Words and Photos by Jeff Whitehead
Well we didn’t make it to Mount Dandenong due to the miserable weather but that didn’t dampen our spirits.
I arrived ten minutes late after driving through what seemed like typical Melbourne winter drizzle in Goldie, not that I like exposing Goldie to the rain, wondering if anyone would have turned up after a couple of cancellations in this awful awful weather. Before I drove in to park, I could see some lovely cars already parked there so I knew I wasn’t alone thank goodness. I was delighted to find many members who were huddled out of the wind and hadn’t yet ordered any food from the Glenny Kebabs’ van which was fortunate because there was no-way I was going to freeze eating kebabs outdoors. It was a delight to meet Nick with matching beanie on his first club event with his Type 3 Volkswagen wagon which came all the way from Clayton in 1971.
One of us suggested that we try the Caspian Persian restaurant just around the corner which many of us were familiar with. We loved it and it’s like walking into an Iranian market with beautiful aromatics and smiling faces.
We also had Edward find us huddled away around the corner in the warm Persian restaurant but no one could sign his CPS form so he’ll follow that through with our permit officer. Nonetheless Edward joined us making it seven at the round dinner table where we feasted and chatted about our young and old cars and all the problems we have with them, or problems with the gym instructors but that’s another story.
As you can see in one of my photos, the weather was horrible and clearly not looking suitable for a drive up to Mt Dandenong only to expose ourselves and our cars to even worse weather conditions on dark, windy and slippery wet roads, so we were all happy to head home after a splendid meet up anyway.