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THE QUARTERLY SOCIAL EVENING

EASTWOOD GOLF CLUB, LIVERPOOL ROAD, KILSYTH

Thursday, 15th November 2018

 

We had 9 members turn up for the last Social Evening of the year. Once again, we had a good meal and an enjoyable evening chatting about various subjects. A member sought some opinions as to what was causing his 103E Popular ute to backfire and suggestions varied from a sticking valve to bad timing. Another received some unexpected parts for the 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan he is restoring. He said he was going to the Bendigo Swap Meet on the 18th November and was hoping to meet up with the previous owner of the car, who has some parts for him.







THE HCVCA’s ANNUAL TRUCK & BUS DISPLAY

YARRA GLEN RACECOURSE

Sunday, 11th November 2018

 

This show was dominated by ‘American-type trucks', tractor units manufactured by Ford, Mack, Kenworth, Peterbilt and the like, although most, if not all, were probably built here in Australia. Mixed in with these were some British trucks built by Atkinson, Bedford, Commer and Morris Commercial. There was also a couple of dozen buses and coaches, including the usual impressive display of ex-Pioneer coaches. However, the number of light commercials seemed to be well below normal, and it would appear that there were a lot more cars of all categories than ever before.

This year our club display featured a 1949 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1951 A493A Prefect coupe utility; a 1960 100E Escort wagon and a 1963 Ford Falcon 351 GTi coupe. We had a constant stream of admirers.

















The vehicle to catch the eye this year was a right-hand drive, unrestored, very early Chevrolet roadster utility which looked like it had only recently been imported from somewhere (see picture, right). It will be interesting to see if and how this vehicle is restored.

 

 

 

 

THE MELBOURNE CUP WEEKEND IN BAIRNSDALE

Friday, 2nd November to Tuesday, 6th November 2018 inc.



This was one of our biggest events of the year; a 5-day trip to Bairnsdale in East Gippsland for a car rally over the Melbourne Cup long weekend.

Ten members of F.O.R.D.C.A. and a guest, all from the Melbourne area, journeyed down to Bairnsdale (about 263kms, or 142 miles from Boronia) on the Friday to join two more who live in Bairnsdale on a rally organized by the East Gippsland Historical Automobile Club. The cars they used on the rally were a 1934 Model Y sedan; two 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedans; a 1960 100E Escort wagon; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and a 1964 Ford 'Compact' Fairlane sedan. Only the owners of the Escort and Fairlane were to drive their 'oldies' from Melbourne (the Escort taking about 6.5 hours, including two half hour comfort breaks) – the rest trailered their 'oldies'.


We attended the 'Meet & Greet' at the Bairnsdale Football Club (BFC) on the Friday evening, where we collected our rally bags containing lanyards with name tags attached, instructions, maps, meal vouchers, etc and met other rallygoers.





Thereafter, we would muster each morning at the BFC for a coffee and cake/biscuits before setting off on the day's run. There were 54 heritage vehicles participating on the rally, and we had some of the oldest. Most of the cars on the rally were classics of the 1960s-80s.

On Saturday we went to Buchan Caves, a round trip of about 160kms (100 miles), which involved climbing some long, drawn-out hills (and corresponding descents) through spectacular scenery. As we descended into the Buchan Valley, we could see branches of trees strewn across the roadsides – apparently a mini-tornado had ripped through the area at 7pm the previous evening, and Parks Victoria staff were busy clearing up the Buchan Caves Reserve as we arrived there. We shared the reserve that day with a large party of Austin 7s who were also having a rally based in Bairnsdale that weekend.



We had a picnic lunch before having a guided tour round the Royal Cave.


























Afterwards we made our own way back to base. That evening we had dinner at the Bairnsdale RSL.





Sunday we had a 112km (70-mile) cruise up one side of the Mitchell Valley (famous for its rich soil and market gardening) and down the other side, before crossing the main road from Bairnsdale to Melbourne (the Princes Highway) and cruising through a completely different landscape of semi-scrub and cattle farms, to finish at the home of our Rally Director. It is situated out in the country near Paynesville, and is set in several acres with two large sheds containing a collection of vehicles and historic artefacts.

















Here we had a scrumptious BBQ lunch and a look round the sheds before making our own way back to base.









Around 5pm we gathered in the picnic area at the motel to have a drink and witness local birds of many species gather round a feeding bowl, ready for the motel owner to give them their regular feed. That evening, all the F.O.R.D.C.A. members went for a Chinese meal at a local restaurant.









