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‘ Wind in the Hair’ NEWSLETTER ❖ COLAC COLLECTABLE CAR CLUB INC.
April - August, 2017 Inc. no. A0028569B - P.O. Box 346, Colac Vic 3250
With the warm weather coming to an end, many of you will put your cars away for the winter. This is a good time to take a close look at your vehicle for any repairs that might need to be done over winter. It may also be a good time to do an engine oil change and grease the front end and suspension. Depending on your car, there may be more grease nipples that may need a bit of grease. The tyres should also be checked for wear and pressure. If you are not likely to be driving for a while, consider connecting a trickle charger to your battery. Maintaining full charge in the battery will prolong its life by two or three times. A good wax and polish will help protect paint and chrome. Be mindful of rats and mice as they can do an awful lot of damage to wires and upholstery. I know of one car that had the leather seats chewed so badly they had to be reupholstered. I know from my own experience we have had mice get into the foam rubber under the seats. We now put rodent bait stations around the sheds to try and keep the rodents out of the cars.
Our Nhill trip had perfect weather which made our trip even more pleasant. The Jeparit agricultural museum brought back memories of what Grandpa had and how agricultural machinery had changed. That night, I noticed some of our group reliving their youth in the pinball museum. The Inverness Motor Museum at Kiata had an excellent range of Australian cars including Leyland P76’s in very bright colours; Morris Marinas and Minis and even an Australian assembled Jaguar and Triumph were on display. There was even a Geelong assembled Model ‘T’ Ford as well as several GMH and Chrysler group vehicles. The ladies were also treated to a display of radioactive iridium glass ware. We were treated to personal guides at the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre. The return trip took us through the Grampians for some lovely scenery.
Weekend trips give you the ability to get to know other club members better, so consider the weekend trip to Gippsland later in the year. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
At the Club’s last General Meeting, it was decided to limit the club to 250 members so we now have a waiting list for new members. Remember, club membership renewals must be paid by June 30th to remain a member; a discount applies to early payment before May 31st.
We are considering hosting a weekend in our area for the Horsham Car Club. If anyone would like to be involved in the organisation or wouldn’t mind a group looking at your car collection (part of a garage crawl) please contact Vince Thorne 0429 406 761.
Your continued support for club activities is needed, as it takes considerable time and effort to plan activities. All the more members that take part is a reward for the organisers. If you have ideas for activities that would suit your interests, please let Vince or Malcolm (Runs Organiser) know and we will endeavour to meet your request.
Happy and safe motoring
Vince Thorne, Club President.
President’s Report 1
Minutes of Meeting (17.3.2017) 2 – 4
For Sale 4
Items from members 4 – 5
CCCC Merchandise 5
On the road to the Wimmera 6 – 7
Colac Kana Parade 2017 8 - 9
2017 Ballarat Swap Meet 10
CCCC Committee 2016/2017 11
Melbourne to Maffra Run 11- 12
Calendar of Events 13
Advertisements & Sponsors 14
MINUTES OF MEETING – 17th March, 2017 PRESENT:
As per sign in sheet in the Minute Book.
WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS, VISITORS AND MEMBERS:
Thanks to our new members for letting us know a little bit about themselves and their vehicles. Special welcome to
Jeremy Lane, Classic Car & Machine Club member and guest speaker.
As received, listed in the Minute Book and tabled.
Apologies accepted: Moved: Dallas Petrie Seconded: Geoff O’Neill Carried
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING held 11th September, 2016:
As circulated to members. Moved: Dan Riordan Seconded: Ken Slingsby Carried
BUSINESS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MEETING:
Refer to General Business.
• Federation of Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Clubs Inc. Delegates notices (Club & Geoff received) plus
Fed News – editions 94 and 95.
• Federation of Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Clubs Inc Agenda for Meeting 11th February and Minutes
of Meeting held 15th October, 2016.
• Historic Tractor and Machinery Swap, Bendigo Swap Meet – 29th & 30th April, 2017.
• 42nd Annual Bendigo National Swap Meet – 18th – 19th November, 2017.
• 61st Annual Kalorama Rally – 26th March, 2017.
