Sid Armstrong's BLOG - May 2012
The 2012 National Rally
Following my eventful ride down from Queensland, travelling almost all the way in Paul Caro’s Ruskin bodied 20 HP, and then in a hired unmentionable, Paul, Trevor Johnsson and I finally managed to arrive at the Coolangatta Resort in Shoalhaven Heads, our Rally Headquarters for the weekend.
I have to admit that the style and grace of Paul’s 20HP saloon was far more enjoyable than the mass motoring alternative we had to adopt after the second magneto break-down at Charmhaven, near Lake Macquarie. Nevertheless we are grateful for the care and attention shown by Shannon’s Insurance, and the N.S.W. motoring organization the N.R.M.A.
Once at the resort, the warmth of the Friday afternoon sunshine combined with many Siddeley enthusiasts gathered on the lawn quaffing wine and cheese and relaxing in each other’s company whilst giving John Graham “helpful hints” on the repair of his 15 H.P. Limousine set the scene for a memorable Federal Rally.
The 2012 Rally was a mix of all one looks for in a National Rally –
Now I would like to formally recognise the many hours some of our members have put into their award winning cars:
Other trophy winners I would particularly like to mention are:
Hard Luck Trophy – Paul Caro (yet again!) – 20 HP AS 44351. Read my on the spot report of the electrical gremlins that Paul, I & Trevor Johnsson had to quell during our eventful drive from Queensland.
Longest Distance Travelled to the Rally – John Day & Garry Ford – 960 km Mk. II Sapphire 346 C346512.
Longest Distance in the twelve months since the last Rally – Tony & Tina Carter – who covered south eastern Australia in the latter half of 2011, in their 346 Mk. I 4 light twin carburetter synchromesh Sapphire C 340412. You can read about the trip I took with them in my BLOG.
Club Person of the Year – Helen Andrews for her solid assistance in the planning and conduct of the 2011 Rally at Toowoomba, underpinning the efforts of the Queensland Committee.
For those of you wishing to learn more about Federal rallies, may I suggest that you sign up for Hunter Valley 2014.
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