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Here is a few of our past club events!

Just a few of the more notable club cruises, social events and other funtions in which Chev Car Club members have participated.

Birthday Run '06Birthday Run '06
Cold day, but warm crowd!

Our annual Birthday run this year was another good club outing, well they are all good aren't they!
They day was a tad chilly, but that didn't stop plenty of friendly members turning up, and coming from far and wide! Even the heavens were with us right up until the end, with the rain just starting to fall on our way home... Must have been the organiser's good relationship with the boss! Fine food, great company, fantastic cars, and another well organised Birthday run, this time celebrating 32 years as a club! Check out the article and photos of the day - Click here


Concours 2005 - Great Day, Great People, Great Music!Concours 2005
Great Day, Great People, Great Music!

Our annual Concours for December 2005 was once again an enjoyable day for all with around 100 people attending and plenty of very nice classic cars!
For something different we gave members the option of either entering their cars for judging in the Concours or simply turning up for a Show 'n' Shine, and combining this with our family Christmas party together with the addition of live music adding to our Christmas celebrations, made the day another to remember.
More on our 2005 Concours here. Photos from the day here.


Melbourne to Warrnambool Bike Race WeekendMelbourne to Warrnambool Bike Race Weekend - October 2005

The Chevrolet Car Clubs' South Western Subgroup held its annual car show on the weekend of October 22nd – 23rd in conjunction with the annual Melbourne to Warrnambool cycling classic. The Saturday dawned overcast but we were favoured with a beautiful sunny day...
Check out the details here


Box Stallion Winery Run – July 2005Box Stallion Winery Run – July 2005

A bunch of Camaro's, Firebirds, Vettes and Chevs, 30 plus people, great roads and a well planned club run... Sitting around a large table sipping wine, listening to a background singer with guitar and plenty of conversation with friends; it doesn’t get much better than that!

More details and photos here


Warragul Courthouse Run May 2005

Warragul Courthouse Run - May 2005

Although this great run was initially being organised by our new Gippsland / Latrobe Valley subgroup, members of our Vic Vettes and Camaro subgroups joined in from Melbourne, and with over 40 people and a good variety of cars, made this a great day out for all! Another good turnout to yet another well organised Chevrolet Car Club run. More on how the day went and some photoss here


Inverloch Jazz Festival Run March 2005

Inverloch Jazz Festival Run - March 2005

This enjoyable run was attended by members and 24 cars from the various groups within the Chevrolet Car Club.
What a great day out once again and another enjoyable and well organised event!
Check out the full report and photos here


The Chevrolet Car Club of Victoria Inc.'s Celebrates it's 30th Birthday!

Yes we are now 30 Years Old on the 29th of May 2004!

Yes it's OUR Birthday, the Chev Club's Birthday, and we have now been around for 30 years!
To celebrate this event we held the big birthday party bash in Castlemaine, Victoria, and what a great weekend it was...
Below are a couple of interesting articles by two of our long standing members on how it all went!

Founding Member - #1, Karl Kelson's address to members at the celebration lunch...
Click Here

Ken James's report of this great memorial event...
Click Here


Annual Birthday Run - May 2003

Another great birthday run on the weekend of May 17th & 18th 2003, was this time at Wangaratta.
The winding picturesque road of the Melba Highway was just beautiful as the cars wound around the corners of the countryside. As the sun shone the sparkle of cars in all the shapes and sizes was just fantastic to see! These were our Chevys; Corvettes, Camanos, El Camino Utility, Impalas, 51 Utility, Pontiacs, Cadillac, Bel-Air, Trans Am and more. Reaching and booking ourselves into the Advance Motel, we had a quick bite to eat in the town in Wangaratta.
Click here for the full report of what happened!


Annual Club Concours d' Elegance - December 2002

Cheltenham Park - Sunday 1st December. Great day, Great cars, Great people... Just GREAT!
Click here to find out how it went!