On Monday we gathered at the BFC as usual before going on a 125km (75 mile) cruise to Nowa Nowa and Lakes Entrance.













Just before Nowa Nowa, we stopped at a viewpoint high above the Boggy Creek cascades but due to the drought conditions in the area, there wasn't much water flowing.

We made a comfort stop at the 'Mingling Waters' café in the village before continuing towards Lakes Entrance and turning down an unsealed road for about a kilometre to view the old Stoney Creek railway trestle bridge.








At Lakes Entrance we had time to have lunch in a local cafe before we joined a two-hour cruise to Metung and back. The first 10 minutes of this cruise was interesting with plenty of sea birds to see on nearby islands, but the remainder was pretty boring until we got back to Lakes Entrance, when the skipper of our 100-plus seater vessel turned towards the 'entrance' (the point where the lake meets the open sea) and we immediately noticed that something was happening in the water in front of us, it was a large shoal of fish coming in from the sea, and it was followed by a very large pod of dolphins. I've never seen so many of them! The skipper turned off the engine of his boat and we just sat there, watching three lots of dolphins participate in a feeding frenzy, wonderful!












That evening we had the rally dinner, raffle and vehicle awards at The Sporting Club in Lucknow, which was quite a posh venue. Whilst Pete & Maxine won three raffle prizes, none of us got a look in with our cars. The four-course meal was very good and the whole evening was a great way to end the rally.


















COFFEE & CHAT MORNING AT WARRANDYTE

Wednesday, 24th October 2018





This was a different type of run for us: the weather forecast for that day was good, so we had a mid-week morning run for a couple of hours for a coffee and chat in a nice location.











A bakery was chosen down by the Yarra River in Warrandyte, which did not have any normal accommodation but had a covered picnic area adjacent to it. There was ample parking nearby.



So, he emailed all Victorian members and we had a terrific response, with nine members and a guest turning up with 5 Small Fords and two 'moderns'. The Small Fords were a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1959 100E Anglia saloon; a 1960 100E Escort wagon and two 105E Anglia de luxe saloons (one dating from 1960, the other 1963). Most of us managed to park on the main road near the bakery.







We all enjoyed our get-together and thought it was a good idea and no doubt we will be having more mid-week 'coffee and chat mornings', probably on a Wednesday.



 





WANDERING ROUND WESTERNPORT

Sunday, 21st October 2018





This was a cruise down the western side of Westernport Bay, visiting the privately owned Yaringa Boat Harbour and the Moonlit Sanctuary (for wildlife). We had 17 members and four guests turn up in 9 Small Fords, an 'alternative classic' and two 'moderns' – an excellent turn out for what proved to be an excellent day out, despite it being overcast and muggy for most of the day.

The Small Fords were a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De luxe roadster; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; a 1951 A493A Prefect coupe utility; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1955 103E Popular roadster, well-type utility; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan and a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon. The 'alternative classic' was a Jaguar.





First thing that morning, we gathered at the Dandenong Basketball Centre in Stud Road, Dandenong North, where our Run Co-ordinator outlined his plan for the day to us all, before we set off at around 9:10am for Yaringa Boat Harbour via the Monash Freeway and Westernport Highway.









After a quick look round the small harbour, which is about to get a multi-million dollar makeover, we found a picnic area and proceeded to consume our morning coffee and cake. There was an empty overspill car park and we arranged a photoshoot of the Small Fords in it.




















From Yaringa, we had a short drive of around 4kms along the Tyabb – Tooradin Road to get to the Moonlit Sanctuary, which is exclusively devoted to Australian wildlife. Here, we were able to park in a line against the perimeter fence, before entering the sanctuary and heading for a marquee which had been reserved for us, where we were able to have our picnic lunch. Afterwards we were free to amble round the various aviaries and enclosures at our leisure before making our own way home.





The aviaries contained a fabulous array of birds, including red- and yellow-tailed, black cockatoos; Gang Gang cockatoos; regent honeyeaters; superb parrots; red-bellied parrots; kookaburras; black-backed stilts and wedge-tailed eagles. The number of different types of lizard in one open enclosure was amazing. There were a few varieties of marsupials and you could buy $2 packets of special food to feed the kangaroos.























It was such an enjoyable day, that we're sure to be going back to this place before too long!

