20th May 2022

Hello from your President Kerry Benson

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Hello to all,

There are only 4 meetings until our AGM. We have 431 members now. Quality events are organised and published for your enjoyment by people who give their time and expertise for the benefit of all members. Covid has made some things difficult but we have persevered to make things happen for your benefit.

Your participation shows us that you have joined as a club enthusiast and not just for financial gain. Our records show we have a solid core of active members who make events a pleasure and we are proud of them. If we haven’t seen you this financial year, please join us. Our free après meeting supper and drinks are a real hubbub of social activity.

Forthcoming meetings reminder & AGM prep.

June 1: Meeting – Notice of AGM
July 15: Meeting
July 29: Meeting

July 1: Wakefield Pk race Day
July 6: Meeting – Closure committee nominations 13 Annual General Meeting
July 13: Gen meeting – new committee.

Membership renewal process NB Dave is retiring after 6 years as Membership secretary and we need a replacement with some spreadsheet skill and ability to deal with new membership applicants. Contact a committee member if interested.

Our auction for a race track day was finalised on 18 May at our meeting. Thanks to Belrose Rotarians, Warren McGurgan and auctioneer, Brian Fairweather for their input. Winners with a combined bid of $1340 were an excited Linda Upton and David Cawthorn who are in for a great experience.

Unique Vehicle Day Royal Motor Yacht Club 15 May. Report from Jaz Rowntree, organiser, RMYC.

"I am excited to say that we raised $2908.75 from the event. The Club will also be putting $5,000 towards the cause, so a total of $7908.75 will be donated to the charities involved."

Bear Cottage $3955.00
Marine Rescue Broken Bay $1977.50
Marine Rescue Cottage Point $1977.50

Many thanks to all who participated – entrants, judges and volunteers (marshals, gatekeepers) and made it a great success!

2022 Unique Vehicle Awards

Thanks to judges: Stuart Dunbar, Rodney Forbes, Bob Forbes, Andy Murray

Vintage Display (pre 1945 original)
Runner up Henry Kalazich (Chevrolet Confederate)
Winner Henry Kalazich (Singer Le Mans)

Early Classic (1945-1970 original)
Runner up Peter Friedman (Ford Thunderbird)
Winner Darren Banks (Chevrolet Belair)

Late Classic (1971-1992 original)
Runner up Mike Muir (Honda Civic)
Winner John Udobicic (Ford Cobra)

Modern (1993-current original)
Runner up Terry Crawford (Fiat Abarth Spider)
Winner Ken Noble (Shelby GT 500)

Runner up Jack Evans (HJ Kingswood)
Winner David Lafleur (Chrysler Charger)

Hot Rod Display
Runner up Kevin Banks (Ford T Bucket)
Winner Bob Miles (34 Coupe & Dodgem)


Vintage Pre 1945
Runner up Tom Hall (AJS)
Winner Tom Hall (Triumph)

Classic (1945-1992)
Winner Rodney Forbes (Honda Chopper)

Runner up David Pryce-Jones (Lawn Mowers)
Winner Trevor Goodacre (Stationary Engine)

Commodore’s Choice Award
Winner Peter Friedman (Ford Thunderbird)

Bob Radnidge Memorial Perpetual Trophy – Best Vehicle at Show
Winner - Kerry Benson 1925 Sunbeam 20/60 saloon

Kerry Benson - President

Events Update from your Vice President David Cawthorn

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Weather continues to play havoc with our Events Calendar, so it is extra imperative that members check the website in case of late changes. Our scheduled run this Sunday to Café Sasanqua Glenorie is off due to heavy rain predicted. Not good for convertibles! Unfortunately too, I tried to reschedule, however they are closing for good next weekend. So do lookout for a replacement in the area down the track.

Due to the Hit Café North Narrabeen being such a ‘hit’ last time, this will be our new regular default café in the event of significant weather.

