After a day of near 46 degree heat, 55 keen Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge (ACCMB) members met on January 19 at the home of hosts John and Vicki Courtney, club life members, and their dog Kasey for the annual New Year Pizza night.
It was great to see some of the newer ACCMB members also make an appearance, with Maria Chandler, Martyn Purchase, Ron and Avril Gartrell, Raelene and Colin Wegener make it it along to their first Pizza night.
All but three members drove their modern air conditioned cars, while the others braved the heat like in the “olden days” with four windows open and travelling at 60 miles per hour.
On arrival, some early members took refuge in John and Vickie’s air conditioned residence for a short time, eventually moving outside under the shade of the verandah with a slight breeze coming through.
The usual banter which took place amongst members extended to what they had been brought by Father Christmas, where they had spent Christmas before greeting each other with a “Happy New Year.”
Setting up tables and chairs was a marathon for any latecomers looking to find shade.
But it all eventually settled and beginning to enjoy nibbles and drinks with host John making the announcement at 6:30pm that the delivery of eight pizzas had arrived.
Members enjoyed the wide variety of pizzas on offer, and with mouths full, chatting “dried-up” momentarily allowing one to hear themselves think again.
It was great to see life members Neil and Mary Schubert out and around again, with Neil sporting his usual dry sense of humour after his recent health issues.
Then almost as soon as the first sitting had taken place, the second round of pizzas were delivered, and by this time a very welcome mild cool change had swept through the gathering, making outdoor dining conditions more pleasant for those who had braved the hot weather.
After the evening meal Vickie, in true restaurant style, passed around plates of watermelon and pineapple for members to enjoy.
Like most events, all good things must come to an end, so as quick as the evening came, it went.
Upon leaving guests said their goodbyes and thanks to the hosts for the wonderful evening that had been put on for members to catch up and enjoy one another’s company.
The ACCMB welcomes current and new members to it’s first meeting for 2018 on February 6 at the ACCMB clubrooms at Johnstone Park Community Complex.
For prospective members seeking a full contact list visit http://autocollectorsmurraybridge.com/contact/