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BETA BONKERS run to Ellender Estate

I named the run “Beta Bonkers” thinking no one would take me too seriously, but as it turned out that’s exactly what happened when 5 x Beta coupes, 1 x beta Spyder and 1 x Beta Montecarlo showed up.
Michael Southgate was there to join us for the run in his lovely Flavia as well, just to break up the monotony.

Breakfast was at the BP truck stop in Rockbank . It was a great opportunity for a group photo and some eyeing off of all the cars present in-between bacon and egg toasties.

The run headed up to Glenlyon , just outside of Daylesford. Of course we took the back roads off the main hwy at Greendale and then towards Trentham. The drive towards Blackwood was extremely enjoyable with lots of twists and turns and undulations to really put the Beta’s thru their paces.

We decided to start the run a bit later this time, and not stop for a coffee break, which was really difficult after passing the Red Beard Bakery in Trentham and smelling the fresh bread and coffee wafting thru the cabrio of the spyder. None the less onward and upward to Ellender Estate. Upon entering the estate I got the shock of my life when no less than a dozen Kangaroo’s hopped right across the driveway as we were entering. All I could think about was my shiny new red duco was not going to fair well if one of these animals misplaced a hop or two. Thankfully they were very respectful and avoided all cars.

Graham and Jenny Ellender were fantastic hosts, with wine tasting of their own wine’s from chardonnay’s to Pinot’s , all grown and bottled onsite.
Entrée consisted of local produce platters of antipasta , meats and cheeses, with local home made sourdough that was just divine. Lunch was a mixture of pizza’s cooked in a 400deg wood fire oven for 30sec again topped with local produce. Absolutely no one went hungry as the pizza’s kept coming until we could take no more.

The day wrapped up about 2.30pm and all agreed we could not leave without a Trentham coffee so we decided to head back.
The first bit of trouble was my Spyder. Having been her maiden long trip, it was impossible to be all smooth sailing. And so the gremlins struck immediately when turning the ignition, there was absolutely nothing! What the @#*&@. A few panicked taps on relays and jiggling of wires and plugs under the fuse box yielded results with everything coming back alive. Phew dodged a bullet.
Having arrived in Trentham, another beta owner mentioned he was on vapours not having noticed his fuel gauge the whole trip. A quick scurry around found a servo about a kilometre away. Bullet No2 dodged. The 3rd bullet came from the Montecarlo, when trying to restart her again after coffee showed a complete electrical short! This was not good. We quickly disconnected the battery and she reset but would not start. With a small crowd of town folk gathering, we asked them to put down their beers for a moment and give us a push start. With a splutter she fired back to life. Terrific News for all.

It just proved that no matter what happens there is always a quick fix to get you going. Now try applying that theory to new cars if they break down. Don’t Think So ..

Hats off to our new member Rodney Bartolo and his first ALR outing in his 81 Silver beta coupe . He definitely gets the award for longest day drive having come from Mt Martha covering about 450km for the day.

It was a real pleasure organising the day out and hope to see everyone and more Beta’s at the Castlemaine festivities in OCT.

Angelo Monteleone

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VSCC 24-Hour Trial 2015

Team 5: Vincenzo Lancia’s Larrikins

Four Pre-War Lancia’s made up one of nine teams in this year’s 24 Hour Trial hosted by the Vintage Sporting Car Club (Vic).  This Event is held every second year and encourages all-comers to form a teamand compete over a 24 hour period in a “Trial” resulting in a winner (naturally) who will be victorious and take on the task of organizing and planning the next bi-ennial event.

“Trials” of approximately 3-4 hour duration are staggered over the period. Team members gather information as they drive through the day and/or night with the assistance of the ‘Navigator”. “Sleep is optional”. Depending on the success of these tasks, points are awarded (or deducted) and a winner is announced the day after the challenge commenced.

Team Lancia, lead by ALR member John Brenan, did not disgrace on this occasion. Second overall and first in the Pre-War class.

Together with John’s 4th Lambda, Mark McKibbin (6th California Top) and I drove our Lambda’s. In between marshaling commitments, (AND NO SLEEP) Andrew (Coxy) Cox flung his 1938 Aprilia around with gusto. Our navigators were David Couper, Daniel Clarke, Alec Redpath and Andrew McDougall. Of course they deserve ALL the credit. Sleep deprived, all we as drivers had to do was point the Lancia in the direction most suitable…

Fellow Lancisti Rob Alsop navigated for Uncle Mark for one of the opposition teams… Rob’s 1919 Kappa will attend a future 24-hour trial without question. In the meantime, a ride back to Melbourne in the back of my Lambda was agreeable, according to the two thumbs up!

Iain Simpson

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