Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast

June 20th saw another glorious day in paradise, well not quite. It was very cold and extremely windy but we still had a great day out. The 55-72 Queensland American Ford V8 club had invited us to join them on a cruise to the Queensland Air Museum.

Due to an early morning ‘sales ‘ commitment (one less 65 Tbird to garage and wash) we missed the first meeting point along the Gateway and then the second, however we only ended up being behind the scheduled arrival time.





When we arrived all present were enjoying a conducted tour by one of the aircraft museums on hand experts and were being treated to a very detailed description of everything on display inside and out.

A bit of history… Queensland Air Museum is a non profit society which was founded on 2nd June 1974 to preserve some of Australia’s rapidly disappearing aviation heritage and to serve the educational needs of the community. In the years that followed, QAM continued collecting aircraft and related material, although its development was frustrated by the lack of a permanent site, moving no fewer than 3 times to temporary sites around Brisbane. In 1986 the Caloundra Council invited the museum to relocate to Caloundra Aerodrome where a modern hangar was erected and where the museum remains today. QAM is the only community owned aviation museum in Queensland and nothing in the collection belongs to an individual member. The entire collection is deemed to be held in trust for the community.









Looking at what is involved in restoring an aircraft I’m sure the boys are all better off sticking with cars. A couple of the aircraft were opened up after the tour for us to get a better look. The old Douglas DC3 which was originally General Macarthur’s back in 1944 held the most interest. I was getting a little concerned when I found Helen and Lynne in the cockpit getting ready for takeoff, couldn’t even see the nose of the plane let alone where they were headed – they had lodged a flight plan with the authorities. I was assured by them that they were only seeking refuge from the cold and wind outside.










At lunch time, people could be found in between cars and hiding behind sheds in an endeavour to find a warmer place out of the wind. Once the feasts were finished everyone emerged once again to both take another look at the planes or the cars from the QAF V8 club and generally just catch up with as many people as possible. On the Tbird side of the list there were Terry and Lynne, Bill and Helen, Daz and Mindy, Johnny and Mark Leitch and of course Dennis and I. Arthur McGill and his grandsons made the trip down from Cooroy in his 62 Convertible, glad you could make it, also Lucky Phil (in uniform) came down from Gympie – a very pleasant surprise.













As everyone headed for home a few of us ventured further north to check out the Ettamogah pub (and Aussie World next door) a great destination for November’s annual “Yankee Doodle American Car Cruise” Overall the venue has something to offer everyone – eating areas inside and outside the Pub, musical entertainment and some fun stuff for the brave at heart including dodgem cars, a rollercoaster and similar scary rides. There are tamer rides for the littlies and what caught my eye was a large prize wall of soft cuddly toys behind the ‘put the ball in the clown’s mouth’, this one is more my speed.

The cruise home took just under an hour even after getting caught behind several cruising Austins along the highway. At 80k an Austin A30 is no longer cruising is flying! A big thank you to the QAF V8 Club for inviting us along on what proved to be a very interesting day out despite the cold weather.  Look forward to catching up with everyone again on the 4th July for the Independence Day Run to Atkinsons’s Dam.

Cheers Merron