|Geoff & Helen Hood, Silver Eagle,
Alan & Noeline McKinnon, 12/50, Dale & Maritta Parsell,
Firefly, John & Margaret Hetherington Speed 20, Ian &
Pat Parkinson TA21 and Bob & Beverley Graham Speed 20
made the trek from Victoria to the National Rally covering
approximately 2500 miles in 5 days of travel. Other Victorians
attending were. Richard Tonkin & Bob Northey who flew
up and borrowed Richard's recently sold TA21 and Steve and
Margaret Denner did likewise and borrowed Des Donnan's 12/50.
These 8 cars bought the total number of Alvis attending
to 38 with approximately 90 Alvis people.
Some of the Victorian Contingent
|The Rally started with three nights
at OReilly's Guest House in Lamington National Park, just
south of Brisbane. This location gave us the opportunity to
garage the cars for a few days and enjoy some leisurely (or
energetic if you were so inclined) bush walking and bird watching
and soak up the history of this amazing family, and be provided
with magnificent meals morning noon and night as well as morning
and afternoon tea (and supper if you where still hungry).
The Guest house opened in the 1930's as an extension of the
family's farming property and although there were no real
roads until the 60's has enjoyed an ever increasing popularity
ever since. (One lady on our bird watching walk made the journey
up the mountain on horseback in 1938 and has been coming back
regularly ever since).
The Alvii outside O'Reilly's Guest
|After this introduction to Queensland
we then moved 150 miles further south to Byron Bay for the
remainder of the event. A day was spent touring the area and
the final day first visiting the Byron Bay Lighthouse (The
most easterly lighthouse on the mainland) and then doing our
own thing around Byron Bay itself.
|Bruce Jorss and his team did a magnificent
job organising this event we can hardly wait for the next
one which will be organised by the NSW Alvis group. 5-6 days
was barely enough to catch with old friends, make new ones
and see the sights. The good mix of socialising and magnificent
touring roads to exercise our cars made this a memorable event
|The next one will be run by the NSW
club and will probably be around Jindabine.
Cars on right, Tony Hannam, Firebird,
Dale Parsell Firefly
Ian and Pat Parkinson, TA21
& Helen Hood Silver Eagle & Alan and Noelene McKinnon