A Brief History of the Adelaide Hills Motor Restorers Club
Well, it all started over a couple of beers in the Great Eastern Hotel, Littlehampton early in 1984.Talk about starting a new club spread amongst a few car enthusiasts and Steve Bowes (the Publican) placed an
advertisement in the local paper, "The Courier” inviting members of the public to meet at the Car Park of the Littlehampton Hall for an inaugural meeting to be held on 23rd February 1984. Hey! The result was pretty good and 29 people attended. The attendance list includes the following current members: Adrian Probert, Peter Macrow, Michael Sheehan, Brian Walsh and Bob Weidenhofer.
THE ADELAIDE HILLS MOTOR RESTORERS CLUB IS SET UP
A steering committee was formed which comprised: Malcolm Wicks, Ken Butler, Bob Upton, Rex Cameron, Jim Clarke and Steve Bowes. The committee met on 1st March and established the name of the club and its goal of catering for vehicles, motor cycles and stationary engines of any age, make or model. The decision to keep the club open to engine and machinery collectors was influenced by Kevin Woolard and by other engine enthusiasts. The steering committee even got to consider a constitution which shows how advanced they were!
The inaugural club meeting was held on 22 March 1984 and a committee to organise club affairs was elected. The inaugural club run was to Malcolm Wicks’ property at Balhannah and that took place on Sunday 29th April. Members brought BYO picnics and the Museum and Historic Car Club Collection were inspected followed by a visit to the Nursery. The club re-enacted this run during the twentieth anniversary of the Club in 2004.
Club affairs soon settled down with meetings held on the third Thursday of each month at the Littlehampton Hall initially and later at the Littlehampton School. A competition was held for the design of a newsletter cover/logo and the prize went to Ron Luck although the ultimate logo, which we are all familiar with, was devised by Malcolm Wicks late in 1984. In January 1985 the newsletter first bore the logo and also its new name of "Tappet Chatter”. This journal has played an important role in the club and has kept members up to date with events and amused us with articles that reflect its name!