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Sunday, 23rd April 2023


A posting on the Club’s Facebook Group Page advising of the Garfield Coffee & Cars – April Catch Up on 23rd April, resulted in four members taking their small Fords to this event. 

Around 11am we lined up our cars on the railway side of the main street in Garfield. A 1960 100E Escort wagon led the little convoy which also included a 1950 A493A Prefect coupe utility, a 1956 100E Prefect sedan and a 1948 Ford V8 Pilot sedan, the latter belonging to our member living in Garfield North.  We soon had enthusiasts and local people approaching us and chatting to us about our cars!


As was to be expected at this type of event, most of the cars were hot rods and muscle cars, with a smattering of classic cars.  A Hillman Imp was to catch our attention.


After an hour or so, we were invited back to the V8 Pilot owner’s home for a look at his sheds and some lunch.


 Three of us made the short drive to Garfield North to enjoy a tour of the sheds and a lovely lunch.  Around 3:00pm it was time to say goodbye and set off for home.

The Garfield Coffee & Cars event is, apparently, a regular event held on the last Sunday of the month and no doubt we will bear that in mind for the future.






Eastern Park, Geelong

Sunday, 19th March 2023


There was a record-breaking display of over 1,500 Ford vehicles at Eastern Park this year.  There must have been every GT Falcon and Mustang ever produced on display!

Our member noted a couple of Model A Fords; some Consuls and Zephyrs; a few Cortinas and Capris, and lots of LHD imported cars. Also, a good display of Hot Rods.



Two club members presented their vehicles – an E83W Thames 10cwt panel delivery van and an E493A Prefect sedan.


Note that the organizers had printed Ford Owners, Restorers & Drivers Club signs for our stand – a good promotion for our club!!!!!!!









The Village Common, Macleod

Sunday, 19th March 2023


We had 15 members and a few guests attend in 6 small Fords and a number of ‘moderns’ at this show.  The vehicles we displayed were a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1950 E83W 10cwt milk float;  a 1960 107E Prefect sedan; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon; a 1962 107E Prefect sedan and a 1964 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.  Our cars were parked along the southern perimeter of the oval and were close to some trees which offered us some shade.

This show differed from all the other car shows we had attended this year, insofar that it was open to all makes of car of all ages and not necessarily historic vehicles. So, we had the likes of a Bugatti; a McLaren; half-a-dozen Ferraris (including one that had been in the showroom the week before) and a couple of early 3-wheeled Morgans mixing with classic BMWs; Chevrolets; Chryslers; Rolls Royces, etc. It was an eclectic mix and led to a fantastic atmosphere.  We had a really enjoyable day!







 Sunday, 12th March 2023


Some of our members from the Central Goldfields Group cruised along to the Clunes Showgrounds for the Historic Vehicle Show on 12th March. They had a great drive across the back roads, rendezvousing with another member in Newstead. The roads were quiet, surprisingly, and it was a lovely morning for a drive, a touch chilly but it warmed up during the day.


We had 4 cars in our little convoy, a 1939 Ford V8 sedan; a 1948 A53A Prefect sedan; a newly finished 1951 A493A Prefect sedan and a 1959 100E Escort wagon. We met up with a friend, who is a member of the Bendigo Morris Club, with his 1956 Morris Minor ute at the show and he parked up with us. We also caught up with another FORDCA member from Bendigo who had brought his Ford 700 series truck with his A493A Prefect ute on the back tray.


Overall, there was a big turnout of cars, Vintage, Veteran, Classic, Aussie and American Muscle. There were lots of trucks; a couple of beautifully restored Mack Thermodynes, and lots of other older restored and unrestored trucks.  There were also a couple of really nice Mack Superliners.


The crowd were happy to be out and about, and the cars generated lots of chatting and questions. An old tractor which had a cart hooked up was busy giving rides throughout the day.  There was a stationary engine display and a handful of bikes turned up.








Sunday, 6th March 2023



The Kalorama Rally followed tradition and started at 9:30am from the car park at The Manhattan Hotel in Ringwood and finished up at the Kalorama Oval on top of the Dandenong Ranges.  This year the route of the run took us through Mitcham, Warrandyte National Park, Kilsyth and Montrose.  The drive through the National Park involved traversing a twisty, bi-directional, single-track road and there were some close skirmishes with traffic coming the other way which, fortunately, was very light!  


