Yet another excellent Muster has come and gone: our 13th. How can it be that when they’re two years apart, they arrive so quickly (and seem to be gone even faster)? Well, the 2013 Muster in Junee was as enjoyable as ever. This time we had vehicles from every State, over 40 in total, and with over 80 people attending this was our largest gathering yet.
Though most people now arrive earlier, Easter Friday is officially �arrivals day� and gives a good opportunity to clean cars, do any necessary maintenance, catch up with old friends and make new ones, and generally relax. We finished the day with a BBQ and a short briefing on the next day’s activities by Frank, our National Coordinator.
Bright and early on the Saturday morning, we all gathered for our major run of the Muster: to Temora and the Aviation Museum. The trip was easy running for about 80km on uncrowded country roads and, as always, it was great watching the stream of little Renaults. We had specially allocated parking at the airport (needed because a major event called NatFly for light aviation enthusiasts is also held at Easter) and were taken for an interesting guided tour of the museum. While many people admired our cars we had lunch and were able to wander around the airport apron. We also were treated to a very impressive aerobatic display by some Pitts Special aircraft. On our return to Junee the day finished in style with our traditional AGM and dinner in the historic Junee Railway Dining Room.
Sunday began with a trip to �Monte Cristo�, supposedly Australia’s ‘most haunted house’. Then it was back to Junee for a very enjoyable counter lunch at the Red Cow Hotel before heading out to the Junee railway museum and Roundhouse. It seems an interest in other forms of transport goes hand-in-hand with classic car ownership.
As time came for people to return home, our final event on the Monday was a visit to Junee’s award winning �Licorice Factory�. It goes somewhat beyond just a sweet making plant, with a coffee lounge, tours and talks, and is generally a very pleasant place for a visit. While there, we recalled that the first of our Musters will have been held 25 years ago next year (when we are not holding one), so we made an impromptu line of participants and cars present at that first gathering in Canberra back in 1989.
And that brought the official events of our Muster to a close, with some participants driving home- some for thousands of kilometers. Others lingered a little longer. It had been another enjoyable time – now we look forward to the next in Forbes, NSW in 2015. Finally, here are some more photos that didn’t quite fit in earlier in this page.