Wheels 2005 By Pat
We met up at KFC Fyshwick at 8am to leave for Wheels 2005 at 8:30am . The weather, even at this time in the morning was nothing short of superb, and showing all the signs of being a hot one. The long line of cars departing along Canberra Avenue was nothing short of spectacular.
No sooner had we arrived at Wheels, when it all started happening. Firstly Graeme's Nissan started missin, followed by a very graphic and public display of the confusion that use of ACT Torana Club causes amongst the public and car enthusiast community alike. It wasn't till we arrived that the officials realised that they were in fact the Sydney Torana Club Southern Branch, and promptly relocated them to their allocated display area. After 5 or 10 minutes, our area was vacated, and we set up the cars for the day ahead.
Laurie and Pat took on the duties of manning the roadblock for the club, while others set up our seating area and cooking facilities. Breakfast at Wheels continues to improve, with bacon and egg rolls, complete with cheese, flowing around the troops in no time.
While not sure of actual numbers, it must have been one of the biggest Wheels displays that we've seen to date. If it had 4 wheels, and was produced anywhere in the world, apart form Italy (Auto-Italia was on the other side of the lake), it was there.
A particular entertaining treat was a display by the Model Car Racing Club, who raced their little remote control vehicles within a stone's throw of our display. The racing ending with a mystery appearance of a remote control monster truck with little regard for the track barriers, other competitors, or even the correct way around the track, cleaning up a few of the competitors in the process by either driving over them, or chasing them down. The day's program also featured a brief, but none the less, special guest appearance by our president, Lawrie Schumacher Reid, with his Formula 1 remote control racecar.
Lunch was fantastic, thanks again for Jan's tireless efforts in keeping us lot fed, along with her band of helpers. We had special lunch visitors in Roy and Susan, proving that Roy still possesses his uncanny sense of smell.
It was about this time that you started to wonder if the display was for the public, or members of the club to catch up with each other, after what has already been a hectic start to the year. Either way, there was heaps of both. Heaps of people catching up, and heaps of people looking at our cars.
We raffled the Easter hamper. Lawrie's dominance in the raffle stakes coming to the fore again with Imogen (a chip off the old block) taking out the hamper. Marty's little fella, Shane, took out the kid's prize.
All in all, a great day, with 18 club cars on display, no ring-ins, and 7 other vehicles.
Mike, Amanda & Nathan LH SL/R
Phil & Madison LX Hatch
Vish LX SS Hatch
Jamie & Vanessa LH
John & Jan LX SL/R
Trevor LH SL/R 5000 L34 + Club Trailer
Lawrie SS Hatch
Pat LH SL/R 5000
Peter LX A9X 4dr
Gerry LX SL/R 5000
Brett LX 427
Kevin & Luke LJ 4dr
Steve, James & Casey LJ 327
Dean, Janine & Dean Jnr LX 4dr
Kevin & Sarah LC
Sam LX 4dr
Marty & Shane LH 4dr
Graham & Jason LJ GTR 308
Maree, Michelle & Eve VK Calais
Andrew & Jason VT Club Sport
Robyn, Madeline, Emily & Ainslie VN Commodore
Tane, Aden & Imogen VT XU6
Peter HK Panelvan
Jeremy Quick Fit Proton Ute
Graeme Nissan Skyline RS2000T DR30
Lee Ute with DR30
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