• Jardine Lloyd Thompson Pty. Ltd. – Car Clubs Insurance Package (Renewal).
• AOMC Newsletter – Issue 134 and Issue 135.
• Newsletter of Mount Panorama Bathurst.
• Colac KANA Festival – Street Parade invitation.
• Moe Racing Club’s “Horse and Horsepower” event.
• Gippsland Food & Wine Tours available in the Yarragon area.
• All Ford Day 2017 – Geelong.
• All American Car Display and Man Cave Alley, Gembrook.
• RACV Classic Showcase.
• RACV Shannon’s American Motoring Show.
• Cavalcade of Transport at Bellarine Estate.
• Yarra Glenn Swap Meet & Show and Shine.
• RACV Fly the Flag Tour brochure.
• Federation annual fee for 2016/2017.
• Invitation to the Vintage & Classic Car Club of Ballarat Inc – Interclub Annual Lake Bolac Campout – 17th
to 24th May.
All brochures and information received are published on the Club’s website. www.colacccc.com.au
• 115 Newsletters posted to members in November and February – 212 emailed copies sent to members;
• 19 new membership applications approved.
• Vic Roads 2017 Club Permit Agreement (revised);
• Vic Roads 2017 Club Permit Scheme Approved Club Office Bearers and Scrutineers (revised).
• 2017 Colac KANA Festival Street Parade Application Form completed.
Correspondence received and sent: Moved: Robin Walters Seconded: Glenn Shepherd Carried
REPORTS: PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Vince Thorne)
• Positive feedback was received after the Christmas break-up held at the Colac RSL. Referred to General
• Thanks to Christine and Malcolm Wilson for their hospitality for the New Year’s Eve BBQ.
• At our recent Committee Meeting it was raised that a further donation be made to the Colac Cancer Centre –
formerly known as “The Long Road Appeal”. Referred to General Business.
• Wimmera trip (1st – 3rd April). 12 confirmed couples participating. Annette gave a run down on the upcoming
Wimmera trip. Leaving from Mortlake on Saturday, 1st April and travelling via Cavendish. Saturday visiting the
Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum. Overnight at Nhill. Sunday visiting a private Australian car collection and
the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre. Sunday night dining at the Nhillbilly. Monday travel home via Horsham,
Grampians and the Grampians Pinball Museum and Halls Gap.
• Founding member Brian Splatt passed away on the 31st December, 2016 and many members attended Brian’s
funeral as well as members of the Corvette Club of Victoria.
MINUTES OF MEETING – 17th March, 2017 (Continued)
• At our Committee Meeting in January, it was discussed that membership be reduced to a manageable size.
Suggested that Club Membership be reduced to 250 members only. Referred to General Business.
• Members are reminded that their registration plate details, after a vehicle has been registered with Vic Roads,
must be given immediately to the Club and the Club Registrar. The same applies for photographs; members are
reminded that photographs, together with registration details must be given to the Club a.s.a.p. If a vehicle or
motorcycle has been re-registered onto the Club Permit Scheme on or after the 1st January, 2015, photographs
must be submitted to our Club Registrar. There has been plenty of reminders in the Newsletter – please contact
either the Permit Scheme Officer, Club Secretary or Club Registrar and pass on your vehicle/motorcycle details
FINANCIAL REPORT: (Noel Myers)
Balance of bank account.
12 new members have paid their memberships. Currently 267 members.
“Long Road Appeal” Colac Cancer Centre – donation. Referred to General Business.
RUNS COMMITTEE REPORT: (Malcolm Wilson)
An average of 13 members attending runs. A low turnout but those attending are enjoying themselves. Highlights are
the W.I.T.H. runs with 12 – 15 members attending. 22 members attended the run to Cobden recently, a good turn-out.
The motorcycle themed run in January was well attended with 20 people and 16 motorcycles. 13 vehicles attended the
Australia Day Breakfast held at the Warrion Hall. On the Great Ocean Road “Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery” run there
were 20 cars. With daylight saving ending soon W.I.T.H. runs will be replaced with dinner nights at local hotels etc.
Unfortunately, the same members are attending runs and it would be great to have more members attend.
