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The Early Ford V-8 Club of America

SA Regional Group 94 Inc.

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BBQ and Beans Report

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 1:45 AM

Sunday October 15th 2017

People starting arriving at Gary’s home around 11.30 am for a BBQ lunch.

It was a perfect spring day for an event like this.

After lunch Jim arrived in his 1923 Bean 14 a typical English middle class car of the period, 14 hp 4 cylinder and 4 speed gearbox, it is the oldest Bean 14 in the world.

Jim Thompson is a Vintage car enthusiast who after a lifetime as a bank clerk knowing absolutely nothing about motor cars and mechanical devices decided to restore a vintage car as a retirement project.

He purchased a trailer load of rusty parts from the country, purchased Arc and Oxy Acetylene equipment, a lathe, spray painting equipment and all tools, then went to school to learn how to use them.

The results he achieved are just amazing all work except the radiator done by him and the only part to let him down on its maiden voyage in 1988 was the radiator.

After a slight hiccup with the projector we all sat down to an hour of interesting talk complete with slides as Jim spoke of his perils and tribulations with restoring his Bean.

After his talk Graham presented Jim with a small gift with thanks for coming and doing this talk.

Around 20 members showed up that afternoon and all seemed to enjoy the talk and the afternoon.

Thanks go to Gary and Anne for having us all at their place.

2017 Annual Run - Celebrating 40 years of the SA RG#94

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 1:45 AM

Although the club was formed in July 1977 it was decided to celebrate the arrival of the Charter which was 9th October 1977 by an Annual Run to Clare.

Wayne and Rene offered to organise this event with the help of Chris and Gail and Grant and Rosie.

Most of us travelled to Clare at various times on Friday Oct 6th ready to meet for a BYO BBQ. Maureen & Neville and Simon and Jacqui and the boys had travelled to Clare a few days earlier so they were already set up for the weekend. It was great to see new members Marlene & Wayne with their interesting 1933 4 cylinder Roadster.

Wayne and Rene got the troops together for a special meeting to present Marcos, Casey, Ashlee and Jenson a bag of goodies each and an update of things to come.

BBQ dinner was started and with salads to share all enjoyed a lovely evening before settling in for the night.

Saturday saw many go to Graham Goode’s Restoration Shop for a look at his work on the vehicles there and a video of a bus that had been restored only to be damaged by a B double and was back in the workshop. Most interesting was the different vehicles in various stages of restoration and the work that was being done. Also the backyard of relics was of much interest to most.

Most of the ladies went into town and looked at the shops and the market before everyone met up together for lunch. The afternoon was free. We went off to a winery with Wayne & Rene and Chris & Gail who had been there before and what a lovely place with a lovely scenic view.

Dinner was everyone doing their own thing. Many of us opted for another BBQ as we had salads left over from the night before.

The Caravan Park had a wine tasting evening together with food, wines, coffee and a band which entertained everyone in the park until around 9.30 pm.

Sunday. The run did not start until 11 am so it was a lazy morning before setting off to Crystal Brook for lunch, a terrific drive with a never ending line of club cars. Rene had organised a running board lunch in a park by a railway line.

The reason for this was that Wayne and Rene knew there would be two freight trains coming along when we would be there. This was mainly for the children but was enjoyed by Ian, Graham, Simon and others. Around 2.30 pm we set off back to the caravan park with some going back one way and others going back another. We opted for a run to Koolunga where we stopped to cool the cars and cool ourselves being a hot afternoon.

A great little town with an ancient pub but as with so many SA country towns there doesn’t appear to be much on the horizon for the future.

The evening was the special dinner to celebrate the 40 years and Wayne and Rene and Chris and Gail had spent the morning decorating the old Blyth Hospital with balloons, etc. The theme for the evening was Country and Western. They got the waitresses to pick the one they thought most dressed and they picked Carol as they had said “She was picked because they would never be seen in public dressed like she was.”

Dinner was a lamb roast with vegetables and salad followed by a celebration cake with blue icing which had been cut by our two longest serving members Trevor and Eric.

Grant had been doing a fundraiser over the weekend with the winners being Ashlee, Judy and Val.

Everyone was presented with a celebration bottle of Port or a bag of cookies which were given out by the children.

Graham presented Wayne and Rene with a thank you gift for organising everything for the weekend.

Soon it was all over and it was back to the caravan park for the night. Some of us stayed up until late just enjoying the company.