 

 

LOOKING FOR SUITABLE PICINIC SITES IN THE DANDENONGS

Wednesday, 10th October 2018



Arranged at short notice, three F.O.R.D.C.A. members and a guest went on a cruise through the Dandenong Ranges to establish if there were any picnic sites suitable for our forthcoming Christmas Party. By coincidence, they were to travel in three 1960 cars – a 100E Escort wagon; a 107E Prefect sedan and a 105E Anglia de luxe saloon. After having a coffee in The Storehouse Café in Mt Evelyn, our first port of call was the Lyrebird Falls Picnic Ground, between Belgrave and Monbulk, one of four picnic sites we were to explore that day.



Unfortunately, only one of these 'ticked all the boxes' (the others failing because of the lack of toilet facilities) and we thought that it (Grants Reserve, near Kallista) would be too popular on a Sunday for us to squeeze in with up to 12 cars. We concluded our cruise by climbing up to Olinda, on top of the Ranges, and having a pleasant lunch at the Mount Dandenong Hotel before making our own ways home.








 

 

THE VACC CENTENNIAL PARADE

Saturday, 23rd September 2018

Just one member represented FORDCA at the VACC Centennial Cavalcade marking 100 years of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce. One hundred vehicles participated, representing each year from 1918 to 2018 inclusive. The cavalcade travelled from Calder Park Raceway to Bendigo. Our member's green A493A Prefect coupe utility represented the year 1949.













THE DIAMOND CREEK ROTARY TOWN FAIR

Saturday 8TH September 2018

 

As has happened in previous years, our club was invited to be part of the Diamond Creek Town Fair parade. This is always a great day, with all the fun of the fair.



This year we had five cars participate on the parade through the town – a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1949 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1952 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1959 100E Anglia; and a 1960 100E Escort wagon.











The only downside of the day was that we were allocated a parking area a little out of the way, on the outside of the Coventry Oval, at the back of the stalls, so we did not get many passers-by to look at our display. Hopefully we can get a better position organized for next year.



The upside was that we had a great day with plenty of sunshine and all the fun of a typical country town fair from fairy floss, to tug-of-war between the local C.F.A. units, to the local wood chop championships, plus pony and camel rides. What more could you want?

We think that it is important that we as a club help groups like Rotary who run these events, as the money they make goes back into the community, so we in turn are doing our bit for others.









 

THE MARONG PICNIC

MARONG OVAL, NEAR BENDIGO

  Sunday, 26th August 2018

 

It was a beautiful, dry, sunny day, for this event with our Central Goldfields Area Regional Representative and his father bringing his green 1954 100E Prefect sedan and his 1959 100E Escort wagon (sporting a white roof for the first time) and a member from Bendigo bringing his very latest acquisition, a white and green 1963 105E Anglia de luxe sedan that was in very nice, original condition. The 100Es were parked in our traditional position close to the entrance to the oval, but the Anglia was parked on the main oval.







Apart from our cars and some motor cycles, there was little else parked around the circumference of the oval, which has been full in previous years. We would estimate that there were about 550 heritage vehicles parked on the actual oval,



 

 

THE FORD FLATHEAD FESTIVAL

CARIBBEAN GARDENS, SCORESBY

Sunday, 29th July 2018





The Ford Flathead Festival at the Caribbean Gardens & Market, Scoresby (CG&M) is a joint effort between the Model T Ford Club of Victoria, the Model A Ford Club of Victoria, The Early Ford V8 Club of Victoria and F.O.R.D.C.A., with each club taking it in turns to host it. This year it was the turn of the M.T.F.C.V. to host it, and their everlasting contribution was designing the two banners, which the RACV kindly made for us. They were fastened back-to-back on the fence near the cafe at Caribbean Gardens, by kind permission of the CG&M management.





Representing our club were a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1947 A54A Anglia coupe utility; a 1948 Mercury; a 1949 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10 hp saloon; a 1960 100E Escort wagon and a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon, which of course is not strictly a 'flathead', having a 997 cc overhead-valve engine. This year it had some company in the form of some Zephyrs and Zodiacs, which are still part of the 'pre-1968 family' and we shouldn't forget that the 100E was considered by some to be the 'baby MkI Consul'.















We had over 100 cars and a few utes and trucks from the four clubs involved, covering the first six decades of Ford's history, and had plenty of visitors come to view the vehicles. Henry would have been proud of such a birthday celebration!

 



 

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

WANDONG

Sunday, 8th July 2018



43 members attended our Christmas in July and then the AGM and General Meeting on the same day. Members came from all directions: Bendigo in north central Victoria; Benalla in the north east; Carrum in the south east; Geelong in the south west and Warracknabeal in the far west, the latter taking the honours for traveling the furthest to the event. Four members brought a Small Ford and one brought an alternative classic.







