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APRIL 2014

RACANEWS ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AUSTRALIA Incorporating Imperial Service Club Limited ABN 44 000 016 144 89 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia T: 02 8273 2300 F: 02 8273 2301 raca@raca.com.au www.raca.com.au

Reminder: Minimum spend for this Financial Year will run out by June 30th 2014

New Members The Confrerie du Sabre d'Or

CHAMPAGNE DINNER Thursday 29th May 6:00pm to 11:00pm Victoria & Albert Room

The Confrerie du Sabre d'Or is devoted to promoting the act of Sabrage and the enjoyment of champagne. Come in, savour some wonderful champagne and have fun at this special event hosted by the Confrerie Ambassador in Australia, Mr David Wald. Our special four course dinner will be matched with the following champagnes: Philippe Brugnon, Roger Manceaux and Didier Herbert. Dress Code: Black Tie Cost: $230.00 per person for champagne, canapes and a 3 course dinner RSVP by Thursday 22nd May Please contact Rebecca to make a booking on T: 8273 2320 or E: weddings@raca.com.au

Sabre Dinner Menu Canapes: Goats Curd, Pesto and Roast Capsicum Tartlet Foie Gras, Onion Marmalade and Brioche EntrÊe: Cerviche of Scallops and Ocean Trout, Salmon Caviar, Lime and Ginger Dressing Main: (alternate serve) Slow Roasted Beef Fillet, Eshallot Puree,Mushroom Duxcelle, Truffled Jus and Pan-fried Barramundi, Porcini, Black Cabbage and a Sea Urchin Butter Dessert: Pistachio Crème Brulee, Pistachio Praline and Raspberries

Come in and join us for lunch in the Harbour Dining Room Friday 25th April 2014 2 course lunch $46.00 per person 3 course lunch $58.00 per person The Members Bar will be open from 11am to 4pm

To book contact Harbour Dining Room on T:8273 2370

SPANISH

FIESTA

Saturday 16th May 6.30pm start Macquarie Room/Pre Drinks in ISC Room. Eight Spanish wines will be matched to an individually designed Spanish-themed menu See page 2 for more details

Price: $130 per person RSVP by Friday 9th May Please contact Rebecca to make a booking on T: 8273 2320 or E: weddings@raca.com.au


SUB CLUB NEWS AND UPDATES

EST. SYDNEY 1903

New Members Mr Michael Atkins Mrs Bridget Austin Mr Richard Whiley

Mr David Chitty Mr Adam Halstead

Snooker Group The RACA Snooker Club is open to ALL Club members. Our group seeks to grow and expand friendships, connections and conviviality. Our annual Social Snooker Membership Drive took place in March. Next Social Night open to ALL members is 9 April, from 6.00 pm- 8.00pm. Social nights are a great opportunity to mingle and to reacquaint yourselves with the game and to socialise in your Club. Cue sports are a fun, nonthreatening way to enjoy Club life. Coaching clinic with Glen Wilkinson, the number 4 player in Australia, will take place on: Tuesday 8 April, 15th April and 22nd April, from 6.00pm - 8.00 pm. Cost is $25 per person, per week. Numbers are strictly limited, so contact Carol directly to confirm all three sessions. Like our FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ RACASnookerClub/176432675819255 RACA club members are invited to make contact with the Snooker Club by email to Secretary, CAROL LANGLEY AT CLANGLEYDC@GMAIL.COM

Mr Reginald Newton Mr Gregory Thomas

Corks 'n' Forks

Motoring Enthusiasts Group

Spanish Fiesta

Dear Motoring Enthusiasts,

Friday 16th May 2014, Macquarie Room Starting from: 6:30pm - 7:00pm | Pre Dinner Drinks in the ISC Room

The RACA Annual Motoring Dinner invite all members to join them at the second Annual Motoring Dinner when our special guests will be Honorary Member Sir Jack and Lady Brabham. The highly respected motoring journalist, David Berthon has again agreed to be our speaker and MC.

Price: $130.00 per person RSVP by the 9th May 2014 To book please ring Rebecca at the Club on 8273 2320 or weddings@raca.com.au Join us in the Macquarie Room on Friday 16th May 2014 for our Spanish Fiesta – a dinner featuring eight wonderful wines from Spain. We have been working with Spanish Acquisition, one of Australia’s leading importers of Spanish wine, and on the night we will be presenting the likes of 2012 Buil y Gine 'Gine Gine' Samso Garnacha, D.O.Ca. Priorat & 2012 La Purisima 'Estio' Monastrell Blend, D.O. Yecla and Romate Pedro Ximenez 'Cardenal Cisneros', Jerez, D.O. Jerez. The wines will be matched to an individually designed Spanish-themed menu from our Chef Simon Flanders, showcasing dishes such as Pan-fried Tuna, with Smoky Paprika and Romesco, Shaved Wagyu Bresaola, Soft Poached Egg and Truffled Potato, and Macleay Valley Rabbit, Calamari and Saffron Paella. All members of the Club and their guests are most welcome. For more information about Corks 'n' Forks please contact Avril Fortuin on: T: 0401 107 153 or by E: avrilfortuin@optusnet.com.au

