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THE SOCIAL EVENING AT EASTWOOD GOLF CLUB, KILSYTH

Thursday, 18th February

 



Thankfully, the lockdown imposed the previous weekend had been lifted and things had almost returned to normal when we held our first Social Evening since the Covid-19 pandemic began a year ago. We had 8 members turn up to enjoy a chat, a good meal and a drink in good company.

This meet was something of an experiment, as the bistro had withdrawn its limited 'two for the price of one' menu, and so we had to order from the main menu at normal prices. Everyone was satisfied with the quality and quantity of the meals and happy with the prices charged, so we decided to continue to hold these Social Evenings at the Golf Club on the third Thursday of February, May, August and November for the foreseeable future.





 

THE JOINT RUN WITH THE EARLY FORD

V8 CLUB OF VICTORIA TO NOOJEE

Sunday, 17th January 2021

 

FORDCA's first outing in the New Year was to be a joint run to Nojee with The Early Ford V8 Club of Victoria on Sunday, 17th January. We gathered at the service station at Officer South on the Princes Highway and departed from there at 8:30am.

Apart from a short stretch of the Princes Freeway, we stuck to country roads. At Nar Nar Goon, we joined the Nar Nar Goon to Longwwarry Road, and had a comfort break at Garfield, where we picked up the owner of a 1948 V8 Pilot who was a member of both clubs, and was to be our host for afternoon tea later that day

More joined us at Neerim, where another member of both clubs was to throw open his garage doors and laid on morning refreshments for us. His home-made fruit cake was so delicious we couldn't resist seconds! Apparently, it contained a cup of brandy in it!

His sheds were packed to the rafters with cars, parts and machinery. One shed built for four large cars actually contained five – a car had been slidden down the middle aisle on its side! Many of the vehicles were in various stages of restoration, but one vehicle stood out amongst all the others – a modified A494A Anglia coupe ute, which was tucked away in the corner of one of the sheds. It had been in a very rough state when he acquired it and has had to have a lot of work done on it. Whilst it still retains the basic shape of the ute, it has had a lot of modifications made to it. However, it should still look nice when finished!

By the time we got to the Outpost Retreat restaurant in Nojee, which involved descending a very steep hill between Neerim Junction and Piedmont, our numbers had swelled somewhat, and 36 (13 from FORDCA and 19 from EFV8CV, plus 4 who are members of both clubs) sat down to lunch, which didn't please the management, because we had only booked for 25 and they had had to move another customer to the verandah out the back! And that customer? Would you believe it was a Holden club catering for the early Commodores! As you can imagine, there was a good bit of humorous banter between us!

During lunch, the restaurant's owner had a look round our cars and chose (a) the best Small Ford and (b) the best V8, and awards were duly made to their owners just before we departed. The 100E Escort won (a) and a 1938 V8 roadster won (b). The owners of both cars were given very attractive tool boxes.







We returned by the same route as far as Neerim South, from where we continued to the Robin Hood pub near Drouin, where we joined the Princes Freeway as far as Garfield North.

This meant we had to climb that very steep hill from Piedmont to Neerim Junction (about 2kms at a very steep gradient), and one of our number stalled halfway up the hill in his A494A Anglia tourer, and had to be given a tow to Neerim, were our host for morning refreshments, who happened to be a retired motor mechanic, soon had the problem sorted – the screw that holds the cap of the petrol pump to the body of the pump was loose, allowing excess air to mix with the petrol! Once tightened, the car gave no further trouble that day.



















At Garfield North, the V8 Pilot owner allowed us to inspect the contents of his sheds (which included his 1953 A493A Prefect sedan and his prize-winning 1955 103E Popular roadster well-type utility), and treated us to afternoon refreshments, including more delicious fruit cake!! From there, we all made our own ways home.

As a postscript to this story, the anonymous donor of the prizes took pity on the Anglia tourer owner and gave him a tool box, painted red to match his tourer, too!





THE FESTIVE SEASON PICNIC

Saturday, 28th December 2020



We had a glorious summer's day for this event which was supported by 26 members and 2 guests, which I believe could be a record for this event. Nine members and a guest brought with them seven Small Fords. They were an A493A Prefect coupe utility; a 100E Prefect de luxe sedan; a 100E Anglia saloon; a 100E Escort wagon; a 107E Prefect sedan and two 105E Anglia de luxe saloons. Six more members and a guest came in 'alternative classics', namely a Morris 8 sedan, an Austin Devon sedan and an MGB GT sports car. The remainder came in 'moderns'

Several cars gathered at Lillydale Lake, to leave around 11:15am and travel in convoy to the reservoir via Lilydale, Coldstream, Yarra Glen and the long climb up to the top of the Christmas Hills.

We were fortunate to get the usual covered accommodation at the Saddle Dam Picnic Area, close to the amenities, but many chose to sit under the shade of a nearby tree. We enjoyed our picnic and 'catch up', with a lot of discussion about various members' current projects and a bit of parts swapping and loaning. It would have been around three o'clock before we all left for home.





Six of us opted to return home via Kangaroo Ground and Warrandyte, calling at the Warrandyte Stonehouse Cafe for a very welcome coffee, witnessed by a 'kookie'.

 

THE F.O.R.D.C.A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

&

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Saturday, 28th November 2020

 

This was the first official club event to be held since the middle of March 2020, due to COVID. Also, because of Covid, we could not even have the traditional Christmas BBQ, so we opted for a BYO everything picnic at Westerfolds Park, Templestowe and it worked!

Despite it being a Saturday, we had 26 members and 3 guests turn up in four Small Fords, two 'alternative classics' and a number of 'moderns'. The Small fords were a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1948 A54A Anglia coupe utility; a 1949 A493A Prefect sedan and a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon. The 'alternative classics' were a 1948 Morris 8 sedan and a 1964 Ford Thunderbird.





