Mar_2015 MotorLife Museum

Australian Motorlife Museum

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March 15th 2015: 8.30am Sunday Morning: we met at Engadine for our cruise, firstly to Scarborough Hotel for coffee and to meet up with Gary Claypole, and then onto the Motorlife Museum at Kembla Grange.

The weather was cool with the threat of showers, but turned out to be a mild if cloudy, autumn day. Whilst we were ordering coffee, Margaret & Geoff Saul caught up with the cruise, after a later start. The trip through Helensburg and along the coast is alway picturesque, and the sea had many whitecaps over light patches of sunshine and dark showery zones.
Our 10 car cruise, resumed our drive at about 10.00am, and managed to get all the way in convoy (except for Gary who is now a local to Wollongong, and took a faster route).
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Our Cars and People
10 club members and cars: Geoff & Margaret Saul; Allan Wall; Graham Fuller; Geoff & Sue Klimpsch; Dennis & Lyn Booth; Glenn & Raewyn Stephens; Mal Owen & Grand Daughter; Rob Shaw; Gary Claypole; and Rusty Towers.

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New Club Car

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Allan Wall arrived in his new FC Windowed Van. Although not quite finished the Van has new paint and chrome wheels. In an earlier life the Van was very 80's with lots of Purple Paint and flocking!

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Motorlife Museum Kembla Grange

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Since our last visit to the Motorlife Museum for a tribute to Jack Brabham, the Museum has expanded and secured the Paul Butler Collection after a long battle in the courts.
There are many new exhibits of Vehicles, and Machinery associated with the Industry.

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The FJ Holden and plywood Caravan is fully kitted out with all the period pieces, including old road signs and kerosene lantern.
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The Paul Butler Collection included a range of Austin Seven cars and vans.
Paul also put together collections of associated objects including Tools, Telephones and Sewing Machines.
(Dennis, Rusty and Geoff being given the good oil on Scales & Old Telephones).
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Included around the displays of workshops, garages, bicycles, and the Wayne Gardner collection were many and varied signs and number plates.
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Some of us stayed and had a picnic in the grounds, whilst others drove into Dapto for a lunch. For most of us 'a very informative and nostalgic trip back in time'.

We left Dapto around 2.00pm, and had a sunny and dry run back to Sydney. However, shortly there after (our car was safely shedded!), I was most surprised to get some really heavy rain for most of the next hour. I really hope everyone made it home in the dry as we did.

Geoff Klimpsch

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