Renault Car Club of QLD 50th Anniversary Weekend. All Ex Members and friends welcome.


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The RCCQ 50th Anniversary was actually last year, so given the circumstances it didn't go ahead. Here are some cut and pasted details that I have added additional information to. Please contact Graham Nordling whose club email is at the bottom of the page to let him know which events you are attending.


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Hi all,

On 1 April I sent you an email regarding the Grand Display of French Cars, our club's 50th Anniversary, and the subsequent drive to Sydney for the All French Car Day. If you didn't read it, I suggest you go back through your emails and do so.

The purpose of this email is to give you a little more information regarding our 50th Anniversary events in the hope you will save the dates and attend. Also, if any of you are in contact with previous members of the club, can you please share this email with them. We would like to get many of our former members of the club to come and join us in celebrating our 50 year anniversary (which actually was in 2020 but that is a year none of us will forget in a hurry). Please suggest they contact me to be included on the email list for future updates on this event.

FRIDAY evening 2 July: Formal Dinner at the Wolston Park Golf Club with live music entertainment. Food platters on arrival while mingling and enjoying a social drink, followed by a sit-down two-course meal. Items of memorabilia for all that attend. Cost per head is $45, and this has been subsidised by the club to keep your cost reasonable.

SATURDAY 3 July: There will be a Dayrun leaving from Mc Donalds at Ripley just off the highway. Suggesting the group will leave at 0930 with some members arriving at 0830 to have breakfast before the run. Morning tea included (at a secret location. They haven't even told me!) for $10. To complete the day there will be a late lunch feast for $25 a head at a members acreage property on the river at Karalee in Ipswich. I have been to another RCCQ lunch at Harry and Simone's place, the food was plentiful and excellent, having great hosts and a beautiful outlook over the property.

With more musical entertainment provided by one of our club members. Note, while we would like everyone to attend everything, we understand not everyone will for various reasons.

SUNDAY 4 July: The Grand Display of French Cars. Much like any of the previous displays, the location will be at the Murarrie Recreation Reserve, Wynnum Road, Cannon Hill. The RCCQ is the organising club this year. The entry will be $10 per car, and walk ins usually give a gold coin donation, but this is not controlled.

TUESDAY 6 July to SUNDAY 11 July: For those keen, we head off on a multi-day drive to Sydney for a weekend there that should include the All French Car Day and a few other events that the RCCA will put on to be good hosts to us as they have done in the past (RSAE2010). If you are interested in this part, please see more details in the email I sent on 1 April; or ask me to send it to you again. At last check, we have 8 cars going already.

Note, we do have a Happy Laps at Lakeside on Sunday 27 June, and we recognise that many of our younger members only ever attend these track days. We would really like them to come along to all/some of the events above as well but we intend to try and make the happy laps a little more special somehow (again, to be determined).

Note, our usual Christmas in July lunch this year has been removed from our events calendar. We feel there is enough with all of the above.

Graham Nordling
Renault Car Club of Queensland
PO Box 1215, Mt Ommaney Qld 4074


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RCCQ 50th Anniversary Celebrations - 02 – 11 July 2021

In 1970, a group of Renault enthusiasts decided to form a club. That club matured and prospered to become the RCCQ that we know today!

We’re rather proud of our Club, so to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Club, we have organized ten days of events.

The first event is:

Friday 02 July – 50th Anniversary Celebration (50AC) Formal Dinner

The venue is the Wolston Park Golf Club, located beside the Brisbane River at Wacol.

We start at 6.00pm with platters of canapes followed by two sit-down alternate drop courses followed by complimentary coffee and tea.

Other drinks can be purchased from the bar.

There’ll be an MC to keep things moving.

At this dinner, you’ll be entertained by the Irish band Silken Thomas and virtuoso flautist Robin Etter-Cleave.

The motivation behind the Irish band, Silken Thomas, is that they just love to play music! They have fun on stage, crack a few jokes, stir up our audience and get everyone involved in our songs, and just have good, clean fun!

Brian Brett and Robin Etter-Cleave formed Silken Thomas with Ian Evans in 1996. The band now includes percussionist Steve Stiller, who joined us in 2003. The band plays mainly Irish folk music, with a few contemporary covers and some of their own compositions thrown in.

Robin Etter-Cleave plays C flute and/or penny whistles in a lot of our songs and sometimes, alto saxophone in some of the covers. She also does backing vocals and some lead vocal work. To demonstrate even further talent, Robin also plays the keyboard and tambourine in a few numbers!

