Annual Christmas Lunch. December.
Sixty members and their families enjoyed Christmas Lunch together at the RSL Clubrooms in Seymour. It was a very enjoyable day. Great food as usual and thank you again to JBL Catering of Wandong.
Unfortunately there was a tinge of sadness as we had to say ‘goodbye’ to Michael and Jess as well as their lovely and lively girls, Celeste and Harriet, as they are moving to South Australia. We wish them success in their future endeavours.
The Sh*tbox Rally. October.
Fellow car club members, Bob and Judi McGrath together with Gary and Christine Doherty participated on the 2019 Spring Sh*tbox Rally which left Melbourne on October 19th and arrived in Townsville on 25th October, travelling via Birdsville, and all within 7 days. There were 250 vehicles participating and all had to be valued at less than $1000, hence the name of the rally. Funds were raised for the cancer research through the Cancer Council of Australia. It was an extremely challenging time but also an awesome experience.
Euroa Show and Shine. October.
Another great day displaying our cars at Euroa. The number of vehicles they are having attend each year is getting larger and larger.
Congratulations to Dave and Kathy Mills as they received a trophy for the ‘Best Austin.’
Nagambie Cranksters. September.
A lovely sunny day saw numerous members bring their vehicles and display them on the banks of Lake Nagambie.
Sausage Sizzle at Seymour South Post Office. August.
An impromptu sausage sizzle was held outside the Post Office. S&DCC provided some vehicles for a display.The proprietors supplied the sausages with the Seymour Lions Club and the S&DCC working on the BBQ and selling raffle tickets.
Combined Seymour Lions Club and S&DCC Social Night. August.
Both clubs met at the RSL in Seymour for a social night. As we are combining to hold a Car Show and Shine and Swap Meet on the holiday Monday of the March Labour Day weekend in 2020, it was a good opportunity to get to know each other.
Yea Railway Market. July.
A medal for endurance must go to Kevin Hall who drove his 1928 Chevrolet Tourer over to Yea for the display and braving the elements. Seymour may have been sunny but it didn’t take long to realise the road to Yea was a bit of a ‘pea souper.’ Eventually the sun did come out and the toes thawed out, and we collected some much need funds to add to our account.
Swanpool Theatre to see the documentary ‘Spitfire.’ June.
A small group met in Seymour and drove to Benalla where we had left before driving onto Swanpool. The documentary was very well done and a good day was enjoyed by all.
Special Guest Speaker – Mr Ralph Provan. June.
A local Seymour identity, Ralph Provan agreed to be our Guest Speaker. Ralph presented a film of the Dodge Bros factory assembly line pre WW1 era. It was extremely interesting with many questionable practices adopted during those times. The members present stopped for a pizza supper and then Ralph spoke of some of his vehicles and then answered many questions. We are very lucky to have such a knowledgeable man within our midst.
Benalla Historic Vehicle Tour. May.
This tour was extremely well run and should be supported in 2020. Approximately 130 vehicles left Benalla and drove to Greta for morning tea, lunch at Moorngang and then onto Swanpool Theatre to view some early vehicle advertisements and news film clips. These included film of some of the early ‘Redex Trials.’
Lancefield Swap Meet and Car Show. April.
Unfortunately only a few members attended this event. The weather was very unpredictable early but the clouds and rain cleared for a lovely day. Lots of bargains were obtained.
Spirit of the Hume Truck Show in Broadford. February.
There were lots of trucks; little trucks, big trucks, old trucks and new trucks, even tractors.
Seymour Farming Expo. February.
The car club had about a dozen vehicles on display each day of the three day Expo in Kings Park.
Picnic at Hanging Rock. February.
A great day at Hanging Rock hosted by the Macedon Ranges Car Club. The weather was perfect so a great day to sit and enjoy the vehicles on display.
Australia Day at Kings Park. January.
We are very proud to acknowledge our President John Phoenix was awarded an Order of Australia medal in the Australia Day Honours List.
There were pleased to see the great array of vehicles that were on display this year for the Australia Day festivities in Kings Park.
Yea Railway Market. January.
Our first event for the year. The S&DCC maned the BBQ and the gate and collected funds for the Cancer Council of Australia for cancer research.
S&DCC Christmas Lunch. December.
Our Annual Christmas Lunch was attended by approximately 60 members and their families. This year it was held at the RSL Clubrooms and catered for by JBL Catering from Wandong. The day was a great success with lots of good company and jovial banter.
Seymour’s 175th Anniversary.
