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4 December 2012

2013 Moonbi-Kootingal Motor Show

  • The 2013 Moonbi-Kootingal Motor Show and Historic Machinery Exhibition will be held on 9-10 March 2013 at Moonbi Showgrounds, Moonbi NSW. (Google Maps link here)

22 October 2012

Upcoming events

This coming weekend has the Cranky Handle Rally at Maitland and the Inverell Show & Shine happening.
And starting the Wednesday of the following week is the 2012 Moke Round Up in Tamworth.
See the KMC events page for links to event info.

3 October 2012

Dungowan Day

On Sunday of the long weekend, the Dungowan Village Fair and Old Machinery Day was held at the Dungowan Recreation Grounds.
The day was very successful, with many attending to view and participate. There were 40 tractors on display, along with trucks, cars, machinery and wood turning, ploughing, working dogs all on display.

Click here to view event photos.

27 August 2012

Run to Bob's Shed

KMC had a run down to Quirindi yesterday to visit Bob's Shed. Below are some photos of the morning.

 Some of the members enjoying the sun and a chat
 Race replica Torana.
 Another race replica Torana.
Memorabilia galore!
Member's cars at Bob's Shed

11 August 2012

Adhere to the sign

I will not live my items in my car but in Greece , well who knows ... That is why there are signs around the place !!!

3 wheeled speed machine #2

Saw that 3 wheeler today...
A bit full up in the back!!!
And a lot slower !!

The Escort again

The owner is very protective of their rare Ford Escort....

I hope no one is thinking " why bother locking it up "....

That Escort again

Front view of this Escort..
Paint and panel work required!

Yes it's an Escort!

You don't see many Ford Escorts of this vintage.
Perhaps a new paint job is required??

Pristine police car #2

A front view of the municipal police car... Yes a very used working vehicle for the city of Athens!

Pristine police cars!

Came upon this Athens Municipal Police Hyundai Elantra today...
Perhaps a wash and some panel work wouldn't go astray!!!
From what it looks , the very good policeman will do his civic duties after a Greek coffee or a refreshing " cafe Frappe" ( like an iced coffee)...

9 August 2012

3 wheel speed machine

Whilst holidaying in Athens, Greece this 3 wheeled speed machine delivery ?! contraption sped by.. Lots of noise and not much speed!
The road surface is sooo slippery so imagine that thing trying to stop in the wet with a full load.....

7 August 2012


At the August Monthly Meeting, it was decided to move the KMC Run to Bob's Shed to Sunday 26 August, as the run clashed with other events that members are planning on attending. The initial meeting place   is Kootingal Pool at 9am, and we are happy to collect people along the way : so far there will be a stop at Spains Lane and Duri-Dungowan Road. Please advise if you are planning on meeting us along the way. Our route will take us down the NE Highway to Wallabadah due to the roadworks on Werris Creek Road and the mess they will make to members' historic vehicles.

Thank you to all the members who attended the August Meeting and 2012 AGM, and also thank you to those members who were nominated for, and accepted, committee positions.

UPDATE : Our route will be Werris Creek Road, not the highway. After Kooty Pool, we will be meeting members on Bridge Street (McDonalds) and on WC Road (Lions Park). Please advise if you want to meet us elsewhere.

3 July 2012

Moke 6 wheeler

This specially made Moke was used as a filming platform by Gerry Anderson - creator of Thunderbirds, U.F.O, Captain Scarlet , Joe 90 and various other programs.
As noted in BMC's publicity blurb: The Mini Moke : The rugged run about with a thousand uses!

Upcoming Events

On Sunday 5 August is the Annual Eulah Creek Antique & Machinery Day. If you would like contact details for the organisers, please contact KMC (click here).

The next day, Monday 6 August, is the KMC Monthly and Annual General Meetings. If you cannot attend the AGM, but would like to vote by proxy (eg nominate yourself or someone for a committee position) then please contact the secretary in writing (email or post is acceptable).

On Sunday 12 August, there is a club run to Bob's Shed at Quirindi. The run will leave from Kootingal Pool at 9am, and we'll be stopping to collect members on the way.

Dungowan Show has been confirmed for Sunday 30 September. Refer to for details.

Finally, the dates for the 2013 Moonbi-Kootingal Motor Show and Historic Machinery Exhibition have been confirmed as 9-10 March 2013 at Moonbi Showgrounds.


17 June 2012

Manilla Show 2012

A Cooper that is a KMC Show veteran was at Manilla 2012.

More photos of this year's Manilla Show can be found in the photo gallery on the KMC website (click here to be redirected). Thanks to Gordon for supplying these pics.

14 June 2012

2012 Manilla Show

Photos from last weekend's Annual Manilla Antique Machinery Show are still being received, and will be posted on here shortly, as well as in the KMC website photo gallery.

5 June 2012

2012 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Kootingal Motor Club Inc will be held after the August Monthly Meeting on 6 August 2012, starting at 6.30pm at the Kootingal Hotel.

If any member wishes to vote or nominate by proxy, then please contact the secretary in writing (by email to, by post to PO Box 11037 Kingswood NSW 2340, or by clicking here).

30 May 2012

Home at last

Finally home..

An enjoyable road trip was had in the USA and definetely got our "kicks on Route 66"...

Hope you all enjoyed the road trip , the photos of the exquisite cuisine and size of the food portions the US is famous for, classic cars plus all the posts we made whilst on the famous Route 66 from the comfort of home !

