Joint Patrons:

Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC

Governor of New South Wales
and Mr. Dennis Wilson

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Hon. Secretary
134 Queens Road
CANADA BAY NSW
AUSTRALIA 2046

The President's Picton Rally 2017


Held from the afternoon of Friday 25th August to around lunch time on Sunday the 27th of August, the President certainly managed to pack a great deal into a couple of days of veteran motoring. Blessed with some very good winter weather, some quiet and generally good condition roads and a team of helpers who prepared some great food, the weekend was a great success and I'm sure enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Overall a total of 29 cars took part at various times, with probably about 26 or 27 the most at any one time.

The weekend started with a 'shakedown' run on Friday afternoon to Nepean Dam for afternoon tea, where we enjoyed some fresh scones with jam and cream and other goodies. There were a couple of other optional stops along the way as well, including a former brothel which a few people found quite amusing apparently.

Saturday was the main run. To the Wollondilly Heritage Centre where you could spend the whole day. A tribute to the band of volunteers to operate it and another fantastic morning tea with way too much to eat. I think we probably left as much as we ate! For once we left the motel relatively early, but still managed to be one of the last to arrive - and we followed the instructions (which were very well set out) all the way. Obviously a few others took a short cut, either by accident or design.

From there we travelled to Cow Pastures farm at Razorback for lunch followed by a few gymkhana events in the paddock. Our lunch spot on the newly renovated verandah overlooking the paddock was quite fabulous, as was the lunch we were served. After lunch a few of the members took the chance to drive each others cars in the relative safety of a large paddock.

After lunch there was another lovely drive back to the motel. Once again a number of those who were still at lunch when we left arrived back before us - more shortcuts.

Sunday morning we made the short trip to the NSW Rail Museum, now known as Train Works where we had morning tea. Then after having a bit of a look around we made our way to the train waiting for us at Thirlmere Station where locomotive 3016 was all steamed up, waiting to take us for a ride. Unfortunately, after we all found a seat we were advised the fireman had taken ill and had to leave. A replacement was sought, however it was unknown how long that might take.

After waiting for a while, some members had to disembark and head home. Ironically, only minutes after leaving the train, the train left the station.

Despite that disappointment, the weekend overall was a great success with Doug, Vivian, Bill & Robyn and no doubt some other helpers all to be congratulated on a great weekend.

It was great to some some members who aren't able to join us that often as well as quite a few younger people, including at least one young man (about 10) seend doing a few laps of a paddock in the Overland - and doing quite a good job by the look of it.

#Picton #WollondillyHeritageCentre #NepeanDam #Studebaker #Talbot #Underslung #Overland #CowPasturesFarm #gymkhana #BakerElectric #3016 #Thirlmere #TrainWorks

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