2021 Wildflower Tour

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Nine cars set off from Ginger’s Roadhouse on the Great Northern Highway on a cold, overcast, last Sunday in August, to drive some country roads and spot some wildflowers.

Since most of us had never done wildflower tours before this was going to be interesting!

We did a dash up the highway to Bindoon where we bought supplies at the famous Pie Shop and then headed for Mogumber for lunch and our first search. We did spot quite a few blooms after lunch although most of us didn’t know what they were called.

We checked into the Moora Motel and then did a quick loop North to find a few more flowers, including a drive down a dirt road to a stop at a wildflower farm, where we did a 15km loop road on their property in 3 borrowed 4WD vehicles, returning just in time to in time to have dinner at the local Pub.

The next day we headed North East out from Dalwallinu on Wildflower Way and again went flower spotting, all was going well until the lunch stop. A passer by pointed out that TC4617 was losing petrol from the bottom of the tank – the dirt road the previous day had finally killed a perished rubber hose into the fuel filter. After a lot of cursing and an hour’s delay the line was fixed with a bit of modified hose from Brian Wilkinson’s spares. The rest of the crew carried on whilst Judy and I took TC4617 back to Moora with a brief stop at Dalwallinu where we picked up everything needed for a permanent fix.

The Moora Motel put on a roast dinner that night and, with plenty of wine from the bottle shop, a good night was had by all. Except perhaps the couple on the only other table in the restaurant who had to listen to our noise.

Day three was out to the North and West, “just follow the leader” (who shall remain nameless) said President Richo – being good at taking orders we did as we were told, until we were 40km off route! Never mind.....a 20 minute stop with a lot of head scratching, plus lolly snakes and liquorice, and we were able to replot the way ahead.

The rest of the day went well, although Richo’s YT did develop a vibration (more dirt road damage?) which he didn’t sort completely until he got home.

We visited the Pub again for the evening meal and decided to make our own decisions on the way to get home on the next day.

Richo and Barbara’s luck was still out, suffering a tyre blow out on the way home and most of saw at least some heavy rain on the run back after having had three dry days.

We did well over 920km in the three days and saw some great roads, some lovely flowers, plus we ate and drank far too much. The consensus was we need to do more of this, and thanks go to the Priors and Pavlinovichs for their efforts in organising a great event.

Alan & Judy Davenport


Nineteen inch Radials for the MG TC

Bridgestone Ecopia 500 series – 155/70/19R

Some years ago in the US, I spotted a new small car with skinny 19” wheels. It turned out to be a BMW i3 electric car. On return to Australia I did some research, to find the tyres were 155/70/19”R.

Over subsequent months and years, whenever I located these tyres there was always only one available in the whole country.

Meanwhile, my Dunlop B5s were rapidly wearing thin, then we got the news that no more were to be made, and my experience with the several copies available has not been good. I don’t mind 16” wheels on my Café Racer but not on my 600,000+ mile TC which, apart from a few sojourns across Australia and back has always been on 19”s in the 62 years I have owned and driven it. This led to a renewal of interest in the BMW tyres known to me as Bridgestone Ecopia 500 155/70/19R.

My local Bridgestone outlet (on Canning Hwy Victoria Park) was most helpful in finding some 23 of these tyres in South Australia. Armed with this information I bit the bullet and ordered one to try. Off came the old Dunlop B5 and on went the 19” radial, an easy fit. It looked the business although the diameter was a bit smaller and it did look a bit modern, but overall I liked it and ordered the other 3. A week later they arrived and all 4 went on to TC/9491. The tyre itself was soft and compliant and needed the minimum of balancing weights. Spinning them up on the front of the jacked up car was the first revelation – they were round! A tentative brisk run around the block and a brief run down the freeway had me convinced they were going to be good.

A Club run followed on the weekend involving a spirited 60 miles or so over undulating, twisty roads. Running with 30psi front and 32 rear, I could not believe the difference: It was like riding on air, the car felt like it was on rails (to coin a phrase), more stable than I’ve ever experienced, and pulled the car up beautifully when a panic stop presented itself. I’ve yet to try them in the wet, but I bet they are going to perform better than anything in my Dunlop past.

If you are interested in purchasing these tyres, contact Mike Sherrell on his mobile.

2022 National Meeting

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Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival 2022 - It's a date: 19 to 25 September 2022

Please find attached the first newsletter of the Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival 2022. With the extraordinary interest in building cars for the event, our first newsletter deals mainly with the type of cars which make the Red Dust Revival a great event.

Planning is now underway. With Variety from the Goldfields coming on board I think the next Red Dust Revival will be the best yet!