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DAVID'S RUN TO HURSTBRIDGE AND MERNDA

Sunday, 3rd March 2024

The starting point was the Maccas restaurant adjacent to Diamond Creek railway station and we gathered there from 10am. We had 24 members and two guests turn up in 11 Small Fords, an 'alternative classic' and two 'moderns'.

The Fords participating on this run were as follows: a 1937 7W 'Ten' coupe; a 1950 E83W Thames 10cwt 'woodie'; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1951 A493A Prefect coupe utility; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon; 1953 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1959 100E Anglia saloon; a 1960 100E Escort wagon; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.



After coffee and a quick catch-up, we set off on the short trip to Hurstbridge around 10:20am. The market was being held adjacent to the local primary school and we had to use a nearby public car park, so we couldn't park up together, making photographs of our cars there nigh on impossible.

We left the market around 11:45am on the last part of the run, to the Bridge Inn at Mernda. This part of the trip was mainly through farmland and we made a brief stop to pay homage to Peter Brock, renowned racing driver, who lived nearby. The last mile or so to Mernda, on Bridge Inn Road, was affected by roadworks and all of a sudden we were back in suburbia, passing under the new railway station before stopping at the traffic lights immediately in front of the pub. There were plenty of parking spaces at the rear of the large pub.





After tucking into a delicious meal and catching-up with everybody, we started to leave for home around mid-afternoon. It had been a very-well attended and enjoyable day out in our old cars.







GARFIELD COFFEE & CARS

Sunday, 25th February 2024

On this occasion, we had had a lovely, relaxed and sunny day in Garfield. There were 9 FORDCA members there in 5 Fords and a modern. The Fords were a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1948 A54A Anglia coupe utility; a 1952 Crestliner convertible; a 1960 100E Escort wagon and a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon




There was a wonderful and varied collection of classics and hot rods parked along the length of the main street of Garfield. It was a very good turnout and brought good trade for the local cafes.







THE BRITISH & EUROPEAN MOTORING SHOW

YARRA GLEN RACECOURSE

Sunday, 18th February 2024

Three Small Fords represented the club at this event this year; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1954 103E Popular coupe utility and a 1954 100E Anglia saloon. As has become the norm, we were parked with other British Fords in the south western corner of the site with plenty of shade available. What started as a dull morning was to become rather warm and sunny by lunchtime.

Also in our designated area was a large gathering from the Zephyr-Zodiac Owners Club Melbourne, a smattering of Cortinas and MkI Escorts and a rare Buckler Special, with 109E (Consul-Capri) drive chain.

The featured marque this year was Fiat, and the Fiat Car Club had a massive display in what we now regard as the 'concours area'. There was a lovely line-up of veteran and vintage Fiats.

Elsewhere on the site were big displays of Austins, Austin-Healeys, BMWs, Bentleys & Rolls-Royces, Rovers, Vauxhalls, Wolseleys, to name but a few.

There were 1,008 cars, 23 motor cycles and 1,368 paying spectators at the show (stats from AOMC).







SMALL FORD SUNDAY

Sunday, 4th February 2024



Six F.O.R.D.C.A. members brought with them four cars, a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1954 100E Prefect sedan and a 1954 100E Anglia saloon and these formed the basis of our club's display at S.F.S. this year. As usual, we were parked under some shade close to the historic bluestone college building

We very much appreciated the shade this year because we had the hottest day of the summer so far for the event, the temperature reached 37°C in Melbourne CBD.

The hot weather obviously put a lot of potential exhibitors off attending this year, particularly from those clubs representing pre-1965 cars.

As usual, there were big and very colourful displays of Capris, Cortinas, MkI and MkII Escorts, Fiestas, Focuses and Lasers. Fortunately, prize-giving was brought forward to 1:00pm, allowing us to escape from the heat and return home around 1:30pm.







THE JOINT RUN

WITH THE EARLY FORD V8 CLUB VICTORIA

Sunday, 28th January 2024

The designated meeting place was the McDonald's restaurant in Kangan Drive, Berwick at 9:30am for a 10am departure. Upon arrival, there was already an impressive line up of cars from both Clubs.

The weather gods looked on us favourably with a light cloud cover and sunshine. The forecast top temperature was 26 degrees with a light breeze. Not too hot or too cold, just right for our little cars.

At the meeting point at Maccas, we had from our Club a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1952 Ford Crestline convertible; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon. One member came in his 'modern'.

Promptly at 10am, we were all called together for a brief talk on the route to Moorooduc and the protocols for convoying, and then it was “start your engines” and follow me (Aaron in his 1947 Ford Super Deluxe sedan).

We formed up in Kangan Drive, big and little cars mixed together, and proceeded in convoy to the Moorooduc Station and we parked up opposite the station on the grass.

