The 2017 Golden Oldies Tour run by the Federation of Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicles Club (of which our Club is a member) was conducted from 27th August to 3rd September 2017. This was the 6th time this event has been run.
Golden Oldies is for Vintage (1919-1930) cars only. 49 Vintage cars took part. Most made it without and Hiccups and only 1 did not complete the tour. Our club was represented by 6 cars .
1929 Ford A Roadster Charlie & Sandra Cassar
1929 Studebaker Dictator Sedan Noel & Nola Meates
1929 Ford A Tourer â€“ towing a camper trailer David and Bev Mason
1927 Falcon Knight Tourer Chris Dicken & Jacqui Dicken
1928 Ford A Station Wagon Tony & Shirley Howard
1929 Graham Paige Sedan Greg & Jennifer Cripps
Meates’s, Masons and Cripps’s have all taken part in each of the 6 Golden Oldies Tours.
We started from the Federation Picnic at Marong and travelled to St. Arnaud for the first night, viewing Allan Esmores car collection (approx 14) on the way.
Next day out from St. Arnaud, near Quambatook we visited the Spanner Man – John Piccolo’s Sculpture Garden. John has been confined to a wheelchair since childhood and his hobby is making sculptures consisting only of spanners. He has used over 140,000 spanners in his masterpieces so far. All done from his wheelchair.
Overnight back in St. Arnaud.
Heading to Horsham through the beautiful green Australian countryside we viewed the amazing painted silos along the route and visited the Wheatlands Agricultural Museum @ Warracknabeal.
From Horsham to Halls Gap we stopped at Wartook Views Carriage Museum where there were many, many beautifully restored vintage carriages in pristine condition. There was also a large collection of dolls houses exquisitely created by the lady of the house, Jenny Ward, who had also done the upholstery for the carriages.
On arrival @ Halls Gap some visited the Wildlife Park & Zoo while others chose to stroll the town or get some R & R.
The next day took us to the Pickers Market in Stawell and then on to Seppelts @ Great Western for lunch and a tour through the underground cellars followed by a wine tasting before returning to Halls Gap.
If you haven’t been to Halls Gap put it on your Bucket list, it is beautiful.
Leaving Halls Gap on Friday we travelled to Ararat for morning tea and then to Elmhurst for lunch in the Memorial Hall organized by the school community (soup, BBQ and unlimited supply of slices and scones, jam & cream.)
The school kids were there (all 6 of them) and were heard to say “we baked 86 scones this morning and we are going to make a fortune out you all. They probably did but it was a great lunch. They also had a raffle which Jennifer was lucky enough to win.
From there we travelled the back roads (some took the scenic route) to the RACV Resort @ Creswick, where a number of entrants attended a Neil Diamond tribute show that evening.
Saturday, our last day we visited Merv Jeffrey’s collection, approx 8 cars and lots of memorabilia. The rest of the day was free to visit the Creswick woollen mills and other
attractions around the town, followed by the Gala Dinner in the evening.
Breakfast Sunday morning and on the road again home.
A great friendly tour again and very well organized as usual by John and Margaret Davis with super support from daughter Anne who led the way with directional signs each day and presented us each morning with a newsletter of the previous day’s highlights , including photos.
If you have a vintage car DON’T MISS the next one. March/April 2019
JOIN THE FRIENDLY GOLDEN OLDIES FAMILY
Jennifer & Greg Cripps