Author: Alan ball
Cobra Nationals 2018
Christmas Party Dec. 2020 Kooralbyn Valley Resort
Christmas Party 2020 at Kooralbyn Valley Resort
What a Scorcher! The weekend started off hot and kept getting hotter. In fact it was so hot that the planned extended run had to be cancelled, About a dozen of us met up at in Beaudesert at the old historic museum. We had about 8 Cobras and a number of hard tops including Ronnie’s rather nice little red Porker. Paul noticed a rather severe knock / rattle develop in his Pace 427 Cobra as he neared the Beaudesert meeting place. After taking a good look at the suspension and all its joints, nothing loose could be found. But just as Paul was closing up the boot he noticed the latch that holds it closed had come loose, so loose in fact that once he touched it, the whole mechanism came off.
It turned out to be a simple fix, two M4 nuts had worked loose, the catch was reattached and the nuts attached and tightened – problem fixed. Well almost.
Paul, is not the luckiest guy in the world and when he went to start the car, the battery in the immobiliser had decided to pick that exact moment to give up. Another couple minutes spent changing the battery. All fixed.
The bulk of us drove the shortest route to the resort whilst a couple of others decided to have early lunch in Beaudesert or fill up with fuel first. Arrival check in was smooth if not a little slow, but it was nice to be in the air conditioned lobby.
After checking in and dumping gear off at the rooms a number of us took the walk to the tavern. We learned that the Kooralbyn colloquial ‘Just over there at the end of the building’ actually means a 10 minute walk across fields dodging multiple wallabies and iguanas in sauna like temperatures with no shade. Still, I suppose if you’re using Kooralbyn to Beaudesert as a reference point, just over there it is.
The first couple of coldies slipped down a treat, as did more that followed, however, I do need to work on my accent, I asked for a Corona and asked what was on tap, the poor girl staring blankly at the fridge replied, only what we have in here, gesturing to the fridge. I tried again, “what do you have on draft?” same response. I changed tack, and pointed at the beer taps and said, what do you have in those? That worked.
As more members arrived we slotted more tables together until we had almost half the tables in the room joined in to a single row. The drinks and the chat flowed with equal enjoyment until it was time to go and ready ourselves for the main event.
As we sauntered back across the heat soaked fields from ‘just over there’ we noticed that the kind ladies at the resort had decided to give us an extra hour of drinks and nibbles time. Originally we had been offered the kangaroo – Buggy tour, but due to a golf booking of 120 golfers, they took all the buggies! so the resorts events coordinator, Crystal gave us an upgraded drinks and nibbles package and took it upon herself to start it an hour earlier at 5pm, which was an excellent idea as there was already a number of members congregating.
The nibbles consisted of a couple of very large platters of hot finger food and a really well stocked cheese platter, and they served beer and wine, Ball Realty shouted a few bottles of bubbles for girls as well as paying for the band. The club tipped in $400 bucks towards the bar, which meant we had an open bar right up until 10pm.
We took our seats for dinner at about 7pm ish with the band welcoming us with a little number that they use to do a sound check. The band couldn’t have picked better songs to play. They really hit the spot for the demographic they were playing for, they were all brilliant and very talented.
They brought out our starters, a beautiful Morton bay bug, Scallops, Oysters and a king prawn on a bed of salad garnish, fresh, succulent and full of flavour.
The band played as we tucked in and we had a photo slideshow projected on to the big screen behind them. Over a thousand photographs taken over the last 18 months of breakfast meetups and the 2018 Cooma Car run. It was fun trying to eat and watch the screen to see when your car came up.
Dinner was a selection of various meats, one I’m told was Pork, that looked like Turkey and tasted like chicken and various vegetables, all of which were cooked perfectly (in my humble opinion).
The band played on and the wine and the beer flowed and I had to endure lots of comments: “did I dress myself” and “why are you wearing your Christmas pyjamas?” , I’m not sure what was going on with that.
By the time dessert was served the band had won the hearts of pretty much everyone in the room and soon after the dance floor started to fill. We have a couple of good dancers in the club, you know who you are!
The band played its last song at about 10.15pm and I got dragged up for a slow dance, as did many of the men folk. We hate it externally, but if we were to be honest we all wished our better halves would do it sooner and not take our feeble excuses as real.
Don’t tell anyone, but I actually adore my woman more than these words could ever convey.
