August 2009 From the President “Time please Ladies and Gentlemen” That time was “necessary to prevent everything occurring at once” is a phase attributed to Einstein. Nothing illustrates his theory of relativity better than the fact that despite the existence (invention) of time everything still happens at once. Particularly at the Sporting Car Club of South Australia. To continue with the clichés “As time waits for no man (or woman)” I found myself in the midst of a conciliation hearing when the mobile phone rang. Thankfully for my professional existence I had taken myself to the rest room during a break in the process – and my hands were free. (A reflection of my paranoia about the new mobile phone use laws not what might or might not have been happening at the time.) The caller was a concerned valued member of the Club outlining a debate then occurring on the radio about hoon drivers, speedways and the means to address them. As “time was passing”, I pointed out that I couldn’t get to the radio or be involved in a debate and invited the member to get on the radio as an ordinary citizen and say what they thought should happen and mention the Sporting Car Club in dispatches. Rightly they said they didn’t know the policy of the Club. Equally rightly I said they were only mentioning the Club and why not speak as a citizen? Without explaining my predicament because of the “shortage of time” I committed to try and get the transcripts and follow up in “a timely manner”. Whilst this is a shortened account of the exchange, it is presented as “a timely example” of “time management” demands on a President. I did follow up the discussion when I got out of the courts, by which time the debate had moved on and the “time had passed.” My contact details were taken and I was invited to keep listening and “call in at another time “– “if I had the time.” The import of the story is that whilst the cliché says it is a good thing to “give a job to a busy person and it will get done”, it isn’t always “the right time” to do so. Extrapolating, as we are having elections and asking members to vote, I urge members to consider the commitment the candidate can make to the Club; the Club does need able and “time richer” persons than I to keep it going. Ask the question of the member as you vote – not only “are you capable - but are you able?” Michael Keenan President
Wintercup 2 Collingrove
August 9 Run to Tram Museum at St Kilda
August 15 HQ Enduro Mallala
August 16 Picnic Day Classic Section
August 22 Drift Practice Mallala
September 2 Club AGM Clubrooms
September 5 Drift Practice Mallala
Thanks to Glenda Grove I would like to say a BIG thank you to Glenda Grove who has carried out the role, on a volunteer basis, as the Club’s Function’s Co-ordinator for the last five years or more. Unfortunately Glenda has decided not to continue in this position and I will take over the role entirely. Over the last twelve months I have worked closely with Glenda to update and streamline the processes we go through in running functions and events at the Sporting Car Club. Glenda has performed these duties in a very professional manner and has developed a great rapport with a wide range of customers and has been a wonderful ambassador for the SCCSA. This was acknowledged by the Club when she was awarded the Eldred Norman Trophy in 2007 for her volunteer work. All is not lost though!! Glenda will continue her support in being a part of the “Dad’s Army” group and has assured me she is always available to assist in any special projects. On behalf of the Club Glenda may I say thank you for all your support and congratulate you on your years of volunteer service. Alan Caire Facilities Officer
September 12-13 SA State Motor Racing Champs Mallala
September 26 Come n Try Hillclimb Collingrove
September 27 Wintercup 3 Collingrove
New Members – June 2009 Les Dennis Matthew Lee Jason McGrice Cheryl Matthews Greg Ford Luke Robinson Kev Raynor Chris Stanbury Ilya Mayo Ben Seal
General General General General General, Competition General Veteran, Vintage, Classic General, Classic, HRR General, Classic Competition
Library News There was a time in the 1950s and 1960s when New Zealand drivers and mechanics were keenly sought after world wide in all Formulas and F1. We saw them and met them during the Tasman Series. They were very skilled and extremely versatile and could turn their hands to anything. The drivers were good mechanics and the mechanics were good drivers. It could be said that for a country of not much more than three million people (then), they “punched well above their weight”. Names like, World Champion Denny Hulme, Can Am Champion, car design genius and frequent F1 pole sitter, Bruce McLaren who spent two years in hospital as a boy unable to walk, one the fastest of the era, Chris Amon, and many others including Howden Ganley, Tom Clark, Syd and Ross Jensen, Ron