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January 2010Dedicated to the life-long enjoyment of historic vehicles by enthusiasts on the Darling Downs
Michael & Sue Wells 1957 Austin A95 Westminster gets into theChristmas festive spirit along with Jeff & Ann Coxs 29 Whippet.
Best Decorated Car winners are the McKeivers. Showing off their mobile Christmas tree are Brad & Cherryl, with Mitch and Lauren.
Management Committee 2009-2010
President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kevin McGrathPh: 07 4636 3760 Mob: 0407 627 751 Email: [email protected]
Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brad McKeiverPh: 07 4630 7204 Mob: 0488 706 833Email: [email protected]
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Leonie HamPh: 07 4633 5486 Mob: 0407 099 064Email: [email protected]
Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike RichardsPh: 07 4697 9150 Mob: 0408 732 368Email: [email protected]
Dating Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ken ForsterPh: 07 4630 0807 Mob: 0428 300 807
Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Brown Ph: 07 4613 6706 Mob: 0403 454 332 Email: [email protected]
Property Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Des Ham Ph: 07 4633 5486 Mob: 0407 099 064Email: [email protected]
Rally Director team . . . . . .Michael & Sue Wells Ph: 07 4615 2042 Mob: 0429 066 655 Email: [email protected]
Librarian . . . . . . . . . .Brad & Mitchell McKeiver Ph: 07 4630 7204 Mob: 0488 706 833Email: [email protected]
Workshop Supervisor . . . . . . . .Peter DonovanPh: 07 4630 7326 Mob: 0408 307 666 Email: [email protected]
Membership Officer . . . . . . . . . . . .John OHaraPh: 07 4632 8855
Swap Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rick ABellPh: 07 4613 6611 Mob: 0429 456 567
Historian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brian TimmsPh: 07 4630 0048Email: [email protected]
Combined Council RepsRick ABell, Leo Ryan.
Web site:www.toowoombaswap.comMeetings: Visitors WelcomeMeetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in theDDVVMC Clubrooms, 2 Rocla Court, Toowoomba.
Mailing address:DDVVMC, PO Box 486, Toowoomba Qld 4350Clubroom Ph: 07 4633 3181
Next General Meeting:7.30pm Thursday, January 14, 2010
Next Management Committee Meeting7.30pm, Monday, January 11, 2010
WorkshopWorkshop open Monday nights from (approx) 7pm to 9pm andWednesday afternoon 2 til 5.
Indoor bowlsCheck with Ted Taylor 4632 2565 for 2009 dates!
Next newsletter closing date January 23, 2010
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QUOTE OF THE MONTHI was born with nothing and I still have most of it left. Keith Hoffman
Celebrating our Fortieth Year...This May our club will celebrate its fortieth anniversary. In 1970,I had just finished high school and was beginning a teachingcareer. At the time, I didnt have much interest in old cars but wasitching to get a vehicle of my own. I had done some holiday workas a service station attendant and accumulated about $150. MyMark II Zephyr cost $160 and was the greatest piece of junkaround. Everything went wrong and I became a backyardmechanic unintentionally. Five years later, I had purchased myfirst 28 Chev.Cars were easy to obtain in those times and they were very cheapas well. Lots of blokes had the bug much earlier than I did and therestoration of veteran and vintage cars became quite fashionable.For a man with some practical skills, restoring an old car was anachievable task and even though it cost a bit to do up a car,everyones expectation of a good restoration was probably lowerthan currently. Also the importance of doing most of the workyourself was considered important.Some of the guys from this area joined the Veteran Car Club inBrisbane and travelled to meetings for many years. By 1970, thesemen and a number of others decided to place an advertisementin the local newspapers and the first meeting of the new club tookplace at Laurel Bank Park hall in May 1970.Brian Timms and I have been asked to write a history of the firstforty years and some progress has been made. Bill Fischer hasgiven me some old newspaper clippings and I have had a chatwith Col Baker and Ray Poulton. I have been gradually readingearly editions of the Polishers Rag and most of the informationobtained so far has come from that source. Anybody who hasinformation, early photos or anything of that nature would bemost welcome to make a contribution.More importantly, what is the club going to do to celebrate thismilestone? For our twenty-fifth anniversary, we had a week longhub rally. The new function room was opened at the thirtieth andmany past members were invited. The Longreach rally and adinner marked the thirty-fifth anniversary. We need to beginmaking some decisions very soon. So far, one member hassuggested a car show but whatever we do, I think its mostimportant that we involve as many members, both present andpast, as we possibly can.