Monday saw us packing up to leave. Some travelled straight for home while a lot of us went home via Balaklava to Gordon and Gill’s home for a look in sheds and morning tea.

Gordon’s sheds are of different nature to the usual and most interesting with a never ending collection of badges and plaques.

Then with farewells done we all went our own way home.

Many thanks must go to Wayne and Rene and their band of helpers for a great and relaxing weekend.

Independence Day Lunch

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 1:40 AM

Saturday July 1st 2017

A small band of members arrived at Joe and Beverley’s holiday home for this year’s Independence Day lunch. The weather was a perfect winter’s day to celebrate. The area was decked out in American flags, pictures and other red, white and blue items.

We started with pumpkin soup which is always a favourite. On the table were lollies in glasses, blue coconut ruff balls, white milk bottles and red raspberries which disappeared quite quickly. Hamburgers, sausages and corn fritters together with salads were next. By then everyone was full so dessert was left for a couple of hours.

After a lot of chit chat a laptop was brought out and Mike showed us all his Streamliner run at this year’s Salt Races that were held earlier this year.

Now it was time for dessert which was brownies made by Ann with cream and ice cream which really filled us all up.

Soon the weather was cooling down and getting towards evening so most left to return home while four of us stayed over until the next day.

Joe and Beverley have enjoyed organising the lunch for the past 3 years and welcoming members into their holiday home. They have decided it is time for a change to this event and maybe in the future do it again.

Thanks to Joe and Beverley for organising this event from everyone.

The Old Car Day or Drive It Day on the 1st September was quite a grand affair all over South Australia.

I believe there were many runs organised by historic car clubs and individuals all over.

We attended the run to Bethany which was organised by the Gawler Club and we had a lovely time. I would say there were about 200 vehicles of various breeds in attendance and our club was represented by Ian and Carol, Alan and Colleen, Don and Colleen, Rob Denholm and Gary Hallett. On display and giving rides was a replica of a 1896 Ford Quadricycle and a very exact replica it was.

A large group of members met in the Tea Tree Gully Hotel Car Park and travelled a short distance to the home of Dale & Kylie where the guys visited Dale’s sheds whilst the ladies had a cup of tea or coffee and a cake or biscuit or two. Dale has many early Falcons in various stages of repairs.

From there we left and travelled to Simon & Jacqui’s home for a leisurely afternoon and BBQ lunch. Here there was a Model A, a 47 Ford Deluxe, a Ford Prefect (the Harry Potter kind) and a 1935 Ford well under restoration.

After lunch it was time to relax and enjoy the afternoon despite it being a bit cold but at least it didn’t rain.

The dog was present to give some exercise to those who wanted to throw the ball to her.

This run also was the first club run for the roadster.

2nd Coast to Coast

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 1:40 AM

After the fine weather of the previous week Saturday of the last weekend in May had turned completely around and dawned cold and wet.

According to our weather experts this was to continue into Sunday and it did but I believe we and the organisers – Morris Register – fared reasonably well considering.

Should I clean the ’39 Mercury or to hell with cleaning it’s going to rain anyway? Feeling sorry for it I weakened and cleaned it.

Sunday arrived with light drizzle down the Port River Expressway and a heavy shower prior to the start at Hart’s Mill but except for a shower at the finish at Wigley Reserve all was well.

The route was Port Road, James Congdon Drive and Anzac Highway which I thought was quite good. A diverse array of vehicles assembled at Wigley Reserve and this is in my view the interesting part of these invitation events.

As usual these days there were more 1930s and onwards vehicles than Veteran and Vintage, the weather may have frightened the early ones away, but still a great variance of cars to inspect and acquaintances to catch up with.

I am a great supported of events that pander to the earlier makes as we need to try and keep the interest in these older vehicles.

As the historical vehicle moves into the 1980s and soon the 1990s some of these vehicles are younger than our children.

Having made the comment to a well known vintage car owner recently he suggested those vehicles were younger than his grandchildren.

However we do need to prove there were cars before World War Two.

Thank you Morris Register and let’s do it again next year.

Historic Motor Vehicle Gathering

Posted on March 19, 2017 at 2:40 AM

Sunday March 19th 2017

The Early Ford V-8 Club attended the Historic Motor Vehicle Gathering as a club run for the second time and it turned out to be a great experience.