Roycroft, Tony Shelley and Jim Palmer amongst others. Then there were the mechanics, probably the best known being Phil Kerr, Roy Billington and Tyler Alexander. The exploits of all these live on through many books in our Library. Phil Kerr has written “TO FINISH FIRST” which is a great insight into the era when sponsorship was just becoming necessary and accepted. There are several books on Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme is well covered and there is a book on Ron Roycroft and the well known “FORZA AMON”. Prolific author Eoin Young, being a Kiwi also covers them well. Today there is Indy Champ Scott Dixon, World Touring Car Champion Paul Radisich, Bathurst ace Greg Murphy, and fellow V8 drivers Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, Jason Richards and others including Jim Richards and son Steven who we like to call our own. Then there are the Stone Brothers, also extraordinary Kiwi mechanics. FOR SALE: We have bound copies of English MOTORSPORT of 1949, 1950 1951 available. When you are next in the Club, have a look at the information on THE LIBRARY NOTICE BOARD (the board nearest the function room) for information about books magazines and other topical subjects. You can also email us: email@example.com The Library, connecting people with information
Veteran News Coming Meetings August 21 – Debate – American vs English Cars. Come along and hear our debating teams having a go at each other. September 18 – speaker from the Bendigo Bank, Goodwood. Bendigo Bank generously sponsored our recent National Veteran Rally. Coming Events August 9 – St Kilda Tram Museum – Vintage Section organised. August 23 – Watch the Waves Roll In – Start 9.30am at the Canoe Club at the intersection of Old Port Road and Bower Road. Brunch at Largs Pier Hotel Balcony. All welcome. Ring 8248 1992 by August 9 if coming. October 25 – London to Brighton Run – entry forms from SCC or firstname.lastname@example.org. Invitation event – VCCA(NSW) 1 & 2 Cylinder Rally 4-6 September, Wagga. Entry forms from Chris 8278 8465. 2010 National 1 & 2 Cylinder Rally, Perth, WA, 11-16 April – entry forms from club noticeboard or email@example.com 2010 National Veteran Rally, Launceston area of Tasmania, 24-31 October – entry forms from Veteran noticeboard or Chris 8278 8465. 2011 National Veteran Rally, Southern Highlands, NSW 10-15 April – expressions of interest available from Chris 8278 8465, or noticeboard. Veteran Committee – since the last newsletter, our committee has expanded with Simon Howard and Peter Templer joining the group. Thanks to all our committee volunteers. We are sure that your veteran motoring will be in good hands over the coming 12 months. We will select a different Chairman for each month giving all committee members some experience at this position. Log Books reminder – please remember to have all your historic registration log books stamped at the club office after you pay your subs – or technically your vehicles will be unregistered.
Classic News Past events The Classic Section AGM was held on July 3. Andy Morgan is now Chairman with a carryover committee all but one. Jon Lange has stood down and many thanks to Jon for his support. Continuing are Secretary Allen Morris and committee members Mike Bowen, Ian Patrick, Neil Francis, Jason Rowley, Brian Edwards, Don Plant and Gordon Taylor. We also welcome new committee members Brian Sullivan and Dean Clough. Award presentations at the AGM went to; Kay Pope - Denise Bettess Award, Allen Morris – Claridge Motors Trophy, Rob Thompson – George Bolton Trophy, Dean Nicolo – Thompson Motors Trophy, Grant White – Libra Motors Trophy and Kenneth Lyall Trophy, Brian Grant – Sunseeker Trophy, Neil Francis – Bill Potts Trophy, and Ross Pope – Chairman’s Award. Congratulations to all recipients and thanks to President Michael Keenan for his attendance. Coming Meetings Friday 7 August will be our fabulous Rolls Royce night. We will have on display two wonderful examples of the marque and interesting speakers. Of course supper will be appropriate. All welcome, come along and enjoy a great night with new Chairman Andy in the chair. Friday 4 September will be a very interesting and rewarding St. John’s Ambulance night. Come along and learn all about the organization and its workings. Coming Events Sunday 16 August the committee are planning a Picnic Day. The weather and the venue will be fabulous and all club sections are invited. Stay tuned for more information. Cruising Classics. The events leading up to the Bay to Birdwood Classic. The Classic Section have organized a run on the Friday 25th September which is before the Bay to Birdwood on Sunday 27th. All members are welcome to attend as many other clubs join in these events including several interstate visitors. It will be a great day and entry forms will be available soon. Gordon Taylor, Immediate Past Classic Chairman.
