Article by Ian Maclean
Once again it was an early morning start (even earlier for those that had to travel up from Gippsland) for this months club run. Four early Holdens and one late model set off from the clubroom carpark just after 8am with Derk leading the way to the freeway, through the tunnel and over the Westgate, on to Williamstown and into Seaworks for the annual Bumpers by the Bay car show.
Our small convoy expanded rapidly with a number of other members being either there before us or arriving shortly after. This venue enables cars to be displayed under cover, which is great in case of iffy weather, or out doors in case you can’t stay till the end. Most of us chose to be indoors and we set up our tables and chairs just behind Neville’s FX and ute trailer combo.The Seaworks venue is also a great location because of it’s fantastic view across the bay to the city.
Bumpers by the Bay is also a nice change from FX/FJ only shows because of all the other makes, models and styles of cars on display. This year, in addition to the many Holdens and Fords there were classic VWs, Buicks, Chevs, Caddilacs, and Chryslers, etc. Even a hot rod or two. I have to say, to my mind the cutest car there was a beautifully restored Mini 850.
Melbourne Chapter have to be congratulated for organising such a great event, which included food and merchandise stalls, live music by the “Infernos”, a raffle and trophies for the winning cars over a number of categories. From memory however, I don’t recall any being won by FX or FJs.
The weather cooperated on the whole, with a very light shower or two during the morning and a mix of sunshine and cloud during the afternoon. The sun shone for the raffle draw and trophy presentation and although we did not win any trophies, EMHC did not go home empty handed, with Gary and Judy Hislop not only winning a couple of the minor raffle prizes but the major one as well!
Members with Earlies.
Ray and Val Daggers
Ray and Diane Eaton
Rod and Sharon Grummitt
Gary and Judy Hislop
Ian Maclean & son in law Chris and grandson Will
Derk Tuik & father John
Patrick & son Darcy and daughter Kaylee
Glen and Alison Farley
Chris and Jane Fox
Jason and Janine King
Rob and Di Martella