In excess of 20 members brought their vehicles along to commemorate Seymour’s 175th Anniversary, in a street parade, and then a display at Kings Park.
Euroa Show and Shine.
Again, a wonderful array of vehicles on display with the weather being just perfect.
AOMC Centennial Cavalcade of Vehicles – Bendigo.
Lots and lots of lovely vehicles in the cavalcade as well as on display. The event brought out the spectators in droves.
Everyone enjoyed the day in Nagambie and the weather was just perfect.
Lunch at the Red Lion Hotel in Kilmore.
We had 19 members enjoy a social lunch at the Red Lion Hotel in Kilmore. A very unique venue and one we will endeavour to visit again.
September Guest Speaker.
Kilmore resident Sonia spoke to the car club members about her experience participating in the 2017 Sh*tbox Rally. This rally raises much needed funds for cancer research through the Cancel Council of Australia, and has been running annually since 2009. In 2017 the rally started in Adelaide and finished in Cairns, via the Oodnadatta Track. Not a trip for the faint hearted by any means. Sonia told us of the very rough conditions they all endured but she would do it all again, as the experience was life changing.
A few of the girls met at the Clubrooms for a craft day and made some cards for Father’s day, which were then delivered to the men at the local aged care facility.
Annual Weekend Away – Boort.
A great weekend enjoyed by our group of intrepid travellers. We met at Heathcote for morning tea before travelling onto Inglewood for lunch and a stroll amongst the many curiosity shops, then heading for our accommodation on the banks of the local lake, at the Boort caravan park. A very picturesque and relaxing location. On Sunday morning we drove the short distance to the ‘Spanner Man.’ His sculptures are something that has to be seen as any description doesn’t do them justice. Huge sculptures, made from spanners of all shapes and sizes and done by a man in a wheelchair. He works on them by hanging them from a block and tackle, with all the dimensions and specifications held in his mind.
We then drove to Rochester for lunch, stopping at their famous ‘Silo Art’ for a group photo.
June Guest Speakers.
We were very fortunate to have 4 guest speakers today at the Puckapunyal Transport Museum.
Tony Crooks, John Phoenix, John Blackwell and Michael Street. We were also able to visit some of the areas at the Museum which are normally ‘out of bounds’ for most visitors.
Queen’s Birthday Steam Rally in Echuca.
It was a bit foggy early at the Steam Rally but it eventually lifted. Our thanks to Kathy and Dave for their participation.
National Motoring Heritage Day – Kilmore Racecourse.
The weather wasn’t pleasant which affected vehicle numbers at the display. Some hardy car club members still decided to participant though.
Great weekend. Lots of very desirable vehicles on display as well as driving around the track.
Scrapping Craft Day at the Clubrooms
After the May meeting Peter approached Christine saying his wife Robyn, was keen to come to the craft day. Bernadette and Christine then arranged the ‘craft card making day’ on the following Saturday. Christine also arranged morning tea and craft supplies. Cheryl, Robyn and Peter, Jessica and Celeste, Bernadette and Christine enjoyed a fun morning exploring different art techniques, and made 40 cards (20 were made by Celeste with Jessica’s help).
It was then arranged to hand deliver the cards to the lovely ladies at Karingal Nursing Home. Jessica, Celeste, Harriett, Bernadette and Christine spent a wonderful morning talking to the ladies and watching their joy, opening the envelopes and seeing the art work. The entire process from making the cards to delivering the cards was wonderful for all involved.
Christine was very grateful to Bernadette for her support in helping to make the craft event a success.
Lancefield Show, Shine & Swap Meet – 15th April, 2018.
Even though the weather on the Saturday wasn’t ideal, a small group braved the conditions and participated on the Sunday display.
Unfortunately for the organisers, there were a lot of people who chose not to attend, which is very disappointing for an annual fund raiser. The football ground was wet underfoot but not as bad as we thought it might have been, given the amount of rain that fell on the Saturday.
2ndAnnual KW Car and Bike Show – Whittlesea – 7thApril, 2018.
Kym and Tim took their vehicles to support this charity event.
Seymour Lions Club Bush Market – 12th March, 2018
Thank you to everyone who came along to display their vehicles. It was a very cool morning which then turned into a lovely day.
All General Motors Day at Wangaratta – 11th March, 2018
We had a handful of members attend this event. It was very well run with lots of lovely vehicles. There were quite a few more modern vehicles this year as well as the classics.
