Heritage day lunch
17 members enjoyed themselves and each other's company at Fairbrossen Cafe in the Perth hills. This was the same venue as last year's successful event. Thank you to Chris Bothams for doing such a great job organising and marketing this year's event in my absence.
Albany round up
Another fantastic long weekend in Albany. Not only the weather but the company and the competition. The weekend was a very social time interrupted by some motorsport. Members Andrew Armstrong, Howard Trevenen, Peter Pelham, Nathan Hadlow, Peter Harrold, Martin Falconer, Matthew Falconer, Chris Bothams and myself all competed in the "Round the Houses" regularity events on Sunday and some also participated in the Mt Clarence hill climb on Saturday. Members Ken Hayden, Colin Schipp and Vaughan Wilde all attended as spectators. It was also great to catch up with Ken's wife Debbie, Andrew's wife and daughters as well as Nathan's wife and Daughter at Saturday night's dinner. Thanks to local Nathan for booking the finest restaurant in town.
The weekend was nearly incident free for the Zed drivers with only a few off the circuit incidents to report. Unfortunately I have to confess to one of the more serious occurrences. As some people might be aware I have already lost one Zed to fire, the details I won't bore you with. On this occasion my Zed caught fire at the hotel on Sunday morning as we were getting ready to leave for the track, because the windscreen demister (12 volt hair dryer)I had just fitted for the Albany weekend shorted. This was probably not the best Idea I have ever had, fitting a product not fit for purpose and of dubious origin to my pride and joy. However, with the quick thinking of Martin Falconer and a wet chamois he was able to pull the whole flaming disaster from under the dash and saved me from having to make that phone call to Shannons Insurance. Thanks once again Martin.
The other incident of note involves Chris Bothams and his race suit zipper. Chris's tummy and his race suit zipper have been having a battle to see who is mightier for some time now. At Phillip Island earlier this year Chris could be seen talking to the two of them and engaging in strange primitive dance rituals to appease the two of them to effect a closed race suit. However, on Saturday while Chris was readying himself for the hill climb, his tummy finally won the battle rendering the zip useless. Later that afternoon to celebrate cessation of hostilities of the warring parties Chris and I went to the Pub for a few beers and a large serving of sausage's and mash.
Andrew departed from the usual completion menu of hill climb Saturday and round the houses Sunday by entering the Mini club's Motorkhana held at the CBH grain terminal in Albany on Saturday and by the looks of the results he got a second in class. Well done Andrew. This might be a great series for others to consider as well. Andrew certainly enjoys it.