Five members and three guests started from The Manhattan in a 1936 Model CX De Luxe  roadster; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon; a 1959 100E Prefect de luxe sedan and some ‘alternative classics’.  After an enjoyable cruise through the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges,  and met up at the Kalorama Oval with four more members in a 1939 E93A Prefect sedan and an A493A Prefect coupe utility.  Most of us were able to park together (and set up a small marquee behind us).

There was a wide variety of vehicles at the oval, mostly pre-1965 with some impressive club displays, especially of Rileys, Bentleys and Austins.  There was a lovely line-up of vintage cars of various makes on the stand of the Vintage Drivers Club, who hosted the event.



The display on the oval seemed to be the biggest we’ve seen at this event, and the atmosphere was simply terrific.  We had a lovely autumn day. Around 2:30pm we called it a day and made our separate ways home.






Event Central at Caribbean Park, Scoresby

Sunday, 26th February 2023



Seven small Fords, a 1948 Morris 8 sedan and Jaguar MkII gathered from 9:00am on the service road that is just before the entrance to Caribbean Park.  The small Fords comprised a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster (making its first appearance at a show for over two years); a 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan; a 1939 E93A Prefect sedan; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia10hp saloon; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1954 103E Popular coupe utility and a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon. 


At 9:15am we managed to squeeze our cars into the long queue slowly entering the Park entrance from Ferntree Gully Road, thanks to some courteous drivers from other car clubs letting us into the queue.


Once we were on the showground, the Morris and Jaguar owners made their way to their marques’ designated areas, and the rest of us lined up in formation in a most desirable position within the Ford designated area.  Shortly after parking up, we were joined by another member in his 1959 MkII 100E Prefect de luxe sedan and a guest in his 307E Anglia panel van. Later in the day, the Morris was moved closer to us as his owner was, after all, a prominent member of FORDCA!





The main themes for the event this year were the MG Concours and the celebration of 100 years of Triumph.

As usual, there was a fantastic and eclectic mix of cars of almost every British and European make.  Around midday the AOMC broadcast over the PA system that there were over 1,000 cars and motor cycles on display!







We all had a great day among fantastic vehicles and great company. Even the weather remained stable which made for a very pleasant day.




Deaf Children Victoria College,

St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Sunday, 5th February 2023


As I left home in Boronia in my 1960 100E Escort wagon at 8:30am that morning, it was raining – not heavily, but that drizzly stuff that wets everything! – but by the time I got to the Burwood Highway in Ferntree Gully, the rain had cleared.  Turning onto High Street Road (which becomes High Street at the city end), I only had to follow this for some 20kms, all the way to the Deaf Children Victoria College, and as I passed through Ashburton, the clouds disappeared and we had blue skies for the rest of the day.  Approaching St Kilda Road, I was wondering what entrance to the College they would be using this year.  I needn’t have worried, as marshals were standing on the edge of High Street directing display cars into the showground.  





Unbeknown to me, I had been followed by two more club members, one in a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan and the other in a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon, and we all arrived at the designated area to find 6 more members who had brought 5 cars already there. The cars were a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; a 1954 103E Popular coupe utility; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon and a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.  However, a couple came all the way from Adelaide in their Escort MkII race car, and deserved a medal for their effort, especially as their car blew a head gasket on the way over. Pre-1965 small Fords owned by non-members were two more 105E Anglias, a highly modified E493OA/B Anglia saloon and a modified A494A Anglia coupe utility, which shared our area, which was right in front of the historic bluestone building, close to some trees that provided some shade on what had become a beautiful summer day.

As usual, there were large and very colourful displays of post-1965 English and European Fords elsewhere on the site, but a car that caught my eye was a very rare, black Ford Probe, a sports car that was meant to replace the Capri but didn’t sell very well.




The award for the best Anglia or Prefect went to a non-member for his two-tone blue 105E Anglia de luxe saloon “WEAZLY”,  and runner-up was a former member and his highly-modified E493OA/B Anglia saloon.


So, although our club did not win any awards, our cars attracted a lot of attention and we had a very enjoyable day in good company.


Our thanks to the RS Owners Club Victoria for hosting the show.







Sunday, 29th January 2023


Four FORDCA members attended the event and brought with them a 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan; a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and a 1963 Ford Thunderbird sedan.  Two more came as visitors in their ‘modern’.