Yarra Glen Swap Meet – 11th March, 2018
Kym and Deagan found some Ford friends to share their space. Some lovely vehicles attended during the day and also some bargains were available at the swap meet.
2nd Annual Spirit of the Hume Truck Show – Broadford. 17th & 18th February, 2018.
The S&DCC Committee wish to thank everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Spirit of the Hume Truck Show held in Broadford. The support provided by the club members was most appreciated and knowing everyone’s time is valuable, we were thanked for making the effort to display our vehicles.
It was an enjoyable and successful weekend and will be on again in 2019.
Hanging Rock Vehicle Display at Mt Macedon in February.
As always, the attendance from the public at this event is magnificent. Lots of lovely well maintained vehicles ranging from motor bikes, classic cars, hot rods, chrome bumpers to trucks and buses.
There was something of interest for everyone.
Australia Day – Friday, 26th January, 2018 – Seymour.
As it was going to be a very hot day the S&DCC Committee were very pleased to see so many members and vehicles attend this event.
There were about 40 vehicles and it was a very impressive display with all the utilities lined up on the first row.
Sunday, 3rd December, 2018 – S&DCC Christmas Lunch.
Thank you everyone who attended the S&DCC Annual Christmas Lunch.
The club provided a very extensive menu and our President, John Phoenix, extended his thanks to everyone who helped out in any way, to make it such a successful day.
Sunday 26th November, 2017 – Kilmore Show & Shine.
Unfortunately the 2017 Kilmore Show, Shine and Swap-meet had very limited participation from the public because of the very wet weather conditions. It was such a shame as the organisers had put a lot of effort into it being a good day. Our small group arrived early but left about 12ish as the weather deteriorated.
Guest Speaker – Hans Plieger – Wed, 11th October, 2017.
Our thanks to Hans for being our Guest Speaker. We all enjoyed his very informative talk on his passion for his motor bikes and the history of them, of which he displayed three on the night.
Euroa Show and Shine – Sunday 1st October, 2017
Another great day with good participation. Also lovely to see some members with their new and classic vehicles. Maybe that was because it was again a lovely day.
Nagambie Cranksters – Sunday 20th September, 2017
A good representation of car club members and their vehicles on a lovely sunny day.
Lunch at the Lancefield Pub – Sunday 20th August, 2017.
We had 20 members meet for lunch and even though the Pub was extra busy, we all enjoyed our meal. It was lovely to catch up with Michael and Jess and big sister Celeste, who brought along baby Harriet to meet everyone. Ian and Eileen were able to attend as well. We did think that Ian should have had ‘L plates’ displayed on her wheelchair though.
Guest Speaker – David Mills – Wed, 9th August, 2017.
Our thanks to David for his presentation on the history and restoration of his Humber FV1601A, 4×4 1 ton Cargo Truck. The vehicle was used by the Australian Army between 1955 and 1965 and was on display.
Travelling the Old Hume 31 Highway. 222nd & 23rd July, 2017.
Our little band of travellers met in Seymour early on the Saturday Morning. Unfortunately we were one couple less as Ian had to take Eileen to hospital after she slipped at home and broke her ankle. After we all wished her a speedy recovery we regrouped and drove through Avenel, Locksley and Longwood before stopping in Euroa. After looking around and morning tea (????) we then headed on through Violet Town, Baddagginie to Benalla. We stopped to look at the many murals and then travelled onto Glenrowan, again stopping to look at some interesting shops but ended up at the pub. After (light) refreshments we then headed to Wodonga and travelled via Chiltern to Barnawartha. Many comments were made as to how travelling by truck in time gone past, would have been very hazardous on these very skinny roads.
Sunday morning saw us up bright and early. We drove to the Hume Weir, then onto the Bonegilla Migrant Centre and spent some time there, before heading to Yackandandah for lunch at the pie shop. We then spent some time wandering the main street, then off to Beechworth. Off course, we then had to have afternoon tea at the Bakery.
A good weekend enjoyed by like-minded people reflecting on how easy it is to travel the ‘new Hume Freeway’ but still able to appreciate how pleasant, picturesque and un-hurried the ‘old Hume 31 Highway’ is.
Fox Classic Car Collection. 24th June, 2017.
We had 20 members and their families join us for the tour of the Fox Vehicle Collection. It was an early morning start with most members travelling down to Melbourne by train. As it was early, we were the first group visiting for the day, therefore there was time for one of the volunteers to spend some time with us explaining the history of the building as well as some of the vehicles. It was very interesting to hear how Lindsay Fox started his career and the opportunities that came his way. The collection is manned by volunteers and a big proportion of the donations received from the public are directed to many charities. The ground floor is reserved for the more expensive and valuable vehicles and many of them would not be seen at many personal collections.