As we have come to expect, the food provided by our hosts was first class and filling and nobody should have gone home with an empty stomach! Before and in between courses, some scale models of Small Fords and some Ford literature were auctioned, and everyone who attended was given a raffle ticket and a host of prizes were raffled. There were also five vouchers for "1 years free membership to FORDCA" given to some lucky members.

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and had a good time catching up with other members they may not have seen for some time. The event was very successful and we would like to thank all who supported it.









 

HISTORIC WINTON

Saturday & Sunday, 26th & 27th May 2018





This annual event is presented jointly by the Austin Seven Club and the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association of Victoria and is traditionally held over the last weekend of May.



This year we were blessed with beautiful winter weather (cool, but bright and sunny) - ideal for motor racing and we believe there were record crowds.











One member went up on the Friday and took three members of his family with him and camped there for two nights. At least one other club member and his father went up on the Saturday for the day. We had seven more members and two guests attend on the Sunday, but only two took their club cars – a 1960 100E Escort wagon and a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.



Our cars and three more 105E Anglia saloons (one of them a highly modified race car) were the only Small Fords to be seen there this year.









The thing about Historic Winton is that you are allowed to walk freely amongst the pits and view the historic racing cars and motor cycles and chat to their owners. And there was a lot to see this year, both in the pits and in the public display area. Cars to catch the eye were a yellow 1925 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia entered by Jim Thompson and a 1926 Frazer Nash entered by Peter Donald, both taking you back to the earliest days of motor racing. There was also part of that big display of Model Ts in a special exhibition building, known as the Drivers' Briefing Room, in the pits area.





The racing (held on the Saturday and Sunday) was as exciting as ever. There was one race just before midday on Sunday which particularly sent a chill down your spine. There must have been 30 cars participating, including AC Cobras, Shelby Mustangs and at least 8 BMC Minis. The noise as they accelerated away from the bends was simply fantastic!









 





NATIONAL MOTORING HERITAGE DAY

Sunday, 20th May 2018

Our Central Goldfields and Eastern Suburbs Groups were to celebrate NMHD this year by having separate runs of their own. The Central Goldfields Group have always 'done their own thing' and joined other car clubs in the Castlemaine area in celebrating NMHD with a static car show in the town. The Eastern Suburbs Group had organized a run of our own.

How the Central Goldfields Group celebrated NMHD

This Group had expected to attend the usual gathering on the oval at Castlemaine but when our Regional Representative got there that morning, he discovered that it wasn't being held there this year! Some quick thinking amongst the other members who had turned up resulted in them having a run to the historic town of Maldon instead.




Our Regional Rep. and his father, driving a 1954 100E Prefect sedan and a 1959 100E Escort wagon respectively, were joined by other members of the Group in a 1948 A53A Prefect sedan and a 1950 E83W 10cwt 'woodie' for the run to Maldon, where another member joined them in his 1948 Anglia Special.

After enjoying breakfast in a local cafe, they made their own ways home. It had turned out to be a good day.





How the Eastern Suburbs Group celebrated NMHD



Eight members and a guest braved the drizzly weather to meet up at Maccas on Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully. They came in a 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan; a 1948 A54A Anglia coupe utility; a 1951 A493A Prefect coupe ute; a 1960 100E Escort. and an elderly Land Rover Discovery.












We were given an excellent printed 'run sheet' for the day, and started by driving through Boronia, Bayswater, Ringwood and Warrandyte to Kangaroo Ground, where we had our picnic lunch undercover in the grounds of the Memorial Tower. We were joined there by two more members in their 'modern'. The rain we had had earlier in the day held off for the duration of our run, but returned whilst we were having lunch and persisted for most of the afternoon.

The Memorial Tower in the Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park is one of the highest places in Melbourne. It was built as a World War I memorial, and is now used to monitor bushfires during the bushfire season. The grounds around the tower feature a pine sapling planted on 11 November 2005; it was taken from the original Lone Pine growing on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. On a fine day you get a good view of the Melbourne CBD and the surrounding hills from the top of the tower.

















 





After lunch, we continued through Eltham to Templestowe, and then through Bulleen and Balwyn to our final destination, the Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway. It's one of those attractions that only operates on one Sunday a month and most of us had never been there before. Suffice to say all of us knocked several decades off our lives and just had to have a ride on the little train, didn't we?!! Just after our train left the very imposing station, the heavens opened and we all got a drenching! Still, it didn't put us off enjoying the ride and we all thought it had been a great day, despite the weather!









