had a smile on her face from ear to ear.

With the awards presented it was time for the lucky door prizes and congratulations to the Winner Andrew Hodgson he scores the $50.00 although with the amount of folding he has handed over at Rare Spares the voucher is merely a drop in the ocean. Donnah got the second chance pick of the box of Ryco goodies donated by John.

With the day run and won it was time for lunch our original plan was to head up to the newly renovated Kurrajong Heights hotel but due to the number of attendees the venue was changed to the Pitt Town sports club for a few ales tall stories and a pub lunch. With drinks drunk and food eaten we chatted away the afternoon and pointed the Torries noses for home. Thanks to all who came out i hope you had as much fun as i did.

Report By Simon R