The weather in the days before (and after) the planned March event had been perfect with maxima in the mid 20s, cool evenings with a few rainy days earlier that reduced the need to water the gardens.
This was the first time the AMOC SA had held a mid week evening run and so Area Rep, Terry Jones watched with baited breath as the acceptances rolled in. In the end 19 members attended the run in 10 cars and a further 2 members joined us for dinner at the Loca Vore restaurant in Stirling.
The drive was deliberately kept a little shorter than others (some 50km) due to the earlier dusk now we are approaching the end of daylight saving. The roads contained a mix of twists and turns with some straighter roads that allowed us to stretch our cars a little and enjoy the lovely Adelaide Hills.
We started at Tregarthen Reserve, just outside Summertown where Trevor Shepherd (long standing BDC member) came in his DB7 to say hello to comrades he has known/met over many months/years. The drive took us through Uraidla, Carey Gully and Balhanna where we turned left onto the Onkaparinga Valley Rd travelling through Oakbank. We then circled back through Nairne and Littlehampton, skirting Hahndorf before crossing under the motorway, through Aldgate and then to our final stop in Stirling. We had one minor ‘mishap’ on Junction Rd where one member carried straight on instead of stopping, turning right, crossing the railway line then turning left in order to stay on Junction Rd but no harm was done except to the navigator’s ego!
We had the balcony area of the Loca Vore to ourselves and conversation flowed freely as always. A few members took the opportunity to complete Ballot Papers for the upcoming AGM elections to the Committee of Management and these were photographed and emailed directly from the restaurant – the wonders of modern communications! Chris Barron advised of progress with the Stately Affair developments and called for members to advise him of their intentions to attend. He advised that, while this was still 6 months off, bookings needed to be made asap.
Our meals were served and most enjoyed a glass or two of local wines. Terry greatly enjoyed the vegetarian burger with a glass of Hills Sauvignon Blanc and it appeared that all were enjoying their meals too.
Our next run & lunch will be held on Sunday April 11th when we will revert to our normal morning start with lunch finish.