Leyland P76 Owners of Queensland 2010
August Club outing
- Hi all
- What a good outing we had in August. We all met at Rogo and Pat’s place and about 9.30am there was the rumble
- of Daryl and Barbi Packam’s Bitter Apricot P as they pulled into the drive. This is a great looking car; with
- immaculate interior, chrome wheels and the motor having been done up. They drove their car from Perth when
- they relocated to Queensland but this was the first time our club members had seen it. We hope to see more of
- them and the car at future outings. Bob and Margaret Stonell arrived in their white Executive that they have
- recently purchased from Adrian. We also had the two Targas (Richard’s and mine as well as Rogo and Pat’s).
- Garth, Christine and family arrived in a Ford people mover and Stan and Margaret in their Hyundai (still waiting
- Rogo was our tour leader (a very responsible job) and we followed him in convoy through the country to
- Woodford where we were to stop at the Bakery at the end of town (Rogo really, really wanted a cream bun for
- smoko). The town was inundated with motorbikes (wow, bikers heaven to me) which caused Rogo to miss the
- stop. So, Rogo being Rogo, decided to do a left turn and back track with five vehicles following him. We were not
- fooled though. We saw the signs ONE WAY ONLY and of course it was the wrong way. We pulled up on the
- grass and parked our cars whilst Rogo and Bob continued the wrong way up the street in their cars. And to top it
- off just where they turned back onto the main street was the local police station. Rogo’s explanation was that the
- bakery was no longer there and this time he didn’t blame Pat. Well done Rogo, any more tricks up your sleeve?
- We had time for coffee and to get Rogo’s cream bun (from a new and very busy bakery) and discovered that there
- were no service stations in Woodford. We waited for Garth to cruise back 5km to fill his vehicle and then headed
- towards Kilcoy via Villenvue which was a reasonable road in most places but down to one bitumen strip in the
- middle of the road a couple of times. As other cars went past us they moved off the road so I decided why get the
- Targa dirty and stayed on the bitumen instead - a woman driver you say but I say a clever thinking driver. I
- remember doing that in the outbacks of Victoria a couple of years ago and am now wondering if they knew a
- woman was behind the wheel and took a wide berth!!! We arrived at Kilcoy and lined the cars up at the park facing
- the main road which was to be a good focal point later on we found out. There are no BBQs here but Rogo and Pat
- had their portable one as well as a gas hotplate in the boot just in case of such a situation like this. Thanks to some
- fine chef work from Daryl and Rogo which was backed up by the ladies with salads and buns we produced a good
- meal. After a relaxed chat and clearing everything away we were ready to head off around 3.30pm. Just as we were
- getting organised the local mechanic arrived and told us that a P76 owner was heading our way in his Country Cream Executive to have a look at our cars.
- The mechanic had seen the cars lined up in the park and driven to this
- gentleman’s place and told him. So, he and his wife decided to jump in their car and head down to see us.
- We met Col and Ethel who have been local residents of Kilcoy for over 60 years (since the war) and bought their
- car from new. They spotted it at the local show and were sold on the fact that it could fit a 44 gallon drum in the boot – obviously a farmer. Col is 86 and still driving his P76.
- Ethel is 92 and has now given up driving but loved the car and told me she put it through its paces driving it like a P76 V8 should be driven.
- As you would expect, the car is well used but in good condition with only one minor dent in the front guard which Col says was caused by
- the wife. He was pleased to have met us and we certainly enjoyed meeting them also.
- Another good outing with four Ps on tour for the day and our back up crew in modern vehicles until theirs are on
- the road. Interesting to note that of the six cars in total for this outing north west of Brisbane, three were from the
- Gold Coast.