Entry for the display cars was through a gate on McClelland Drive and entry for spectator vehicles was a gate on Frankston-Cranbourne Road.  Exhibitors passed through the gate and up a winding dirt drive for quite a long distance, passing fields and huge trees and a small lake on either side - a lovely drive in itself.  Arriving at the display cars’ entrance, we were directed by volunteer marshals to designated areas,
We were sent to an area designated for
Vintage & Veteran” cars, and apart from some Singers, a couple of Austin A30s, and a Morris Minor, all the other cars were large, tall, veterans - Hupmobile, Dodge, Model A’s of various models (tourers, coupes, roadsters etc).  This area was so picturesque, being right beside a beautiful, large lake, with lily pads and ducks and wonderful large trees around. Looking up we were all facing the wonderful gardens and immaculate, white homestead - quite an ideal area for the old cars.


The event appeared to be very well organized with food stands, coffee stands, vendor stalls selling T-shirts, hats, model cars and various other bits and pieces. There was live music from the Merri Creek Jazz Band that was perfect for the veteran cars attending as it reminded one of the era of the 1920s. Right in the middle of the display area was a pen where children could interact with, and feed, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a baby goat – it was very popular and well-attended all day.





The day was thoroughly enjoyable, and definitely an event to pencil in for next year.






Sunday, 22ND January 2023



Our first run of the New Year was the Joint Run with The Early Ford V8 Club Victoria.

It was FORDCA’s turn this year, and we called upon the assistance of a member of both clubs, Ian from the EFV8 Club, to open up his shed – or to be more precise - his unit on a gigantic industrial estate at Carrum Downs, near Frankston.  We planned to start the run at the Dandenong Basketball Centre on Stud Road (close to the Monash Freeway) and call at Ian’s unit before going for lunch at the Baxter Hotel and ending the day at the Moonlit Sanctuary (for native wildlife) in Pearcedale. We tentatively booked for 36 at the Baxter Hotel, but had to increase this to 56 when, just a few days before the run, we were informed by the representative of the EFV8CV, that he expected 18 cars and 36 people to be on the run from his club!


In the weeks leading up to the run, Ian kindly offered to put on a BBQ at his unit.  We were told that he had a lot of meat left over from a Christmas Party and wanted to get rid of it!


Two FORDCA members, one living at Seaford and the other at Frankston, didn’t think it worthwhile coming to the start at Dandenong, and offered to go directly to Carrum Downs and act as marshals, directing people to Ian’s unit.



We had a beautiful, warm day for the run, and had over 60 people participate, but not all were at the same venue at the same time.  Most started from the Basketball Centre, but more joined us at Carrum Downs; some did not go to Baxter and more did not go to the sanctuary.   But we had at least 50 go to the Baxter Hotel, despite the fantastic BBQ Ian had laid on, with help from his family, at Carrum Downs.



Everything went to plan – well, almost! Some people decided that they knew a better route to our next venue and opted to go their own way there, but we all ended up at the correct venue .


As for the cars that participated, the EFV8CV provided around 20 V8’s (we lost count!) and some ‘alternative classics’, and FORDCA came up with 8 Small Fords and four ‘alternative classics’.  The Small Fords were a 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon; a 1960 100E Escort wagon; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.  The ‘alternative classics’ were a 1948 Morris 8 sedan; a 1948 Ford V8 Pilot sedan; a 1969 Ford Mustang and a classic Jaguar sedan.



We were very happy that the day had gone so well and was apparently enjoyed by all.  Our thanks to all who participated, with special thanks to Ian and his family for opening their premises and providing such a fabulous BBQ.





Thursday, 29th December 2022


This event started off some 20 years ago as a joint event with The Australian Y & C Syndicate, held on one of the days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day that most of us have nothing planned for.  Nowadays it is a purely FORDCA affair but with some Syndicate involvement, and is regarded as the ‘last event of the year’.

The chosen venue this year was Jells Park, Wheelers Hill in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  Our representatives were there by 10am in order to ensure that we got a good spot for our picnic, and managed to find an area big enough to take 10 cars that was close to a shaded picnic table with a toilet block close by.  We cordoned off the parking area, using some Ford bunting that had been donated to the club by the Ford Dealers in Ferntree Gully some years ago,

Then we sat and waited for almost an hour for people to turn up!  And boy, did we have a good turnout!  We had 18 members and two guests turn up in 10 small Fords, dating from 1939 to 1963, an ‘alternative classic’ and four ‘moderns’.






