Well, what a day we had yesterday (10 March 2014). David Jarrett had organized, through the Sporting Car Club of South Australia, for the MX5 Club to visit the hill climb track at Collingrove. This was also the biggest line up of cars that the Club has ever had for a Club run, being 36 cars.
Most of us met at the Balhannah Oval which was a very good meeting point, with plenty of parking area and accessible toilets. On the dot of 9:45am we drove towards Birdwood where we picked up more vehicles and had a straight run to Collingrove Hillclimb, picking up more vehicles on the way. It was great to see most of this year’s new members attend. Welcome to new members, Wesley & Paula Burfitt who live in Goolwa and Caroline and Mark Thornton, who attended yesterday.
34 MX5’s lined up at the Collingrove start line and we proceeded into the transportable room for morning tea and a briefing from David Jarrett of how the “sight seeing drive” on the track was to be conducted. The majority of members were simply astounded by the experience and were in awe of people who attend the formal competition events on this winding and extremely narrow ribbon of bitumen. A big thank you to Phil Twigg who assisted in the orderly conduct of this activity.
After two drives up the Hillcimb, the members enjoyed a leisurely drive back to the Jarrett’s for a hearty lunch where they were greeted by the sight of the Club’s new gazebo’s and Mazda flags. These gazebo’s were utilised throughout the day as a welcome addition for shelter which enabled nearly all of our members to sit outside, that is until the sun came out.
David and Judy had arranged an assortment of salads and meats (meats from a local gourmet butcher in Mt Barker) and ably cooked by Mark Robertson and Allen Weber who excelled at this task.
During the course of the day there were several photo opportunities featuring 36 MX5’s in formation across David and Judy’s front yard. We also took this opportunity to take a group photograph of all who attended the lunch. David was asked to submit a photograph of the cars and the drivers who are residents of the Adelaide Hills for publication in the local newspaper and this photo was taken.
Judy is a consummate hostess and must be thanked for once again allowing 62 members into her home, given that she already had her daughter Jessica and grandson, 18 month old William, visiting from America and her mother from Snowtown, which meant that she was already pretty busy. Thank you Judy.
Phil Harris drove over from Melbourne to participate and was heard to comment that this was the best MX5 run that he had ever attended. Phil, who has come over for other SA Club events, was once again warmly welcomed by our members.
All in all, another really great Jarro party, and the usual stayers and players were reluctant to leave. David offered beds to stay overnight, but this offer was refused by all. Needless to say, David was at his entertaining best and has set the bar extremely high for future events. What will he do next year!!!!
Thank you to the following people who made yesterday such a success:
Firstly, Judy and David for once again opening up their beautiful home, serving us a great bbq and salad meal.
Dianne and Mark Robertson, Phill Harris from Victoria, Poppy and Dennis Hawkins for helping set up the day before and helped clean up afterwards. (We also helped to clean out David’s bar fridge on Sunday afternoon while setting up!!!! Mind you, it was thirsty work.)
Mark Robertson and Allen and Dianne Weber for cooking all the meats while the rest of us had fun at Collingrove.
Dianne Robertson for collecting the money on the day.
All the ladies who brought deserts to share.
All the ladies who worked together to help clean up the dishes. (Judy has expressed her thanks to you all, as it made her day a lot more enjoyable)
Phil Twigg for assisting at the start line.
Des Long for ensuring that Collingrove was locked up after we had all left.
Peter Knights and Chris and Kari Soutter who were our official photographers of the day. (photos will be posted on the Website shortly)
And another mention of Dennis Hawkins who polished up some of David’s silver trophies on the Sunday afternoon one of which was used to cool Poppy’s bottle of bubbly on Monday.
Can we beat this next year??????