Upcoming events – the annual Colac KANA Parade (18.3.2017) and the popular Federation “Picnic Day” at Mortlake
(26.3.2016). The Club has been contacted by the Maffra / Gippsland Vehicle Museum regarding an activity in
September. Commencing in Melbourne (Berwick) and to Maffra a “Tops off for Cancer “run on 23rd & 24th September.
Dinner at the Maffra Shed and breakfast. Entry forms are available online. Accommodation at Sale (15-minute drive
away). Also, a visit to the Trafalgar Motor Museum.
Further information available via Malcolm or www.gippslandvehiclecollection.org.au/
RED PLATE PERMIT REPORT: (Geoff O’Neill)
Currently the system of permit renewals seems to be working well. There are new Vic Roads forms and are available
from a Vic Roads office, online or from one of our Permit Scheme Officers. If your vehicle has been issued with a new
registration number, the details must be given to our Club Registrar. Also, it is important to get photographs of your
vehicle to the Club as soon as possible after registration for all vehicles on the Club Permit Scheme. Please remember
that all approved Car Clubs are required to: -
“Maintain a register of dated photographs for all vehicles for which an initial club permit is sought. Dated
photographs must include images of the front, driver’s side, rear, driving position (side on with the driver’s door open)
and, where possible, any identifiers such as chassis number and engine number. Where a club permit application for
a motor cycle is made, the club member must take photographs of both sides of the motor cycle, a photograph of the
rear, and where possible, of identifiers such as engine and frame numbers. Car Clubs are required to provide
photographs to VicRoads within seven days of receipt of a written request from VicRoads.” At the recent AOMC meeting, held at the prestigious Jaguar/Austin Healey Club rooms, an RACV guest speaker
attended. Topic – “Free to Go”. A program for Year 12 students or 18 year olds. RACV offer free Roadside Assist for
the first year, covering both driver and passengers. For 19 – 20 year olds RACV offer a 50% discount on their Roadside
Assistance. RACV also offer advice on buying a vehicle and gaining a licence with information available through their
website. “Free to Go” RACV. https://www.racv.com.au/on-the-road/roadside-assistance/free2go.html
Geoff received free stickers produced by the AOMC to replace your Vic Roads registration label on fully registered
vehicles. These may help you remember when your registration is due. See Geoff if you would like a AOMC sticker
for your vehicle.
Reports accepted: Moved: Ted Price Seconded: Des Donovan Carried
1. Christmas in July: on a show of hands several members are keen to have a “Christmas in July” activity;
2. Colac Cancer Centre donation: it was decided by a show of hands that $1000 be donated to the Colac Hospital’s
Cancer Centre Appeal.
3. Trailer storage: The trailer will be taken to the Federation “Picnic Day” in Mortlake on Sunday, 26th March.
After Mortlake, storage will be required. Two offers available – Dan Riordan has room to store the trailer and
the P & A Society are able to provide free storage in one of their lockable sheds.
4. At the Federation’s annual “Picnic Day” in Mortlake, the Club will provide morning tea; seating and shelter.
There are great entrance prizes to be won; arrive around 9.30am and you can either bring or buy lunch.
5. Dallas Petrie reported that the Warrnambool Motor Museum still has not opened. The Museum curator has had
construction problems due to the bad Winter weather experienced in 2016.
MINUTES OF MEETING – 17th March, 2017 (Continued)
6. Cap on Membership: when annual membership is due, some members may not renew their membership. At
present, there is a small waiting list with Applications for Membership still being received, but applicants are
contacted and informed of the ‘waiting list’. Motion by Rod Day that the Colac Collectable Car Club
membership be capped at 250 members and a suggestion by Des Donovan that the membership cap be assessed
every 5 years. The motion was unanimously accepted. This does not impact on the Club Incorporation as it is
a Club Rule.
7. Trailer Registration: the trailer is currently not registered but technically should be registered. This is to be
Jeremy Lane, a member of the Geelong based Classic Car & Machine Club and a tyre and battery retail representative
attended the meeting. Jeremy gave an excellent presentation on everything to do with tyres. Jeremy covered speed and
load ratings; tyre pressures; sizes of tyres and how to read the print on tyres; age of tyres; alignment and under-inflation.