The day was warm but overcast and a little windy, but was ideal for our picnic.  The shaded picnic table proved very useful and we all gathered round it and enjoyed our food in good company.  We had lots of people admire and photograph our cars.

It was a lovely way to end a fantastic year for club events.







Sunday, 11th December 2022



The location for this event was the TOOROURRONG RESERVOIR, which is situated about 6km out of Whittlesea on the Kinglake road.  To ensure we had a really good spot, our President arrived early and grabbed the desired location.  That left the pick-up of the food to another local member, who was to prove just how valuable a 10-10 ‘woodie’ can be when you have to carry stuff!



The weather was kind to us and it did not rain at all (a welcome change from some other years) but no sooner had we arrived, than a strong wind sprung up and so everything had to be tied down or sheltered, even our folding chairs were blowing away at times.


As has been done in the past, our Club provided roast chicken, salads and bread rolls for the main course and all attendees were requested to bring something small to share for dessert.  What a seasonal feast we had! After all had partaken of the chicken and salad, our wonderful ladies trotted out the desserts.  We had trifle, pavlova, shortbread, Christmas cake, more shortbread, mince pies, more shortbread, cookies, etc.  Most people had a little of everything– yum, yum, yum!




Once lunch was passed, the formalities were held with two members receiving Club Entity Awards, (one for the second time) for the work performed in supporting Club activities and members. A third member received a Restoration Certificate in appreciation of his “10-10 milk float” being completed and on the road.

In all, we had 36 members in attendance, but due to the longer distance travelled by most who attended, there were only seven small Fords to lift the standard of vehicles in the car park: a 1939 E93A Prefect sedan; a 1949 E493A Prefect sedan; a 1950 E83W Thames 10cwt ‘woody’; a 1954 100E Anglia (which was making its debut on a club event); a 1960 100E Escort wagon; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan and 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.

About 3 pm the wind was still gusting strongly; Santa had missed us due to the remote location (or he was blown off course) and so members wished each other Merry Christmas and left to make their own way home. Once again, an enjoyable social event with good people, good food and plenty of laughter.





Sunday, 13th November 2022



This was a FORDCA ‘exclusive’ club run to the Flying Tart Café at Pheasant Creek, between Kinglake and Kinglake West. This day was to be notable insofar that it was the day a member made his debut in his latest creation – a beautiful 1950 Fordson E83W Thames 10cwt ‘milk float’.

We mustered in the car park of Maccas at Diamond Creek, adjacent to the railway station and left there around 10:30am.  We set off in brilliant sunshine and cruised uphill through the back blocks of Hurstbridge and St Andrews to Pheasant Creek, which is located on the crest of a ridge, with 360° views of the surrounding countryside.

We had a short break halfway up the climb, by which time it had become quite overcast (but it did not rain!) – and a friendly, pedigree horse in a nearby paddock came over to greet us, but protective fencing prevented us from patting him – what a shame!





After a short break, we continued up the hill towards Kinglake. As we drove into the unsealed car park at the Flying Tart Bakery & Cafe, the puddles were a reminder of the amount of rain we’d had in the Greater Melbourne area in the preceding days.

After a typical bakery lunch, we all made our ways home.  Several of us chose to make it a circular trip by coming home via Kinglake, the Melba Highway and Yarra Glen. 

Fourteen members participated in a 1950 Fordson E83W Thames 10cwt milk float; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1954 103E Popular coupe utility a 1960 100E Escort wagon; two 1960 107E Prefect sedans; a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and two ‘moderns’.


All enjoyed a splendid day out!




Melbourne Cup Weekend

Friday, 28th October to Tuesday, 1st November 2022


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The East Gippsland Historical Automobile Club (EGHAC) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its founding this year.  It was also their turn to hold the Triennial Rally in Bairnsdale, so they combined the two events into a special rally and had special commemorative plaques made, one of which was given to all rally entrants with their rally packs at the Meet & Greet on the first night of the rally.

We had 33 club members and guests attend the EGHAC for a fun event in East Gippsland.