This event was designed some years ago by The Vintage Sports Car Club for the purpose of promoting and show casing the vehicles of the Veteran up to 1918 and Vintage 1919 to 1930 era.

As not to discriminate, vehicles from 1930 onwards are welcome and add to the spectacle.

South Australia had the most diverse vehicle makes and more vehicles per head than other states and this is evident at this event.

Names such as Di Dion, Gregiore, Theopile Schneider, Brush, Marquette, Standard, Le Zebre and Packard plus many more were on display.

The Early Ford V-8 Club’s day started with breakfast at Café de Vilis then driving around to the West Parklands and displaying the V-8s with other various, interesting makes and models.

Shirley and I missed breakfast as I was on marshalling duties and Shirley was on the Public Address System all day.

This display day is increasing in size every year and I can recommend it.

It is not often these days to see a motor display that encompasses such a wide range of years.

This year vehicles from 1904 to almost the current up market models were displayed.

I would encourage all to make a day of it next year which will be Sunday March 18th 2018.

2016 Annual Run

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:45 AM

We met at the usual place for travelling north, the Caltex servo at Bolivar.

Weatherwise it was a rather threatening morning as 14.Ford V-8s and some moderns left for Moonta Bay. Our tour organisers Glenn and Sharon had mapped a direct route to Moonta Bay except for a detour through Virginia to show our cars off to an unknown enthusiast but all we saw was a windblown NBN worker giving us a half hearted wave.

Back on the Highway the heavens opened and down it came, rain, rain, rain, and more rain. We seemed to be travelling the same way as the offending black cloud was, but on arrival at Port Wakefield, it was like we had travelled into another season the weather was fine and quite warm.

On to Moonta Bay and a tour of the Moonta Bay Car Park and then on to the Caravan Park.

The rest of the day was spent in various ways, walks in the immediate area, fellowship and chatter and a few drinks on the side. As the weekend was of “do your own thing” affair some went to the Camp Kitchen for a BBQ dinner while others stayed or shared cabins with others.

Saturday was a lovely bright day so most took to the main street and surrounds of Moonta. Plenty of coffee shops, a wonderful second-hand shop and we agreed what a lovely quiet layback town it was. Having been there many times before with historic cars on the occasion of the Kernewek Lowender and the place was a buzz and one couldn’t move in the main street.

The afternoon found us at the old mines site. A number of us rode the tourist train gaining knowledge of Moonta and the mines through a colourful locomotive driver and interpretive guide. A point of interest was that the tourist train is actually the old Adelaide Zoo train that we rode around the Zoo on as kids before Occ Health and Safety and the fun police put a stop to that enjoyable pastime.

We then inspected the Museum which is situated in the old Moonta School, a most substantial building with grand displays of mining days and life gone by in Moonta.

As we left the Museum and Mines precinct we encountered Kevin and Jan and their magnificent 1934 Ford V-8 sedan. It was so good to catch up with Kevin and Jan as we had not done so for a good while. Some light hearted conversation and vehicle inspections followed and we were glad to hear that they were to come with us for the evening meal.


The evening meal was a very nice affair at The Patio and Jeanne celebrated her birthday with a cake.

Sunday was go home time and we had been invited to Kevin and Jan’s place for a shed inspection. What a great morning that was with a lovely display of Ford V-8s out front and a look at Kevin’s Model T Ford and photographs and an explanation by Kevin of the Custom 1940 Ford V-8 Sports car that he had built back in the 50s.

This was a most interesting piece of work and something that I doubt would be attempted by anyone in the backyard today.

We finally departed, fuelled up and had a nice but uneventful trip home.


Thanks to Glenn and Sharon for the weekend and thanks to all for your good company.


Those who attended were:-

Graham and Shirley1939 Mercury
Alan and Colleen1939 Ford Sedan
Frank and Val1957 Ford Customline
Wayne and Rene1953 Ford Customline
Gary and Anne1952 Crestline Victoria
Graham and Val1948 Ford Sedan
Ian and Carol1935 Ford Phaeton
Geoff and Jeanne1935 Ford Sedan
Steve and Deb1937 Ford Coupe
Peter and Sue1954 Ford Customline
Brian and Jo1952 Ford Mainline Ute
Trevor1937 Ford Sedan
Simon Jacqui Marcos Casey Jenson1947 Ford Sedan
Grant and RosieModern
Will and JudyModern
Joe and BeverleyModern
Glenn Sharon AshleeAn enormous Galaxie Station Wagon


