OPEN GARAGE AND GARDEN AT THE DENOVANS, Warragul – Sunday 26th October

If you ever need an excuse to tidy up your garage or attack the undergrowth before it strangles the garden, offer to host one of our club’s Open Garage and/or Garden mornings. The added incentive of a fixed deadline will see things that have been on the “Going to do” list elevated to greater importance and fixed in next to no time. Just ask Ed!
Ed and Di Denovan live on a lovely, gently undulating 3.5 acre property on the eastern outskirts of Warragul. Amid the lush and colourful gardens, lawns and mature trees is the renovated century-old homestead and several outbuildings including a large machinery shed, a small office, a hot-house and a recently erected double garage on the old tennis court which houses Ed’s TR6 and Alfa GTV. There is enough cut, split and stacked firewood to last them the next decade and Ed is proud to explain the environmentally sustainable nature of the property which doesn’t rely on town water, has solar hot water and an array of solar panels on the roof providing most of their electricity. There’s even an underground bushfire bunker that doubles as a wine and preserves cellar.
It was pleasing to see so many club members out in their sports and classic cars arriving with roofs down wherever possible and driving through the gardens amid the trees to find a spot to park. A couple of Ed’s neighbours dropped by, one with an immaculate white with red trim, 1968 Mustang convertible that apparently doesn’t get out very often.
From our club there was a very strong British contingent present at this outing with 4 red MGB roadsters, the Fingers’ white BGT, a Bugeye Sprite, Triumph TR6, Riley 2.5, Aston Martin and Bill and Judy Aitken’s Austin A90. The Fowlers were there in their MX5, Ian Maud arrived in his MR2 now running with effective brakes after overhauling the master cylinder, and round tyres after uneven wear during the Philip Island 6-Hour felt like a differential problem! Mike Whitford had the Fiat Dino out for a run and the Swinglers arrived a bit later in their ’70 Mustang convertible. There was also a smattering of modern daily drivers and probably a few other vehicles that I’ve failed to recall. Morning Tea was available in the shelter of one of the outbuildings beneath a massive pine tree. Wherever you ventured on this property there was something interesting to see and more just around the next corner. Many thanks to Ed and Di for their hospitality and generosity in opening their place up for another successful club outing.

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