We welcomed two new members and two guests from Chirnside Park and two from Geelong, who were attending their first club event, and congratulated a member and guest for coming all the way from Bendigo, and another for coming from Castlemaine.





Thanks to a member who got there well beforehand, we were fortunate to get a gazebo with picnic tables for our meeting, but had to surrender it to a family holding a 21st birthday party at 2pm, by which time we had all left for home.

Having previously issued every club member with copies of the Annual Report and the motion for the proposed changes to the Constitution, the business side of things was completed very quickly without hassles and we soon got round to catching up with everybody else and enjoying our picnic.





BREAKING OUT OF LOCKDOWN

Sunday, 15th November 2020



With effect from Monday, 9th November, the Covid-19 restrictions that had been imposed upon residents of the Melbourne Metropolitan Area were eased. We were now allowed to travel more than 25kms from home; up to 20 people could meet outdoors in a public place and the rules about only making essential journeys and using our cars sparingly were scrapped. That enabled us to start using our club cars again.

Our Club had its first official run since March planned for 28th November, but some of us in the eastern suburbs couldn't wait that long to give our 'oldies' a run out to blow away the cobwebs after almost 8 months in storage. After a quick ring around the regulars a few days beforehand, we ended up with 5 cars participating on a run to the beach at Tooradin on Western Port Bay on Sunday, 15th November. We gathered at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium from 10:00am and departed from there at 10:30am and drove in convoy to Tooradin via Harkaway, Berwick and Cranbourne





Cars participating on the run were a 1934 Model Y sedan; 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a modified A54A Anglia tourer; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer and a 1960 107E Prefect sedan.





Between Dandenong and Harkaway there are some steep hills to climb (and descend!) and it was on King Road, opposite the entrance to Kurll Park, the last hill before Harkaway (from where it was all downhill to Tooradin!), that the Model Y stalled, and her owner, after opening the bonnet, soon diagnosed a fuel problem: the pump didn't seem to be 'sucking' fuel. So, rather reluctantly, he and his wife had to call their son in Hampton Park to bring his trailer and collect him and take him home. The only snag was, the trailer was kept at his girlfriend's place near Moe, some 96kms away, so it took time to perform the rescue and, unfortunately, meant we didn't see them again that day.







The remaining four cars all made it safely to Tooradin, where we were able to park up together close to the beach. We were able to sit at a picnic table and watch the seagulls swooping and swirling and the pelicans paddling graciously by in front of us, with kids enjoying a swim in the clear waters of the creek. We all bought either a 'take-away' or an 'eat in' meal at the Old Jetty Cafe, located opposite the creek.

Apart from the unfortunate breakdown, it had been a great way to celebrate breaking out of lockdown.








LITTLE DID WE REALIZE THAT THIS WOULD BE THE LAST TIME ANY OF OUR CLUB MEMBERS WOULD BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE ON A CLUB RUN OR ATTEND A CAR SHOW FOR SOME CONSIDERABLE TIME. WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS, THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC WAS TO STRIKE AND THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS WERE FORCED TO INTRODUCE RESTRICTIONS THAT WOULD PREVENT US FROM HOLDING SUCH EVENTS FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.





 

2020 STEAMFEST

National Steam Centre, Scoresby

Sunday, 8th March 2020

Having nothing planned for the March 'long weekend', two of our members decided almost at the last moment to accept the invitation from the Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club, which had been circulated to our Victorian club members in early February, to take our cars to their 3-day event. They chose to go on the Sunday, which the weather forecasters said would be dry and sunny, and they were absolutely right! One member and his wife took his 1934 Model Y 'Stanley' and the other (and his wife) took his 1960 100E Escort and they were parked in a prominent spot close to the food stalls and the main arena, and had a constant stream of 'lookers'. They had a great day.









The doors to every shed on the site were open and you could inspect all the exhibits, from a gigantic 15 inch gauge model of a V.R. steam locomotive under construction, to a massive steam turbine from a ship and an absolutely enormous Fowler steam ploughing engine, and a lot of internal combustion engines and vehicles too! There were just a couple of dozen classic and vintage cars on display.


































THE IASBELLA & MARCUS SHOW

Sunday, 1st March 2020





The Isabella & Marcus car show is a charity event held annually at the Chelsea Bicentennial Park. Money raised goes towards research and support of brain tumors in children. This year a FORDCA member attended for the first time in his 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon. He met with a group called the "Bayside Car Enthusiast Group" at 7.30 am so they could arrive together and get a good spot.



The weather on the day was great with around 350 cars present. There were food and coffee trucks as well as live music. All-in-all, it was a well-organized and very pleasant event.





THE JOINT RUN WITH THE EFV8CV

Sunday, 23rd February 2020

We usually have a joint run with The Early Ford V8 Club of Victoria, and this year it was the turn of the EFV8CV to organize it. On the 23rd February and, after considering a few different routes for the run, eventually we settled on a run up to, over and round the back of the Dandenong Ranges.

A couple from Lancefield trailered their 1937 7W 'Ten' coupe over to Boronia and, after unloading the car, joined another couple and their 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster for the short trip down to the Tim Neville Arboretum in Ferntree Gully to join the others for a hearty cooked breakfast, kindly provided and prepared by the EFV8CV's Run Co-ordinator and his partner. They were soon joined by other members in a 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan; a 1948 A54A Anglia coupe ute; a classic Jaguar; a 1963 Ford Thunderbird and a 1948 Morris 8 sedan.

Just as it looked like we'd have no V8s join us for the start of the run, a couple rolled up in their lovely blue 1935 phaeton.

After devouring our delicious bacon and egg butties and washing them down with orange juice followed by a hot coffee, we were issued with written instructions, and set off in convoy around 9am, with the Run Co-ordinator (in a 'modern') warning us that he might shoot ahead in order to get some pictures of us “on the move”.

