TERRIBLY BRITISH DAY (TBD) 6 December 2020
Queanbeyan Central Park, Queanbeyan
presented by the Triumph Car Club of the ACT Inc
by Allan Boyd
The weather on the day suited the British occasion changing from 29C on Saturday to 19C on Sunday, so jackets and scarves were appropriate for the chilly and windy conditions.
Many British vehicle marques were represented, ranging from the smaller ones, Morris and Mini Minors, to the grander ones, Bentleys, Rolls Royce and Aston Martins, and with everything in between. Total count was approximately 230 vehicles.
In addition, British motorcycles ranged from BSA Bantams, Triumphs, Nortons, AJS, Ariels to a Brough Superior, with a total of approximately 36 machines. Not be outdone, one Grey Fergie tractor was on display also.
Catering was in keeping with cool and windy conditions with a hot food outlet and a hot & cold drinks van – all popular.
Presentations were made at 1pm; Shannons Insurance was the major sponsor.
Ladies Choice trophy was selected and presented by QPRC Councillor Trudy Taylor to Phil & Rose Turner for their Triumph TR3A.
Gentleman’s Choice trophy was selected and presented by ACT motoring enthusiast Mick Gentleman for a Morris Minor Low Line.
Best Motorcycle went to Peter Davey for his 1939 Brough Superior.
Best car selected by the Triumph Car Club Committee and presented by “Victor the Viking” went to Ian Kenny for his 1928 W.O. Bentley.
The “Club Shield” was selected and presented by the Triumph Car Club Committee to the MG Car Club of the ACT.
Selected charity for the event was ‘Respite Care for Queanbeyan’ which had several volunteers collecting donations on the day.
In all a most enjoyable day, and the public took the opportunity to get out and about to wander amongst the many British vehicles on display and chat with their owners.
Thank you to the Triumph Car Club of the ACT for presenting the TBD display, especially to Horst Kirchener for his major role.
STHARC Roll Call (as spotted by Allan):
Allan Boyd 1949 Ariel Motorcycle
Paul Cunneen Ford
Chris Forsey Jensen Interceptor
Brian McKinley Morris Minor
Ray Malam Jaguar
Albert Neuss Grey Fergie
Chris O’Rourke Rolls Royce
Ian & Tina Oliver Bentley
Not so much an event but a STHARC tribute to Max de Oliver
Max de Oliver’s funeral Guard of Honour Monday 11 May 2020
Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery
by Chris Hillbrick-Boyd and Lawrie Nock
Following Lawrie Nock’s extensive research to ensure STHARC kept within the Covid 19 requirements, a fitting farewell for Max was organised – a Guard of Honour of STHARC vehicles and members.
We woke up to a cold, clear Monday morning that progressed into a warm, blue-sky day. By 11am there were a number of STHARC vehicles and members lined along the cemetery road from the Cemetery gates. Everyone maintained the social distancing rules, but were still able to share memories of Max. As the hearse turned into the cemetery there were up to 35 vehicles and around 50 members; in addition to our own members, we were joined in the Guard of Honour by some of Max’s relatives. The hearse was followed by Max’s blue Mini Moke “Max” driven by a relative with Maree Burke as passenger. The allowed number of funeral mourners followed Max’s Moke past the Guard of Honour. Despite her grief, Maree gave an acknowledging wave to the STHARC members and relatives who were standing at attention beside their vehicles.
STHARC vehicles followed the funeral procession to near where the minister waited for the mourners and Max’s coffin, and parked along the roadway. Although we could not hear what was said, we could ascertain what was happening. At a given signal, the STHARC members tooted their vehicles’ horns as a final farewell to a loved and respected friend and STHARC member.
One by one the STHARC members left the cemetery, many driving past the funeral pavilion at a slow pace in honour of Max. However, one owner found himself stranded with a flat battery, but luckily another member carried a charger and willingly lent it to start the car. And so we left the family to grieve Max’s passing.
We do hope Max enjoyed what we were able to do in his memory.
Max de Oliver’s funeral Guard of Honour
STHARC Roll Call (alphabetically): STHARC Club Vehicles (oldest to newest):
David & Alicia Arton 1942 Chrysler
Keith & Janice Bateman 1948 Pilot “Albert”
Graham & Alida Bell 1948 Pilot “Bonnie”
Darryl Bourke 1948 Bentley Mk V1 drophead
Allan Boyd & Chris Hillbrick-Boyd 1954 Morris Minor
Tony & Christine Brown 1955 Ford Prefect
Percy Butt 1958 VW Beetle
Alex Carter 1964 EH Holden
James Corbett 1966 Mustang
John Corbett 1968 Mini Minor
Ronda Cornwell 1969 Jensen Interceptor
Joe Dacruz 1969 Mercedes 250
Chris Forsey 1971 VW Superbug “Ringo”
Ros Hatch & Tracy Spratford 1972 WY GT Falcon
Jimmy & Lyn Howard 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Phil James & Dana Cheeseman 1974 XJ6 Jaguar
John Kaczmarek 1975 JGS Ford XB Coupe
Bruce McCarron 1976 Triumph 2500TC
Marshall McCarron 1977 HX Holden truck
Russell McKinlay 1977 Toyota Corolla
Krystyna McLeish 1978 Mercedes 450 SLC
Ray & Barbara Malam 1979 911 Porsche
Frank Naattuk 1984 BMW 323i
Albert Neuss 1986 Toyota Cressida
Lawrie & Jane Nock 1986 Mazda T3500
Ian & Tina Oliver 1987 XF Falcon
Malcolm & Hazel Roxburgh 280SE Mercedes
Geoff & Jeanette Rudd
Hugh Spencer & Bev Lang
David & Lynette Torrich-Barton
Joe & Maureen Vavra
Lani & Analise (nieces)
At the end of the Day