We have just arrived home from a great weekend at the Pop the Top Festival at Jindera. Jindera, for the geographically challenged amongst us, is a small town just a few kilometres from the outskirts of Albury in NSW. The Pop the Top Festival is a weekend of fun for the owners of all types of convertibles ancient and modern.
On Friday, Jeanette and I met up with a small contingent of Vicmoggers (Garrretts, Duftys and Links) for lunch in the Gallery restaurant in Benalla before pressing on to our Motel for the weekend: The Quality Resort Siesta Motel at 416 Wagga Road Albury. I just have to give this place a huge plug. While it has been up a few years, it has been well looked after, is very clean and comfortable, the prices are reasonable and I don’t think you could find a more friendly and committed staff anywhere.
The food was great and the owner is a motoring enthusiast which perhaps explains that as well as being full of convertibles of all ages lining up to attend the Pop the Top Rally, there was also a large band of Bristols on a tour of Victoria and NSW.
We attended the welcoming reception, learnt about the next two days’ activities and caught up with the new MOCA President, Geoff Hollings, and his wife, Stephanie. Together our group then headed off to hit the bar at the Motel’s Bull Ring Restaurant and a very enjoyable meal followed.
Next morning we set off in convoy on a very picturesque tour which finished up at the Jindera sports grounds where, what best could be described as a carnival was in progress with families with masses of children everywhere. We along with all the other convertibles of all ages and types were parked on the Oval and we were joined by Martin and Sally Peet with their beautiful black and burgundy 4 seater bringing our total to 6 Morgans in all.
In a combined VICMOG/MOCA blitz the Morgans managed to win two of the six awards given and while our total numbers might have been pipped by the Escape Club contingent, Morgans were the most numerous of any manufacturer represented on the day.
We noticed as we were entering the Sports Grounds that their local car club is named the Morgan Country Car Club of Jindera. Mad Dan Morgan being a famous bushranger around these parts. This was too good an opportunity to miss so we set our cars up for a photo shoot. Getting into the spirit of things, the locals came up with a Mr Morgan who lives in the town. So here is our picture of Mr Morgan in front of six Morgans in front of the Morgan Country Car Club. You had better believe it. This really is Morgan Country.
After our triumph in the arena, we were brought back to earth with the Morganeers team coming last in the Trivia Competition on the Saturday evening. However, we recovered next day with another VICMOG/MOCA combined triumph with the Hollings and the Hardys being two of three equal top scorers on the Sunday observer run to Rutherglen.
This was a really fabulous weekend and the organizers did a really fantastic job of looking after us. Keep an eye out for next year’s dates. You really have try a Pop the Top experience.