Murray Bridge car collectors start 2020 with pizza

Almost as quickly as the Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge's last year finished, it was time for the club to herald in its program for 2020 with its annual pizza night hosted by life members John and Vicki Courtney on January 17.

Members and quests started arriving from about 5pm and, while being welcomed by the Courtneys and their friendly dog Kasey, set up their tables and chairs around the veranda and lawn area of the house.

Fifty-one members gathered in pleasant, cool evening conditions, sitting around chatting about Christmas, the new year and generally chewing the fat about what 2020 would bring for the ACCMB and the outside world.

Jerry Wilson, sporting a nice new black eye for the occasion, couldn't stop smiling and talking about his latest rejuvenation project: his bright yellow 1952 Porsche 356 sedan, now painted a magnificent silver.

This vehicle, along with 12 other classics, was parked in the gardens of the Courtneys' house overlooking the lagoon alongside the mighty Murray, creating a show for all to view as they arrived.

As the first delivery of pizzas arrived, chatter almost ceased while members indulged in their favorite food, which proved you can't eat and talk at the same time.

This was repeated as the second delivery took place.

There were 16 pizzas in all, followed by generous pieces of watermelon and pineapple served by Mrs Courtney.

With the evening conditions beginning to cool somewhat, the president's wife Liz had to break out her Little Red Riding Hood beanie and coat, and what a fashion statement that made among those present.

Queenslanders Darryl and Kaye Bretag, holidaying back in their old home town, were no strangers to many members and once again enjoyed the ACCMB's friendly hospitality.

President Claude Minge thanked the hosts yet another successful pizza night.

Many lady members then found themselves wondering where their spouses had disappeared to; but word soon came through via the Courtneys' shed, which housed a vintage intercom system, that the men - and some women petrol heads - were viewing the restoration progress of one 1929 Dodge DA Budd sedan, while others spent time viewing the memorabilia room as unrest brewed among some of the frozen lady members.

It was obvious that the party was nearing an end when ladies were seen carrying chairs toward their classic vehicles, this being a sign for the men to "come now or walk home".

A good night was had by all who attended.

The ACCMB meets in the Johnstone Park community complex over a cup of coffee and biscuits on the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm.