Sunshine Coast weekend away – March 2019

Saturday, 30 March to Sunday, 31 March 2019

By Tony and Alex

For several years, Tony and I had been chatting about a Club visit to his garage to check out the MG’s that live up there in Black Mountain. Similarly, I had spoken with the owners of Hell Town Hot Rods a few miles further up the highway about a Club visit. Things started to gel when Annie & I enjoyed some excellent pizzas in Noosa last year.

So the plan evolved, when Tony offered to plan some driving experiences made for our Sprites. We got going on this and planned a morning tea stop at Keven & Jacqui’s in Beerwah plus a lunch stop at the ever popular Rick’s Garage in Palmwoods. After a fair bit of checking for suitable overnight accommodation, we planned to have the run in late February.

However, Mother Nature stepped in and threw a cyclone in our path. Hasty discussion forced a postponement of our plans, only to have the cyclone fail to develop. That weekend turned out to be ideal driving weather for our little cars. A new date was set in March, and the venues were re-booked.

Saturday brought us some inclement weather, but we departed anyway. Tony had planned a route to Noosa through some picturesque and fabulous roads which avoided the Bruce Highway altogether. He produced detailed route instructions for us all, and we could choose to be in groups, or to travel alone when we departed from Karen & Keith’s place. Several cars opted to meet up with us at the lunch stop in Palmwoods for their famous burgers.

After lunch, we travelled up hill and down dale through the central area of the Coast, in some very rainy weather. Our next destination was Carroll’s Museum at Coolum, where we inspected a large private collection of immaculately presented cars including several Bentleys and Rolls Royce models, along with a swarm of Austin and MG cars on display in a newly construct ed purpose built museum.

Following that, we were lured onto some excellent Sprite roads up to Noosa where we booked into our overnight accommodation at BIG4 Ingenia Caravan Park, before rolling down the hill to our dinner destination at PK’s Cafe & Bar. As promised, the pizzas were delectable, and the specially brewed beer on tap went down well. Then back to the cabins for some much needed sleep for some of us more senior citizens.

Sunday dawned sunny and clear of rain, as we set off for a delicious breakfast in Cooroy. That was followed by a circuitous route to Debbie & Tony’s place at Black Mountain. There, the pace slowed, and we enjoyed listening to Tony telling us about all of the MG models in his shed. We also marvelled about his well organised & large amount of spare parts, kept in floor to ceiling storage racks.

Settling down on the large rear deck, we enjoyed the delicious morning tea that Debbie set before us. The view was of endless rolling hills in the bright morning sunshine, as we chatted at peace with the world.

More interesting roads in the North of the Coast led us to our lunch stop at Hell-Town restorers at Kybong, with live music and big crowds of car types of people filling this interesting place. Waddling back to our cars, we embarked on the final trek, still on back roads back south to Brisbane. The entire two-day journey was on a variety of roads made for cars like ours.

Let the committee know if you would like us to organise more Club runs with an overnight stay built into the event please.

Yours Spritely, Tony & Alex.

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