On the second floor we were able to view numerous older sports cars, as well as quite a few different Jaguars.
41st Historic Winton Weekend. 27th & 28th May, 2017.
Unfortunately, the Saturday night was a wild and woolly night with rain, hail, thunder and lightning, therefore we had numerous members who chose not to attend or if they did, chose not to bring their classic cars. For those who did attend, Sunday proved to be clear, until about 3 o clock anyway. Quite a lot of very nice classic cars were on display in two separate display areas. The bad weather did nothing to dissuade some very enthusiastic drivers from competing in their cars and on their bikes though. The organisers chose to use the shorter track during the day as they were able to offer more races. Unfortunately the shorter track proves a limitation to the big Historic V8’s and the ‘little’ Mini Minors, really gave them a run for their money.
Marysville Motoring Expo. Sunday 30th April, 2017.
A small contingent of members were able to participate on the day. The members who did attend were very impressed and mentioned, if it is to be held again next year, we should plan to include it on our events calender. Marysville is still recovering from the horrendous experience the residents endured during the 2009 fires which devastated the area. The local Museum has a photographic display as well as many relics which can be viewed and as our members reported, made for an extremely sobering experience.
Guest Speaker – Tim Sheather. Wed, 19th April, 2017.
Christine volunteered Tim to be our guest speaker for April and thankfully he agreed. Tim has been involved in the racing car industry for many years and was happy to share some of this knowledge with us. Even though Tim has raced cars in the past he now focuses on race car data and analysis and how it is used to improve driver performance, vehicle performance and plan race car strategy, for pit stops etc. Tim also included screen shots of actual race car data and in-car video footage with explanation of how the data is interpreted. Thank you Tim, as the 30 or so members left the evening with more understanding of how involved the industry is, and just how focused the technicians and drivers have to be. (Do hope no one was nabbed for speeding on their way home.)
Yea Bushrodder’s Picnic – Sunday 19th March, 2017.
Thank you to all members who attended the picnic this year. Your support led to our club winning the Car Club Trophy again. As in past years, the support Yea receive to this event is exceptional with a vast array of especially nice vehicles on display. Well done.
All GM Day at Wangaratta – 12th March, 2017
Our congratulations go to David & Bernadette Bell as they were the recipients of a trophy for Bernadette’s Chevrolet Nova. A unique vehicle and very worth of this award.
Guest Speaker – John Blackwell – Wed, 22nd Feb, 2017.
Approximately 20 members attended the talk John Blackwell gave at the Vietnam Veterans Walk. John spoke on the Centurion Tank on display, as well as the one he is helping to restore at Puckapunyal. Thank you John, your talk was very informative and showed how passionate you are about the restoration.
Australia Day. Kings Park Seymour.
Thank you to everyone who participated at the park for the Rotary Australia Day Festivities. The amount of members vehicles was one of the best displays we have provided and made for a very impressive spectacle.
S&DCC Christmas Party – Seymour – Sunday 6th December, 2016
The Committee were very pleased to have such a good response to the Annual Christmas Party where everyone enjoyed the festivities.
Thank you to anyone and everyone, who contributed at any stage during the day and helped to made it such a success.
Wallan Classic Show & Shine – Kilmore – November 2016
A few hardy S&DCC members braved a very cold and windy day to display their vehicles in Kilmore.
EJ/EH Holden Nationals – Shepparton – November 2016
A small contingent of S&DCC members displayed their vehicles on the day. There were approximately 60 EJ & EH’s displayed and lots of them were quite special vehicles.
October 2016 – Euroa Show and Shine
Again, the weather was not kind to the organisers of the 2016 Euroa Show and Shine. At the last moment they chose to close off the main streets of the township and allowed the cars to be displayed there. This allowed the spectators to view the vehicles from the ‘drier’ bitumen road.
Nagambie Cranksters – September 2016
Unfortunately for Nagambie Cranksters, the weather this particular weekend was horrendous. Even though the area was really muddy and the wind was cold, a hardy group from the S&DCC supported them during the morning.
2016 Bald Archy Exhibition at Swanpool
A happy group of Seymour and District Car Club members joined up with members from the Goulburn Valley Register of the Jaguar Car Club for an enjoyable day at the Swanpool Hall to view the 2016 Bald Archy Exhibition. The S&DCC had morning tea in Euroa before taking advantage of the lunch provided by the organisers at the Hall.
