Santa Arrives at Lane Cove – in A Renault

Last Sunday we all had a wonderful Christmas get together at the Lane Cove National Park.  It was a good club attendance with all having a great time , adults and kids alike.

The feature event was Santa Claus arriving in a tricked up Megane RS 230. ( Which looked a lot like Ted’s car)

Santa looks like he has lost some weight just like the Polar Bears have in his native North Pole.

Lunch was a delicious affair with some lovely NZ ice cream to top off the fine feast.

A great BIG THANKYOU to those who went to a lot of trouble organizing such a great day!!

Joyeux Noel to all club Members and Friends
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Sunday 2 October – Club run to the Australian Motorlife Museum

 

The 7th Motoring expo is on at the Australian Motorlife Museum – a great opportunity to display our Renaults and win some prizes. This has always been a great day out with plenty of activities and cars to look at.

 Meet: Heathcote railway station, Pacific Highway Heathcote

When: 8am for an 8.30 departure

Sunday 2 October (long weekend)

Drive to the Motorlife Mueseum, Darkes Road, Kembla Grange to arrive in time for the opening – 9.30am.   Meet us at Heathcote or the Museum.

Gates open 8.30am, event starts 9.30am, with prize giving at 1.45pm and close of event at 2.30pm. Plenty of space to park your trailer

Entry is $10 per car and if you want to visit the museum it is $10 per person.

 

See you all at Heathcote, bright and early

 

Ernst

Shannon’s Classic – 14th August

Shannon’s Classic was again another great day although the club was down a few members cars.  However we did had some interesting cars on display including 4 beautiful R8 Gordinis,  Alana’s stunning pre war MG , R12s , R16s and R10s plus two R8s;  Kevin Byron’s award winning on and a yellow one owned by someone who is very dodgy. R8   The 750s and Dauphines had their 70 and 60 year birthday displays in the pit area and they certainly drew a lot of admirers.
The show itself was the usual splattering of old and now so old cars from around the globe.  A great day for any car enthusiast

Round 6 of the NSW Motorkhana Championship Sunday 21st

Round 6 of the NSW Motorkhana Championship

on this Sunday 21st August at Nirimba.

Supp Regs for TCC State Motorkhana 21st August 2016 2016_TCC_State_Motorkhana_Supp_Regs

Contact Glenn Inkster at TCC for details 0404 136 232

NEW Date CONFIRMED – Battle of Waterloo: 4th September 2016

Battle of Waterloo event scheduled for Weston Park in Canberra on
Originally s Sunday 19 June has been rescheduled  to Sunday the 4th of September

Battle of Waterloo:

The annual “battle” between French and British car clubs will be held on TBA in Weston Park, Yarralumla, near the miniature railway.

Enter via the carpark near the miniature railway. Coffee/lunch available via the Mini train café or Oaks Brasserie in Weston Park. Please bring a drip tray to catch any oil your car may leak.

Map Battle Waterloo

Lisa Molvig
Social Secretary
Renault Owners Club of Canberra
Australia

reno1338@hotmail.com
http://www.renaultcanberra.asn.au

All French Car Day – Sunday 17th July

The All French Car Day (AFCD) is on Sunday 17th at Silverwater Park, Silverwater.

It is a great day and you should make every effort to get your pride and joy there.

Entry is $10 per car but well worth it.  You can get food and coffee etc there plus some spare parts if you’re lucky.

Vive la France!

Drive to Gosford Car Museum – Saturday 18th June

Meet: Old Toll Gates Berowra
When: 10.30 for a 11am departure
The museum is at 3-13 Stockyard Pl, West Gosford NSW 2250 for those driving there directly.
We have 20 car spaces reserved. When arriving, park to the left of the gate.
There is a 50% chance of rain as per the forecast but Renaults can cope with this.  :)
See you all at Berowra.

Gosford Classic Car Museum – 18th June

Expressions of interest are sought for a drive up to Gosford to see 400
cars and motorcycles at the Gosford Classic Car Museum. The date in the HUB
was for the long weekend in June .

