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Thursday, 14 June 2012 01:06

Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival 2012

This year for the June long weekend we moved the venue from Gulgong to Grenfell so we could participate in the Henry Lawson festival.  The events for the weekend were planned as participation in the Grenfell Parade on the Saturday and then the Car Show in the Main Street of the town on the Sunday.

We left on Friday and motored down to Grenfell from Sydney via the Hume highway turning off at Yass and going west towards Grenfell via Boorowa.  Driving into Boorowa after the random breath test in the main street we could not help but notice a grey Florian and white Bellett parked on the other side of the road … outside Matt Smiths energy shop.  On further investigation we found Gary and Matt sitting in the sun.   After much chat and coffee we continued on into Grenfell.

Saturday.  It was cold in Grenfell with ice covering the car from the frost.  We headed up to the Grenfell parade assemble area and met with Gary Smith (Bellett), Gary Carter (117), Matt Smith (Florian) and the Amos Bellett GT/R.  All were registered and along with Tracy, Millie, Rhys and Julie we left the cars in the assembly area and went to the show, listen to some of the Henry Lawson poetry and took in the craft and exhibits.  The show extended over the whole town main street and it seemed everyone in Grenfell was involved.  I took the opportunity to acquire some quality McCullock chain saw spark plugs from the only hardware store to replace the special platinum plugs in the high CR GTR engine (12.5:1) that were running too cold with the new spark controller.

Much to see with buskers, stalls, the Chrysler Museum, machinery, unicycles and all manner of craft and food stalls.  The parade was underway at 1.30PM, opened by Dick Smith and surprise … the theme was Buy Australian.  We drove in convoy down the main street with the Club Isuzu signs on the doors with a large crowd for the entire length.  Great fun and many pleasant comments.  That night we had nice group dinner at the Railway Hotel (Gary wanted to remain in the Australian theme and stay away from that foreign food!).

Sunday saw the car show day and we set up just outside the main street our cars as we wanted to get away early and go the George Greene Iandra “Castle” at Greenthorpe that was rarely open and a must see tour.  The car show was fun and low stress with interesting cars and at about midday we left it and Grenfell and headed to the Greenthorpe pub for lunch and then onto the Iandra “Castle” … an impressive stone and early concrete structure with 26 bedrooms, battlements, stables and so on from the end of the 19th century.  Very interesting with open house and tours and packed with other tourists.  We were not the only ones who had this great idea!

After the “Castle” we headed off the Matts and Tracy’s place at Rye Park for some parts spotting, a warm fire, a great dinner and then home the next morning.  

A great Grenfell long weekend.