Bellett 50th Anniversary
The 2013 Carnival was the ICCA premier event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Isuzu Bellett that was launched in June 1963. It was a great success with fine weather, although a little windy from time to time. The Australia Day event offered us new challenges and pleasures each time and with over twenty cars and utes displayed and everyone had a really great day. This NSW Government sponsored event seems to improve every year and the ICCA members do enjoy going to this show.
As with the old Motorfest we assembled the Club display cars early in the Domain car park and whilst waiting sampled the local Lions super BBQ breakfast and coffee. The cars left in convoy at about 9.30 AM for the display location where we would be spend the rest of the day. The race cars and trailer cars had already set up at 7AM in the display location in Macquarie Street. This year we had a primary position in Macquarie Street, just up down from the corner of Hunter Street. Included in the Club participants this year we had the some Queensland members Greg and Liz Moller with Liz’s Wasp and the Grice’s from Albury who had a Bellett GT and Florian to make a pair with the Smith car. We also had out the very nice Degnan Gemini and the Crozier Gemini race car and the two Warren Gore, before and after Wasps that drew lots of attention. Ian Frank brought along the Piazza and the Gary Carter 117 rounded out the later Isuzu vehicles on display.
In all, the ICCA club displayed 6 Bellett GT’s, 5 Bellett PR20 Sedans, 3 Wasps, 2 Florians, 2 Geminis, the 117 and the Piazza. A great display for the 50th Anniversary. The location was opposite the State Library which provided good exposure for the cars and utes. This year we had also support from Isuzu Ute who provided D Max banners that we used to delineate our display area. All the race cars, sedans, Wasps and road cars on display were great and the variety and presentation attracted lots of pokers, stories and interest.
In addition to those already mentioned we had cars from Jack Curtis, Neville Hannah, Maurice’s, Amos, Millers, Smiths (Gary & Matt) & Bailey along with lots of members, old and new dropping by to catch up or reminisce on the good times. It was good to see Roslyn Gore, Gary Butcher and also Peter Schroeder from BCCV who also called in on the day.
At the end of the day we packed up and formed a convoy that headed via the M5 to the AGM and a BBQ dinner. We had an equally successful Annual General Meeting after the BBQ with election of Committee for the new 2013 year.
The October weekend in Coonabarabran was very well attended event with over 30 Belletts and GTs, some Wasps and a lone Florian. They came from Tasmania (yes, across on the ferry), Melbourne, Adelaide, Albury, Dubbo, Mudgee, Dunbogan, Bemboka, Gold Coast, Gladstone, Maryborough to converge at Coonabarabran for this well organised event.
Most were there by Friday afternoon with a group dinner at the local Bowls club. The invitee event officially started on Saturday morning with the rain holding off and temp warming up.
The Concourse and judging utilised the extensive Motel grounds but alas not the rules, followed then by a convoy drive to a nearby park to display the fleet to the locals. An afternoon group drive/hillclimb to Siding Springs Observatory saw the cars fill the entire car park. Evening meal was at the local Imperial Hotel with a very interesting talk by ICCA member Neville Hannah who used to sell and rally Belletts for New Guinea Motors in PNG with Keiran, Bond et al. More drinks and a Bellett Trivia Quiz later told some of us to study up better on Bellett and Wasp specs!
The Concourse line up included: 12 GT's, 21 sedans, 3 Wasp utes, 1 Florian. Sunday morning, rain and cold, Concourse and partisan trophy winners announced. The best Sedan was that of Gary Smith and the best real GT was that of Barry Magor. Modified entries were everywhere but by far the most interesting was the George Cole Wasp that was a genuine work of art compared to the other modified sedans, GTs and Wasps. Come to think of it his Sedan was not bad either.
The afternoon trip was to the local Wattagan Estate winery to sample some gear including Pop's Pilliga Piss, with all wines at $12 a bottle. Some of us stayed on here whilst the rest went to the Jockey Club or the local Bowls Club, an alternative dinner arrangements for that night. After a last peruse of others photo albums before departing some like myself had to steel up and get ready to drive the 750km home on Monday. A great weekend away at a great country town! Lewis