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6th August 2017 All Holden Day.

19/08/2017

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The first weekend in August always sees the club attend the All Holden day. This year was extra important as it was a celebration of 50 years of the mighty Torana with the focus on the first incarnation of the Marque, the HB. The Club had two great examples on display. Alans white 67 two door S and Stuarts 68 Blue four door SL.

It was a Surprisingly warm start to this years event with not even a hint of frost. That however did not stop some from wrapping them selves in blankets coats beanies and anything else that could provide warmth. I think the Hayward girls were hiding under a pile of them somewhere.

The committed Members arrived from 6.30 and over the course of the next hour and a half we gradually filled our traditional spot on the corner  till it was bursting at the seams. Where we were set up we were able to watch the entry procession file in. It was a great way to see all the cars with out the long walk. Also ear marking a few for a closer inspection later in the day.

Darren took charge this year and became architect, organising the STC display and what a great job he did. Our site has never looked better. We had or flags flying banners hung and the Club tent erected in no time flat. With Toranas in every shade of the rainbow the new window banners tied everything together and added an air of cohesiveness to the display.

The quality of cars this year was great something for everyone. Every second car seemed to be a Torana and they were from mild to wild. Stand out for me was, was, I couldn’t decide obviously  it was a Torana (little biased) there was a heap of awesome cars. The club had 28 Toranas  2 Geminis and a VK. 

A steady procession of members dropped in for a visit throughout the day. most hit the STC stand when the BBQ was fired up for lunch. Once again Darren and Kylie took charge. Was it hunger or a willingness to help, I say a bit of both.

Thank you goes to them for not only cooking the Sausages and Onions but sharing a huge pack of chicken burgers with everyone, they even bought salad. It was truly a gourmet delight. I think they have spoilt us now.

2.00pm the usual ‘cut up a Ford and torch it’ prelude to the Trophies kicked off. shortly after prizes were handed out. Congratulations to Ben Pryde winning an award for his gorgeous Orange LJ Coupe, Greg Manion for his Orange Hatch and Stuart Hutcheon for his HB four door. We missed out on the Best club display that went to The V8 Holden owners Club and second to the SS owners club I calling STC third but in any case as I said earlier ours was the best it had ever looked.

This just about wrapped the day up and cars started to file out the gate. The secret is to wait around for a while to avoid the traffic jam on racecourse road. This gave Jullian (Ralphs young son) ample opportunities to take more pictures. He is obsesssed, running his phone out of batteries he was quickly filling up poor old dads phone. His day was made when entrants leaving slowed down, gave the engine a rev and a big thumbs up. The smile on his face was infectious. All in all another top AHD bring on 2018.

Report By Simon R

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19th May 2017 STC Go Kart Challenge

27/06/2017

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