At the station we were joined by another FORDCA member in his black 1936 Ford Model CX De Luxe sedan as well as several other early V8s.

We had an hour to wait before our train ride, but that was quickly consumed with more socialising and chatter. At 11:45 we all made our way onto the platform in readiness for our train ride to Mornington. Unfortunately, the train was to be powered by the historic diesel-electric loco T411 rather than the steam locomotive K163, as the steam loco was out of service for some much-needed maintenance.

Upon our return to Moorooduc, a small party went over to the maintenance sheds and viewed several coaches that were under restoration and the steam loco K163. As members of the Mornington Tourist Railway explained, there were a number of significant repairs and maintenance issues being attended to with the steam loco. We wished them well with their work and then returned to the other side of the tracks to join in the picnic and discussions.

In all, there were 20 historic vehicles and 46 people in attendance, making this trip a very pleasant day for those of us there. About 2pm, people started to drift off, and so we said our goodbyes and hit the road for the drive home.









THE RACV/AOMC FESTIVAL OF MOTORING

AT CRUDEN FARM, LANGWARRIN

Sunday, 21st January 2024

This was the first event of the new year attended by any club members. It was an all-makes car show held in the beautiful grounds of Cruden Farm, the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch's home. All profits from this show went to the charity, Beyond Blue.

One member took his 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster, another took his 1963 Ford Thunderbird and was accompanied by his pal in a 1969 Ford Mustang and a third member came as a spectator in his 'modern'.

Most cars at the show were displayed on club stands, and there were some fantastic displays by one-make clubs like those for the Austin-Healey 'Frog-eye' Sprite; Ford Model A; Rolls Royce & Bentley and Rover, and all-make clubs such as the Southern Peninsula Classic & Historic Car Club and the Veteran Car Club.

However, there were just two more Small Fords seen at the show: the RACV had their 1953 A493A Prefect coupe utility displayed with two more vehicles from their heritage fleet, and a couple from Rosebud had their immaculate 1950 A494A Anglia tourer on display with other cars from the SPC&HCC.

We had a beautiful summer's day for this event.







THE FESTIVE SEASON PICNIC

JELLS PARK, WHEELERS HILL

Thursday, 28th December 2023

We had 17 members turn up in 10 small Fords, dating from 1934 to 1963, an 'alternative classic' and a 'modern'. The Small Fords were a 1934 'Longrad' Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe sedan; a 1939 E93A Prefect sedan; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1954 103E Popular coupe ute; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon; a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon and a 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.





The day was warm but windless and a little cloudy, ideal for our picnic. The same oak tree as last year provided the shade and we all gathered underneath it and enjoyed our food in good company. We had lots of people admire and photograph our cars.





We all enjoyed the picnic and it was a lovely way to end a fantastic year for club events.







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

MARANOA GARDENS, BALWYN

Sunday, 3rd December 2023

This was our penultimate event of the year and we had 42 members attend. Those travelling from outside the Melbourne Metropolitan Area this year were a couple from Lancefield, who deserve a medal for bringing their 7W 'Ten' saloon, and a couple from Geelong, who came in their 'modern'.

We had 15 more members bring 8 more Small Fords with them. They were a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1939 E93A Prefect sedan; a 1951 A494A Anglia tourer; a 1954 103E Popular coupe utility; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan and two 1963 105E Anglia de luxe saloons. The remaining 23 members came in their 'moderns'.

We had an impressive line-up of nine Small Fords parked just outside the main entrance to the gardens.








It had rained every day for the previous seven days and we feared the gardens would be waterlogged, but come the day the ground had 'stood firm', there was no sign of puddles, and the clouds parted to make it a lovely day for the party. The club provided roast chicken, tea, coffee, sugar, milk, bread rolls and butter, plus cutlery and paper plates, and all we had to do was bring a salad or a dessert. So, we had the ingredients for a perfect picnic in the gardens and boy, what a delicious spread we had!

A member who used to be the head gardener, gave a guided tour of the gardens, which are devoted entirely to native plants.







THE CENTRAL GOLDFIELD GROUP'S RUN TO HEATHCOTE

Saturday, 23rd November 2023

We assembled at the IGA supermarket's car park in Castlemaine ready for an 8am start.

The morning's occasional shadows but mostly sunshine, made for very pleasant travelling through the rolling hills of Chewton, Faraday, Sutton Grange to Redesdale before crossing an historic bridge over the Campaspe River.

The Redesdale bridge is one of the oldest iron lattice-truss bridges in Victoria, and its interesting history can be gleaned by clicking on the link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redesdale_Bridge.