We proceeded through Upper Ferntree Gully and Tecoma to Belgrave, where we took the Monbulk Road through Kallista. By the time we had got to Monbulk we had passed up and over The Dandenongs. At Monbulk we took the road towards Sylvan Reservoir and after a short distance, we turned right to cruise along the gently undulating country lanes, through beautiful scenery to Yellingbo, where we stopped for light refreshments (again provided by our Run Co-ordinator) and photographs.

Bearing in mind that General Motors had recently announced that they were pulling out of Australia and dropping the Holden brand, and that the Ford Motor Company had stated that it intended to continue selling cars in Australia, it was rather ironic that we should park our Fords outside the old Yellingbo Roadhouse, which had the front end of a Holden FX mounted in its roof and looking down on us!



We were joined at Yellingbo by EFV8CV members in a 1934 V8 coupe and a 1936 V8 roadster ute. Our final destination was the Paradise Valley Hotel in Clematis.



Again, our Run Co-ordinator shot off to take some pictures of us “on the move” near Avonsleigh.



By the time we got to the hotel, a beautiful late summer's day had turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day, and we had no objections to being seated in the hotel's back garden, from where we had a grand view of the passing of a couple of trains on the Puffing Billy Railway, one in the Belgrave direction hauled by one of the famous Baldwin 2-6-2T 'NA' class locos, the other in the Emerald direction hauled by the huge Beyer-Garratt 2-6-2+2-6-2 'G42'.


We are most grateful to the EFV8CV Run Co-ordinator and his partner for planning such a wonderful cruise through the Dandenongs and for providing the breakfast and mid-cruise refreshments. We had 10 cars and a 'modern' (20 people) participate and had a wonderful day!







DAYLESFORD MOTORFEST

Sunday, 16th February 2020

A FORDCA member attended this event, held for the second time at Victoria Park, Daylesford, in his 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon, and came away with an award!







THE HIGHBALL CARS & COFFEE EVENT

Sunday, 9th February 2020

A FORDCA member attended this event in his 1962 107E Prefect sedan. It was held at the Bosch head office in Clayton, and in his opinion, was a fantastic event. A real eclectic mix of cars, from McLarens, Ferraris and Lambos, to Aussie and American muscle cars and the weird and wacky in between (his favourite was an EF Taxi with 1.5m kilometres on its clock!). There was around a few hundred cars in attendance and the proceeds were donated to the CFA. It's normally a monthly event and is highly recommended for enthusiasts of such cars.





SMALL FORD SUNDAY

Sunday, 2nd February 2019

Once again Small Ford Sunday was held in the grounds of the Deaf Children Australia College on St Kilda Road, South Yarra, which is about a kilometre further away from Melbourne CBD from where the RACV's Heritage Vehicle Display had been the previous weekend. And once again, the pre-1965 4-cylinder Fords were given exclusive use of the 'island' in front of the heritage-listed college building, and the five vehicles entered by FORDCA members plus a dark green 105E Anglia de luxe 'interloper' were parked on the eastern side, with a large contingent of 105Es, a 307E Anglia panel van, a couple of 100Es and a modified E4930A/B Anglia 10hp saloon from the RS Owners Club Victoria (the hosts of this show) filling up the remainder.





















We had a lovely summer's day for the event and some shade was provided by a large tree. We had a constant stream of visitors to our display, which comprised of a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1960 100E Escort wagon; the 105E Anglia de luxe saloon 'interloper'; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan and a 1959 100E Escort wagon disguised as a police car, which had been driven all the way from Adelaide.

























On the way home, most of the FORDCA members stopped in High Street, Armadale for a coffee and a cake at a cafe none of us had been to before. The owners were very accommodating and the food very good. It was a nice way to end what had been a great day! Our thanks go to the RSOCV for the hard work they put into organizing, publicizing and marshalling this show.





HE RACV'S AUSTRALIA DAY HERITAGE VEHICLE DISPLAY

KING'S DOMAIN GARDENS, MELBOURNE

Sunday, 26th January 2020

For the past three years, the annual Heritage Vehicle Display in the Kings Domain Gardens in Melbourne CBD has been organized by the RACV, who were authorized by the Department of Premiere & Cabinet to have up to 120 vehicles in the display this year. Each year they have chosen a theme for the display; last year it was 'Vintage cars' to commemorate the centenary of the first vintage car on 1st January 1919 and this year the theme was 'Made in Australia', which effectively restricted exhibits to post-war vehicles, as Australia didn't start building complete cars until after the war. Before the war, cars were imported in chassis/cowl form from Europe, North America and the U.K. to be bodied by coachbuilders in Australia.

Two of our members had their cars accepted for this year's display. One had his 1937 Model CX De Luxe roadster, straight-sided ute accepted as an entry, as an example of a pre-war, partly-Aussie built vehicle. Unfortunately, his trimmer let him down and didn't finish it in time for the display, but the RACV graciously allowed him to take his 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster, as an example of an Australian designed and built body on an English chassis/cowl, which turned out to be the oldest car in the display, and attracted a lot of attention. 

Surprisingly, the RACV had a struggle to fill 50 spaces, let alone 120, and as far as we are aware, there was only one other pre-war car - a 1938 Cadillac limousine, which apparently turned up without being booked in and, despite being a wholly-imported car (i.e. not built in Australia) was allowed in, probably because it added a bit of glamour to an otherwise pretty boring display of fairly modern cars!

The other member's car, and the only other 'Small Ford' in the display, was a very smart 1953 Aussie-built 1953 A493A Prefect sedan, which also attracted a lot of attention. However, a third FORDCA member managed to secure a place with his green 1952 Holden FX sedan, representing the first fully-Australian-built car.

The 'CX' and 'Prefect' owners travelled to the city together and parked up in Linlithgow Avenue before being given permission to proceed to their allotted positions in the display further down the road.

We had a very enjoyable day, sat by our cars, talking to people from all over the world, many of whom had come to watch the tennis. The RACV treated all exhibitors and their passengers to a buffet lunch, an ice cream and free coffees and soft drinks.