Lake View Mountain Run
Lakeview Restaurant - Clear View Mountain 8th Nov 2020
We had a great day today and managed to avoid getting rained on. The skys looked like they were going to drop bucket loads, but, no, they didn’t, phew!
We met up at the Loganholme Maccas at a leisurely 10.30 am with ample time to grab a coffee before setting off up the highway to the Shell Servo at Nudgee where we Met up with Grant Young in the second Cobra.
The run up to Lakeview was a nice easy drive, although I think we had every red light between Nudgee and the Restaurant!
After we parked up at the Restaurant we all had the customary chit chat and I must say, the 56 Corvette is just absolutely stunning! a real credit to the painstaking amount of work that’s gone in to restoring it. The photos really do not do it justice.
Once up in the restaurant the view outside was well worth the wait. Even with the overcast sky it still looked good. If you;re looking to for destination then this place is worth a visit.
November Breakfast – Historic River Mill
Nov 1st 2020 - Breakfast at the Historic River Mill
This months breakfast was really well attended with 17 Cobra’s and 1 Z06 Cobra (Mario’s new toy). After the storms and massive hail of the previous day, the sky was the most amazing clear blue, not a single cloud and perfect Cobra weather.
The line up looked fantastic and with the Sun hitting the cars it made for a spectacular site ,just take a look at Grant’s car in full sun (the green one at the top of the page) to see how these cars come to life in the limelight (no pun intended)
Grant Young our raffles coordinator has been doing a sterling job and we had an influx of donated prizes this month, most of which have been held over for December and January raffles. Tony Stark Won a new garage shelf unit, donated by Bill Ryan, “Just what I need” Tony said, you can never have enough shelves …
Rob P ((GT40) won a tool kit donated by Bill Ryan (also), and then won the next prize of a digital Vernier Caliper, so he donated the tool kit back to be redrawn. It was won by Samantha Hampson, now she can help Scotty in the workshop. The last draw was for a first aid kit, donated by Warren and Jo Boylan and was won by Dagmar.
We’ve been running the show and shine a little bit differently this year, making it a best of three and with four categories. Well the first set of three was completed this month we announced the winners.
Trevor and Helen Dixon took out two categories with their maroon and cream V8CBRA cobra winning Best Paint Job AND Best Interior. Trevor stepped up to take the trophy for Best Paint which came with a bottle of Bowdens super gloss wax shine, whilst Helen accepted the trophy for Best Interior which came with a bottle of Bowdens Leather Care. Their car had 50% more votes than the second place cars.
Paul Gillis won the category for Best Engine Bay with his Cobra VGT40 which came with a set of special microfibre engine detailing clothes . People really liked the custom polished stainless Steel engine covers that really make engine bay stand out from the other entries. Paul won with a margin of 6 votes.
Craig Marsh took out the Peoples Choice trophy for best driven car which came with a cool beanie with a built n light and set of bluetooth speakers. However, as Craig was at the track helping a mate as part of the pit crew, his father Don Marsh stepped up and accepted the prize on Craig’s behalf.
Paul Gillies happy with to win best engine bay (left) and Don Marsh accepting Peoples Choice on behalf of his son Craig Marsh.
Glenn Braidwood from Horsepower World joined us for the breakfast. Glenn’s company is now the distributor for Factory Fave products in Qld as well as being a renowned Engine builder and suppler of performance parts for both Ford and Chevy engines, Glenn’s team can also assist with all the build aspects for your Cobra, or supply / build / complete a Factory Five Cobra for you.
here is a link to their online store
Broadwater Parklands to Tambourine Picnic run
Picnic Run Bradwater to Tamborine
Oct. 4 2020 Breakfast
Breakfast Oct 4 2020 at the Lighthouse Restaurant
QSSS A Series Round 4
What a weekend of PB’s
A group of CCCQ members enter each year in the annual Queensland Super Sprints held at Morgan Park Raceway at Warwick. Normally the championship consists of four rounds held from February through to September with a separate State Championship round in November. Unfortunately, this year, the second round was cancelled due to Covid-19. With the Cobra Nationals also cancelled there is now growing interest in the group attending the QSS State Championship.