The Apollo Group At our Queen’s Birthday Party, on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014, a three course royal themed feast will be followed by the southern hemisphere’s most authentic sounding Beatles tribute group, Beatle Magic, who will play the very best of British rock 'n' roll. (See page 3 for more information.) To secure your seats please contact Roy McCullagh on T: 02 8273 2318 or E: marketing@raca.com.au

Round Robin Finals/Christmas party December 2013.

Mr Roderick Watters Mrs Gay Wlison

To join the Apollo Club or for additional information, please contact Megan Lavender on T: 0419 419 269 or E: lavender@hotkey.net.au

Saturday 5th July 7.00pm for 7.30pm start Macquarie and ISC Rooms. Dress: Black tie RSVP by Friday 27th June Please contact Rebecca to make a booking on T: 8273 2320 or E: weddings@raca.com.au APRIL RUN (Now Sunday 4th May) The RACA MEGs Steering Committee have decided that we should reschedule the April Run from Sunday 6 April to Sunday 4 May. There are several reasons for this change. One was that a number of regular attendees were engaged in other motoring activities on 6 April. A more important reason was that by moving to 4 May we will be able to base this run on a visit to the Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park (previously known as Eastern Creek). The 4 May run will commence with breakfast at the RACA. This will consist of a run to the Sydney Motor Sport Park (previously known as Eastern Creek) where we will be visiting The Sydney Retro Speedfest. We will meet at The club for breakfast in the traditional way and then proceed to Sydney Motor Sport Park Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek. Further information will be available on our Facebook page. Web site address relating to this event is www.hsrca.com/ tag/sydney-retro-speedfest/ MAY MEETING (Now Wednesday 14th May) On 14th May we will be having our bi-monthly meeting at the club house. Meeting in the member's bar at around 6.00 p.m. then adjourning to the garage at around 7.30 p.m. with our Guest Speaker (to be confirmed) to take the floor at approx. 8.00 p.m.. Please contact Alan Hunt E: hunts@optusnet.com.au T: 96512961


M E M B E R E V E N TS A N D D I N I N G

EST. SYDNEY 1903

Accommodation April Special

When you stay on any Sunday night during March or April you will receive $20.00 off your room rate and enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast the next morning. Subject to availability. Not applicable to existing reservations. Please contact the Reception on T: 8273 2300 to reserve your room

Harbour Dining Room

April Special - Every Tuesday Every Tuesday in the Members Bar and Harbour Dining Room, we are offering : Seafood Linguine $22.00 Subject to availability. Please contact the Harbour Dining Room on T: 8273 2370 to reserve your table

Anzac Day

Friday 25th April

Come in and join us for lunch in the Harbour Dining Room for a 2 course set meal or a 3 course meal Price: 2 course- $46.00 per person 3 course- $58.00 per person To reserve your table please contact Rebecca on T: 8273 2320 E: Weddings@raca.com.au

Ladies Committee Luncheon Monday 26th May Macquarie Room 12.00pm for a 12.30pm start

Guest Speaker Ms Anne Schofield. Anne is a member of the International Society of Jewellery Historians; A Life Fellow of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and a approved valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Programme. Price: $60.00 per person (including 2 course lunch and beverages) Please reserve your place by calling Catherine T: 8273 2322 or Functions@raca.com.au

Queen's Birthday Dinner and Show Tuesday 3rd June Macquarie Room 6.30pm-7.00pm Pre Dinner Drinks followed by 7.00pm-10.00pm Live show and Three Course Dinner Members and guests are cordially invited to attend the Inaugural Queen’s Birthday Dinner and Show featuring the southern hemisphere’s most authentic sounding Beatles tribute group, Beatle Magic. On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014, you and your family, friends and colleagues will be treated to the best of all things British, including including pre-dinner drinks, a gourmet three course dinner by executive chef Simon Flanders (including wine, beer and soft drinks), and a live show and dance party to rival even the Royal Command Performance. Following dinner and the show, you and your guests are invited to join the Apollo Club, Entertainment and Events Group for post show drinks and a private meet and greet with the cast. Price: $180.00 per person (including 3 course dinner, entertainment ) RSVP by 27th May 2014. Please call Rebecca T: 8273 2320 or weddings@raca.com.au


