The Sporting Register welcomed in the new year with a very-well attended Breakfast Club gathering which followed on from one of the warmest summer nights on record. The day’s forecast was for a hot, dry morning reaching the mid-thirties before a cool afternoon change. At 7:30am it was already 29C, so it came as no surprise to find convertibles aplenty upon arrival at the Woolies carpark. The southern section filled very quickly; by 8:15 new arrivals were spreading out into the larger northern section.
It was estimated that almost 80 vehicles participated in this month’s gathering and as usual there were several vehicles making their Breakfast Club debut. Rex Connor now has his gold Mazda RX7 on club plates, so celebrated with an early morning trek from out Kilmore way to Warragul. There was a neat, purposeful-looking, black Porsche 911 from Traralgon, and a very pretty Bolwell Mk7 which had made the trip from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs via Yarra Junction and Poweltown. Those interested in pre-war classics were delighted to see on display a 1928 Darracq and a similarly aged 6-cylinder Hupmobile, both in immaculate condition. An early Humber and a couple of T-type MGs covered the immediate post-war years, then plenty of 1950’s and 60’s classics from both England, the USA and continental Europe. One shows one’s age when thinking of cars from the 70s and 80s as modern, but they are an increasing segment of the classic car scene and with VicRoads defining anything built prior to 1992 as a ‘classic’ who’s to argue! There were also a number late model sporting vehicles on display, including several examples of the ever-popular Porsche Boxster and an almost-new Renault Clio Sport.
The morning was warming up quickly and several late arrivals squeezed in just as people began departing. Many left a little earlier than usual, in an attempt to make it home before the temperature peaked.