Drive It Day

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:25 AM

The first of September being the first day of Spring was the “Drive It Day” or “Old Car Day” call it what you like as promoted by the Federation. This is the day to showcase historic vehicles by driving somewhere with it, to work, a casual drive around, go shopping in it, have an event or park it out the front of your house. We opted for an event organised by the Gawler Club which turned out to be a great day. Two meeting places were offered, one at Fremont Park in Elizabeth and one at Princes Park in Gawler. We went to Gawler and soon many arrived including Geoff and Jeanne. We motored off to morning tea at the Lyndoch Bakery where all the Fremont Park starters arrived. After pleasant car talk with others we motored off to Bethany parking around the green and amongst the trees.

Here we encountered Don and Colleen and during our walking around and chatting with many friendly faces including Gary, Ian and Carol arrived in the ’35 Phaeton. We set up tables and chairs and enjoyed lunch whilst admiring the many, many different makes and models we do not see in a one make club. Some beautiful vehicles from Veterans to very late model were observed. This event was really well done and well attended. It was so great to see so many different vehicles and so many enthusiastic people, and also a lovely Spring day in the Barossa. What more could the old car buff want?


Independence Day Run

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:25 AM

Saturday 2nd July to celebrate Independence Day July 4, saw us once again travelling to Encounter Bay for lunch at Joe and Beverley’s holiday home. Last year was the first time this was held and as many enjoyed the day it was decided to do it again for this year.

On the menu was delicious Pumpkin soup, hamburgers which were overflowing and brownie cake for dessert.

Beverley had once again decorated the lunch area with USA pictures and flags amongst other things and although the weather wasn’t as warm as last year it did not dampen the day. Most of us arrived around 11.30 and settled in with nibbles and drinks and plenty of chit chat. By 12.30 most had arrived so soup was served with some returning for seconds. Recent members Rod Lovell & Paquita Scott arrived just after 1.00 and were welcomed as this was the first time they had met members of the club.

Hamburgers followed the soup, which were full to the brim with salad, onions, egg and hamburger.

Much much later came cake and brownies baked by Deb and Mike which really filled us up for the rest of the day.

By 5 pm most had returned home with Ian and Carol staying on for a couple of hours and Alan and Colleen and Graham and myself staying the night before returning home mid morning the next day.

Once again a lovely way to spend the 4th of July celebrations.

Thank you to Beverley and Joe for putting on the lunch and a thank you to the many helpers serving and washing up.

Coast to Coast Heritage Motoring Tour

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:20 AM

The inaugural Coast to Coast Heritage Motoring Tour was held on May 22nd.

Starting at the original Bay to Birdwood Start venue, Wigley Reserve, about 80 cars assembled which was a little less in number than we thought would be there.

However the weather was fairly threatening so this may have deterred some. There were quite a number of English vehicles, some American, Scottish and Italian but mainly 1950s which I thought was a little disappointing but again the weather may have deterred the early ones.

The route was coastal to Semaphore then over the waterways of Port River and West Lakes to Port Adelaide and the ground of the Aviation Museum.

There was not a lot to do here if one had visited the Aviation Museum recently as we had but there was a shuttle bus to the City of Adelaide Clipper vessel with discounted entry fee.

Also the National Railway Museum was next door but much time was spent chatting with others.

The big problem was that the rains came and really dampened proceedings and a lot left early.

All in all an interesting run and as it was the first of what is to become an annual event maybe a few small improvements could be made.

The intention of the organizers is to run Glenelg to Port one year and in reverse, Port to Glenelg the next and so on.

One definite is that the event does need more vehicles but as already said his was the first it can only improve.

For the $10 entry fee we got access to the run, a sausage sizzle each, a soft drink each, a programme and $5 discount at the City of Adelaide Clipper vessel.


2016 Echuca Nationals

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 6:35 AM

Most of us met at Verdun and left just after 8 am heading to Tailem Bend. After a fuel and comfort stop the Saints and Rob Denholm (with Peter Chaplin) joined us and we all headed towards Pinnaroo for Morning Tea. However after a slight hiccup with the McDonald’s car (spark plug issue) a slightly bigger problem with fuel problems with the Tripodi’s car. Alan and Colleen and Mark and Margy stayed with Bev and Joe while the rest travelled on to Ouyen for a running board lunch break.

