GT40 drive day Cloverlea Cottage, Mt Glorious Sunday 24 March
Another perfect day for driving GT40s arrived,
a day without rain even though the temperature was unseasonally warm for autumn.
Gavin and Lucia, Matthew and Iris, Gary and Rob braved the wild plainlands west of Brisbane
and rendezvoused at the Old Fernvale Bakery, where the coffee was excellent and cakes plentiful.
The GTs drew the usual admiration from various passersby.
The various hundreds of horsepower were duly saddled up
a little after 11 and the merry gang drove on to Mt Glorious via
the excellently sweeping fast Somerset and Mt Glorious roads.
Despite the GT40 becoming a handful when pressed through the tightening corners approaching Mt Glorious
I personally have never felt better about driving the beast.
We eventually rendezvoused with El Presidente Kevin and his lovely wife Narelle,
and sat down to a lovely lunch at Cloverlea Cottage.
The views over Brisbane were awesome and it was slightly cooler than the sweltering plains below.
Roll on autumn.
The attached photo shows the fine vehicles of the sartorially elegant
Messrs Gavin, Gary and yours truly.
Thanks to those that made the effort to come along and yet again demonstrate that the GT in GT40
stands for Grand Tourer, and not Go to The Pub For Breakfast, and see you on the next outing.
There are a couple of shady characters hanging out under those trees
Meeting at the BP near Yamanto in perfect weather,
we then ventured into the countryside to a great Breakfast at Flavours Cafe, Boonah.
With appetites to match we enjoyed the comradeship and Breakfast
with loads of banter well into the morning.
The trip home wasn’t hurried as it didn’t matter if we were late for Lunch.
A good morning out, with great company.
Our next outing in March, maybe a Lunch Run. (stay tuned)
This Month, we all motored independently to our Breakfast venue.
( The Lighthouse Restaurant, Cleveland.)
We were fifteen Members and Guests
( including two from Tamborine Mountain, a big Welcome to Paul and Ngaire )
Beautiful Views and lots of chatter was the order of the Day over our scrumptious breakfast.
The curiosity and examination of our transport by the public ( and others )
after the meal went down very well.
Then there was the Trek home for lunch.
(And others) being the local Constabulary.
I was one of the first to leave and was followed into town and beyond.
No fun in a GT40 - being in first gear - cold motor and the cam in the wrong RPM range.
And having to be in a 40 kph zone
I did notice another patrol car heading out on the peninsular so hope everyone
else behaved as we normally do and not increase the Qld Gov. revenue.
Honestly, I hope they were Just being inquisitive ???
I have arrived home and a change of clothes was required.
GT40 drive day Mavis’ Kitchen, Mt Warning - Sunday 25 November
A perfect sunny day arrived for a drive of GT40 owners and their associates
(President Kevin, Narelle and Iris) in an ageing green Holden.
Gavin and Lucia arrived in their yellow beast along with Rob and Tracy in their titanium grey GT40,
recently resurrected from its tow truck ride of shame in September.
The run south via Jimboomba and Tamborine along fast and sweeping country roads to Canungra
was very enjoyable except for Gavin, whose GT40 developed a worsening suspension knock,
raising concerns that a tow truck ride home might be longer than desired
and forcing retirement of that car.
The remaining GT40, the author’s beast,
showed vastly improved mechanical reliability and made it to the lunch spot,
where we met Colin and his extended family.
Fortunately Colin brought his GT40 to make it two GTs and an official GT40 run.
The lunch was yummy as has previously been the case at Mavis’ Kitchen
and the conversation its usual high standard (I might be exaggerating a bit here but I enjoy talking cars).
The attached photo witnesses the enjoyment and visually apparent intellect of those gathered.
Thanks to those that made the effort to come along and demonstrate
that the GT in GT40 stands for Grand Tourer, and see you on the next outing.
Six Gt40’s sitting silently with no sign of their owners.
The Owners were all indulging in an enjoyable breakfast feast at the Glen Hotel.
There was one absentee and it was our Mr.El Presidente who suffered a brake issue
on the way to the breakfast.
He was not driving a GT40 but in a funny green car that was not of Ford Heritage.
Sorry Mr. El Presidente we reckon you need to repurchase your original GT40 back
so you can reliably join us in convoy.
At the Breakfast many discussions were held from
GT40 builds – solving state of world’s financial situation - overseas travel etc. etc.
Good company – good food and a bloody good Morning
A glorious sunny day greeted those intrepid souls who made the effort
to crank up their GT40s and make the journey to Fernvale.
Matthew Baxter with his mother and Wayne Whitehead arrived in their resplendent yellow GT40s,
along with Gavin and Lucia in their cheerful Hyundai.
and Kevin and Narelle in their – well I don’t know what to say about the mouldin’ Holden.
Hopefully we do not hear of anymore dead batteries as reasons for not arriving to enjoy the run.
My beast made it as far as Fernvale but went no further as it acquired
an as yet undiagnosed electrical problem.
Here’s a photo below of it arriving home after the towtruck ride of shame.
After a very pleasant drive (thanks for the ride in your GT40, Wayne, much appreciated)
on some very nice windy roads skirting the Wivenhoe and Somerset dams,
and some great sweeping roads between Kilcoy and Mt Mee,
The group adjourned to The Place 2 B Café at Mt Mee.
The food was very good and plenty of good car and other talk was had.
The majority of the group would have enjoyed more driving on great roads
returning to the northern suburbs via Dayboro, but Wayne
kindly returned me to Fernvale to meet the tow truck driver.
My slightly dead GT40 (isn’t that what they say Ford stands for -Ford On Roadside, Dead?)
Thanks all for coming along and see you on the next outing.
Sorry this web site will not allow me to turn this photo around
I think you will get the picture - maybe being side on will be a good omen.
Or is this Rob on the right after unloading the beast???
Our Club Run to The Plainland’s Hotel, Plainlands
for August was an enjoyable event, except maybe for the weather conditions.
Our Breakfast,(as usual here, ) was of the highest standard
and we all cherished the Menu and the Banter during and after the palate was satisfied.
July 2018 AGM
Hi Members and Friends
Internet problems have played Havoc with my ability to update you all after our AGM.
A great breakfast was enjoyed at The Grand View Hotel at Cleveland Point.
The AGM went according to plan, with Reports and Information sessions adhered to.
The Election of the Committee went as follows:
President Kevin Pinkstone
Sec/Treas Lucia Baxter
Webmaster Wayne Whitehead
All officers were returned unopposed.
Iris Baxter was made an Honorary Member of Club GT40,
in memory of our long time Member Basil Baxter,
who sadly passed away recently.
President Club GT40
June Club Run 2018
We left the Hypermarket for our jaunt to Scarborough.
A tour through Redcliffe Waterfront would have been picturesque on a lovely winters morning,
but Markets and blocked roads put a stop to that.
Half the convoy would have missed it anyway,
as they chose to take a by-pass, and head for Breakfast early.
( didn't they eat last night?)
Eventually arriving at the Morton Bay Boat Club,
we enjoyed a great Breakfast and a long chat with friends.
President Club GT40
April Club Run 2018