 

 





CRAWLIN' THE HUME

TRAVELLING NORTH-EASTWARDS ON

THE OLD HUME HIGHWAY

Saturday & Sunday, 14th & 15th April

 

This is a biennial event for trucks and commercial vehicles 25 years or more old, and starts at the Broadmeadows Ford Factory and follows the old Hume Highway (where possible) to the Victorian - New South Wales border at Wodonga. There were only about half a dozen small commercials like our member's 1929 Ford Model A roadster utility, with the rest being large trucks, semi's, B Doubles etc. These are the types of vehicles that called the Hume Highway home. Only about 5% of the journey is on the new Hume Freeway. Each alternate year the event, titled Haulin' The Hume, is held in New South Wales (where it originated from) and runs from outer Sydney to Goulburn. This year's event was the 8th Run, with about 260 participants enjoying the run.

As our member had heard about the run from several friends, this year he and his wife decided to participate with good friends from country Victoria. They commenced at about 6:45am on a very bleak and threatening Saturday morning. If they had acted on the weather forecast, they would have probably been a 'no show'! They headed off with the boys in the ute and the girls following in the 'modern' with trailer attached for the return trip. He was unsure as to what sort of speed they could maintain but seemed to be travelling well with the only early gear change at Pretty Sally between Wallan and Kilmore. Their first stop for coffee and a vehicle check was at Euroa.







Following an enjoyable break, they continued on to the lunch and fuel break at Winton Racecourse. Although the track was open with time trials, etc in progress, the car park and catering were available for the trucks and commercial vehicles participating on the run. After the lunch break, they headed for Wodonga and then Albury, arriving at the latter at 1.45pm.

They travelled at between 75 - 80 kph. They were extremely lucky to have left the start so early, as they could see the rain on both sides and behind them. They did not actually run through rain until they were just out of Wodonga.

On the Saturday evening the trucks were displayed in the car park of the Albury Racecourse with a big dinner held for those participants wishing to enjoy the comradeship of like-minded people. A few heaters or better draft-proofing would have been appreciated. The trucking fraternity are a very friendly and close-knit group similar to car club members.

It was amazing how much of the old Hume Highway is still intact, as it is still required to access properties and for farmers to access their paddocks. In many instances you travel close to, or within sight of, the new freeway. Our member was also amazed at thegood condition of the road.

 

 

 

THE 2018 G.R.E.A.T. MACEDON GRAND TOUR

Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th April 2018

 

This year was the 15th running of the GREAT (Gisborne Region Events Activities and Tourism) Macedon Grand tour, and the fourth that two of our members have attended in their 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon. The event this year lived up to expectation, and the weather was favourable. The rally is open to cars 25 years and older and held on the first weekend of April. This year's event was held on the 7th April due to the clash with the Easter weekend, and saw 96 cars take part with a starting point in the town of Gisborne.

The event is fully catered and included breakfast in Gisborne, a run to Riddels Creek for morning tea, then on to Malmsbury for lunch, Hanging Rock for afternoon tea, and finally Kyneton for dinner. All the stops, with the exception of the dinner, are catered for by local community groups. Dinner was a sit-down affair fully catered for by one of the local restaurants, and included complimentary wines and a buffet style dessert room. The Sunday following the rally included a picnic in the park (BYO) where all the owners participating in the rally are invited to show their cars to the public at the Gisborne oval picnic area.











Total distance for the rally this year was 311 kilometres, but the running sheets include a shorter route for older cars. Participants are under no obligation to complete any of the routes and can take short cuts at their discretion. The included "show bag" contained coffee cups, caps, washing up towels (all with tour logos) as well as a 40-page brochure with photos of all the vehicles entered, including the running sheets for the day.

 



 

THE KALORAMA RALLY

Sunday, 25th March 2018

 



9am at the Manhattan Hotel in Ringwood on a slightly overcast day was a difficult ask, but the Kalorama Rally is usually a really good run with a great car show at the end of it, and of course, all proceeds go to the Kalorama CFA, a really good cause.

So, by 9:30am, our contingent of six vehicles was ready to go. It consisted of nine members in 5 Small Fords and an 'alternative classic'.





We followed the running sheet supplied and travelled in convoy through Montrose, up to Mt Evelyn and around the back of Sylvan Dam. Using back roads, we headed towards Wandin East then turned right and left towards Monbulk, where we stopped for refreshments.