LOBETHAL GRAND CARNIVAL 2009 - UPDATE CARS: As at June 30th, we have a full field of cars (that is 100 entrants) but we will continue to accept entries on the understanding that they are RESERVES which can be elevated if the car is of exceptional provenance, or if we have withdrawals. We are also assessing the field capacity and may be able to extend the total numbers of cars on track. BIKES: Entries are still being received and another 15 or so are needed to get us to a 50 bike field. If you have pre-1962 competition bike connections, the Event Co-ordinator, Dee McLean (0402 454 576) would love to know. VOLUNTEERS: We are still seeking volunteers across a wide range of tasks for this vital Club event which in 2008 contributed $15,000 to the Sporting Car Club. Continued financial gain to the Club is dependent almost entirely on the Club contributing volunteers to this outstanding event. Approximately 200 volunteers are required for each day (October 3rd and 4th) and those members wishing to get up close and personal with Lobethal are asked to contact the Events Office: Penny Gordon (8271 5689 or 0408 842 363) or Sandra Brooker (8373 4899) at the Club reception. The lead time for volunteers is important for many of the tasks where briefing and training may be required so please consider involvement now! You will have a great time and in 2009, the event is the week after Bay to Birdwood and the weekend before Bathurst. VINTAGE AIRCRAFT: We are busy recruiting vintage aircraft to fly over during the Lobethal weekend and in particular aircraft which may have a World War 2 connection as 2009 marks not only the 70th anniversary of the AGP but also of the outbreak of the War. Again, any help here would be appreciated. If you can recommend old flyers, please contact Tim Knappstein on 0413 876 068 or Tony Parkinson 0408 805518. CORPORATE HOSPITALITY: For those business owners and managers among the Club membership, Lobethal 2009 will offer Corporate Hospitality featuring Adelaide Hills food and wines - Food by "The Lane" will be among the highlights. For details, please refer to the Lobethal Grand Carnival website under Corporate Hospitality, or contact Sarina Waterman, our Catering Co-ordinator on 0434 679 158. MERCHANDISE: Copies of "Legend of Lobethal" - the 48 page story of racing at Lobethal 1937-48 are available at the Club reception for $25. Part proceeds go to the Club and it is a great Father's Day gift too! VINTAGE COLLINGROVE: Remember to block out your entire th October long weekend as Sunday and Monday October 4th and 5 . See Vintage Collingrove adding more excitement to the weekend's vintage flavour.