The final round for the year was held over the weekend of September 19 and 20 and except for a light shower on Saturday, the weather was perfect for good racing. Congratulations to Matt Allsopp who completed an impeccable round finally overcoming a long history of mechanical issues and showing the benefit of research, perseverance and dedication
Unfortunately, mechanical issues compromised several of the other cobra entrants. Jim Diakos was towed in with broken gearbox, Mick Schipper had overheating and other teething problems with his new race car, Mario Andrado had oil breather issues and Paul Gillis blew a driveline seal in the gearbox on my first and only run on Saturday. Mick Warnock was a non-starter with a broken rocker from last round and Pete Hancock ran his street registered cobra while in the process of rebuilding an engine in his race cobra.
Ashley Bright – driving an ex V8 supercar, with a PB for the track, not only won the round for his class (Sports Sedans over 2,000cc) but also won the A series championship for all categories for 2020.
John White – drove his street registered RCR GT40 in the Cobra class (Sports Cars over 3000cc), achieved a second place behind Matt Allsopp for the round and won this category for the series and second overall behind Ashley.
Matt Allsopp – achieved a PB and won the cobra category for the round. Looks to have finally sorted the beast.
Michael Verner (the reigning Senior King Cobra) showed how consistency and reliability gets results. He completed every round consistently banking points to end up second behind John in the Cobra category for the year. Well done!
Yve Stocks, the only female entrant in the category, likewise completed every round without a hitch and finished third overall in the category behind John and Michael.
Pete Hancock – drove “Öld Gold” to perfection, although not in the same class as his all-conquering race cobra.
Tony Stark and Ron Ford double entered the “Middys Electrical” NASCAR powered cobra and drove consistently all weekend. Ron certainly had his hands full after limited track time in the past five years and jumping into an 800hp monster.
Wayne Proctor has been the surprise of the series. Driving his street registered Cobra, he has recorded podiums in both rounds he entered with times close to John’s without any mechanical issues. A phenomenal performance from a show class, street registered cobra.
Mick and Isaac Schipper spent most of the weekend sorting the new race car. It should be a weapon next year and near the top of the pack as it showed glimpses of its potential.
Jim Diakos drove his street registered cobra well (near PB) until gearbox issues restricted his efforts.
Grayson McLeod – a newbie this year. He has quite a go-cart racing pedigree. He drove well having not previously driven on the long circuit. His times improved consistently over the weekend. Once the cobra is fully sorted, and with more track time, he will undoubtedly ruffle the established order.
Mario Andrado – drives a late model Mustang (with probably $50k plus performance improvements) and competes in the category “Improved Production over 5001cc”. Mario, while achieving a PB, was limited due to oil breathing issues. The car has yet to show its full potential. I can’t wait to see it perform next year.
Ted Trask – as always drove his street registered cobra well all weekend without any mechanical issues or track dramas.
Sep. 13 2020 Breakfast
Historic River Mill Sept. 13 2020
What a great roll up at Historic River Mill. We had a capacity crowd and all 34 spots were filled. we even had to break out on to an extra table, thankfully the guys at the River Mill allowed us to snag a reserved table knowing we’d be gone by the time they arrived (we only just made it). with 10 Cobra’s and a couple of Porsche’s and Don’s beautiful Austin-Healey 3000 it made for a great display.
The weather looked like it was going to give us a quick shower and a couple of members decided o bring their tin tops just in case, but it held off (mostly) and by the end of the breakfast the sun was shining.. However, during our morning preamble a certain Mr Magpie took umbrage at us parking too close to his the tree and decided to dive bomb several of our members with such vigor you could almost hear him squawk ‘TORA, TORA, TORA’ as he swooped in at Cobra like speeds !
Raffle prizes this month were donated by:
Trevor and Helen Dixon – A retro esky which was won by Ron and Suz Ford
Denis Stone – A mini pie maker which was won by Tony W
Ken Bruhn – A comprehensive screw driver set which was won by Bruce McLeod
Tony Wilmot – A wooden wall hanging of a Cobra won by Stuart Maxwell
Scotty & Sam H – A dozen eggs fresh from their hens – won by Warren Boylan
Grant, our long serving and most excellent Raffle Coordinator has reached an impasse with regards to donated prizes in that there aren’t any new prizes being donated. Raffles, apart from being a bit of fun are the main way we maintain funds for the club and we rely on the members to donate them, Can I please ask you, if you haven’t donated a prize for the raffle in the last 12 months, could you please find time to donate.
The guys at the River Mill worked really hard to get all the meals out quickly and I think they did a great job, They’ve been changing up the menu too and more home cooked style elements they are trying hard to keep everybody happy in order to keep customers coming back, which we will be doing for our November breakfast.