SO, knowing that you all have family commitments on the long weekend, BUT do
not want to miss 400 cars on display and the social interactions with other
RCCAers:

NEW date: Saturday 18 June
Meet: Old Berowra Tollgate, Pacific Highway, Berowra
Time: 10.30 for a 11am departure
Destination: 3-13 Stockyard Pl, West Gosford NSW 2250 Entry fee: $15 for car
club members

The museum is open till 5pm on Saturday's, so plenty of time have some food
and a good look around

Can you please let me know if you are coming so that I can advise the museum
? 

http://gosfordclassiccarmuseum.com.au/plan-your-visit/

See you all there (or at the next meeting)

cheers
Ernst

RCCA State Motorkhana Round 4 – 22 May 2016

NSW STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MOTORKHANA

Details for the 4th round of the NSW Motorkhana State Championships:  Supp Regs available here:

NSW State M-k Rd4 22May2016 SuppRegs EntryForm

Renault Car Club of Australia Inc,  State Motorkhana Round 4
State Championship Motorkhana
DATE: 22 May 2016
VENUE / LOCATION: Nirimba Education Precinct, Eastern Rd, Quakers Hill
TYPE OF SURFACE: Tarmac
TESTS: Minimum of 6 Tests as per Motorkhana Code.
CLERK OF COURSE: Bob Sprague  Mobile: 0414 670 320

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to assist with course duties such as timing etc.  Please contact Bob Sprague if you can help out bsprague@westnet.com.au

Bucket list checked off – Nürburgring

As the midlife crisis starts to go into full boost one starts preparing a “bucketlist”. As most of us know this is a list of things to do before you die.  My own bucket list was ill-conceived, unprepared and really only contained one thing – a dash round the ring. Winning a trip to the CeBit technology seminar in Hannover last year provided the necessary catalyst.

IMG_6072I got in contact with RSR Nurburg who I’ve seen many times on YouTube. They seem to relish the Renault Megane and rate it highly as the best all-rounder available to tackle the green hell. The key contact Ray Shepardson, was exceptionally helpful and organised a RHD Megane RS 265 as the weapon of choice. Interestingly they only hire out the Megane in dangerous conditions due to its predictable handling, unless you are of course Sabine Schmitz.

Ray also suggested a few places to stay including the “Longhorn Saloon” owned by no other than the abovementioned Frau Schmitz.

Lap Day – worst possible scenario

IMG_6074There is a Murphy’s law that follows me around like a spectre perhaps because of my Irish ancestry. My outing coincided with “Mad Dog” Friday and a whole lot of rain making an already tricky circuit treacherous! You see in Germany, Friday is “car day” and every boy, man, girl and his or her respective dogs are out in their cars. Think of it as a high-tech Summer Nats without the mullets. Scary. To put it bluntly my undergarments were in danger of becoming a biohazard.

Getting to the circuit early gave me a fairly clear track free of spinning metal boxes. The excitable boys and the raced up Beemers were probably scared off by the conditions and the Megane’s impeccable sure-footedness made what I though was going to be an ordeal into a fun and highly rewarding experience. I drove the car way below its capabilities achieving 12 something minute laps. However I probably overtook more cars than overtook me so I think this weighed up as reasonable effort for a newbie. One thing for sure, “I’ll be back” (yes I know he’s Austrian).

Sabine and the Longhorn

I often go to trip advisor or booking.com and put a review on places I have stayed. They rate certain facilities in these establishments from Poor right up to Excellent. It’s no use doing that for the Longhorn saloon as the scale requires something higher than just plain ol’ Excellent. Arriving from Hannover with the family in a hired car, a female figure dressed in stable cloths, literally covered in muck, came to directly down to greet us. It was rather a surreal experience I must say. The voice was instantly recognisable as we the dark, determined eyes. “How was your trip” she asked. IMG_6113Slightly star-struck and taken aback I answered “not bad considering I drove all the way on the wrong side of the road”. Yes, I know, a great start – contact me for more lessons in the Denis Ryan School of how to win friends and influence people….l

I’ll resist the temptation to rave on but I will just say Sabine and the hotel’s staff member Melanie were fabulous hosts. The Saloon is an Oak log cabin fully imported from Canada with tons of cowboy and western paraphernalia. Both types of music stream from the internet radio. As busy as she is, Sabine took time to sit down with us and chew the fat. As we were the only ones there at the time so we had her and the establishment to ourselves until she left to do some more Top Gear filming in Kharakastan. There is a lot to do and 20160324_092831Liam loved the animals and the horse rides. As for Sabine, she is an extraordinary person who is incredibly down to earth and has her fingers in many pies; a champion driver, horse rider, helicopter pilot and animal welfares, caring for many elderly or unwanted horses, dogs, cats , pigs, whatever. Wow.

So on that note it’s time I extend the bucket list. London to Sydney in a P76 – any volunteers?

Now in our 63rd year!