Roadworthiness can be a problem with the age of tyres; pricing and quality of tyres; brands and where tyres are
manufactured as well as re-treading. Recycling and the use of old tyres is a major environmental issue.
After hearing Jeremy speak many members would have gone home and checked out their vehicle tyres! An excellent
insight into tyres and thanks to Vince for organizing Jeremy to speak to the club members.
MEETING CLOSED: 8.50pm.
FOR SALE: 1928 AUSTIN 7 METEOR PROJECT
1928 Austin 7 Meteor project for sale. Original “Flood Bodywork”. Body in very good condition.
• 5 new wheels and tyres;
• New radiator;
• Woodwork in body rebuilt;
• Including trailer load of spares, two and three bearing engines and gear boxes;
• Instruments etc. and electrics;
Nb: No bonnet, top or sides. No radiator surround. Very rare and great potential. Contact Geoff – 52 31 3318
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM MEMBERS
CLUB PERMIT SCHEME – A CAUTIONARY TALE
Recently, a Rover Car Club of Australia member, (and an event prize winner) was returning home from the recent Classic
showcase was pulled up by the local Police. His Club Permit Scheme Log Book was checked.
Thank goodness all details had been completed correctly into the Log Book, however the books renewal certificate was
missing. Instead of being stuck into the front of his Log Book, he had placed the certificate and was, in fact, lying loose inside
the Log Book.
The failure to correctly affix the sticker into the front of his Log Book resulted in the car being declared unregistered and a
fine of around $770.00 was issued.
Certainly a sad end to a good day out.
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM MEMBERS (Continued)
Oils for classic cars (pre-catalytic converter) must have ZDDP – Zinc dialkyldithiophosphates ; an anti-scuffing agent with at
least 1000 parts per million of it in the oil. Oils intended for classic cars have the perfect oil – 15W/60 with ZDDP.
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopaedia:- “The main use of ZDDP is in anti-wear additives to lubricants such as greases, gear oils, and motor oils, which usually contain
from 600ppm for some modern energy conserving low viscosity oils to 2000ppm of this additive in some racing oils. It has been
reported that zinc and phosphorus emissions may damage catalytic converters and standard formulations of lubricating oils
for gasoline engines now have reduced amounts of the additive due to the API limiting the concentration of this additive in new
API SM and SN oils, however this only affects 20 and 30 grade "ILSAC" oils, 40 and higher grades have no regulation regarding
the concentration of ZDDP except for diesel oils meeting the API CJ-4 specification which have had the level of ZDDP reduced
slightly, although most diesel Heavy Duty Engine oils still have a higher concentration of this additive. Crankcase oils with
reduced ZDDP have been cited as causing damage to, or failure of, classic/collector car flat tappet camshafts and lifters which
undergo very high boundary layer pressures and/or shear forces at their contact faces, and in other regions such as big-
end/main bearings, and piston rings and pins. Roller camshafts/followers are more commonly used to reduce camshaft lobe
friction in modern engines. There are additives, such as STP(R) Oil Treatment, and some racing oils such as PurOl, Brad Penn
and Valvoline VR-1, which are available in the retail market with the necessary amount of ZDDP for engines using increased
valve spring pressures. The same ZDDP compounds serve also as corrosion inhibitors and antioxidants.”
Thanks to CCCC members Steve and Graeme for the above snippets.
Newsletters received from our neighbouring clubs are
issued via email to all members.
These newsletters provide interesting reading and if you
have an email address that you would like to receive these
newsletters, please contact the Club via the Contact Page on
the club’s website: www.colacccc.com.au
Unfortunately, Newsletters from other clubs cannot be
placed directly onto the Club website, they are emailed to
individual members. For additional information on club
matters including membership application, calendar of
events, useful websites etc. log onto the club’s website:
CLUB MERCHANDISE AND GIFT IDEAS
Are you looking for Colac Collectable Club merchandise? Now available :-
• Polo shirts (with Club logo) $25,
• T-shirts (with your choice of print) $20,
• Caps $15,
• Bumper stickers $3,
• Mugs $10,
• Name Badge $8,
• Club metal grill badge $25.
