Collectors Day In The Fleurieu

In perfect weather a very large group of vehicle enthusiasts from the Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge ( ACCMB) travelled to Victor Harbor to view 2 private collections throughout the day.

30 vehicles and 64 members travelled in two separate convoys of 16 and 14 vehicles approx. 20 minutes apart to avoid congestion on the roads.This run was the biggest midweek run staged by the day run organizers , Graham & Maureen Edwards.


L-R: ACCMB members Carol Ali, Lyn Hunter, Brenda and Les Cowie.

The convoys travelled to Victor Harbor via Ferries McDonald , Langhorne Creek, Milang, Currency Creek roads through Middleton around the Victor Harbor deviation road and onto the two venues respectively for morning tea which consisted of scones, jam, cream, tea and coffee supplied by venue hosts Lynne and Kip Newbold along with Vida and Stephen Schild respectively.

The collection owned by the Newbold’s overlooked Encounter Bay taking in the magnificent sight of Granite Island, the Causeway and the Bluff making it a photographers dream.

Both collections were different , displaying motor vehicles, motorbikes , a wooden boat, a retro caravan, stationary engines, number plates, petrol bowsers from yesteryear, garage signs, workshop manuals and many forms of nic–nacs and memorabilia. Two great examples of motoring from the past era.

Following the morning visits a 2 course lunch was served by members of the Historic Motor Vehicles Club (HMVC) of Victor Harbor in their clubrooms.

Members from both clubs spent time chatting about their vehicles and life in general while renewing old friendships from the past.


L-R: Deidre Solly from the Victor Harbour Club with ACCMB members Roy Bretag, Graeme Southern, Tom West and Mike Chapman.

During lunch a surprise 70th birthday cake was presented to ACCMB Life Member Tom West by wife Lyn also a Life Member.

Happy Birthday was sung to Tom in great gusto by all present.

An invitation was extended to other members having birthdays to come forward and help celebrate the day.

During lunch run organizer Graham Edwards thanked HMVC member Richard Lang and his band of willing volunteers for a great meal and their hospitality on the day while ACCMB President John Courtney added to Graham’s remarks.

Following lunch the 2 groups alternated and moved off to view the collections not already seen.

On completion of the days formalities Graham Edwards presented both the Newbold’s and the Schild’s with a small token of appreciation for being the perfect hosts on the day.

At the completion of the day some members chose to indulge in coffee and pizza at the popular Café Ruffino , Strathalbyn while others chose to travel home along the lake back to Murray Bridge.

All in all a great run was enjoyed and thanks to all who came and made the day so successful.


Report by Graham Edwards

Photos courtesy of Maureen and Graham Edwards



L-R: Stephen Schild, Maureen and Graham Edwards, and Vida Schild