On arrival at Heathcote, we sought out Gaffney's, the busiest bakery in town, for morning tea. There were too many goodies to choose from inside the bakery, and many samples were selected for morning tea.

As is so often the case when we arrive somewhere, we got the odd passer-by give us historic anecdotes or advice from their past about our unique cars. After a few of these, we noticed the member from Lockwood South and his passengers pass by on the main road and pull up abruptly, to spin around and join our gathering. The couple from Bendigo soon followed. As for the catching up and bigger motors, it's just as well, as they seemed to have taken a much more scenic route to get to Heathcote than we did!

After we had eaten, we made our own ways home, some travelling via Eppaloch Weir to view the devastation caused by the floods in 2023, others going back via Redesdale to get some pictures of the historic bridge.

All in all, it was a successful and enjoyable day out.







THE ROB ROY HILL CLIMB

Sunday, 19th November 2023



On Sunday, 19th November the MG Car Club Victoria hosted the 31st Rob Roy Historic & Classic Hillclimb at the special track up in the Christmas Hills north of Melbourne. Thirteen FORDCA members in six Small Fords, a Special, an 'alternative classic' and two 'moderns' were to attend this event. The Small Fords were a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1936 Model CX De Luxe roadster; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon; a 1960 107E Prefect sedan and a 1960 105E Anglia de luxe saloon.

Initially we met at Lilydale Lake to convoy to Christmas Hills via Yarra Glen. At Rob Roy, we were joined by four more members, one in his 1950 A493A Prefect coupe ute, a couple in their MGB GT sports car and the fourth in his 'modern'. We all camped out in a shady spot alongside the running track, about 100 metres away from the starting grid.



In the meantime, a member had entered his 1938 Morris 8 tourer 'Special', which is powered by an 1,172cc Ford 100E engine, for the hill climb and was to have five attempts at the climb, his best climb was in 31.1 seconds.

Just before lunch, our enjoyment was enhanced by the sight of a very large mob of kangaroos crossing the hillside on the opposite side of the track to where we had camped out.

We all had a great day!









THE QUARTERLY SOCIAL EVENING

AT FERNTREE GULLY BOWLING CLUB

Thursday, 16th November 2023

We had 16 members attend this time. And once again, it was a very enjoyable evening, with everyone chatting away up and down the table, and enjoying a good meal served by friendly staff.







THE 42nd H.C.V.C. DISPLAY DAY

AT YARRA GLEN RACECOURSE

Sunday, 12th November 2023

This year's Display Day was combined with the Chrysler Restorers Club Victoria Display Day and special displays by CHACA and the Oldsmobile and Buick car clubs, to give a very 'American' flavour. But the strange thing was that there were few, if any, 'hot rods' – just a lot of good, old-fashioned American classic cars of all ages. All these except the CHACA cars (which were of various makes, including a Jaguar MkV, a Riley and a Mercedes-Benz) were parked either side of the road from the middle entrance; beyond these and the gate which normally leads to the area reserved for concours displays was a large contingent of single-decker buses and coaches. Big trucks lined the road from the upper entrance and the CHACA cars and other makes of classic cars were parked in the area close to the grandstand. This is where two of our members' cars were to be found – a very nice 1948 Holden 48-215 sedan and a 1960 100E Escort wagon – together with the CHACA display next to them. They were joined by a third member who had come as a spectator in his 'modern' which was parked elsewhere.

There was obviously much to see and admire. However, it was a very warm day and woe betide you if you forgot your hat or sun cream!







THE FORD FLATHEAD FESTIVAL

NATIONAL STEAM CENTRE, SCORESBY

Sunday, 22nd October 2023

At 9am on the Sunday morning, low cloud was covering the Dandenong Ranges and we had that 'very wetting' drizzly rain. However, by 10am the rain had cleared but the sky remained overcast. And it was to remain that way for the next three hours, enabling us to have a cool, breezy but dry and enjoyable day.

Arriving at the National Steam Centre about a quarter-of-an-hour before the official opening time (10am), we were pleasantly surprised to see a good gathering of 'flatheads' already assembled in the main arena, which surrounds the gigantic 'walking dragline' that forms its centrepiece. Within the next hour or so, that arena had become about half full of cars and utes of all shapes and sizes, including a 10-car display of Small Fords by FORDCA.

Flathead enthusiasts came from all over Victoria, including Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Marong and Warragul. Someone even drove his Model A all the way from Yarrawonga on the day, quite an achievement!

Our club display this year consisted of a 1934 Model Y sedan; a 1950 E493OA/B Anglia 10hp saloon; two 1951 A494A Anglia tourers; a 1951 E493A Prefect sedan; a 1953 A493A Prefect sedan; a 1954 100E Anglia saloon; a 1954 100E Prefect sedan; a 1954 103E Popular coupe ute and a 1960 100E Escort wagon. Two more members brought along cars which were parked in the display provided by The Early Ford V8 Club of Victoria. We also had six members and a guest attend in their 'moderns'.