28 May 2012

Home Time

We're back! And we even managed to depart LA on the planned day (but not planned flight)....very full flights are the norm at LAX. After the last trip, we expected to be a day or three late.
We covered over 3000kms in our trusty Dodge, doing nothing but adding fuel and cleaning windows. The lack of tourists on most of the (original, old) route was surprising, but there were plenty of cross-country travellers in motels at the end of each day. Obviously the interstate freeways have more appeal with their 75 mph speed limits than the older, slower "Mother Road".
I just have to come to terms with no longer making Route 66 jokes : "there's a girl my Lord in a flat bed Ford" or "is this the way to Amarillo".... 
Thank you for reading. 

19 May 2012

18 May 2012

17 May 2012

Good taste in Las Vegas

Only in America...or for that matter : only in Las Vegas.....
A tasteful decorative ?(tasteless) statue of two visitors winning big in Vegas. Located in the Harrahs Casino on "The Strip" (Las Vegas Boulevard), as its known.
Harrahs Casino has been on the strip in Vegas for decades and is an institution.
Apologies for the picture quality as hard to get decent pics in a casino with no natural light.

16 May 2012


Just one of the grand stands at Las Vegas Motor Speedway...
It's a massive complex with many smaller tracks ,4wd desert buggy course, drifting track, police training area etc...
A few Aussies did the tour/ ride day and any Marcos Ambrose. ( successful Aussie NASCAR driver now based in the USA) related items like car models are all snapped up by Aussie tourists! Good to see... Interesting though educating the locals about Bathurst track and the V8 super cars....


All decked out ready for my ride around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 6 laps in total at about 160 mp/h !
The angled banks and the close proximity to the concrete barrier going at that speed....hmmmmm

NASCAR #2 we know what sustains the NASCAR mechanics!!!!!


An interesting fact about NASCAR: all run Chevrolet engines and are all built in North Carolina as this where NASCAR is headquartered. Ford, Chevy, Dodge and Toyota all run in the NASCAR races.
Basically just a body with logo , eg: Chevy and then the same Chevy engine with a 4 speed manual gearbox...
Like the clean work shop floor!!

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Today I did a few laps in a NASCAR around the Las Vegas Speedway. First a tour of the workshops for the NASCARs. This the Richard Petty Driving Experience tour. Richard Petty is a seven times NASCAR champion.

15 May 2012

Venetian #3

No it's not the canals of Venice but still the shopping centre in the Venetian Casino ... complete with Gondolas and singing Gondoleers... Did I mention tackiness ?? Never could happen in Las Vegas!

Venetian #2

The Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian Casino...
This pic was taken around 11pm and people everywhere...
You forget time and space once you enter any Las Vegas casino!!


Of course it isn't Italy! It's the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas ....

Where are we?

As the photo shows: a beautifully painted ceiling, Venetian perhaps, and Italy comes to mind. Alas, no, it's just part of the incredible Las Vegas facade.

13 May 2012

Number plates #2

In the Hackberry General Store again...
Spot the Aussie plate on the ceiling...

Number Plates at Hackberry Store

It seems to be the done thing in the gift stores in AZ on route 66. Many number plates from over the US and around the world are attached to the ceilings of these gift stores.
Many plates were from Germany!
Spot the Aussie number plate...

Hackberry General Store

Day 9 and stopped by the Hackberry General Store in the now deserted town of Hackberry, AZ.
What an amazing find! Old cars, route 66 memorabilia, Ferguson tractor, old road signs.

12 May 2012

Gluttony on 66

If they can find any more space on the plate to put cream on , they will!
A banana cream chocolate pie and with all jokes aside, it tastes great!

Ahhhh gluttony......

More food..

Again at dinner... no, this piece of cake is for one, NOT 10 people! 
A raspberry pie with cream and more cream and just in case more cream......

Sauce choice

Day 8 : at dinner and what else do you put on your fries, burger, Philly Cheese steak, waffle or anything else.

11 May 2012

Grand Canyon, AZ

Today, day 7, saw us take the Grand Canyon Railway to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Photos do not do it justice. Its statistics are amazing, eg it would take four Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other from the bottom of the Canyon to the top and there will be still space left to fill the void to make it to the top of the Canyon.

10 May 2012

Jack Rabbit

Here it is!
As mentioned earlier here is a picture of the Jack Rabbit that you be photographed with...

Here it is!

The Jack Rabbit Trading Post - just outside of Joseph City, AZ.
As you drive the I40 interstate highway you see billboards along the highway until you reach it and once you have, the sign tells you : Here It Is .
There is a good gift shop at the Jack Rabbit Trading Post.
Also there is a large jack rabbit outside that you can sit on for those touristy photos.

Wigwam Hotel

Day 6 and are at the Wigwam Hotel in Holbrook, AZ.
What a cute hotel with the owners old cars parked outside each Wigwam. They are constructed of concrete and are surprisingly roomy with a bathroom at the back and it is contained on the circular shape of a Wigwam.
Also, they are very warm inside despite the zero degree overnight temps.
Well worth the stay.

Big Ford truck!

Came upon this oversize Ford SUV, Pick Up , environmentally friendly thing..
What a perfect shopping car for the local shopping centre !
This dwarfed our medium sized car.
These things are everywhere over here!!!

9 May 2012

Somewhere in Arizona

Today - day 5.. Came across this relic that is parked near the original Route 66. Note the old disused telegraph poles showing the line of old '66. This pic was taken inside the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

8 May 2012

More breakfast choices

The " Country Boy Breakfast"...

....just keep piling it on that plate!!!!

Breakfast suggestion

Day 4 and found a restaurant to eat at and noticed their breakfast menu...
" Uncle Herschel's favorite"

This is for one only!!!! Need I say anymore about everything is bigger in America....

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