Competition News The season is now well into full swing, two rounds of the State Championship have produced some interesting racing, there have been a few new faces join the championship as well as a few not so new faces. It’s been a bit hectic so far with hill climb, drift and national meetings all demanding attention from our ever dwindling pool of volunteers to run events. If you have any spare time to officiate at meetings the Events Office would love to hear from you. Please also give thought to volunteering for the Lobethal Event in October which promises to be bigger and better (if that’s possible) than last year. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of John Cooper’s Elfin. Accordingly a large number of Elfins from around the country will descend on Mallala 15th August to mark the occasion. It is the weekend of the HQ Enduro race meeting, which if 2008 was any indication will produce another spectacular event. The program is supported by good fields of Improved Production and Formula Vee racing cars. The Elfins also have reasonable track time activity. So for you enthusiasts get the ‘clubbie” out of the shed and head for Mallala, regardless of the weather – sadly I’ll be away and will miss the event (another weekend in the shed for the clubbie). Our AGM is scheduled for Wednesday 29 July 8.00pm. All positions for the committee are vacant so feel free to nominate or renominate – get involved with the running your club - if nothing else it keeps you off the streets every 4th Wednesday. Nomination forms are available from the club.
Fleurieu News Preliminary Notice After the success of the 2007 and 2008 weekend runs, the Fleurieu group is going to hold another run in November 2009. This year we will be driving to the beautiful Coonawarra for the weekend, stopping for lunch on the way on Friday. Accommodation, breakfasts, dinners will all be included in the package along with another “mystery/fun run” on the Saturday. So, put the dates in your diary now – leaving Friday 13 November and returning Sunday 15 November or (optional) Monday 16 November. If you are interested in attending this run, please contact either Ali Roscrow (email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8555 2029) or Judy Rainsford (email email@example.com or phone 0417 227 846. We will keep you updated.
HQ News The new committee for the coming year are: Matt Jones – Chairman Cheryl Matthews – Secretary Graham Boulter – Assistant Secretary Gav Porteous – State Delegate Dean Nicolo – Competition Secretary Committee – Andrew Schultz, Darren Jenkins, Ryan Crosbie. Our next event is the HQ 2 hour Enduro on Sunday 15 August at Mallala, and practice your 10 pin bowling, a social night is coming up. For minutes, points scores and info visit the SCC web site.
HRR News The AGM for the HRR was held on Tuesday 14 July, with I must say a poor turn-out of members. I would like announce that Phil Carter has been elected as your new Chairperson and Margaret Hall has kindly taken on the role of Secretary. The committee will consist of John Bryant, Rodney Gibbs, Peter Hall, Trevor Lambert, Ann Ozgo, Tony Parkinson, Troy Ryan and Daniel Smith. Welcome to Troy and Trevor. Our thanks go to Rory O’Neil who is stepping down, for a short while, after time as both a committee member and Chairperson. Our annual trophies were awarded, and the recipients are as follows: West End Trophy Rod McMullin Birdwood Mill Trophy Keith Williamson Coopers Gold Crown Trophy Mark Woodberry John Blanden Memorial Trophy Jim Doig Norm Beechey Trophy Graham Stewart Services to the HRR Daryl Warman Chairperson’s Award John Lemm Our next meeting will be on Tuesday August 11. This meeting will be in the form of an open panel to discuss the agenda items for the September Historic Commission. This is your opportunity to speak up, and provide our state commissioner with your information and opinions. You will find my Chairperson’s report on the website. Happy racing Ann Ozgo