Contact CCCC member Craig on 0400103108 or email Craig: [email protected]
ON THE ROAD TO THE WIMMERA……APRIL, 2017
SATURDAY, 1st April, 2017
It was a dreary and overcast morning that greeted CCCC members for the
trip to the Wimmera. Meeting at Tea Tree Gardens picnic area in Mortlake
– almost everyone was on time. Thanks to Annette and Vince for the
goodie bag and donated items by the Bendigo Bank and the Corangamite
One warning from Vince before heading off, “There will be no fuel stops
along the way!” and he was right. We headed out of Mortlake, along the
Hamilton Highway. Instead of heading through Hexham; we took a right-
hand turn before the Hotel and we travelled on bumpy but well maintained
roads to Cavendish. We skirted the townships of Chatsworth and Dunkeld
with the Grampians on our right and shrouded in a low mist. We answered
some of our quiz questions; counting wind turbines and the distance to
At our morning tea stop at Cavendish, we had time to look at the historical
information about the settlement of the Cavendish district; a brief outline
of the next leg of the trip by Vince and by 10.45am we were on the road
via Kanagulk, Jallumba and Noradjuhq and through the busy little town of
Just as we thought we were heading in to Horsham, we turned left into
Currans Road and completely bypassed the city. Via Pimpinio (where the
Baker’s build transportable homes) and another turn towards
Warracknabeal. No sooner are we heading in one direction than we have
turned onto another.
In the morning, we were travelling on roads lined with tall gum trees, but
by early afternoon we were looking out onto flat Mallee crop lands with
silos dotted here and there. More turns to the left, then to the right and we
slowly approached Jeparit, our most northern destination. Our lunch stop
was at Menzies Park in the centre of Jeparit; a beautifully maintained park
in memory of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia's longest serving Prime
Just down the road from the Park was the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer
Museum and a ‘must do’ when in Jeparit. If you are in the Jeparit area for
the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, the Museum are celebrating
their 10th Annual Vintage Rally with demonstrations by working
Clydesdale Horses; car club displays, craft and trade stalls.
It was hard not to spend more time at the Museum, but it was now time to
head to Nhill and check into our accommodation; the Oasis Motel where the Australian Pinball Museum is located and features pinball machines
from the past 50 years. This is an interactive museum with one of the
largest selection of pinballs on public display in Australia.
SUNDAY, 2nd April, 2017
Turning our clocks back one hour for daylight savings, meant it was a slow
start to the morning, but we headed off to inspect an unusual private
collection of "all Australian made or assembled" vehicles.
Just out of Nhill, we headed to Inverness, home to Rod and Maureen
Warwick. Their beautiful old home was 109 years old, but it wasn't the
house we came to look at. After a brief introduction, we were off to check
out the sheds. The first shed contained a wonderful collection of Leyland
P76's as well as a Valiant Charger. Apart from their unusual shape, what
stands out most, is the variety of vibrant colours of the P76.
“All Australian Car Collection”
“Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre”
Glamping at “Nhill Billy Farm”
Moving through Rod’s collection, we saw a huge variety of vehicles from
Valiant, Mini, Holden, Ford and an early model Nissan Skykine which was
assembled in Adelaide; a Plymouth which is currently under restoration,
plus many more. There were vintage collections of stereos, photographic
equipment, oil cans, posters, magazines and books. To add more colour to
Rod's sheds he has lined the walls with signs, banners and other
Looking through the last of the sheds we were amazed at how huge Rod’s
collection was. Rod certainly knows how to set the mood in his garages.
Not only was there a kitchen but an industrial kitchen just in case Rod and
Maureen decide to set up their own catering business down the track; also,
a huge log fire for those cold Mallee evenings, seating areas and dining
Special thanks to Rod and Maureen for allowing our members to visit and
giving up their valuable time away from the farm. Following the visit to
Rod’s collection, it was time to head to the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre
and RAAF Museum at the Nhill Airport. Members of the Museum are
busy restoring an Avro Anson W2364 and are currently raising funds to
purchase their own Wirraway 722, one of only four airworthy Wirraways
in Australia. The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre is dedicated to the
memory of all who passed through the Nhill RAAF Air School and served
in all aspects of the Second World War. 8,670 pupils passed through the
school and went on to War duties all over the world.
