We had a perfect day for our display day to celebrate our 31st
Anniversary at the Caribbean Gardens and Market in Scoresby on Sunday the 22nd
of October. This venue has proved to be a most popular place for the Club to
conduct its anniversary show day because of the variety of attractions in the
area that cater for all, particularly the ladies, who are able to get away from
the car show and explore the extensive markets. We were again located on the
grassed area along western side of the complex opposite the bird aviaries, the
same position as in previous years.
There were over 90 cars recorded in attendance by 10.30
am, the cut off time for inspection by the scrutineers to commence inspection
of the assembled cars for the best representative in each of the ten categories.
It is estimated that the cars that arrived after 10.30 am would have swelled the
group to over 100, making the outing our best gathering yet of Chrysler Corporation
The R & S Valiant Club, Valiant Charger Club and
other Mopar enthusiasts were well represented with some very impressive cars
an R and a few S model
Valiants, imported Challengers and Chargers and a couple of Imperials.
It was great to see some newer restorations on show.
These included an immaculate 1928 1 ton light truck owned by Max Devlin. It was
fitted with a louvre radiator screen to control engine warm up that could be
actuated from the cab by means of a small lever and cable. At the other end of the chronological
spectrum was a 2003 PT Cruiser fitted with air bag suspension that could be
controlled from the driver's seat by a self contained compressor to raise and
lower the ride level of the car to suit driving conditions. It also had very
low profile tyres and a striking flame pattern painted on the bonnet to enhance
its 'show car' appearance. Several imposing new Chrysler 300C's also made a
There were too many cars worthy of special mention to
note here but Ellis Baron's imposing '35 Plymouth roadster and Roger Rumney in
a Dodge Coronet 500 convertible were prominent. If anyone has a spare $49,500
the Coronet is for sale. It was good to see Jeff and Gladys' Chrysler Royal
back in service after a major engine overhaul as was Keith Dodkins’ recently
completed '34 DeSoto Airflow which has been picking up a few trophies recently
at various outings since its recent refurbishment.
There were some other "commercial" vehicles on parade
apart from the 1928 Dodge truck mentioned above. They were Don Bailey's WWII
1942 Dodge weapons carrier a green Drifter van fitted out with TV in the back
compartment, a red and white twin cab V8 Chrysler Royal ute (that incidentally
was for sale) and Bernie Hatton's red 1957 15 cwt Dodge utility. There was also
a reasonably tidy VJ Valiant sedan for sale at $4000.
Another point of interest for Club Members was the
arrival of Michael Dascoli and his camera-man from
"It's a Rodders Life",
the TV program on Channel 31that is proving very popular with car enthusiasts.
He went around speaking to various owners asking them to describe their cars
for possible screening on future broadcasts of
It's a Rodder's Life". So look out for the program on Channel 31
at on Tuesdays 9pm, Thursdays 4pm, Fridays 3:30pm and Saturdays at 6:30pm.
The event was obviously well received by the public as 8
new members joined on the day with more thinking about it, and the Club sales
officer had a bumper day selling club memorabilia.
In mid afternoon our president, Andrew Frazer, called the
group together to thank them for their participation and asked the winners in
the various categories to come forward to receive their trophies.
The winners were
Max Devlin's 1928 Dodge Truck
1931 to 1942
Dodkins'1934 DeSoto Airflow
1946 to 1954
Plowman Snr's 1952 Plymouth
1955 to 1960
and Agnes Brauman's 1956 DeSoto Firedome Seville
1961 to 1971
Watson's Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible
1972 to 1981
Morgan's 72 Chrysler
Londrigan's PT Cruiser
Hurley's 1952 Plymouth Cranbrook
Best Original, Unrestored
Bruce Barton's 1926 Dodge Tourer
George Porter Trophy Best EffortTony
Blazevski's 1979 Chrysler Regal CM
Seledge's Valiant VG Hard Top
David Mills Perpetual TrophyMick
and Agnes Brauman's 1956 DeSoto Firedome Seville
The 31st birthday cake made by Gladys Brumhead, and iced in Chrysler
blue and white with Bruce Barton's 1926 Dodge pictured in the middle, was on
display. As the newly elected Club Man and Club Woman were not present to
perform the traditional cutting of the cake, this ceremony will take place at a function in
the near future when both persons will be in attendance.
The members of the Chrysler Restorers Club of Australia, Vic. Inc. are
greatly indebted to Bruce Barton and his team of helpers for organising the
Show & Shine day and to Greg Rumble for setting up the sales table and
flogging some of our paraphernalia to all and sundry.
We also acknowledge the support of Shannon's Auto Insurance and
encourage members to consider their products when seeking insurance for their
Every big event requires lots of help to make it run smoothly, and
thanks go to Bruce Barton for organising the day. Bruce appreciated the
assistance provided by the following people:
Len Mizzi, Mavis and Bob Simpson, Rod and Kathy Gorman
Judges: Stephen Dyer, Mike Elly, Roger Rumney, Kevin Cooke, John Plowman Jnr,
Sales: Greg Rumble
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