There were 45 works from a variety of artists and featured a number of diverse subjects. There were the usual smattering of works depicting our politicians, with an array of sporting luminaries, also being the subject of the satirical swipe of the artist’s brush.
East Gippsland Weekend Away – 8th, 9th & 10th July, 2016.
Early Friday morning saw the intrepid travellers meet at McDonalds southbound at Wallan. A bit of a hiccup with a certain green car not starting (not mentioning make, model or owner though), we set off for Tyabb. The Antique Packing Sheds are something to behold and most people found something of interest to them.
On arriving in Mirboo North, Colin and Maxine welcomed us to their car collection and congratulated us on being such die-hard car club members to brave the cold conditions. Their collection has only been open for 2 years and is a credit to them as they do have some very remarkable and rare vehicles as well as their motoring, boating and aero memorabilia. After stopping for fuel and food in Mirboo Nth we had another motoring hiccup, not the green car this time, and after a few miss starts we headed for the caravan park in Traralgon. Our mishaps continued with trying to cook our bbq under torch light, but it was all good eventually.
After breakfast we set off for Walhalla. Most car club members had never visited there before so it was a very interested group who walked around the little township before heading off to the Railway Station for our trip on the Goldfield’s Railway. A very interesting and enjoyable trip where the little train follows along the valley wall of Stringer’s Creek. After lunch, we headed into Trafalgar to the Holden Museum. This is only a very young collection of vehicles and GM paraphenalia, but growing all the time. We had pre dinner drinks and nibbles at our accommodation, enjoying the impromptu fire provided by Bob, before walking the short distance to the local Hotel for dinner.
On Sunday morning we drove the short distance to the Maffra Shed where they were showcasing their newest exhibition of ‘Barn Finds.’ We also managed to join their Show and Shine for a couple of hours. As most of us had our new Car Club Jackets on, we were congratulated for travelling all the way from Seymour to join them. The Gippsland Vehicle Club are to be commended for the various and very different vehicles they are lucky enough to display, three or four times a year. It was well worth the visit.
Our lunch spot was at the Museum of Timeless Memories and what a find this place is. A collection of just about everything you could imagine from the home, garden and garage and only open to groups, by prior arrangement. Our 2 course lunch, home cooked by Rose and with help from Ann and Bill, was the highlight of our weekend. The last stop before heading home was the Armed Forces Museum at West Sale Airport.
Thank you to all our traveling companions who helped to make our weekend so enjoyable.
Queen’s Birthday Weekend – Sunday 12th June, 2016
After a very frosty and foggy start, the weather brightened up for a lovely sunny day which then meant there were lots and lots of lovely vehicles displayed in the forecourt of the Shepparton Car Museum. Of course, we were there to see the many racing cars that made up the ‘Legends of Bathurst’ display, but the array or Torana’s and Commordore’s outside, were something to behold. For the Ford and GM fans they were not forgotten as well. A really good day with something for everyone to enjoy.
Sunday 15th May, 2016 – Kyneton
We would like to thank Ivan and June Smith who again welcomed the Seymour and District Car Club to their premises in Kyneton. June supplied us with morning tea and Ivan and Greg were again very proud to show us their collection. It is the second time we have visited them and each time our members have been surprised to see the wonderful collection of cars and memorabilia, they have on display. It is not often you are able to visit a private collection and have such a ‘hands on’ experience, where you are encouraged to open doors and even sit in the vehicles.
Sunday 10th April, 2016 – Castlemaine
Our run this month was to the Castlemaine Rod Shop and Rod Hadfield’s private motoring collection. It was a great success with about 12 cars and 30 members participating. Members met at Seymour then travelled through Kilmore to the rod shop in Castlemaine where we were welcomed by Mark Waddington, one of the owners. He explained the history of the vehicles on display as well as some of the components that are made there.
After our picnic lunch in the park, the members then drove onto Rod Hadfield’s Private Motoring Collection. Again there were quite a few remarkable vehicles on display – some in different stages of assembly, like this ‘slightly modified’ Fiat Topollino, while others were vehicles Rod has owned for some time.
Sunday 20th March, 2016 – 6th Annual Yea Bushrodders Picnic.
Due to the massive turn out of cars from our club, we were able to win the Club Trophy for 2016. The Racecourse Recreation Ground was a very good venue and made is very easy to see all the cars on display. Thank you to all members involved for your support.