After a leisurely coffee, we proceeded via some delightfully scenic roads to Kalorama. Waiting for us at the reserve were four more members in a couple of Small Fords, and we were all able to park in a long line and form an impressive display.





There was a large display of Austin 7s in all shapes and body configurations. As a feature, Peter Brock's first car was on display. It was an Austin 7-based special built by Peter and used as a paddock car in Doreen when he was 12 years old.























In all, we travelled 57 kilometres along sealed roads which was a very pleasant drive, although there were a few corners that required a good deal of care to negotiate. The route included some uphill and downhill stretches, both of which required some gear work, but our little cars performed excellently.







THE RUN TO RHYLL WITH THE EARLY FORD V8 CLUB VICTORIA

Sunday, 4TH March 2018

 



On the day we (FORDCA) mustered 10 members and 3 guests in 9 cars (6 members in four Small Fords; one in an 'alternative classic' and three in two 'moderns', plus three guests in two 'alternative classics'), and the EFV8CV mustered at least 11 Early V8s and a 'historic' Mercedes-Benz.









Part of the FORDCA contingent met at the Dandenong Basketball Centre and set off promptly at 8:15am for Caldermeade BP services, where at 9am ('spot on the dot') they met up with our other members and all but four of the EFV8CV cars (the remainder going directly to Rhyll Park).





After enjoying a coffee and a chat, our long convoy set off for Phillip Island about 15 minutes later than scheduled, at 9:45am. Having been reminded of the 'rules of convoy' by the EFV8CV's secretary, everybody adhered to those rules so that those in Small Fords did not get left behind by the others and we were able to cruise along at about 70kph (42mph). As the road was dual carriageway for most of the way to San Remo, we did not hinder other traffic.










We arrived at our destination, Rhyll Park, exactly at 10:30am and most of us fitted into a long line between two EFV8CV banners.










We set up our tables and chairs behind our cars and then had a saunter around the car display and other attractions in the park before returning to our cars to consume our picnic lunch in good company. After lunch most of us walked down Lock Road to the beach for a gander at the wooden boats on display.











After the prize-giving, we started to make our own ways home. Some of our members called at The Old Jetty cafe in Tooradin for afternoon refreshments. It was a nice way to end a very nice day!





 

RACV/AOMC CLASSIC SHOWCASE

YARRA GLEN RACECOURSE

Sunday, 25th February 2018

 

Thanks to a glorious day, there were over 850 vehicles and 1,000 visitors pass through the gates at Yarra Glen Racecourse and everyone was happy.





Our club fielded two cars – a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster and a 1949 A494A Anglia tourer.

In addition to the Jaguar and MG car clubs, who had very large displays, there were lots of smaller displays by other clubs, including those representing Aston Martin, Austin, Austin-Healey, Citroen, Lancia, Peugeot, Riley, Rolls-Royce, Rover, Singer, Standard Vanguard, Triumph and Wolseley.

 

































 

 

THE QUARTERLY SOCIAL EVENING

EASTWOOD GOLF CLUB, LIVERPOOL ROAD, KILSYTH

Thursday, 15th February 2018



14 of our Club members enjoyed dinner and drinks on this evening at Eastwood. Once again the topics of conversation were wide and varied, with those members restoring cars being given a lot of help and advice.

As usual, we enjoyed a good meal and a drink or two in good company.







 

 

 

SMALL FORD SUNDAY

VICTORIAN COLLEGE FOR THE DEAF,

ST KILDA ROAD, SOUTH YARRA

Sunday, 4th February 2018





After having been held at Seaworks at Williamstown for the past five years, Small Ford Sunday, which has always been hosted by the Ford Rallye Sport Owners Club Victoria, was switched to the grounds of the Victorian College for the Deaf at 597 St Kilda Road, South Yarra this year, and we think it was a very smart move.





It is a sobering thought that the two 'CXs' were, at 82 years old, the oldest cars on the site, and there was a thirteen-year gap to the next one – the Anglia tourer, which itself was in its 69th year. At the other end of the scale there were Focuses, Fiestas, etc which were barely a year old!





The centerpiece of the college is a beautiful, two-storey, blue-stone building, which was opened in 1866 and is heritage listed. There was a grassed area about the size of a football field alongside St Kilda Road which was open (i.e. no shade), where the Escorts, Fiestas, Focuses, Sierras and Mondeos were displayed in rows and, in a nice touch, each row was given the name of a street which I'm sure contained the names of Ford Plants around the world. The remainder of the site had some shade provided by mature trees, with the odd netball court here and there. It was one of the latter that separated the Cortinas from the Anglias and Prefects. The few Consuls, Zephyrs and Zodiacs present were parked on the drive that linked St Kilda Road to the college's imposing, three-storey front entrance.