Brian is the lead guitarist and sings lead vocals in the Irish numbers, (being from Belfast, he’s got just the right sound!), and in a few contemporary songs as well. He also plays the bodhrán.

Not only will you leave with some great memories, but you’ll also leave with some ‘loot’ in the form of several pieces of memorabilia.

This event has been heavily subsidized by the Club, so you pay only $45 pp.

The next event is:

Saturday 03 July – Day Run-

The Day run leaves from Mc Donalds at Ripley at 9.30am. If you’re up early you can join others there for breakfast before you leave. Mc Donalds’ address is 332 Ripley Rd, Ripley.

The Day Run includes morning tea at a secret location, where there’ll be lots of interesting things to see.

There might even be a pleasant surprise for you along the way after morning tea!

The cost of the Day Run is $10 per car.

The third event is:

Saturday 03 July – Early Dinner-

In mid-afternoon, we assemble at Harry and Simone Verhorven’s property at Karalee to be entertained by Club member and ‘ex-muso’ John Hurley. The early dinner will be a real feast provided by Phat Boyz. The very moderate cost of $25 pp includes coffee, tea and soft drinks. For other drinks, we suggest that you BYO.

The fourth event is:

Sunday 04 July – Grand Display of French Cars- Refer attachment

Monday 05 July – Rest Day-

You will have had a busy weekend, so we thought that you might enjoy a day off! You might also need a day to prepare your car and yourself for the next exciting events.

The fifth event is:

Tuesday 06 July to Friday 09 July – Brisbane to Sydney Tour

This four-day drive will use some spectacular driver’s roads and visit interesting places but still provide enough time for sight-seeing and socializing along the way and in the evenings.

The route is based on a similar run devised by Rob and Rhonda Ringe for the Renault Sport and Alpine Expo in 2010. Rob and Rhonda generously volunteered use of their route and documentation for our 50AC Tour, but last week, Mirva and I were able to check parts of the route and found some problems!

There’s a section of the Grafton to Armidale road west of Nymboida being comprehensively rebuilt, resulting in road closures for two periods of several hours each day.

There are also many other problems with sections of Waterfall Way and road repair work is still causing significant delays in multiple locations.

The bottom line is that I’ve had to avoid using the Grafton to Armidale road as originally planned. Instead we’ll use the Gwydir Highway to get from Grafton to Armidale. That’s also an interesting road, but it adds about 60km to our second day’s journey. However, there is some good news. We’ll now be able to visit ‘The Super Strawberry’ in Glen Innes, which in my opinion, makes the best strawberry thick-shakes in Australia.

We also found some other rain–damaged sections of road, including roads in the Kyogle/Nimbin area. Additionally, Bob Sprague, out Sydney host, reports major flood damage to the road beside the Hawkesbury River through to Wiseman’s Ferry. I’m currently revising our route so as to avoid as many problem areas as possible, so I’m not in a position to let you know our exact route everywhere along the way.

At the moment, out route will be;

Day 1 – We’ll travel from Brisbane to Evans Head via Kalbar, Rathdowney, the Border Loop viewing platform on the Lion’s Road, Kyogle, Lismore, Coraki and Woodburn. In Evans Head we’ll have dinner at the Evans Head Woodburn Services Club.

Day 2 – From Evans Head, we’ll travel via Maclean and Woodford Island to the Clarence River ferry to Lawrence, then drive on to Grafton. From Grafton, we’ll use the Gwydir Highway to Glen Innes, where we’ll check out ‘The Super Strawberry’ before continuing through Armidale, Uralla and Walcha to Nowendoc. If I can program enough time, we’ll visit Lia at New England Cheese for coffee and cheese tasting, before continuing on Thunderbolt’s Way to Gloucester. Julie Westley is using her local contacts to line up a memorable dinner for us at the Land and Sea restaurant in Gloucester. This will be the longest day of the whole trip.

Day 3 – From Gloucester, we’ll follow Bucket’s Way to Krambach, then cut through to Nabiac on the Pacific Highway. In Nabiac we’ll visit the National Motorcycle Museum, where over 800 motorcycles are on display. From Nabiac we’ll cut through to Tuncurry and Forster, then on around Wallis Lake and Myall Lake to Bulladelah. Then it’s on through Hexham, Swansea and Budgewoi to The Entrance.

Day 4 – After a relaxed breakfast, we’ll take in some of the beauty spots of the Central Coast, then by sections of the old Pacific Highway and on to our final destination, the Travelodge Motel in Blacktown. It will be necessary to use toll roads for parts of this journey. There’ll then be a Welcome Dinner organized by Bob Sprague and other Sydney colleagues in the Renault Car Club of Australia.