Seymour Labour Day Market – March 2016.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join the Mitchell Cruises with the car display at the market in Goulburn Park. A good day enjoyed by all who attended.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 19th, 20th & 21st February, 2016 – Seymour Expo.
The members who attended this display thought we had a very good display of vehicles. There were about 20 cars involved over the 3 days. A new Chevrolet Corvette was a welcome addition to the display and caused a lot of attention.
Saturday & Sunday, 20th & 21st February, 2016 – 45th Begonia Rally.
A few members of the S&DCC chose to participate on this rally in Ballarat. There were 101 cars involved and it was run very successfully by the VCCC of Ballarat. Saturday morning saw the cars on display at the greyhound racing complex and then after lunch, all cars participated on a drive through some of Ballarat’s very dry countryside before heading back to our accommodation for a ‘nana/grandpa nap,’ or a coldie, then onto dinner in the evening. On Sunday morning we again assembled at the same venue and then proceeded to the Ballarat airport to view some of the older style of planes as well as a guided tour and talk about ‘Matilda,’ the fire fighting helicopter. The venue for each meal was excellent and the organisers should be very proud of a job well done.
Sunday 14th February, 2016 – Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Again this year, it was a very hot day and only a few brave members chose to attend this event. As for other years there was a good display of vehicles for the many spectators to view.
26th January, Seymour Rotary Club Australia Day.
Our first Car Club day for 2016 was a great success. We had in excess of 20 cars displayed at Kings Park. Thank you to all the members who participated. The weather was perfect and we provided an interesting array of vehicles for the public to view.
We would also like to thank the members of the Mitchell Cruisers, Yea Bushrodders and Highway 31 from Avenel, for joining us.
S&DCC Christmas Party – Sunday 6th December, 2015.
We had about 30 car club members and their families attend our Christmas Party at the Clubrooms, which were decorated again in the theme of the season. It was an extremely hot day, but that didn’t detract from us enjoying the afternoon and a festive meal together. The catering staff did a wonderful job providing meats, salads and vegetables and there was also a mouth watering selection of desserts. A good time was had by all and no one could have said they went home hungry.
Wallan Show & Shine – 28th November, 2015 at Kilmore Football Ground.
The day was enjoyed by all the members who attended, and our display included 10 cars. After a very early start we were able to erect the shade tent between the cars and so we had a meeting point for everyone to meet, sit, chat and ultimately enjoy the day. We also had our car club banner on display and this encouraged some locals to enquire about our club. There were a number of very nice cars displayed, although we felt there were not as many as last year.
Euroa Show & Shine – 4th October, 2015.
It was an early morning start, made even earlier due to the start of daylight saving. Seven cars and 17 members met in Seymour and drove up to Euroa for the day. The weather was perfect, with parking available on the grass, close to all the festivities. A vast selection of all makes and models of vehicles, made wandering around, very interesting. The new electric vehicle, the Tessler, was on display and caused of lot of interest.
2015 Spring Rally – hosted by the VV&CCC of Wangaratta – 25th, 26th & 27th September, 2015.
Five members of the S&DCC participated on this weekend rally. The weather was glorious and it was a pleasure to drive around the area, enjoying the sunshine. This rally has been staged for a number of years for the members of the club, but it has now been opened up to other clubs, for greater participation. This year there were 97 cars registered, in 8 classes. These ranged from Vintage & Veteran to 1930’s, Post Vintage 1931 to 1949, then every 10 year block up to 1970’s, as well as motorcycle, commercials, and Moderns. Registration on Friday night was at the Historic Vine Hotel, then we met there again on the Saturday morning, before the Rally Run. This run was of a total distance of 184km which took us through the picturesque towns of Beechworth, Yackandandah and Kiewa/Tangambalanga. After a short break we continued onto Bonegilla for lunch and a tour of the Bonegilla Migrant Experience. After lunch we went on to Leneva where we rode on the Miniature Steam Train and inspected a working Traction Engine and a few stationary engines. Saturday night’s dinner was at the Vine Hotel, and entertainment supplied by a bush poet. On Sunday morning we again met at the Vine Hotel and our cars were displayed so we could cast our votes for the judging, as there were trophies awarded in each category. We then participated on a leisurely drive to Milawa and then back to the Vine Hotel again, for lunch, the raffle draw and the presentation of trophies. Unfortunately the S&DCC did not receive any trophies this year but we will polish our cars even better now, for next years awards. We all enjoyed the weekend immensely and most of the participants have decided they will be part of the 2016 Spring Rally.