THE MID-WEEK RUN TO BELGRAVE

Wednesday, 8th January 2020



Having checked the weather forecast for the following Wednesday, the Club's Secretary found it was good and with a bit of luck, maybe there would be less smoke about from the horrific bushfires in East Gippsland. So, just after lunch on the preceding Monday, he sent out an email to our Victorian Members:



"Thought I might have a coffee in Belgrave on Wednesday, for any that would care to catch up. Be at the car park behind 'The Earthly Pleasures Cafe' by 10 am. It is on the left as you enter Belgrave from the Melbourne direction."







By 10 pm that night he had had 7 responses and the next day there were more, both by email and phone. He had intended to visit one of the smaller coffee shops in the main street, but it looked like he would have to have a re-think.









Just on 10am he arrived at the car park behind the Earthly Pleasures Cafe to see that several people were already waiting. Several were in their classic cars and others in their moderns, but all apparently keen for 'coffee'.

We quickly decided that the Earthly Pleasures Cafe was our choice (the only one big enough) and the staff put a table for 13 together for us. Shortly after ordering, three more members walked in and the table expanded to 16. This meant we had members from Garfield North, Frankston, Badger Creek near Healesville, and McKinnon, as well as from Balwyn East, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Glen Iris, Hallam and Kilsyth.

The coffee and food were good and the conversation lively as Christmas and New Year exploits were shared. Looking back, our Secretary could only come to one conclusion - people are really desperate to get out and have a coffee!




 

THE FESTIVE SEASON PICNIC

Lower Eltham Park

Friday, 27th December 2019

We had a beautiful day for our picnic at Lower Eltham Park, and in the days leading up to the event we were expecting as many as 22 members to attend. However, on the day only 9 turned up in seven cars (5 Small Fords, an 'alternative classic' and a 'modern').

There was nothing else happening in the park that day (e.g. the miniature railway wasn't running), but that did mean that we could pick and choose where we parked for our picnic, and we were able to 'bag' an area we've used before. We parked facing the second of the two sports ovals with some trees behind us to provide some shade. We spent a relaxing few hours there enjoying our lunch and catching up, and chatting to the occasional passer-by.

The cars brought along by members this time included that seemingly ever-present 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; a 1951 A493A Prefect coupe ute; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and a 1963 Ford Thunderbird sedan.





 

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

Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills

Sunday, 8th December 2019



We had a gloriously sunny day for this event, which was attended by 38 members and two guests, who mostly came in 'moderns', but twelve came in six Small Fords and an 'alternative classic', comprising a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1939 E93A Prefect sedan; a 1951 A493A Prefect coupe ute; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan; two 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloons and an Austin A40 Devon saloon.








We had members travelling from Bendigo; Frankston; Lancefield; Morwell; Seymour and Strathbogie.



The club provided the pre-cooked chicken, bread and butter, desserts, hot water for drinks and picnic plates and cutlery, and members brought a variety of salads. It all combined to make a first-class BBQ-cum-picnic lunch in lovely surroundings and in great company.




Just getting to the venue was a bit of a challenge for our Small Fords, as there are long, steep climbs to negotiate from all directions. A convoy of two Small Fords, the Austin A40 and a 'modern' mustered at Lillydale Lake and travelled via Yarra Glen. The continuous climb up from there to the summit of the Christmas Hills (with absolutely breathtaking views from the passenger's side) can result in some drivers having to drop down to 2nd gear before reaching the summit.



After lunch, there was an auction of bespoke metal signs made by a member with all proceeds going to the club, followed by the presentation of the Club Personality of the Year Award to our President.





 

THE KNOX CAR & ART EXPO

Sunday, 17th November 2019



FORDCA was invited to put on a display of half a dozen vehicles at the inaugural Knox Car & Art Expo, held in part of the car park at the Knox Club at the corner of Boronia and Stud Roads, Wantirna, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research. We had no difficulty in getting six members to bring their Small Fords, and even managed to squeeze in an extra pair.

Our display was to consist of a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1948 A54A Anglia coupe utility; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan and a 1959 100E Anglia saloon. Other clubs and individuals brought along a wide variety of vehicle types, many of which were to feature on the Channel 44 TV programme, 'Bumper to Bumper' early in the New Year.




We had a short shower of rain just after we had set up the display at 10am, but otherwise it remained dry and warm for the rest of the day. There were outside catering stalls, but some of us seized the opportunity to have a nice lunch in the club's bistro.

About 100 cars participated and, together with the art show inside the club, helped to raise $6,500 for charity.

It was a laid back but very enjoyable day, and we look forward to supporting the cause again next year.







THE HISTORIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DISPLAY

Yarra Glen Racecourse

Sunday, 11th November 2019

 

We had had a lot of rain in the week leading up to this event, which is hosted by the Historic Commercial Vehicle Club of Australia, and so it was a little surprising to find the ground still firm at the racecourse. However, the inclement weather was undoubtedly responsible for the much lower attendance this year.




Three members took vehicles to this show, a 1932 British Bedford truck, a 1960 100E Escort wagon and a 1963 Morris 850 saloon (cars and light commercials on 'red plates' are welcomed at this show). Three more members attended as visitors and did not bring a historic vehicle.

There were big displays of ambulances (courtesy of the Ambulance Victoria Museum in Bayswater) and buses and coaches, including a Leyland Tiger TL11 coach which had been converted into an ambulance. The truck contingent was, as usual, dominated by American makes, with a smattering of Atkinsons, Bedfords, Commers, Morris Commercials and a solitary Foden. There was also a late 1950s Fordson Thames Trader cattle wagon which was unregistered and looked as though it had just been pulled out of a barn; it was for sale.

In the covered display area, there were some sales stands selling parts, books and models.



