On Saturday 23/03/2019 members of the Newcastle Branch gathered at Cams Wharf, on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie for a chance to see the three F.N's restored by Doug Marshall together for the first time.
Doug's first FN project was the restoration of the Type 1600 he acquired in 1988. He has since gone on to restore both a Type 2400 and more recently a Type 1950. Between restorations Doug and his wife Dianne have travelled many tens of thousands of miles (and probably even more) in the 1600 & 2400, before these two cars were acquired by Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt.
It was obviously an idea that was well received by the members as 16 veterans turned out for the morning. Given the weather was so good on the day we had to share the chosen photo backdrop with some boat owners as we were infringing on the local boat ramp.
As an aside it was also the first time the five Talbots owned by the Newman/Preston/Rose/Gotley family had also appeared at an event together.
Whilst there had been some talk of going for a drive together after morning tea quite a few of the group had other commitments including work, baseball grand finals, domestic chores and remembering to vote in the State Election. As a result everyone had headed for home by late morning.
It was a pretty handy location for most of our group so we will probably return in the future - perhaps when the weather is less favourable for boating.
A big thank you to everyone who attended.