Nagambie Cranksters – 20th September, 2015
Members of the S&DCC were seen bright and early on the Sunday morning, meeting up and driving to Nagambie for the Annual Crankster’s Day. They arrived in time for the gates to open and found a good position to park, which was just as well as there were well over 1000 cars being displayed. The weather was kind to us for a change, even though the bureau did forecast possible showers for the late afternoon. These held off and members enjoyed the festivities organised for the day. Good music, special guests, raffles etc, as well as a mixture of very stunning cars, kept the public entertained for the whole day.
Old Machinery Heritage Day – Kialla – 6th September, 2015
Maybe due to it being Father’s Day, a small group left Seymour to spend the morning at the Old Heritage Machinery display in Kialla. The weather again, left a bit to be desired, windy but at least it didn’t rain. The parking area in front of the car museum had numerous lovely cars on display, all of them pre 1960’s. The trucks were parked adjacent to the cars and the tractors and stationary engines were displayed on the grassed area. Even the car park at the rear of the museum was worth a visit with numerous classic cars parked there as well. All in all, with everything to see, it was a very interesting day.
Bendigo Weekend Away – 8th & 9th August, 2015
Our weekend away in Bendigo was a huge success, even though our numbers were small. Saturday morning in Seymour was sunny, well that was what we were told when the contingent arrived in cloudy Broadford. By the time we arrived in Kilmore for morning tea, I think everyone was thinking the snow was just around the corner. A certain green Holden decided to create its own steam in the main street so we all stood around and watched and waited – as you do. Ian was able to fix the hose problem before too long but we do have the necessary photo’s…….
The group then drove to Malmsbury and had lunch at the Moto Bean Coffee Shop. It is decorated with motoring memorabilia. A very pleasant place to stop with excellent food and service.
Arriving in Bendigo we just had time to stop off at the caravan park, stow our things in our respective cabins and then join the last tour of the day at the Central Deborah Mine. All the kids, and adults, were excited being fitted out with their helmets and lights before descending the mine shaft. Darryl, our tour leader, explained the history of the mine and he was so descriptive, we all imagined what it would have been like working in those very hash conditions.
We utilised the BBQ area for our evening meal together, then retired to our cabins for the night.
Sunday morning saw us arrive at the Zone Go Kart Complex ready for our racing experience. We divided up into two groups – the fast ones and the not so fast ones. The track is larger than the previous venue, so it was faster racing, with part of the track outside. Our drivers ranged from 1st timers to experienced drivers, and we all had a great time. Rob, Ray, Kym, Deagan and Bob, were all racing for sheep stations while Eileen was our most inexperienced driver in the second group. By the time she raced the second time, there was no stopping her. Rachael was the most improved; Ian raced past us all; Deb and Judi were consistent, while Brian thought he might have to go home for a rest.
We then took some time out to relax while on the Talking Tram ride before heading home.
A very good weekend, enjoyed by everyone, big kids and little kids alike.
Guided Tour of the Vietnam Veteran’s Commemorative Walk
As the weather again told us that it was in charge, the Committee would like to thank the 27 members who braved the elements yesterday (26th July), to enjoy a very informative guided tour of the Vietnam Veteran’s Commemorative Walk in Seymour, before heading back to the Clubrooms for a BBQ lunch. Thank you to everyone who helped out during the day. Also thank you to John Phoenix, John Blackwell and Murray Potbury for sharing your knowledge and history of this very important time in all of our lives.
Red Plate Café – Yea
The weather bureau told us that the weekend of the 11th & 12th of July was going to be atrocious – ice, snow, cold and strong winds, rain and thunderstorms – and unfortunately they weren’t wrong. Early Sunday morning, the sun did come out so some of the members who had phoned me to say they were unable to come, changed their minds, so we had a group of 17, set off for Yea. Unfortunately, by the time we reached Yea, the sun had gone and the breeze had turned into a gale, so we were very thankful we were able to sit inside when we reached the Red Plate Café. The hot coffee, soup and munchies were consumed with relish and we all enjoyed some time sitting around and talking, and looking at all the motoring memorabilia. By the time we left the Café the rain was threatening so a few members chose to finish the day early, while the diehards drove the short distance to visit with the miniature donkeys at Amelia Rise Donkey farm. These little donkeys are so cute and so very friendly. The owners John & Deb Hanton had warned us they might not be as friendly as normal, as they are not too fussed to move too far in the rain, but Kym had brought some carrots along and their tummies chose food over being out in the drizzle. John and Deb charge a gold coin donation for you to visit them, and their four legged friends, and these funds are then forwarded onto the Donkey Rescue Fund.