Our Sunday evening dining reservation was at a very interesting venue;
Nhill Billy Farm which was available for both “glamping” and dining.
Hopefully, in the future, this venture will go from strength to strength as
the concept was excellent.
MONDAY, 3rd April, 2017
Although a frosty start to the day, our trip back to South-West of Victoria
was a warm and interesting day. The route for the last day; through
Horsham, morning tea stop at Zumsteins (the Grampians) with lunch at
Halls Gap and concluding the run at Mortlake.
Special thanks to Annette and Vince for all their planning, telephone calls
to arrange accommodation and visits to museums; organising meals and
their passion for getting us out and about and being able to see and visit
interesting destinations; especially in the Wimmera Mallee area.
“Nhill Billy Farm”
“Australian Pinball Museum”
“The Wimmera Crew”
2017 COLAC KANA PARADE
On a sunny Saturday, 18th March, 2017 approximately 24 vehicles participated in the annual Colac KANA Festival and
parade. Murray Street was lined with enthusiastic community members – all delighted to see such a fantastic line up of
veteran, vintage and classic vehicles pass by. Our cars assembled in Skene Street and slowly headed towards Memorial
Square where we parked and enjoyed the festivities.
Once again Rex and Delores Murrell were privileged to escort the Citizen of the Year, this year being Mr John Blane. Here
are just some of the vehicles……
59th Colac Kana Festival Inc.
2017 COLAC KANA PARADE (CONTINUED)
The Colac KANA Festival theme “Our Productive Lands” is in support of the beef,
sheep and dairying communities.
BALLARAT SWAP MEET 2017
Australia’s largest swap meet, the Ballarat Swap Meet was held on 24th and 25th February, 2017 at the Ballarat Airport.
Conducted by the Rotary Clubs of Ballarat and district, this year’s event lived up to all expectations.
This year it was the 27th swap meet; there are eight Rotary Clubs in Ballarat that combine to conduct the swap meet.
It is interesting to note; to walk the entire site, it is 14.5 kilometres; there are over 350 volunteers from Rotary and
community groups who fundraise at the event; 82% of stall holders are from the State of Victoria, 18% from interstate
and one international. This year there were over 2700 site holders. Of the 82% from Victoria, only 20% are from
Ballarat and district.
If you were looking for a particular spare part, then you would most likely be able to find it at the Ballarat Swap Meet.
COLAC COLLECTABLE CAR CLUB INC - COMMITTEE (2016 – 2107)
PRESIDENT Vince Thorne 0407052231 [email protected]
VICE PRESIDENT Ken Slingsby 0414559661 [email protected]
SECRETARY Heather Petrie 0408401562 [email protected]
PUBLIC OFFICER Heather Petrie 0408401562 [email protected]
TREASURER Noel Myers 0427322349 [email protected]
RUNS ORGANISER Malcolm Wilson 0458653054 [email protected]
CLUB VEHICLE REGISTRAR Shirley Haslem 0428358413 [email protected]
AOMC REPRESENTATIVE Geoff O’Neill 52 31 3318 [email protected]
NEW & RENEWAL
PERMIT SCHEME OFFICERS
Geoff O’Neill 52 31 3318
Graeme Chislett 0429315670
Glenn Shepherd 0499095878
PERMIT SCHEME OFFICERS
Ted Price 0417165271 Colac renewals
Glenn Shepherd 0499095878 Colac renewals
Heather Petrie 0408401562 Cobden renewals
Annette Thorne 0407052231 Cobden renewals
Contact Annette at Cobden Tools & Trailers, Curdie Street, Cobden
between 9am & 5pm
Les Claridge 0437752839 Colac renewals
Contact Les at George Taylors Stores, Murray St, Colac between 9am &
5pm Monday – Friday or Saturday mornings from 9am until 12noon
FEDERATION REPRESENTATIVE (1) Shane Perrott 0429350625 [email protected]
FEDERATION REPRESENTATIVE (2) Vince Thorne 0407052231 [email protected]
NEWSLETTER EDITOR Heather Petrie 0408401562 [email protected]
GENERAL COMMITTEE (1) Ted Price 0417165271
GENERAL COMMITTEE (2) Dallas Petrie 0427401562 [email protected]
MELBOURNE TO MAFFRA RUN – September, 2017
Expressions of interest are invited from Colac Collectable Car Club members to participate in the "Melbourne to
Maffra Run", organised by the Gippsland Vehicle Collection Inc., to be held on the weekend of 23rd and 24th
September, 2017. To enter, your vehicle must be 15 years of age. Please read the accompanying flyer for further
details, and the entry form found online, for costs to enter the run.