Hamilton Run together with the SA Corvette Club

Participating on this long weekend run were; 23 Corvettes, 3 Camaros and 1 Bonneville. From the photos, some of those who dressed up for Back to the 70's had a great night with some of the outfits still coming into fashion right now with the flared trousers, shorts skirts and long boots.
Pin striped suits, the Jimmy Hendrix Wigs, and the psychedelic dresses and shirts. Boy they were the days. It sounds like everyone had a great night.
One of the days was a day out with the local Harley Davidson Club in which the girls got the opportunity to ride on the back of a Harley. Ann Beale looked great with her helmet and jacket; it must have been a buzz.

The guys had a great tour around the Hamilton area finding some wonderful scenery to 'drive' their cars, so I was told. After a wonderful weekend with our friends we departed with a view of going back to Hamilton again next year. The trip to Apollo Bay on the Monday was a little wet and the rain was well and truly set to stay for the trip back to Melbourne on the Tuesday. Allan Marshall rang to and advise the rest of the group not to take the Great Ocean Road as it was very wet and dangerous because of the fallen rocks on the road. The rest of the group went home inland. Thanks to the organizers of this event. James, Charlie and Alan and thanks to all who attend you make these events happen.


Winton Track Day, Winton Raceway

This event was organized and run by the Ford XR8 & XR6 Owners Club of Victoria. The XR Club hired the Winton Raceway circuit for a day of track familiarization and driver training. Members of Vic. Vettes were invited to attend through our contact at the Ford XR Club.

All week I studied the weather from the source at the Bureau of Meteorology web site. www.bom.gov.au. And every day leading up to it, it was the same, Sunday: Rain Showers with localised Hail. I was not looking forward to driving around the Race Track in the rain and neither was anyone else.

Sunday Morning 06:00, Melbourne. What? Blue Skies. I could not believe it. As we drove up the Hume Highway, the further we went, the better the weather got. Believe it or not we were blessed with blue skies all day!

Drivers arrived at the circuit at 08:30 with many of the Ford guys traveling out from the town of Benella where they had stayed the night. Everyone grabbed a garage for the day to setup their gear. 09:00 Drivers cars were scruitinered for the standard safety requirements and fire extinguisher. Drivers were then briefed and then shown the circuit in groups. Cars and drivers were put in to three categories Advanced 200+kW, Intermediate and Beginners.

Drivers learnt how to improve their driving skills on the fabulous road circuit. There were several professional racing drivers available on the day for personal one-on-one tuition. The attendees were Alby in his Black 1988 convertible, Steve Sampson in his Silver 1999 convertible, Joe from COM with his White 1969 Coupe and then of course myself and Shane in his 2001 Red Chev powered VX SS Commodore.

It's a pitty more members didn't get involved for this type of event were we can just turn up and have a great day without having to worry about organizing everything ourselves. With the stop watches left on the self there was no unneeded unruly competition. Everyone was well behaved for the whole day and the 4WDs were left in the shed instead of being used as tow vehicles.

The Ford guys had several development vehicles which they did demonstration drives with all day with the professional racing drivers. The Ford development vehicles were a Ford Tickford TS50 with the new 250kW 5.6lt stroked Windor, Ford Tickford Mustang, Ford XR6, and a fully kitted out racing Laser, used for celebrity races at Adelaide. They drove some of them until the brakes either ran out or the discs cracked all the way through!

Steve's C5 and Shane's SS got more than their fair share of admiration and respect by the end of the day from the Ford guys. Leaving most if not all the Fords in their wake. Alby dusted a few off too. The professionally driven Mustang and TS50 development vehicle were still giving us a run for our money though. Shane did some laps of 1:47.50 - 1:48.00 (running on fumes helps!) and Steve did some consistent laps around 1:51:00 when I was timing I'm sure there were some quicker ones also. In the end it was all about having some fun and learning some great tips on the way, which we all did.

I am very pleased all parties involved had a great day, including both participants and organisers. I certainly had a great day, and of course we were blessed with those blue skies all day, great for the convertibles! I even got to go for a Blast in Steve's 'awesome' C5. I won't forget the push in the back in second gear coming out of the pits for a while. The next event should be the runway again.

 

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