One of my photos made the front cover.
A combined run with the Australian Lancia Register getting together with the Vintage Sports Car Club of Victoria.
Organised by the great, and very cunning, Russell Meehan, he picked a route that incorporated some challenging twisty roads and some unsealed tracks in and around Yarra Glen finishing at the Kinglake Pub, in Kinglake!
For me the morning began at 6.30am for the 180km trip to the start at Beasley’s Nursery in Warrandyte. It was cool but clear, watching out for kangaroos and wombats we made the trip at a quick pace, the newly set up front end let us sit a comfortable 100km/h on the Bass Hwy and Monash Fwy, we arrived just before 9am. Time for a coffee and a chat and a look at some of the cars before heading off at 9.30.
Russell had found some interesting, steep and dusty little back roads to Yarra Glen for morning tea. 1070 was performing very well, she only jumped out of 1st gear on a steep rough section.
The route to Kinglake had us zig zagging down little forest tracks through dry and dusty countryside. Evidence of the tragic 2009 bush fires still noticeable in the eucalypts forests. There were plenty of corrugated sections to test for loose connections and let in the dust, I somehow managed to get at the back stuck behind a train of Lambdas. (note to self; next time we are going on unsealed road leave first!)
I think we all managed to make it to the pub for lunch, some took the easy optional sealed road route. Lunch was pleasant in the shade of some autumn trees before I had to head off for the 3 hour trip home back via Toolangi and down the C411 through Healsville, Cockatoo and Pakenham. In all I did 509km, used about 45 litres of unleaded, no oil or water. The front brakes started pulling to the right after some of the rough sections but she had no other problems and with the newly aligned front end we could easily sit on 100km/h where the roads allowed.
Stage One: Home to Beasley’s Nursery Stage one map
Stage Two: Beasley’s Nursery to Yarra Glen Stage Two Map
Stage Three: Yarra Glen to Kinglake Stage Three Map (Google doesn’t show Gordon’s Bridge Road connecting to the Melba Hwy)
Stage Four: Kinglake to Home – Stage Four Map
If you want to have a go and follow the route here are the instructions:
Autumn Leaves route notes 2016
6.30am, leaving home
Peter arrives with the younger Alsops
Alvis, Steinfort Lancia Aprilia, Cox Lancia Lambda, Meehan Lancia Lambda
John Shellard Bugatti Type 57
Chris & Fiona Dillion’s wonderful 1909 Minerva Type R
Singer Le Mans
Russell worries if the Ryan Vauxhall has any brakes!
Willingham Alvis 12/50
Yarra Glen. Cox and McKibben Lambdas looking for coffee, and antique bargains…
The Brenan’s and Chris Long discuss the upcoming Fobello Rally
Old Toolangi-Dixons Creek Road
Very dusty 1070 with John & Sarah Brenan powering the 3rd series Lambda along.
Hang on to your hats!
Note the street name!
Mount Slide Road. In amongst the regrowth from the 2009 bush fires.
Kinglake Pub. Andrew points out something to Anne!
No sane Lancia owner would have such a thing! Patrick Ryan’s Vauxhall 30-98
Two dusty Singers and John Cox’s Oakland 654
Annabel does some social media stuff…
Cox Lambda, a bit of polish and she’s off to Europe.
Home around 5pm