 

THE CRUISE TO CRYSTAL WORLD,

DEVON MEADOWS AND CRANBOURNE BOTANICAL GARDENS

Sunday, 13th October 2019

 



We started from the sporting complex at Dandenong and, meeting up here were eleven members in five Small Fords and a 'modern'. The Small Fords were a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan and a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.



At around 9:30am we headed up Heatherton Road to pick up the Cranbourne Road. Unfortunately for us, we lost two cars in the traffic with all the hold -ups at traffic lights, etc, but continued merrily on our way.

As sometimes happens on these outings, we missed the turn to Cranbourne and ended up doing a sightseeing tour of the backblocks of Harkaway! By the time the bitumen became a dirt road, our suspicions of missing the turn were well and truly confirmed. 

Fortunately, a fellow motorist took pity on us and gave directions and we eventually linked up with the others and continued on through Cranbourne to Crystal World at Devon Meadows, where we were met by two more members and a guest in a 'modern' and a 1955 103E Popular roadster, well-type utility.

The display of crystals, fossils, rocks and dinosaur bones was really impressive with a large selection of items for sale to keen and wealthy collectors. There were also smaller semi-precious crystals and rocks for sale for the average collector.








After spending about an hour there, we proceeded to nearby Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, stopping at the Stringybark Picnic Area for our picnic lunch, where we were joined by two more members in a 'modern'. We were lucky enough to have a little southern brown bandicoot put in an appearance. Whilst we were having our picnic lunch it was rooting around in the dirt and eating whatever it is that bandicoots eat!





We then went to the gardens, which were really quite amazing. We were there at the right time of the year as all of the Spring flowers were out. These gardens are for native plants only but we thought the landscaping, including the water feature, was really quite stunning. Not what we had expected at all. We then wandered around taking in the various flowers and shrubs, and some of us were particularly taken with the bottle trees in 'The Weird and Wonderful Garden'.

It had been another really good day out.



 

MUCKLEFEST

Muckleford Station, Victorian Goldfields Railway

Sunday, 6th October 2019

This event usually attracts quite a good display of cars, but this year they tried to expand it to a two-day event and this, it seems, has diluted the numbers, so that we were among less than 40 cars that turned up on the Sunday.



We had four members and five guests provide a display of seven Small Fords and an 'alternative classic' (an Austin Atlantic). The Small Fords were an Anglia special; an ex-PMG Ten-Ten 10cwt van; an A53A Prefect sedan; an A493A Prefect coupe utility; an A494A Anglia tourer; a 100E Prefect sedan and a 300E Thames van.



We had a nice quiet day just sitting around and talking to other interested tyre kickers who came by. A considerable number of people were interested in our display but the numbers were down which was very disappointing. We would hope that the organizers go back to having this as a one-day event next year.





MID-WEEK RUN TO CHELTENHAM

Wednesday, 18th September 2019



Club members were notified at short notice by email of this mid-week run to the Naked Racer Cafe and its associated motor cycle museum at 1 Grange Road, Cheltenham.



We arranged to meet at Dandenong Basketball Centre on Stud Road, Dandenong North. Three members turned up in Small Fords (a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1960 100E Escort wagon and a 1960 107E Prefect sedan), and 2 more members and two guests arrived in 'moderns'.





We left around 10am for a 40-minute drive down city streets to the cafe, which is not far from the runway at Moorabbin Airport. We were joined there by two more guests.


There were some quirky vehicles on the forecourt of the cafe, including a BMC Mini which had been 'cut and shut' and was about the size of one of those little Merc 'Smart' cars. We walked through the cafe to the museum which must have contained at least a hundred motor cycles, about 90% of them Indians (an American make) with a few of British and other makes. There were bikes of all ages, with some very early bikes suspended from the ceiling or perched on shelves high up the walls of the building. Most were 'standard', but there were some quirky ones too, such as a 3 seater Indian with the passengers 'in line'! I can only imagine that the 'driver' had to have strong legs to cope with two passengers when stuck at traffic lights!!

The owner of the place was probably an Indian dealer, and had several bikes for sale. The prices of some bikes were amazing - you could have bought a luxury SUV for the price of some of them!

 

It was such a nice Spring day, that we sat in the outdoor environs of the cafe to enjoy a coffee before we made the short drive up Grange Road to our ultimate destination, the Cheltenham RSL, for lunch.





 

THE DIAMOND CREEK ROTARY TOWN FAIR

Saturday, 14th September 2019

 





For some years now, FORDCA has been invited to participate on the grand parade at this event, and afterwards, provide a static display around the Coventry Oval in the centre of Diamond Creek township. Initially, we were one of three clubs invited, but the other clubs produced poor displays and ceased to participate about three years ago, leaving FORDCA with 'the sole rights' ever since.

After some discussion amongst officials and we were allowed to park on the oval, with the permission of the nearby football club, on the condition we did not leave before 4pm.






We ended up with 7 cars on the oval being a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1949 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1950 E83W 10cwt 'woodie' and two 107E Prefect sedans, with two 'alternative classics', a 1948 Morris 8 sedan and an Austin A30 Countryman wagon.


It was a beautiful, sunny, windless Spring day and the 19°C felt more like 30°C. Some of us were to get rather sunburnt, as we had no shade on the oval, and had not brought a hat or any sun screen!! Still, we had plenty of people come up and chat to us about our cars and FORDCA may even end up with a new member with a Prefect sedan (fingers crossed!). The hours simply flew by. We all enjoyed the day and the company and no doubt we will be going again next year!








 

THE JOINT RUN WITH THE Z.Z.O.C.M. TO BAXTER

Sunday. 18th August 2019

We had a beautiful start to the day for this, our first-ever joint run with the Zephyr & Zodiac Owners Club Melbourne, and thankfully there were some places for us all to park at our meeting point, the Dandenong Basketball Centre, which seems to be getting busier every time we use their facilities. Seven FORDCA members and four guests participated on the run and brought with them a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan and a 'modern'. Two more guests from Frankston (later to become members) joined us later at the McClelland Gallery in their 'modern'. About 18 members of the ZZOCM in about 8 cars were to join us at various points along the run, with at least three cars joining us at the Centre.













