August run to Paracombe Premium Perry. (Pear farm)

Congratulations must go to Duane for this month’s run. We were joined by the usual crowd with 3 saloons and 2 Tr6s. It would have been nice to see a few more in the convoy though. The run did start off at a VERY slow pace but that was to make sure that we stayed in line and no one got lost. The run took us through some great roads that we have not ventured down much, if not at all. I did think that getting over 40 Klms per hour was going to be a challenge, but as we hit the hills and winding roads the engine and shocks got a work out.
Not only did we get a good turnout but Duane was able to pull off what can be one of the best presentations held by a local business that we have seen.
Damian from “Paracombe Premium Perry” (Pear farm for the uneducated) was very inviting well versed on his produce and just very open to our group.
Yes it was cold but as we arrived they took coffee orders from all that wanted warm hands and Mark the local Barista delivered a very nice cuppa.
Damian presented us with a very informative tour of what they produced, how it all started and the finer details of preserving, caring for and delivering a range of produce from what I thought was a very simple fruit.

It was interesting to see how Damian has continued to run the family business. Moving back home in 2010 he took over from his father and moved to modernise the output with some overseas machines and also turned his skill in inventing line processes that not only work well but out shine off the shelf machinery.
The site started in 1932 by his grandfather and it has stood the test of time. Handed down through generations and is now managed and run by Damian and his wife Amelia.

They were also helped on the day by Pam who was just as welcoming.
The Triumph line of cider started back in the 1800s and after sampling all of the alcoholic and plain juices we were given a clear sample to try that you could run your car on.

After 2 hours of conversation Coffee and question and answers we said our thankyous purchased some pears and bottled produce and farewelled our hosts.
We were back in the cars and after a short trip up the road met at the Cudlee Creek hotel for a $10 roast lunch.
I think the day went very well and after we all said good bye for the day Raelene and I went on a bit further to the Cudlee Café for a final Coffee and met up with Wilhelm Galler and his wife. Last year’s winner of the annual “All Triumph Observation Run” that is to be held on Sunday 15th October. No secrets were handed over just that this year’s run is in the final stages.
I hope to see as many Triumphs out on that day all challenging for the winner’s trophy.
It’s always great to meet up on the monthly runs and for me is a way to forget work, dust off the Triumph and just enjoy life with friendly people.
Thanks again to Duane and I’m looking forward to the next run.
Regards
Ian and Raelene Rigby.

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