Rumour has it that several keen participants had arrived and were in place almost an hour before the appointed starting time of 8am. Not a bad thing either, as desirable parking spaces were at a premium with perfect weather conditions encouraging an enormous assemblage of sports, classic and collectible vehicles to our gathering this month. Included amongst the 100+ cars filling the Warragul Woolies’ car park was a handful of Prince Skyline GTs enjoying a break during their scenic run from Melbourne which took them out through Yarra Junction and Powelltown. A couple of MX5s also made our monthly gathering a destination and so drove up from Fish Creek to swell the growing ranks of the popular Mazda sports car which included the ex-Fowler Eunos in the hands of its new owner and Sporting Register members Bob and Rhonda Speed.
Classic British sportscars are always well represented at these meetings and it was a pleasure to see Andrew McColl’s immaculate Triumph TR3a making its debut after a two-and-a-half-year restoration. Others making debut appearances included Richard Rowley’s massive Lincoln Town Car which had already been converted to RHD and Gus Luke’s burgundy 1997 EL Falcon GT, one of only 250 produced.
Mark Sanford brought along a nice little Triumph GT6 that’s just been added to his impressive vehicle collection. It was his brother’s car and brought over from the UK before tackling the rust and mechanical rebuild.
A very tidy classic Cooper S turned up with the Prince Skyline GT gang and was immediately made to feel at home, finding a parking spot next to Graeme Longhurst’s similar Cooper S. With so many cars participating in this month’s gathering, there were probably several more first-timers that slipped my attention, so apologies to those I’ve missed.
Porsche Boxsters are becoming almost as popular as MX5s with examples of several models on display. A couple of 911s as well as a pair of 928s bolstered the Stuttgart marque, whilst there were plenty of Mercedes coupes, Bimmers and even a couple of Beetles illustrating the popularity of the German brands which were second only in number to their Pommy counterparts.
Club members were pleased to see Ed Denovan making a return to Club activity in his TR6 after a lengthy recuperation since falling from a ladder, and welcomed back Mike Whitford who is recovering from a knee replacement and driving his Fiat Dino again. Our thoughts and best wishes are also with several other Club members having their own personal health battles at this time.