In memory of Julian Collins,
long time editor of the Alvis Owners Club (UK) bulletin, the Alvis
Car Club of Victoria held a tour of our magnificent state during
October 2008. Alvis owners from the UK and USA joined us for this
event which was enjoyed greatly by all those who attended.
report on the tour from the ACCV's newsletter along
with a report on the FWD celebrations held during the event (80
years of Alvis FWD) will be found here
Initial outline of probable
route and map of actual route taken for the event can be found
JNBC MEMORIAL TOUR
7 to 26 October
itinerary is subject to change and is a guide only) (updated 14/8/08)
3rdThis is the earliest
date that Alvis Cars are likely to be available for collection
by Owners from the Port of
It would be very helpful, however, if the majority of owners could
plan on being at the Port in Melbourne at (say) 12 noon on Monday
6th to collect their cars. This will make administration
and release very much easier, and as a Group we can enlist the
assistance of ALVIC to clear the port and to guide us to the RACV
Club premises in Melbourne.
It will also give time to check the cars.
Friday 3rd/ Monday
may be booked, as required, at RACV Melbourne
where there is secure underground parking. This is additional
to the Tour Itinerary and NOT included in the pricing. Charges
are currently AUS$ 288.00 (c.£.125.00)per double per night, inclusive of breakfast and parking.
Please see the Note on the Application Form.
To assist in your planning please noteit is hoped that there will be a mini -coach tour of Melbourne
city and its environs for visitors from Britain prior
to the “official Welcome” on the evening of Tuesday7th. .This City Tour is currently provisional, will probably
be during Tuesday, is an extra to the price, and will incur a
small charge. See Note on the Application.
This means that those wishing to attend this tour need
to make collection of their cars from MelbournePort
by pm. Monday 6th October, and (preferably) stay at
the RAC V Melbourne
on that night – at an additional charge.
7th:Afternoon – Tour Assembles and Receives Rally packs at
RACV Club Melbourne;
Canapés and drinks served from to
followed by a Welcoming Dinner on 2nd Floor RACV Club.
This will be a buffet style Dinner featuring Tasmanian Oysters,
steamed prawns and green lipped mussels, Scotch beef, Mulloway
mousses, Australian Cheeses and much, much more. Victorian wines.
– Of course!
8thLeave from Melbourne via Spencer St. and Dynon Road to
the historic city and port of
We will be heading towards Geelong
but will do a circuit taking in the seaside and holiday towns
of Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale where you will
see the “mighty rip” that is one of the most dangerous sea channels
in the world and requires Pilot Boats to help ships negotiate
their way out of Port
Phillip Bay. Next stop Queenscliff for lunch about 4kms on from
Point Lonsdale and the main base for the Pilot Boats, fishing
and the home of a Research Development Organisation for Aquatic
Animals. Queenscliff also houses the famous fort built in the
1800’s to stop any Russian boats entering Port
Its guns were used twice!
on to Geelong via Indented Heads and Portarlington. Geelong
is the second largest town in Victoria situated also on Port
and some 80 kms from Melbourne.
in its early days was a mass of wool stores being the staging
post for sheep farmers in the Western district to deliver wool
where it was sent by ship to its destination. Geelong today is
also the home of the Ford Motor Company.
9thFrom Geelong it is a short drive to the start of what is
regarded as one of the most spectacular drives in the world, the
Great Ocean Road. Built by returned WW1 diggers, anyone with a
vintage car should do this drive. It is simply superb and takes
in the rugged coastline of Southern Victoria.
It is also known as the “ShipwreckCoast”.
Views are spectacular including the famous Twelve Apostles. We
overnight at Warrnambool.
10thRest day in Warrnambool and a chance to take in the maritime
history of the area, and if lucky a chance to see whales frolicking
in the sea.
11thHead inland into the famous Western Drictict
most notable for sheep farming that along with gold gave Victoria
its wealth back in the 1800’s. Chance to view a Western District
farm and sample the tastes of what life was like back in early
pioneering days. The end of the day sees us at Penola,just over the South Australian border and in the area known
for its famous wine region of Coonawarra.
12thA chance to spend the whole day sampling the wines of the
Coonawarra region. Wines from this area include Wynns, Rydoch,
Brands, Jamiesons Run, Redman and many others the fertile red
soil in this area ideal for grape growing.
