In 2001 members of Clubs affiliated with the Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs SA (FHMC) attended the Bi-Centennial Rally in Canberra. Following that experience the FHMC has organised a series of “Meet The Clubs” tours around South Australia with the principle of connecting and socialising with members of the country Clubs
Since the Canberra trip of 2001, the following tours have been organised:
2003 West Coast Wander, 2005 South East Saunter, 2007 Mid North Meander, 2009 Peninsula Parade, 2011 Regal Ramble, 2013 Canberra Centenary Tour, 2015 Flinders Outback Odyssey, 2017 West On Wheels
Since this concept hit the road, the tours have been very successful, with 60 vehicles and over 100 individuals participating this year. The Federation however, remain mindful that as the vehicles and their owners are getting a little older each time, they need to look at ways to attract a younger members to carry on the success.
The support of the RAA, Paradise Motors Mazda and Shannons is essential in the sustainability of the event. The RAA this year was kept pretty busy with one support crew noting that some entrants should have spent a little more time on preparation, rather than “starting the old girl up” and heading off for hundreds of kilometres around the State!
This classic Morrie Van was not the only RAA presence on tour!
There were 25 Clubs out of the 140 Clubs under the Federation’s wing represented on this year’s tour. There were no representatives from the Lincoln Auto Club. Perhaps in future years maybe?
After starting in Roseworthy on May 1st, the convoy headed for Yorke Peninsula, Maitland, and the Copper Coast area. From there they travelled to Whyalla for a few days. En-route from Whyalla they stopped in on Road Runners at Tumby Bay for lunch before arriving in Port Lincoln late in the afternoon of Saturday May 6th.
The first official function was a delicious breakfast on the foreshore lawns catered for by the Runaway Brides in support of the Variety Children’s Charity. Upon open invitation many Lincoln Auto Club members joined in the breakfast. Many more followed breakfast by bringing their vehicles which made for an impressive “Show & Shine” type display which was appreciated by the local crowd.
Classic cars on the lawns always seems to draw a crowd.
Sunday evening even more locals joined the visitors over a very enjoyable tour dinner at Ravendale. The food was superb, and to serve over 120 people in such a short time was truly a “Master Chef” achievement by Master Chef Damien Merdjn. The diners were very appreciative. As were the lucky recipients of a fuel voucher provided by Eyre Fuels, and a car care kit donated by Burson’s. Past FHMC President Steve Henderson thanked the Lincoln Auto Club for their hospitality and congratulated the organisers for making the Port Lincoln visit a highlight of the 2017 tour.
The local Ford Falcon owners were well represented with a classic display that drew considerable interest from the visitors.
The “Mystery Morning Tea” venue was not disclosed to the tour participants until they gathered at Ravendale once again early Monday morning. Yes, Sky Park was the destination, and as expected the Hart’s hospitality literally blew them away. Thank you Di, Mick and James, for not only your hospitality but your generosity in sharing your passion with so many others. Thanks also must go to Marg Phillips for her work coordinating many ladies of the Club in providing a scrumptious morning tea. There was so much going on it was a little like the long morning lunch!
Everyone was walking around smiling from ear to ear, almost in disbelief of what they were experiencing. “They are not wanting to leave”, Mick was heard to say.. Well that’s your fault Mick! Thanks to Team Luckcraft in assisting the Hart’s to be ready for the influx.
Tuesday morning it was drawing to a close as the Tour group assembled again to leave for James Minhard’s property at Cummins. No reports have filtered back to date but they would have been bewildered there as well. From Cummins they headed to Kimba for an overnight stop. From there it was on to visit the Clubs in Port Augusta and Port Pirie before concluding their journey in Adelaide.
Making the Port Lincoln visit a highlight of the Federation’s 2017 West on Wheels Tour was due to the huge amount of work Ian Phillips had put in over many months. The Federation noted this, and mentioned it at the Sunday night’s dinner. The Committee and members of the Lincoln Auto Club also acknowledge your effort Ian and are appreciative of your commitment to promote the enjoyment of all those involved in classic motoring.
The next tour? Who knows? The FHMC will be onto it already. Keep your eyes and ears open.