Port Neill on the 16th May, 2021.
Another great Club day and event! Whirley’s carpark was almost full once again with predictable outcomes; an interesting collection of vehicles (including one on its Club debut), men gathered around ‘kicking tyres’ whilst being observed from a distance by partners and wives, some with long suffering looks! Business as usual so set for the adventure ahead.
As we have come to expect (spoilt we are!) the planning from Kevin Burner and Neville Will was spot on.
Neville and Richard Forsaith got us organised and members left for a genteel cruise up the coast to Port Neill. As always in Lincoln the sky gave little confirmation of the day’s weather ahead but did provide cool overcast conditions which were perfect for the 100ks in-front of us.
Meanwhile some of us thought we had a new member and car until we realised Glenn Karutz had jumped the brand loyalty fence by giving a genuine very neat XW GT Falcon a run. A Mercedes Unimog complete with camouflage paint, huge tyres and winch also drew lots of attention; we knew we were right if conditions became boggy.
All vehicles enjoyed the drive to Port Neill (except for the seemingly ill designed and untimely, endless roadworks) with no casualties reported. The big green shed at Port Neil Recreation Park has undergone lots of re-featuring and maintenance, including the best electric BBQs we had ever used.
As a sign of our times COVID procedures were explained then enacted by those present (we are all pretty prepared for this now) with monitoring and help from Richard Forsaith and Neville.
This site proved an excellent location for the preparation and serving of a comprehensive BBQ lunch complete with choice of salads which several male members avoided with vigour. Thanks must go to Geoff Phillips, Neville Will and their helpers, including partners who prepared then served the meals with efficient and practiced endeavour. Members were asked to supply their own ‘sweets’ and the compliance to this request was most pleasing; thankyou.
Given there were 58 present when 44 had RSVP’d, it was testament to Kevin Burner, Geoff and Neville’s planning we had enough of everything to ensure all present had plenty of good food to enjoy.
So as the afternoon progressed the sun came out, good food shared with good company in a scenic location worked its magic and people wandered amongst the vehicles, down the jetty, along the beach and back to the shed for more ‘sweets’ and tea and coffee.
The free raffle prize winners on the day were:
- $50 fuel vouchers: Tina Lawes and Lois Pannel
- Club Shirt: George Smith
The enjoyable buzz of conversation and laughter from those who attended, sharing their relaxed afternoon, confirmed this was another successful member’s event supplied by the Lincoln Auto Club.
If you weren’t there you missed a good’un.