IN the era before the V8 Supercars and the once a year overnight dash by exotica the famous Mt Panorama circuit was home to the Easter race meeting that for the most part attracted a vast selection of home grown specials.
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And much of the program was filled with specials based on perhaps the best known sports car marque of that time, the legendary MG.

MG specials came in all shapes and sizes and with varying degrees of success and today the survivors bring big money on the classic car market.

This weekend classic MGs return to Bathurst for the Fifth Biennial Pre-War MG National Meeting.

It is expected that more than 65 vehicles will take part, coming from all over Australia and possibly overseas.

Among them an MG NE series imported to Australia to compete in the 1938 Australian Grand Prix at Bathurst.

It failed to finish but came third the following year in the Easter Bathurst 100 (that, by the way, is 100 miles).

Its current owner is bringing the car from Perth.

The cars will be on display outside Bathurst Court House from 9am to midday on Saturday and will then take part in activities at Mt Panorama and various club runs organised by the MG Car Club.

A MORE RELAXED ERA: Believe it or not this was the ‘pit area’ at Mt Panorama in the late 1950s-60s — just find a spot in the paddock beside pit straight. Among the most successful of the MG specials were those prepared by Bathurst enthusiasts Warren Blomfield and (pictured) Max Rowling. The immaculately prepared specials also enjoyed successes at the old Mt Druitt circuit that operated at that time before being swamped by urban sprawl. lm102313mg

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G’day there. Next Friday, November 1, is CWA’s second last meeting for the year. This will commence at 10am, 9.30am for a cuppa. Helen Jeffery will give a lingerie demonstration along with a combined luncheon after the meeting. A decision will be made about our Christmas party which will follow the December 3 meeting.
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A very disappointing 10 members attended our AGM on October 4. I believe (being one of the absentees) not all positions of office were filled. Hopefully a larger number will attend next Friday.

Words of Wisdom: Most stress is caused by three things: Money, Family, and Family with no Money!

Chin Wagger Adella

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Bridge was held in Trangie last Monday.
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First session North/South winners were Judy Knight and Phyllis Logan. Runners-up were Robyn Jones and Brenda Carter.

First session East/West winners were Kerrie Readford and Larraine Harrison. Runners-up were Jill Irving and Janet Mackinnon.

Second session North/South winners were Ted McCulloch and Elizabeth McKay. Runners-up were David and Helene Lander.

Second session East/West winners were Peter Perry and Rosalie Woods. Runners-up were Carol King and Lynne Armstrong.

Overall winners were Judy Knight and Phyllis Logan. Runners-up were Peter Perry and Rosalie Woods.

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GIVING SIGHT: Local optometrist Elise Pocknee is taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge this month.LOCAL optometrists Phil and Elise Clem and Craig Farmer of Eyre Eye Centre are again taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge this month to raise awareness about avoidable blindness and vision impairment.
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On World Sight Day, October 29, they will donate their eye exam fees to global charity Optometry Giving Sight and hold a celebration to help the more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.

“I have proudly supported Optometry Giving Sight for seven years,” Mrs Pocknee said.

“The World Sight Day Challenge is a very positive campaign because preventable blindness is a solvable problem.

“Most people are surprised to learn that just $5 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an underserved community.

“Everyone can make a difference.”

Eyre Eye Centre was one of the top 10 contributors to the challenge last year, thanks to community donations as well as the money from eye exams.

This year’s World Sight Day Challenge will feature new ‘people power’ wristbands and build a wall of bricks to encourage everyone who visits Eyre Eye Centre to make a donation and publicly show their support.

People can donate on or before October 29 by visiting Eyre Eye Centre or calling 8682 4566.

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MIINDALA will hold a Remembrance Ceremony to mark All Souls Day, or what is called in Mexico, the Day of the Dead, on Saturday, November 2.
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The event will take place from 4pm to 5.30pm in the ‘market grounds’, the park adjoining the big car park behind the Memorial Hall in Bellingen. There will be a ritual remembering and the Bundagen Choir will contribute to the ceremony.

Bring a candle in a glass jar, photos, letters or other memories of your loved one, and a chair or cushion to sit on around the outdoor fire. There will be refreshments afterwards. This ceremony will bring us together as a community to remember all the people we have loved and lost and to acknowledge the many other significant losses we can experience in life.

All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead are traditionally used in many countries around the world and this year the theme is ‘Continuing Bonds’. This gathering will be hosted by the Miindala Bellingen, Coffs and Nambucca shires chapter of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) and is open to the whole community.

Miindala coordinator Anna Chetan Bloemhard said: “Occasions such as this offers us the opportunity to share and support each other in celebrating the continuing bonds that we feel with those who have died.”

Miindala is a volunteer service offering emotional and spiritual support to people facing a life threatening situation (and their family and carers) and support to people who are suffering bereavement from the death of a loved person or any of life’s major losses.

Miindala is not associated with any religious organisation or philosophical outlook.

For further inquiries about Miindala or the this particular event, phone Anna Chetan on 0448 084-92.

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