In the Anglia – Prefect display area, a well-known blue 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster was parked under a tree adjacent to a picnic table – what more could one ask for on a very warm, sunny day? It was at one end of a row comprised of six 105E Anglia saloons; a 107E Prefect sedan; a 1949 A494A Anglia tourer (visiting from Adelaide) and a couple of 100E Anglias. At the far end of that row and standing sentinel to our area was a black 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan. Facing them and parked on a gentle slope was another row of cars, comprising of a 105E Anglia tourer (a cut-down saloon), an unrestored 105E Anglia estate car and a beige 1950 E493AO/B Anglia 10hp saloon. In the middle of these two rows was a 1959 100E Prefect de luxe sedan. All the 105E Anglias, the 100E Anglias and the 107E Prefect were owned by members of other clubs; the remaining five cars were owned by F.O.R.D.C.A. members. In addition, three more club members were to visit the show.




































To cap it all, our hosts were to announce at the prize-giving ceremony that they'd had their largest attendance ever (291 cars, beating the previous record by 8) and, having held a collection, were hoping to give a generous donation to the college.



 

 

 

THE AUSTRALIA DAY HERITAGE VEHICLE SHOWCASE

KING'S DOMAIN GARDENS, MELBOURNE

 Friday, 26th January 2018



For the first time in many years, the Federation of Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Clubs were not hosting this annual event, and it was now being run by the RACV, who usually sponsor virtually all the marquees used by the various charities who are supported by the event. This year the RACV provided 10 vehicles from their heritage vehicle collection, which included a 1950 A493A Prefect ute; a 1965 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and - for the first time - a 1980 MkII Escort van with windows in the sides which had been in storage for 20 years.





They also invited 50 vehicles from Victorian car clubs to form a heritage vehicle display (together with their own vehicles) on the northern part of Linlithgow Avenue, between Alexander Parade and Government House Drive.

Two members from our club received invitations to take their cars - a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster and a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon.





They arranged to meet shortly after 9am at the Domain Road end of Birdwood Avenue, which forms a south eastern extension of Linlithgow Avenue, and drove towards the latter, but didn't get very far before they joined a big queue of vehicles awaiting further instructions. Eventually they were directed to their allocated spots, which just happened to be at opposite ends of the display!





This year invited guests (and one passenger) were given a special plaque; a morning coffee voucher and a luncheon voucher entitling each of the drivers to two drinks; an ice cream and a fabulous BBQ lunch. The RACV made the exhibitors really welcome, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Visitors to the display came from all over the world - some attracted by the tennis and cricket - and our members had a great time answering their questions.







 




THE CRUISE ROUND WEST GIPPSLAND

Sunday, 14th January 2018



The meeting point for this run was at the Dandenong Basketball Centre on Stud Road, Dandenong. Nine members and a guest met here in two Small fords (a 1960 100E Escort wagon and a 1960 107E Prefect sedan), an 'alternative classic' (a 1954 Ford Customline) and two 'moderns'.

We were to meet more participants on the way, so we headed off along the Monash Freeway towards Warragul, turning off at Nar Nar Goon to pick up another guest in his 'modern'. We took the back road to Garfield for our almost compulsory coffee stop for morning tea. We parked opposite the bakery in Garfield. Here we met up with a member in a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan and his son-in-law and grandson in a 1974 Ford Fairlane sedan.









We then headed off on a picturesque tour through Robin Hood, Drouin West and stopped at Crossover to have a look at the heritage-listed, railway-built, wooden trestle bridge over the railway cutting. It used to carry the main road from Nilma to Neerim South.












From Crossover, we looped around through Rokeby to Jindivick, where we were booked into the café for lunch. We left our cars in a car park on the opposite side of the road to the café, and as we approached the main entrance, were greeted by a friendly male king parrot standing on top of a sandwich board placed on the nature strip, a lovely touch! Lunch was a very satisfying affair, with plenty of chatter and tasty food.



Afterwards, we continued down past Labertouche to pick up the freeway and headed back to Garfield North for afternoon tea at a member's place. After scoffing down cake and a cuppa, our host showed us his current project, a maroon Ford V8 Pilot that he hopes to get back on the road in the not-too-distant future.



















