Drive Your Old Car Day for Collectors

The first day of September each year is promoted by the "Federation of Historic Motor Vehicles, as "Drive Your Old Car Day" and it encourages owners of veteran, vintage and classic vehicles to take their vehicles out to work or for pleasure for the day for people to see them.

Thiis is just what the Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge did, under the control of vice president John Courtney and his wife Vicki, along with club run coordinator Jan Hall.

With most of the cars and members assembled at the Johnstone Park clubrooms at 8.30am, Mr Courtney outlined details for the club's first official run since the pandemic lockdown in March.

With details and directions outlined, it was time to hit the road - leaving Johnstone Park, heading along Mannum Road.

Arriving at the intersection of Palmer and Mannum roads, the convoy was joined by ACCMB membersNeil Burbidge and Jim Stocker, who was driving his 1972 Mercedes Benz 350SL Convertible.

From there, cars travelled past lush green farmland and the 19th century historic town of Milendella, before turning left onto Angas Valley Road up through the rolling hillside region of Angus Valley.

They then went into Mount Pleasant for a morning tea stop, where members Wayne and Viktoria Johns joined the convoy in their newly acquired 1920's Chevrolet sedan.

Then it was off towards the Barossa, traversing along 7 Steps and Heggies Range roads, past the Kaiserstuhl Nature Forest Reserve and the Menglers Hill Barossa Sculpture Park before arriving at the "Drive Your Old Car Day" venue at Bethany Reserve.

The club was greeted at the entrance by COVID-19 marshals who were checking paperwork from each participant.

From there the ACCMB members were allocated parking for the day, joining multitudes of other like-minded "Petrol Heads" enjoying the spring sunshine and mild weather.

It didn't take long for some members to find a warm, glowing fire in the shelter shed, while many others just sat outside in their deckchairs on the sprawling reserve provided, to have a BYO lunch and just admire the scenery of old vehicles from bygone eras spread around reserve in their club groups.

The 28 ACCMB members began to wander, take photos, compare vehicles and renew old acquaintances for the next two to three hours, admiring more than 220 cars and 20 motorcycles on display.

The day, with an attendance of about 450 people, was organised by members of the Gawler Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Club (GVV&CVC), and according to officials, it was their biggest event yet.

The ACCMB members gave a special thanks to the organising members for an enjoyable event.

By 3pm, many exhibitors began to leave what was another brilliant day for likeminded enthusiasts with ACCMB members deciding to make their own way home by varied routes.

Run organizers John and Vicki were thanked by members for another interesting outing for the ACCMB.

- Details: ACCMB general meetings are again being held at the Johnstone Park clubrooms, Murray Bridge. on the first Tuesday of each month. For further details visit autocollectorsmurraybridge.com

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