Words and pictures by Jeff.
I had originally planned to host our run to the North East Victoria Silo Art Trail on Cup Day 2021, but my The Garage Talk and Peninsula Sunday Drive was a splendid day and a lovely turnout of members. From a very wet pre-meet, we travelled to the factory housing eight magnificent English vehicles spanning from 1936 to 2014. We were greeted by the owner of these splendid vehicles who gave us their history and provenance and we also enjoyed morning tea here.
It was wonderful to catch up with many members we hadn’t seen for a while plus a couple of great friends who also came along and a lot of knowledge about various cars was shared.
After enjoying this fine car collection, we drove into Mornington and along the coast to stop off for a fine bakery at the very pretty Mt Martha shopping village. From there we enjoyed the most magnificent section of coastal drive around the edge of the Port Phillip down to Martha Cove at Safety Beach.
Here the weather started turning on us again. We did enjoy taking in the views and enjoyed walking the pedestrian path with lifts that took us below sea level. This is where the Martha Cove harbor inlet is and the coastal road goes under the inlet. We had a look up the inlet and watched a few magnificent boats come in and the Coast Guard leaving. We didn’t continue as planned up Arthur’s Seat Road to the Red Hill bakery as the weather was a dampener and we were all happy to head off home at this point.
After we split up, Chris’s Lancia Millie failed to proceed at some point and had to be lifted to hospital where the oil cooler needed surgery again. We hope Millie has recovered well and is up and running and made it back home by now. I certainly enjoyed my ride in my mate’s VXR Commodore and was great to see other wonderful cars and their owners come along for the drive which you will see in some of the photographs. Note that the Volvo P1800 ES (Snow White’s coffin) belongs to a neighbour as much as I’ve tried to buy it to restore.