Then it was on to Swan Hill with some stopping at a local winery while others checked in at the motel and relaxed with a Happy Hour. Around 7 pm it was off to Peter & Lynda Ninnis’ home for a lovely BBQ tea where the Boundys and Paisleys followed by the Tripodis, Seidels and McDonalds all arrived safe and well. Peter & Lynda was thanked and Lynda was presented with a gift then it was time to go back to the motel for the night.

After a good night’s sleep and a relaxing breakfast where decisions were made to travel on to Echuca, it was off to Echuca around 10 am. Some stopped and visited the Lake Boga Museum and the rest headed off for lunch and shopping in Echuca.

Around 2 pm it was off to Moama to check in, unpack and time to relax and enjoy the surrounding. What a lovely place to stay. The units were great, a private river front faced all the units, a family of kookaburras entertained us, also magpies, possums and ducks – what more could you ask for. A big thank you to Deb and Steve for organising this venue.

Then it was time to go to the Registration venue (Echuca Primary School) where we caught up with other entrants and Joe and Neva from Canada and Bob & Margaret Woodford from New Zealand. A lovely rally bag was given out to everyone and the Ladies Bag was well received by all. Back to the motel where some stayed home and had pizzas for tea while the rest headed to the Moama Bowling Club for the evening.

Saturday was time for judging and the Show and Shine. There were 18 cars for Concours and only 16 judges. Over breakfast it was decided to split into 2 groups and cover the judging that way. It worked well and we were done by 11.30.

The Ladies lunch on a paddle steamer went in 2 groups on two paddle steamers. I went with Margy, Jacqui, Gail and Judy on the second group on the PS Canberra and it was a lovely 2 hour trip with sandwiches and scones for lunch. Some of the others went on the first paddle steamer where Jeanne won a voucher.

By the time we arrived back to the cars half had left so we travelled back to the unit getting petrol on the way. Most of us went to the Moama RSL Club for tea that night.

Sunday it was back to the Primary School for a group gathering before heading off to Lockington for the lunch stop where we were entertained by a 3 piece group called The Healers – they made you feel better - who were very, very good. It was hard not to want to dance.

Here was a museum of many things and was interesting to all. After a delicious lunch of soup, sandwiches and cake it was time to travel back to Echuca and get ready for the Presentation Dinner at Radcliffe’s Restaurant. This was a lovely venue for a dinner which originally was a Holden workshop. Tables had been pre-booked by everyone, which was a good idea and worked well.

After a few problems with the PA, which unfortunately continued sometimes during the evening, meals were served, speeches made and presentation of awards given out.

The Presidents from Queensland and New South Wales gave a short speech then it was the SA President Graham’s turn and to announce the dates and venue for the 2018 event which was approved by most.

It will be 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th of May 2018 in the Riverland town of Renmark.

Monday was back to the restaurant for the Farewell Breakfast. Those who remained in Echuca for the extra days took advantage of a tour of the Port of Echuca, the local Holden Museum and checking the shops of Echuca for souvenirs and other shopping. That night everyone did their own thing for tea.

Tuesday was a drive to Rochester for Morning Tea and a look at Alan’s Lincoln Lodge, then a further drive to Toolleen for lunch in the Ancient Tin Shed. The drive home to Echuca went via Chinaman’s Bend. That night some of us went to a Thai restaurant others did their own thing.

Wednesday was packing up and on our way home. After a couple of minor hiccups with coils on a couple of cars we travelled to Murrayville and stayed the night there. The rooms were small but cosy and the evening meal went down well. After chit chat and relaxation it was time for bed.

Thursday saw us all leave early and travelled without incident to Tailem Bend where we said goodbyes and all went our separate ways home.

Those that travelled to the Nationals were:-

Alan & Colleen McDonald, Grant & Rosie Stuart, Chris & Gail Wakefield, Wayne & Rene Boulton, Ian & Carol Bay, Gary & Anne Fatchen, Mark & Margy Seidel, Steve & Deb Harris, Peter & Sue Kelly, Joe & Bev Tripodi, Peter & Corrine Saint, Rob Denholm with Peter Chaplin, Peter & Dawn Honson, Geoff & Jeanne Boundy, Simon & Jacqui Tonkin with the boys, Brian Thebus & Jo, Will & Judy Paisley, Graham & Val Wight and Graham and myself.


Quite a few photos have been taken at the Nationals.

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