Held every two years, Christine and Malcolm (our Runs Coordinators) went on the last one and thoroughly enjoyed
the run. The trip would start on Friday, 22nd September, leaving Colac after lunch and travel to Berwick. This is the
starting point of the run for the next day. Malcolm will research suitable accommodation in the area for Friday night.
Our group will then join the run Saturday morning and travel to Maffra by the suggested route on sealed country
roads of Gippsland. Included in the entry fee is lunch and afternoon tea, entry to the Maffra Shed Motor Museum and
As accommodation in Maffra will most likely be booked out, we will stay in Sale for two nights. We will return to
Maffra to have dinner Saturday night, with other run participants. A bus will be available to get us there and back if
interested. On Sunday, we can have breakfast at our motel, then back to Maffra, to join in their "Tops Off For Cancer
Day" Car Show. The idea is to come in your car with the top down (if possible).
After lunch, we could have a look at the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum at the Sale Aerodrome. Dinner on Sunday
night will be in Sale at a suitable venue.
On Monday, we return to Colac via quiet country roads to Melbourne. At Trafalgar, the Holden Museum will open
up for us as a group. The Holden Museum is great collection of low mileage original cars and is a “must see”.
Entry forms are available online at www.gippslandvehiclecollection.org.au
As numbers need to be known if you intend to go, by Saturday, 6th May so accommodation bookings can be
made. Malcolm is seeking up to 10 cars to participate on this run to keep group bookings manageable. Initial inquiries
show some rooms of good ratings can be found for around $110.00 per night in the Dandenong to Berwick area.
Contact Malcolm Wilson on 0458653054 for further details.
The Gippsland Vehicle Collection of Maffra invites your club and members to our “7th Melbourne to Maffra Run”
Date:- 23rd and 24th September, 2017
This Run is open to all vehicles over 15 years of age (as of the start of the run).
So, what is it??? It is a gathering of a group of like-minded motoring enthusiasts that want to enjoy their toys. It is
not a competition, rather a leisurely drive/ride through some of West and Central Gippsland’s most picturesque
It is a 2-day run from Berwick to Maffra and return.
The suggested route is on picturesque sealed country roads in West and Central Gippsland.
A map and directions will be given to you, but if you choose to take your time, there are also points of interest that
you may want to visit on your way to Maffra.
The distance is around 180 miles or 300 kilometres and a back-up vehicle will follow the suggested route and be
contactable by telephone on the Saturday.
On Sunday 24th September, you will have the opportunity to join in the “Tops Off for Cancer Day” at the Museum
which will be run by GVC along with the Maffra Cancer Council.
Meals included in your entry. Your lunch and afternoon tea on Saturday are included in your entry fee.
Run mementos will also be handed out at the dinner.
Participants may attend the dinner at Maffra on Saturday night.
Breakfast is available on Sunday morning at “The Maffra Shed”.
Accommodation – is to be booked by yourself in the Maffra/Sale area.
For more information call Ian on 03 5147 2118 or Sue Lawrence on 0428 456 614 or email Ian Kennedy
Details are also on the website for GVC - www.gippslandvehiclecollection.org.au
7th Melbourne to
Maffra Run – 2017
CALENDAR OF EVENTS ………. APRIL - JULY, 2017
WHEN ? WHERE ?
Friday, 21st April Dinner night at the Colac East Hotel, 1 Dalton Street, Colac East. Meet you there at 6.30pm.
Bookings to Malcolm on 0458653054 by Wednesday, 19th April.
