Written by JANINE KING (First Lady)
This month, for something different, we hit the northern suburbs where our President resides. Jason and I chose a great little interesting and unknown museum who displays all Melbourne’s old airport control tower equipment. This includes air traffic radios, runway beacons, aircraft passenger seating, pilot and air hostess uniforms and a massive amount of maps, photos and films.
After a convoy leaving the club rooms at 10am, everyone arrived by 11am. Coincidently, a non-member with a 2 tone green FJ sedan was driving through the airport and spotted our earlies. He pulled up for a chat and decided to join us on our run. We were welcomed by our 2 hosts, volunteers Maurice and Peter. We signed the guest register and eventually made our way to the theatrette for an introduction and a 20min film which explained the role of the air control tower and how communication evolved through the years. Maurice is the person in charge of converting the old Super 8 films to digital and after the short film, he surprised us a quick 5 min compilation of old Holden commercials from the 50s/60s/70s to our delight and some which were so morally wrong these days, but so funny at the same time. Maurice put this together just for us and gave a copy of the DVD to Jason for our collection.
Many members, along with Jason and I were blown way at the run’s attendance. It was a gorgeous sunny winter’s day and I think the fact that we had a run over the other side of town, attracted our western and northern members (especially including our Bendigo & Kyneton members), who may not get the chance to attend run’s which are mostly south/east.
The museum put on a basic morning tea of tea, coffee and biscuits. I decided to bake a carrot cake and my son, Lennon, made some choc chip cookies which all hit the spot on that chilly morning. By 1pm, we then made our way 1km down the road to the Skyways Hotel at Westfield, Airport West. Again, we had a great turn out of about 32 for lunch. Jason and I invited a few back to our place for a cuppa and an opportunity to check out Jason’s current 3 FJ’s (sedan, panel van & ute). It was a really enjoyable day and it appeared that everyone had a great time.
Members with Earlies.
Jim & Kay Bishop
Phillip & Janelle Cleven with Family
Trevor & Sue Dempsey
Daryl & Jeanette Dunn
Ray & Dianne Eaton Doug & Jean Hedington. WB P/ van
Ray Edsall Bob Peime. EH Ute
Garry Hodge & Kim Radenic
Rohan Johnstone, & Mum
Jason & Janine King with the Boys
Rick & Jenny Kingsley,. New member
Greg & Phyll Spotkaeff.
Steve & Maria.Loxton. New member , we hope.
Michael & Brett Delzoppo
Rod & Sharon Grummitt
Gary & Judy Hislop