Newsletter No. 8 - Jan/Feb 2002
Paul McEwen a long time contact, has been keeping track of cars in Australia for many years. Just recently he sent me a report of a weekend event that featured a four Doretti gathering. The cars belonged to the following; Lewis and Jesse Maroya, chassis no.1273 from Goulburn, Chris and Merin Olson, chassis no.1198 from Bathurst, Jim and Maria Kennedy, chassis no.1263, from Leeton, and Paul and Sandra McEwen, chassis no.1261 from Canberra.
The annual TR Register of Australia Concourse was held in Canberra November 2nd to 4th 2001 on the lawns of the old Parliament House. On display were about 60 Triumph TR's and of course the four Swallow Doretti's. There was also a side-show of Stags, Dolomites, old motor-bikes and a beautiful 1934 Triumph Roadster.
On the Saturday evening the Dinner was held in the dining-room of the new Australian Museum and it turned out to be a great night. Early on Sunday morning the Doretti owners decided to have a garage crawl and by the time it was over, they had covered about 120 miles. First they visited Jim Kennedy's garage where he has an early E-type Jaguar, and a 1914 Hupmobile with acetylene lights and no front brakes - a very interesting car.
Paul's garage about 16 miles out of town was next. His current loves, after the Doretti of course, are a Mark 2 Jaguar and a red-hot deseamed Mini with adjustable suspension, a 1350 cc engine and a customised dash, etc. Unfortunately itís not finished yet but he has high hopes for next year.
The next stop thirty miles north was the Lavender Garden Tea Rooms in Lake Bathurst. Here the proprietor opened up his garage to reveal an MG TC, and as a coupe de grace, an MG M-type with a fabric-covered body. The MG was set on a revolving turntable and flanked by seven antique petrol bowsers. All were restored in their correct livery and colours and carried names like Total, Neptune, Golden Fleece, C.O.R., Atlantic and others all non-existent now, but real blasts from the past.
The group then drove another thirty miles north to Jesse and Lewis Maroya's place. Lewis obviously likes work because he has a lovely Triumph 2500 saloon and a TR4 both undergoing complete rebuilds. After a late afternoon tea prepared by Jesse, the quartet of cars set off for a quick sixty mile gallop back to Canberra to finish off a great weekend.
In the last report I neglected to mention that PON 419, chassis no.1147 has been used summer and winter, for the last three years as an everyday car by Josie Bishop. The car is not garaged and has lived in Leeds (at University), the Midlands and currently in Southend. Externally the car is really beaten-up and during all of Josieís ownership it has never had bumpers, grille, chrome strips, door handles or hub-caps. Mechanically the car is superb and Josie covers around 12,000 miles a year.
A rally for Black Country made vehicles and motorcycles has been arranged for Sunday 14th July 2002 at the Black Country Museum, Dudley. A multi-million pound re-development programme is now complete and the Museum is in the process of obtaining the Marston Heritage collection of Wolverhampton made cars and motorcycles and also the Patrick collection of historic vehicles. Is anyone interested in attending the rally?