Victorian Events

Our next Committee meeting is scheduled for Saturday 8th October, commencing at 2:00pm. We will be meeting at the Payne’s home, 23 Braford Drive, Doreen. All members are welcome to come along to hear what is happening in the Region and to provide input to the Committee’s deliberations.

Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby. Enter from Fern Tree Gully Road, 100 metres north of Eastlink.

Gates open at 9:00 am for display vehicles and 10:00 am for spectator vehicles. Let's try to get there as close to 9:00 am as possible and park together in the Gardens.

Entry Costs:  $15 for display vehicles (includes all occupants), $8 for spectator vehicles, children free.

A great opportunity to see American-made cars from many eras.

The day includes children’s entertainment, vendors, trophies, club displays and more.

Bring you own picnic or buy something on site.

Come along to the Swap, held at the Showgrounds, Holmes Road, Bendigo, and meet up with fellow Packardians at our trading site. We are looking for members to do a few hours on our site so the main attendants there (Fred and Tony) can get a bit of a break. Feel free to bring some of your surplus items for sale as well.

This will be in the form of a picnic in an outdoor setting at Finns Reserve, Duncan Street, Lower Plenty.

This year is BYO everything; food, drinks, tables, chairs, etc.

We have made application for use of the Scout’s Hall nearby but are awaiting confirmation from their committee. As soon as we have final details about the day, an email will be sent to all Vic Region members.

Just in case we don’t get use of the Scouts Hall and need extra shade if it a particularly hot day, members who have portable shelters may wish to bring them too.

Some of the members will get there as early as possible to set up and identify our location for those arriving a little later. Arrive any time after 10:00 am and stay as long as you like. On arrival at the parking area, you may call Clynton Robinson on 0418 100 102 to get specific details of where we have set up.

Please note that parking is restricted to the paved areas outside the park so if you have restricted mobility it is advisable to arrive early to get a parking spot as close as possible to where we will be located.

With large grassy open spaces and an enclosed playground for children to play, wooded areas to explore and generous facilities, this is a great place to gather. 

Dogs are allowed in the park.

All abilities access is provided throughout the park, including accessible toilets.

If any of those travelling from the further reaches of the state would like to arrange an overnight stay before heading home again, please ring Clynton as soon as possible so we can make suitable arrangements for us to be accommodated together.

With the rising cost of fuel for mostly thirsty cars and an expressed reluctance from members to drive long distances in a single day, a modified program is proposed to make it easier and more cost-effective to continue to meet together and maintain friendships.

The main program will consist of three multiple day events plus our Christmas event (which some may choose to extend to two days to make travelling easier). The multiple day events will be on the March long-weekend, the June long-weekend (possibly a Border Run with South Australia) and a mid-week overnighter (or double overnighter) in mid-September.

As well there will be a number of more localised single day events organised by those living within reasonable distance of each other. This may be as simple as meeting at a mutually convenient location, having lunch together (e.g. at a hotel bistro) and then going home. The proposed localities are Metropolitan, Mornington Peninsula (including Packenham and Moe), Bellarine Peninsula & Ballarat, and Central / North East.

Example of the type of localised events are:

Metropolitan  -  Meet at Warrandyte for lunch. Average return travel distance for all members living in the area is approx. 65 km with an approx. fuel cost of $35 (based on $2.50 per litre and 15 mpg).

Mornington Peninsula  -  Meet at Koo Wee Rup for lunch. Average return travel distance for all members living in the area is approx. 100 km with an approx. fuel cost of $50 (based on $2.50 per litre and 15 mpg).

Bellarine / Ballarat  - Meet at Meredith for lunch. Average return travel distance for all members living in the area is approx. 140 km with an approx. fuel cost of $70 (based on $2.50 per litre and 15 mpg).

Central / North East  -  Meet at Shepparton for lunch. Average return travel distance for all members living in the area is approx. 220 km with an approx. fuel cost of $100 (based on $2.50 per litre and 15 mpg).

As Events Coordinator for Victoria I will be contacting individual members to assist in organising these local events. If you have any suggestions for good places to meet, or changes to the proposal that will make it even better, please contact Clynton Robinson (clynton.robinson@bigpond.com or 0418 100 102).

Invitation Events

We will continue to have invitations to events organised by other car clubs and peak bodies like AOMC and Federation.