Day 5 - Day Run and Lunch on Saturday, again organized by our RCCA colleagues.

Day 6 (Sunday 11 July) - Sydney All French Car Display, followed by an informal dinner.

What you need to do now:

For the events on 02, 03 & 04 July, you please complete the 50AC Registration Form (provided separately) and submit with payment by 16 June. We may be able to accept a limited number of registrations after that date.

For the Brisbane to Sydney Tour and Sydney Visit, urgent action on accommodation bookings is required! We have reserved (but not actually booked) rooms as set out below. These rooms will not be held indefinitely by the providers. If you delay contacting the motels/hotels, you might miss out. Please mention RCCQ &/or Phil Harrison when making your booking.

I believe that we have negotiated the best possible price for these properties. Booking through facilitators such as is likely to cost you more.

Importantly, we need to know if you intend to participate.

Accommodation has been reserved at the following motels:

Evening of Tuesday 06 July at Evans Head - We have reserved twelve rooms at:

Pacific Motor Inn, Contact - Leanne – 02 6682 4318

Small double - $95 (very small, not recommended)

Queens Double - $115

Twin with both a double and a single bed - $125

Family room - $`140

Evening of Wednesday 07 July at Gloucester – We have reserved twelve rooms at:

Gloucester Country Lodge, Contact - Sandy – 02 6558 1812

Single - $119

Double - $129

Evening of Thursday 08 July at The Entrance - We have reserved twelve rooms at:

Jetty Motel – Contact – Denise - 02 4332 1022

Queen - $130 incl. continental breakfast

Deluxe Queen - $130 incl. continental breakfast

NB – They stressed that they would not hold our rooms after the end of May.

Evenings of Friday, Saturday and Sunday (09,10 & 11 July), we have reserved ten rooms at:

Blacktown Travelodge – 02 8822 2000

Double or twin - $129 per night room only

We’ve tried very hard to make every event special, so you’re sure to enjoy them.

You don’t need to come to everything, but please participate in as many things as you can - please come!


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A number of outings have been organised to welcome our interstate visitors to Sydney for AFCD. You are most welcome to join us in all or any of these outings. All meals will be at your cost.

Friday 9th July Welcome Dinner

Meet at the Fox Hills Golf Club, 55 Fox Hills Cres, Prospect NSW 2148 from 6:00pm.

This will be a casual dinner to meet and greet our visitors and welcome them to Sydney.

Saturday 10th July 2021 Scenic Drive and Lunch with visit to Train Museum

Meet at the Blacktown Travelodge carpark (170 Reservoir Rd, Arndell Park) at 9:30am for 10:00am for a drive to lunch at the George IV Inn Picton and afterwards at the NSW Rail Museum at Thirlmere for a visit and train ride.

We will need to know numbers so we can reserve tables at the Inn.

The Thirlmere Rail Museum is a 15 min drive from the George IV Inn.

Cost of Rail Museum entry and steam train ride is $35 per adult, $25 per concession (including Seniors Cards), Child is $12.50. Museum only (no train ride) is: Adult $15, Concession $10 and Child $5. As our group booking will be more than 15, we should get a 10% discount on those prices. Please be aware that time will be very limited at the Museum and the walk to the Station is about 400m.

If you would like to visit the Museum we need to know numbers as the Rail Museum can only be booked in advance online.

Please book with Bob 0414 670 320 by 30th June


Please pay by 7th July (and ring Bob to confirm payment).

Sunday 11th July All French Car Day, Silverwater Park, Silverwater

From 9a.m. Entry to the Park is $10 per car. Concours judging at 12noon.

Sunday Evening Farewell Dinner

Meet at the Royal Cricketers Arms Hotel, 385 Reservoir Rd, Prospect NSW 2148 at 6:00p.m.

Those of you who would like to join us at the pub for a drink and a meal are most welcome.


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Unfortunately, because of new Covid regulations, the Brisbane lockdown and general concern about Covid, all RCCQ 50th Anniversary Celebrations have been postponed.
The postponements include:
  • 50TH Anniversary Dinner planned for Friday 02 July
  • Day Run on Saturday 03 July
  • BBQ Dinner on Saturday 03 July
  • Grand Display of French Cars on Sunday 04 July (organised by RCCQ this year)
  • Toowoomba Trip - 06 to 13 July (The Toowoomba Trip replaced the cancelled Sydney Trip).
  • The related Sydney events and Sydney All-French Car Day organised by our RCCA colleagues have been separately cancelled by them.
The dates for re-scheduled events will be advised in due course.