Auto collectors on silo run

Wares: Members of the Murray Bridge Auto Collectors Club visit the Tin Elephant in Tailem Bend on the way to see the Coonalpyn silos.

Wares: Members of the Murray Bridge Auto Collectors Club visit the Tin Elephant in Tailem Bend on the way to see the Coonalpyn silos.

In bright sunshine and beautiful weather, 12 Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge (ACCMB) members, two dogs and seven vehicles, met at the Johnstone Park clubrooms recently  for a briefing by run organiser, Jan Hall.

The group travelled to Tailem Bend via the old road bridge, onto the Dukes Highway before arriving at Tailem Bend’s “Tin Elephant”.

On arrival at the “Tin Elephant” on Trevena Road, Tailem Bend, members were met by ACCMB life member Ted Julian who introduced the group to the owners.

Members looked at all sorts of secondhand wares including old car parts for sale, collectables, old wares and memorabilia.

Then it was off across the road to members Ted and Ruth Julian’s house for morning tea.

While there Ted showed members through his woodworking shed, viewing some of his woodwork and art paintings.

“Members huddled under an awning trying to keep dry and almost being blown away by the wind while waiting for lunch”

The group then ventured to Coonalpyn for lunch but unfortunately on arrival the wind and rain set in.

Members began to set up in the undercover seating area, but that was short-lived.

However it did give people a chance to view and photograph the skillfully designed artwork of the Coonalpyn silo project.

With “Claudie’s Waffle and Jaffle” shop across the road, and members huddled under an awning trying to keep dry many could not resist the temptation to try a famous waffle.

As the weather became worse, some members retreated to the comfort of their vehicles which brought back memories of a “winter’s night at the local drive in theatre”.

The next stop was to be a visit to the snail farm, but because of the inclement weather and damage caused by winds the night before to the farm, the visit was put on hold for another day.

Members said their farewells before heading back to Murray Bridge, and despite the weather, they declared the run organised by coordinator Jan Hall a success.

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