It all started on Saturday morning at Barry Bourke Motors Berwick for Registration and Scrutineering. Rod Grummitt, Peter Charman, Chris Shepherd along with many other club members queued up, and the scrutineering started and cars began to move forward. Except for Chris’s car as some early’s do from time to time it would not start, proved to be a dud battery so his car was pushed into the dealers workshop to receive a new battery, while it was there they carried out the scrutineering on it as well.
There were lots of very hungry drivers putting pressure on the sausage sizzle but they coped and all went well.It was all completed around midday and then it was time to get ready for the Saturday evening Dinner.
The Dinner started with Kay and I meeting Rod and Sharon Grummitt and Rob and Diane Martella at 6 pm at Trios Restaurant Cranbourne Race Course.While we waited in the foyer for the dining room to open many others began to arrive including Peter and Linda Corrigan, Rod and I were sitting on a low couch together and Linda approached to say hello with a kiss, well Rod being the gentleman that he is suddenly moved his feet so as not to trip her up, well the opposite happened and Linda fell straight forward onto him, going by the look on Rods face he must have thought all of his Christmas’s had come at once.Well with pre dinner entertainment done with we all went into to start the evening dinner and events.
We were welcomed by the AEHF President Tony Dowsett and dinner commenced. Between courses we were entertained by a guest speaker Mr Norm Darwin regarding the early development of the 48-215 and the correct data that is now apparent.In addition we had a trivia competition that included a lot of questions regarding early’s including technical items ,this was won by a table that was occupied by our club members, well done.
Also one of the raffle door prizes was won by Diane Martella, a nice bottle of Mascato. The evening finished with the auction many items were available to bid for, as usual this event encouraged a lot of competitive bidding with a good result for the evening.Two people that attended the Titles were our distant members from Orbost Glen and Alison Farley it was great to catch up again with these folks.So at approx. 10.30 the night ended and we left to rest and get ready for the Sunday Show and Shine.
Sunday started with a cloudy sky but it remained dry throughout with sunshine in the afternoon.
Registration and Scrutineering continued along with the Show and Shine a really good turn out of great cars, including the iconic Holden EFIGY and the 48-215 Peter Brock competed in. The Delegates meeting resulted in the FX FJ Holden club of Australia Inc Melbourne Chapter putting their hand up to run the State Titles 2019.
The SES put on a demonstration and cut up a Mazda to mimic a car rescue, very interesting to watch.
During the afternoon there were the Rocker Cover Races, Hub Cap Toss and Spark Plug Change always a lot of fun.
Then the Trophy Presentations started.
Well our club shined,We had 25 early’s entered (well over 25% of the total cars entered). We had just on 50 members attend many with partners and the EMHC drove away with 10 Trophy’s, hey were as follows.
TOP SEDAN James Cresswell
1st WILD CUSTOM Rohan Johnstone
GRAND CHAMP MODIFIED Scott Woodbridge
PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD Neville Mawer
1st RADICAL CUSTOM Richard Fox
2nd WILD CUSTOM Russel King
3rd WILD CUSTOM Chris Shepard
2nd STOCK FJ Ray Daggers
2nd MODIFIED SREET CUSTOM Chris Fox
3rd MODIFIED STREET CUSTOM Trevor Dempsey
Well done to all of these ten members great to see them get the recognition for all of the hard work they put into their cars. So with the weekend ending on such a high note we headed home.
A special note of thanks to our hosts, THE SOUTHERN EARLY HOLDEN CLUB, well done a great success..
Members that attended – with an early.
Gary and Lesley Beardsly Peter and Cynthia Charman
Peter and Linda Corrigan James Creswell
Ray and Val Daggers Trevor and Sue Dempsey
Ray and Di Eaton Ray Edsall
George Failia Chris and Jane Fox
Richard Fox Rod and Sharon Grummitt
Doug and Jean Hedington Ray Howlett
Rohan and partner Johnstone Chris Kane
Russel King Ian Maclean
Neville Mawer Robert Peime
Brenton and Lyn Schier Chris Shepherd
John Shore Derk and John Tuik
Without an early.
Garry Allen Jim and Kay Bishop
Greg and Birgit Bubner Harold and Rosemary Bulman
Michael Delzoppo Ralph Edwards
Glen and Alison Farley Wayne and Anna Fleming
Aldo Gianchino Brett and Sky Hall
Jason and Janine King David Le Gassick
Rob and Diane Martella Allen Newsome
Paul Quigley Kim and Janine Radenic
Rob Redwood Alan Saxon
Tim Sells and Michelle Mark and Janet Waghorn
Ross and Wife Williams