RCCA AGM — 5th September 2011


Thanks Mr Secretary for your immortal words:-

OK, you can all come out of hibernation as spring has sprung.  Monday night is Renault night.  As usual, we shall start on time with the General Meeting first followed by a break at which light refreshments will be served including the responsible service of light beer and wine, followed by the AGM.

Now don’t be frightened by the AGM.  No one gets their arm twisted (much) to serve in a position but, as usual, all positions will be declared vacant and voting will then take place.  If you want to change something about the club or the way things are run, the AGM is the time to state your claim to a position.  We need volunteers as usual and whilst some positions mean work, there are lots of positions that don’t mean much work at all.  As you know, we always seem to get a good number of volunteers to help with our our ‘khana’ events for which we are very grateful.

Our 60th Anniversary Committee shall remain the same as previously elected.

I shall be glad if someone steps forward to do the Social Sec position (although I am vain enough to like the photo of myself in the mag – thanks Bob!)



Shannon's Eastern Creek Classic 2011

The RCCA, celebrating its 60 years of incorporation, was granted a special area in the pits for a number of its member’s cars.  The day remained quite pleasant despite a forecast of rain and there was a good turnout of members.  Celebrations were also for the E-Type (50 years), the Volvo P1800 , (50 years) and Chevrolet (100 years) .

All French Car Day NSW

Journée des voitures françaises

The trophies as announced on the day:
Best 50’s – Uwe Huempil
Best 60’s – Mike Stevenson
Best 70’s – Gavin Wulff
Best 80’s – Clive Atkinson
2000’s      -David Cawthorn
Renaultsport  -Julie Low
Amedee Gordini – Jason Emmelkamp
Best Special – Andrew Collier
Best Modern – Fran Fifield
Best Renault Runner up – Roger Copp
Best Renault Overall – Steve Kozak

National Motoring Heritage Day – 15th May

An RCCA/ROCC event

Meet at Berry on the South Coast.

We will be meeting our Canberra friends at the village where many clubs will rendezvous for a mini car show.

There are plenty of distractions at Berry for those who are not car minded!

It is expected a lot of older cars will be on the road.  We are going to meet at Loftus Oval which is on the left hand side heading south out of Sydney.  There is a toilet there however it may not be open so you may want to stop at the McDonalds just before or the Shell garage.

We intend leaving at 10am.

We shall make our way down south via the Freeway to Berry, probably without stopping, unless someone is desperate.  We shall not be tearing down (unless the faster cars wish to go ahead) so that our more sedate cars can keep up.  At Berry we shall be looking for the Berry Memorial Park which, I think, is the 3rd left turn on reaching Berry down Albany Street.  No doubt there will be signs.

At Berry we are hoping to meet up with a contingent from Canberra led by the one and only Barry McAdie.

It is suggested that  you take a warm jacket and chairs and may be your own lunch but if you don’t take the latter, there should  be plenty of eating places within a short walk of where we shall be parked.  Afterwards, please feel free to return to Sydney whenever you like and by what route you like.

Contact Alistair 02 9971 8612 for further details alastairbrowne@bigpond.com

4CV Muster – Easter Weekend 2011

Wellington NSW

The feature car for this muster is the Floride/Caravelle

If you have a rear engine Renault of any description you are more than welcome

If interested please call Frank Wicks (National Co-ordinator) 02 4324 2640

Starting Friday 22nd April Finishing Monday 25th April

The Classic Capital Caper

The Classic Rally Club is holding The Classic Capital Caper on the 16th of April.

A flyer for the event is available here, entry form and supp regs also available.

Head over to the Classic Rally Club for more details.

RCCA Targa Style

It’s an exciting time for the RCCA with not one, not two but three entries this year in Targa Tasmania 2011.

Sonja and Ernst are doing battle once again in the A110 with Belinda and Andrew joining them this year in the R5 in the Late Classic category and Ted and David are following in the Targa Tour.

A short story here on Renault’s rally history on show and those with an iPhone can download the Targa Tasmania app to view the story as well as following live updates throughout the event.

Also Adam Spence is once again competing in his RX7, another RCCA club member.

We will show photos as they come to hand, and everyone in the RCCA wishes them all the best.

View live results here.

Fly The Flag – RACV Tour

The 10th anniversary of the RACV Fly The Flags Tour is on from the 26th March till the 1st of April.

Organised by the All British Classics Car Club. Supported by the Association of Motoring Clubs and the Federation of Veteran, Vintage and Classic Vehicle Clubs. Veteran, Vintage and Classic vehicles are eligible to enter. This includes motorcycles and commercial vehicles. The tour is a “red plate” event, and all club permit vehicles are invited to attend.

The Tour Brochure is available for download.

Rnd 1 NSW Motorkhana

Hot and 34 Degrees was the weather prediction for the 1st round of NSW Motorkhana championship.  Another long hot day I murmured to myself as I awoke.  Luckily, the day was neither hot nor long.  Rain in the morning and overcast skies for most of the day saw pleasant temperatures and an initial  wet ground giving way to a cool dry surface.

Attendance to this round was expected to be down due to the MINI club’s 50th anniversary celebration seeing the absence of minis, mokes and A series powered specials.  Despite this attendance came close to 20 entrants which did make for a more relaxing day which concluded about 3:00 pm.

Ted Merewether and Dave Collier competed with their kids in road going Renaults while Sam and Andrew tore up the ground in the R16 powered special (Despite a bit of a miss).  Phil East and Daughter also demonstrated some blistering performances in their Honda powered special.

Ernst initially ran the beautiful Alpine while Sonja ran the Cuppa Coffee. However Ernst had problems with the wipers and cohabited with Sonja in the Cappuccino.Today was certainly a WD for him.  Never mind Ernst next time you will have a blinder!!

CAMS ‘Come and Try’ day a Big Success

Sometimes if difficult to gauge how an event will run over the course of a day.  The weather, unexpected incidents , and the general entropy that underlies motorsport can make or break a day.  Indeed the CAMS try-out day was to be an unknown from conception. At the beginning of the day an over subscription of 30 entrants looked to be a bad omen with the RCCA and Thornleigh Car Club members forced to be pessimistic about “the average Joe off the street , having a go”. We were all prepared for the worst..

Far from expectations however, the days proceeding’s went smoothly and without incident.  Approximately 165 competitors tried out the motorkhana event co run by RCCA and Thornleigh.  The ‘try-outee’s we all well behaved, enthusiastic and all seem to leave the event with a huge smile on their dials.  The instructors from both clubs did an absolutely sterling  job at instructing and coaching drivers – and huge improvements were seen on second and third runs.

The day was mostly overcast in the morning with the Sun coming out in the afternoon to kick the humidity in to the highly uncomfortable setting.  However the stewards, timers and instructors kept at it and ensured all had a great day on the skid pan.

I believe the event has proven to be a success giving the young (and older) entrants and positive view of the sport in general and now is time to put down the playstation and do it for real :) Some very good drivers were noted and we hope that these type of events will bring young blood and enthusiasm back into the sport.

Now in our 63rd year!