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Christmas has come and gone and has different meanings fordifferent people. I hope every family used it as an opportunity toheal any old wounds in the family and to draw closer together asa family.The new year is rushing towards us and we might reflect how wewent in 2009 and what are our expectations and aspirations for2010. I hope it will be a happy one for you and your loved onesand an especially joyous one for your travelling, whatever modeyou use.For our club, it will be a great year with first and foremost ourannual SWAP 5-6th Feb. I urge everyone to get behind Rick andgive him our utmost support. Rick and Nerida have been workingALL YEAR for us on this event and need and deserve our help. Ifyou are already doing something, could you do more? Phone himnow and offer more.Then it is on to our 40th celebrations and ideas for celebratingthis milestone are still welcome. Let us know what you want.With new equipment in the function room, the opportunities toenjoy ourselves is greatly enhanced. If you or your family are notfamiliar with it, then ask Glen to demonstrate it to you.Likewise, the workshop is lifted to a new level. Peter has boughtnew tools and equipment for your use and enjoyment. Pay a visitthere, women as well as men, and ask Peter to show you how youcan benefit from all this.The Committee works for you and for your greater enjoyment ofbeing a club member. Why not use it all to your personaladvantage? Happy motoring for 2010.
KevinRestoration Tips for TodayReplacement Primer for Spies HeckerMy favourite restoration primer, Spies Hecker red brown primeris no longer available. Alan Olive, the paint rep from ToowoombaHolden has recommended a good as or better replacement firstapplication primer.Dupont Epoxy Primer 840R & 845R Hardner. It offers excellentcorrosion resistance and adhesion. Can be repaired over withbody fillers after sanding with 80 grit paper.Toowoomba Holden sells this product for $128.72 +GST 4 lt andhardner $34.61 +GST for 1 lt. Other epoxy primers are availablefrom other auto paint suppliers.This primer is ideal for applying after the panel has been paintstripped & rust treated. Then stored for finish primer and paint.Ordinary primers are porous and will allow moisture to penetrateand rust the panel.It's too bad the people who really know how to run the countryspendall their time restoring old cars.Thank You, Bob Chapman
Reflections by PresidentKevinMcGrath
< IMPORTANT >Toowoomba SwapPREPARATIONS
Swap Booking OfficeTraining Night
7pm at Club rooms, Wednesday, Jan 20
If youre involved in the booking office during theswap, this training night is important. Please attend.
Gate Procedures Training Night
7pm at Club rooms, Thursday, Jan 21.
If youre involved in any of the gate teams duringthe swap, this training night is very important.Please attend.
BYO BBQ & MovieNight at Clubhouse
Welcome to the clubs first of many movie nights
On Friday Jan 22, 1st movie starts at 7.30pm with the first weekof The Mickey Mouse Club. After Interval [supper] thenChangeling , set in 1928 through to 1935. Members who would like to dine early can arrive at 6pm and theBBQ will be available as a BYO [you bring and you cook].To make catering easy, could members please bring a small plateof nibblies (remember the jaffers) for interval. The club fridgewill be open for drinks purchase and tea and coffee available allnight.
Hope to see you all.
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D D V V M C M A N A G E M E N T M E E T I N G ~ D E C E M B E R 7 , 2 0 0 9
Meeting opened by Kevin McGrath at 7.30pm.
M. Wells, J. OHara, P. Donovan, B. Timms, D. Ham, L. Ham, MMcKeiver, L. Ryan, B. McKeiver, K. Forster.
Apologies: J. Brown, R. ABell, M. Richards
Visitors: Jeff & Ann Cox, G. Wilkinson.
Minutes: Moved K. Forster, sec. J. OHara
Business Arising From Minutes:
(1) P. Donovan queried when audio-visual equipment purchased.
(2) Question re. progress of enhanced software for Swapbookings. Kevin to follow up.
(3) Glen Hoey has kindly donated a photocopier.
(4) Cheques to nominated charities to be sent this calendar year.