On a beautiful Australia Day morning a group of our club members gathered at our Johnstone Park clubroom for an 8.30am departure. Ron Jellett left immediately – perhaps keen to show us how his 1948 MGTC could perform. We only caught up with him on Mannum Road. From there it was a leisurely cruise to Mannum ,through a very busy main street due to Australia Day breakfast, and then past the Mannum caravan park – a place that is always well patronized!
Why don’t we have a caravan park on our riverfront at Murray Bridge?
We cruised the scenic route along the river past Greenings Landing before branching inland to Walkers Flat. A black SS Holden from M.B. was just a blur as it passed our convey ( Kevin Lukey).
We arrived at Walkers Flat at 9.45am and the lawned assembly area was already 50% filled .Our group of 20 cars were able to park together along the riverfront. Some people thought Joe & Betty van Eck’s 1956 Dodge was fitted with a steam engine as it gained everyones attention when they arrived with
“a full head of steam”.
We all settled in along the riverfront, viewing cars, enjoying our picnic lunches and watching the passing parade of speedboats, jet skis and the ferry crossing.
Ian Rowley was checking out the latest model Ford Mustangs on show- counting the days ‘til he can drive a red one!
Former club member Mike Zerna had his 1934 Ford on show- still fitted with a V8, but now a 5 litre fuel injected Ford
Lyn Buchanan won the raffle – a wheelbarrow full of goodies. The wheelbarrow was also part of the prize which initially created a problem as Ian & Lyn could not fit it in their car – a 67 Chev Camaro; however Allen & Eunice Wegener came their rescue with their Holden Ute.
Vehicles on show for the day varied from a 1907 Renault to the latest model 2017 Shelby Ford Mustang. There was a mixture of restored vintage & classic cars, some original condition. Also Hot rods and modified cars; some simply with engine upgrades, others with lowered (chopped) roofs such as the black FJ Holden ute which won the “peoples’ choice award” for best car displayed.
The Murray Mallee Auto Club, based at Nildottie hosted the day which is an annual fundraising event. This year the Mary Potter Hospice in North Adelaide was the worthy recipient.
Happy birthday to Victoria Johns on the day!
Thanks to all who attended this event –
Claude & Liz Minge