GET

INVOLVED

Calendar of Member Events April Every Tuesday in the Member's Bar and Harbour Dining Room Shell fish and Seafood Linguine with a Cherry Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Basil and Roast Almond Sauce $22.00 per person

Thurs 17th New Member's Night

Anzac Day LunchHarbour Room from 12pm - 3pm

6.30pm - Vicoria Room Please RSVP before Thurs 10th April T: 82732318

Wed 23rd St Georges Day

Thurs 10th

Unwined at the Club, Pop up wine bar Start: 5.30pm $30 per person

2 course lunch $46.00 per person 3 course lunch $58.00 per person Members Bar will be open from 11am to 4pm

Sausages, Bubble & Squeak with Onion Gravy $22.00

May

To book contact Harbour Dining Room on T:8273 2370

Every Tuesday

Friday 2nd

Member's Bar and Harbour Dining Room Lamb Korma, Pilaf Rice and Naan Bread $24.00

Mothers Day Buffet Lunch Cost: $70 Please reserve your place by calling Harbour Dining Room T: 8273 2370

June Fri 6th Jazz Night

Jazz Night

Seb Thomas Duo in: Victoria Room 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Ladies Committee Luncheon

Vivid Sydney Festival Dinner set 2/3 course menu $50/$60

Please reserve your place by calling Catherine T: 8273 2322

Confrerie du Sabre d'Or CHAMPAGNE DINNER

Thurs 19th

Unwined at the Club, Pop up wine bar $30 per person

Members Bar and Harbour Dining Room Pie and Mash $18.00

Harbour Dining Room

Garage

Date

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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Dinner

Opening times

Good Friday 18th April

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Saturday 19th April

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Sunday 20th April

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Monday 21st April

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Friday 25th April ANZAC DAY

Open

12:00pm to 3:00pm

Closed

11:00am4.00pm

Closed

9.00am - 5.00pm

Wine Of The Month The nose is full of ripe plum and dark cherries with a hint of white pepper and sweet vanillin. The flavours carry onto the palate which is full of big soft fruit, resulting in a rich wine with a complex and fresh structure

$130 per case (6 bottles)

RACA Selection for April: Red Wines Hugh Hamilton “The Ratbag” Merlot McLaren Vale SA Rockford Frugal Farmer Grenache Mataro Alicante Barossa SA White Wines

2011 2011

$29 per bottle $36 per bottle

Alkoomi Sauvignon Blanc Frankland River Vinden Estate Verdelho Hunter Valley Marco Bonfante Gavi di Gavi Piedmont

2011 2009 2010

$22 per bottle $26 per bottle $42 per bottle

WA NSW Italy

Genealogy Group Wednesday 9th April Meet in the Members Bar at 10:30am Please book to attend, call Ian Palmer on T: 9522 8317. Regular Army Officers Friday 11th April Meet in the Members Bar at 12:00 noon. Please book to attend please call Rebecca Black T: 8273 2320

May 2014

Member Bar

Tyrrell's Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2012

Bridge Club Every Tuesday, $30.00 per person for supervised Bridge game and tuition including light lunch and refreshments. Please meet at 10:30am.

Ladies Committee Luncheon There will be no Ladies Luncheon this month

Trading Times Over Easter and ANZAC Day Date

April 2014

Women's Pioneer Society Wednesday 16th April Light lunch plus beverages $27.00 per person Please call Mrs Stone T: 9522 8924

Please see more details on the front page

Every Tuesday

Ellipsis Jazz Duo in: Victoria Room 6.30pm - 8.30pm

23rd May - 9th June

Thurs 29th

Mon 26th 11th May 12.00 pm

Monthly Member Events

Fri 25th

*Limited stock, pick up from the club ONLY (limited stock only) To order the wines please call T: 8273 2315 or see form attached Our Tyrrell's wine of the month includes free delivery

Regular Army Officers Friday 9th May Meet in the Members Bar at 12:00 noon. Please book to attend please call Rebecca Black T: 8273 2320 Genealogy Group Wednesday 14th May Meet in the Member’s Bar at 10.30am Please book to attend, call Ian Palmer on T: 9522 8317 Women's Pioneer Society Wednesday 21st May Guest Speaker Annette Guterrs Speaking about the Bomber Command Memorial $27.00 per person Please call Mrs Stone T: 9522 8924 Ladies Committee Luncheon Monday 26th May Guest speaker: Ms Anne Schofield. Anne is a Member of the International Society of Jewellery Historians $60.00 (including 2 Course Lunch and Wine) Please reserve your place by contacting Catherine Spence T: 8273 2322 E: functions@raca.com.au


RACA April 2014 Newsletter