Well I am getting spoilt aren’t I. Two runs to Essendon in a year. This one wasn’t planned by the club, Amy from Essendon Holden sent out an invite to our club to see if we were interested in showing our cars at the grand reopening of Essendon Holden at Essendon Fields (Essendon Airport). Of course, I would say yes as I think the commute to the dealership took me a whole 5 minutes using the back roads.
On my arrival, it was nice to see 2 members already parked and waiting. It was a good sight to see Neville’s FX sedan and camper and Brenton parked outside the dealership. I could only imagine what it would have looked like back in the fifties with the earlies parked out the front of Holden. There was already a two-tone green sedan on the lot in readiness for the day. This car belongs to another Essendon local, who happened to join us on the Airways museum earlier in the year.
On my arrival I drove straight onto the lot and positioned my car. Brenton soon followed, whilst Neville kept his car and trailer out the front to welcome all comers. Russel King arrived shortly thereafter, and we were then greeted by 2 Melbourne Chapter members Graeme Knorr in his nice looking creme FJ Panelvan and Mick Granger in his green FX sedan (Richards old car). Shortly after I then heard the noise of our seasoned traveller from Traralgon, Gary Hislop in his FJ Panelvan. Gary parked on the lot and it did make for a nice photo opportunity.
There were a few other Holden’s there that came and went during the day, a late model Monaro which was very loud, a few Toranas, and a HQ.
The dealer even had a black FX sedan which on closer inspection turned out to be a November 1949 build. We sat around until about 2pm enjoying the hospitality of all the members and the excellent facilities and food provided by Essendon Holden.
At 2pm there was a short presentation, with Gary Hislop, Russel King and Neville Mawer all taking a prize home.
Thank you for all of those who attended, it was a small display of club cars but an enjoyable day by all that attended.
Members with earlies.
Gary and Judy Hislop Jason King (& Jan till lunch time)
Neville Mawer Brenton Schier
FX — FJ Holden Club of Australia Inc. Melbourne Chapter Members