Sunday, 23rd April Pleasant Sunday Afternoon (PSA) at the Lake Edge Café, South Purrumbete. We will travel a
scenic route of approx. 60 km arriving around 2.15pm or meet you there. Leave Colac Visitor
Information Centre at 1.30pm. Contact Malcolm on 0458653054 for further details.
Friday, 5th May Dinner night at the Hampden Hotel, 228 Manifold St. Camperdown. Leave Colac Visitor
Information Centre at 6.00pm or meet you there. Bookings to Malcolm on 0458653054 by
Wednesday, 3rd May.
Sunday, 7th May Beeac Cars 'n' Coffee. See you there. Contact Ean McDowell on 0437988866 for further details.
Friday, 19th May Dinner night at the Mamre Hotel, Princes Highway, Pirron Yallock. Leave Colac Visitor
Information Centre at 6.00pm. or meet you there. Bookings to Malcolm on 0458653054 by
Wednesday, 17th May.
Sunday, 28th May Pleasant Sunday Afternoon (PSA) at Gellibrand Store, Main Road. Gellibrand. Enjoy an afternoon
out, have a coffee & cake, and have a chat with other club members. Meet at the cafe by 2.30pm.
Contact Malcolm on 0458653054 for further details.
Friday, 2nd June Dinner night at the Royal Mail Hotel Birregurra. Meet at the hotel by 6.30pm. Bookings to Malcolm
on 0458653054 by Wednesday, 31st May.
Sunday, 4th June A run to Beeac Cars ‘n’ Coffee travelling a scenic route of approximately 60km. Leave Colac Visitor
Information Centre at 9.30am. Contact Malcolm on 0458653054 for further details.
Friday, 16th June Dinner night at Mango Thai, 23 Murray St. Colac. Meet you there at 6.30pm. Bookings to Malcolm
on 0458653054 by Wednesday, 14th June.
Sunday, 18th June CCCC General Meeting at the Scout Hall Dennis Street, Colac. commencing at 12.00 noon.
A BBQ lunch will be provided. Contact Heather on 0408 401 562 for further details –
apologies via email or text.
We will have a midweek run for lunch at the Boggy Creek Pub, Timboon-Curdievale Road,
Curdievale. We will first travel to Cobden picnic ground on the lake for a coffee break. Cobden and
district members can meet us there around 10.30am. We will go via Timboon and on to Peterborough,
stopping to see how rough the sea is. Leave Colac Visitor Information Centre at 10.00 am. Bookings
to Malcolm on 0458653054 by Monday, 19th June.
Sunday, 25th June (PSA) at Cafe Nu Deli 186 Murray St. Colac. Meet at the cafe at 2.30pm. Contact Malcolm on
0458653054 for further details.
Sunday, 2nd July Beeac Cars 'n' Coffee. First Sunday of each month. Enjoy a coffee and meet up with like-minded
car enthusiasts. Contact Ean McDowell on 0437988866 for further details.
Friday, 7th July Dinner night at the Cobden Golf Club, Neylon Street, Cobden. Meet you there around 6.30pm.
Contact Malcolm on 0458653054 for bookings by Wed. 26th July.
Sunday, 16th July Run to Lorne to look at Erskine Falls in winter. BYO or cafe lunch in Lorne, then visit Falls. Return
to Lorne for coffee at a cosy café. Leave Colac Visitor Information Centre at 11.00am. Contact
Malcolm on 0458653054 for further details.
Friday, 28th July Dinner night Oddfellows Restaurant, 43 Gellibrand St. Colac. Meet there at 6.30pm. Bookings to
Malcolm on 0458653054 by Wednesday 26th July
EXPLANATION OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
‘W.I.T.H.’ = WIND IN THE HAIR runs
‘PSM’ or ‘PSA’ = Pleasant Sunday morning / afternoon runs
If you have any suggestions for future runs, or you are unsure of any runs mentioned above, please contact
Malcolm Wilson (CCCC Runs Coordinator) 0458 653 054
Willaura Grampians Holiday
Cottage Mini Homestead - Sleeps 5
Available for outdoor meets; ample car parking on site
40 Minutes to Halls Gap; 20 minutes to Ararat
20% Discount for all Colac Collectable Car Club Members
Visit website at:- www.grampianscottage.com