Taralga Lunch Run

08 May 2018 / Report and photos: Kerry Evans

On 29 April 2018, on a cloudy and cool Canberra morning, we met at McDonalds at Epic for our run to lunch at the Taralga Hotel. Our first problem of the day was to find parking for all of the cars for the pre-run brief. This was done by diverting everyone into Epic itself (Tony’s idea, thanks Tony).

We started with 18 vehicles in two groups. Tony leading the second group (thanks again Tony). We proceeded to Bungendore and picked up another two vehicles, which took the total to 20 vehicles and 38 people. The scenery from Canberra was beautiful with many trees in their autumn hues. At Goulburn we split into two groups for coffee at The Roses café and Goulburn Services Club. We regrouped and picked up two more vehicles (Tony and Rob). We now had 22 vehicles in the group and unfortunately, whilst regrouping on the outskirts of Goulburn a large RV got in front of us and kept us from really enjoying the road from Goulburn to Taralga although the front 5 cars managed to overtake once through the windy section. We finally reached our lunch stop at the Taralga Hotel a picturesque old building in a small town which was a busy historical site and very busy centre in the rich wool days.

The staff at the pub were excellent providing first class meals for 42 people. After lunch and photos outside the pub our large group travelled via Laggan, Crookwell, Gunning, Gundaroo, Sutton and finally home. The road and scenery were fantastic, except for the two lots of road works north of Sutton (which were not there when Tom Ballard and I did a recce run). The rain held off till Gundaroo and the sunset to the west was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. As always we had a great day with like-minded people and fantastic little cars, many thanks to everyone for a most enjoyable day. Rob Wilkins who has joined many runs has, as usual, taken some fantastic photos and they are on the Canberra MX5 Facebook page.