Story & Images by Tim Miller
During 23-24 September 2006, a few of our club members travelled to Sydney to help the FE-FC HCC of NSW celebrate its 25th anniversary. The weekend events comprised an official dinner in Guildford on the Saturday night and a Show’n’Shine in Luddenham on Sunday. The NSW Club has always been there to support our club’s major events over the years, so our club was eager to return the favour.
Graham & Kathy took the opportunity to have a long weekend to celebrate their own (wedding) anniversary which included a cruise through the southern highlands. Bec & I also headed up to Sydney early to see the AFL Preliminary Final on the Friday night. After a very windy drive up on Friday, we were treated to fantastic weather on Saturday which was perfect our river cruises and visits to the beach.
On Saturday Night, David Ridge joined our “interstate” table at the dinner, as did Tony & Joe Galea (FE-FC HCC Victoria) who had made the journey north in a new Chrysler Crossfire. The dinner was very enjoyable – catching up with old NSW club mates, great food, interesting presentations and slideshows featuring members and FE-FC Holdens over the NSW Club’s 25 year history. The Club even managed to shoe-horn two Holden’s into the convention room where the dinner was being held.
On Sunday, our FC’s and David’s FE made the journey west to the Sydney Model Club facility in Luddenham which featured remote-control vehicles of all kinds on various tracks. We were joined by Kaz & Cheryl and Steve & Jill who brought their FC’s up for the day. In all, over 30 vehicles braved the 33+ degree heat and 100km/h+ winds. The “Best-FE” trophy was awarded to Leon Spicer’s newly restored sedan and the “Best-FC” trophy was awarded to a beautiful two-tone grey FC sedan.
When we eventually left the dust-storm behind, we experienced one of the more interesting drives back down the Hume Highway that our club has ever seen:
• roads littered with fallen branches and downed power lines
• power outages affecting petrol stations traffic lights causing t-bone accidents
• fallen trees blocking northbound lanes in the path of approaching bushfires
• intense cross-winds, extreme heat which became downright cold by Sutton.