After thanking both the run organizer and our host for afternoon tea, it was time to head for home again. We managed to clock up about 120 miles and had a really pleasant, hassle-free drive around part of Gippsland.






 

 

THE FESTIVE SEASON PICNIC

Wednesday, 27th December 2017

 



Lysterfield Lake on the eastern fringe of Melbourne was chosen for the 2017 Festive Season Picnic and the fact that 15 members (in 9 Small Fords and an 'alternative classic') and three guests participated on it suggests that it was a popular choice. This year's picnic was preceded by a run through the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, commencing from the Macdonalds' Restaurant on Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully.













The route took us through Tecoma, Belgrave and Selby (passing beneath the famous Selby trestle bridge on the Puffing Billy Railway), down the Selby – Aura Road to Aura Lake, then through Cardinia Reservoir and Berwick Road and A'Beckett Road to Lysterfield Lake.


















There were a lot of people picnicking by the lake that day, and we were fortunate to be able to park reasonably close together in the Beach View car park, which is closest to the dam. Unfortunately, most of us had to park herringbone fashion with our noses into a hedge, making photography a little difficult.



We found a large, rectangular picnic table able to seat 9 in comfort, with the rest of us using our portable picnic chairs, and settled down to enjoy our lunch in good company. The temperature got to 35°C that day, but we had a nice breeze in the shady spot we had chosen and so were happy, until we got into our cars to go home! Some of us got our hands burnt the moment we touched our steering wheels!








It had been another most enjoyable day in good company.








 

THE FORDCA CHRISTMAS PARTY

ALOWYN GARDENS, YARRA GLEN

Sunday, 3rd December 2017

 

This year our Christmas Party was held at Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen. However, we did not envisage that over the chosen weekend, Victoria would be affected by the worst storm for twenty years. 34 Members attended inspite of the weather and six members even braved the weather and brought along their Small Fords and another brought his big classic Ford.

Furthest travelled in a Small Ford was a member who brought his 105E Anglia de luxe saloon all the way from Strathbogie. Another couple came down from Seymour in their 'modern', as did members from Lancefield and from Garfield North in West Gippsland, otherwise everyone else came from the Greater Melbourne area.

Some members from the Eastern Suburbs gathered at Lillydale Lake to form a small convoy to Yarra Glen. Just before we left, the heavens opened, and we had a heavy downpour.

All the way to Yarra Glen, there were large puddles by the side of the road and the paddocks in low areas were flooded. At Alowyn Gardens we had the use of a well-appointed 'shed' with plenty of seating and tables. Before we had lunch, our President conducted an auction which raised some money for club funds and afterwards, he presented the 'Club Personality of the Year' award to one of our members. We then grabbed ourselves some food and enjoyed the company of other members before making our way home. By the way, the rain had ceased as we arrived at the Gardens and did not return until later in the day, so we considered ourselves lucky!

































 

 

 

THE GEELONG REVIVAL

Sunday, 26th November 2017

 

Two members, one in a 1950 E83W Thames 10cwt 'woody' and the other in a 1953 E83W Thames 10cwt panel van, met at Lovely Banks, in the outskirts of Geelong, and drove down to this event at the Eastern Beach. It must have been a rare sight to see two E83Ws driving along the road together!





At the event, the 'woody' created a great deal of interest. Its owner was busy all day talking about it to visitors!

 

The weather wasn't very good. As usual at this time of year, they had three seasons in one day. But all in all, it was a great day and it was a very good event that gets better every year.

      







 

HISTORIC SANDOWN

Saturday & Sunday, 11th & 12th November 2017

 



Three members and their different 1960 model cars participated on this run. The cars were a 100E Escort wagon; a 107E Prefect sedan and a 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.

The starting point was the Dorset Café on the corner of Dorset Road and Mountain Highway in Boronia, and over a cuppa decided that, as the clouds were very low, it would probably be quite foggy in Olinda, on top of the Dandenongs, so they skipped going to the National Rhododendron Garden and chose to go to Alowyn Gardens at Yarra Glen instead.

It was to be a wise decision, as the clouds didn't lift all day although it stayed dry and was 'just right' for walking round the gardens. Highlights were the 'wisteria tunnel', often used for wedding photos and indeed, there was a couple there having some pictures taken that day; and the colourful plots containing peony poppies (the sort from which the seed for bread is derived) and edible flowers. When our members had their fill of flowers, they drove over to Healesville and had a very nice lunch at the local RSL Club. From there they made their way home via the Maroondah Highway.

 





















 

 

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