Our 'long weekend away' was to cover five days, from the Friday to the Tuesday inclusive, with the first and fifth days to be devoted to driving to and from Bairnsdale.  We've often heard presenters of tourism programmes on TV refer to Bairnsdale as "three hours from Melbourne" as it is only 278kms away "as the crow flies", which implies an average speed of nearly 100kph, but by the time you take into account the towns you have to pass through (Traralgon, Rosedale, Sale and Stratford-upon-the River Avon in particular) with their abundance of traffic lights and roundabouts, and the seemingly everlasting roadworks between Traralgon and Bairnsdale with numerous speed restrictions, the average speed can be as low as 60kph, and add in a couple of comfort breaks and the journey can take you up to six or seven hours, as it did for two of our members who drove their little Fords to and from the rally.  We had a very light shower on Saturday afternoon (not enough to put your wipers on!) and a heavy downpour as we came out of the club at Lucknow on Monday night, otherwise we had nice weather for our three days of cruising in East Gippsland.

We did a lot of cruising on the rally, with stops only for specific visits and lunches and none for comfort breaks or sightseeing. 


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The itinerary was as follows:-

Day 2 (Saturday): A cruise up the Mitchell Valley via Hillside and Lindenow, visiting the headquarters of Bonaccord (vegetable growers) supposedly for a guided tour which eventuated as a long, informative speech by a director, with us all standing around him for quite a while.

Then it was a short drive to Glenaladale Hall for a packed lunch (which included a lovely salad roll!) before returning to Bairnsdale via Flaggy Creek and Wy Yung.   Saturday evening was 'free' and our contingent went to a dinner dance at the Bairnsdale RSL


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Day 3 (Sunday): After meeting up at the Bairnsdale Oval,

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we had a cruise to Metung via Nicholson and Swan Reach, followed by a visit to John Ward's property on top of a hill outside Metung to view his collection of motor cycles and European cars. 

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Then it was a cruise up the Tambo Valley to Bruthen for lunch at the Bruthen Hotel.  The return to Bairnsdale was via a scenic drive via Wiseleigh, Mossiface and Claybank.  A BBQ was held at the East Bairnsdale Oval on Sunday evening.

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Day 4 (Monday): A cruise to Marlo via Bruthen, Nowa Nowa and Orbost for lunch at the Marlo Hotel.  On Sunday evening we were told that the direct road from Orbost to Marlo alongside the Snowy River was closed and that we would have to make a 50km detour via Cabbage Tree, to the north of Orbost, to get to Marlo.  This set tongues wagging and there was much discussion as to whether our little Fords would make the 300km-plus round trip and be back in time for the rally dinner that evening.  Peter settled the matter by saying he was taking 'Stanley', his Model Y, and the rest of us followed suit!  Unfortunately, 'Stanley' broke down between Orbost and Cabbage Tree, and ended up being rescued by 'Tail End Charlie' and spent the rest of the day on a trailer.  At Marlo, the local Mayor was asked to choose his favourite car and chose a FORDCA member's 7W 'Ten' coupe (please note – it is not an Anglia – that name did not appear on a Ford until late 1939!!).  Apparently, that morning the Mayor had pulled a few strings and had arranged for the local council to re-open the direct road to Orbost, which saved us having to return home via the detour.

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Monday evening, we had the rally dinner which doubled as a birthday party for the EGHAC, and we were all given a slice of the birthday cake!  Rather embarrassingly, we won a lot of the raffle prizes, and we almost swept the board with the vehicle awards!  That same 7W 'Ten' coupe was awarded the 'Entrant's Choice' award (aka as The Car of the Rally!), with another FORDCA member's 1964 Ford Fairlane coming joint runner-up with two other cars (no trophy awarded); 'Stanley' received the 'Hard Luck Trophy', and our guests from Brisbane were given the 'Longest Distance Travelled' award despite coming in a 'modern'.  Congratulations to all the winners.

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Day 5 (Tuesday): The EGHAC laid on such a fabulous BBQ breakfast at the East Bairnsdale Oval, that it really set us all up for the day, and we only needed a comfort break and a cuppa at Yarragon on the way home.






Melbourne Steam Centre, Scoresby

Sunday, 23rd October 2022


Finally, we managed to get the FFF up and running again after having to postpone it the last couple of years due to COVID.


