Early risers took advantage of the perfect weather to get out and about in their special vehicles well before the Breakfast Club official starting time of 8am this Sunday. After a spirited lap around Bona Vista, Nilma and the deserted outskirts of Warragul, your correspondent arrived at the Warragul Woolies’ carpark about 10 minutes early to find many vehicles already in place and the venue filling quickly. By a little after 8am the southern parking zone was full to capacity, resulting in an overflow of participants into the general supermarket carpark. John Fowler was trying to keep count of the numbers, but gave up after reaching the magic ton at around 9:30 with so many classic cars joining the gathering and filling the parking spaces of those departing.
As usual, the muscle car fraternity were out in force with five classic Falcon GTs, a similar number of Mustangs, plus a couple of race-bred Toranas and a Camaro representing the General. Allan Richards brought along his ‘new’ kelp beige Mk.1 Morris Cooper S and was in good company with the similar classic quick Bricks of Graeme Longhurst, Clint Wilson and Mal Collins also present. But the overwhelming theme of the morning seemed to be classic roofless sports cars with a fantastic array of British, European and Japanese examples. Phil Gray debuted his black, early 80’s Alfa Spider and there were the usual selection of MGs, Austin Healeys, Lotii, Fiat Spiders, Mercs and Porsches that attracted plenty of attention.
Mark McKibbin has been culling his collection recently to make room for a recently acquired 1925 long-wheel-base Lancia Lambda. Mark loves quirky vehicles and this one is no different – powered by an all-alloy OHC V4 there’s almost enough room in the rear passenger compartment to hold a dance party! Could be difficult to park though!
Nice to see that a number of members took heed of the Idle Chatter article regarding vehicle display sheets, which give people some insight to a particular car’s heritage – I’m sure this information was appreciated by those present and hope that more owners will make the effort to prepare a sheet before our next public display in January.
This gathering was our largest yet and those present really enjoyed seeing the range of different vehicles as well as the quality and pride of ownership on display. The classic car movement is alive and well in Gippsland and the Sporting Register look forward to your continued support in 2015.
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