The run was basically in my backyard so 1070 & I had no excuse, even the ancient critter could handle a couple of days inside by himself.
Organised by Russell Cayley the first stop was the Caldermeade Farm café for a midday lunch. For me a drive to Leongatha then down the South Gippsland Hwy through Korumburra and on to Caldermeade, a nice little 100 km. The weather was a little grey and very cold, about 10 degrees, with some morning drizzle. Luckily I managed to get past the B Double cattle truck full of very wet cattle without getting covered in you know what. The new front brakes performed very well; on the other hand the diff was noisier than it had been, a job to do next.
For lunch we had about 12 Lancias, a Lambda, my Aprilia, Aurelia B12, Appia 3rd series, 3 Fulvia Coupés, Beta Sedan, Beta HPE, Beta Coupé & a Monte Carlo.
The Cafe was warm and the food good. Much conversation was had, the Sliding Pillar Rally, trips around Bordeaux, buying Fulvias and Flavia brakes seemed to be the course at my end of the table!
For the afternoon Russell had given us a list of alternate routes and different sights to see. I took a blast down the Bass Hwy, if an Aprilia can actually blast, through Wonthaggi and around the delightful coast road from Cape Paterson to Inverloch. A stop to view the sights and feel the windchill at Eagles Nest, coffee at Inverloch and then on home to Venus Bay, about 205 km in total.
The others headed on to overnight at Meeniyan and dinner at the pub.
An earlier morning start and just a little colder than yesterday. Gloves & jacket is all us hardy Aprilia drivers need to keep the cold at bay, none of these modern heater thingys.
Drizzle, slippery roads and sun glare made driving a little difficult. The mornings destination was Agnes Falls just above Toora, about 70 km from home. The overnighters had a simple run along the South Gippsland Hwy from Meeniyan. With recent rains there was a fair amount of muddy water flowing over the falls.
Next we headed back to Mirboo North and a look at Colin Kiel’s motoring collection. And then lunch just down the road at Cafe Escargot, snails! Little tasteless spongy things, still you have to try them at least once. Finally everyone finished their coffees, backed up and headed on home. All in all a very pleasant two days, good company, about 400 km driving on my very average South Gippsland roads and the Aprilia went very well.
Another report and further photos are on the Australian Lancia Register website:
p.s. Brian Long couldn’t believe that I only had ONE Lancia; he seemed to indicate I should have at least two but preferably four! So all donations of rust free pre 1969 cars will be gratefully accepted, Fulvia, Flaminia, Flavia, Aurelia or Appia, any model. Please contact me with details where I can collect your unwanted Lancias.
Lunch, Caldermeade Cafe
Brian tries to insulate the B12’s radiator to get some warmth.
1070 at Eagles Nest
Eagles Nest rock.
The Meehan cold weather smile!
Wednesday morning chilly start.
Agnes Falls. 1070 and gum trees.
Russell, Peter & Mark.
Not a selfie in sight.
The Longs enjoying their early morning wander.
Car park at Mirboo North.
Colin introduces us to his collection.
An original Yellow Cab, been used as a farm hack.
We are a very thoughtful lot.