At around 9:50am we departed in convoy for our first call, Myuna Farm on Kidds Road, in Doveton, a 10 minute drive away. A nice surprise here was that they waived their admission fee of $7.50 a head. We spent a pleasant hour here, looking at their collection of farm animals and native animals, reptiles and birds, before departing for our second call, the McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Langwarrin, a 30 minute drive via the Frankston – Dandenong Road and Skye Road.














Whilst the outdoor sculptures may not have changed much since we were last there in April 2016, the indoor exhibits were certainly different.





















We spent an hour there before making our short way down McClelland Drive to the Baxter Tavern-Hotel-Motel for lunch. It was a good job we had reserved tables for 30 at the pub as the place was packed. There must have been over 300 people in it, but the service was still pretty good and the meals were enormous, which is probably why the place was so popular!

 











We'd had nice weather until we came to leave the pub around 3pm, then the heavens opened just as we got into our cars to leave for home. However, the rain (much needed in these parts) did not spoil what had been a great day for both clubs and I'm sure we'll be having joint events again in future!

 

 





THE QUARTERLY SOCIAL EVENING

Eastwood Golf Club, Liverpool Road, Kilsyth

Thursday, 15th August 2019



We had 11 (including a member and his partner attending for the first time) turn up at our latest Social Evening for a chat, a good meal and a drink in good company.

It was a special occasion for our most senior member: he had just completed 50 years as a member of the Eastwood Golf Club, and we were told not to touch his name on the honours board in the entrance hall of the clubhouse as the gold paint had hardly dried on it!

Another member was to be surprised when he was presented with a good-as-new steering wheel for his 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan, in apprecation for what he has done for the club in recent times.





 

 

 

THE FORD FLATHEAD FESTIVAL

Caribbean Market & Gardens, Scoresby

Sunday, 28th July 2019

With beautiful winter weather and record crowds, the 5th annual Ford Flathead Festival was deemed to be the best yet, with at least 115 'flatheads' and about 40 'guest cars', including a large contingent from the Zephyr & Zodiac Owners Club Melbourne (whose cars, of course, have overhead-valve engines!) were in attendance.

From our club we had 15 members bring a total of 11 cars to display. These were a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1948 V8 Pilot sedan (making its debut at a club event); a 1948 Mercury coupe; a modified A54A Anglia tourer (also making its debut at a club event); a 1949 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan and a 1956 100E Prefect sedan. Four more members (all of whom werer restoring Small Fords) also visited us in their 'moderns' during the day.





















The owner of the Model CX De Luxe sedan had a 'For Sale' sign stuck to a side window of his 'CX', and it drew some attention, and indeed resulted in the car being sold to a gentleman from Frankston the very next day!

The Festival is held on the last Sunday in July to commemorate Henry Ford's birthday, which is actually on 30th July. This year the 156th anniversary of his birth was celebrated by giving all vehicle owners a slice of cake, kindly donated by Woolworths, Hastings.







Also, for the first time, all 'flathead' owners were given a free ticket for a raffle held at 1:30pm, with three prizes kindly donated by the RACV, the main prize being a $250 voucher to spend at one of their many resorts.

Early V8s again dominated the show, easily outnumbering the lovely displays of Model Ts, Model As and the smaller English and Australian 8 and 10hp cars, put on by their respective clubs who, with the Early Ford V8 Club of Victoria, jointly organize the event.



































 

 

THE A.G.M. & CHRISTMAS IN JULY FUNCTION

Sunday, 14th July 2019





Held at the Wandong Australiana Motel Restaurant Tavern, the official records show that we had 42 members and a guest attend this event, which equaled 30% of the voting members of the Club

As usual, members came from all directions. They came from Lockwood South and Bendigo in central Victoria; Corowa, N.S.W.; Benalla and Strathbogie in north eastern Victoria; Neerim and Garfield North in eastern Victoria and Inverleigh in the south west, as well as from the suburbs of Melbourne. Four came in their 'Small Fords'.



The business side of things was conducted very efficiently, with annual reports being presented by various club officers before the election of officers for 2019/20, which involved the Vice President retiring after 8 years on the Committee. On conclusion of the A.G.M, there was a short break before we held a General Meeting at which members had their say on the way the club was being run. After that we tucked into a fabulous four-course carvery meal.

The various courses were interspersed with an auction of donated items and relavent memorabilia, a Kris Kringle and after the meal there was a "lucky door prize" (everybody present being given a ticket).

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and had a good time catching up with other members they may not have seen for some time.












REEFTON REVIVAL

Sunday, 16th June 2019



Soon after advertising this run, word came through that the Reefton Hotel, our lunch destination, had closed. After several enquiries, the owner was eventually contacted and assured us that the Hotel was up and running and that we would be very welcome.

As the date approached, the weather forecast for the day got worse and worse, but then on the day it was to be cold but dry. Thank goodness!

We had 18 people listed for the run, who brought with them 7 small Fords and two 'alternative classics'. These were comprised of a black 1937 7W 'Ten' coupe; a 1938 dark blue 7W 'Ten' sedan; a red 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1960 100E Escort wagon; a pink and black 1960 107E Prefect; a yellow 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon; a beige 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon; a 1963 blue Morris 850 Mini and a classic Jaguar sedan. There were also two 'moderns'.



We met at the Lillydale Lake car park on the Sunday morning. We departed at 9:30am, only 15 minutes after the advertised time. We travelled in loose convoy up Hereford Road to Mt. Evelyn, then down Clegg Road to the Warburton Highway, along the Highway through Wandin, Seville, Woori Yallock and into Yarra Junction, where we met another member and had a stop for morning tea.