Last Sunday the rain held off and we had a very successful Unique Vehicle Show at RMYC, a big shout out thank you to all our club volunteers for contributing to the day, and congratulations to all the winners.

The Michael Andrews Trophy for 2021/2022 only has 6 weeks to go, before another winner is crowned and awarded not only the trophy for the best PMEA participation in the past year, but also a terrific dining prize. And don’t forget, your Committee has approved that for the first time this year and following years, prizes will also be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place.

This year it is neck and neck, so come along to earn your points and bring your classic to be awarded extra points. Those wonderful club volunteers who help out are also awarded extra points.

A few upcoming out of town Events that PMEA members may wish to participate in are:

SAT 28 MAY ‘Coasting the Coast’
Old Berowra/Cowan Toll gates to Swansea, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM via the Old Pacific Highway. Open to all vintage vehicles over 25 years old. Cars, trucks and buses all welcome. Depart 9am sharp from the old Berowra toll area. Lunch available afterwards at Swansea Workers Club.
Further information contact Guy Ellis (Central Coast Vintage Drivers Club) on 0414 182 010


SUN 19 JUN Euro MotorFest Display Day
Foreshore Park, Wharf Rd Newcastle 8.30am-1.30pm. Entry fee $10. To display, register prior with Ian Ashton 0429592823 or email

SAT 30 JUL All British Display Day
Foreshore Park, Wharf Rd Newcastle 9am-2pm. To display, register prior with Denis Shanahan

Mid-year over winter is a busy time for car clubs and events in general, don’t forget to check them all out on Classic Car Gurus


THIS SUNDAY 22nd May: Hit Café, 2 Malcolm St North Narrabeen (above Surf Club)

Late change to this venue due to predicted weather. Depart as usual Mona Vale Library carpark at 8am or go direct to venue. Plenty of tables all under cover. 

Parking: Both Council pay and display (free with NBC sticker), one in Malcolm St by the beach, or new additional carpark just over the bridge off Ocean St. Or street parking nearby.

Sunday 5th June: Bella Vista Café, North Head

Formally North Fort Cafe, this popular scenic cafe is now called Bella Vista.

Wonderful district views towards South Head and the harbour. Large undercover deck and seating outside with umbrellas. Small amount of inside tables as well. The free limited parking at the rear.

Wednesday 15th June: Mid Month Brunch Run, Sandy Bear Cafe, Clontarf Marina

Fantastic café on waterfront with great atmosphere. Terrific views. Plenty of outdoor tables with shaded umbrellas. Situated adjacent to Clontarf Reserve.

Check STOP PRESS day prior and website if the weather is in doubt for this one.


Sunday 28th August: MG Run & BYO Picnic, Sous Le Soleil at Roseville Park

I am trying something new with our first PMEA BYO picnic featuring MG cars in Roseville Park, surrounding the historic 'The Firs" cottage.
PMEA have heaps of MGB's, and of course MGA's, Sprites and others, so get your driving gloves out, hat on, roof down and enjoy the drive with your fellow MG'ers!!

Hopefully the sun will be shining. In the event of rain, it will be postponed.

Of course as always, every other brand is welcome too, just don't get in the way of the MG parade on the way!!

Don’t forget

IF you can’t attend an event after you have booked, please let us know! Preferably cancel via the website, (there is a ‘Can’t Go’ link, just click on it and complete, it’s just below the orange RSVP Button on each Event page). If you have difficulty, contact me directly.

Businesses rely on knowing numbers in advance for large groups for staffing and catering purposes.

IF you have difficulty booking online and wish to attend an Event, please contact me and I will book you in.

PMEA also have now available newly designed FREE windscreen information sheets for members to display on their vehicles. If you would like one for your vehicle/s, please contact me. They will be available at the next meeting and run. And of course, these go well with our PMEA windscreen banners, which are available for the bargain price of $25. Please contact our regalia officer Linda Upton to purchase.

Keep those wheels turning!!

David Cawthorn
Vice President and Events