JULY MONTHLY DINNER MEETING, Drouin Golf Club – Thursday 15th July

Held on the eve of Victoria’s fifth Covid lockdown we were fortunate to be able to hold this meeting at all. The previous levels of restrictions have prevented us from hosting our last two monthly Breakfast Club gatherings in Warragul, and the latest lockdown has now forced the cancellation of our visit to the Trafalgar Holden Museum this weekend. Of course, there were plenty of other more important events that our members are involved in, that have also had to be cancelled, but gallingly, the AFL, immune from the restrictions on mere mortals, ploughs on regardless.

Our meeting was well attended with the venue’s Covid capacity of 50 guests being reached before bookings closed on Tuesday. Unfortunately, our booked and confirmed guests with their new BMW Highway Patrol vehicle pulled the plug around midday, citing Covid restrictions as their excuse. A replacement was hurriedly arranged, meaning that those present had to endure your editor raving on about Historic Racing with particular emphasis on his 1964 Group Nb Cooper S which was adorning the green carpet in the dining room. (the Morris Cooper S was used by the NSW Highway Patrol in the 1960s, so although stretching things a bit, we were keeping with the promoted theme of the night.)

As usual, general business was dispensed with efficiently by Maudy, aided of course by that fact that several past and future events have been cancelled due to the epidemic. The Club sends its best wishes for a speedy recovery to Bruce Bluett who made sure his Mustang’s Club Permit renewal was brought in for signing despite him suffering a heart attack on Wednesday. John Fowler also made a plea for somebody to take on the organisation of our next Mid-Week Run (sometime/anytime in September) due to a problem he is having with his shoulder. Please let John or the committee know if you can help out, because it will not go ahead if no-one volunteers  (contact John Fowler on 0400 278 375).

At this stage, the 6-Hour Relay at Philip Island on Sunday August 1st is still going ahead. We have a team entered and they would love some support or even assistance with timing and pit-boarding on the day – entry to the venue is free, and please contact David Richards on 0418 577 600 if you can assist.

The proposed visit to the Warbird Museum at Tyabb in August is also uncertain due to Covid restrictions. Watch your emails for updates on coming events.

Response by Peter Willmott:

Steve’s Mini is is definitely a current day representation of the once famous NSW highway Minis. The car is in excellent condition and I found Steve’s talk most informative and well received. Great night as usual. Cheers Peter Willmott

Response by Rick Dathan:

Thanks Steve.  To my mind, your Mini is more interesting than a current BMW patrol car anyway.

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