13thBack on the road we keep heading inland through the towns
of Casterton, Coleraine and Melville Forest (lunch),still in the Western District where you will see large
areas of farming particularly sheep and cattle. You will also
see spectacular mountain ranges many of which we will bypass,
a few we will climb as we make our way to Halls Gap, one of the
most picturesque areas in Victoria.
14th.From Halls Gap we are heading into Gold Rush country, as
we head toward Ballarat. We will pass through the old mining towns
of Ararat, Talbot, Clunes and Creswick that sprung up as a result
of the finding of Gold in the area.Overnight at Ballarat.
15thA rest day in Ballarat and a chance to explore the re-created
town of SovereignHill.
At night, you can also witness the sound and light show of the
Stockade, a fight that took place between miners and police over
the harsh treatment given to the miners of mining licences.Ballarat also has one of the best art galleries in the
country and is well worth a visit.
16thFrom Ballarat it is only a short drive to Bendigo, another
famous town established during the gold era. We will go via the
towns of Creswick and the pretty town of Daylesford
famous for its spring water.
Friday.17thRest day at Bendigo but hardly a rest as Bendigo
has a lot to offer! Visit to the historic tram museum and have
a ride on tram. Also visit the Chinese museum. The Chinese came
during the gold rush in their thousands and many stayed on to
develop market gardens within the area. Another interesting art
gallery and the huge cathedral are sights also to see.
Saturday.18thFrom Bendigo it is a short drive to the Echuca, or Paddle
Steamer country, situated along the banks of the Murray
was the main inland river that supplied community’s right up into
Paddle Steamers carried wool, timber, food and all manner of things
to outback farms etc. The Port of
has been transformed into its former glory and we can travel a
few miles up the Murray
on a proper steam driven paddle steamer. There is also a good
car museum featuring the Australian built Holden car.
Sunday.19thFrom Echuca we have a bit of a drive to Beechworth for
overnight stay. We travel through the wine growing areas of Victoria
namely the Rutherglen region noted for its heavy red and fortified
wines. We will also be entering bush ranger territory, where Ned
Kelly roamed. If you like you can visit the town of Glenrowan where Kelly and his mob staged their “last stand”
at the Glenrowan Hotel and see all the sights of this famous little
20thRest day at Beechworth.Beechworth was also a gold producing town and much of it
has been left or restored to its former glory. From Beechworth
you can visit the wineries in the KingValley,
sample local cheeses or have a nice lunch at the famous Brown
local courthouse at Beechworth is well worth a visit and played
an important part in the Kelly history.
21st.If you thought you had seen some spectacular scenery, you
are in for a treat as we head towards the ski fields of the High
Plains. We go via Milewa, the Kiewa Valley and picturesque Tawonga
Gap. The roads up here are excellent for Alvis motoring, nice
and twisty. We will be staying in ski lodge accommodation.
22nd.From Dinner Plain we travel down the mountains through
Omeo (lunch) and come out at Lakes Entrance situated on Victoria’s
Eastern coast. Lakes Entrance is an important fishing town and
those that like seafood are encouraged to take in the delights
of oysters, prawns and crayfish.
23rdFrom Lakes Entrance we head into Gippsland, via Maffra,
Rosedale, Yarram and Fish Creek. This area is renowned for its
cattle grazing and fine foods. We will stay
overnight in Inverloch and travel through some more magnificent
After overnight stop at Inverloch, we head for Healesville where
we have two nights at RACV Club. This section will take us via
Kurrumburra, Warragul, and Neerim South. There is the famous Healesville
Sanctuary to see full of Australian animals and wildlife or you
can explore the famous wine region of the YarraValley.
The final dinner and presentation night will be held on Saturday
25th October. The Tour disperses on Sunday 26th
October from Healesville – or elect a third night (at personal
expense) at this wonderful Country Club – See note on Application
Provisional date to begin delivery of UK
Alvis cars by their owners to MelbournePort. This MUST
be completed by 3 November 2008
to comply with the Regulations governing the Carnet de Passage.
(31 days in VictoriaState). Again it
would be very helpful if UK cars arrive as a Group – Provisional
planning indicates that the Group arrive by 11.00 hours at MelbournePort on Monday