After a good friendly chat, we headed off again and travelled through Warburton, on to the Woods Point Road and into the Yarra Ranges National Park. Our destination was the 'Little Peninsula Tunnel' and we travelled to the eastern or lower car park. We squeezed into the car park but all to no avail, as the path leading to the inlet side of the tunnel was closed. In places the river bank had been eroded, reducing the width of the footpath. So, we didn't get a good look at the tunnel.









Not to worry, just up the road is the 'Big Peninsula Tunnel', and so we went there. At the end of the road leading to the Big Peninsula Tunnel, we had to do a three-point turn and park on the side of the road. There are two approaches to see this tunnel, one viewing the outlet, the other the inlet, we chose the latter. Having walked down from the ridge and crossed the Yarra on some stepping stones, we discovered that the viewing platform overlooking the inlet was closed for maintenance, some steps were missing on each end of the decking. After a quick discussion, we negotiated the framework of the missing steps and succeeded in actually viewing the tunnel.

















From here it was a short drive to the Reefton Hotel. We parked our cars outside the pub alongside a few motorcycles and an early, open-wheeled Bugatti. The motor cyclists included a new FORDCA member from Belgrave.

















The publican had arranged a table for 18 in the dining room just for us and to top it off there was a roaring open fire to warm the cockles of our hearts. As usual, the Reefton Hotel provided a bountiful lunch with many of us struggling to finish our meals. After a couple of hours of eating and chatting it was time to head out of the hills for home. It had been a very pleasant day's run.



If you would like to know more about the history of the two man-made tunnels, then google 'Big Peninsula Tunnel' and you will get the full story.







MID-WEEK RUN TO THE 1000 STEPS CAFE

Upper Ferntree Gully

Wednesday, 5th June 2019

 

It was suggested that we meet for a coffee in the cafe at the bottom of the 1000 Steps in Upper Ferntree Gully at 10.00am, and all Victorian members were circulated by email just two days prior to this date. Despite the extremely short notice, 7 members and 2 guests turned up at the cafe on a sunny winter's day to spend a pleasant couple of hours having a chat over a coffee and cake.

The 1000 Steps are very popular with fitness fanatics and there are often problems with car parking in the area, especially at weekends. We may have passed the area a number of times on club runs, etc and seen the chaos caused by the parking problems, but never called there and, indeed, many of us didn't know there was a cafe there!

The cafe is accessed via a service road off the main road with car parks downhill and uphill. However, to the unenlightened, reaching it proved a bit of a problem with some of us missing the car park entrances and going beyond the upper car park and having to do a 'U'-turn to find the appropriate entrance! Even though it was a weekday, both parks were quite full and it was not possible to park all our cars together for a photo. Besides, our 'official photographer' had forgotten to bring his camera with him, so there are no photos of this event!

Those attending brought with them four Small Fords (a 100E Escort wagon; two 105E Anglia de luxe saloons and a 107E Prefect sedan); an MGB GT and a 'modern'.

 





 

NATIONAL MOTORING HERITAGE DAY

Yarra Glen Racecourse

Sunday, 26th May 2019

 



National Motoring Heritage Day was our official club run for May to Yarra Glen racecourse, where the Association of Motoring Clubs (AOMC) had organized a static display. Our cars, occupied by 4 members and a guest, were a 1949 A493A Prefect sedan, a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and a 1960 100E Escort wagon. We departed from the lake around 9:30am.

Soon after parking up at Yarra Glen racecourse and erecting our new 'teardrop' banner, we were joined by another member with his 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan, and his friend with a 1969 Ford Mustang 'fast back', Unfortunately, the late comers left a gap at the end of our row which was snapped up by an intruder (at least it was a Ford!), so they were separated from the rest of us.

Despite a rather negative weather forecast, we had a lovely late autumn day and a constant stream of visitors to our stand.

The AOMC produced a very colourful commemorative plaque for this event.









HISTORIC WINTON

Saturday & Sunday, 18th & 19th May 2019

 

Historic Winton is normally held on the last weekend in May, but because the race track was booked on this particular weekend for a V8 Supercars race meeting, it was held a week earlier, thus clashing with National Motoring Heritage Day (NMHD), which is normally held on the third weekend of May. As many motoring enthusiasts in Victoria like to go to both events, the Association of Motoring Clubs made the decision to postpone their NMHD celebrations a week.

The morning mist was just clearing as we ventured up the Melba Highway to Yea on the Saturday morning, and by the time we got to Bonnie Doon it had turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day. Turning onto the Midland Highway a short distance after the latter place, we were to witness Lake Nillahcootie at a low level, reflecting the drought conditions that this part of Victoria has been experiencing over the last year or two. We arrived at our hosts' residence by 2pm, in time for the four of us to have a quick cuppa before embarking on a trip north to Goorambat, Devenish and St James to view some new grain silo paintings, including one featuring G J Coles, founder of the Coles stores empire, whose first store was in St James.

We were all up early the next morning in order to be at Winton Raceway by 9am. I was amazed how full the car parks were when we got there, considering how far the place is from big centres of population. I managed to find a space for my 'modern', whilst our hosts found a place close to where we normally park (in the same enclosure as the Austin 7 Club) for their 105E Anglia de luxe saloon. Another FORDCA member with a similar car was able to park nearby. Apart from a yellow, modified 1961 107E Prefect sedan, these were the only Small Fords seen at Winton this year.

Other FORDCA members to be seen at Winton on the Sunday came from Thomastown (Melbourne), Bendigo and Hoppers Crossing.



There was so much to see in the pits and special exhibition areas that we spent comparatively little time actually watching the racing. We caught the free bus to see the mainly hot rod, custom and muscle car display on the other side of the course, and walked back round the perimeter track whilst the midday grand parade of all types of vehicles was in progress. This year I was impressed by a Singer 9 tourer that, at first sight, could almost be mistaken for one of our Model Y tourers, and a pair of 1939 Morgan F4 3-wheelers that were powered by Ford 10hp sidevalve engines (likely to be of the E93A, double water outlet type).



