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Australian Lancia Register Castlemaine 24

20 - 22 October 2017

My pre-Castlemaine preparations had been dominated by the engine problem that took 18 months to find, simply a blocked slow running jet! So not much attention had been paid to anything else.

Up with the birds again to get an early start. The Aprilia packed with too much stuff, although in attempt to gain more space this year I'd replaced the large jumper leads with a small electronic thingy, got a more squashy tool bag and left the big DSLR at home. But the boot was still full of spares, tools, oils and rags.

A coffee stop at Calder Park, the Bondins and Coxs had the same idea, then on to Castlemaine. Lunch again at Buda Historic Home & Garden

Settled in to my room at the Campbell Street Lodge, getting even more tired, the orange carpet threads showing but I had a bigger upstairs room and the free Wi-Fi was excellent.

The evening reception was again held at the wonderful Castlemaine Art Galley and Historic Centre.

Saturday morning we all meet opposite the Western Reserve in Castlemaine, most unreasonably there was an actual cricket match being played on the oval! Here I picked up Jeff Hill my passenger for the duration, despite being American he turned out to be great company with an excellent dry sense of humour.

The mornings run took us to a private property near Muckleford. At just over 115Km it was a pleasant drive through the back roads of the area with only one error in the directions that took us into banjo territory! Lunch was a delicious Paella affair followed by the presentation by our special guest Bruno Cena. He filled us in on the various Lancia models and projects he'd been responsible for.

Sunday after another excellent breakfast at Staffs we all meet at the new premises of Grant Cowie's Up The Creek Workshop, the photos give you a much better idea of what they do there. The afternoon found us gathered on the Western Oval for a display and a chat, the Thompson Foundry Band played. Sunday night finished off with dinner at the Railway Hotel.

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