The main arena proved to be adequate for the 100 or so historic vehicles that attended, and we didn't have to use grassed areas of the NSC, which could have been quite boggy with all the rain we have had in recent times.

Three hours without noticeable rain was sufficient for us all to mix with members of the other four clubs involved (the Model T Ford Club of Victoria; the Model A Ford Club of Victoria; The Early Ford V8 Club Victoria and the Zephyr – Zodiac Club Melbourne) and to view their cars. Just after 1 o'clock the predicted rains came and sent us scurrying for our cars and heading for home.







THE CROYDON HILLS MENS' SHED ANNUAL CAR & BIKE SHOW

Saturday, 21st October 2023



Earlier this year, a member in Croydon bought a 1949 A494A Anglia tourer that had, at one time, been owned by another member who lived near Warburton. Because of its overall yellow paintwork, she had called it 'Cupcake' and the new owner decided to keep the name.

'Cupcake' made her debut appearance with the new owner at this annual show and was joined by another member in his 1954 100E Anglia saloon. There were about 80 cars at the show and the public attended it in large numbers.

Some awards were presented by the Men's Shed, and 'Cupcake' won the award for the 'Cutest Car'. For the car's owner, it was a most satisfactory start to an association with an old car!





 

INFORMAL COFFEE AND CAKE AT THE NAKED RACER BAR

Wednesday, 4th October 2023

Seven FORDCA members and four guests participated and made their own way to the venue in Moorabbin for a coffee and a toastie. The egg & bacon toastie on Turkish bread was so big that you did not need anything else for lunch or dinner that day! It was a pretty miserable day weather-wise but it did not stop us from enjoying a cuppa and a chat!











 

GARFIELD COFFEE & CARS

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 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 a regular event held on the last Sunday of the month and no doubt we will bear that in mind for the future.



 

 

ALL FORD DAY

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.





 

 

SPRINGTHORPE'S 12th ANNUAL

CLASSIC CAR SHOW

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!







 

 

 

THE 12th CLUNES HISTORIC VEHICLE SHOW

 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.

 

 

 

THE 65th KALORAMA RALLY

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.

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.

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.









 

 

 

THE BRITISH & EUROPEAN MOTORING SHOW

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.

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.















SMALL FORD SUNDAY

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.

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.

No prizes, but our cars attracted a lot of attention and we had a very enjoyable day in good company.













 

  

THE INAUGURAL AOMC & RACV FESTIVAL OF MOTORING EVENT AT CRUDEN FARM

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 was 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.





 

THE JOINT RUN WITH THE EARLY FORD V8 CLUB VICTORIA

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 to open up his unit on a gigantic industrial estate at Carrum Downs, near Frankston. We started the run at the Dandenong Basketball Centre on Stud Road (close to the Monash Freeway) and called 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 had 56 at the Baxter Hotel, including 18 cars and 36 people from the EFV8CV.













In the weeks leading up to the run, Ian kindly offered to put on a BBQ at his unit. We gratefully accepted. Two FORDCA members, one living at Seaford and the other at Frankston, offered to go directly to Carrum Downs and act as marshals, directing people to Ian's unit.













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.

The day was enjoyed by all. Our thanks to all who helped organise and participated.



 

 

THE FESTIVE SEASON PICNIC

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.

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.

 

 

 

THE FORDCA CHRISTMAS PARTY

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 heas bl wown 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.



 

 

A RUN TO PHEASANT CREEK

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.

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!





 

THE BAIRNSDALE RALLY

Melbourne Cup Weekend

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

 

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.

The itinerary was as follows:-

Day 1 (Saturday): We met as usual at the Bairnsdale Football Oval to start the day. We then cruised 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

Day 2 (Sunday): After meeting up at the Bairnsdale Oval, 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. 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.


Day 3 (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 . 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.

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.






Day 4 (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.











THE FORD FLATHEAD FESTIVAL

Melbourne Steam Centre, Scoresby

Sunday, 23rd October 2022

 

The FFF was up and running again after having been postponed for the last couple of years due to COVID.

The Melbourne Steam Centre (MSC) was the venue after some last minute issues and clashes with the 'All American Day' and the 'Mustang Roundup'.

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. The FFF proceeded 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, to the MSC for allowing the event there and of course thanks to all those that supported the event, even though the weather was quite threatening.





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.



 

 

 

A VISIT TO THE PENRITE OILS MOTOR MUSEUM

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.

 

 

 

THE FVV&CVC's MARONG PICNIC

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 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 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.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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