The FFF Combined Club Committee once again had its work cut out, as we had originally organised to run this event at the Caribbean Gardens Collectible Market site, but were told only a few weeks before the scheduled date that the site owners would no longer allow car displays at this site.


So, it was “back to the drawing board” to see if we could find another venue for our advertised date. In the meantime, the AOMC's 'All American Day' and the 'Mustang Roundup' were advertised for the same day as us, but at the alternative Caribbean Park site (entering from Ferntree Gully Road)!


Fortunately, the Committee had previously had discussions with the Melbourne Steam Centre (MSC) and we again approached them to see if we could hold FFF there on the 23rd October. They said "yes" and we were up and running again, so we had to print new leaflets, a new banner, etc and things were looking good.


Then it rained.… And rained….And rained some more.


Sometime after that we saw notifications online that the 'All American Day' had been cancelled and the 'Mustang Roundup' postponed, so we were faced with the question of do we proceed or not?  We decided to push on and it was a great success, with large numbers of T’s, A’s, early Ford V8’s and plenty of small S/V Fords.


Our thanks go to all those that helped with the organisation and running of this event.  Also, thanks to the MSC for allowing us to hold the event there and being so willing to accommodate us, and of course thanks to all those that supported the event, even though the weather was quite threatening.


On the day there were a few grumbles from people about the wait time for coffee and food. Originally a food van and a coffee van had been booked, but the coffee van was a “no show”. Fortunately, the food van agreed (on the day) to also do coffee, so apologies to all that had to wait.


As they say, “The best laid plans of mice and men …….”!

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Just for the record, there were over 100 cars at the FFF, 12 of which were provided by 12 FORDCA members and a guest.  These comprised a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1939 Ford V8 sedan; a 1947 A53A Prefect sedan; a 1948 A54A Anglia coupe utility; a 1950 E83W Thames 10cwt 'woody'; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1954 103E Popular coupe utility; a 1954 100E Prefect sedan; a 1959 100E Prefect de luxe sedan; a 1960 100E Escort wagon and a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.  Three members and a guest attended without club cars.


The Ford RS Owners Club also fielded 5 cars (two 100E Anglias; a 100E Prefect and two 300E Thames vans), meaning we had 16 Ford 8 & 10s at the event (excluding the 1939 V8) - which must be a record for a Victorian club event (excepting National Rallies).





Lewis Road, Wantirna South

Tuesday, 6th September 2022


FORDCA was invited by the Vauxhall Owners Club and the Zephyr-Zodiac Owners Club Melbourne to visit the Penrite Oils private motor museum, which was located in their former manufacturing premises in Lewis Road, Wantirna South. 

Penrite required at least 50 people to attend so we also invited the Austin A40 Club, we more than succeeded in meeting Penrite’s demand.

Once the majority of people were assembled at 8pm, we were then treated to an interesting presentation by the Penrite Museum staff on the history and the details of the various Penrite oils.  When the presentation was over, we were free to wander around and look at the lovely collection of motor vehicles within the museum.

Some cheese and crackers were provided along with tea and coffee.

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Sunday, 28th August 2022



Two members from Lancefield in their 1937 7W ‘Ten’ sedan and a member from Lockwood South in his green 1954 100E Prefect sedan, set off from the latter place early to make sure they got a good spot at the Marong Oval. When they arrived, parking was around the outside edge of the oval, due to the centre of the oval being rather boggy.

They joined a couple from Bendigo who had brought no less than 5 vehicles to the show, with the assistance of four friends, to bring along a 1947 A53A Prefect sedan; a 1949 A493A Prefect coupe utility on the back of a 1966 Ford 700 truck; a 1963 ‘Harry Potter-style’ 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and a 1971 Ford Fairlane 500.

So, with seven vehicles on display you could say we had a really good attendance of vehicles from the Central Goldfields Area and we contributed to a big variety of vehicles displayed.

We had a beautiful day for the picnic, a bit chilly early in the morning but it got warmer as the day went on.  Thankfully, the expected rain did not eventuate.

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Thursday, 18th August 2022


At the July AGM it was suggested that we should try a different venue for our Quarterly Social Evening.

It was suggested that we try the Ferntree Gully Bowling Club in Glenfern Road, Ferntree Gully and this venue was checked out by a couple of members one day for lunch to see how it compared to the Eastwood Golf Club. The dining room was found to be adequate for our purposes and the menu was comprehensive and contained good and varied selections, including a Seniors menu.