As the rain was now getting heavier we decided we needed some comfort and retired to one of the local pubs for lunch and the welcome warmth of an open fire before heading home. A very big thankyou to everyone who joined us for the day.
Seventeen car club members and their families, met last Sunday morning (June 28th) for our trip to the Swanpool Cinema, just out of Benalla on the Midland Highway. We stopped at the Euroa Café for morning tea and then drove onto Swanpool, arriving in time to have some lunch at the Swanpool Café – not that many people needed extra nourishment after the delicious and delectable treats we had in Euroa.
I think the Cinema was a surprise to most people as they may not have known that it even existed. It is run by the community and is a great nostalgic experience. Sitting in the theatre, watching the advertising slides was most entertaining. Most weekends they show double feature movies on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and sometimes they show a matinee on the Sunday. The movie we saw was ‘Shaun the Sheep’ and judging by the laughter, all the audience enjoyed the experience.
Visit to the Shepparton Car Museum
Twenty-five car club members left Seymour on Sunday morning (14th June), for our visit to the Shepparton Car Museum. After everyone had arrived in the car park, we entered the Museum, where morning tea had been provided in the meeting room. We then ambled around and admired all the magnificent cars on display. Some of us even wished we still had all the cars we had ever owned. The Museum should be congratulated as the displays are always changing, so even visiting there a couple of times each year, you are guaranteed of seeing something interesting and different. The complex also has other shops and many of our group were seen moving through these places of interest. Some members chose to have lunch at the complex before the trip back home, whereas others took the opportunity of doing some retail therapy in Shepparton.
HRT Workshop Tour
On Wednesday 27th May, 17 members of the S&DCC took the opportunity offered to us, to visit the HRT workshop in Clayton Sth. We were given a guided tour of the workshop and were shown how a basic Holden is transformed into Holden Special Vehicles, with all the up market, wheels, tyres, brakes, suspension, exhaust systems, trims and badging. As an extra, the cars are then sprayed with the ‘dot security system’ as a precaution against theft. We were also able to visit the Walkinshaw Performance workshop where the HRT race cars were being given a tidy up, before their next race day. Our visit was very informative and we all appreciated this rare opportunity.
National Motoring Heritage Day
Yarra Glen Racecourse – Sunday 17th May, 2015
A very hardy group of S&DCC members left Seymour about 8.15am. Just on the outskirts of Seymour the fog settled in and stayed with us as we travelled through Yea and down the Melba Highway. As we reached the Yarra Glen Racecourse, the sun appeared and it turned into a beautiful Autumn day.
The cars on display were varied and numerous and being able to wander around them, at your leisure, was very enjoyable. Some members took advantage of the free bus to the Yering Station Market, where there were many delectable foods available to taste and buy.
S&DCC members then met back at our designated car club area, where we sat together, talked and just enjoyed the sunshine. It was a very relaxed group who made their way home again, during the afternoon.
Thank you to the S&DCC members who were able to join us for the day.
Thank you to all the lovely members who cleaned up our new club rooms. It was in excellent condition for this years Christmas Party. It was a huge success, with loads of games for young and old.
Lancefield Swap meet / Smith’s Private Museum Kyneton
On the 13th of April we met at Kilmore and enjoyed a casual cruise to Lancefield Swap meet. The weather was perfect and there was so much to see and do. We then travelled to Kyneton to view the Smith’s Private Museum. Ivan and June Smith warmly welcomed us. To say they had an interesting display would not do the museum justice. Upon entry the display was incredible ranging from Early Fords, 1st and Last Valiants made in Australia, including at least 20 other years/makes in between – including three e38 chargers (one with Bathurst pedigree). The collection also included numerous vintage tractors, trucks and cars.
June and Ivan were inspirational, no question went unanswered, their vast knowledge of all vehicles was remarkable. Unlike most displays, Ivan encouraged members to open doors, bonnets, sit in cars and upon request he even started them up. Harold Joyce got to live a childhood dream and blow the air operated knock off siren. The Ladies in the club took care of lunch, which was much appreciated by all who attended. I would go on record to say this is the best display I have ever had the pleasure to witness.
Australia Day Event – 2014
Many members attended the early morning celebrations at King Park. A bbq breakfast began the celebrations, then a short ceremony followed by lunch and time to enjoy the sunshine.
Thankyou to all that attended and I hope you enjoyed the day.