Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Motor Club enjoys social outing

The Club enjoyed a grand social outing at the gardens.

A GRAND day out was had by the members of the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Motor Club, who assembled their fleet of beloved vehicles to journey to Heritage Gardens, near Maitland, on Thursday 20 June.

“The Motor Club generally holds a monthly lunch outing to venues within about an hour or so drive from Tea Gardens,” President Ross Anderson told NOTA.

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“It is a great opportunity for members to meet in a relaxed venue outside of our monthly Club meetings.”

This month’s road trip was to Heritage Gardens Café at East Maitland, which is part of the nursery complex just off the New England highway.

Close to two dozen motoring members took part, driving their cherished chariots up the New England Highway for the first time at the Gardens.

A great selection of members’ classic vehicles took part, including makes such as Austin Healey, MG, Holden, Ford, Chrysler, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

“The café presented a good a la carte menu to choose from and members and partners had a very enjoyable lunch with great service from the staff,” Ross added.

“Being part of the nursery complex, many took the time to explore and purchase plants and other nursery items.”

While the weather granted the Club a rare respite from the rain, the winter chill was omnipresent, forcing those in convertibles to seriously rug up or freeze.

Other recent trips by the Motor Club have included a visit to Williamtown’s Fighter World, and the Hinton Hotel, each of which proved to be a strong social outing for the members, and not just about the cars, either.

“We discussed many things, including how the Club will continue to support local shows and community aid groups beyond the next AGM,” Ross explained.

“Next Sunday, many members who keep European models will be zooming off to Eurofest, on Newcastle foreshore, but I drive a Ford, so I’m not allowed to go,” Ross joked.

“They will catch up with some of the great sponsors from Motorfest, and later look forward to participating in the upcoming Myall River Festival return.

“The Motor Club is not just about cars, it’s also about getting together with like-minded people, and we’d like to let people know that we are here and want to welcome as many members as we can, and want to continue to support the local community.”

By Thomas O’KEEFE

Beautiful weather blessed the social day out.

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