So it was decided to give the bowling club a go, and this was our first time there. We had 10 members participate. It was a splendid night as everyone was chatting away up and down the table, and after a short time our meals were delivered by friendly staff, no complaints regarding the service, or the food. All the meals looked great and soon we were too busy for chatting. Ha ha!

All too soon it was time to depart, and out we strode into the miserable weather to go our separate ways. It was agreed unanimously that we would be happy to dine there again as we all felt comfortable and enjoyed the surroundings, and our own company.





Sunday, 14th August 2022

At long last we managed to get this run happening, after postponing it several times during the “Covid Years”! We had a really good turn up (22 members and guests). It was great to see such support for this outing and the venues seemed ideal for this cold, wintery Sunday.

We started off at the Naked Racer in Moorabbin for coffee. For those not familiar with this venue it is a cafe/restaurant with an amazing private collection of motorcycle paraphernalia as well as many other vehicles, including scooters, snowmobiles, mini speedway cars and more, as you will see from the photos.

A few things to catch the eye included a jet-powered motorbike (apparently good for 250mph!!); a Flathead Sidevalve V8 bike, a pristine Vincent and several antique Indian motorcycles. This place is also an agent for new Indian motorcycles and has a service division and sells motorbike accessories.

At about 11:30am, we drove to Moorabbin/Cheltenham RSL, all of 950m away, where we had lunch.

After lunch we headed back towards the Naked Racer, but turned left up Second Street to the Moorabbin Air Museum, where we parked in a line on the opposite side of the road to the museum’s entrance. The museum has quite a diverse collection of aeroplanes and helicopters, many of them being open for you to sit in the cockpit or walk through the fuselage. There was even a Commair bus which was built by CAC (Commonwealth Aircraft Corp). The DC9 Simulator was certainly worth a look, just like sitting in the cockpit of the real thing.

After a couple of hours everyone had had enough and we all headed home.

For the record, we had 8 Small Fords, an ‘alternative’ classic (a Jaguar) and four ‘moderns’ participate on this run. The Small Fords were a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1949 E493A Prefect sedan; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; a 1950 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1960 100E Escort wagon; 2 x 107E Prefect sedans and a 1961 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.






Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby

 Saturday/Sunday, 23rd/24th July 2022

The weather on the Saturday (23rd) was miserable and threatening showers, so our members gave it a miss. However, on the Sunday, the weather was very good, and two of our members and a guest took their cars, a 1961 Ford 105E Anglia de luxe, a 1950 Ford A494A Anglia tourer and a classic Jaguar sedan. The little Ford Anglias stood out like sore thumbs and certainly attracted a fair amount of attention, and dare we say, relief from the chopped and channeled, modified classic cars from various other car clubs.

Considering there was no car club advertised as running the show, it was quite well organized and very well attended. No awards, prizes, raffles, etc, and cars were still coming and going as our members were leaving in mid-afternoon.

Unbeknown to them, this was to be the last car show to be held at the site, as the landlords subsequently banned the organizers of the market from holding such events.





Wandong Australiana Motel Restaurant Tavern

Sunday, 10th July 2022

A sign that things are returning to normal after the Covid 19 Pandemic is that we were able to hold our Annual General Meeting and Christmas in July Party at the usual time of year , mid-winter, when there isn’t much else going on in the classic car world.

This year, it was cold and quite foggy when those of us in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne left home around 9:00am and as a consequence, most of us chose to go in our ‘moderns’. The fog didn’t clear until we got to Macleod in the northern suburbs about fifty minutes later. Thereafter it turned out to be a lovely, dry, sunny day and we arrived at Wandong to find the car park quickly filling up with ‘moderns’ and a few Small Fords.

We had 45 members and one guest attend, which must be considered as excellent in the circumstances. We had members travelling from Warracknabeal, Western Victoria; Neerim in West Gippsland, Bendigo and Geelong. Members brought four Small Fords with them , a 1937 7W ‘Ten’ coupe; a 1947 A53A Prefect sedan ; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer and a 1959 100E Anglia saloon.


Once again we had exclusive use of the venue, and after the business of the A.G.M. and the General Meeting that followed it had been concluded, we settled down to enjoy an absolutely scrumptious, three-course carvery meal in good company.














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