Auto Collectors Club celebrates first pizza night since 2021
For some, Friday the 13th is superstitious, but for the Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge (ACCMB), it heralded the start of yet another club year, with the first annual pizza night since 2021.
This post includes a contribution from Graham Edwards.
For pizza night hosts and ACCMB Life Members John and Vicki Courtney, it was good to return to almost a normal evening after Covid restrictions.
As one restrictive door closes, another one opens, and this one is not Covid, but the River Murray in flood.
As the Courtneys live near Avoca Dell, the riverfront road along the lagoon runs past their property where ACCMB members normally park their classic and modern vehicles for display in their adjoining front yard.
This part of John and Vicki’s front yard was intruded upon near the gateway by a couple of metres of water into that driveway.
So plan “B” had to be implemented, with ACCMB members entering their property via Torrens Road, parking in and around the shed, back yard and driveway.
For some members, the journey from the City of Murray Bridge to Eastside was not as easy as normal – with almost all river ferries out of action, the traffic on the old road bridge has increased significantly, combined with one-way traffic causing delays.
For ACCMB members, life’s challenges are all just in a day’s outing, as owning classic and vintage cars all come with their challenges at some stage or other.
But with all of the above taken care of, and with all 20 cars parked safely, 43 members and two children settled into the shaded back verandah/lawned area in warm but pleasant evening conditions, all seated around their tables and chairs.
The usual “chit chat” of local news took place, with the main topic this year being the 1956 versus 1974 and 2022/23 River Murray floods, with many of the older members turning the clock hands of history back to 1956.
Discussions became very quiet on arrival of 24 large pizzas, delivered courtesy of Pizza House new owner Noor, with all in attendance lining up for their fill, served by hosts Vicki and John Courtney, followed by the usual serving of pineapple and watermelon.
Following the thoroughly enjoyable meal, some members ventured into John’s shed and “memorabilia room” to view items of interest from the past that not only meant something to the Courtneys but to ACCMB members who recognised items of interest from their past as well.
Like with all good things, the evening drew to a close, with ACCMB members saying a big thank you to hosts John and Vicki for their hospitality and another successful pizza night.
If motoring is your passion, and you own or dream of owning an “historic motor vehicle” and want to join a successful, friendly, family-orientated, tried and proven 50-year-old club, then why not join the ACCMB first meeting for 2023 on 7 February at 7.30pm in the Johnstone Park Community Complex to check us out and learn about the social side of the club and the historic motor vehicle code of practice from our Registrars?
See you there or check out the club’s website autocollectorsmurraybridge.com for more details.
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