 





THE QUARTERLY SOCIAL EVENING

Eastwood Golf Club, Liverpool Road, Kilsyth

Thursday, 16th May 2019

 

We had thirteen attend our latest Social Evening, out best attendance for a while. Once again, we enjoyed a very pleasant evening with good food in good company. Joe was the main beneficiary this time, receiving quite a bit of advice from others about some problems he was facing with the restoration of his 107E Prefect sedan. However, we must stress that we didn't just talk about cars!



 

THE WARRACKNABEAL YFest PARADE

Saturday, 20th April 2019

 

Two FORDCA members living in the far west of Victoria, one in his light green 1950 E493A Prefect sedan and the other in his newly-restored, light blue 1957 100E Prefect sedan, participated on this annual event, which passed through the centre of Warracknabeal, where crowds lined the pavements.







ERIC'S DAYOUT IN THE CITY

Sunday. 14th April 2019

 

After two previous attempts to have this run (both postponed), we succeeded in carrying it through this time around, and very enjoyable it was too. We all arranged to meet at 10:00am at the Eastern Hill Fire Museum on Victoria Parade in Melbourne CBD, where we had arranged for the use of a small, private car park at the back of the museum. One 'modern' and seven other FORDCA members who brought with them a 1934 Model Y sedan, a 1960 100E Escort wagon, a 1960 107E Prefect sedan and a BMC Mini, gathered there to be given a guided tour of the museum. It was a bit of a squeeze to get our cars in the car park!

We saw the tower which was used to train firemen to climb and descend ladders and to dry hoses, which were hung from the top of the tower. The latter point was once the highest point in Melbourne and a watchman could have a 360° view of the city – but not anymore, thanks to today's skyscrapers!

Then we went indoors and saw the Control Room on the first floor. Here there is a massive keyboard, contained in several cabinets which were arranged in a "U"-shape around three walls, with a separate control desk in the middle, opposite the high-mounted clock. The cabinets were embellished with intricate carvings which made them something special and well worth preserving. The Control Room and its keyboards were the hub of the Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) and fires and other major incidents in the city would be reported to the Controller, who would refer them to the nearest Fire Station for actioning.

Returning to the ground floor, we visited the Commander-in-Chief's office, then the boardroom before allowing we explored the main fire engine display area and the gift shop. The MFB has a large collection of fire engines, most of which are housed in the old railway workshops in Newport, but only a handful of these can be displayed in Eastern Hill at any one time, so they are rotated between the two sites, which means the display has been different on each of the three occasions we've visited this museum. On this occasion the display included fire engines made by Hotchkiss, Shand Mason, Pierce Arrow and Dodge.

Before we left the museum for our picnic lunch, we checked out the basement 'office', where a fellow MFB volunteer had a workshop, making gifts to order or to sell in the shop to raise funds for the museum. There was also an interesting display of sprinkler heads – we didn't know there were so many different types!

Our convoy of four 'oldies' and a 'modern' left the museum around lunchtime and after a quick spin down Nicholson Street, Alexandra Parade, Queens Parade and Heidelberg Road, turned into Yarra Bend Road and followed this through Yarra Bend Park to the southern end of the A. E. Corben Oval, where we found a nice, quiet picnic spot by the Yarra, not far from the famed Studley Park Boathouse, but on the opposite bank. There we were joined by another FORDCA member in his red A494A Anglia tourer and spent a pleasant couple of hours chatting and enjoying our picnic lunches.

Although it was a bit misty when we left home that morning, it turned out to be a very pleasant autumn day and we are grateful for this very enjoyable club outing.

 

 



THE SCORESBY PICNIC

Sunday, 31st March 2019

 

Our Hallam member wrote, "I had intended to go on the Kalorama Rally, but family issues had to take priority and I couldn't go. On the other hand, I had no plans to go to the Scoresby Picnic, organized by the Dandenong Valley Car Club on behalf of the Federation of Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Clubs, but after last-minute changes and discussion with my wife and my son, we decided to go in mini convoy, with myself and my wife in my 1934 Model Y sedan, and my son driving my 1948 Morris 8 Series E sedan.



The weather had been miserable for the whole weekend but on Sunday, at around 9:00am, it cleared up and stayed fine until 2:00pm' just enough time to have a great day out!

We were joined at the National Steam Centre at Scoresby by a FORDCA member in his pink & black 1960 107E Prefect sedan.



There was plenty to see if you are a steam nut, stationary engine nut, or just any farm industry or earth moving machinery nut. That was in addition to the 100 or so cars ranging from veteran to classic. Plenty of car eye candy! A great day in great company".







THE KALORAMA RALLY

Sunday, 24th March 2019

 

Our Healesville member wrote, "At 10am we departed from Badger Creek. As we went down Don Road, we noticed the oval was filling up with vehicles of all types. It was the annual Healesville car show. However, we made it up from Montrose to the Kalorama Oval in top gear (there was nobody to slow us down!). We arrived at 11:14am and parked with other cars. A coffee was what was needed now! During the day we bumped into two more FORDCA members – one couple with a blue 100E Prefect sedan and the other in their 1937 7W 'Ten' coupe. They had trailered their car from Lancefield to Ringwood and joined other tail enders for the rally at The Manhattan.

























I wandered around looking whilst my partner stayed with the dog. 9 out of 10 people who spoke to her said they were really pleased to see the ute in old condition, retaining the patina, as they say. I was approached by an Austin 7 owner who said he would donate Ford parts to the club. Later that week, I went and picked them up. He had a garage full of Austin 7s and MGs, fully restored and on club plates, about 10 all told. It was wonderful to see and talk to him about their history.

The Delage marque was well-represented at the show, as were Rileys, MGs, Austin 7s and a thousand others. A Delage won the car of the show award. A great show, very well attended and run".

 








 

 

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