Vietnam Veterans Museum with GHAC – Phillip Island — Sunday 25th August 2019.

Arti­cle by Jim Bish­op

This run was a joint with the GHAC (Derks oth­er club).

Our first meet­ing point was the BP Cal­der­meade South Gipp­s­land Hwy at 9am, with some mem­bers leav­ing from our club rooms and oth­ers direct from home.

Kay and I arrived at the BP Cal­der­meade at 8.45am to find Rod and Sharon, Rob and Di Martel­la, Derk and Jeff white already there, it was cold out­side but no rain, so it was time for a cof­fee and some­thing hot to eat.

By 9.15am most of our mem­bers had arrived and the GHAC began to arrive also, after some intro­duc­tions and social­is­ing we decid­ed it was time for a pho­to shoot of the cars, so we set up in the adja­cent emp­ty car park, with lots of pho­tos tak­en of our 13 ear­lies and Robs EH ute and the var­i­ous makes and mod­els from the GHAC it was quite a selec­tion of cars.

Then it was time to head off for our next stop the Viet­nam Vets Muse­um Phillip Island, a lot of cars trav­el­ing with numer­ous con­voys. Upon arrival we found more of our mem­bers already there that had arrived ear­li­er includ­ing Aldo with his States­man, our num­bers were now 27 EMHC mem­bers plus approx­i­mate­ly 29 from the GHAC.

We had an intro­duc­tion facts intro talk by one of the Muse­um staff, then it was time to enter the muse­um and take all of the items on dis­play. For those that had been there before it was a chance to explore fur­ther and for those first timers a good intro­duc­tion oppor­tu­ni­ty to see what it is all about, well worth the effort to vis­it if you are down that way or if you have an inter­est that era of Aus­tralian his­to­ry.

With a good cou­ple of hours spent at the muse­um it was time for lunch, so we all head­ed off to the San Remo Pub, along, with some of the GHAC mem­bers join­ing us we had quite a crowd. Nice lunch with lots of con­ver­sa­tion and ban­ter.

After a cou­ple of hours at lunch it was time to call it a day and folks start­ed to head for home. We were for­tu­nate that weath­er wise there was very lit­tle in the way of show­ers and even some nice sun­shine.

It was not­ed that Derk was dri­ving his Black FJ say­ing that although it has tak­en over 12 months to sort out the “mys­tery prob­lem” he had with it not run­ning prop­er­ly it is now “fixed”, he now says his big dilem­ma is decid­ing which car to dri­ve on run’s!!,saying some­thing like that is tempt­ing fate,” watch this space”.

A real­ly good com­bined run between the two clubs and a great turn out, I am sure every­one enjoyed them­selves. Stay Hap­py and Safe Jim and Kay.

Mem­bers with Ear­lies.
Jim and Kay Bish­op
Peter Char­man
Peter and Lin­da Cor­ri­g­an
Ray and Val Dag­gers
Ray and Judy Edsall
Bruce and Lil­lian Gra­ham
Rod and Sharon Grum­mitt
Ray Howlett
Steve and Marie Lox­on
Ian and Jane Maclean
Derk Tuik
Mark and Janet Waghorn
Jeff White

Mem­bers with­out.
Michael Del­zop­po
Aldo Gianchi­no
Michael Hedger
Rob and Di Martel­la