Vintage News Previous events/meetings June 21 - The Around the Houses outing was fantastic! Fine weather and two fascinating displays proved to be a winning combination. Thanks to the Veteran section for organising the event and to Michael Sheehan for hosting our first visit. Coming Meeting 14 August - The Tech Torque session on Metal Polishing has been shifted to October. Instead, brush up your Shakespeare, be ready to share a few laughs and come along prepared for a fun night. We will be having a completely different type of speaker - a comic Poet! Coming events August 9 - Boardwalk Ramble and Tram Trip. Meet at Bennett Reserve at 9.00am for a 9.30 start. We will be visiting the Dolphin Sanctuary at Port Adelaide and the award winning Salisbury wetlands at Mawson Lakes. After lunch you will have the choice of visiting the St Kilda Tram Museum ($10 pp) or the St Kilda Mangrove Trail ($6 pp). For more information about upcoming Vintage Section events and meetings, please visit the Section’s webpage at www.sportingcarclubsa.org.au/About.mvc/Vintage. Andrew Christophersen
Market Place Wanted to Sell 1948 Bedmore Special This locally designed and built car was campaigned in its original guise at Lobethal in 1948 by its creator, W.A.S. (Bill) Jolly. Famously, at Lobethal in 1948, it tipped over at Mill Corner after brake failure. Bill was heard to comment that he “got under the scuttle and waited for the accident that was about to happen!” As a result, Jolly totally rebuilt and re-engineered the car and devised his own front end disc brake system, perhaps the first on a racing car, and although not fitted, the components remain with the car. Entered for Lobethal 2009, and a former Port Wakefield, Collingrove and Sellicks Beach machine, this car offers genuine historic motor racing (CoD and Log Book included) with genuine local history attached – and at a price less than any recreation with no history will cost. To see the car in action, check out the Lobethal Grand Carnival website under Affiliated Events as the Bedmore ascends Collingrove. $35,000. Tony Parkinson 0408 805 518. 1953 Holden Sedan, older restoration, nice car inside and out $10,000 ono. Graham Boulter 0408 277 380. Secure, clean, dry storage for collectable cars. Mawson Lakes/Greenfields. $100 per month. Call Tony 0407 716 162. Tecealmit VI 5100 Two Post, Worm Drive, 3 Phase Vehicle Hoist. Supplied/Restored 2006 [New brass lift nuts & fully serviced tensioners, controls & Fittings], and installed by Northern Hydraulic Services. They will remove and re-install within the metro area for approx. $600 if needed. Best model as no cables to stretch or hydraulic hoses to leak/burst/be serviced and can leave a car or trailer up for months at a time. In excellent condition and value at $2450. Call Ian Sholl on 8379 8333 OR 0408 208 379.. Wanted CAV ammeter & voltmeter for wooden switchbox & Zenith Updraft Carburettor 30mm or close (the sort with 3 parts for air intake) Julian McNeil 8272 8759. 1912-14 Sunbeam 12/16 parts, in particular front axle, wire wheel centre or centres, steering box & column radiator or one suitable as a pattern for a new one also needed. Ral Rainsford 0418 833 944 or 8552 8494. BE 810 x 90 tyre. Peter Mullins 8272 2329. Holiday House to Rent – Stansbury, Y.P. Overlooking the sea. 100 years old, restored to old era. Accommodates 5 people. Minimum 3 nights. Bedspreads supplied, BYO sheets, blankets, pillows. Outdoor gas bbq in garden setting, pergola and picnic furniture. Off street parking. Contact Graham South (08) 8297 2475 or 0417 894 814. Holiday Rental – Port Elliott Cowsley House, a luxuriously appointed 2 storey limestone cottage situated in a quiet street in the heart of Port Elliott, only metres from The Strand and 5 minutes walk to Horseshoe Bay. 3 bedrooms (sleeps up to 4 adults and 4 children) 2 bathrooms, designer bed linen and towels provided. Full cooking facilities including dishwasher. Private courtyard for alfresco dining. Off street parking in lockable garage. Visit www.cowsleyhouse.com.au or call 0428 130 899 for full details. Visiting France? Stay a while in SCC member’s medieval village house. In SW France this carefully restored stone house, dating from th the 13 Century, has modern appliances, central heating. Sunny terrace, garden, secure parking. Our interesting small town of Castelnau-Montratier and surrounding countryside with vineyards offers a perfect way to experience France. Good availability for short or longer rentals. Phone John or Norma on 8223 2707 for full details and brochure or visit www.housesouthfrance.com.
