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THE QUARTERLY SOCIAL EVENING

EASTWOOD GOLF CLUB, LIVERPOOL ROAD, KILSYTH

Thursday, 21st February 2019

With so many 'regulars' unavailable for various reasons, we had our lowest ever attendance at this social evening, with only six members attending. One member was to receive some advice over a problem with the carburettor off his A493A Prefect coupe ute, and another was able to be given some advice on a procedural matter, and of course we enjoyed a good meal in good company!

We shall be continuing to hold these Social Evenings at the Golf Club on the third Thursday of February, May, August and November each year.





 

THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW AT LOYOLA COLLEGE

325 Grimshaw Street, Watsonia

Friday, 15th February 2019

The Loyola College is a Roman Catholic independent secondary school in the Ignatian tradition located on 26 acres in northern Watsonia. The College was founded in 1980. For the past few years, the College has held a classic car show on a Friday evening in February as a fundraiser. A member took his 1962 107E Prefect sedan along to this year's show and sent in this report.





The show was organized by the Loyola College Alumni Committee. There was no particular theme, only that the cars entered had to be pre-1983. About 100 cars attended. There were all the typical muscle cars and vintage rides in attendance, but not a Prefect or Anglia in sight (other than his)! As a result, the old Prefect had quite a bit of attention. It was a great night with plenty of tunes played by the school band, and of course a sausage sizzle.  



 

 

THE 2019 BLACK SATURDAY REMEMBRANCE CRUISE

Saturday, 9th February 2019





The cruise was held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of one of Victoria's worst disasters, which claimed the lives of 173 people, destroyed 3,500 buildings and burnt through 450,000 hectares. The fires tore right through the area we were to drive through.

Our members participated in a 1934 Model Y sedan, a 1960 100E Escort and a 1963 Ford Thunderbird, with our guest taking a 1969 Ford Mustang 'Fastback'. We met up at Lillydale Lake. It was pouring down as we left in convoy for Yarra Glen at around 11:40am. It was the first of a few heavy showers we were to get that day, but it didn't dampen our spirits.





It didn't take us long to get to the Yarra Glen Recreational Reserve, on the opposite side of the Yarra River to the racecourse, which was to be the starting point of the cruise. We were amongst the first cars to arrive there and were parked in the first row. After about an hour, some 250 or so cars of all types had formed several more rows and almost filled the reserve.







At the appointed time (1pm), we all set off in convoy for Healesville via the Yarra Glen Bypass, Melba Highway, Dixons Creek and Toolangi. All along the route, which was very scenic, there were small groups of people waving at, and photographing us. It made for a terrific atmosphere and we felt like royalty! The route was quite hilly and, on several occasions, some of us had to drop down to second gear. On arrival at our destination, Healesville Railway Station, we were directed into one of two reserves to park our cars.



We then spent a few hours looking round the cars and having a look at the station, headquarters of the Yarra Valley Railway.

Around 2pm we were asked to congregate in front of a podium and there was a special service held to remember the victims of the 2009 bushfires, conducted by a local priest, followed by speeches by the local MP and CFA chief and the organizer of the Cruise. It was all very 'moving'.















We left for home soon after 3pm. Despite the rather mixed weather, we had had a great day in good company. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and will no doubt be participating on it if they hold it again next year.

 



SMALL FORD SUNDAY

Deaf Children Australia, St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Sunday, 3rd February



Small Ford Sunday (SFS) was organized by the Ford Rallye Sport Owners Club Victoria Inc. and held at the Deaf Children Australia (DCA) premises at 597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

This year they put all the Anglias and Prefects (and earlier cars) on a big roundabout directly opposite the main entrance to the DCA's heritage-listed, bluestone college building, and a clump of trees on the roundabout provided us with shade on what was a very warm, sunny summer's day. We couldn't have asked for a better location!









There was quite a large display of 105E Anglias, which included a cream panel van (actually classified a 307E, but still part of the 105E family) and a similar-coloured estate car which had been driven down from the Hunter Valley, N.S.W. The irony is that until last year, both of these vehicles had belonged to the same person in Tasmania, and both won prizes. The 105Es were all parked on the western side of the roundabout.

Our group of four cars were parked on the northern side of the roundabout, facing the main entrance for display cars to the show, and comprised a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster, a 1962 107E Prefect sedan and a tastefully-modified, bright red 1959 100E Anglia saloon belonging to a non-member.













Elsewhere on site, there were impressive displays of Zephyrs & Zodiacs; Capris; Cortinas; Escorts and other marques, right up to brand new Fiestas and Focuses.





 

 

THE CRUISE TO COOLART AND MAIN RIDGE WITH THE EARLY FORD V8 CLUB OF VICTORIA

Sunday, 13th January 2019

 

Once again, we were lucky with the weather for our now customary 'January Joint Jaunt' with members of The Early Ford V8 Club of Victoria (EFV8CV) – whilst very warm, it was not unbearable and a breeze made it comfortable.

With the exception of a couple who are also members of the EFV8CV, who met up with us in their light green Mercury sedan at the Coolart Homestead, all FORDCA members and guests assembled at the Dandenong Basketball Centre and were joined by some EFV8CV club members in a couple of V8s, a classic Mercedes-Benz and a 'modern'. Our contingent of 9 members and 2 guests brought with them a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1950 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon; a 1974 Ford Fairlane sedan and a 1948 Morris 8 sedan. A lot were driving solo on this occasion!










Before departing in convoy at around 9:15am, copies of the itinerary were handed out which included no less than 5 maps, showing 'pinch points' along the route where there may be problems with poor signage and hence participants could easily get lost. The route was split into three stages: Stage 1 was from Dandenong to the comfort stop at Maccas in Hastings; Stage 2 was from Maccas to the Coolart Homestead and Stage 3 was from the homestead to the Pig & Whistle Tavern at Main Ridge (not far from Arthurs Seat, the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula).

