SUNDAY, March 14 saw 38 Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge (ACCMB) members congregate at the home of ACCMB members, June and Terry Mabbitt for the clubs yearly fundraiser for the Cancer Council, following a 12 months break because of the COVID outbreak in 2020.
In perfect weather, members greeted each other in the backyard of the Mabbitts on Ross Road, Murray Bridge, where members viewed some of the 18 old and modern cars that members travelled in, with 10 of those cars being classic created the most interest.
With the initial chit chat and viewing complete, it was time for ACCMB members to assemble in June and Terry's large outdoor area, suitably arranged to meet current COVID regulations.
After members had found their tables and chairs, ACCMB Life Member Lyn West opened proceedings by welcoming all present to the gathering, and outlining the day's proceedings, including the serving of the morning tea, along with the midday sausage sizzle requirements for members.
To celebrate the Biggest Morning Tea, individual plates of jam and cream scones were served followed by tea and coffee, during this coordinator Lyn West outlined the collection point for donations , of which a grand total of $240 was raised .
Something different this year, was the display of items of interest made or collected by ACCMB members, these items ranged from paintings, dolls, jewelry, craft items of rings and woodcraft, enameled car badges, rocks, a "piston broke" trophy and a collection of working scaled steam engine and trains.
The engine and train display exhibit was worthy of a mention, put together by ACCMB members, Jan and brother Milton Hall, inherited from their late 97 year old father, Kenneth Hall. These models are scaled down, working models which Ken totally built, to which all credit is given for a magnificent display of workmanship.
Following morning tea and the viewing of the rooms of display items, the sausage sizzle took place with members receiving their meals , cooked to perfection and served by individual ACCMB members.
With the afternoon drawing to a close, ACCMB Past President and Life Member John Courtney thanked June and Terry Mabbitt, Lyn and Tom West along with Myra Wright for their involvement in the staging of another great get together, this time not interrupted too much by COVID.
It is hoped that the ACCMB like must other clubs and organisations can resume their monthly meetings and outings in the future.
-Details: Prospective members are welcome to attend monthly meetings and for more details, contact Trevor Wehrman 0437815782 or check out the club website autocollectorsmurraybridge.com