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August 9 Wintercup 2 Collingrove
August 9 Run to Tram Museum At St Kilda
August 15 HQ Enduro Mallala
August 16 Picnic Day Classic Section
August 22 Drift Practice Mallala
September 2 Club AGM Clubrooms
September 12-13 Round 3 SA State Motor Racing Champs Mallala
September 26 Come n Try Hillclimb Collingrove
Historic Registration – Your Responsibility As members of the Sporting Car Club of SA Inc with cars registered under the Historic Vehicle Registration Scheme we have certain obligations that we must comply with. 1. You must remain a financial member of the club at all times. 2. Your Log book/s must be updated June/July every year by one of the Historic Committee to verify you are a financial member. 3. Your registration paper, after renewal and your log must be presented to one of the Historic Registration committee so that the registration paper can be endorsed and the expiry date entered in the log book. The Clubrooms are open Wed/Thurs/Fri each week for endorsements only. 4. Every time your car is driven on the road you must first enter and sign the details of your trip in your log book, remembering that after midnight, it is another day and another entry. 5. If you are not abiding the above simple rules for use of the system, you are driving an unregistered vehicle and uninsured vehicle, heavy penalties apply if apprehended. 6. If you sell your car, you must present your log book to one of the above for cancellation. The log book does not go with the car to the new owner. 7. Vehicle inspections, checks, issue of log books Ray Mossop, Colin Bourner, Rex Howard are normally available at section meetings or could be contacted for this purpose. 8. If you require endorsement only and you are unable to attend the clubrooms please contact Sandra Brooker 8373 4899, you can post your log book/s and registration papers to the club at 51 King William Road Unley SA 5061, please include self addressed stamped envelope for the return of papers. If your log book is due for replacement enclose $2.00 for the cost of the log book. 9. Joint ownership, if the vehicle is registered in joint names then both parties must be a financial member of the club.
Members Unable to Attend the AGM Members not able to attend the Annual General Meeting but still wishing to cast a vote for both the President and Board elections, may do so by a postal vote. To receive postal voting forms, members should contact the SCC office no later than 22 August to ensure that votes are received prior to the AGM.
CALENDAR of EVENTS
September 5 Drift Practice Mallala
I am chairing 2 committees to look at ways to encourage younger members to be involved in the Club. The first group is to look specifically at the Veteran, Vintage and Classic sections, and ways that we can make these sections more appealing to younger members, not just the young at heart. The purpose is not to criticize, but to find better ways and share these with all sections. I anticipate that we would need only 3 or 4 meetings with the intention of sharing our findings this year. nd The 2 group would have a wider brief, looking at fee structures, meeting types, club image, methods of communication and competition areas. I believe this will take longer, and may be the start of a regular review. Opinions will also be sought via our Forum on the club website. You are more than welcome to join either or both groups. If you would like to make a comment without joining either committee your opinions would be appreciated, preferably in writing via email, letter or web Forum. Looking forward to the rush of names being put forward! Ann Ozgo
September 27 Wintercup 3 Collingrove
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General Meeting – Clubrooms Section Meeting – Classic Wintercup 2 – Collingrove Run to Tram Museum at St Kilda Section Meeting – Vintage HQ Enduro – Mallala Picnic Day – Classic Section Meeting – Drift Section Meeting – HQ Section Meeting – Veteran Drift Practice – Mallala
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Club AGM – Clubrooms Section Meeting – Classic Drift Practice – Mallala Section Meeting – Vintage Round 3 SA State Motor Racing Champs Section Meeting – HQ Section Meeting – Veteran Section Meeting – Drift Come n Try Hillclimb – Collingrove Wintercup 3 - Collingrove
Next General Meeting – Wednesday 5 August All members are invited to attend our next General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 5 August at 8.00pm. Come and listen to a presentation about the Lobethal Grand Carnival. There will be relevant cars on display and interviews done. Prior to the meeting, from 6.30pm, come and enjoy a meal from Cindy’s Classic Gourmet. Please book your meal with the office by Friday 31 July. Cost of the meal is $12.00pp.
Next Hub Lunch The next Hub Lunch will be held on Tuesday 29 September at the Rob Roy Hotel. Stay tuned for more details.