Stage 1 was perhaps the most boring, as it involved us driving on freeways and highways all the way with little of interest in between (but more new housing estates!). We reached Maccas on time at 10am and there was ample room for us to park our cars in their car park. Here we were joined by more members of the EFV8CV with their cars, which included a 1936 V8 coupe; an unrestored (but very valuable) 1933 V8 coupe, bearing the new CPS registration '0008 H4', and a lovely red 1930s Plymouth roadster.















After spending about 30 minutes at Maccas, we set off in convoy again on Stage 2 to Coolart. By now the traffic seemed to have got a lot heavier, and at the head of the convoy, we were conscious of a very long tailback, but could do nothing about it as the road hereabouts gives little opportunity for us to pull in and allow the ordinary traffic to pass us. Our leader managed to spot the sign for Coolart Road (hidden by dense foliage!) and turned sharp left onto it. From henceforth we had the roads to ourselves and we arrived at Coolart Homestead on time at 11am, to be joined by the couple in their Mercury and possibly other EFV8CV members. Everyone was allowed an hour and a half to visit the historic homestead, have a wander round the wetlands and have a BYO cuppa.













Around 12:30pm we set off on Stage 3 to the Pig & Whistle Tavern. This was by far the most scenic of the three stages and was the most pleasant to drive. Once we had passed through Flinders, which was packed with tourists, many of them waving to us as we passed, we had glimpses of beaches on the western side of Westernport Bay one moment; views of the rolling hills leading to Arthurs Seat the next and then glimpses of Portsea and the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay, and suddenly we were aware that we were at a high altitude, and at the Pig & Whistle Tavern, which was packed with tourists. Again, we were bang on time at 1:15pm. Thank goodness we'd booked tables inside for 30 people! We had to park our cars in the overflow car park (a paddock at the rear of the pub).













We were sat around two long tables. As expected, we had to wait a while in a long queue before ordering our food, the place was that busy.

All of a sudden it was approaching 4pm and time to go home. Everyone seemed to be happy with their meals and many seemed to have enjoyed the day, which was very satisfying for the organizer! Most of us chose to continue to Arthurs Seat and descend the steep hill, with its fantastic views of Port Phillip Bay then to Dromana, where we either joined the Peninsula Freeway or took the beach road round the bay to Mornington.

All in all, a terrific day out.





THE FESTIVE SEASON PICNIC

Jells Park, Wheelers Hill

Friday, 28th December 2018

We had 12 members and four guests turn up in five Small Fords, an 'alternative classic' (Peter's new car, a 1948 Morris 8 sedan driven by his son-in-law) and two 'moderns' for our Festive Season Picnic this year.  When we got there around 10:45am, our side of the park was empty and we were able to park our cars together in a shady spot. We were also able to choose a good spot under some trees to have our picnic, close to some picnic tables and other amenities.  A nice breeze made it 'comfortable' for us all on what was otherwise a rather warm day.













The Small Fords on this occasion were a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; 1960 107E Prefect sedan a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon. Two of the guests were from Queensland.

We spent a pleasant three hours or so relaxing and catching up, it was too hot to do anything else!










THE F.O.R.D.C.A. CHRISTMAS PARTY

Sunday, 9th December

This year the Club returned to Maranoa Gardens in Balwyn to celebrate our Club Christmas party. As usual, the event was held early in December to try and avoid all those other seasonal activities. By 11:30, the small Fords were lined up in the car park with the 'moderns' parked opposite them, and the party was underway.

Our Club Christmas luck ran true with a forecast for thunderstorms in the afternoon, but the morning was mild and sunny and the Gardens were green and lush. 27 members and guests enjoyed the company, the food, and the entertainment. Entertainment? Yes, this is something new, well not really! As has become our tradition, an auction was held of various bits and pieces and amongst them were some real treasures, such as a hand-crafted wooden bucket and beer tankard (thanks George), stainless steel and wooden FORD signs (thanks Peter) and small model 'small Fords' along with various other bits and pieces.










Our Christmas lunch was roast chicken and a magnificent array of salads provided by our members. Dessert was provided along with tea and coffee. As lunch progressed, the skies darkened and distant thunder could be heard, but everyone ignored it in the hope that it would just go away, and it did after just spitting a few drops on our party.






After the auction, a couple of awards were made. One was for the winner of the best photograph taken on the run to Westernport Bay on 21st October last, and the other was for the winner of our Club Entity Award for 2018. As it happened, both awards went to the same recipient!

By mid-afternoon, the skies had grown very dark, so it was decided to call it a day and all headed for home.











 

 

THE COFFEE AND CHAT MORNING AT YARRA GLEN

Wednesday, 21st November 2018



Following the success of the initial 'coffee and chat morning' held on 24th October at Warrandyte, Melbourne area members were again circulated by email to see if anyone would be interested in meeting up at the Yarra Glen Cafe in the township of that name on the morning of 21st November, and this time we had seven members and a guest turning up with 4 Small Fords, an 'alternative classic' and a 'modern'. The Small Fords were a 1948 A53A Prefect sedan; a 1960 100E Escort wagon; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe and a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe. The 'alternative classic' was a 1963 Ford Thunderbird. We all managed to park on the service road close to the cafe.

















We all enjoyed our get-together in what appears to be a historic homestead converted into a cafe. The rooms were relatively small with high ceilings and were painted in bright colours. The coffee and cakes were good too!











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.

 

































 

 





 

 







 

 

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