Article by Jason King
What a great weekend away we had to East Gippsland eventually ending up in Sale. The Wednesday before the weekend it was declared that the COVID restrictions that were in place for metropolitan Melbourne were lifted and it allowed us to travel out into the regions.
All members that were going on the run received a phone call from Janine prior to the run, so we knew who was meeting where and when. The Saturday morning started early for some of us with only 4 members meeting at the club rooms, that was Janine and myself, Big Trev and Sue, Garry Hodge and late comers to the trip due to their Gold Coast trip being cancelled Bruce and Lillian Graham. It was decided that we would leave the club rooms at 9.00am to arrive at the Longwarry meeting point earlier.
We left the club rooms on time and made it to Longwarry without any real drama, it turned out I had no wipers as it just started to rain as we got to Longwarry. A quick check of my wiper switch and the feed wire had come off. A new connection made on the wire and back onto the switch and all was good.
At Longwarry we were met by heaps of cars from the club and a few of Derk’s local mates. Driving into the service station at Longwarry you could be mistaken thinking you had driven into a 1950’s scene with all the FX and FJ’s in the car park. We left Longwarry and had trouble free motoring to the Trafalgar Holden Museum. Gary Hislop picked up the convey at Yarragon.
At the Trafalgar museum, the museum volunteer staff were extremely grateful that we had chosen their business to visit. The museum keeps improving and every member had a great time at the museum. One of the tour guides (volunteer’s) took a liking to Aldo, I don’t know if the feeling was mutual, but Aldo took it all in good spirits. At the Museum we were met by former member (and he will re-join) Colin Proctor. Colin lives in Drouin, not that far from Trafalgar.
Other members like Alan Newsome joined us in Trafalgar.
Before we left for the run, I put a post on Facebook outlining where the club was going and where we will be. This was great as we had some local people come out to see the cars in Trafalgar as they knew we were going to the Museum.
After we left Trafalgar, some members went over to the shops to get their lunch. I hear the Trafalgar bakery was a hit, by all those that had their lunch there. Next stop was Traralgon and Gary Hislop’s business premises. On the trip to Traralgon, I and others passed Wags stopped on the Morwell bypass. When I went past, Wags was on the phone and it appeared to me that he had just pulled over to talk on the phone, there was nothing to suggest that he had broken down. Derk was behind me, and he drove straight past as well. However, what I do know now was that he had in fact had broken down and other club members did stop to assist but he called the RACV, to have his vehicle towed home. Wags did join us in Sale later in the day in his daily driver.
Pics courtesy of Jason and Janine King, Big Trev and others
On arrival at the Hislop business premises, I was the second to arrive as Pops and Val Daggers was the first to arrive and shortly after us our Orbost members of Glen and Alison Farley had arrived in their beautiful blue FJ sedan. Eventually all of the club members arrived, and we all had a look at Gary’s boat he has been building forever and we set all the cars up for a photo shoot. Shortly after the photos and a look around at Gary’s we all left to travel to Sale 50 kilometres away.
Janine and I were the last to leave Traralgon as I took some video footage of all the earlies leaving Gary’s place. We stopped at the servo at Traralgon and Janine drove the ute to Sale. I know Sale reasonably well as I was stationed there in the 90s when I was in Victoria Police, so it was a surprise to me when we arrived in Sale and I see some of our members coming from the direction of the RAAF base, which meant that someone took a wrong turn and everyone else followed, oh well it was the scenic route.
On arrival at the motel, it wasn’t long until we were joined by some locals at the motel. A guy from Stratford (the next town further east) came and visited us in his v6 yellow FX sedan. It was an interesting build with bucket seats in the rear, and interesting door handles to say the least. At the motel we stood around and talked and drank like we normal do on these types of runs.
At 6.00pm we walked over to the Sale Greyhound Club for dinner. We had our own area assigned to us and was a good night. However, I did hear that one table was waiting a little longer than others for their meals, besides that all was good. Big Trev kept the staff busy ordering his beverages as he was quite thirsty that night. With so many birthdays for the month of June and especially since our secretary had turned 80 during the latest lockdown, we ordered some desserts for the birthday people, and all sang happy birthday to the birthday guys. We all had a good night and eventually walked back to our rooms and eventually called it a night.
It was an early start to Sunday morning with Breakfast booked in town at 8.00am We had to have pre-bookings arranged due to seating limits and restrictions etc. I walked out of my room and saw that Gary Beardsley was jump starting Big Trev FX. Nothing new there that an FJ is coming to the rescue to the FX. We all went into town and had breakfast. After breakfast we drove over to Maffra to the Gippsland Vehicle Collection, but before we left Sale, Aldo was having some issues with his carbie. Gary Hislop did his magic and Aldo was on his way like the rest of us.
Maffra is only 19 kilometres away from Sale, so it was a short drive. On arrival at the museum, it was a nice site to see all the cars parked on the lawn. Many photos were taken by our club members, museum staff and visitors. A trip in the museum was good, it was all types of motor vehicles and bikes. There was also a huge collection of model cars. This collection was owned by only one person. A highlight for those who have not seen it, was the FJ station wagon made by the Cordell family. It is a well-known car and is well built. After the museum, members all started to eventually leave and head for home.
Janine and I, Gary and Judy Hislop and Bruce and Lillian Graham all went to a pub in Maffra for lunch before we made our way home. It must have been nice and warm and comfortable in that pub as we stayed there for a few hours not leaving to go home until 2.30pm. On the way home Janine and I stopped off in Trafalgar to see if the bakery was open (it wasn’t) and Bruce and Lillian passed us in Trafalgar. We continued on our way and arrived home around 5.30pm.
It was a good weekend, a lot of kilometres over 2 days but well worth it. There were 41 people on the run, 16 cars and 21 rooms booked. The local hospitality of all the venues was very welcoming and couldn’t do enough for all of us. A good time was had by all.
Members with earlies.
Gary & Lesley Beardsley
Jim & Kaye Bishop
Peter & Linda Corrigan
Ray & Val Daggers
Trevor & Sue Dempsey
Ray & Judy Edsall
Glen & Alison Farley
Tim & Nicki Fettell
Rod & Sharon Grummitt
Gary & Judy Hislop
Ray & Janet Howlett
Jason & Janine King
Kim & Janine Radenic
Mark & Janet Waghorn
Bruce & Lillian Graham
Rick & Jenny Kingsley
Tim & Michelle Sells
Maurie & Cherie Tehan
Daryl and his son Luke — Blue FJ sedan
Colin and Kris — Chev pick up